Mark Heimkes, President
The owner, Mark, is a combat veteran diagnosed with PTSD and TBI. He spent twenty-three years in the military and served in Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).
He received a service dog from a program based in Arizona and has experienced first-hand the benefits of having a service dog to help him in coping with PTSD and TBI. Prior to receiving his service dog, Logan, he was very reclusive and rarely ventured outside of his house.
He is now able to participate in a more normal life and looks forward to working with the new veterans involved in BBSD.
Julie Heimkes, Vice President
Julie has been married to Mark for 35 years and has experienced the joys and heartaches of being a military wife.
Her career background has always been in public safety where she has worked as a Paramedic, 911 Dispatcher and 911 Director. She has been on the commercial side of public safety for over 15 years.
Julie enjoys working with the veterans and their loved ones. She enjoys seeing the difference a service dog makes in their lives.
Justin Roach, DVM
Dr. Justin Roach is originally from Faucett, Missouri, a small town south of St. Joseph. He attended Central Missouri State University before graduating from veterinary school at the University of Missouri in 2000.
Dr. Roach began practicing at Claycomo Animal Hospital, Claycomo, Missouri in October of 2001.
Dr. Roach and his wife have three daughters, one cat (Wally Truman), and a dog (Bella). Besides family time, he enjoys working out, photography, skiing, and spending time outside.
He looks forward to assisting the veterans and their dogs.
Sherri Settle, Trainer
Sherri has been a dog lover all her life! She lives in Raytown with her husband and 3 dogs. She has a stepson who served 2 tours in Afghanistan and a son who is currently active duty. Sherri believes that ANYTHING she can do to promote the well being of our veterans is an honor.
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”
Kevin Owens, Director of Operations
My name is Kevin Owens, I am a Gulf War Combat Veteran diagnosed with PTSD and severe depression. I first heard about BBSD from a friend while on a hunt in Iowa in November 2015. My German Shepard Kloe and I were accepted in the program December 2015. Kloe and I graduated successfully in June 2016.
Before BBSD, I did not leave the house, go to stores, events or much of anything. Battle Buddy Service Dogs has changed my life for the greater good and I look forward to helping other Veterans achieve this as I have.