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About Us

We strive to provide the highest quality assistance and skilled companion dogs to children as young as five years old and adults with special needs. We train dogs to assist people with Autism, medical and mobility issues, as well as sensory processing disorders and seizures.

In an effort to meet the needs of our families, it is our goal to start the training process as soon as possible. We begin working with the family as soon as they complete our simple application process and are approved for a dog. Changes for Change also offers family support groups to help families make the transition to life with a service dog. We also have consultants that assist in the training process with the families such as physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and behavioral specialists. The organizations Executive Director, Dr. Nikki Brown, is also a school psychiatrist.

Changes for Change is a non-profit within the state of Michigan.

Dr. Nikki Brown, Executive Director

Dr. Nikki has been training dogs for over 15 years. She owned and operated Premier K-9, a dog training school in Grand Ledge, MI from 2003 to 2012. She holds two master’s degrees from Michigan State University in Counseling and School Psychology and has completed her PhD with an emphasis on behavior modification. Her education and years of experience training pet dogs as well as training and breeding police dogs, make her an expert in the field of dog training and behavior modification. Nikki has titled many to dogs to high levels in various sports such as agility, UKC obedience, K9 Pro Sports, and Protection Sports Association. She has also competed in conformation, Schutzhund. Dr. Nikki has also earned several Canine Good citizen and Therapy Dogs International titles.