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Our Team

Our Staff

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…

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…

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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

Megan Quinn

Customer Experience Coordinator

Born and raised in Colorado, Megan grew up with a deep love for nature and animals. She began her career in animal welfare in 2014 when she took a position as a caretaker for service dogs in training. She later transitioned to the Denver Dumb Friends League, where she worked in animal care and adoptions…

Fear Free Team of Advisors

Tony Buffington, PhD, DACVN (emeritus)

Head of Environmental Enrichment

Robin Downing, MS, DAAPM, DACVSMR, CVPP, CCRP, CVA, CVC, CPE

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

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