Sara manages our service dog and stay and train programs. Prior to joining us, she spent two and a half years raising and training service dogs to help individuals with disabilities. She has trained hearing dogs, mobility assistance dogs, service dogs for children with autism, and seizure response dogs. She is passionate about positive, scientific methods of training for both service and pet animals.
Sara holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Central Michigan University, which she also attended for graduate coursework and research; and furthers her learning through attendance at numerous conferences on animal behavior and learning.
In her free time, she enjoys training her golden doodle, Lucy, and sheltie, Ricky. Sara and her pups love agility, basic obedience, service dog inspired tasks, tricks, and have dabbled in freestyle. She also is clicker training her horse, Karli. When she isn’t training, Sara and her husband volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Kent County Animal Shelter. They even play music and go on adventures together!