About Jean

About Jean MacDougall-Tattan

I have loved animals of all kinds since as far back as I can remember. At a very young age I wanted to surround myself with horses. I grew up in Andover, Massachusetts, in a rural section of town across the street from the Shawsheen River. Along the river were a dairy farm, a sheep farm, a horse boarding facility and a Palomino horse farm. I spent my spare time watching the horses, praying that someday I would own one.

My dream of having a horse didn’t come true until I turned 36 and adopted a 15-year-old thoroughbred cross who needed a home. He was over 16 hands tall, underweight with little muscle, and he was not  sound. His name was Official Business or “Biz” for short.

When I met Biz, I knew that at one time he had been something very special, and I wanted that for him again.

Little by little we learned to trust one another and eventually a strong bond developed. It was satisfying to watch him transform back into pure magnificence with proper veterinary care, high quality food and nutrition, good shoeing and grooming, exercise – and lots of love. His coat changed from a dull chestnut to a rich copper with golden threading. It took a full year to build up his weight, and a year later he was not only plump, but very fit with solid bulging muscle. He was absolutely gorgeous and he owned my heart.

During recovery, Biz needed lots of TLC. Equine sports massage was not only unpopular at the time –  it was  pretty much unheard of in this area. I read books, rented tapes when I could find them, and finally read about a local equine massage demonstration.  I watched, learned and practiced on Biz. My efforts were rich in rewards, and Biz appreciated everything. He became one of my greatest teachers because he taught me patience, understanding, how to read body language, and to trust my intuition. My relationship with Biz made me a better person and his influence remains.

People saw the effects of equine sports massage on Biz and started asking me to massage their horses, so I traveled to Virginia to become certified in Equine Sports Massage. Eventually I became a Certified Canine Massage Therapist and a Certified Reiki Master, as well as a Board Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist and a Certified Medical Massage Practitioner for people.

Sadly, Biz was part of our family for only five years. He died from a sudden colic caused by a lipoma in the small intestine. It was devastating because it had never entered my mind that Biz would ever die from anything but old age right at home with us. I thought we would have decades together, but there is great solace in knowing that the best years of his life were the last five he spent living at our home feeling completely loved by me, my husband Greg, our daughter Jillian, and our son Jason. Biz was a treasured part of our family.

Our daughter, Jillian, showed Biz when he was ready. She was very young, and he was so big that I had to be his caretaker. Biz loved Jillian and took exceptional care of her in the show ring, and she loved him. They were a team in the ring, and Biz and I were a team on the ground because my passion has always been the husbandry and relationship with horses.

It took over a year for us to even think about another horse, and then Jillian bought a small Crabbet Arabian named Jiggy, and a short time later I was introduced to Magic – a small Morab with a big personality.

For years our horses reaped the benefit of equine sports massage therapy, and I now have over 25 years of experience massaging horses in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Today, as a nationally board certified and state licensed massage therapist, and certified medical massage practitioner for people,  I have the ability to offer the highest quality care to my equine and canine clients.

My specialties are reiki and massage for horse, rider and canine companions.

Learn more about my massage, reiki and reflexology services for people at Replenish Center for Wellness.

 

Credentials & Education

A.A., Liberal Arts
Northern Essex Community College
Haverhill, MA.
High honors

B.L.A. English/Psychology
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
National Dean’s List

NH Institute for Therapeutic Arts
Hudson, NH
Licensed in MA, NH
National Board Certification & State Licensed Massage Therapist

LMT Success Group
Andover, MA
Certification, Medical Massage Practitioner 

Equine Sports Massage Therapy Certification
Equissage
Round Hill, Virginia

Canine Massage Therapy Certification
Equissage
Round Hill, Virginia

Reiki I Certification
Carol Westcott, Reiki Master
Newburyport, MA.

Reiki II Certification
Carol Westcott, Reiki Master
Newburyport, MA.

Advanced Reiki Certification
Roger and Pam Mailloux, Diane McNulty
Reiki Master/Teachers
Haverhill, MA.

Reiki Master Certification
Roger and Pam Mailloux
Reiki Master/Teachers
Haverhill, MA.

 

Awards

2007
Inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women, Haverhill, MA
New England Press Association, First Place for Editorial

2006
Named one of the 60 most influential women in the Merrimack Valley by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce.

2002
New England Press Association, first place for outstanding achievement in environmental reporting.

1999
New England Press Association, third place for outstanding achievement in health reporting.

1998
National Dean’s List, honorary award recognizing academically gifted students nominated by their college dean. One half of one percent of all college graduates qualify.

1993
Who’s Who in America, nominated and placed in the category of “Up and Coming Young Women in Communications.”