Leadership Team

Jo-Anne Brenner, Executive Director and Founder

jo bioMs. Brenner is the director and founder of K9 Medic and has been teaching combat tactical casualty care based classes for human and canine care since 2004. She has taught canine and human programs to a wide variety of teams with a diverse set of medical backgrounds including Pararescuemen, Army Rangers, Special Forces, and Border Patrol. For the past seven years she has consulted for a leading veterinary emergency and specialty hospital for both emerging prehospital and in-clinic programs. Additionally, Ms. Brenner writes the K9 Medic section for K-9 Cop Magazine.

Ms. Brenner has extensive experience developing medical training and certification programs. She was a subject matter expert and reviewer for the Canadian Red Cross Standard First Aid program and the Wilderness and Remote First Aid program. She has consulted on a wide variety of specialized medical programs including developing several flight attendant first aid programs and an AED protocol for an international white water rafting company.

Ms. Brenner deployed to Hurricane Katrina with her working dog Angel, where her varied tactical missions included assignments with SWAT teams to clear areas taken over by hostile persons. Due to the unprecedented results of the joint missions she affected change in ICE SRT policy to include TacSAR K9s.

Ms. Brenner’s certifications have included NREMT-Intermediate, ACLS, PALS, Rope Rescue Operator (RRO), Certified Special Operations Specialist (CSO), and Specialized Extraction and Rescue Tactics (SERT).


KaLee Pasek, DVM, Education Director

KaLee bioDr. Pasek is a sought out practitioner, educator, writer, and consultant. A graduate of Colorado State University, she has been an active educator since 1999 teaching at LA Pierce College RVT School, Professional Veterinary Assistant School, and the University of Davis Community Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital. Dr. Pasek lectures extensively and has developed many training programs and authored multiple publications for audiences ranging from the general public to RVT students and veterinarians. She is a case reviewer for the State of California Veterinary Medical Board and consults for a wide variety of legal, commercial, and government organizations.

Dr. Pasek has been instrumental in developing tactical, field-realistic, and medically sound treatment and education strategies. She is particularly adept at training each student level of handlers, medics and veterinarians with the specific knowledge and skills applicable to their background and working environment.


Cheryl Braswell, DVM, DACVECC, Advisor

Dr. Braswell is a leading veterinary specialist in the field of Emergency and Critical Care. She is the preeminent leader in the field of hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dr. Braswell is the medical director of a leading veterinary emergency and specialty hospital where she directs and leads intern and extern programs for veterinary students from across the country. Additionally, she conducts specialty classes and lectures for veterinary specialists and students. Dr. Braswell’s career highlights include over 30 years of patient care and advocacy, lecturing, authoring, and holding several positions on boards of directors including the National Police Dog Foundation.

Tim Crowe, DVM, DACVS, DACVECC, Advisor

Dr. Crowe is a world-renowned veterinary specialist in both Surgery and Emergency and Critical Care. He is a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). Dr. Crowe has a passion for trauma and an impressive depth of field experience as an active firefighter and EMT-Intermediate. He has developed more than 50 emergency and surgical procedures used worldwide. Dr. Crowe lectures and publishes extensively. He has been teaching K9 first aid to handlers for almost 40 yrs.

David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM), CVPM

Liss_David Bio PicDavid Liss is a double board-certified veterinary technician specialist in emergency/critical care and internal medicine with a diverse background in emergency and critical care nursing. David has been technician manager at two different twenty-four hour referral/specialty facilities in the Los Angeles area and has lectured at over 15 conferences internationally. After recently publishing three chapters in an emergency and critical care nursing text, David was awarded the Veterinary Technician Educator of the Year award in 2012 by Western Veterinary Conference. David currently directs the veterinary technology program at Platt College in Los Angeles, and works as an ICU technician at VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley in Woodland Hills, CA.

Steven Mensack, VMD, DACVECC, Advisor

Dr. Mensack is a leading veterinary specialist in the field of Emergency and Critical Care. His substantial experience includes acting medical director for two leading emergency veterinary hospitals. Dr. Mensack has lectured extensively throughout the US, has been published in numerous veterinary journals, and has authored numerous chapters in veterinary medicine textbooks. He has been supportive of the K9 Medic program and has co-authored several K9 Medicine articles.

Stephen C. Rush, MD, Advisor

Dr. Rush is a Pararescue Flight Surgeon in the NY Air National Guard and is the USAF Pararescue Medical Director.