Dr. John Ciribassi
Dr. Ciribassi was born and grew up in Jersey City, NJ, attended Southern Illinois University and graduated with a BS in Biology from the University of Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984. After graduation he practiced dairy medicine in Pennsylvania along with his wife, Elise, also a veterinarian. In 1988 Dr. Ciribassi returned to Illinois with Elise and they opened the Gary at North Veterinary Center, a companion animal practice in Carol Stream (a western suburb of Chicago). In 1998, he began the process of board certification with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. Soon after he began the ChicagolandVeterinary Behavior Consultants, a animal behavior specialty practice. In 2002 Dr. Ciribassi, along with Elise and another veterinary classmate (Dr. Marty Johnson) purchased the Carol Stream Animal Hospital merging with the Gary at North Veterinary Center. In October of 2006, Dr. Ciribassi passed his boards to become a board certified veterinary behaviorist. He has served as President of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association as well as President of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB). He lives in Carol Stream with Elise and his daughters Danielle and Rebekah.
Dr. Ciribassi sees patients on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Elmhurst Animal Hospital and Veterinary Specialty Center in Buffalo Grove as well as on certain Mondays at Integrative Pet Care in Chicago.
Patricia Rattray is a native of eastern Ohio but has lived in Illinois for most of her life. Previously involved in Human Relations, she took an interest in training when she got her first dog and was disenchanted with the number of aversive trainers in the Chicago area. She became associated with Narnia Pet Behavior and Training in Naperville where she learned more positive reward based techniques. She then took the DOGS course at Purdue University with Dr. Andrew Luescher (a board certified veterinarybehaivorist) whereshe learned the principles of behavior modification. She began working for the Chicagoland Veterinary Behavior Consultants in 2002. He duties with CVBC include initial telephone conversations with pet owners,schedulingappointments, managing the various forms which need to be completed before the appointment, and handling most of the behavior modification training with the owners and their pets. Pat is also involved in a Boxer Rescue Group called Bailed Out Boxers.
Liz Geisen KPA-CTP
I have loved dogs my entire life. It wasn't until I volunteered and later worked for a humane society that I realized that I had a passion for a career in animal care and welfare. Beginning as certified veterinary assistant in 2007, I now work as a veterinary behavior technician while I attend classes at Purdue University for my RVT with the goal ofbecoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior. I am also a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and have completed their Puppy Start Right and Shelter Enrichment courses.
My passion continues to grow as I take courses and build my knowledge base. I have completed Dr. Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling Course, as well as becoming a Fear Free Certified Professional and actively practice those techniques to make pets’ veterinary care experience as stress free as possible. In addition, I enjoy helping the community learn about canine communication and safe interactions between children and pets as a Doggone Safe “Be A Tree” presenter and a Family Paws Parent Educator.
I love working with puppies, as who could resist their cute faces, but it is the dogs that have been abandoned and discarded that I feel the deepest calling to help. Working with shelter and rescue dogs, who often have some baggage behind them, are my favorite students. They have had their world shattered for one reason or another, and yet they still are hanging on to that hope that one day someone will come and love them like they were meant to be loved. When I can help build that bond of trust again it is an amazing feeling!
Terri Klimek is the owner of Training Tails with Terri. She is a life-long Chicago area resident who has made it her goal to make a difference in the lives of canines and their owners. Since 2003, Terri has been using positive reinforcement/reward-based training for all areas of a dog’s life, and coaching owners to use it for puppy training, basic manners, addressing nuisance behaviors (jumping, barking, chewing, etc.), as well as using behavior modification for separation anxiety, leash reactivity, fearful behaviors, etc.
Terri was certified in 2004 by Purdue University’s “DOGS” program for Principles and Techniques of Behavior Modification. She is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The Pet Professional Guild of Force Free Pet Professionals, and is recommended by and works with area veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists. Terri is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen program and S.T.A.R. Puppy program, and offers classes for both. She has previously served as the Education Coordinator for one of the larger rescue groups in Illinois.
Terri currently supports several local rescue groups in a variety of areas including temperament testing dogs, developing treatment/rehabilitation programs for problem dogs, and helping foster/adoptive families implement programs for those dogs who need a little more help. To stay current with what’s new in training, Terri attends education conferences, seminars and courses throughout the year. She and her husband Paul share their home with their rescued golden retrievers, Keily and Stitch.