Rachel McPherson, a native Mississippian, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Good Dog Foundation (Good Dog). She brings her experience as an entrepreneur and animal-human wellness activist to Love Kind Wellness LLC and The Good Dog Foundation.
As the Founder and Executive Director of The Good Dog Foundation, Rachel assures the organization’s long-range strategy achieves its mission of increasing awareness of the healing properties of the human-animal bond through certified therapy dog visits. Rachel is responsible for Good Dog growing from a small start-up with 3 therapy dogs to a nationally-recognized leader in certified therapy dogs with more than 1,100 teams. Originally having set out to produce a documentary on therapy dog services, Rachel fell in love with the work, stopped making the film, and founded Good Dog. Under her leadership, Good Dog helped change New York State law to allow therapy dogs into health care facilities. Good Dog now makes more than 330,000 annual visits to people in health care, social service, community organizations and schools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. As Founder of Love Kind Wellness LLC Rachel’s entrepreneurial skills is broadening her role as leader in the field of animal assisted therapies through the Love Kind Wellness network launching at this conference which will also focus on enhancing The Good Dog Foundation as the premiere dog assisted therapy organization in the country.