Rachel Geller, Ed.D.
Certified Cat Behavior Counselor
Rachel is a certified cat behavior counselor through the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Rachel developed a Cat Behavior and Retention Program, and her work was recognized nationwide as a “Model Program” by HSUS. Rachel was asked to serve as a panelist in HSUS’ Cat Behavior and Retention webinar entitled “Starting Small…Going Big” which is archived on their website. Since its inception, Rachel’s cat behavior counseling services have successfully resolved over 300 cases per year.
Rachel also developed and presented a seminar on Cat Behavior and Retention for the Massachusetts Animal Coalition Whole Cat Workshop held at Tufts Veterinary School entitled “I Know How You Feel…Empathy and Education in Cat Behavior Counseling.” She also developed a seminar which she presents regularly in community-based locations such as libraries, schools and community centers entitled “Solutions to Common Cat Behavior Problems.”
Currently, Rachel sits on two animal welfare boards: The Cat Connection of Waltham, MA and the Marcus Maurice Foundation. Rachel is on the Community Education Committee for Baypath Humane Society. She is an advisor to many animal welfare organizations.
Rachel is very involved in advocacy issues and caring for the vulnerable, whether this involves animals or people. She authored a state law, “An Act Protecting Nursing Home Residents,” which was signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in 2010.
For twenty years, Rachel was the Behavioral Specialist in the Waltham Public Schools. Her responsibilities included psycho-educational testing, Individualized Education Programs and developing curriculum accommodations.
An avid sports enthusiast, Rachel enjoys running, biking, golf and attending Red Sox games. She has run – and finished! – 11 Boston Marathons.