Debra's career with animals began at a zoological organization caring for injured and orphaned wildlife in Alaska over 20 years ago. After finishing a degree in Biology and Geology at the University of Alaska, her work with wildlife continued with organizations in New Mexico and Rhode Island.
In 2014, she became the Director of Operations for a humane society here in New England where she worked with dogs from a number of challenging situations including neglect, hoarding, and organized dog fighting cases.
In addition to these professional roles, she has been volunteering in dog rescue since 2008, assisting foster homes with behavioral challenges and fostering countless dogs of all ages & breeds with her husband, who shares her love of dogs.
Debra is currently the only trainer in the state of Massachusetts to be listed as a Certified Shelter Behavior Consultant for dogs through the IAABC, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the CCPDT, Certified Dog Bite Prevention Educator through Doggone Safe, Fear Free Shelters graduate, Dogs Playing for Life Behavior Mentorship graduate, and regularly participates in continuing education seminars & conferences on animal behavior.