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Official R.E.A.D. training is offered periodically by licensed R.E.A.D. instructors:

Debbi Cole ( in Panhandle area.

Shirley Roux ( in the Tallahassee area.

Patty Mitchell (  in the Tallahassee area.

Merilee Kelley ( in the Orlando area. 

Judy Zoller ( in the St. Augustine area.

Organization: Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Animal Therapy Program

Program Name: Tallahassee R.E.A.D.s!

Contact: Patty Mitchell

City: Tallahassee

State: Florida


Notes: During the school year, our 26 R.E.A.D. teams make weekly visits to 11 elementary schools, 2 after-school centers, and a Family Reading Room in a branch of our library system. Our teams work with students grades 1-6 during regular school hours, after school, and early evening sessions. We have 24 dogs and 2 cats in our local R.E.A.D. chapter!

Organization: Dynamic Dog Club

Program Name: Dynamic R.E.A.D.ers

Contact Name: Sara Morgan

City: The Villages

State: Florida



Notes: Membership is obtained with The Villages Resident ID Card. We serve both public and charter schools, after-school programs, libraries, bookstores, and camp programs.

Organization : READing Paws/Florida Chapter

Contact Names: Merilee Kelley/Debbi Cole


Phone Number 321-251-6001


Website: www/

Merilee Kelley

Chairman, READing Paws

Director, TPC-Therapy Patient Connections

Licensed R.E.A.D. Instructor and R.E.A.D. Team with Abbi, Cari & Tarra

Intermountain Therapy Animals Licensed Team Evaluator, Team Instructor, Therapy Team with Abbi, Cari & Tarra

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Organization: Star Bright Therapy Dogs and Obedience

Contact Name: Dot Blair, Founder/Director

City: Port St. Lucie

State: Florida


Notes: The Star Bright Therapy Dogs, an organization which of evaluates, tests, trains, and supports therapy dogs for the purpose giving loving and empathic support in nursing homes, hospitals, psychiatric wards and other facilities. Star Bright also provides basic obedience classes. Star Bright dogs are working in a reading program at the St. Lucie County Library system.

Contact Name: National R.E.A.D. Coordinator

Phone: 801-272-3439


Notes: For more information on registered R.E.A.D. teams or groups in this state, please contact the ITA office.

The ITA R.E.A.D. program is touching hearts across the nation. The following is a partial list of R.E.A.D. Affiliate Programs, Regional Workshops, and individual R.E.A.D teams. It is our hope that this list will help put R.E.A.D. teams in contact with programs and workshops in their area. If you would like to add your program to this list please send an email to the National R.E.A.D. Coordinator at the ITA office (

States ending in
have programs hosting regional workshops. Also, many R.E.A.D. instructors are willing to travel. Please feel free to contact one of them about setting up a workshop specifically designed for your group.