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Turn Around Training

Michelle Welch CVT, CPDT-KA

Owner and operator of

Turn Around Training, Est 2012

Michelle is a certified veterinary technician and a certified professional dog trainer with over 20 years of professional experience. Michelle started her career at the Norwood Animal Hospital while studying Canine Science at Mount Ida College. She then spent 10 years with the Animal Rescue League of Boston as a shelter agent, veterinary technician and dog trainer. Michelle left The Animal Rescue League in 2010 to work as a field representative for Paws With a Cause, working with service dogs and their people. She shares her home with her parrots, reptiles, three forever dogs, a steady stream of foster dogs, two beautiful daughters and one very understanding husband.

Michelle is a member of The Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The Massachusetts Veterinary Technicians Associations, The Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians and is an AKC Canine Good Citizen approved evaluator.

Carol Ahearn CPDT-KA

Class instructor

Carol is an AKC CGC evaluator and a C.L.A.S.S. evaluator. Carol assists with special adoptions, teaching shelter dog classes, and behavior modification programs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Carol also helps the Northeast All Retriever Rescue (NEARR) with evaluations for surrender dogs and dog training for fosters. Carol has conducted several Canine Education Training workshops in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, coaching students to become dog trainers and instructors. She has done volunteer work for the National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) in Princeton, Massachusetts, and participated in the Prison Pup Partnership Program at various correction institutions.

Aidan Wilkie CPDT-KA

Class instructor

After working in special education for over 15 years, Aidan decided to put her extensive experience in behavior modification to use with dogs instead of humans! She was inspired to make this change by her own sweet and timid furry companion, Zoe, whose anxious behavior constantly keeps her on her toes.

Anna Modest

Class Instructor

Anna has loved dogs her whole life and began volunteering at a local dog rescue back in 2012. It was then that she developed a deeper appreciation and interest in dog training and behavior. She began learning about, and working with, more difficult dogs when Anna and her husband adopted their furry friend, who required quite a bit of training!

Anna spends her days as research scientist at a Boston-area hospital. She began her dog training apprenticeship with Michelle after completing her PhD and is currently working towards her certification as a professional dog trainer. 

Karen Plescia CPDT-KA

Class Instructor

Karen had dogs and cats as pets for most of her life. However, it wasn't until she rescued a neonatal feral kitten in 2005 that she became fascinated with animal development and behavior. Since then, she has been involved in animal care and welfare as a volunteer, foster caregiver, shelter assistant manager, veterinary clinic office manager, student of animal behavior, pet behavior consultant, and dog trainer. Her passion is helping people better understand their pets so that they can successfully deal with behavioral concerns in a positive way.

Karen is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CCPDT) and is Fear-Free Certified trainer. She is currently a professional behavior responder for the ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team and works with private clients in addition to teaching at Turn Around Training.

Kim Melanson CPDT-KA

Class Instructor

Kim is an experienced certified canine behavior counselor and trainer having worked with dogs, shelters, rescues and dog guardians since 2001. She was one of the members of the Center for Shelter Dogs, at the Animal Rescue League in Boston and was a Behavior Counselor at Save Dog in Sudbury. She currently teaches public dog training classes, performs behavior evaluations, and conducts training and behavioral consultations for shelters, rescues, animal control officers, non profits, educational institutions and dog guardians. She also consults, writes and teaches for non profits and educational institutions. She is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and holds a certificate in Canine Counseling from the San Francisco SPCA. In addition, Kim holds a BFA from the Museum of Fine Arts School, enjoys photography, and the art of animals and exploring in the woods with her two mixed breed dogs and family. She builds on her education today by attending many of her colleagues’ and mentors dog training and animal behavior seminars, and through her own shelter and rescue consulting and private dog training experiences.