Certified Pet Therapist
Parker is a certified Pet Therapist through Pittsburgh’s Animal Friends’ Therapet Program. Pet assisted therapy is a specialty that can be incorporated into traditional therapy sessions. Not to be confused with a service or emotional support dog, Parker is trained to offer comfort and affectionate support to individuals other than his owner. Pet assisted therapy services are currently offered at the Village Center for Holistic Therapy with Therapist Jenna Weidner, LCSW. In addition to therapy sessions at the Village, Parker volunteers visiting with individuals and families residing in the HOPE Center Domestic Violence Shelter, Good Samaritan Hospice respite home, UPMC Shadyside Hospital and Reading with Rover (a program offered to assist children with reading).
Parker was born in November of 2016. He is a long haired dachshund with a charismatic personality. Parker is very people friendly and enjoys working with individuals of all ages. He loves to play with other dogs and taking naps.
Please feel free to contact Jenna with any questions about Parker or pet assisted therapy at the Village Center. 412-455-6890 ext. 524