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Kim was born in New Jersey and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State College and earned a BS in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. During college, she was an extern at the New England Aquarium for over 4 years where she was focused on educating the public about conservation and wildlife preservation. During this time, she worked primarily with the veterinary team for the aquarium’s sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation program where she was first introduced to veterinary medicine. Kim’s focus ended was always on understanding the behaviors of marine mammals and sea turtles in a zoological environment and helped not only the aquarium but other facilities put behavioral programs into place.
After graduating, Kim and her (now) husband moved to Orlando so she could continue her career at SeaWorld’s Discovery Cove. During her time there, she also took a position at East Orlando Animal Hospital as a veterinary receptionist and a volunteer position at the MOTE Marine Whale and Dolphin Hospital in Sarasota. It was at this point, she realized that veterinary medicine and being able to educate and connect with clients was her true passion and became a full time employee at East Orlando Animal Hospital.
At East Orlando Animal Hospital, Kim set out to learn everything she could about the field of veterinary medicine. After starting as a receptionist, she worked her way up to Reception Supervisor, Veterinary Technician and then Floor Manager and Head Dog Trainer which she has been doing for the past 11 years. Kim noticed that one of the main things missing from the clinic that almost every client needed (wanted) was a behavior program. Kim started to focus on integrating dog training and doggy daycare to help facilitate the clinic in becoming a behavior centered practice. In 2015 she made it official and received her Certified Professional Dog Training- Knowledge Assisted (CPDT-KA) Certification from the Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers.
During Kim’s time in Florida (11 years), she married her husband Curtis, had two sons Logan (4 years old) and Luke (1 Year old) and has adopted four amazing dogs (who were all relinquished because of behavioral issues) while fostering and rehoming countless more! During her free time, besides enjoying the outdoors with her family, Kim still makes time to volunteer with several sea turtle rescue organizations and work on salt water aquariums. She also loves doing free public presentations on dog safety and behavior to help decrease the amount of dogs being relinquished each year due to “behavioral issues”.
· CCPDT (Council of Certified Professional Dog Trainers) - Member since 2015
· Central Florida Veterinary Practice Managers Association- Member since 2016
· IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals) - Member since 2013
· PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors- Scuba Certified)- Member since 2004
· MAC (Marine Aquarium Council)- Member since 2003
2012-2016: Twice Yearly, Public presentation- “Babies, Toddler’s and Dog’s” at the Orlando Public Libraries.
2010-2016: FVMA. Wet Lab Assistant for Cutting Edge Laser Therapy.
2013-2015: Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference. Wet Lab Assistant for Cutting Edge Laser Therapy.
2013-2016: FVMA and Gulf-Atlantic Conferences. Ultrasound Wet Lab Assistant. (Restraining demo dogs)
Professional agility trainer
Professional rally instructor
Jasmine has been apart of BTL Team since 2015. On board as a volunteer, Jasmine worked hard to always be present and open to doing whatever it took to be apart of the training team. It's never easy in the life of a dog trainer. Never missing a day, she applied herself to becoming a permanent member of Beyond The Leash.
Yesenia has worked in the animal industry for about 3 years. Born and raised in Miami, FL, she fluently speaks English and Spanish.