Valli Parthasarathy, PhD, DVM, Veterinary Behavior Clinician
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).
In 2020, Dr. Valli completed her veterinary behavior residency under the mentorship of Dr. Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB, and will be sitting the board exams in the fall.
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.
Ivy (Katelin) MacNair, CPDT-KA, ACCBC
Certified Animal Trainer
Ivy (Katelin) first started training dogs and cats while living in South Korea in 2009. She moved to Portland in 2013 and worked at Wonder Puppy until starting her own business, Coexist Canine Coaching, in 2016 for training both cats and dogs. She has a strong interest in preventing behavior problems through early intervention, but also enjoys helping clients whose pets have established behavior concerns.
Ivy's clear communication and friendly style make her is a talented coach for our private Behavior Therapy patients. Clients enjoy working with her while they grow confident in their pet's abilities. With her experience of leading high-quality, small group classes, she also teaches Synergy's Reactive Rover Foundations class, Kitten Kindergarten, and Hesitant Hounds.
In addition to being a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer, Ivy is also a Associate Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (ACCBC). She also is experienced with teaching birds and other animal species. She constantly continues her education by attending a number of conferences each year and pursuing additional certifications and memberships to esteemed organizations in the field.