About Holli Shan

Holli has always loved animals -- with horses and dogs being her top two passions in life.  She decided that she wanted to do something professionally with both of them.  In January of 2006, she attended Equissage massage school in Round Hill, VA to become a certified equine sports massage therapist (ESMT). The dream of her first venture, Pony and Pooch Therapeutic Massage, had begun.   In June of 2006 - Holli took the home study course for canine massage and also received her certification to be a canine massage therapist (CMT).

Holli wanted to deepen her connection with the animals, and the following year in 2007, she began her training with Janet Dobbs to become an Animal Communicator. In October 2010, Holli continued her training with the Advanced II Interspecies Counselor's Course taught by Penelope Smith. Then, in June 2012, Holli took the Advanced III Apprenticeship class, also with Penelope Smith. Holli's business interests then shifted to Compassionate Animal Communication, and Pony and Pooch was retired.  Holli has communicated with a wide spectrum of animals both living and departed. Her love of animals gives her the compassion to be an Animal Communicator and relay the needs of beloved pets to their owners.

Beginning around August 2018, Holli began studying for her certification in Pet Loss Grief Counseling from the Animal Loss and Grief Support Institute in Carmel, California, whose primary instuctor was Theresa Wagner. In June 2020 Holli earned her Certification as a Pet Loss Grief Counselor, and has added that service to Compassionate Animal Communication.

Holli is a native Philadelphian who has been living in northern Virginia for the past eighteen years.  She has two degrees from The Pennsylvania State University: a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Speech Communication.  In the past she has worked in retail, tech support, administrative support, was a doggie daycare attendant and was a stable hand at a barn in Leesburg. While these jobs may seem varied, they all focused on one thing: customer service.  Customer service comes naturally to Holli and she always strives to deliver the best customer service she can in everything she does.

In Holli's spare time, she can be found riding her horse, Odin, practicing and competing in mounted archery with Odin, crocheting, and spending time with her husband Paul. She currently resides in Leesburg, VA.

WATCH!  Holli's Encore Presentation!

By popular request, Holli gave an encore presentation of her Communicating Intuitively with Animals: More Than "Sit, Stay, Get Down from There!!" talk from April 2019. This speech was given at Rowan Tree in Henrdon, VA on September 16th 2019.

In this talk, you are taken through the journey of what intuitive communication is, some examples of when a communication has occurred and how we can bridge the gap of communication between ourselves and our animal companions.

Listen to Holli's Guest Interview at Hacks and Hobbies!

At Holli's TEDxAshburn talk, she met Junaid Ahmed, who hosts the Hacks and Hobbies podcast.  He asked Holli to participate in an interview for him to talk about her Animal Communications experiences, and even drifted into science fiction, including Star Trek, The Orville, and Dr. Who.  The interview took place on April 25, 2019.