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Our CCA Team

Karishma Warr (she / they)
Karishma Warr (she / they)
Co-Founder, Head of Training & Behavior | MA | CCPDT-KA | FFCP | CSAT

Karishma is an industry leader in treating complex behaviors concerning fear, anxiety, and aggression in urban environments.

Gemma Maslen (she / her)
Gemma Maslen (she / her)
Co-Founder, Head of Operations

Gemma is the operations wizard of CCA. A self proclaimed ‘educated layman’ she takes fantastic care of our staff and students and is mother to us all!

Winnie Lau (she / her)
Winnie Lau (she / her)
Co-Founder, Head of Growth

NYC dog business expert Winnie Lau heads CCA’s operations and growth. Winnie is our business brain, combining her passion for ethical and effective dog training with her experience in NYC start ups.

Nicole Vento (she / her)
Nicole Vento (she / her)
Associate Trainer | CCPDT-KA

Nicole is passionate about the human-canine bond. She specializes in anxiety related behaviors and in helping guardians navigate the troublesome adolescent period.

Ingrid Komisar (she / her)
Ingrid Komisar (she / her)
Associate Trainer | CCPDT-KA

Ingrid is a graduate of the International School of Canine Psychology and is our go-to trainer for leash reactivity, adolescent woes, resource guarding, and many other nuanced behavior problems. She loves seeing clients understand and treat their dog’s anxieties!

Caroline Easton (she / her)
Caroline Easton (she / her)
Associate Trainer | KPA-CTP | FFCP

Caroline is one of CCA’s puppy experts! Caroline feels passionately about strengthening the bond of human-dog teams and teaching them the skills they need to live in an urban environment.

Lauren Tapp (she / her)
Lauren Tapp (she / her)
Associate Trainer | MA | SA Pro | CCPDT-KA

Lauren fell down the canine behaviour rabbit hole after adopting her own complicated pooch - a Romanian street dog named Emily, who can struggle with fear, anxiety and reactivity. This sparked her interest in helping other dog guardians with their anxious, fearful, or reactive pups. Lauren is committed to helping guardians and their pups thrive together in the urban jungle.

Julianne Toia (she / her)
Julianne Toia (she / her)
Associate Trainer | JD | KPA-CTP

Juli began her training journey after observing how long hours at her corporate job took a toll on her beloved pup, Ralphie. She was hooked as soon as she experienced the way training, both for her and Ralphie, fostered better communication between them and strengthened their relationship. Her journey has inspired her to pass on this knowledge to help clients navigate puppy parenthood and enrich the lives of their canine companions.

Nikita Montlake (she / her)
Nikita Montlake (she / her)
Associate Trainer | MSc | MA | SA Pro (in Training)

Nikita has always been a passionate animal lover who has found her way into the training world since becoming pup Agatha’s guardian. She specialises in Separation Anxiety as that process was key to her transformative experience of learning to understand how dogs communicate. As an Inclusion Specialist, becoming an Separation Anxiety trainer was a natural progression in advancing her drive to fight for all living creatures to have autonomy, respect, and compassion.

Claudia Adamson (she / her)
Claudia Adamson (she / her)
Operations Assistant

When Claudia's not in work mode, you can find her pouring over spreadsheets (for fun!), in the kitchen creating a smorgasbord for everyone to enjoy, or laying in a cuddle puddle with many dogs.

Certifications

We are committed to certification, education, and continued professional development. We invest 50% of our profits back into training our trainers to help our team be the best we can be. Here are a few of our professional achievements:

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karen pryor logo
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aggression of dogs logo
fear free certified
sa pro trainer logo
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