Legal Counsel - John Lucas, of Wagner, Myers and Sanger -- Knoxville, TN. -- John is an honor graduate of the US Army Ranger School, a former member of the US Army Special Forces, and a decorated combat veteran.
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.
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.
Renee Hamilton, family nurse practitioner (28 yrs.), Master of Science - Nursing from University of Tennessee, Master of Science Nursing/Health Administration from California College, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, and member American Legion Post 278
Veteran Benefits Consultant - Nathan Weinbaum, Veteran of United States Navy, currently serves as Blount County Tennessee Veteran Services Officer.
SMSD has been awarded Gold Star Accreditation by Assistance Dogs International. This validates that the facilities and operation of the SMSD program meets or exceeds ADI standards.
Congratulations to recent graduates US Army and Vietnam veteran Ike Weaver and SMSD "Nitro" and US Air Force and Special Operations veteran Daniel Belcher with SMSD "Stryker"
A Salute to Air Force Veteran Billy Marshall and his SMSD "Lucy"
"Friends", a Message From Our Dogs
Written by Mitch Townley specifically as Theme Song for Smoky Mountain Service Dogs
US Army Veteran Kevin Jankoski with "Blitz", his SMSD mobility assistance dog. Graduated Oct. 16th
Marine Veteran SGT. Bradley Walker with "Bella", his SMSD mobility assistance dog.
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs "Tribute to Our Military"
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.
Volunteer Dennis Tissot Training Bella and Blitz
Smoky Mountain Service Dogs now accepting Preliminary Applications.
Did You Know?
Over 50 million Americans, ages 5-65 have physical or psychological disabilities.
22 military veterans commit suicide daily, 7,744 annually
It takes approximately 2 years, between $20,000 to $25,000 and 1200 hours of training to place a service dog.