After more than 30 years as a national level gymnastics coach, Theresa was determined to find a way to speed up skill acquisition for her athletes while simultaneously decreasing stress and fear in the learning environment. Her search for behaviorally sound techniques, clean instructions, and the proper timing of feedback and reinforcement, led to the development of the TAGteach methodology. The success of the methodology has been accented by the wide range of applications embracing it. 

Theresa now consults and designs teaching programs in multiple fields including: corporate training, industrial safety, medical and surgical training, sport coaching, and those in the field of companion and exotic animal training. She has been on the teaching faculty of the Clicker Expo for fifteen years and has presented lectures and workshops for the National Association for Behavior Analysis conference, the National Behavioral Safety Conference, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Montefiore Einstein Center for Innovation and Simulation, Midwest Veterinary Conference, APDT, IAABC, and ABMA. She is a sought-after live and podcast presenter around the world including Europe, U.K., Taiwan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. 

Chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession internationally. He is highly sought after for consulting with private clients and organisations as well as running workshops for professionals internationally. Chirag consults on the behaviour management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. His passion is the application of behaviour change science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a stress free manner. 

Chirag is a consultant for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association and the Kong Company. In 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC).

Previously Chirag has worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour.  Managed the Animal Behaviour Centre at Dr Roger Mugford's Company of Animals in Chertsey, Surrey. He has also held a post at the University of Lincoln, as a research technician responsible for the training of Rats and Degus in a sponsored odour discrimination and Indiction project. In addition to this Chirag worked in veterinary practices part time for over 6 years. 

Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. Chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. He is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee.

Speakers from our 2019 Meeting



Dr. E'Lise Christensen DVM is a board-certified veterinary behaviorist and an international lecturer and author.Dr. C received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University in 2002.  After completing her internship at South Paws and her residency at Cornell in 2006, she began seeing cases in NYC and eventually Colorado. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists in 2007 and has been featured in multiple media outlets. She currently the co-owner and Chief Medical Officer of Behavior Vets NYC and CO.  Dr C is always working on new ideas to support animals, families, trainers, and veterinary colleagues as they learn more about behavior and manage animals with behavioral disorders.  Work-life balance is her last unicorn.She is also on a crusade to rescue the Oxford comma. 

E'Lise Christensen, DVM DACVB

Debbie Martin, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)

Chirag Patel, BSc (Hons), PGCert (CAB), CPBC, DipCABT

Theresa McKeon

Dr. Martin is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists and a practicing veterinarian in the great state of Texas. He is the owner of Veterinary Behavior Consultations and a co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior.  

He completed a clinical behavioral medicine residency in 2004 at Purdue University's Animal Behavior Clinic under the mentorship of Dr. Andrew Luescher, DVM, PhD, DACVB, ECVBM-CA. He graduated from Louisiana State University - School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He was invited to join Phi Zeta, the honor society of veterinary medicine, while at Purdue University.  

Dr. Martin’s professional interests include behavioral development, the prevention of behavioral problems, animal training, and psychopharmacology. He is an international lecturer and teaches a small animal behavior course for veterinary students at Louisiana State University.  

He is a published author in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research and has contributions to the following texts: Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult, Canine and Feline; Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion – Canine and Feline Behavior; Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice –Behavior; Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses; Manual of Parrot Behavior.   

Dr. Kenneth Martin co-authored the book Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog and the acclaimed Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right for Instructors Course with his wife, Debbie Martin. Dr. Martin is a Fear Free Certified Professional, and a consultant/subject matter expert for Fear Free℠. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. 



Kenneth M. Martin, DVM, DACVB 

Debbie Martin received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a full time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996. Debbie is the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, a specialty veterinary practice located in Spicewood, TX, with practice limited to the prevention and treatment of animal behavior disorders.She assists a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Kenneth Martin, who is also her husband,during behavior consultations. Debbie is a co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior. Debbie is a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Behavior. She is the past president and treasurer for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and an active member and previous recording secretary for the SVBT (Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians). Debbie is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA).Debbie and her husband published a book on normal development and training in dogs, Puppy Start Right:Foundation Training for the Companion Dog. They are also the authors of the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors. Debbie is the co-editor and a contributing author of the textbook, Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses published in 2015.Debbie is honored to be a Fear Free Certified Professional Level 3, a member of the Fear Free Advisory Panel, on the Fear Free Executive Council, and a subject matter expert for Fear Free.