Our Trainers

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Lindsay Chavez - Founder, Trainer & Executive Director

Lindsay is a professional dog trainer with a BA in Anthrozoology (Human-Animal Studies) from Carroll College in Helena, MT.  Lindsay has been training and placing service dogs since 2007. Through positive reinforcement training she has trained highly successful service dogs for individuals with various disabilities.  

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Mary Shimel - Trainer

Mary Shimel is an avid animal lover, and growing up she had a variety of animals.  Mary was introduced to service dog training in 2006 through Autism Service Dogs of America, and found her passion.  She loves seeing how these service dogs change the lives of the recipients.  Mary became an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer in 2012.  We welcomed Mary as one of our Healing Hounds trainers in January 2017.


When not training service dogs, Mary enjoys gardening, hanging out with the family pets, going on hikes, and living the country life.

our puppy raisers

Ryan Orr

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Puppy raiser since January, 2017

Carly Randall

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Puppy raiser since May, 2017

Megan & Taylor Ehl

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Puppy raisers since August, 2017

Mason

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Puppy raiser since February, 2018

Ellie Low

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Puppy raiser since April, 2018

Shaunaly Hutton

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Puppy raiser since November, 2018

Weegie & John Lieberherr

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Puppy raisers since December, 2018

Patty Kain

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Puppy raiser since January, 2019