MEET THE

TEAM

Meet Our Professional Team

Meet Our Professional Team

Hannalore Tice

Hannalore Tice

Founder + Owner
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Founder + Owner

Boston for the Dogs is the brainchild of Hannalore, born out of a lifetime of loving and caring for animals. She brings an unparalleled passion and devotion to her business marked by an unconditional, unapologetic, fierce love for each dog. Hannalore is an active member of her community, and her social media content cultivates a family atmosphere and network of dog lovers.

With a background working with horses and a degree in education, Hannalore combines her knowledge of working with animals with her ability to support people in how they learn best. By apprenticing with various dog trainers, regularly attending seminars and trainings, and fostering ongoing connection, support, and mentorship among trainers, Hannalore has gained a large and varying skillset to match her love of all breeds. She is an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator and has training in service dog raising and task training to support BFTD’s growing Service Dog Program. As a service dog owner herself, she has first-hand experience having trained her own service dog, Seamus.

Hannalore is continuously adapting her services to meet the diverse needs of her clientele and is willing to work with all clients to best serve their dogs. By personally scheduling each dog, Hannalore is able to evaluate and modify each plan to provide the most reliable, loving service tailored to each client.

When not hanging out with your dogs, Hannalore enjoys craft beer, traveling, training her own dogs, hiking, and spending time with the BFTD family.

Corey Shields, Owner

Corey Shields

Owner
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OWNER

Training Specialities:

Advanced obedience, behavior modification, fearful dogs, reactivity, resource guarding, separation anxiety, confidence building, leash work, recall, clicker training, e-collar training, house manners, families & kids, engagement, enrichment.

Enjoys working with bully breeds, Dachshunds, & mixes

About Corey:

Corey joined Boston for the Dogs as co-operator and part owner in 2016 and has 11 years of canine handling under his belt. He has a background in basic obedience training, but his real gift lies in his calm approach to making both humans and dogs feel comfortable. He has a knack for house training puppies and dogs and has successfully fostered multiple rescue dogs.

Corey offers a patient, understanding approach to everything he does and loves assisting families in their transition to dog ownership. Corey loves working with large breed dogs and a has a knack for dealing with some of our most difficult cases. Corey also has deep knowledge in remote collar training, leash work, and recall and has worked with countless clients and dogs to gain mastery and freedom through the use of various training tools. Dogs come home after Corey’s lessons feeling happy and exhausted, which is a delight to both dog and human.

In addition to training dogs, Corey is passionate about history and technology. When he isn’t training dogs, you can find him watching documentaries (especially ones related to the 20th century and current events), reading Wired Magazine, or vigorously learning about the world of Web3.

Training Team

Teresa DeMore - Lead Trainer

Teresa DeMore

Director of Training & Service Dog Program Coordinator
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Director of Training & Service Dog Program Coordinator

Training Specialities:

Training Specialities: advanced & real world obedience, service dogs, trick training, therapy dogs, resource guarding, fearful dogs, reactivity, confidence building, recall, clicker training, e-collar training, engagement, enrichment

Enjoys working with Labs

About Teresa

Teresa was born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, AKC Temperament Test Evaluator, and is experienced in the areas of service dog training, therapy dog training and certification, and trick training. She earned a degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from the University of Maine, Orono, followed by studying at Starmark Academy where she deepened her education in canine behavior and training. Prior to working at BFTD Teresa gained experience working in zoos, animal rescues, and animal rehab facilities.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, and swimming with her dog Gary!

Katie Shea, Trainer

Katie Shea

Trainer
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Trainer

Training Specialities:

Training Specialties: advanced obedience, fitness/nutrition/health, reactivity, leash work, service dogs, puppies, house manners, families & kids, confidence building, engagement, enrichment

Enjoys working with Bulldogs & Pitbulls

About Katie:

Katie resides in Boston with her dogs Zeus and Vito and is passionate about all things dogs! Katie is constantly expanding her knowledge of training, behavior, veterinary medicine, and K9 fitness. Katie specializes in dog fitness and nutrition and launched the Pump Up Pups fitness classes at BFTD after becoming an AKC FIT DOG Instructor. She attended Mt. Ida College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology in 2018 and was a vet tech for several years before joining BFTD.

In her free time, she loves to stay active, with an equal amount of relaxing on the couch. She loves the woods and the beach and enjoys anything outdoorsy she can do with her friends, both human and dog.

Jill Annese, Trainer

Jill Annese

Trainer
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Trainer

Training Specialities

Beginner & real world obedience, house manners, leash work

About Jill:

Jill began her career in the dog industry in 2012. After working in the corporate world for 10+ years, she decided to follow her passion of caring for and learning about dogs. She started a dog walking and pet sitting service in her community that grew rapidly, allowing her to open the first brick and mortar dog service business in her neighborhood. Jill owned and operated a structured daycare, boarding, and grooming facility for 7 years. Shortly after opening her facility, her desire to learn more about dog behavior through her own dogs and clients’ dogs became the focus of all her spare time. Gaining additional knowledge took her in the direction of dog behavior and balanced training. Over the last 6 years, Jill has attended multiple seminars and workshops and also interned and shadowed in other balanced training facilities throughout New England. Jill specializes in dog socialization and understanding dog and human relationships.

Jill grew up and currently resides in Revere with her four dogs, Carina, Anabel, Oakley and Sanjay, along with her guinea pig, Benjamin, who loves interacting and hanging out with her dogs. For fun, Jill loves hiking her dogs in Lynn Woods Reservation and swimming the pups in the Pines River. She also enjoys participating in nosework scent trails with her dog, Anabel. When not with her animal family, Jill’s favorite thing to do is check out new fun culinary experiences.

Nicole Sprague, Trainer

Nicole Sprague

Trainer
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Trainer

Training Specialities:

Training Specialties: beginner & real-world obedience, puppies, confidence building, impulse control, engagement, enrichment

Enjoys working with Shiba Inus & Dobermans

About Nicole:

Nicole is a life-long Massachusetts resident and has been involved in working with animals since age 13, from exotic animals at the zoo to farm animals to companion animals. She has worked with dogs in many different capacities, including dog walking, grooming, and doggy daycares. She discovered a passion for dog training after realizing how much it can change peoples’ lives.

Nicole graduated from Bristol County Agricultural High School with a Small Animal Science diploma, attended CATCH Canine Trainers Academy, and completed the NePoPo Theory Webinar and online Service Dog School. She especially enjoys learning about the science behind training techniques and service dog tasks.

When she isn’t training for BFTD, Nicole loves spending time with her Shiba Inu service dog, Genesis, either on the couch or adventuring in the woods or at the beach.

Colie Bailey, Trainer

Colie Bailey

Trainer
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Trainer

Training Specialities:

Beginner & real-world obedience, puppies, confidence building, house manners, engagement, enrichment

Enjoys working with rescue dogs

About Colie:

Colie recently moved to Boston from Philadelphia where she was an active foster mom for multiple rescues and shelters in the Philly area. Through fostering she was inspired to hone her training skills and started her education for behavior modification to better help her foster dogs work through things like reactivity and resource guarding to help them get adopted. Before joining the BFTD fam, Colie worked as an environmental engineer.

Since joining BFTD, she has become a hiker handler, a trainer teaching group puppy classes, junior practice in the park classes, and has actively been part of the service dog program puppy raising and task training.

When not working she enjoys anything adrenaline pumping, active, or new. She loves to travel, lift weights, hike, ski/snowboard, surf, and throw themed parties with friends.

Jade Doan, Trainer

Jade Doan

Trainer
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Trainer

Training Specialities:

Training Specialties: advanced & real-world obedience, reactivity, confidence building, drive building, engagement & relationship building, sport obedience (Agility, Rally, French Ring)

Enjoys working with high energy, high drive dogs, Belgian Malinois, Pitbulls, and German Shepherds

About Jade:

Born and raised in Massachusetts, Jade comes with 7 years of training experience. She got her start in training diabetic alert dogs. From there she trained her own service dog, Luna, in college and graduated with degrees in Biology and Agriculture. Jade later worked for Petsmart as a trainer and quickly found success in the New England area. She opened and ran her own business, Galaxy Dog Training, from 2020-2022. Jade honed skills by training a variety of dogs, from puppies to aggression cases. In recent years she has taken on the protection sport world by competing in French Ring with her Belgian Malinois, Gideon. Jade specializes in training high intensity dogs and building engagement with precision and speed.

In her free time, Jade enjoys going to bitework on the weekend and going swimming with her dogs. When the pups get tired, she relaxes by going to breweries and cooking. Jade is also a foster with German Shepherd Rescue League of New England.

Meredith Dodson

Meredith Dodson

Trainer
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Trainer

Training Specialities:

Training Specialties : puppies, real world obedience, recall, and engagement

Enjoys working with Labs, German Shepherds, and Golden Retrievers

About Meredith:

Meredith is originally from Chicago and moved to Boston in 2021. She has worked with dogs in various settings since 2015, including rescues, veterinary offices, and daycares, where she became proficient in the appropriate use of training tools. Meredith has hands-on experience with dogs of various breeds and behavioral issues.

Meredith gained significant knowledge of handling dogs with behavioral issues working at a rescue and fostering dogs with bite histories, dog aggression, fear aggression, and reactivity. She has also owned her own training and dog walking company where she gained hands-on experience with client dogs. After working solo, she decided to join BFTD to be part of a team!

Meredith’s personal dogs, Pretzel and Banshee, are a huge part of her training journey as well. She worked diligently with Pretzel to form a new relationship and manage her reactivity, and they are currently training for dock diving. Meredith has also raised her service dog, Banshee, since she was 8 weeks old.

Outside of work, Meredith loves to spend time training her own dogs and just relaxing. She also enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and going to brunch.

Operations & Admin Team

Operations & Admin Team

Braelynn Bouchie, Client Services Manager + Trainer

Braelynn Bouchie

Operations Director & Trainer
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Operations Director & Trainer

Training Specialties

Training Specialties: beginner obedience, puppies, kids & families, frisbee/dog sports, leash work, recall, confidence building

Enjoys working with Collies

About Braelynn:

Braelynn currently resides in Connecticut with her husband, 2 human babies, and 5 dogs. She worked closely with dogs for 6 years in the Boston area before finding BFTD to work on training with her own dogs. In addition to her expertise in client services, Braelynn is a trainer and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator.

Braelynn loves to hike, go to seminars, and play frisbee. She is currently diving into the world of dog sports and having so much fun! When she is not managing clients’ schedules at BFTD, she is hanging out in her yard with her kids or training with her crew.

Karey Kenst, Operations and Community Engagement Lead + Staff Photographer

Karey Kenst

Senior People Ops Project Manager & Staff Photographer
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Senior People Ops Project Manager & Staff Photographer

About Karey:

Karey is a transplant from East Tennessee to New England and has lived in Jamaica Plain for almost 20 years. Karey is a life-long dog lover, from welcoming puppies on their family’s farm to raising their former rescue dogs. Karey and their service dog, Frankie, have trained extensively with BFTD, along with service dog experts Victoria Warfel at Heart & Soul K9 and Lisa Lior Lima, MSW, LSW at My Life Unleashed.

Karey manages BFTD’s People Operations Projects and is Staff Photographer. They also bring their experience and perspective as a service dog handler and owner-trainer to the team.

Prior to joining BFTD, Karey worked in the nonprofit sector, with over a decade devoted to addressing disparities in healthcare. They are also a self-taught textile artist and photographer. When they aren’t working, Karey enjoys spending time outside with Frankie and friends and investing in their artistic practice.

Christa Kanellis

Christa Kanellis

Administrative Assistant

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Administrative Assistant

About Christa:

Christa joins BFTD working remotely from her hometown of Germantown, New York. She has worked in the animal industry for the last 13 years, primarily as a pet groomer. For the first few years of her career, she learned from various groomers based on the east coast. She specializes in hand scissor work and positive behavior exposure to grooming and has a passion for teaching. In 2017, Christa found her true calling of working with aggressive and anxious dogs when she took a position at a large animal hospital as their groomer. In 2019, she opened her own successful grooming salon, Pawsitively Dapper, in Salem, NY. During her grooming career, she became involved in dog training and sports with her two dogs, Charlie and Layla. She participates in lure course, dock diving, disc, and GRC with both.

On her off time, you can find Christa hiking, long distance running, or relaxing with a book.

Fernando Lara, Administrative Assistant

Fernando Lara

Administrative & Marketing Assistant
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Administrative & Marketing Assistant

About Fernando:

Fernando has lived in Boston his whole life and has had a love of dogs since he was a young child. Collecting dog breed books was a huge hobby of his. He always enjoyed being around dogs and working with them. Fernando has volunteered at his local animal shelter to further his experience of dog handling. Once he was finally able to get his dream dog breed, he realized that he needed to expand his knowledge to include new training techniques for a well balanced dog, which is ultimately what brought him to BFTD. He fell in love with the team and everything about it.

Fernando also loves social media and runs a photography/digital manipulation page on Instagram. He thought the role of combining his love of dogs with his photography and social media skills would amazing, and became part of the BFTD family as a client and team member.

In his free time, Fernando does photography and content video creations. He enjoys adventuring with his Husky, Draco, on local trails.

Emma Foster, Business Management Consultant

Emma Foster

Business Management Consultant
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Business Management Consultant

About Emma:

Emma resides in Rutland, MA with her husband, Dan, and rescue pittie, Rocco. She fell in love with dog training and behavior when she rescued her first dog, Winnie, and quickly found herself living by BFTD’s “train don’t complain” standards. Emma holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting as well as an MBA from Assumption College. When the opportunity arose to help with some business consultation, it was an easy yes!

In her spare time, Emma likes to garden, crochet, and cook.

Hiker Handlers

Hiker Handlers

Steffanie Marinella, Handler

Steffanie Marinella

Field Services Coordinator & Hiker/Handler
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Field Services Coordinator & Hiker/Handler

About Steffanie:

Steffanie grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts and moved closer to the city about 2 years ago. She has a 3 year old Labrador mix named Lady Sif who is her pride and joy and is her inspiration to pursue a career working with dogs. She aspires to be a trainer and likes to absorb as much as she can.

In her downtime Steffanie likes to bake, work on various crafts, or be in the woods camping.

Gian Gonzalez, Handler + Admin

Gian Gonzalez

Hiker/Handler & Hiking Admin
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Hiker/Handler & Hiking Admin

About Gian:

Gian was the first employee of Boston for the Dogs and joined the pack in 2013. Inspired by the success he achieved (with the help of Hannalore) in training his own skittish pup, Gian brings his ever-positive attitude to help dogs be their best selves.

His gentle, calm demeanor coupled with a strong presence gives him the edge over timid and untrusting dogs, allowing him to diffuse tense situations with grace. Gian is able to handle some of the most challenging pups with ease, assisting them in gaining the confidence and skills they need to succeed.

Nathan

Nathan Gonzalez

Hiker/Handler
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Hiker/Handler

About Nathan:

Nathan has been with BFTD for going on four years now. Having started with zero experience and dog handling confidence, he is now adept
at dealing with multiple dog personalities and quirks as confidentially as dealing his own dog. Nathan has always wanted the opportunity to work hands on with both animals and people with the same passion for animals as him. He was lucky enough to find BFTD when he did, allowing him to grow both as a handler and dog owner.

When Nathan isn’t walking your dogs he probably out in the woods in the mud with his own dog/bestfriend Rugger a.k.a Arugula.

Rachael Pewter, Handler

Rachael Pewter

Hiker/Handler & Training Assistant
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Hiker/Handler & Training Assistant

About Rachael:

Rachael has lived in Massachusetts her entire life. Prior to coming to BFTD, she was a high school math teacher for 5 years. She left teaching in the school system to combine her love of dogs with her teaching skills and to eventually become a trainer.

Rachael has grown up with Newfoundlands and loves large dogs. She has had 6 Newfoundlands throughout her life, and she currently has two named Oliver and Winston.

Tess O’Connor, Handler

Tess O’Connor

Hiker/Handler & Training Assistant
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Hiker/Handler & Training Assistant

About Tess:

Tess was born and raised in Roslindale and recently graduated from Bridgewater State University with a psychology degree. She has loved and been interested in animals since she was little and has 9 pets, including her 2 dogs Milo and Millie. Tess has been a client of BFTD for over 2 years and has learned how to help her fearful and anxious dogs. Tess eventually wants to work with children with disabilities interacting with animals.

In her free time, she likes to bake (for dogs and humans), relax at the beach, and go on adventures with her dogs.

Sawyer Hussey, Hiker Handler

Sawyer Hussey

Hiker/Handler
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Hiker/Handler

About Sawyer:

Sawyer is originally from Maine and lived in Philadelphia for ten years before moving to Roslindale in 2019. He graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a degree in horticulture and shortly after qualified as an ISA-certified arborist. Since then he has worked in various green fields including urban farming, estate gardening, public horticulture, and greenhouses. The seasonal nature of this work left him with extra time cooped up over winter, until he connected with BFTD as a handler.

Sawyer has been a lifelong dog lover and is comfortable with dogs of all sizes, ages, temperaments, and needs. His patience, confidence, and love of the outdoors makes him a great match for hiking pups.

When he is not hanging out with your dogs he is hanging out with his own and his partner, cooking something tasty and watching The Office again.

Training Facility Assistant

Courtney Tower

Training Facility Assistant
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Training Facility Assistant

About Courtney:

Courtney was born and raised in Massachusetts and currently lives in Medford with her spunky pup, Troy. She has worked in the beauty industry for the last 8 years but always had an incredible passion for all things nature and animals. BFTD has provided her with an opportunity to not only help herself with my own dog, but also to help others who join the BFTD fam build confidence and obedience too. As lab hand and handler, Courtney greets clients in the morning and gets the pups ready for the day, handles walks and potty breaks, and assists the trainers throughout the day.

On her days off, you can catch Courtney riding her motorcycle, doing crafts, writing, and of course adventuring the great outdoors with her dog, Troy!

Julia Russell, Training Facility Assistant

Julia Russell

Training Facility Assistant
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Training Facility Assistant

About Julia:

Julia is Massachusetts born and raised and has been enthusiastically working with BFTD for a few years. A recent high school graduate, she can now focus on what she loves: training! She’s always adored animals and has fallen head over heels for the pit bull (Cassie) she rescued from Alabama at the start of the pandemic. By working extremely hard on her own dog’s reactivity, she’s grown to love the big, “scary” dogs that most other people don’t want to mess with. In the future, she plans to continue training, do canine sportwork, and eventually get into protection and bite sports.

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Mallorie Timon

Training Facility Assistant
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Training Facility Assistant

About Mallorie:

Mallorie has bounced around the northeast, living in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and now Massachusetts. She graduated from Centenary University in 2019 with a BS in Biology (Pre-Veterinary) and a minor in Psychology. She has worked on horse farms and in veterinary offices since 2012 and spent four years at a dog boarding and daycare facility that houses US Customs K9s and boards Border Patrol, NY state police, and DEC K9s.

During college she adopted a stray heeler, Rowyn, who was picked up after Hurricane Harvey. In 2021 she welcomed her second and third dogs, a Catahoula, Saxyn, and a Malinois, Trooper, who introduced her to BFTD.

Aside from being a Training Facility Assistant for BFTD, she works full-time in Pfizer’s Comparative Medicine department. When she’s not at work, you can find her at a horse show or the barn with one of her horses, taking her dogs for a run or an adventure, or training her dogs.

Danielle Clark, Pet Sitter

Danielle Clark

Pet Sitter
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Pet Sitter

About Danielle:

Originally from rural New Jersey, Danielle moved to New England to attend film school. In 2018, while working in the live event production industry, she joined BFTD as a sitter and weekend hiker, eventually joining the team full time as the Operations Manager. In 2021, Danielle made the switch back to the events industry, and now works in software implementations, teaching a scheduling system to clients across the country. She continues to work with BFTD as a pet sitter.

Danielle comes from a family of dog lovers. She loves to play video games, is an avid TV binge watcher, and collects license plates.

Madeline Davis, Pet Sitter

Madeline Davis

Pet Sitter
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Pet Sitter

About Madeline:

Madeline moved from sunny Southern California to Boston to work in the field of behavioral health. Beyond this, her interests include animals and nature. She has lived around animals all her life and looks forward to the day she can adopt her own dog. For now, she has two sweet cats that fell into her life through serendipity.

In her free time, you can find Madeline exploring Boston (especially restaurants and cool outdoor spots), playing video games, reading, and finding new ways to volunteer and give back to her community. Jamaica Plain has been a great neighborhood for her, and she couldn’t ask for a better home.