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(317) 991-5400

6256 La Pas Trail, Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA

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Meet The Team

Jennifer Cattet Ph.D.

Executive Director

Jennifer, along with her husband Jack Topham, founded Medical Mutts with two goals in mind: helping those who need service dogs and helping dogs that have been abandoned.

 

Jennifer has a Doctorate in Psychology with a specialization in Animal Behavior (Ethology). She completed her studies at the Faculty of Psychology in Geneva Switzerland. She has worked professionally as a dog trainer and behaviorist since 1988.

Jennifer started the first professional dog training school based on clicker training in France (Animalin). She is the co-author of an award-winning book on dog behavior (in French) and the producer/director of a DVD on clicker training (in French).

 

With her scientific background, she contributes to ongoing research in the field of medical detection (Diabetes, Seizures, Cancer). Given her expertise in the field, as well as her fluency in both English and French, Jennifer also coaches service dog organizations and trainers in Europe about service dog training for Diabetes and Seizures.

 

AKC approved CGC evaluator.

Jack Topham

Director of finance and administration

Jack is often the first person you'll get to talk to when you call the office. He'll take the time to listen and understand your needs and will go over our different programs so you can make the best decision. If we can't help you, he'll try to direct you to the right source and provide you with all the information you need about service dogs in general.

 

Jack is in charge of finances and administration. He also provides customer support and services and is also responsible for maintaining social media accounts and looking for and posting inspirational and informative stories about service dogs. If you follow us on our Facebook page, you'll see regular postings about service dog stories, changes in the laws, training information, and more, that Jack has found for us.

 

Jack is also responsible for staff management and supply purchasing. He has been involved in service dog training for close to 8 years and is always looking for new ways to help both the people and the dogs.

Eva Rudisile CPDT-KA

Director of Client Services

Eva puts her heart and energy into helping our clients with their service dogs. She truly cares about the success of the partnership and applies her knowledge and skills in the coaching and support of our clients.

In addition to being a certified dog trainer, Eva is also a board-certified Music Therapist with a focus in Neurologic Music Therapy, NICU and general pediatrics. She also facilitates healing through rhythms and clinical hypnosis. 

Eva is a passionate dog lover and has taken her personal dog Nico trough the CGC and Therapy dog certification. She has joined Indy Disk Dog, Agility and Nosework. She is also training her dog Nico with Midwest Search Dogs

 

Eva is SARTEC 2 & 3 certified as well as CPR/First Aid for humans and pets.

As a therapist as well as a dog trainer, she understands the importance of clear communication between humans and dogs. 

Melissa Morris CPDT-KA

Director of Training

Melissa has a challenging mission to supervise the training of all of our dogs. She makes sure the trainers are up to date with the latest training techniques, maintains our standards of training, and provides guidance and support when needed.

 

Melissa has an extensive background in animal training. She has learned and worked for some of the most accomplished trainers in the world.

 

Under world-renowned Dr. Sophia Yin, she worked with both cats and dogs, in training, low-stress management, and teaching.

 

Melissa also comes with years of experience working in shelters and laboratories. She is an expert in assessing cats and dogs, developing and implementing behavior modification protocols and teaching owners how to better interact with their animals.

 

Melissa has devoted her career to making a difference in the life of animals and those who love them.

 

AKC approved CGC evaluator.

Melissa is certified CPR and First Aid

Anthony Cattet

Development Associate

Anthony has a passion for animals of all kinds. Son of Jennifer Cattet, co-founder of Medical Mutts, he grew up in France and in Indiana amongst dogs, cats, horses, chicken, and other furry or feathered friends. He understands and values the deep connection one can make with an animal. As a Falconer and a dog trainer, Anthony places his work and his heart into making a difference in the lives of those who can't speak for themselves.

But to make a real impact, it takes more than one person and one organization. It's through the connections that we make, the volunteers who lend a hand, and the sponsors who put out the funds that we can help more people and more dogs. With his big smile and his heart on his sleeve, Anthony's role is to raise awareness and bring everyone together so that we can make a difference in the lives of people living with a disability and dogs that have been abandoned. 

Anthony is in charge of event planning and fundraising.

Trainer

Michelle Shanklin

Senior Trainer

Michelle has a true love for the dogs. She started with Medical Mutts as an intern. Motivated by a strong desire to learn how to better understand dogs and train them to be Service Dogs, Michelle has dedicated her time to developing her skills to become a dog trainer and providing a better life to the dogs she works with.

 

She enjoys taking the dogs home and socializing them in many different places, to get them used to grocery shopping, going out to eat, and visiting the doctor's office. 

 

Michelle graduated from Ball State University with a degree in Psychology. 

 

Michelle is certified CPR and First Aid

Clint has been training service dogs for several years, as he started with another service dog organization before working with Medical Mutts. He is experienced at training over 50 behaviors.

 

Clint got into this field because he wanted to make an impact on both dogs and people.  He has seen some hard times himself and fully relates to the hardships of the dogs and of the people that they will help one day. He loves to watch the dogs learn as they progress through the program.  He likes to learn as much as he can about animal behavior and is currently studying for his training certification.

Cara Lanciotti

Rescue Coordinator 

Cara's mission is to find all the wonderful dogs that we can train as service dogs. She's in touch with the different rescues in the area and is always keeping her eye out for the right dog.

 

Cara has been involved in the training of service dogs for over 10 years. She believes that positive reinforcement methods are not only the most effective methods for working dogs but also the only humane and proven approach.

 

She has a heart for the dogs who find themselves in rescues and shelters to no fault of their own and spends hours visiting the local shelters and rescues, looking for dogs that might get a new lease on life through our program.

Clint Adams