Assistance Dog

Megan Lavin

My name is Megan Lavin.  I am a special education teacher in the Boston Public School system.  I am in my 14th year teaching in the Emotional Impairment Strand at the Beethoven School.  I have taught 1st grade, 5th grade and presently teach Kindergarten.  The population of students I work with struggle with self-regulation.  Many…

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Joanne Sykes

Joanne Sykes is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working with close to 600 5th and 6th grade students in the Town of Falmouth, MA.   She has worked as an educator, counselor, and mentor for over 16 years and has continued her own professional development, receiving a Masters of Emergency Management in 2017.  Joanne’s focus is…

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Liz Roberts

I have been teaching Special Education children for 8 years.  Prior to this, I taught second grade and worked as an Instructional Aide in a class for students with autism.  I attended California State Chico where I received a bachelor’s degree, my elementary school teaching credential and my education specialist credential. Throughout my life, I…

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Erin Sullivan & Harry

Hi! My name is Erin Sullivan. I have been a clinician and school adjustment counselor for almost 20 years. My favorite population to work with is teenagers. Currently, I am a school adjustment counselor at Millis High School. MHS is a small public school with about 400 students. In my role there, I work to…

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Loriann Gatta

Hi, my name is Loriann Gatta and I was matched with my first Assistance Dog for Therapy, Greta, in 2005 from NEADS.  We worked together for 12 years making a difference every day in the lives of elders in the Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts.  In April of 2018, Greta left this earth for a higher…

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Jennie Gould

I am an Episcopal priest and Board Certified Chaplain, and have worked as one of the chaplains at Boston Medical Center (BMC) since 2002.  BMC is a safety net hospital; in other words, it accepts patients who are uninsured and under-insured.  Often the patients I visit are the people who inhabit the very margins of…

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Angelia Meyer

Hello!  My name is Angelia Meyer.  I am an Occupational Therapist at NFI Evolutions, an intensive residential treatment program for adolescents suffering from severe mental illness in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Evolutions is an organization filled with incredible, compassionate, empathic individuals who have dedicated their life’s work to aiding youth who have seen more hardship in their…

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Jennie Williams & Danny

Danny is a classroom dog who works every day at a therapeutic day school in Southeastern Massachusetts.  Danny initially came to the school to offer support to students in Kindergarten through grade 8.  Within weeks of coming to the school in August 2017, Danny was in high demand and working with students in all four…

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Abby Stavitsky

Abby Stavitsky has over 20 years’ experience as a federal criminal prosecutor in the District of Columbia, primarily handling child abuse, domestic violence and sexual offenses. Her dog will be helping victims, witnesses and first responders throughout the D.C. criminal justice system. *NEADS clients pledge to raise a minimum of $8,000 for the organization, thus…

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Tracey Williams & Cuba

My name is Tracey Williams and I’m an Intensive Special Education Teacher for Boston Public Schools. Several years ago I had three therapy dogs participate in a summer program for students with autism. The dogs came in twice a week and worked with children ages 3.9 to 5 years of age. The children increased their…

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