Meet our Trainer!

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.