- Certified Professional Trainer – Knowledge Assessed (CPT-KA)
- Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP)
- Certified Diabetes Alert Dog Trainer
- Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI)
- Certified AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator
- Atlas Certified Trainer (Atlas CT)
- Atlas Team Facilitator Lead
- Diabetes Alert
- Allergen Detection
- Seizure Response
- Medical Incident Assist
- Hearing Alert
- Narcolepsy Alert
I have been surrounded by animals since I was a young child. I have always had at least one dog at my side, and I have been active in training since before I was 10. Dogs have been my constant companions; just as I have seen many a stray or shelter dog through fear and reactivity issues, they have seen me through hard times, too.
In 2008, I started actively volunteering, training, and working with service dog organizations. I have witnessed firsthand the amazing difference well-trained dogs can make in the lives of veterans, other adults, and children with physical, emotional, or psychological challenges. I am driven to help as many people and dogs as possible experience this transformation. This goal led me to take steps toward becoming a professional dog trainer.
In 2012, I was one of four people who founded PAWS Training Centers, now known as Compass Key, a business specializing in owner-based service dog training.
I am an active volunteer at the Seattle Animal Shelter as an advanced dog walker and foster program trainer and case manager. I am always on the quest for new knowledge, skills, and perspective in the name of advancing positive and successful dog training techniques. I focus just as much on the people side of the relationship as on the animal side, always looking to strengthen the amazing bond between the species.
I am a founding board member of Atlas Assistance Dog and currently serve as the organization’s vice president.