After heading behavior and training at the DC-area’s largest shelter and rescue organization, it is such a joy to focus my time now helping dogs live their best lives in their homes!
At Humane Rescue Alliance, where I led the department from 2013-2021, I was committed to helping bring pets and people together through a variety of training and behavior support programs, including working with the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Asheville, North Carolina, to develop HRA's first intensive program for severely fearful dog rehabilitation, as well as teaching classes on everything from obedience to dog reactivity, and providing ongoing private session and behavioral support for adopters, fosters, and the Washington, D.C. community.
Over those years, I worked closely with Tracy Krulik on separation-related problems in shelter animals, and I am now focused solely on providing treatment and support for this issue in the community. I still regularly take on separation anxiety cases for the shelter.
Prior to leading the department at HRA, I was a behavior and training specialist at the Washington Animal Rescue League, where I taught classes and private sessions and worked regularly with shelter animals, since 2011. I also have owned my own private dog training business and worked as a contract trainer for Good Dog DC, LLC.
A graduate of Wellesley College and during graduate school at Hunter College, CUNY, I completed my master’s thesis on captive elephant stress behavior and vocalizations after transport to the National Zoo. I have studied with and been mentored by Jean Donaldson through the Academy for Dog Trainers and Trish Loehr via the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants' shelter mentorship program. I am also a graduate of the dog training apprentice program at Humane Domain, in Marriottsville, MD.
I live in Sykesville, Maryland, with my baby girl, husband, parents who relocated from California, and my two dogs, Daisy and Banjo. I love to sing, and before COVID and baby, I performed as a professional soprano soloist with classical music groups in the DC area, including the Third Millennium Ensemble, Washington Saengerbund, and College Park Chorale.