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Last updated: 1/12/2018
Dr. Janelle Nimer
Professional -- Branch: Utah
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Utah Healing Center
84109  United States
801 266-4643 (Phone)
801 266-4775 (Fax)
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Dr. Nimer earned a Masters in Social Work from the University of Utah and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. In 2005, Dr. Nimer presented posters of her research at the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) and published her AAI research in 2007. In 2007, Dr. Nimer presented research on Veterinary Social Work at the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organization (IAHAIO) and ISAZ conferences in Tokyo. Dr. Nimer specialized in grief and loss and AAI during her three-year doctoral fellowship with Veterinary Social Work as well as provided therapeutic services to children and adolescents at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital who had experienced a crisis, traumatic event, or chronic illness.
Social/Volunteer Organizations
From 2013 - 2015 she served as the Board Chair of Therapy Animals of Utah (a Pet Partner affiliate).
She also works with a Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) Facility Dog, Flower. CCI donated Flower to our office at Utah Healing Center in 2017.
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Janelle Nimer, Ph.D., LCSW has over 12 years of professional, academic, and volunteer experience with animal-assisted interventions (AAI). Dr. Nimer is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and she level 2 trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Dr. Nimer’s passion is providing an array of evidence-based therapeutic services, including AAI and play therapy, to children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, emotional distress, or are disabled. The canine assisted therapy she provides to patients is in collaboration with her Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog, Flower. The equine assisted therapy she provides to patients is in collaboration with Sunset Equestrian Center in Kaysville. As co-founder and co-owner of the Animal-Assisted Healing Center and the Utah Healing Center, Dr. Nimer approaches therapy from a family systems perspective and enjoys working with individuals of all ages in achieving their therapeutic goals. In addition, Dr. Nimer teaches AAI to graduate students at the University of Utah, College of Social Work and presents regularly on AAI at local, state, national, and international conferences.
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