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Healing Hounds Service Dogs

Our Team

Lindsay Chavez

Founder, Trainer & Executive Director

Lindsay is a professional dog trainer with a BA in Anthrozoology (Human-Animal Studies) from Carroll College in Helena, MT.  Lindsay has been training and placing service dogs since 2007. Through positive reinforcement training she has trained highly successful service dogs for individuals with various disabilities.  

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Mary Shimel



Mary Shimel is an avid animal lover, and growing up she had a variety of animals.  Mary was introduced to service dog training in 2006 through Autism Service Dogs of America, and found her passion.  She loves seeing how these service dogs change the lives of the recipients.  Mary became an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer in 2012.  We welcomed Mary as one of our Healing Hounds trainers in January 2017.


When not training service dogs, Mary enjoys gardening, hanging out with the family pets, going on hikes, and living the country life.

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