Laura is King's Creatures Animal Training's owner. She is a Certified Dog Trainer and Professional Member with the International Association of Canine Professionals and Professional Affiliate of the Midwest Bat Working Group. She is a graduate of Oakland University with a B.S. in Biology.
Laura began training animals professionally in 2012 at the Saginaw Children's Zoo, a facility accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She went on to work for Joel Slaven's Professional Animals, Inc at two other AZA-accredited facilities, SeaWorld Orlando and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. She then entered the pet-training field at Found Chicago, where she trained dogs under Fabian & Brittney Romo & Jeff Jenkins. Laura launched King's Creatures in Tomah, WI, in September 2017. In September 2019, she moved King's Creatures to Cedar Rapids, IA.
She has worked with parrots, chickens, raptors, lemurs, marmosets, sugar gliders, otters, snakes, lizards, deer, pigs, cows, goats, sheep, camels, donkeys, tarantulas, cockroaches, skunks, rats, raccoons, cats, and dogs -- just to name a few! She utilizes her wide variety of animal training experience to work with her clients to develop the best training plan for their pets so that animals and humans alike can easily enjoy their lives together. She is always striving to meet the need in our community for a better understanding of animals that will allow humans and animals to happily coexist for years to come.
Laura lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, Billy, and their cats, Azula and Mai, and dogs, Zuko, Korra, and Gouda. Billy is the pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids and North Liberty. He supports King's Creatures in a variety of ways including (but not limited to) starring in many training videos, serving as the friendly stranger for CGC testing, setting up for classes and events, and welcoming many animals into his home.
Laura spends her free time offering pro bono training services for Living Creatures Ministry, a program that trains and certifies therapy animals for WELS churches, volunteering with local animal shelters and rescues, volunteering at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, kayaking and hiking with her husband and pets, reading, finding "Giant Thing" roadside attractions with her husband, going to as many plays and musicals as possible, and drinking margaritas.