Assistance Dog (Classroom, Courthouse, Hospital, Therapeutic Settings)

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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Jennifer Thompson

I have dealt with chronic illness and I have also gone through the criminal justice system myself. I know firsthand what a NEADS dog can provide to those experiencing difficulties engaging with formal systems. For 10 years now, it has been a goal of mine to bring peace, comfort, and support to those experiencing trauma.…

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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 & Tyson

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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Kimberly Beshears & Suzie

Suzie is a specially trained Assistance Dog who reduces stress and anxiety in kids involved in legal proceedings. These young victims, often under the age of 12, are comforted through the tuff legal battles that follow the heinous crimes they have witnessed or been a victim to.  From attending court, being present at Juvenile Human…

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