We are grateful to these top-notch professionals for sharing their expertise in the development of our service dog education programs.
Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA, CNWI
Heidi is an animal law attorney who practices in Alexandria, Virginia. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Nose Work Instructor. Heidi serves on multiple boards, including for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, as the Vice President of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies and the President of Homeward Trails Animal Rescue, Inc.
Pam Nashman CPDT-KA, CTDI, AKC CGC Evaluator
Pam Nashman is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Trick Dog Instructor, and the owner of All About Dogs, where she offers a variety of training options for pet dogs including specialty classes for reactive dogs. Pam is recognized for her high level of expertise in dog behavior. She has lectured to various groups on dog behavior and has served as an expert witness in cases involving animal cruelty and dangerous dogs. Pam has a growing interest in the field of scent detection work. She was the first trainer in the United States to be trained by a Certified ZOS instructor, and she modified the approach to create her the TONS of fun! (Target Object Nose Search) program for pet owners.
Gina Phairas BSc Comms, CTC
Gina is a central force behind dogbiz, the dog professional industry’s leading business consultancy, and a former instructor at the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. Gina uses her experience and advertising background to support dog professionals by leading dogbiz’s talented consulting team and running dogbiz University. She also regularly shares dog business wisdom at dog training conferences and seminars, including those held by PPG, APDT, and as Clicker Expo faculty.
Kelly Spring CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
Kelly holds certifications in dog training and consulting. She is known for her expertise in dog behavior and she helped thousands of pet owners in her behavior consulting practice. Kelly worked in close collaboration with veterinary behaviorists and was referred to by veterinarians, shelters and rescue groups. Kelly also has a background in marketing and writing, both of which she uses in her work for the SDC program.