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

About Our Training

Here at Barks And Rec., we use only the most up-to-date positive reinforcement training. You will learn the fundamentals of Operant Conditioning using an event marker (i.e. clicker training).  With more than 20 years of experience, we have trusted, scientifically- based training programs from puppyhood to senior and from basic manners to aggression cases. 

Maryssa Moffit

Maryssa is a graduate of Animal Behavior College and the Karen Pryor Foundations course.  She enjoys hiking with her dog Nera and eating tacos

Millie Mclouth

Millie is graduate of the Karen Pryor Comprehensive course and a life-long Michigander.  Millie enjoys camping with her husband and dog Frank.

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(231) 590-7497 | (231) 590-7497


1859 Southpeak Dr.

Traverse City, MI


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