PAWSitive Therapy Troupe



Mission Statement

The PAWSitive Therapy Troupe is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to sharing registered therapy dogs with individuals in a wide variety of health care and educational settings--bringing comfort, support and encouragement through the unique healing power of the human-animal bond.


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Becky Jankowski

Founder and Program Coordinator

Educational Background / Occupation:

  • BSN from Northern Illinois University
  • MS in Medical-Surgical Nursing from the University of Illinois in Chicago
  • 20 years experience as registered nurse in several major medical centers
  • Quality Management Coordinator for Nursing Service at Hines VA Hospital for 14 years
  • Since 1998, volunteer coordinator of the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe animal-assisted therapy program.

Dog-related experience / credentials:

  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT) since 2001
  • Graduate of the San Francisco Academy for Dog Trainers in Behavioral Counseling
  • Graduate of the Robert Bailey Operant Conditioning Workshop
  • American Kennel Club and World Cynosport Rally judge
  • Pet Partners Instructor and Team Evaluator since 1999
  • Finished more than 150 performance titles on 5 dogs, including championships in obedience and agility.   Competition areas include agility, flyball, competition obedience, Rally, and nosework
  • Designed course content and taught classes in agility, obedience, Rally, flyball and therapy dog training since 2001

Involvement in Animal-Assisted Therapy:

Becky began visiting with her first Sheltie in 1988. She was asked to take over as coordinator of the Pets for Vets program at Hines VA when she retired from nursing at Hines in 1998,   Becky has always believed strongly in the healing power of animals.

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Contact Us

For general information on Animal-Assisted Activities/Therapy, visit the Pet Partners web site.

If you are already a registered Pet Partner Team and would like to become involved yourself, please fill out our online application.

If you have further questions about the PAWSitive Therapy Troupe, contact us at: