Our Trainers

Alicea Howell graduated from Purdue University with her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology in 2003, and received her animal training certification through the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior in 2008. She was one of the first veterinary technicians to earn her VTS in Behavior in July of 2010.  Alicea worked as a behavior technician in a small animal and exotic practice in Franklin, Indiana, where she had been teaching puppy classes, clicker training classes, behavior modification and cooperative behavior for more than sixteen years; working with both dogs and cats. Alicea is a leader in veterinary technology, consulting veterinary hospitals on adding behavior
wellness and intervention to general veterinary practices, including ways to decrease stress in patients.  Alicea now lives in Traverse City, MI with her husband and two dogs and has opened Traverse City's only Fear Free training center. 

Alicea is a nationally recognized speaker, providing lectures and hands-on labs for veterinarians and veterinary technicians at state, regional, and national veterinary conferences. She has written many articles for veterinary publications and has published a book on cooperative care for

Wiley publishing entitled Cooperative Veterinary Care.  Alicea is a past president of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior


Published author and national speaker

Kathy Foote

Kathy is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Foundations course and an amazing trainer we are so glad to have her on board.  Kathy offers group classes as well as private training.

Maryssa is a graduate of Animal Behavior College and the Karen Pryor Foundations course.  She has more than 10 years experience working with dogs, as a dog walker and trainer.  She currently has three dogs of her own that mean the world to her.  She enjoys hiking with her dog German Shepherd, teaching agility and tricks to her Pitbull Mix, and snuggling her Terrier Mix.  She offers both private training and group classes!  We are so glad to have Maryssa here at Barks and Rec.