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It was in Children's Hospital Colorado that Dr. Gonzalez observed the healing power of therapy dogs. Years after completing his pediatrics training, he met Lola, a lovable Great Dane/Lab mix. He immediately saw her natural loving and comforting personality and began training her as a therapy dog.

According to the ADA Center for Professional Success, a National Institutes for Health study has found that being in the presence of a companion animal is associated with improvements in mental, social and physiologic health status.

Because of their ability to reduce anxiety and stress, along with comforting people, therapy dogs are used in various health care settings such as hospitals, nursing homes and dental practices. According to the American Kennel Club, significant advances in the field of animal assisted therapy and the use of therapy dogs have been made since the 1980s.

Lola provides therapeutic interactions for children with behavioral conditions, disabilities, dental anxiety or anyone who simply enjoys dogs. Lots of our patients’ parents also benefit from Lola’s "healing" personality as she keeps them company throughout the appointment.

Dr. Gonzalez and Lola are volunteers with children of all ages affected by various disabilities and also with elderly residents of nursing homes. Dr. Gonzalez feels Lola is a special dog with a higher calling similar to his, which is serving others and helping improve lives anywhere and anyway possible. Dr. Gonzalez and Lola are in their final stages of certification for the official title of “Therapy Dog Team” through The American Kennel Club. They would both love to meet you and your family.