meet the team


Director of Training and Behavior Consultant


Kate is our Director of Training at K9 Turbo Training and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) as well a Certified Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Kate has her Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University with a focus in Applied Animal Behavior and Neurobiology. She trains both dogs and exotic animals. 


Kate has had a lifelong passion of observing and studying animal behavior. As the lead trainer at the Creature Conservancy in Ann Arbor, Kate also trains and works with various exotics including cougars, coyotes, alligators, sloths, warthogs, kangaroos, and porcupines. With a strong focus on improving the lives of the animals in her care, she works tirelessly to provide constant enrichment, allow the animals ample opportunities to practice natural behaviors, and provide them with training to allow for low-stress vetting and handling experiences.​


Previously, Kate worked as an educator in math and zoology, and has traveled around the world observing animals in their natural environments. Now, with K9 Turbo, she helps ensure that every trainer on the team is educated to the highest level, is up-to-date on current research, and is following our company’s strict code of ethics.  Kate also runs and presents for our community education lectures and seminars. 

Additional certifications/associations include: 

  • Pet CPR and First Aide certified