A self starter with a heart for disabled children, adults and their families. Over 40 years successful teaching experience with a variety of age groups in a variety of settings at various levels. Highly creative, organized and dedicated. Comfortable working in individual or group settings.

 

 

Canine Modality Services

  • Works with children and adults who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, autistic, orthopedically impaired, developmentally delayed, mentally challenged, emotionally disturbed, brain injured, medically fragile, socially inept and/or with multiple disabilities
  • Works in physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, developmental therapy and school settings
  • Works closely with teachers, therapists and staff designing activities that captivate and entice clients to accomplish therapy goals, Individual Education Program and/or Individual Family Service Plan goals using highly trained assistance dogs
  • Trains new behaviors and handles the dogs in such a way that they provide the motivation needed for a client to take the next step toward accomplishing his/her goals and independence
  • Designs Interactive Kits used to stimulate interaction and motivation between the dogs and clients
  • Works in one-on-one and in group settings
  • Directs plays for family, birthday parties and tea parties with disabled children and dogs
  • Works with families and in the community as needed by clients
  • Presents Parent Workshops designed to empower parents of disabled children
  • Conducts workshops and seminars for professionals interested in using dogs in therapy or school settings
  • Supports Canine Companion for Independence Facility dog and Skilled Companion graduates

 Professional Experience

  • Founder and Canine Modality Specialist, Dustin’s Paw of Idaho,Kuna,ID1999– present
  • Canine Modaility Specialist, Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services Pediatrics and Jumpstart Clinic,Meridian,ID  2006-present
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, Boise, ID  2007-2010
  • Canine Modality Specialist and Patient Activities Saratoga Sub-acute Children’s Hospital,Saratoga,CA2004-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Children’sRecoveryCenter,Campbell,CA  2005-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist, Scribbles and Giggles,Saratoga,CA  2004-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist,DellaMaggioreSchool,San Jose,CA  1999-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist,ChandlerTrippSchool,San Jose,CA  2000-2006
  • Canine Modality Specialist,McKinnonSchool,San Jose,CA  2000-2003
  • Teacher, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA  2003-2006
  • Private Math, Reading and Writing Tutor, San Jose, CA  2002-2006
  • Teacher,IsaacNewtonCollegePreparatory High School,San Jose,CA  1996-2000
  • Teacher,RampelbergFamilySchool,San Jose,CA  1987-1996
  • Teacher, Green Valley Parent Participation Play Group,San Jose,CA  1985-1987
  • Instructor,UniversityofMontana,Missoula,MT  1982
  • Teacher,StevensonElementary School,Mountain View,CA  1979-1980
  • Teacher,CrittendenElementary School,Mountain View,CA  1977-1979
  • Program Coordinator,HavrePublic Schools,Havre,MT  1975-1977
  • Instructor,PurdueUniversity,West Lafayette,IN  1973-1975
  • Instructor,MinotStateCollege,Minot,ND  1972-1973
  • Graduate Instructor, University of Montana, Missoula MT  1971-1972

Professional Activities

Workshops, Seminar and Presentations

  • Presentation with Trevor Vachter, SilverTrailElementary School, Kuna, ID  2011
  • Selecting and Using Toys, Parent Workshop,Meridian, ID 2011
  • BoiseRotary Club Presentation,Boise,ID  2011
  • Music Magic, Parent Workshops,Meridian,ID  2010, 2011
  • Consult with O’Donnell’s and Galba,Meridian,ID  2011
  • Canine Companion forIndependenceTraining Staff, Empowering Families to Use Their CCI Dogs,Santa Rose,CA 2011
  • State ofIdahoOrder of Eastern Star Presentation,Boise, ID  2011
  • Jumpstart Annual Parent Tea Parties,Meridian,ID  2011, 2010, 2009, 2008
  • 3 performances of Jumpstart Players presentTrashyTownfor parents and dignitaries,Meridian,ID  2011
  • Distinguished Citizen of the Year Speaker, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center,Boise,ID  2011
  • Presentation with Sam O’Donnell at Lincoln Elementary, Caldwell, ID  2011
  • Potty Training, Parent Workshop,Meridian,ID  2011
  • Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Presentation,Boise,ID  2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
  • BoisePublic SchoolPhysical, Occupational and Speech Therapists Presentation,Meridian,ID  2011
  • AnserCharterSchoolPresentation, Garden City, ID  2010
  • STARS/Peds Speech Therapist Computer/Dogs Inservice,Meridian,ID2010
  • FalconRidgeCharterSchoolPresentation,Kuna,ID  2010
  • Canine Companions forIndependencePuppy Raiser Demo,Meridian, ID  2010
  • Jumpstart Players present The Mitten for parents,Meridian,ID  2009
  • HubbardElementary SchoolPresentation,Kuna,ID  2009
  • FOX News 12,Meridian, ID  2009
  • BrownMackieCollegePresentation,Boise,ID  2009
  • Cactus Pete’s Presentation, Jackpot, NV  2009
  • Community Partners ofIdahoPresentation,Meridian,ID  2009, 2007
  • Craig H. Neilson Foundation Presentation,Boise,ID  2009
  • KTVB Seven’s Hero,Meridian,ID  2009
  • 4H Presentation,Boise, ID  2009
  • Resource Faire,Meridian,ID  2007, 2009
  • Ameristar Get Together Presentation,Boise,ID  2009
  • It Takes Two to Talk, Parent Workshop,Meridian,ID  2009
  • Consulting for Gale Family,Meridian,ID  2009, 2008
  • Shareholder’s Breakfast,Boise,ID  2008
  • STARS Neuro Inservice,Boise, ID  2008
  • STARS Parents Presentation,Meridian,ID  2008, 2007
  • Ameristar/Cactus Pet’s Workplace Giving Video,Meridian,ID  2008
  • Sandra Bruce, CEO St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center at Jumpstart,Meridian, ID  2008
  • SpaldingElementary SchoolPresentation with Anna Botts,Meridian, ID  2008
  • Miranda’s Queen for a Day Presentation,MeridianandNampa,ID  2008
  • Consulting for North Star Foundation,Union City,CA  2008, 2007
  • Meridian Kiwanis Club Presentation,Meridian,ID  2008
  • Canine Companions forIndependenceGraduate Seminar Presentation,Santa Rosa, CA  2007
  • Canine Companions for Independence Fundraiser, Sun Valley, Idaho 2007, 2006
  • GemStateDevelopmentCenterPresentation,Nampa,ID  2007
  • FoothillsSchoolof Arts and Sciences Presentation,Boise,ID  2007
  • Jumpstart Players Present “The Gingerbread Dog,”MeridianID  2007
  • Additional demonstrations and presentations in SW  2006
  • Santa ClaraCountySeventh Annual Early Childhood Best Practices Conference Presentor,San Jose,CA  2005
  • San Andreas Regional Center Unit Meeting Presentation,Campbell,CA  2005
  • Four presentations for Canine Companions for Independence, one for trainers and three at Graduate Seminars, Santa Rosa, CA  2005, 2004
  • CAL-ED presenter along with Amanda McEvoy and Lenore Williams,San Jose,CA  2004
  • Pawsitive K9 Therapy DogCampPresentations,Malibu,CA2003
  • Santa Clara Department of Social Services Presentation,San Jose, CA  2002
  • Plus many demonstrations and presentations in schools, libraries and community organizations throughout theCalifornia1999-2006

 Professional Publications

  • Facebook page www.facebook.com/dustinspawidaho   2011
  • Selecting and Using Toys manual 2011
  • Potty Training booklet  2011
  • Jumpstart’s Greatest Hits CD and songbook with Amber Gresham  2010
  • Let’s Have Tea, a computer game and book based on Jumpstart Tea Parties  2010
  • Miraculous Tails, a Dustin’s Paw Newsletter  2010-present
  • Booklet put together how dogs are used in rehabilitation therapy for Dr. Shilt, Spasticity Clinic, St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center  2010
  • Dustin’s Paw Dogs and Infection Control Policies and Procedures  2009
  • The Mitten, a computer game for children based on play performance  2009
  • Material provided for Facility Dogs at Work Handbook  2009
  • Ovelle, Ovelle Who Do You See?, a children’s book and computer game 2008
  • Jumpstart Band, a children’s book  2008
  • Newsletter highlighting what Dustin’s Paw is doing in Idaho  2006-2009
  • Prepared a variety of brochures and information packets for Dustin’s Paw  2000-present
  • Created www.dustinspaw.org   2006-2011
  • Created website for those working with assistance/therapy dogs 2000-2004 
  • Edited and published an international newsletter for everyone interested in using therapy dogs to enhance the therapeutic and rehabilitation processes  2000-2004
  • Wrote Dustin’s Paw Interactive Learning and Therapy Techniques  2003 
  • The Clicker Journal, The Magazine for Animal Trainers, wrote article, “Wind Beneath Our Wings  2003
  • Wrote a chapter in The Golden Bridge: A Guide to Assistance Dogs for Children Challenged by Autism or Other Developmental Disabilities  2003
  • Wrote Dustin’s Gets a Bath, Dustin Sits On and Dustin Goes In and Out, books for hearing impaired children with Lenore Williams  2002
  • Produced and directed A Spoonful of Dog, Dog’s Colorful Day, One-Dog Canoe, An Exceptional Dog for Exception Children and Dustin Bakes a Cake, instruction videos, San Jose, CA  2002, 2003, 2004

 Grants Received

  • Saint Alphonsus Auxiliary Grant    2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
  • Primary Beneficiary of Albertsons Boise Open  September 2009
  • Ameristar/Cactus Pete’s/Craig H. Neilson Foundation Grants  2007, 2008, 2009
  • Saint Alponsus Foundation,OpportunityGrants  2006, 2007
  • Adalyn Jay Foundation Grant  2002, 2003

 Awards

  • Prairie’s Welcome Party  2009
  • It’s a Doggone Miracle!, Front page article in Idaho Statesman  2009
  • Ovelle is KTVB, Seven’s Hero 2009
  • FOX New 12  2009
  • Ovelle recognized as therapist with the highest patient satisfaction  2008
  • IdahoBusiness Review Health Care Heros/Rehabilitation Care  2008
  • Selected to represent Facility Dogs at National Canine Companion for Independence Donors Celebration  2005
  • Catherine Cirese Volunteer of the Year Award, Parents Helping Parents  2003
  • Silver Bowl Award, Junior League of San Jose  2001

 Accountability

  • Saint Alphonus Rehabilitation Services Clinical Outcomes  2007-present

 Community Involvement

  • Canine Companions for Independence Idaho Chapter  2011-present
  • Sam Hartz Memorial Golf Tournament  2011
  • Kuna Days Parade  2010-2011
  • Saint Alpohnsus Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit Reunion, Christmas Party  2010
  • Buddy Walk, Idaho Downs Syndrome Association  2009-present
  • Saint Alphonsus Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit Santa and His Reindogs Visit  2009-present
  • Capitol Classic, Saint Alphonosus Foundation  2008—present
  • March for Babies, March of Dimes  2008-present

Professional Education

  • Picture Exchange Communication Workshop  2011
  • Vision Therapy Inservice 2011
  • Pediatric Voiding Dysfunctions  2010
  • Chronologically Controlled Developmental Therapy (CCDT)  2010
  • Musculoskeletal Ramifications of Spasticity  2010
  • Sensory Integration  2010
  • Barbara Bloomfield’s Icon Talk  2005
  • TEACCH for Autism Intervention  2004
  • More Than Words  2004
  • It Takes Two to Talk  2003

 Education

  • B.S., 1971, Northern Montana College,Havre,Montana
  • M.S., 1972,UniversityofMontana,Missoula,Montana

Additional university credits and many continuing education courses throughout the years. This information is available upon request.

 References

Tiffany Dean and Diann Davis-Martin
STARS Pediatrics and Jumpstart
179 SW 5th Avenue
Meridian,ID 83642
(208) 367-8282
tiffdean@sarmc.org
DIANDAVI@sarmc.org

Dr. Craig Jussell
Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services
901 N. Curtis Road, Ste. 204
Boise,ID 83706
(208) 367-3351
CRAIJUSS@sarmc.or

Ron and Sara Gambassi
GemStateInvestments
5141 N. Capson Avenue
Boise,ID 83704
(208) 890-5680
ron@gemstateadvisors.com

Melody Dean
1873W. Whiff Drive
Eagle,ID 83616
(208) 859-1232
melodydean77@gmail.com

 Amber R. Myrick, LL.M, P.A.
ThorntonByron
3101W. Main St.Suite200
Boise,ID83702
(208) 344-8600

 Ken and Tessa O’Donnell
2950 N. Blue Springs Avenue
Meridian,ID 83646
(208) 447-9505
Ken_royd@yahoo.com

Lauren Rignel
NW Region Program Manger/Instructor
Canine Companions forIndependence
P.O. Box 446
Santa Rosa, CA 95402-0446
(707) 577-1798
lrignel@cci.org

Lenore Williams
1218 Ruppell Place
Cupertino, CA 95014-5049
(408) 446-0858
williamfamily@earthlink.net