About Us

Paula Benton


FBB Founder and President, Paula Benton is a multi-certified professional dog trainer specializing in assistance service dog training for people with mobility differences.  She is proud to be a staff member in the Behavior & Trainer department at SF Animal Care & Control.  Creating Full Belly Bus has been her ten year passion.

Corinne Dowling


FBB Advisory Board Member & Dog Trainer, Corinne Dowling is committed to science-centered, rewards-based training methods.  She pioneered environmental enrichment care for dogs in long term shelter care in 2000 as the creator and founder of Give a Dog a Bone.  Corinne earned her Certificate in Training and Counselling from the Academy for Dog Trainers at SF/SPCA.   

Paul Ellis


Paul Ellis is a British dog trainer with over 20 years experience, who in addition to teaching pet dog training classes, has worked with police forces in the UK training scent detection and tracking dogs.  Paul now lives in San Francisco and enjoys sharing  his tracking expertise with pet owners teaching tracking for fun and search & rescue courses.   

Dr Julio Bolivar-Dillon


Dr. Julio Bolívar graduated from San Marcos National University in 1975 and became a Small Animal Specialist in 1978 in Lima, Peru. After emigrated to the United States he earned his US accreditation as a Veterinarian in 1984.  Making the Bay Area his home, he worked in different Hospitals which inspired him to provide less stressful, easy access, in-home medical care.  In 1989, Dr. Bolivar’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to create Vet On Wheels. Known by many as “Doc”, he continues to be a member of the California Veterinarian Medical Association and the Animal Hospital American Association.

Marisa Plaice


Marisa works as a vet assistant at Animal Care and Control San Francisco. She is currently studying to become a veterinary technician, and hopes to continue her career helping animals and people.

Pauline Le


Pauline is a volunteer at SF Animal Care and Control where she is passionate about working with the city's stray, custody and behaviorally-challenged dogs.  She is also supporting a data initiative to analyze long-term trends at ACC.  When not at ACC, Pauline spends time with her husband and two pups, she volunteers as a court-appointed advocate for foster kids and she is a healthcare consultant for the hospital industry.

Heather Burton


Executive Board member, Heather Burton served 3 terms on the board of a  fundrasing arm of the SF-SPCA; she is currently the Vice President of Operations at a venture captial investment firm; and also graduated from SF-SPCA's Dog Training Academy.  Heather's strong commitment to the human-animal bond led her to be a member of the behavior and training team at SF's Animal Care and Control while  maintaining her small dog-training business on the side. 

Leslie Crawford

Executive Board Member, Leslie M. Crawford is a longtime journalist who has translated her backgroun

Executive Board member, Leslie M. Crawford is a longtime journalist who has translated her background in real-life storytelling to fiction, starting with Sprig the Rescue Pig and Gwen the Rescue Hen as the first in a series of books about farm animals. She has written for Great Schools, Salon and San Francisco Magazine, among many other publications.

Ariana Luchsinger


Advisory Board member, Ariana Luchsinger, has been working professionally with both homed and sheltered dogs since 2003. A certified trainer & behavior-counseling graduate from the Academy for Dog Trainers, Ariana currently serves as SF Animal Care & Control’s Acting Operations Manager and the head of Behavior and Training. She is proud to serve her San Francisco community for the betterment of people and their pets.

Susi Leni


Biography coming soon!

Kay Ewing


Biography coming soon!

Angelique Thomas


Bio coming soon!

Katy Jones


Advisory Board member, Katy Jones grew up in a weird house with a strange variety of animals and she can’t remember a time when she was not responsible for at least one. She studied literature and creative writing in New York City before realizing she likes books but loves animals more. Today Katy works at SF ACC in the animal care division and lives in Oakland with her rude chihuahua.