Melissa, a Colorado native, graduated from Colorado State University with degrees in Biology and Zoology. She began her training career at Marine Life Oceanarium training dolphins and sea lions in Gulfport, MS.
She then moved to the Garden State to work as an Instructor for The Seeing Eye, training dogs to guide blind and visually impaired people. Melissa was responsible for all aspects of the training and husbandry of 8-10 dogs at a time for a four month training cycle. When the dogs are placed, she would teach a class of 4 to 6 person-and-dog units on the streets of Morristown for another three and a half weeks. She would also travel to client’s homes to troubleshoot problem behavior issues. She spent ten years working with guide dogs and their handlers in the USA and Canada.
After eight years training two small humans, Melissa is excited to be helping dogs and their owners have happy, healthy lives together.