Trainers

Barrett Leary-Stensgaard

Founder, Owner, and Trainer, Barrett T. Leary-Stensgaard is a wife and mother of 5 children. Barrett has been a business owner for more than 11 years in the Woodland Park, Co area. Barrett has over 25 years in the dog industry and is an official A.K.C. Evaluator. Barrett has worked for several years with M.L.U on advanced service dog tasking techniques, as well as developing her own methods. Barrett developed a deep connection and understanding of the Siberian and Yakutian breeds. Barrett and Tim began implementing the use of embarking to manage the genetics and temperament of their service dogs was paramount to their success.

With the addition of Yakutian Laika’s (an 8,000-year-old ancient breed that pre-dates Siberian Huskies) she hopes to provide an additional option for different types of clients and autistic children. The Yakutian breed is extremely versatile, having been bred to pull sleds, hunt, guard, and herd with nomadic tribes makes the breed ideal candidates for service training. Barrett continues to grow and learn attending training seminars and clinics to better accommodate the needs of her clients. Barrett works with other service dog companies and trainers to further her knowledge and uses the Volhard method of evaluation and training.

Barrett is pleased and excited to have recently trained her first diabetic alert dog, Cyclops. Cyclops lives with his handler Eve in Reno, NV; He has been trained to alert to high and low blood sugar levels as well as providing mobility/stability tasks.

Barrett Leary-Stensgaard

Certified Professional Dog Trainer at Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs & Yakutian Laika’s

Tim Stensgaard

My name is Tim Stensgaard, I am a co-owner of ATC Siberian Service Dogs with my wife Barrett. I retired from US Army Special Forces five years ago after twenty-five years of service.  My career culminated with an assignment at NATO Headquarters where I served as an instructor for the Special Operations Planners Course, worked on the NATO Special Operations Forces Current Operations Staff, and was a member of the NATO Crisis Response Coordination Center.  I also have had Civil Affairs and Humanitarian Assistance assignments and worked closely with the originators of the Special Forces Multi-Purpose Military Working Dog Program. I deployed to Iraq with the first ever Special Forces Team to employ dogs in combat.  These were the original Belgian Malinois dogs like the one you may have seen on the news that helped take down ISIS leader Al-Baghdadi. I look at things analytically as I have been trained and conditioned to do, I am a problem solver. I believe in the win-win negotiating style.  My priority is best option for our dogs, and the success of each team. I work toward the best possible outcome for our teams, I want each dog to be successful in doing their job for the client, which intersects with serving the greater good for our company.

Tim Stensgaard

Certified Professional Dog Trainer at Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs & Yakutian Laika’s

Charissa Lewis

Charissa Trainer
Charissa and Alaska

Charissa Lewis was born in Tucson, AZ and spent her childhood dreaming of being a dolphin or tiger trainer. Charissa has always loved learning about and interacting with animals especially dogs and horses. She is very passionate about animal welfare and conservation. Charissa received her bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 2003 from the University of AZ. While in college, she volunteered for Tucson Wildlife Center rescuing and rehabilitating all types of native wildlife including raptors, bobcats, javelina and raccoons! She loved it so much she stayed for 5 years and became a senior volunteer who trained new volunteers. In 2016 she decided to attend the Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training program and graduated as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer in 2017. Charissa started volunteering at TCRAS in Woodland Park, Colorado during her ABC schooling, and is still volunteer there to this day. Charissa has completed her Externship for ABC at Colorado Dog Works under Sarah Fricke. Since obtaining my certification she has worked with All Breed Rescue in Colorado Springs, Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs, My Life Unleashed and Furry Friends Dog Training of Woodland Park doing basic/intermediate obedience, CGC classes and service dog training.

Charissa Lewis

Certified Professional Dog Trainer at Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs & Yakutian Laika’s

Rolleen Margerum

Rolleen Margerum has always wanted to be a dog trainer since she was a child.  Little did she know, what the universe had in store for her, until she lived at a dog training academy in Florissant, Colorado.  There, she learned dog psychology, pack life, and how to rehabilitate dogs set to be euthanized.  She was given the great opportunity to give dogs a purpose, as PTSD service animals for veterans.

Rolleen discovered how vital these well-trained dogs are to children with disabilities, such as autism, which in some cases, can include stability and mobility issues.  This has informed her passion for these miraculous dogs, as she is both, a daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, and a mother of two children with autism.  It is an incredible system, and deeply rewarding.  Her passion has driven her to assist in training dogs, to keep them out of shelters.  Rolleen is grateful to have the privilege to assist veterans, women, and children with disabilities in getting off the service animal waiting list, and on the road to a better life. “It is my dream to help as many people as possible”.

Rolleen Margerum

Certified Professional Dog Trainer at Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs & Yakutian Laika’s

Michelle Sobreo

 

Michelle Sobreo is a 2017 Certified Animal Behavior College Graduate who turned her passion for animals into work. Her background working with dogs all began when she started as a pet sitter in 2015 and from there she pursued other jobs in the pet care field working at her local kennels as Kennel Technicians and volunteering at animal shelters as a dog trainer. Michelle was driven to become a dog trainer when the need to have a service dog by her side became an essential. It was then her dream to one day train service dogs for other individuals to help those live a functional life independently. After graduating from Animal Behavior College, Michelle owner trained her GSD mix Ellie to become her Psychiatric Service Dog and then went on to work for one of her local dog training companies for two years before relocating to beautiful Colorado. She then started her own Pet Care / Dog Training business in 2019 & In 2021, Michelle was officially certified by the AKC as a CGC evaluator!

Michelle Sobreo

Certified Professional Dog Trainer at Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs & Yakutian Laika’s

Alexander Mills

Alexander Mills has been specializing in dog training for about 2 years and found his passion in helping people understand and learn how dogs think. Alexander specializes in guardian breeds but can handle and is willing to learn about any breed. Alexander’s grandfather served as a Green Beret in Vietnam. He wants to help Vets with PTSD and as many people as possible.

Alexander Mills

Certified Professional Dog Trainer at Above the Clouds Siberian Service Dogs & Yakutian Laika’s

 

 

 

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