Service Dog

Our Team

Yariv Ben-Yosef
 

Head of Program Development, Delivery and Training

 

• Yariv is an internationally recognized and certified dog trainer holding a TAFE CERT 4 and numerous other international accreditations. 

• He has been training dogs to assist people with various conditions for more that 20 years.

• He has worked internationally to develop unique and innovative techniques to improve the quality of life for people affected by physical, psychological or emotional challenges by training service and therapy dogs to help them attain improved quality of life.

• Leading a team of specialists, Yariv developed and successfully implemented the Alzheimer Aid Dog™ program in Israel, USA, Germany and United Kingdom.

• Yariv also educates various groups including special needs groups and their supporters, youth at risk, children and senior citizens about the needs and requirements of animals.

Kevin Picker

 

Company General Manager

 

Kevin is a member of the Institute of Accountants in Australia. He has worked in senior financial and general management roles in large international companies. He recently agreed to undertake the management of the Center for Service and Therapy Dogs Australia as a “for benefit company” due to the very material benefit a Dog, trained by Yariv Ben Yosef, gave to his son who has Autism.

Daphna Golan-Shemesh

 

Professional aged care advisor

 

Studied Social Work and specialised in Geriatrics at Tel Aviv University, later mastered in Expressive Art Therapies at Leslie College in Boston. Professional advisor of the Service and Therapy Dog centre and a collaborator in the designing of unique individualized projects. Owns, manages and works extensively with animals and dementia sufferers in the aged care environment.

Dr Pree Benton

Psychologist

BPsych (Honours), DPsych (Health), MAPS

Pree is a registered health psychologist who is passionate about assisting people to become empowered in their lives. She is the principal psychologist at CSTDA and is responsible for assessment and supervision of each participant’s therapy program, the continued development of CSTDA’s Animal-Assisted Empowerment Program, and research. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology (with Honours) and a Doctorate of Psychology (Health). She is registered with AHPRA and a member of the Australian Psychological Society (MAPS).

Contact: pree.benton@dogsforlife.com.au

Sharon Hill

 

Professional Dog Trainer and Animal Industry Innovator

 

Worked extensively in the Animal, especially Dog, industry for the past 30 Years. During that time Sharon has worked both locally and internationally as a Breeder and trainer having produced many Champion Dogs.  Sharon owned and ran a Dog centre in Reservoir where besides grooming and Dog care she also concentrated on using Dogs to assist Youth and Elderly at Risk. She worked extensively on the “Edaspace Project’ the winner of the 2013 Nab award.

Area: Resevroir, Epping, North Melbourne

Contact Sharon: sharon.hill@dogsforlife.com.au

Etai Lavi

 

Area: Caulfield, South East Melbourne

Contact Etai: etai.lavi@dogsforlife.com.au

Monika Hoefer

Area: Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, North East Melbourne

Contact Monika: monika.hoefer@dogsforlife.com.au

Steven Cavicciolo

Area: Wangaratta, North Victoria

Contact Steven: steven.cav@dogsforlife.com.au

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In the spirit of Reconciliation, CSTDA acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.