Anthony Helmuth, Manager
Anthony previously ran his own successful construction business, but as a lifelong hunter, Anthony jumped at the opportunity to work alongside Robert Milner in the fall of 2016. Anthony shot his first deer at age 8 and went on his first duck hunt at age 13, solidifying his love of the outdoors. Anthony got his first British lab, Dakota, from Mr. Milner in 2011 and has been hooked on British labs ever since, so much so that he added his second lab, Cooper, to the family in early 2016. Anthony’s goal as manager is to bring integrity to client relationships as well as to the care and training of the dogs at Duckhill Kennels. Anthony lives in Somerville, TN with his wife, Amber, and their children, Sophia and Valerie.
Lee Lee Milner, PMHNP, Director of Training
Lee Lee has been training dogs with her father since she was a young girl. She lived in New York City for 9 years while pursuing her career in psychiatric nursing, and in the fall of 2016, joined Duckhill as the Director of Training Programs. Lee Lee knows the mental health benefits that come with owning a dog as well as being in the outdoors with a dog. Ths led her to bridge her psychiatric experience with her dog training experience in order to grow the training programs at Duckhill. Lee Lee continues to see patients in her private telepsychiatry practice as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed in NY. She is also a strong advocate of getting more women into outdoor sports and continues to serve on the board of Juliana’s Anglers and Sporting Club, a women’s only group based in NY that is dedicated to introducing women to outdoor field sports such as fly fishing and sporting clays.
Lori Niemi, Trainer
Lori previously worked in customer service, but has always had a passion for animals and dreamed of working as a trainer professionally, so she joined the Duckhill team in the fall of 2016. She is highly skilled in natural horsemanship, and as a teenager took an Arabian mare that no one could ride and trained her to be a Level II Dressage horse. Lori loves being able to apply the principles of natural horsemanship to her positive reinforcement training with the British labs at Duckhill. Lori competed often in equestrian events as a teenager and has had many pets, including two prairie dogs. When she’s not playing with animals, you can find her working on cars. Lori lives in Eads, TN with her dogs Shadow and Indiana Jones.
Dana Ferge, Trainer
Dana joined the Duckhill team as a trainer in 2014. Dana has always loved the outdoors and labradors. Her father started her out hunting at a young age, and Dana shot her first buck at age 7, just a few miles down the road from Duckhill. Dana is also an avid bowhunter and duckhunter. Dana’s favorite part of her job is working with the gundogs and preparing them for their first hunts. Dana lives in Brownsville, TN with her husband and their lab Gauge.
Sarah Garner, Animal Care Specialist
Sarah joined the Duckhill team in 2014 and loves taking care of the health of the puppies and adult dogs at Duckhill. Her favorite part of the job is puppy socialization. So far Sarah has only taken home one puppy, Samson, but she has plans to adopt at least four more. When Sarah is not taking care of labradors, she loves spending time outdoors, hiking, and is also an avid traveler.
Allison Thompson, Animal Care Specialist
Allison joined the Duckhill team in 2016. Allison loves dogs and grew up with labradors. Her father is an avid hunter, and Allison has been out with him on deer, duck, and turkey hunts.