Our Story

The founders of Golden Healer Service Dogs started out breeding and training Labrador Retrievers for pet families over 25 years ago as a hobby. In 2014, while searching for an American Golden Retriever, they stumbled upon the English Cream Golden Retriever.  Due to the amazing temperament and disposition of the breed, they knew this was the right direction to take as they considered providing service dogs.  They purchased their first male and female and started breeding for puppies.

Over the past few years, they have placed several of their puppies in homes that have gone on to be trained as service dogs.  Through this experience and seeing how impactful and rewarding it was to change someone’s life through their dogs, the idea was born to make it their full-time mission.

Golden Healer Service Dogs has teamed up with some of the best breeders, trainers, and dog professionals, in the world.  It is our goal to produce, develop and deliver the finest service dogs to anyone that suffers from mental illness or physical disabilities. 

We develop our service dogs from puppies to ensure that they have been raised in the best environment and have solid foundations.  This allows us to have a higher success rate when it comes to placement as a working service dog. 

Board Members

Shaunna Carlson


Shaunna was born in Texas and moved to Utah as a teenager. Not too long after, she met her husband and started a family which consisted of a black Labrador puppy and a black Pomeranian puppy. As soon as the Lab was old enough, they bred her to a friend’s yellow Lab and began their journey as hobby dog breeders and trainers. Since then, Shaunna has bore 3 children of her own and enjoyed the ability to be a stay at home mom while training dogs and helping her husband with his entrepreneurial ventures.  In 2011 she began working as an Executive Assistant in the mortgage and finance business and has been there ever since. 

Doré. E. Frances, PhD


Doré has a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Colorado. Doré has spent many years working in the public and private sectors and has extensive experience providing youth & family therapeutic services, interventions, and intensive case management.

Doré has experience working with youth and families to heal around various topics, including: Physical Abuse, Emotional/Verbal and Domestic Abuse, Neglect, Acute and Developmental PTSD, Adoption, Emotional Regulation Dis-orders, Attachment Dis-orders, Self-Esteem, Identity Development, LGBTQ Issues, Communication Skill Building, Social/Emotional/Character Development, Body Image and Dysmorphic Dis-orders, Sexual Reactivity, Mood Dis-orders, Anxiety & Depression, Self-Harm, Dissociation, Substance Abuse, Process Addictions, Emerging Personality Disorders, Autism Spectrum Dis-orders, Transitioning to Independent Living, Learning Disabilities and Educational Alternatives, Adult Attachment, Co-Parenting, Intergenerational issues, Multi-Cultural issues, and Psychopharmacology. As a mother, she continues to journey in the developmental path of raising a child (we’re currently in young adulthood). 

Doré found Golden Healer Service Dogs and knew she needed to buy one of their puppies. She was so impressed with the organization and the amazing experience in purchasing her own dog, that she knew she wanted to be part of its mission.   

Ashlun Carlson


Ashlun has been an animal lover since the time she was born, and she especially loves dogs. Ashlun is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has been volunteering as a kennel tech and puppy trainer for the past 6 years. Upon graduating, Ashlun plans to open her own practice and work with children and youth that suffer from Mental Illness.

Executive Director

Mike Carlson


Mike is an Animal Behaviorist, Animal Caretaker Coach, Dog Handler Coach, and Dog Trainer.

Our puppies are born and raised inside our home. From day one, they are held, loved, and played with by our family and children. They have been socialized with small children and various animals and are amazing.

English Retrievers are known to do great with children and will become part of your family for many years. They are sensitive, loving, devoted, and willing to serve. They make wonderful companions for the whole family. Our puppies have the ability to work in therapy or as service dogs as they are extremely gentle and intelligent. They can be trained to work with individuals that suffer from autism, anxiety, depression, or other mental health related issues.



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