Meet our Trainers!

Ashley Cooper

Ashley Cooper obtained a dog training certification in 2015 through the Animal Behavior College. She honed her techniques while volunteering at Macoupin County Animal Shelter and completing an internship at Traveling Tails Inn before settling in at Hawthorne Animal Hospital in 2018.
Ashley loves teaching dogs new things and figuring out what works best for them, while training the owner on what to do. She trained all her family dogs while growing up and decided to chase this dream job. Her favorite and most rewarding part of training dogs is helping the “unadoptable” canines find their forever homes.
Ashley owns three dogs of her own – a nine year old Golden Retriever named Jado, a seven year old Alaskan Malamute named Walter and another Golden Retriever named Stanley, who just turned one.
In addition to this small pack of dogs she has a three year old son named Jack. If she isn’t working at the hospital as a member of the management team or training at the Dog House, she is taking her pack on camping trips or relaxing at their family’s lake house. 

Christine Winkless

Christine has been with Hawthorne, working in many capacities since 2019, including day camp, reception, and training. She has been training dogs for the last 6 years, and before that was training and showing high level Quarter Horses.

Christine enjoys working on basic obedience training and aggression rehabilitation, and specializes in E-collar training for behavioral and “off leash” training. Christine did a year-long apprenticeship to gain training experience with one of the top trainers in Illinois before joining the Hawthorne team.

In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her Labrador, Stella, and her Husky/Aussie mix, Kara.  Stella is Christine’s working k9 partner and Kara is a rescue. 

Christine also has an EMT degree through SWIC. She is originally from the Chicago area and relocated to southern Illinois in 2016.