Cindy Brosig is a Registered Nurse and owner of Operation H.E.E.L., practicing the art of Animal-Assisted Therapy with her canine partner, Ted, a Therapy Dog, to help heal and empower the spirited lives of children. Cindy works with children aged 5yrs and older in facilitating the therapeutic interaction between a Therapy Dog and a child to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and/or depression which are often manifested through social and emotional challenges or self-harm. Together, Cindy and Ted support children through the physiological changes that are commonly felt and almost always misunderstood by teaching them to re-train their body to choose to release “happy” hormones instead of “fear” hormones that are often the result of living in a constant state of “flight or fight” due to a disability, toxic stress, or trauma. Inviting the dog to share their innate talents in purposeful activities and lessons, on and off leash, provides a more natural, heart-felt connection for the child to acknowledge and heal their body’s response network, revealing their true sense of self and purpose that may otherwise remain trapped in the flurry of emotions.

Cindy also invites the family’s dog to participate as a partner in the child’s emotional and social healing to continue support at home.

WHAT GIVES US JOY ABOUT THE WORK WE DO: I love to see the positive behavioral changes (self confidence, patience, empathy, self-regulation) in a child when working naturally with a dog and how they transfer to life at home, school, and in their community. Even more profound is when the family chooses to work with their family dog and they begin to see not only the new learning in their child but also the personality and interest of their dog’s relationship in the family (the dog learns good manners too!).


MSN, BSN, RN (WI #118892-30)