Since partnership with his highly skilled working assistance dog, Smitty, Andrew experienced a total life change- one he considers to be life saving. Smitty knows over 100 commands. To name a few, Smitty helps carry items around, retrieve and pick up items, brace and tug to help Andrew stand, open and close doors, turn on and off lights, and can even read. Receiving Smitty was such a profound moment in his life that from that day on, Andrew aspired to help other individuals with disabilities gain independence like he did. Over many years, Andrew and Smitty have volunteered countless hours which later lead to Andrew founding National Assistance Dogs to make a bigger impact to our nation, with a focus on returning members of our Armed Forces.
Alison Armstrong Silver
Alison Started as a Service Learning Tutor, and leadership intern at the South
Mountain Salvation Army while studying at ASU. Alison has a B.A. in Elementary
Education and a M.A.E in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University.
Allison has twins born prematurely, opening a door for her career in education with a
focus on early childhood intervention.
Dr. John F. Prater, D.O.
Dr. John Prater graduated from Ohio University Medical School in 1981, earning his
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO). Dr. Pater is a Board Certified Psychiatrist
currently in the State of Florida. Dr. John Prater has over 15 years experience in clinical
trials. In addition to his work with patients at his private practice and research clinic, Dr.
Prater serves as a Staff Psychiatrist for Florida Gulf Coast University, as Consultant for
Impaired Practitioner Network for the State of Florida and also holds the title of
Associate Professor of Psychiatry for Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale,
FL. Previously, Dr. Prater served as a Hospital Corpsman in the First Marine Air Wing
with the United States Navy from 1968-1972. Dr. Prater continues his service to others
as part of the NADI board of directors, which he joined in 2017.
Dr. Lee Ann Kelley
Dr. Lee Ann Kelley is an astute pharmacologist and compassionate physician at the
Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ who is primarily focused on continuing care for patients
with mental health challenges in her respected private practice. Her work specializes in
mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adult ADHD, eating disorders, and
addictions/substance abuse. Some of Dr. Kelley’s prestigious awards include Phoenix’s
Top Doctors, Best Doctors in Arizona, Exceptional Women in Medicine – Top Doctors,
and Best Doctors in America. Through her work, she had formed an interest in the use
of service animals and supporting the unique effect they have on psychiatric and