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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

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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.

Laura Monaco Torelli, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP

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Laura began her professional animal training career in 1991, with the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. As a senior lead trainer, she trained beluga whales, dolphins, sea otters, seals, river otters, and penguins. In 2000, Laura moved from marine to terrestrial animals, working for the San Diego Zoo as a lead keeper. She then moved back to the midwest to work for Brookfield Zoo as a supervisory keeper. She has trained a wide variety of species, including primates, large cats, reticulated giraffes, birds of prey, horses, parrots, macaws, tree kangaroos, red pandas, and dogs, while in the zoological community. Laura's experiences has provided numerous opportunities to teach them to cooperate in their daily care.

Laura's belief is that training should be fun, exciting, and educational for both the people and their animal companions. Her unique professional background, which encompasses animal training, public and outreach programs, and educational seminars, allows her to create a dynamic and engaging environment for each client class. Laura's personal philosophy and unique skills keep her clients coming back for more training.

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Terri Klimek 


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.