Meet the Dog Nerds!
We have the skill, knowledge, expertise, and desire to help alter the life of both you and your dog through real behavior change.
Thanks for watching our short video intro and then reading our details below.
Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB: Co-founder of Dog Nerds
Mindy Cox, B.S., CPDT-KSA: Co-founder of Dog Nerds
Cheryl VanVoorhies, M.Ed., CTC
I transitioned into the animal world after a successful career in education. I worked with under privileged children, children with behavior challenges, and eventually moved into administration as an Assistant Principal.
I obtained my Bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock University, and my a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University.
The time I spent working with challenging students led to a nice transition in my present career path of working with dogs with behavior issues. I received my dog training professional certification from Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog trainers, which many regard as the “The Harvard school of dog training.”
My evolution into working with animals occurred after I brought my 8-week-old German shepherd puppy home. Seele was not like any puppy I had ever raised. She was fearful and anxious, and taught me so much about helping dogs like her live a more enjoyable and full life. It also gave me insight to help others with the same issues.
I started out assisting Lisa and Mindy in Reactive dog class in 2008 after working with my own reactive dog, Seele. I could relate to the pet parents in class struggling with their own dogs’ issues.
I began teaching dog classes at Lucky Dog Training Club which was owned and run by Mindy. I taught many classes such as puppy class, Nose Work, obedience, and fun, games, and tricks classes.
I progressed into working as a Veterinary Behavior Technician at Florida Veterinary Behavior Service, a veterinary behavior specialty practice owned by Lisa, where I worked since 2012. I implemented and troubleshot behavior modification treatment plans to ensure my patients’ success. I dealt with many anxious and aggressive animals with a wide range of emotional disorders.
I have lectured at the largest Veterinary Conference in North America speaking about noise aversion, and a Veterinary Technician Summit addressing noise aversion and motion sickness. I have also lectured locally on dog-related topics.
When Lisa and Mindy asked me to join the Dog Nerds team, I gladly accepted. I am so grateful to be a part of this team and to be able to help you and your dog become the best.