BRMDD is extremely grateful for the physicians and medical groups in Western Carolina for their support and their continued collaboration. Dr. Wendy Coin, MD & Medical Director for The Family Health Centers (FHC) has lead the way helping Brmdd, since the beginning.  She has been a great asset in the initial start up phase to the Cancer Detection Dog Project. She was instrumental in writing protocols essential for sample collection to the formation of the FHC Dog Team. You can read about the FHC Dog Team project on their website.

BRMDD invites other research teams, physicians, medical facilities and teaching Institutions from our community and a far to collaborate. We are currently collecting breath samples from newly diagnosed lung, breast and pancreatic cancer patients, who haven’t began any treatment or had surgery. These samples are needed for training and evaluation of the cancer detection dogs. Longterm, we will work to develop and implement the utilization of CDDs as alternative or secondary diagnostic screening method for certain types of cancers which are difficult to diagnose reliable, into clinical settings. If your clinic would like more information or are interested in collaborating, please contact Terri Boyd,

BRMDD offers resources to assist other foundations, groups or researcher to replicate clinical studies, collect samples and to help bridge the gap and between MDD trainers and the medical field.

The Family Health Centers has teamed up with Terri Boyd owner of Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs (seen with Maya in above picture) in the quest to detect cancer in the early stages of the disease.

Host Organizations

Debby Kay Super Sniffer
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Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs

Upcoming Events!

Super Sniffer™ Diabetes & Medical Alert Dog Workshop

January 8, 2015 @ 8:30 am – January 11, 2015 @ 5:00 pm

Hosted by: Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs (BRMDD)
Location: A Good Dogs Life

33 Hidden Acres Drive, Asheville, NC 28806

Blue Ridge Medical Detection Dogs Project (BRMDD) is a 501©3 non-profit, located in Asheville, North Carolina, which trains dogs to help people with life threatening health conditions, such as Type 1 Diabetes.

Type 1 Diabetics & their families: This workshop is set up to help individuals struggling with hypoglycemia unawareness to train their own Diabetes Alert Dog (DAD). Each day we will be working with the dogs on scent training, obedience exercises, including all testing for the AKC Canine Good Citizen and all elements of the Public Access Test.

Professional trainers: You will experience the Super Sniffer™ methodology in action and see the progression instructor Debby Kay follows to get reliable results with all types of dogs and handler skill levels.

Debby Kay is a renown trainer, breeder & author with more than 40 years experience during which she helped to pioneer training methods for all types of working scent detector dogs. Hear from people living daily with a life threatening health conditions, like Type 1 diabetes and learn about the enormous impact it has on their life & what diabetes alert dog has done for many of them — gaining a better quality of life, restoring their confidence, giving them greater independence, peace of mind and all with a new best friend.

The best part is you will gain new knowledge and skills in scent detector training as it pertains to training medical alert dogs, which will empower you to help more people & grow your business!

Your registration fee includes lunch & snacks throughout the day, a copy of Debby’s book and DVD and other materials, plus a bonus surprise to make the journey of training your own service dog a success. Upon payment, the host will provide any additional details.
We encourage the whole family to participate and attend.
We have two options for registration fees.

  • If you attending without a dog, please register for the non-working slot. $750.00
  • If you are attending with a dog, please choose the working slot. $900.00

To register, please visit either of the sites listed below.

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Full refund provided if you cancel (minus $25 processing fee) prior to January 01, 2015. Due to food orders, refunds, less food costs, will be made only for medical emergencies after this date.
No exceptions.