Julie Buskirk, USMC
Trainer / Office Admin
Julie's Military experience gives her a great ability to work with our Veteran clients. Her organizational skills are a wonderful asset to the team. She has a background in Military K9 handling and has been completing her apprenticeship with us for over a year to learn the service dog side of training. Julie also has a degree in psychology which is another great benefit to our organization and our Veterans.
Steven Kappes Jr., USMC Ret.
Vice President / Lead Trainer
As a Paws for Veterans graduate in 2011, his natural training ability and newly learned skills quickly advanced him to a position as a trainer with Paws for Veterans. He has been helping other Veterans with their service dogs ever since. Steve has since become certified as a service dog trainer, AKC evaluator and a member of APDT (Association for Professional Dog Trainers). His training skills and likeable personality make him a favorite amongst our clients, both 2 legged and 4 legged.
Crystal Callahan Ayala
Executive Director / Training Supervisor
In addition to her extensive, 23 year, experience in training and behavior modification, she is a 32 year survivor of PTSD and battles several painful autoimmune diseases. Due to her own personal life experiences, she knows exactly what our clients need from their service dogs and ensures that their dogs do what their owners need with ease. Combine that with her training experience and our clients' results are exceptionally fast and effective.
One of Crystal's missions was to start a fully functional resort style kennel to provide excellent service to our clients and help the Paws for Veterans program at the same time. By hiring and training a full staff of experienced and certified dog trainers, you can be sure that your dogs are in the best hands at all times. All trainers are hand chosen and trained directly by Crystal.
Trainer's Apprentice / Office Admin
Siara has been working with dogs since she was 7 years old. As Crystal's daughter, she learned proper dog behavior and behavior modification as a young child and has been using it to help her mother train dogs over the last 12 years. Siara is a very driven, motivated, organized and goal oriented person. She has a wonderful desire to help people which makes her a great asset.
Full Service Kennel & Training Resort
Doesn't your pet deserve the best
Paws Beachside Resort
63 Ocean Blvd.
Satellite Beach, FL 32937