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 of my students also have experienced childhood trauma. We provide these students with a safe, structured, and therapeutic setting where they can learn to love school. ..

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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…

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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 help support the students through the school day and their lives. It is a rewarding job that I am passionate about…

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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 society. Our patients are struggling with a host of issues: limited or no English, poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, trauma, profound loss, and addiction.   Many appreciate a chaplain visit since the luxury of therapy or counseling isn’t an option for them. ..

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Angelia Meyer & Tyson

Since Tyson has joined me on my clinical team at the Intensive Residential Treatment Program, he has instantly created an environment of joy and encouragement.

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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 schools in the building.  This includes students of all ages with multiple disabilities and challenges. 

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Kimberly Beshears & Suzie

fundraising_goal amount_raised program related_state post_excerptSuzie 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…

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Abby Stavitsky & Pepper

Abby Stavitsky has over 20 years’ experience as a federal criminal prosecutor in the District of Columbia. Her Assistance Dog, Pepper, helps victims, witnesses and first responders…

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Courtney Wang & Darcy

My name is Courtney Wang. I’m an occupational therapist at Galaxy Brain and Therapy Center, a neuro rehabilitation facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Galaxy is an amazing community of therapists and brain injury survivors who all work together to meet each survivor’s goals…

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