Positive reinforcement for pups & their people


I have a Biology degree from the University of Notre Dame, and I planned to become a veterinarian. 

But once I began working with animals, I preferred the role of a caretaker and became a California Registered Veterinary Technician. I worked in this field for 20 years. 

In 2015 I decided to pursue my passion to strengthen the human animal bond through dog training.  

I am a dog trainer for the SF SPCA Behavior & Training department.  

teach Puppy Manners 1 & 2, Adolescent Manners, Adult Manners & Recall. I also am a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator

I volunteer at Pets are Wonderful Support, by giving behavioral training & advice to clients and staff.

I started empawthy in 2016, so I could help people see the potential in their dogs and develop their connection & understanding. 


Past experience:

I spent 1.5 years working for the  SF Puppy Prep Dayschool, where I had the amazing opportunity to help train and socialize 250 puppies and meet countless more at puppy socials & classes.

I also worked in the SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy department for 2.5 years. I took therapy dogs to help people with mental health concerns thru the MESCAAT program- Mastery, Empathy & Social Consciousness through Animal Assisted Therapy.  They strive to improve well being & instill compassion through positive reinforcement training.  I ran programs at Edgewood & the VA.