Abby Hill CPDT-KA, Founder & Executive Director
Abby is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). She’s been passionately training dogs for twenty years. Abby has competed on a National Level in multiple disciplines including AKC Rally and Obedience where she not only won multiple classes but earned the highest title possible, Magnum Cum Laude 1. Abby is the owner of The Exceptional Pet, as well as the Founder and Director of The Exceptional Sidekick Service Dogs and Therapy Dogs. She is also an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a Member of the National Association of Canine Scent Work.
Abby is a big believer in continuing education and professional development. Every year she travels to workshops and seminars with some of the leading trainers in the field such as Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Pia Silvani, and Sue Sternberg, and Denise Fenzi. She lives with her 3 kids, 3 dogs, 7 chickens, 1 tortoise, 1 hamster, a constant rotation of service Dogs in Training, and a very patient husband.
Courtney Kolodziej, Public Access Trainer
Courtney joined The Exceptional Sidekick team in 2018 as the Public Access trainer. She exemplifies compassion and a perfect understanding of our clients that have a hard time building relationships with new people. She comes to us with a deep understanding of the difficulties in training your own service dog, helping support each team with their specific challenges.
Courtney’s passion is preparing Service Dogs in Training for their important job as medical aid and support for their handlers. Each handlers needs are different, and she loves connecting with them and their amazing dogs.
When Courtney is not training service dogs, she is enjoying time at home with her two kids, her goats Apples and Peach, her three awesome dogs Harley, Toby, Corona, and the talented service dogs that come to visit. She moved to Connecticut from Texas and while she isn’t so sure about the cold, she really enjoys the wonderful people she has connected with.
Lauran Wolfe, LPC, Mental Health Consultant
Lauren is Licensed Professional Counselor who works with families from very young children through adults. For more than 10 years Lauren has been helping them with anxiety, social difficulties, Asperger’s Disorder, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, eating disorders, trauma and grief. She is a parenting expert and utilizes the STEPS parenting program, as well as individualized support. Lauren incorporates individual and family counseling with clients. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Neurofeedback, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/ Tapping) and Yoga. Lauren’s gentle, non-judgmental manner puts children and families at ease. Lauren is honored to work with individuals and families as they heal and grow.
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