MEET OUR TEAM

Our team are looking forward to getting to know you and your dog.

Lisbeth Borg de Waard

Lisbeth Borg de Waard

Owner and Manager, based in Norway

Lisbeth is Principal of the International Dog Trainer School and the founder of Nordic Education Centre for Dog Trainers.

She was certified as a dog trainer by internationally-renowned dog trainer and behaviourist Turid Rugaas and has 21 years’ experience with problem solving and behaviour in dogs.

Lisbeth is a former college and university lecturer in Norway.

Elena Kichinskaia, based in Estonia

Elena Kichinskaia, based in Estonia

Teacher, based in Estonia

Originally from Russia, Elena lives in Tallinn, Estonia and speaks fluent English, French, German and Russian.

She is a co-founder of ‘Redog’ and has worked as both a trainer and a behaviourist. Elena is constantly updating her knowledge by attending in-house training and external courses, including Specialising in Dog Aggression and Sensory Integration.

Elena is currently studying to be Massage Therapist with Galen Myotherapy.

Jonas Christensen

Jonas Christensen

Faculty Member and Quality Manager, based in Norway

Jonas specialises in pedagogy, instruction methods, course quality and first aid for humans and for dogs.

The past 18 years he has worked with developing training courses for the Norwegian Ambulance and Police.

Turid Rugaas

Turid Rugaas

Author and Dog Trainer, based in Norway

Turid Rugaas is a world-renowned Norwegian author and dog trainer. She has published several books and DVDs including the popular best seller On Talking Terms with Dogs.

Turid is famous for her pioneering work in how dogs communicate, and has identified over 30 ‘calming signals’ that have since helped many dog trainers, behaviourists and ethologists understand dog language.

In 2017, Turid was awarded the King’s Badge of Honour by His Majesty King Harald VI of Norway, in recognition of her contribution to the field of canine behaviour over the last 40 years.

Anne Lill Kvam

Anne Lill Kvam

Teacher, based in Norway

Certified Dog Trainer and Nosework Specialist

Since 1986, Anne Lill’s passion has been training search and rescue dogs. She has worked as a full-time instructor since graduating from Turid Rugaas’s school in 1996.

From 1997 to 2000 she worked in Angola for the ‘Norwegian Peoples Aid’ organisation for the clearing of anti-personnel mines.

Anne Lill has her own dog training school with branches in Norway, China and Taiwan, and is a highly sought-after international speaker in the fields of scent discrimination, behaviour and problem solving.

Dr. Amber Batson

Dr. Amber Batson

Teacher, based in England

Amber graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London as a veterinarian and surgeon in 1999.

 She has carried out extensive research in the field of companion animal welfare, including subjects relating to responsible pet ownership, and psychoneuroimmunology, a branch of veterinary science that deals with the influence of stress and other emotional states on the nervous and immune systems.

 Amber has undertaken voluntary work for international animal charities, including a position as welfare consultant for WPA.

Tanya Vishniiakova

Tanya Vishniiakova

Teacher, based in Russia

Tanya is a Nordic Dog Trainer graduate who has worked with dogs for over ten years.

She has attended an impressive list of courses on dog behaviour, training, communication and health.

Tanya works full time with different projects in Russia including education, training and behaviour consultations, and has been teaching school children about dogs for a number of years.

 Lyubov Elupova

Lyubov Elupova

Teacher, based in Estonia

Originally from Russia and now living in Tallinn with her rescue dog Heidi, Lyubov is a graduate of Turid Rugaas International Dog Trainer Education in Spain and a co-founder of the Smiling Leash Project.

 She has attended a number of additional dog behaviour and training courses, including specialising puppies and canine aggression.

 

Julia Robertson

Julia Robertson

Teacher, based in England

Julia Robertson is the global head of the Galen Myotherapy organisation, which she founded in 2002. Since then she has treated over 8,000 dogs and trained hundreds of people in Galen Myotherapy techniques.

She was one of the first people in the UK to treat and understand the effects of adaptive change in dogs, and is recognised as an expert, pioneer and leader in her field of canine myotherapy both in the UK and worldwide.

Julia is a published author of three books and has produced two DVDs, including ‘Tongue to Tail’ which won the Dog Writers Association of America’s coveted US Maxwell Award in 2012.

Nordic Mentors provide guidance and support in 12 different languages to make your learning process as smooth as possible.

Silke Strasser

Silke Strasser

Austria | German and italian

Sarah Cullen

Sarah Cullen

Switzerland | English

Laura Celmara

Laura Celmara

Latvia | Latvian

Ieva Romanova

Ieva Romanova

Latvia | Latvian

 

 

Stella van Tongeren

Stella van Tongeren

Netherland | Dutch

Gerlin Gil

Gerlin Gil

Estonia | Estonian

Evy Kapanieri

Evy Kapanieri

Greece | Greek

Sophie Cierpucha

Sophie Cierpucha

France | French

Sandy Guevara

Sandy Guevara

Mexico | Spanish

Sirle Sillaste

Sirle Sillaste

Estonia | Estonian

Janne With Lejstrup

Janne With Lejstrup

Denmark | Danish

Robert Kotrc

Robert Kotrc

Austria | German

 Janne G. Jensen

Janne G. Jensen

Denmark | Danish

Britt Purdelo

Britt Purdelo

Estonia | Estonian

Vivian Vermetten

Vivian Vermetten

Netherland | Dutch