Meet Your Team

Our Team Approach

Though every client is assigned their own personal SA trainer, you also benefit from the work we do together behind the scenes. We are constantly striving to fine-tune our processes and strategies to provide you and your dog the most solid relief possible. That means coming together for regular case meetings to share new ideas, putting our heads together to punch through difficult cases, and making sure we’re always at our best for you.

How We Choose Our Trainers

As you can see from their bios, our team-of-trainers are highly accomplished, expert dog trainers in their own right before they began their journey with us to become Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers. We look for the very best—trainers with extensive experience in behavior modification work, the best education the industry has to offer, highly honed skill sets, and that special touch to provide the support you need to get to the finish line.

Our Staff

Lisa Lyle Waggoner

Lisa is a CPDT-KA, a Pat Miller Certified Trainer-Level 2, Faculty for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog training and Behavior and founder of Cold Nose College in Murphy, NC. A passionate advocate for science-based, force-free dog training, Lisa is a regular contributor to Whole Dog Journal, and the co-instructor of the Separation Anxiety Certification Program.

Casey McGee

Casey, CSAT, CTC, CPDT-KA runs Upward Hound Dog Training and is on staff with the Academy for Dog Trainers as a coach and mentor. She has a particular passion for animal rescue and welfare, and is developing best practices for shelters and rescues working with separation anxiety. Casey was inspired to specialize in this work by Bruce, her own beloved lab with separation anxiety.

Tiffany Lovell

Tiffany, CPDT-KA, CSAT, AAI owns Cold Nose College, Space Coast, FLA and is the only Fear Free Certified Professional in her area. Her written work can be seen in Whole Dog Journal and Barks from the Guild. Tiffany’s focus is education, and she is truly passionate about working with separation anxiety.

Maia Huff-Owen

Maia Huff-Owen, M.A. M.Sc., KPA-CTP, CSAT. Maia is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy, a Fear-Free Certified Professional and a passionate student of animal behavior. Having come to professional dog training by way of research in graduate school, Maia has been lucky enough to have extensive and ongoing training from some of the most respected specialists in the animal behavior world. Among her best teachers, however, she counts her wonderful dog, Cliquot, whose recovery from a long list of phobias has cemented her passion to help change the lives of fearful dogs and their guardians for the better.

Jane Wolff

Jane, CTC, CPDT-KA, CSAT is an honors graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers whose interest in training really took off after working with her own separation anxiety dog (now recovered), Nina. When she is not working with separation anxiety, Jane loves teaching group classes and helping fearful dogs feel better about the world. She is currently working with her second own separation anxiety dog, Asha.

Jenna Powell

Jenna Powell, CSAT, CPDT-KA, Puppy Start Right Instructor, and AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator is the owner of Cold Nose College West. Jenna credits her own recovered separation anxiety dog, Bentley, for inspiring her to help other dogs and their guardians overcome this devastating phobia. It is her top priority to use the most humane and effective training methods to help you and your dog connect and thrive.

Ally Verba

Ally, CPDT-KA, CSAT, has been helping families attain their training goals since 2010. Though Separation Anxiety and puppy training + socialization are her specialties, she is happy to take on additional behavior cases of all shapes and sizes! Ally’s approach to training is based on choice, empowerment, and positive reinforcement. She believes that allowing our pets to navigate their worlds without unnecessary fear and anxiety helps to not only create healthy human-canine bonds, but also sets up our pets for the years to come.
CC Bourgeois

CC Bourgeois

C.C. is a CPDT-KA, Pat Miller Certified Trainer, CSAT, Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior and the owner of Wonder Dog University serving Charleston, SC and globally, online. Specializing in Separation Anxiety was motivated by her own – now recovered – dogs, Rocco and Jasper. C.C.’s extensive experience with rescues and as a large shelter Behavior and Training Manager shaped her mission to help humans understand their dogs better and give them the real-life tools for success.

Tara Houser

Tara Houser, MS, CSAT, KPA-CTP, PMCT2, CPDT-KA, has been training professionally in her business, Real Pet Behavior, since 2010. Her compassion for both ends of the leash grew from her experience in helping her dogs thru challenges with separation and noise sensitivities. She now enjoys helping dogs and their people overcome similar struggles and build stronger relationships using evidence based, force free training techniques.

Rachel Thornton

Rachel Thornton, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT, Faculty Advisor for Victoria Stilwell Academy of Dog Training and Behavior. Rachel is the owner of Cold Nose College, Natchez Trace as well as a well-known trainer and mentor in the service dog community. Rachel has expertise in breeding and raising puppies and enjoys continued study of dog behavior. She delights in assisting dogs and their owners to work through behavioral challenges, like separation anxiety, to achieve less stress and more fun.

Genevieve Cahill

Genevieve Cahill, MA, CVT, CSAT, CCFT found her love for animal behavior at a very young age. She has been a certified veterinary nurse for 20 years, and operates her business Modern Animal Behavior, working in her community with local vets and shelters as a Fear Free Certified Professional and Certified Canine Fitness Trainer. She takes a holistic approach to helping dogs and owners with their behavior struggles using only the most current science based techniques. She loves to help owners and their dogs find the peace and harmony they truly deserve.

Carmaleta Aufderheide

Carmaleta (Carm) Aufderheide, M.S., KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CSAT, owns Northstar Training Solutions in Eugene, Oregon. Her engagement in graduate school research into the human animal bond with vulnerable populations sparked her career in dog training, behavior, and commitment to helping families and their dogs through difficult times. Carm is also trained in mediation & facilitation and brings remarkable compassion and commitment to her work.

Lynn Webb

Lynn Webb, M.A., KPA CTP, CSAT, CTMT, started her journey into dog training when she and her husband adopted their American Staffordshire Terrier. To help their dog, she turned to the internet and found a lot of conflicting information, which inspired her to learn and work towards helping others with anxious dogs. After she became certified through the Karen Pryor Academy, she went on to earn certification in canine massage and Separation Anxiety. Through her company, The Proficient Pup, Lynn focuses on helping shy, nervous, worried, and reactive doggies and the people who love them.

Roger Bergez

Roger, CPDT-KA, CSAT, lives in New Orleans, and uses only fear-free, evidence-based methods, tempered with compassion and empathy, to help pooches and their humans live together beautifully and confidently. Roger has been training dogs as an amateur since 1972 when he was 14 years old, but began his journey to professionalism in 2009, conducting weekly classes for the Louisiana SPCA until 2015, and for the New Orleans Bark Market through early 2020. He earned the CSAT credential in 2017, and he’s grateful to be able to help pooches and their humans who jointly suffer the effects of separation-related problems.

Tina Flores

Tina, KPA-CTP, CSAT, and Puppy Start Right instructor is the owner of Doggy Einsteins Training.  Her passion for helping pet guardians learn to effectively communicate with their dogs through the use of scientifically based, force-free training methods stems from her experience and love of her own (recovered) separation anxiety dog, Chile.

Your Certified Separation Anxiety Trainers

Allison Shaefer

Alice Tong

Alice Tong

Allison Lamminen​

Allison Lamminen

Ally Verba

Ally Verba

Amie Glasgow

Ana Verissimo

Angela Doyle

Angela Gardner

Angela Gardner

Beth Grooms

Beverly Lassiter

Beverly Lassiter

Bonnie Logue

Brittany Jacobsen

Carmaleta Aufderheide

Casey McGee

Carlos Míllara

Carlos Míllara

Caryn Charlie Liles

Caryn Charlie Liles

CC Bourgeois

CC Bourgeois

Chantal Mills

Chloe MacBean

Christine Meijer

Christine Meijer

Christophe Bleyenheuft

Christophe Bleyenheuft

Claudine Prud’homme

Coline Guerin

Dana Rebaza

Deb Codiroli

Deb Codiroli

Deb Manheim

Deb Manheim

Emily Blythe

Emily Markham

Emily Markham

Emma Holly

Emma Holly

Erietta Karampetsou

Fanna Easter

Fanna Easter

Genevieve Cahill

Geraldine Wickham

Gitta Vaughn

Gitta Vaughn

Helen Tyrrell

Helen Tyrrell

Holly Ovington

Hylke Walters

Ingrid Haskal

Ingrid Haskal

Irith Bloom

Jackie Johnston

Jackie Johnston

Jane Wolff

Jen Hurst

Jen Hurst

Jenna Powell

JennaLee Gallicchio

JennaLee Gallicchio

Jennie Murphy

Jennie Murphy

Jennifer Pratt

Jennifer Pratt

Jennifer Gailis

Jennifer Gailis

Jennifer Reed

Jennifer Reed

Jenny Harlow

Jenny Harlow

Jessica Char

Jill Haley Rose

Joanie Dufour

Joan Hunter Mayer

Joan Hunter Mayer

Joan Morse

Joan Morse

Joann Rechtine

Karishma Warr

Kate LaSala

Katie Guille

Katherine Davidson

Katherine Davidson

Kathrine Christ

Kathrine Christ

Kelly McFarlane

Kelly McFarlane

Kim Roche

Kim Roche

Kimbra Doran

Leslie Wiesner

Leslie Wiesner

Linda Brodzik

Linda Brodzik

Linda Keehn

Linda Keehn

Linda Monico

Linda Monico

Lisa Lyle Waggoner

Lisa Manolius

Lisa Manolius

Lisa Marino

Lisa Marino

Lisa Skavienski

Lisa Skavienski

Lorena Patti

Lynn Honeckman, DVM

Lynn Honeckman, DVM

Lynn Webb

Maggie Pearson

Maia Huff Owen

Maria Karunungan

Maria Karunungan

Meghan D’Arcy

Meghan D’Arcy

Melanie Cerone

Melissa Dallier

Moira Hechenleitner, DVM

Nancy Le

Nancy Le

Natalie Osborne

Natalie Osborne

Nee Kang

Nick Hof

Pamela Rhodes

Pamela Wyman

Patti OFarrell

Peggy McCarty

Peggy McCarty

Petrina Cutchey

Petrina Firth

Phyllis Zboril

Rachel Thornton

Raphael Pepin

Roger Bergez

Ren Volpe

Sabrina Mignacca

Sabrina Mignacca

Sandra-Marie

Sara Munro

Sara Munro

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

Scotti Harvey

Sharon Nelson

Shannon Thier

Shannon Thier

Sharon Labossiere

Sharon Labossiere

Sheelah Gullion

Sheelah Gullion

Shelley MacEachern

Shelly Keel

Shelly Keel

Shoshi Parks

Shoshi Parks

Sonia Calvert

Sonya Bevan

Sonya Bevan

Susan Marett

Susan Marett

Tania Lanfer

Tania Lanfer

Tara Houser

Tara Houser

Terrie Hayward

Terrie Hayward

Tiffany Lovell

Tim Steele

Tina Flores

Toni Clarke

Toni Woods

Toni Woods

Tracey Hagan

Tracey Hagan

Tracy Krulik

Tracy Krulik

Tracy Martin

Tracy Martin

Tricia Del Sorbo Pape

Tricia Del Sorbo Pape

Vinciane DeBruyne

Vivian Zottola

Vivian Zottola

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