Laura Hey is a Certified Animal-Assisted Intervention Specialist with a long career as an occupational therapist, primarily in neuro rehab. She has expertise in the field of Animal-Assisted Interventions and has established therapy animal programs for a wide variety of healthcare, mental health, and community organizations in SE Wisconsin. Laura created Wisconsin’s first program in which specially trained therapy dogs and handlers worked alongside therapists to help patients meet their rehabilitation goals. The results were profound and led her to found Health Heelers, Inc. in 2005. Fascinated by the rich cognitive and emotional lives of animals, Laura has participated in over five-hundred hours of classes, seminars, and workshops by some of the most renowned positive-reinforcement trainers in the world. She has consulted for local universities in the development of therapy animal curriculum and is active in standardizing the field of Animal-Assisted Interventions on an international level. Laura also trains therapy animals, their handlers, and professionals in AAI and is an adjunct instructor in Carroll University’s Animal Behavior Program. At home, Laura enjoys the everyday blessings of a life surrounded by nature, one very big dog, and numerous cats.