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Our Team

Our Staff

Dr. Marty Becker, DVM

Founder & CEO

I went to veterinary school to become a dairy practitioner, but after listening to an amazing introductory talk from Dean Leo Bustad about the human animal bond, I switched to a companion animal focus the first hour of the first day of veterinary school….

Ruth Garcia, MBA

Chief Operating Officer

As the COO of Fear Free, Ruth Garcia is passionate about animals, their emotional wellbeing, and providing the veterinary and pet industry with high-quality, relevant, and engaging education. With over 10 years of successful experience growing and scaling start-up businesses, Ruth thrives on …

Stephanie Bachman

Customer Experience Manager

Steph graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science in 2013.  Although she was very interested in the clinical side of veterinary medicine, she knew she would better succeed on the business side of the animal sciences.  She enjoyed many different animal focused…

Alysson Lafferty

Customer Experience Coordinator

Alysson studied English, History, and Secondary Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She originally planned to teach in Colorado schools before deciding that her heart was most content working with animals. Alysson began her transition into animal advocacy by working…

Lori Chamberland

Education Manager

As the former director of Karen Pryor Academy from February 2014 to April 2018, Lori oversaw KPA’s faculty, staff, operations, and course development. She was a contributing author on KPA’s Better Veterinary Visits, Dog Trainer Foundations, and other online courses. In her…

Lexington Becker

Senior Education Specialist

Lexington Becker grew up on the family ranch in far Northern Idaho with a tight-knit family and a deep love of animals. He attended the University of Idaho where he received a degree in International Studies with minors in both Economics and Japanese. Lexington was awarded the Chapman award for…

Rachel Abrams, DVM

Practice Certification Manager

A New England native and a 2002 honors graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Rachel Abrams spent the last 8 years working as a Professional Service Veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim.  She joined Fear Free on February 1st as the Practice…

Jessica Davis

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jessica graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor’s in Journalism in 2011. Two weeks after graduating, she left her hometown of Columbia, MO, for the bright lights of New York City, intending to secure a job in the glamorous world of glossy magazines. Eventually landing…

Anita Albert

Web Development Strategist

Anita has a diverse background in many things analytical. She spent a few years in the US Navy fixing anything electronic that exists on an airbase; from ancient radio equipment using tubes to the latest next-generation weather RADAR systems. After living 4 years in Hawaii while in…

Mikkel Becker

Head Trainer

Mikkel Becker is a certified trainer, dog behavior counselor and the lead animal trainer for Fear Free.  From early life it was undeniably clear that Mikkel’s number one focus was always going to be animals. Mikkel’s childhood consisted of two joys; horses and dogs. Her training career started early…

Fear Free Team of Advisors

Tony Buffington, PhD, DACVN (emeritus)

Head of Environmental Enrichment


Head of Clinical Bioethics

Stephen Ettinger, DACVIM (SAIM, Cardiology)

Chief Medical Officer

Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA)

Head of Research

Debbie Martin, LVT, Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior and Certified Animal Trainer

Subject Matter Expert

Kenneth Martin, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Subject Matter Expert

Michael Petty, DVM, CVPP, CCRT, Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management

Head of Analgesia

Executive Council

Louise Dunn

Louise Dunn is a renowned, award-winning speaker, writer, and consultant. She brings over 40 years of in-the- trenches experience and business education to veterinary management. Dunn is the founder and chief executive officer of Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting (SVMC). SVMC…

Monique Feyrecilde, LVT, VTS (Behavior)

Monique Feyrecilde is a full-time veterinary technician in small animal private practice with over 20 years of experience. She is a veterinary technician specialist in behavior, and a past president of the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians as well as the current chair of the Examination Committee. Monique…

Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr. Tamara Grubb, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is a board certified veterinary anesthesiologist with a strong clinical interest and research focus in pain management. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesia & Analgesia in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington…

Ralph C Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVA, UTCVM

Dr. Ralph Harvey teaches anesthesia and pain management in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. He previously served as the Section Head for the Small Animal Surgical Services and as a…

Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA)

Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA), received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ontario Veterinary College in 1976 and is a diplomate of both the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and the European College of Animal…

Natalie Marks, DVM, CVJ

Dr. Natalie Marks obtained her bachelor’s degree with High Honors in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1998, and then proceeded to obtain a Masters in Veterinary Medicine and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree with High Honors from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine…

Debbie Martin, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)

Debbie Martin, RVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior), received her Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an Associate of Applied Science degree in veterinary technology  from Columbus State…

Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB

Lisa Radosta, DVM, DACVB, graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, she worked  as a primary care veterinarian for two and a half years. She completed a three-year…

Julie Reck, DVM

Dr. Reck is a veterinarian with passion for creating new communication avenues with pet owners.  She believes that enhancing the communication capabilities of the veterinary profession will foster a stronger connection with pet owners and create an enjoyable professional environment…

Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM)

A switch inside Kenichiro Yagi’s head was flipped when a mentor asked him the question “Do you like being a veterinary technician?” many years ago and the spontaneous answer was “Yes. I really do”. Over the 17 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a…

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