Meet the Trainers


With an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest and an MSA from UNC Greensboro, Andrea’s career originally began behind a desk as a CPA. However, a compassion for dogs led her to pursue a different path. For years, she volunteered with several rescue and foster groups. She found there was often a foundational problem with the many dogs cycling through shelters that correlated to a lack of training and miscommunication. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband, SSG Coppel, and their four rescue dogs Sophie, Georgia, Maverick, and Henri.

Andrea brings a unique outlook to OLK9 Winston-Salem with her business background, rescue and foster work, experience with military personnel, and love for her hometown!  When she is not training dogs, you can find her training and coaching people in nutrition and fitness classes such as barre and yoga.

Ariel is a an 8 year veteran of the US Army having served as both Infantryman and Tactical Explosives K9 Handler. Having completed a tour in Afghanistan, he has experience handling high energy and high drive dogs.  Ariel knows first hand how training can improve the bond between your dog and family. Ariel is sure to bring a sense of fun and learning to your lessons.

Being a firm believer that training should be a enjoyable, relationship building experience that helps families grow closer, it seemed the right fit to become a member of the OLK9 training family.