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Michael has been helping families with their dogs since 1999. He founded North Coast Dogs in Cleveland, OH and now owns and operates Michael’s Dogs in Houston, TX where he works primarily with dogs who have behavior related to fear, including aggressive behavior. Michael is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer with Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA). He is a graduate of the SFSPCA Academy for Dog Trainers and Karen Prior Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. Michael is also a reader, a writer, and a mediator – but rarely all at the same time. He and his husband, Tim, are world travelers and foodies. They live with two nearly perfect dogs, Stella and Stewie.
Brian Burton is the Co-Founder of Instinct Dog Behavior & Training LLC in New York, New York. He has worked with hundreds of owners and dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety issues. His primary role with Instinct is Behavior Consulting. Brian is currently working toward his MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. Brian grew up fearful of dogs but overcame his fear and found a lifelong passion through shelter and rescue group volunteer work. He owns a 1-year old rescue rat terrier mix, Joey, currently in training. Brian’s previous rat terrier mix, Sammy, CD, CGC, RAE2 finished as the top-ranking mixed breed in the 2013 and 2014 AKC Rally National Championships.
Dr. Sheila Segurson D’Arpino completed veterinary school and then a specialty training program in animal behavior with a focus on sheltered pets at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and 2005, respectively. Dr. D’Arpino has worked as an emergency veterinarian, private practice veterinarian, shelter veterinarian, dog trainer, veterinary behaviorist, and foster-based adoption program director.
Currently, Dr. D’Arpino uses the knowledge she gained and skills that she learned in her role as Director of Research for Maddie’s Fund. In her current role, Dr. Darpino’s goal is to develop and support research that increases pet adoptions from rescue groups and shelters and improves pet well-being. She relies upon her background working in and with animal shelters, pet foster care programs, and veterinary medicine to lead Maddie’s Fund research efforts.
Dr. D’Arpino is also a courtesy lecturer for the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and is the lead instructor for the Shelter Animal Behavior and Welfare online course.
Sarah Fraser is the Co-Founder of Instinct Dog Behavior & Training LLC in New York, New York. She has worked with hundreds of owners and dogs with aggression, fear, and anxiety issues. Her primary role with Instinct is Behavior Consulting. Sarah is currently working toward her MA in Animal Behavior & Conservation at Hunter College. She has been volunteering at animal shelters for much of her life. Sarah owns an 11 year old rescue pit bull, Buster, CD, CGC, RN; a 3 year old rescue American Bulldog mix, Mozeez, RN, CGC, who finished as the top-ranking mixed breed in the Novice category at the 2015 AKC Rally National Championship; and a newly rescued 2 year old pit bull mix, Will, currently in training.
Lore Haug, DVM, MS, DACVB, CABC
Dr. Haug graduated summa cum laude from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In 2002, she completed a Master’s Degree and residency program in animal behavior at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. She ran the Animal Behavior Service at Texas A&M from 2002-2007 and then move to Sugar Land, TX to begin a private referral practice. Dr. Haug speaks frequently across the country at veterinary and animal behavior venues, with an emphasis on canine, feline, and equine behavior. Dr. Haug also has a special interest in neurobiology, behavior modification, and pharmacology. She has published articles in several veterinary journals and is a chapter author in several books. She is currently the Immediate Past President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and is a long standing member, and past Chair, of the ACVB Examination Committee. Dr. Haug is also a certified consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers.
Jill Hourihan is the owner of several animal-related, service-based businesses in the Greater Boston area, including dog walking, training, and behavior services. Since 2006 and as a sole proprietor, Jill has been able to grow her operations into a portfolio of financially successful businesses with a staff of 40. These include The Pet Republic training facility, Metro Pets boutique and self wash facility, organizing, arranging and overseeing training and behavior private lessons and consults, and Running the Pack Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Service. Known for her business acumen, Jill frequently mentors other animal-related, service-based businesses. Topics of specialty include: the buying and selling companies, negotiations, diversification, leveraging technologies and the creation of custom marketing strategies. More than anything, Jill enjoys learning what her business clients of any size do and don’t enjoy, and how they can build upon each individual’s strengths to create the business they want.
Elinor Karlsson is an assistant professor in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the director of the Vertebrate Genomics Group at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. She is excited by the potential for using our own evolutionary history to understand how the human genome works, and in how that knowledge can lead to advances in healthcare. By investigating evolutionary history using high throughput genomic tools, Elinor aims to identify genes, pathways, and functional variants underlying polygenic traits, including susceptibility to infectious diseases, like cholera and viral hemorrhagic fevers, as well as psychiatric disorders (using dogs as a model organism). Elinor received her B.A. in biochemistry/cell biology from Rice University, and earned her Ph.D. in bioinformatics from Boston University. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University before starting the Karlsson Lab at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2014.
Adria Karlsson, MAT, EdS, is an Applied Behavior Analyst and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant working out of Cambridge, MA. Her main focus professionally is on dogs and cats, but she finds the behavior of any species of animal, particularly humans, is endlessly fascinating. Her early professional training was in elementary education and working with dyslexic children. When she adopted a dog, Beskow, with behavioral issues she soon became immersed in the world of dog training. As Beskow’s issues became more pronounced she began to seek out and meet with different trainers and consultants in New England. It soon became obvious that this was a new calling and through volunteering, assisting, and teaching at the MSPCA in Boston while completing a second masters degree in Applied Behavior Analysis at Simmons, she moved completely into the world of animal training. Since then, she has continued to pursue further education through conferences, professional workshops (including getting to work with birds at Natural Encounters, Inc!), and courses (including Living and Learning with Animals and TagTeach). Currently she is working for herself through her business (Dog Willing), mentoring for the IAABC Principles and Practice course, collaborating with the Darwin’s Dogs project, and raising four young sons alongside her two dogs and two cats.
Trish McMillan Loehr is a certified professional dog trainer (through CCPDT) and certified dog behavior counselor (through IAABC) who holds a Master’s degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Exeter in England. She specializes in training and behavior modification work with dogs, cats, and horses. During her seven years with the ASPCA, Trish gained a wide variety of experience in the field of animal behavior. For three years she was the director of the animal behavior department at the ASPCA’s New York City shelter, helping staff, volunteers, and adopters work with animals and make great matches. Trish has also helped assess and rehabilitate animals from cruelty, hoarding, and dogfighting cases, as well as pets rescued from natural disasters. In addition to writing for the ASPCA’s Virtual Pet Behaviorist and other publications, she helped create and present several very popular webinars on dog and cat behavior and handling for the ASPCA Pro website. Trish has also spoken nationally and internationally on animal behavior and sheltering topics. Trish and her husband Barry live in Weaverville, NC (near Asheville) and currently share their lives with three amazing dogs, two sweet cats, and a genius horse. Prior to her work with the ASPCA, Trish managed dog daycares, volunteered in animal shelters, taught obedience classes, and worked with board-and-train dogs in her home. She has also trained and shown horses in various disciplines, and has begun incorporating clicker training in her equine work. Trish has also worked with cats with behavior problems, and enjoys helping our feline friends have more enriched lives through clicker training as well. (Yes, cats can be trained!)
Dr. Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his residency program. He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2010. He is currently the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of an forthcoming book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy.
Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer for Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he helps oversee the vision, development and implementation of training education programs for the organization.
Ken previously served as the Executive Vice-President of animal care and animal training at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where he developed and supervised animal care and animal health programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection of more than 32,000 animals. He worked at Shedd for nearly 26 years. In October 2014 Ken began a new role as a training advisor at Shedd as part of his responsibilities with Karen Pryor Clicker Training.
A 35+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviorist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas. He also was a trainer and coordinator at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, as well as acting as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. He has also recently worked closely with several search and rescue dog organizations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs.