Our Professionals

One of our core values is a commitment to science-based force-free training. We ensure that our staff takes this value seriously and puts it into practice each and every day, verified by their commitment to governing organizations. All of our staff are members of the Pet Professional Guild, ensuring that they are provided with resources for continuing education.

 Teaching a group class on impulse control and deferential behavior.

Teaching a group class on impulse control and deferential behavior.

Sara Richter, CPDT-KA

Sara is the owner of Simply Animal Behavior and Training Center, and has worked professionally with a variety of animal species for over a decade. She began her career in the equestrian world, having been an accomplished rider since the age of 5. Over the years she gained a variety of experience working with numerous domestic and agricultural species including dogs, horses, cats, birds, small animals (rats, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, etc.), poultry, cows, pigs, sheep. She has dedicated her career to continuing her education, and spreading awareness and knowledge of humane science based methods.

Max Richter

Max is a student at Lake Forest College, and has been training professionally since 2016 and specializes in working with domestic dogs ranging from puppy socialization to advanced manners and obedience training. Max also has experience working with and handling a variety of species including horses, poultry and cats. Over the years, he has developed significant knowledge surrounding the prevention of behavior problems through early recognition, effective management and treatment.

 Max demonstrating a cooperative ear exam using a stationing behavior.

Max demonstrating a cooperative ear exam using a stationing behavior.


Debbie Robinson, CPDT-KA

Debbie is the voice behind S.A.B.T.C. and we could not do it without her! She can answer your questions, and ensure that you and your pet are on the right track towards your training goals.

“With nearly three decades of experience in animal services, I've worked to make myself a knowledgeable resource on pet education and care. Through personal instruction, I work to support people to create strong relationships with their pet based on mutual love and respect.” - D.R.

Debbie is located in Grayslake, IL and also provides training services through her company Hairy Tails Pet Education. Click on the link to learn more!

Andrew Smyrniotis

Andrew is a dog-loving college student starting his Junior year at Lake Forest College. He has a long history of working with animals, particularly dogs, which includes; volunteering at local animal shelters, owning a golden retriever named Oliver, dog sitting for family and friends, and most importantly, walking dogs commercially in downtown Chicago.

“I believe that one of the most important things in working with animals is having respect for that animal. Having an understanding of their wants and needs, most importantly treating the animal how oneself would want to be treated.” - A.S.