Speaker and Clinician Profiles – 2020
The most important part of the World of Pets Expo is the educational aspect, we pride ourselves in giving back to the pet and animal community by creating a forum for experts in the pet field to speak and teach our attendees.
We hand select the best and most experienced pet and animal professionals in a variety of fields and specialties. From pet massage therapists, training and behavior specialists, animal lawyers, to veterinarians and animal surgeons, there is something to interest and educate everyone. We feel as though our speakers are a cornerstone to our event and that they bring to the tables years of combined expertise and knowledge that only enhances the Pet Expo Experience.
|Skye Anderson, MS, CPDT-KA, CTDI, AKC CGC Evaluator|
|With two decades of dog training under her belt (minus the months deployed to Afghanistan), Skye has filled several canine niches. They include teaching canine massage seminars and workshops, being the Red Cross Instructor-Trainer for Pet First Aid in Central Maryland, testing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen program and serving as a prison puppy trainer for a service dog organization. In addition, teaching YOU to train your family dog fun tricks. She says the stress-free atmosphere of dog tricks helps enhance the human-animal bond and is just plain fun. Skye has been a clicker trainer for nearly 25 years and blogger of (mostly) dog books and products for five years at www.DogEvals.BlogSpot.com|
|Rebecca Armentrout, Hawks Hollow Farm|
|Rebecca has being teaching in Baltimore City Public Schools for over 20 years. After a particularly difficult school year and her daughter’s autism diagnosis, she realized that she needed to come up with a healthy stress release. She decided to get back into horseback riding. She found Hawks Hollow Farm to be a safe, fun, children and family friendly place. It was an environment where her daughter with autism could safely run free and interact with animals and people. She realized the farm and the animals were giving Zoe an opportunity to interact with lots of unfamiliar people.
Rebecca decided to purchase a therapy pony for Zoe to take out into the community to help her have more opportunities to interact with strangers and to talk about her pony. She realized that many of her students would also benefit from the opportunity to spend time with animals. She then decided to create a partnership between Hawks Hollow and Lakeland Elementary /Middle. Lakeland students come out to visit the farm and animals are transported to the school for both educational and therapeutic purposes. Hawks Hollow hopes to be able to reach out to more schools and give students an opportunity to learn in a fun and safe environment.
|Founded by two educators and eight other individuals who were interested in reintroducing the equine experience to Baltimore City. Accessible and affordable horsemanship should be a part of Baltimore City. The youth of the City deserve the opportunity to develop, learn and be wowed by beauty and power of horses. With that in mind, they formed City Ranch as a 501c3 non profit to focus on the outcome of building positive character. On February 1, 2020, they will begin their 13th year.
Find them at www.thecityranch.org
City Ranch will conduct educational interactive talks all weekend long in our Horse Edu area.
|Founder of Keller’s Cause – As the owner of Keller, she couldn’t help but fall in love with these dogs. Amanda has dedicated all her free time to teaching the public about double merles, why they exist and how to live with a special needs dog. Amanda’s love for animals is present in all aspects of her life as she works full time as a veterinary technician. When she isn’t working, at an event educating, or working on Keller’s page, she spends all her time with Keller and Kai hiking, playing, and doing agility.|
|Jesse James, CAS, BIRDWHISPERER|
|Jesse James is known for educational and behavioral counseling to Psittacines (scientific name for all three-hundred-and-fifty species of Parrots world wild). Whether a bird bites, flees, threatens or quakes with fear; whether it’s a one-person bird or prefers one gender and/or nips at strangers, the BIRDWHISPERER can help. People watch in amazement as Jesse turns frightened, neglected, aggressive hard-to-handle birds into happy, loving pets. www.birdwhisperer.com
BIRDWHISPERER MISSION STATEMENT: COMMITTED TO IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PET PARROT OWNERS AND THEIR TRUSTED FEATHERED COMPANIONS, THROUGH KNOWLEDGE, PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING WITH HIS TLC BEHAVIOR TECHNIQUES.
|Before starting a business called Critter Cozy, which focuses on products related to the safety and well-being of pets, Dori has been studying a variety of healing modalities for over 10 years. She has studied advanced NeuroModulation Technique (NMT), recognized as a Reiki Master and received certification in Ama Deus. Since her initial introduction to Flower Essences, Dori has taken many training courses and studied their usage for animals. She is presently enrolled in Practitioner Training with Bach Flower Essences. Most recently, Dori became certified to teach numerous courses including Pet First Aid and CPR through PetTech. Over the years, Dori has amassed a wealth of training and experiences regarding these techniques and their applicability to animals. She continues to share that knowledge by teaching others how to leverage these and other healing modalities with the pets they love.|
|Dr. Judy Morgan|
|Dr. Judy Morgan graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 1980, received a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 1982 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. She earned her certification for Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, a form of veterinary Chiropractic, in 1995 and has earned her certifications for Acupuncture and Food Therapy from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.|
|In 2008 she traveled to China to study acupuncture and food therapy with the masters. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Southern New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, Botanical Veterinary Medical Association and American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Morgan enjoys public speaking and giving presentations at local and national continuing education venues.|
|Sally Morgan, PT CST|
|Sally graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Natural Science Communications in 1979. She completed a Physical Therapy degree from the University of Hartford in 1997. Sally has been certified as a Tellington TTouch Practitioner since 1989 and has spent 30 years working personally with Linda Tellington-Jones. She earned certification for Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in 1996, and in 1998 became a Reiki Master Teacher. Certified in Upledger CranioSacral Therapy in 2003, Sally became an Instructor in 2004. Sally has additional training in Myofascial Release, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, and Somato Emotional Release, all of which she has been among the first to apply to animals. She is a pioneer in Equine and Small Animal Craniosacral Therapy and has been practicing and teaching this work since 1992.Sally has an extensive background in the equestrian arts, training her Morgans Ten Penny Moonshine and LHM Night Hawk to the highest levels of dressage with instruction from Olympian Lendon Gray. Sally and her Morgans rarely left the ring without earning first place in freestyle rides to music.|
|Her stories of animal healing with Craniosacral therapy have been featured in Working Wonders and An Answer to Your Pain. Sally has presented papers at the International Beyond the Dura Conference on “The Effects of TTouch On The Craniosacral Rhythm,” and “How Animals Participate in Craniosacral Sessions.” At the first International TTouch Cell-abration, Sally presented a paper on “Understanding TTouch Through the Craniosacral System.” She was a featured speaker discussing Craniosacral Therapy for animals and her pioneering work in Vibrational Healing at the Conference for Complementary Care for Animals. Sally was the keynote speaker at the Animals in the Afterlife Conference in 2013. In her long awaited book, Dances of the Heart–Connecting With Animals, Sally shares how she learned to listen to animals with her heart in order to make deeper connections with them. Linda Tellington-Jones applauds the book saying, “This is a must-read for everyone who loves animals!” Sally travels widely teaching Equine and Small Animal Craniosacral Therapy and TTouch courses. She has a private practice in Holistic Physical Therapy for Pets and People in Massachusetts, where she lives with her corgi Trystan.|
|Shorty Rossi, Pit Boss|
|Keynote Speaker, Pit Bull Rescuer/Activist, Motivational Speaker, Cigar Rights Activist, Talent Manager, Cigar Blender, Author, Producer, Wine Lover, World Traveler, Cigar Lover, United 1K Member.Shorty landed his first job in show business at Universal Studios Hollywood as “Alvin” for an Alvin and the Chipmunks stage show. Since then, he has appeared in several commercials and worked on several movies such as “The Grinch” with Jim Carrey; “The Kid” with Bruce Willis; “Call Me Clause” with Whoopie Goldberg; and “ShowTime” and “Daddy Day Care” with Eddie Murphy, among others. He’s appeared on dozens of TV shows and has performed live in theatre for years. Shorty took on another huge endeavor, forming Shorty’s Pit Bull Rescue, a second business which rescues, rehabilitates and places neglected and abused pit bulls in loving, nurturing homes.|
|Brenda von Rautenkranz, M.S. LCPC, NCC, EAGALA Certified, Psychotherapist|
|Brenda has over 30 years of professional experience in behavior and education. She is the owner of vR Growth and Learning Center, a facility dedicated to bringing horses, dogs and clients together for emotional growth and empowerment as well as Equine Corporate Team Building for companies of all sizes.
She is a certified equine specialist with over 40 years of experience and has provided services to a wide range of individuals, groups and organizations. She is a State of Maryland Licensed Professional Counselor, Professional Fitness Trainer, produces and hosts her own cable show and is a motivational speaker. Throughout her career she has motivated thousands of people to gain control of their lives to inspire them to have a positive road to success.
|Leigha Schrader, Days End Farm Horse Rescue|
|In 2009, Leigha started volunteering at Days End Farm Horse Rescue (DEFHR), in Howard County, MD, the nationally-recognized, 58-acre facility for abused and neglected horses. At 12 years old, she had no horse experience, but a desire to learn and big goals to achieve. In 2013, she started interning under DEFHR head trainer, Sara Strauss. Under Sara’s guidance and wealth of experience, she started training and working with rescue horses. In 2016, Leigha was hired on as Assistant Horse Trainer.
Leigha has experience with starting horses, working with problem horses and she also enjoys developing horses at liberty and incorporating tricks into her training program. In addition to working under Sara Strauss, Leigha has also worked with well-regarded trainers Tara Jones, Scott Purdum and Trevor Carter. Leigha has been an active member of plan4progress (forever foundation) as a part of the Humane Society of the United States. In her current role at DEFHR, Leigha also assists with adoptions, the emergency response team and showcasing horses at shows/events. Aside from horses, Leigha graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a bachelor of science in business administration.
Meet the miniature pony, Vini. He was a neglect case from Frederick County and arrived at the Days End Farm Horse Rescue in April 2018, but look at him now! He bows, lays down, walks up a mounting block and loves liberty work. Vini will do a demo on Sunday at 2pm, so come show him some love!”
|Michael J. Soler|
|Michael J Soler is the owner and Master Dog Trainer of Blue Line K-9 located in Harford County MD. In the past twelve years Michael has helped over three thousand dogs and their families develop better relationships through training and canine based activities. He focuses on dogs’ natural desires to please their people and uses proven methods across a wide variety of platforms to ensure a consistent and desired outcome based on each individual family’s unique needs.
Michael developed his own unique training methods, based on proven psychology methods such as classical conditioning. He especially enjoys working with working dogs and was honored to share a portion of his Police officer career with a very special partner, Canine Sam.
His own experiences and challenges as a Marine Corps Veteran, Police Officer, Police K9 Officer, Father and Husband has driven Michael to learn, apply and share his experiences with others. He has impacted the lives of thousands of individuals as well as their canine companions through both Blue Line K-9 and his police service to his community. Michael has partnered with Best Friends Fur Ever building a canine enrichment program, board “n” train programs allowing us help more families.
|Chelsea Whitaker is an animal trainer whose career path was determined by being inspired and trained by her first dog, Dude. Dude was Chelsea’s 4H project who learned over 200 commands including throwing a frisbee back! Chelsea learned of animal assisted occupational therapy after visiting nursing homes with Dude. One elderly lady that Dude came across transformed from being comatose and slumped in her chair to sitting up straighter and handling the tennis ball that Dude strategically placed and stared at on her lap. In addition to training dogs to be a better family pets in Northern Baltimore County, Chelsea earned her masters degree in occupational therapy at Towson University.
In 2017, Chelsea and her family became first generation farmers and bought Timberbrook Farm, an 80 acre farm to expand the dog training business and assist individuals with disabilities. In addition to training family pets, Taking The Lead, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization that uses horses and dogs to offer therapeutic riding, hippotherapy, service dog training, and vocational skills training for individuals who have disabilities like Autism, Down Syndrome, PTSD, etc. Taking The Lead, Inc.’s logo was created by a client with autism who loves to draw cartoons. The newest program that has potential to change many lives is the new vocational skill program with animals:” I combined my background as a dog trainer and occupational therapist to create a curriculum to give individuals with disabilities hands on experience to bridge the gap in meaningful employment as dog trainers, kennel assistants, dog groomers, and more.” Most of the animals are rescued and retrained for Taking The Lead, Inc.’s programs including a bunny who jumps through hoops and feral cats who are rescued from BARCs, learn tricks (like sit and high five) with Taking The Lead, Inc. students and are successfully rehomed.