Meet Our Experts: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Jan 8, 2013, 12:45 PM | Updated: Aug 3, 2015, 4:10 pm

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs with Shawn Stewart features pet experts who take your questions regarding everything you need to know about raising your beloved best friends. They give live tips on the best training techniques, nutritional advice for dogs and cats, as well as timely advice for keeping your pets happy.

Shawn Stewart

Host: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Shawn Stewart is a baker, blogger, music lover, and dog rescuer. Shawn has worked at 3 of the best radio stations in America: Rev105 in Minneapolis, WXPN in Philadelphia, and The Mountain in Seattle. She’s produced nationally syndicated radio shows including Revolution Radio, The Spin Radio Network, The Request Radio Hour, and The World Cafe. She’s interviewed Adele and Allen Ginsberg, Jack White, Heart, Metallica, and Rage Against The Machine, just to name a few. Shawn hosted Spin TV for Spin Magazine and now hosts an informal web series called ‘Hey Genius’.

Grisha Stewart

MA, CPDT-KA, Author, seminar presenter, and dog trainer

Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA is an author, seminar presenter, and dog trainer who specializes in dog reactivity. She owns Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which has earned many awards, including Best of Western Washington. “Ahimsa” is a Buddhist doctrine of nonviolence to all living things, which reflects Grisha’s focus on force-free methods to promote the well-being of dogs and their humans. Her seminal book, “Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Aggression, Reactivity, and Fear in Dogs,” was published in late 2011. BAT has taken the world by storm as a new dog-friendly technique to prevent and rehabilitate reactivity in dogs.
Her second book is “The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving & Manners,” which was published in late 2012.

Wynona Karbo

Certified Pet Dog Trainer

Wynona Karbo is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer working at Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle. She has always loved animals and had an animal filled childhood complete with hamsters, rats, dogs, cats, bunnies and a horse. Her love of animals prompted her to take a year off of college to complete a year internship at the San Francisco SPCA. She returned to college to graduate Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Experimental Psychology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. During her college years, she volunteered in the Washington Park Zoo\’s education program. After Reed, Wynona worked at the Oregon Regional Primate Center. She conducted behavioral research on infant rhesus macaques and was listed as a contributor on several journal articles. Prior to joining Ahimsa, she ran The Mutt & Me, her dog boarding and training business in Portland, Oregon. Wynona currently lives with her son and two rescue dogs, Xena, a Beagle mix and Billy, Shiba mix.

Joey Iversen

Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Counselor, CPDT, KPA-CTP

With over 16 years experience training and showing both dogs and horses, Joey has worked with all breeds of dogs and their owners. Her calm, patient manner makes it easy for people and dogs to understand and learn from her. Joey received her Certified Pet Dog Trainer title from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. She is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior. Joey has reinforced her knowledge by attending hundreds of seminars, training sessions, and workshops given by internationally renowned experts. Read more at

Adriane Villanueva

Professional Dog Trainer & Behavior Counselor, CPDT, KPA-CTP

Adriane Villanueva is a dog trainer and the manager of Ahimsa Dog Training. She is a Certified Training Partner of the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior, has a Bachelor’s of Science in Managerial Economics, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Dog training is her passion, and it shows! Adriane has attended a Poultry in Motion workshop (‘Chicken Camp’) with dog training pioneer, Terry Ryan, where she practiced her clicker training skills on chickens. She is also certified in Pet First Aid by the American Red Cross. Adriane has always loved animals, especially dogs. She became hooked on clicker training after she and her husband adopted Penny, their Australian Shepherd. Adriane attended Puppy Kindergarten and Advanced Puppy at Ahimsa Dog Training. Adriane has also lived with several rats and a cat.

Dr. Brad Crauer, DVM

Chief Medical Officer, Seattle Humane Society

Dr. Crauer joined the Seattle Humane Society in 2010 with 20 years experience as a veterinarian and administrator in private practice and for animal hospital, emergency and shelter facilities. When Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, he served as an advisor to FEMA and as the lead veterinarian in charge of rescue, triage, treatment and long-term management of an evacuation shelter. Dr Crauer shares a home with his wife and two teenage children, two dogs and two Katrina rescue cats.

Dr. Cherri Trusheim, DVM

Urban Animal

Dr. Trusheim is the visionary behind Urban Animal. Since graduating from veterinary school in 1999 and pursuing an internship on the east coast, Cherri has been searching. She has gone to bartending school, carpentry school, taken the realestate course and considered law school. It wasn’t until realizing Urban Animal that she found her passion. Built upon the principles of affordable care provided by individuals who are highly trained and experienced, Urban Animal has created a new model of veterinary care.

Dr. Heather Adicks, DVM

Enumclaw Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Heather Adicks has been practicing at Enumclaw Veterinary Hospital since soon after her graduation from University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, With Honors). She graduated Valedictorian from Niceville High School (Niceville, Florida) in 1990, then went on to receive a B.S. in Biology with minors in Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics (Magna Cum Laude) from Florida State University in 1994. She’s a small animal (primarily dogs and cats) General Practitioner (“family Vet’). Being the family Vet from first baby visits through a patient’s entire life is her idea of the perfect job. She is dedicated to preventive health care and owner education, with a particular focus on positive training methods and prevention of behavior problems.

Dr. Jessica Stern, DVM

Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center

Jessica Stern, DVM, DABVP, CVA, from Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center in Shoreline, WA is a board certified feline veterinary specialist, one of only 70 veterinarians in the country and the only one in the greater Seattle area with this advanced veterinary distinction. She is also certified in veterinary acupuncture and performs treatments at Cats Exclusive in addition to seeing her internal medicine patients. Dr. Stern is a 2004 graduate of Texas A & M College of Veterinary Medicine and has 9 years of experience working exclusively with cats in Ohio, California, and Washington. She has lived in Seattle for three years. Cats have been her passion since her early veterinary school days.

Lora Schuldt, DVM

Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center

Lora Schuldt, DVM is a veterinarian from Cats Exclusive Veterinary Center in Shoreline, WA, where she has been seeing exclusively feline patients for over 16 years. A northwest native, Dr. Schuldt graduated from Cornell University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996 and spent her internship year at a busy emergency hospital outside of Cleveland. Her special interests in feline medicine include nutritional management for health and illness, cancer diagnosis and treatment, and balancing the complex needs of geriatric cats.

Dr. Josh Montgomery, DVM

Urban Animal

Dr. Josh Montgomery grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he decided at a very young age to become a veterinarian. He graduated veterinary school from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and has specialized in dogs and cats in the Seattle area ever since. Currently, Josh practices veterinary medicine at Urban Animal on Capitol Hill. Urban Animal gives Josh the opportunity to practice quality medicine at affordable prices and work with an outstanding group of individuals who truly care about people and their furry loved ones. When he has free time, Josh can be found hiking, camping or out and about in the city with his partner Irving and their three dogs.

Dr. Adam Reiss

Animal Medical Center of Seattle

Dr. Adam Reiss, is a Board Certified Emergency and Critical Care Specialist and Medical Director at Animal Medical Center of Seattle. Dr. Reiss was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He graduated from New York State College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell in 1993. Following graduation he completed a small-animal Internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Residency in emergency and critical care at Denver Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Reiss obtained board certification in emergency and critical care in October 2002. Dr Reiss has been involved in the growth and development of four large 24-hour emergency and referral centers in Denver, Seattle, Medford and Portland. He has published a paper on traumatic cardiac injuries, as well as book chapters on subjects such as dystocia and pneumonia. Dr. Reiss has special interests in trauma, transfusion medicine, critical care nutrition, pulmonary diseases and oncology. He has a broad based skill set and can perform echocardiographs, abdominal ultrasound, diagnostic and emergency endoscopic procedures, as well as emergency surgery.

Krystal Harris, DVM, MS

Practice Limited to Oncology

Dr. Krystal Harris studied veterinary medicine at St Georges University in the West Indies and earned a Master’s degree in Veterinary Science at OSU studying the pathways that contribute to feline oral squamous cell carcinoma. She completed an Oncology internship and residency at Oregon State University and passed her oncology specialty board exam in 2014. During veterinary school she was drawn to the specialty of Oncology due to her interest in comparative medicine where she hopes her work with cancer in animals will impact the treatment of similar diseases in people. She appreciates the strong bonds that she forms with pets and their owners during their treatments and strives to include cutting edge and investigational therapies that may offer improved responses and quality of life for her patients. Her professional interests include targeted therapies, cancer vaccines, personalized medicine, pain management, and hospice care. Her genuine compassion and optimism helps her clients feel positive and comfortable with the difficult decisions they have to make for their loved ones.


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Meet Our Experts: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs