Meet Our Staff
Amanda E. Florsheim,
Dallas native Dr. Amanda Florsheim is a veterinarian and certified behavior consultant-canine (CBCC-KA). She is the only veterinarian in the Dallas-Forth Worth area whose practice focuses exclusively on behavior medicine. Dr. Florsheim is the founder and owner of Veterinary Behavior Solutions and The Training Studio in Carrollton.
Dr. Florsheim was born and raised in Dallas. After graduating with honors from Trinity University and receiving a fellowship to attend Emory University for a Ph.D. in history, she decided instead to pursue her true passion – working with animals and their people. She returned to Texas where she attended Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine. While at A&M, she was selected as a Geraldine R. Dodge Frontiers of Veterinary Medicine Fellow, a national fellowship awarded to select students from across the country pursuing research while in school. In 2002 she was awarded the Skipper Stephens Award for her work to promote a better understanding of the human-animal bond.
She graduated in 2002 and returned to Dallas, seeing both behavior and general medicine cases. In 2008, she incorporated acupuncture into her practice after attending the intensive International Veterinary Acupuncture Society training program. In 2010, she left general practice to open Veterinary Behavior Solutions and The Training Studio, seeing behavior and acupuncture cases full time.
In her spare time, Dr. Florsheim is an avid reader, loves to cook, swim , kayak and kickbox. She also loves to spend time with her dogs Sebastian (pictured) and Cubby, and a gaggle of cats including Hobbes, a sizable orange tabby who is clicker trained and often featured in the clinic's training videos.
Jennifer Karl, Customer Service
Jennifer is the voice of care and compassion that prospective clients, who are sometimes literally at the end of their leash, hear from when they contact Veterinary Behavior Solutions and The Training Studio.
Jennifer was raised in Carrollton and attended Texas Woman’s University in Denton. She shares a home with her husband, their four children, two dogs (this is Kyla), two cats and a bearded dragon. In her free time (because she has lots of that!) she enjoys reading true crime novels, running, volunteering for local organizations and of course spending time with her family.
LVT, CBCC-KA, Fear Free Certified
The Training Studio Director Cathy Painter is a licensed veterinary technician pursuing her behavior specialty and is also a certified behavior consultant (CBCC-KA).
Cathy started her career as a licensed veterinary technician for the Dallas Zoo in 1996. In 2009, she was promoted to hospital manager. Working at the zoo channeled Cathy’s interest in animal behavior: While collecting a blood sample from a rhinoceros who stood calmly along a fence, Cathy had an “a-ha” moment. Why are dogs, cats and horses so commonly terrified during veterinary exams, when rhinos, tigers and elephants are routinely examined voluntarily? The answer, of course, is that the zoo uses positive reinforcement. By contrast, too often “force” is an accepted practice with our domestic friends.
At VBS and The Training Studio, Cathy is helping to close this gap and improve life for our furred, feathered and scaly pets. For example, her new class, An Ounce of Prevention, teaches dogs they can enjoy a veterinary exam. She and her husband share a home with dogs Joe and Maddie (pictured), and their cats Gracie and Evie.
Fanna Easter has been instructing dog training group classes and in home behavior consults for over 26 years. She owns Positive Pooch Dog Training & Behavior. With a special focus on dog reactivity (fearful and anxious dogs), overly excited dogs, separation anxiety, and resource guarding. Fanna enjoys helping pet parents and their dogs reach training goals while having a ton of fun.
Fanna loves that science has caught up with dog training, now there’s proof that positive reinforcement training methods work best! She focuses on rewarding good behaviors because it works quickly, it’s fun and it builds a bond of trust between dog and pet parent.
When not working with clients, Fanna writes as lead contributor for Dog Training Nation, has authored several articles for Dogs Naturally Magazine, Animal Wellness Magazine and numerous online blogs. She is currently a Board of Director for Association of Professional Dog Trainers and Education Specialist for Animal Behavior College, one of the largest dog training schools in the US. If that’s not enough, she’s earned multiple nationally recognized dog trainer certifications in behavior and is also pursing her Certified Separation Anxiety Certification. Plus, Fanna is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, graduate of Purdue University’s Dog Course and certified in Pet Massage.
Fanna shares her home with Miss Stella Mae (Bull Terrier) and Sobek (Rottweiler), and Rick, her darling hubby.