Makayla rejoined Calo after previously working as a residential coach with the teen boys program from 2014-2015. Makayla moved to Colorado after leaving Calo to pursue both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work. Makayla graduated from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado with a Bachelor of Social Work degree with honors. While completing her undergraduate degree, Makayla worked as a direct-care staff at a residential treatment facility for adolescent and young adult males, many of whom had extensive trauma histories. Following that, Makayla attended the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work in Denver, Colorado and completed the Advanced Standing program in 10 months’ time. She earned her Master of Social Work degree with a concentration in mental health, as well as an Animal-Assisted Social Work Certificate. Throughout her academic career, Makayla focused on the impact that trauma has on attachment, as well as the human-animal connection as a modality for treatment and healing. Makayla had the opportunity at the University of Denver to work with her personal dog, Boone, and he is currently certified as a therapy dog through Professional Therapy Dogs of Colorado. Though the decision to leave the beautiful state of Colorado was difficult, Makayla truly believes in the mission of Calo, making it an easy decision to return to the place that marked the beginning of her career!