Growing up in the beautiful foothills of Colorado, I was surrounded by animals and nature. From an early age I knew I wanted to make a career out of working with animals. It all started with my first dog love, Tag. From taking her on long hikes in the forest and swimming in the rivers to teaching her to catch a ball off her nose, she was my first inspiration. I studied to be a Certified Veterinary Technician and had the privilege of participating in a six month long externship at Colorado State's Veterinary Teaching Hospital as part of my studies. After graduating in 2001 I worked in small animal medicine at several great hospitals in the area. In clinical work I would always strive to make animals feel as safe and comfortable as possible. Behavior has always intrigued me, so thirsty for more knowledge I pursued an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis in learning and behavior. That hunger for knowledge continued so currently I’m finishing my masters in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State, along with a second MS in Companion Animal Behavior Counseling from the American College of Applied Science.
I have several other areas of interest and specialties including being a FitPAWS Master Trainer through FitPAWs Inc., and a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer through Malena DeMartini’s exclusive program. I am one of a growing number of highly qualified CSAT’s across the country. I am also a Fear Free certified professional and certified trainer.
I strive to help animals and their caregivers alike in building the types of relationships that fulfill everyone’s needs. I am dedicated to research and scientifically based methods for behavior change. I take pride in providing animals and their caretakers the knowledge and skills they need to strengthen and nurture the human animal bond. I will continue to learn and bring the highest level of professionalism and service to each and every one of my clients.
Applied Behavior Analysis, M.A., Ball State University (2020)
Companion Animal Behavior Analysis & Counseling, MS, American College of Applied Science (2019)
Communications, B.A. University of Colorado (2007)
Psychology, B.A. University of Colorado (2004)
Veterinary Technician, A.A.S Front Range Community College (2001)
Certified Veterinary Technician
Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, Malena DeMartini Separation Anxiety Certificate Program
FitPAWS Master Trainer, FitPAWS Master Trainer Certificate Program
Living and Learning with Animals, Living and Learning with Animals Certificate of Achievement
Fear Free certified professional level II
Fear Free certified animal trainer
Professional Member of the Pet Professional Guild
Supporting Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Member of the Animal Behavior Society
Member of the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians
Member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association