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.
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.
Al Mathewson - resides in Knoxville, TN.- is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with M.S.N. degree. M.S.W. degree from the University of South Carolina. Al is a licensed RN and APN, with certificate of fitness by the State of Tennessee. He is certified as an Instructor, Reasoning and Rehabilitation and also certified as a Corrective Thinking Therapist. Is ANCC Board Certified as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.
Veteran Benefits Consultant - Nathan Weinbaum, Veteran of United States Navy, currently serves as Blount County Tennessee Veteran Services Officer.
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Recent graduates SGT. Robert Harris and mobility assistance service dog "Bearden", sponsored by the Bearden HS JROTC Cadet Corps.
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.
SMSD Bella/Dennis Tissot Training
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
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.
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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.