Our Founders

Alan Levine and Sophie

Our founder is an AKC Certified Training Evaluator and a lifelong proponent of how people make better dogs and how dogs make better people.


Alan Levine has been training dogs for over thirty years. Throughout this time, he has engaged with hundreds of people from various therapy dog organizations both throughout the country and in various countries throughout the world. Prior to chartering Certified Therapy Dog, Inc. Alan was the Director of Training for a long-established therapy dog organization with members residing throughout the country. Following an early and serious life altering event, Alan has dedicated his life to bringing joy to others with his Furry BFF Sophie. To date (early 2021), she and he have logged over 5000 therapy dog visits across all of the venues listed below. Sophie took second place in both the 2016 and 2020 AKC National Therapy Dog Humanitarian of the Year Awards. She has appeared on AKC-TV.


To see Sophie and other therapy dogs in action, please click the following link. While the entire video is awe inspiring, Sophie’s segment starts at (11:40.)


Alan’s experience, knowledge and gentle way with both people and animals have led him to create a genuinely superior training, evaluation and visitation program. He is a Certified AKC Training Evaluator and conducts AKC level evaluations at local/regional AKC Dog Shows. Following the passing of his long-time mentor (see below), Alan has made it his personal mission to continue the enormous value of Comfort and Therapy Dog work in such places as nursing homes and memory care facilities, hospice, hospitals, schools, library reading programs, the Juvenile Courthouse in Palm Beach County, Court diversion programs for teens, school based psychological counseling sessions and the like.


Alan has been asked to speak before AKC sponsored dog clubs and is constantly recharged when, in the course of people saying ‘goodbye’ and ‘thank you’, they add... “You saved my life today.” (These exact words  are actually spoken many, many times.) He can offer countless additional stories about the incredibly wonderful effects of a loving and well-trained therapy dog.

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Evelyn (Lynn) Hoffman


Lynn Hoffman (May 7, 1939-July 7, 2019) was a pioneer in the world of therapy dogs and, upon her passing inspired the creation of Certified Therapy Dog, Inc. that same year. Certified Therapy Dog, Inc. is dedicated to continuing the legacy of Lynn Hoffman who, with therapy dogs, inspired through courage, healed with kindness and inspired so many to look beyond themselves…to reach out from their heart and to bring happiness into the lives of our fellow human beings.