Valli Parthasarathy, PhD, DVM,
and American College of Veterinary Behavior Resident

Dr. Valli has a long history of learning about and applying behavioral methods and training to different species, including dogs, cats, horses, and even South American Pacas.

She earned her PhD at the University of Georgia in 2002. Her studies included becoming proficient in differentiating normal versus abnormal behavior in many species, including dogs, cats, pet birds, and horses.  After her earning her PhD, she decided that she could help the most animals by studying veterinary medicine. She graduated from the Univ. of GA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, and moved to Portland. She was in general practice until 2009, at which point she decided to develop Synergy Behavior Solutions with Scott Raymond, CPDT-KA.

In addition to consulting with pet owners, Dr. Valli presents to other veterinarians at local veterinary hospitals as well as at local, regional and national veterinary meetings, to veterinary students, and to the general public.

In 2015, Dr. Valli started pursuing additional training to earn specialty status as a board-certified veterinary behavior specialist. She is studying under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB.

Scott Raymond, MS, CPDT-KA

Scott has been helping dogs and their families with training classes and private consults for over thirteen years.  He achieved the status of Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) in 2004.  Continuing education is very important to Scott, and he has attended numerous seminars and conferences on dog behavior and training.

He has titled his personal dogs in tracking and competition obedience and is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator. He and his dog, Sita (pictured on the left) were a therapy dog team for the Read to the Dogs program through the Multnomah County Public Library.

Dr. Valli and Scott created Synergy Behavior Solutions to provide clients with a place where they could have full behavioral support for their dogs and cats. Scott will be excited to help you find ways to improve your pet’s behavior.

Sara McLoudrey,CPDT-KSA, CNWI, FitPaws-MT, TAG-L2

Sara comes to us from Chicago, where she owned her own successful dog training business.  She is a Certified Nosework instructor, the only Victoria Stillwell certified trainer in Oregon, and a  CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer – Knowledge Assessed).  Sara works with and enriches our patients through private instruction and Synergy’s unique group classes.

Sara currently competes with her American Water Spaniel, Rizzo in NACSW trials. Rizzo has earned her NW3, NW3-I, NW3-C, NW3-E, NW3-C, L1-C, L1-I, L1-E and L2-V titles. Team Rizzo consistently places in individual elements and the overall trials, earning 3rd place overall for her NW2 and 2nd place overall for her NW3. Sara also titled her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Dara for her NW1. Dara came out of her obedience career retirement, and loved nose work since she could even though she became deaf due to old age.

Sara loves helping shy or nervous dogs come out of their shell with nose work. One of her teaching specialities is leash handling, helping everyone be able handle their dog with skill and finesse.

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MiniClass: Brains and Brawn MiniClass: Brains and Brawn Attendees: Limited to 5 dogs Length: 4 weekly sessions Time: 50 minutes per class Tuition: $145 (4-week class) Special Notes: Prior injuries or physical challenges may need veterinary pre-approval. Open to graduates of Reactive Rover: Foundations class Looking for ways to wear out your dog and you’re tired of being wet and cold? Would you love to teach your dogs some new skills and tricks, all while finding fun ways to enrich their day? Join us for our new four week Mini Class: Brain and Brawn Games. We will spend one week each on nose work games, tricks and fitness skills. The last week we will have stations to practice and refine your new training skills. Come and learn how easy and fun it is to wear out even the most active dog! Class can accommodate graduates of Synergy’s Reactive Rover Foundations class. For full information about our pre-screening process and class policies, please visit our class policy page. For commonly questions we are asked about class, visit our class FAQs...

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