Some of Souza’s many ‘students’

With Millan ‘psychology’ method, Balanced Paws fills dogs’ needs

Lincoln and Laura De Souza of Farragut are bringing the training of world renowned “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan to their dog psychology center, Balanced Paws K9 Training, which opened last week at 11135 Kingston Pike in Farragut.

Lincoln, a canine behaviorist, has been training dogs for four years. He started the business in his home, but with the business’ growth he said they decided to open up the center to accommodate more dogs.

“It’s not a day care, it’s a boot camp,” he said, adding, “It’s not just training, it’s focusing on the dog’s needs. Every dog that comes here, whether it comes from a puppy stage or adult dog, has some type of behavior issues.

“The reason why we do it is because their needs aren’t being met the way they should be met.”

Lincoln is a student of Millan and volunteers with Millan’s team, teaching students from around the world.

“We bring a different aspect into what we do here, and what we teach owners is the way the dog sees the world,” he said. “As Cesar would say, ‘It’s all about exercise, discipline, then affection last.’

“The way I like to say it is ‘mind, body and soul.’

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National award earned by His Security & Tech

His Security & Technology’s 2020 “Real Men Wear Pink” campaign efforts to raise money to fight breast and other cancers recently reaped a national award.

Located at 11426 Kingston Pike in Farragut, His Security won the Security Sales and Integration Magazine SAMMY Award for Community Outreach Program, which was announced Thursday, June 3.

“To win a national award is great because it’s not just a one or two people-type of activity. It takes the whole company,” said Scott Brockamp, co-owner with Doug Fraker.

Security Sales and Integration Magazine is the industry’s leading publication that conducts the awards.

“As you look through the list (of winners), there are a lot of high-powered multi-billion dollar companies that we had to go up and compete with,” Brockamp said, “which is what I think makes it more meaningful, knowing we went against companies like ADT, Guardian and some of the other national companies that, quite frankly, have unlimited budgets and resources to be able to do these types of things. ... We’ve got great employees, staff and community partners that made this happen.

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• Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care recently welcomed nurse practitioners Maggie Metz and Kaitlyn Sims to its healthcare team in Knoxville. Metz earned her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She has served the Knoxville community for more than 10 years in critical care and family practice. Sims obtained a Master of Science degree in nursing from Middle Tennessee State University. Her most recent experience includes treating patients of all ages in a walk-in urgent care setting.

• Jason Periard recently was named Knox County Schools’ new chief of security, replacing Gus Paidousis, who will be retiring effective July 31. Periard will start his new position Aug. 1. He currently is vice president of Community Security Initiative at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, which represents the security of more than 500 institutions, including more than 100 schools. He previously served 21 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served in numerous security and law enforcement leadership positions, which included special agent for Naval Criminal Investigative Service and investigations officer for the USMC Criminal Investigation Division.

• Jared Douglas recently was hired as an engineer at Tranzonic Companies’s facility in Hardin Valley.

He is responsible for building, calibrating, maintaining, troubleshooting, testing and repairing various equipment, systems, hardware and software throughout the facility.

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