Alexis Newman, DVM, CVPP, EMT
Dr. Alexis Newman received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Iowa State University in 1998. Following veterinary school, she completed a Surgical and Emergency Internship at California Animal Hospital, in West Los Angeles. Dr. Newman has a special interest in police and working K-9s. She has worked with them for many years and understands the needs of the K-9, the handler, and police departments. Her passion of working with police dogs and their handlers, led to starting Partners and Paws Veterinary Services. Dr. Newman also works with sporting groups, rescue groups and ‘civilian’ dogs and cats. In addition to treating working dogs, Dr. Newman’s special interests include trauma, soft tissue surgery and pain management. She completed her certification from the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and, becoming a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) in Illinois. Dr. Newman has written also written a veterinary health column for the Police K-9 magazine since 2012, which is well known among K-9 handlers. She speaks regularly to local police and other K-9 groups as well as conducts first-aid classes for first responders.
Tara Poremba has been with the Chicago Police Department since 1995. A K9 officer since 2008, Tara spent her first 10 years with K9 Brix , specializing in Narcotics/Patrol/Cadaver. (RIP BRIX 2007-2018). She has been with her current partner Chase since 2017, specializing in Narcotics and Patrol work. She has been serving as a K9 Trainer since successfully attending and completing K9 Trainer’s School at Vohne Liche Kennels in 2013. Tara also serves as a State of Illinois, NRA, and FBI-certified firearms instructor teaching concealed carry and other basic and advanced shooting classes with Top Shot Academy.
Katelyn has been a police officer with the City of Joliet since 2005. Katelyn has been a canine handler since 2013. She currently works a German Shorthair Pointer named Nes. She is the first female to ever be a canine handler in the Joliet Police Department. She also was the first female awarded “Officer of the Year” in Joliet, serving as an undercover drug agent. Girl Power!! Katelyn has always been an animal lover and rescuer. She has volunteered doing rescue work and fostering dogs for over 20 years. She is married, has two little boys and fills her home with several rescued dogs and cats.
Officer John Coldwater is currently assigned to the K9 Division for the Village of Shorewood Police Department with his partner “Rookie,” a 2 year-old German Shorthaired Pointer. Rookie is trained in tracking, articles, and narcotics. Officer Coldwater received his assignment in October 2017. Before becoming the K9 Officer, he served the department as a Juvenile Officer, Evidence Technician, Field Training Officer, and served 6 years on the Traffic Unit. Officer Coldwater has been in Law Enforcement for 12 years and received his training at the Suburban Law Enforcement Academy in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.
She is the wife of a Bolingbrook police officer and donates her time to MARK-9 events and other fundraising efforts for police organizations.
She shares her house with Bolingbrook K9 “Johan”, and two other dogs, Paulie and Moose.
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John Allen is currently holds several Position’s on the Romeoville Police Dept. He is k9 / Evidence Technician and a Juvenile Officer. John volunteers for vested interest in k9’s organization which raises money to vest police/military k9’s in the U.S. John is Vice- President of Romeoville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #19 as well as a board a board member of ILLECA (Illinois Law Enforcement Canine Association). John has been is law enforcement for 19 years and is very committed to the advancement of all K9 and public endeavors he has taken on.