Valli Parthasarathy, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Co-Founder, Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist
Dr. Valli has a long-standing passion for learning about and applying behavioral methods and training to different species, including dogs, cats, horses, parrots and even South American Pacas. While working on her PhD, she became skilled at distinguishing normal versus abnormal behavior in domesticated and exotic pets, as well as wildlife.
After her earning her PhD, she decided that she could help the animals most at risk by studying veterinary medicine and combining it with her love for behavior. She graduated from the University of GA College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, and moved to Portland. She was in general practice until 2009, at which point she founded Synergy Behavior Solutions in collaboration with Scott Raymond, CPDT-KA.
In addition to consulting with pet owners in person and via telemedicine, Dr. Valli is sought after to consult on behavior cases directly with veterinarians. She is also invited to present on topics such as decreasing patient fear in the clinic, psychopharmacology, and behavior problems at local, regional and national veterinary meetings. Dr. Valli is Fear Free Certified (Level 3).
Dr. Valli completed her veterinary behavior residency under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, and became a Veterinary Behaviorist in November of 2020. She is committed to providing the best veterinary behavior care for her patients as a Board Certified Veterinary Behaviorist.
Scott Raymond, MS, CPDT-KA
Practice Manager, Co-Founder, Certified Animal Trainer
Scott has been helping dogs and their families with training classes and private consults for over seventeen 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. Along with other members of Synergy, Scott is Fear Free Certified.
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 Pet Partners Animal Assisted Therapy Team (Complex) 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.
Nicole Froelich, DVM
Dr. Nicole earned both her undergraduate (BS Zoology & BA Spanish) and veterinary degrees from Washington State University. She spent a summer working with grizzly bears at the WSU Bear Center and learned how powerful positive reinforcement could be. These 400 pound animals were trained to hold out a paw for a blood draw to be rewarded with apples and honey water. The bears, biologists, and veterinarians all looked forward to these interactions, and it was wonderful to see how much could be accomplished with relative ease.
Through working with her own dog’s behavioral issues, she has developed a soft spot for fearful and aggressive animals and for the people who care for them. She has a special interest in helping vetphobic animals and has completed the Karen Pryor Academy course on Better Veterinary Visits in addition to her Fear Free certification. She uses the strategies from these courses combined with her own experience and medical knowledge to help fearful pets receive the care they need. In her free time, Dr. Nicole enjoys trail running, mountain biking, attending Portland Thorns games and obsessing over all things Doctor Who.
Sara McLoudrey, CPDT-KSA, CNWI, FitPaws-MT, TAG-L2
Behavior Modification and Training Coordinator, Certified Animal Trainer
Sara joined Synergy Behavior Solutions in 2016. She came to us from Chicago, where she owned her own successful dog training business. She is the only Victoria Stillwell certified trainer in Oregon, a CPDT-KSA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed), and FitPaws certified instructor. She also has been a Certified Nosework instructor. Sara works with and enriches our patients through private instruction and Synergy's unique group classes.She competed the Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification.
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. Her puppy Lindy brings smiles to the entire team!
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. As Synergy's Behavior Modification and Trainer Coordinator, she helps integrate the veterinary behavior and animal training components of the practice.
Lorena Jasis-Wallace, CPDT-KA
Certified Animal Trainer
Lorena Jasis-Wallace grew up on a petting zoo and cattle farm in Kentucky with a variety of animals- everything from camels and coatimundis, to arctic foxes and water buffalo.
She has been working with humans or animals in the behavior field for over a decade. Teaching puppy classes, and then working with aggressive and fearful dogs has been her introduction to the animal training world professionally. Working for nearly a decade with kids, teens, and young adults in adventure guiding, wilderness therapy, juvenile justice facilities, residential treatment, and domestic violence programming is where she discovered her career and interest in behavior. Lorena is a games-based trainer who focuses on building personality concepts, resiliency, and calmness as foundations for creating transformative change in animals with challenging behavior struggles.
With her own dogs, she enjoys sports like agility, tracking, nose-work, dock diving, hiking, and laying in the sun for hours. She also spends a lot of time and energy improving husbandry and enrichment for her aging cockatiel, her 8 foot boa, and her baby tarantulas.