About Us

Meet the Heeling Allies’ Team!

Darcie Boltz BS is the Executive Director of Heeling Allies Assistance Dogs, and a co-founder and President of The Heeling Allies Project. For a decade, Darcie has worked as a private trainer, instructor for support dog teams nationwide, and a consultant for assistance dog organizations and independent trainers. Her areas of expertise are: assistance dog welfare; the intricacies of the disabled handler/assistance dog relationship/bond; the impact of family dynamics on the success of assistance dog teams; liabilities and assets of pairing persons with mental

health challenges with assistance dogs and emotional support animals; and, bringing mindful awareness to working with assistance dogs. Darcie has presented on such topics at: The National Association of Special Needs Trusts, The Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Annual PTSD Conference, The Female Faces of War Documentary Screening, Edmunds College, Seattle Central Community College, The Alliance of People with DisAbilities Annual Conference, Assistance Dog Club of Puget Sound Annual Conference and the Seattle Veterans Hospital. Darcie holds a bachelors degree in Health Psychology from Bastyr University and has earned several other academic certificates in the field of psychology. Outside of work, Darcie enjoys spending time with her wife, friends and family, and her Australian Cattle Dogs, Telle and Levi.

Julie Forbes BS is a dog training and behavior specialist. She is the owner of Sensitive Dog, and host of the The Dog Show – An Evolved Perspective on Life with Dogs, a talk radio show all about dogs, that she hosts. The Dog Talk Show airs live in Western Washington on Wednesdays from 2-3pm, on KKNW 1150 AM.

Cassie Salewske MA, LMHC, NCC assists in evaluating and assessing individuals applying for a Mental Health Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog, or Skilled Companion from Heeling Allies.

Cassie is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and has worked as a psychotherapist and case manager since 2004. Cassie also holds a Nationally Certified Counselor credential.

Psychiatric Service Dog Training. Psychiatric Service Dog Programs
Heeling Allies is located in Seattle WA, and trains Mental Health Dogs for individuals nationally.

Currently Serving: Washington State & Upstate New York