Julianne Larsen, Director of Training
I oversee everything to do with the dogs and with clients/graduates. The majority of my job is managing the staff that handle the day to day decisions and functions of our program.
I live in a small town west of Minnetonka with my fiance, Jay, and our two small dogs. Jay owns a small business so any extra time I have is spent helping out with there or with my home remodel.
Denise Yokom, Client Services Manager
I started in Client Services June of 2019 after being convinced that my backgrounds in health care and dog training could be molded into one new career. My position is really a great mix of getting to know potential clients and their vision of life with an assistance dog, and then helping those approved applicants learn how to best work with their matched assistance dog to become a great working team. My day may also consist of follow-up with previous graduate teams and talking with our amazing kennel and training staff to get to know the dogs in our program.
In my spare time, you most likely will find me watching club or high school soccer, or I've broken away from family life for a weekend of dog agility with my 2-legged and 4-legged friends.
Leslie Flowers, Client Service Coordinator
After seeing how much my son's first service dog helped him, I decided to step away from rescue and be a part of the service dog industry. I found Can Do Canines in 2007 and became a puppy raiser and foster. My job as Client Services Coordinator began in 2009, while continuing to puppy raise and foster. I enjoy training with clients after they are matched with their service dogs, making sure they become a successful team.
When not working with my wonderful teams, I am busy at home with my partner Scott and three pet dogs.
Elizabeth Reberk, Client Service Coordinator
As a Client Services Coordinator, a few key things I do include interviewing prospective clients, training clients with their dogs, instructing group classes, and providing graduate support. Over ten years ago I got involved with Can Do Canines as a field trainer for clients residing outside of the metro area; now I am a full time CSC and volunteer with the puppy program as well. I am passionate about providing dogs with a career and seeing special partnerships come together for the benefit of all.
My personal dogs are Newfoundlands and I enjoy training with them for a variety of activities. Pretty much our home is always busy with dogs--whether foster dogs or visiting dogs of family and friends.
Cari Bishop, Client Services Assistant
I am one of the first contacts here to answer questions from potential applicants and others wanting information about service dogs. I handle client paperwork things: create and maintain client files, gather all pertinent information prior to interviews; process yearly client surveys, vet reports, and ID cards. I also help with preparation of orientations, classes, graduations, and other client-based events. I love hearing stories from clients about how their assistance dogs have changed their lives.
When I'm not at work, I am a fitness instructor, wannabe gardener, and a gymnastics and violin mom. I live nearby with my husband, two daughters, two guinea pigs, and a dog who thinks she's a cat.