Legal Counsel - Bill Ailor of Ailor Law Offices, Knoxville, TN.
Client Applications Team -
Heidi Bailey, Coordinator, Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Services, Veteran's Administration, Mountain Home, Tennessee.
Dr. Tami Wyatt, PhD, RN: Dr. Wyatt is a federally funded nurse scientist whose areas of research include children with chronic illnesses. She works at the University of Tennessee and serves Smoky Mountain Service Dogs in grant acquisition, research endeavors, and all aspects of the recipient application process. Dr. Wyatt has been a registered nurse for 22 years and has taught nursing for 16 years.
Carla Werner: Carla has a M.A. Degree in Education from the University of Tennessee and is retired from the Maryville, TN. School System where she coordinated the talented and gifted program. Carla coordinates overall recipient applications and serves as the personal interface with autistic family applicants and general disabilities.
Dr. Myra Elder: Dr. Elder is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and received her Master's and Doctorate Degrees from Temple University. Has worked at the Veteran's Administration's Mountain Home, TN. facility for the past seventeen years where she looks after patients suffering from combat trauma, military sexual trauma, depression, and adjustment issues due to multiple medical illnesses.
Suzy Kitchens, Board Member, Chair Emeritus, Veteran Interface Manager
Susan Gross, Bachelor of Science and Masters of Administrative Science in Nursing. Graduate of the National Training Institute for Child Care Health Consultants Program - University of North Carolina. Graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Veteran Benefits Consultant - Nathan Weinbaum, Veteran of United States Navy, currently serves as Blount County Tennessee Veteran Services Officer.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
Each Smoky Mountain Service Dog puppy is hand selected by our trainers and the majority will come from reputable breeders. Appropriate shelter/rescue dogs may also be considered.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Our CanDoo is off to Western Kentucky University for handler training. CanDoo will split his time between the University's Kelly Autism Program and the Veteran Affairs Department. Shown above is CanDoo's foster parents, Dr. Tami Wyatt, Maureen Keyes, Eileen Reed, and Gail Alexander. CanDoo will provide great comfort and love to the autistic children and the Veteran students. Thanks to all volunteers and trainers for helping CanDoo grow his service capabilities. Got to love this dog.
On behalf of Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Marine Cody Evans and his SMSD "Willie" accept donations totaling $25,000 from Marine Eric Barton, President and CEO of Vanquish Worldwide and his wife Mechelle on behalf of LexLin Gypsy Horse Ranch. This wonderful donation paid for the training of "Willie" for Cody and will also cover the total training cost to provide another Smoky Mountain Service Dog to a Wounded Warrior. Assisting Marine Evans is Mike Kitchens, Volunteer Chair of SMSD.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs was honored to be invited to the Autism Camp at the Center for Courageous Kids, a clinical camp for children with debilitating and terminal illnesses. In attendance were thirty one autistic children and their families from Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana. Please check out their website link on our home page. Our beautiful service dog "Bella"was a big hit.
In March, the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reported that 1 in every 50 school children suffer from autism. That is more than 1 million U.S. School Children.
In January of this year NBC News reports that for the first 11 months of 2012, 177 active duty military personnel took their own lives. That is more than the 176 combat related fatalities. Army suicides have increased 54% since 2007 when 115 took their own lives.
For the latest in Autism News please see this link: www.TheAutismNews.com
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
1 in 50 American children suffer from austism
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.