Certified AAPT Professionals

Mary Rottier, Ed.D., LPC, RPT-S, CAAPT-S-I

Dr. Mary Rottier is the owner of Pawsitive Counseling Center, a private practice with offices in Michigan and Georgia. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, Certified Animal Assisted Play Therapist, Internationally Credentialed Sand Tray Therapist, and Certified Child Trauma Specialist with over twenty years of clinical experience. She obtained her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. She also serves as the school counselor at Fremont Christian School.

Dr. Rottier has over 20 years of experience with animal assisted therapy in a variety of settings. She has presented on the topic of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® both nationally and internationally and has written several articles in the field. In 2008, her first play therapy dog, Razz, helped her complete the first controlled study involving canines in play therapy. Since then, she has had multiple trained therapy dogs to include Keegan and Jenga as well as her two current canine partners, Cali (age 4) and Fisher (age 5). Cali loves to play soccer and Fisher loves a good game of fetch. Both dogs are breed champions and have earned multiple agility titles.

Dr. Rottier has been training and showing dogs for 23 years and is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC as well as a certified therapy dog evaluator. She has volunteered much of her time with West Michigan Therapy Dogs, which is a formal animal assisted therapy program. She and her dogs have made rounds at the local hospital and cancer treatment center and have participated in reading programs in schools and libraries, Dr. Rottier’s current AAPT®-approved animal partner, Cali, has earned the AKC Advanced Therapy Dog title which means she has made over 100 therapy dog visits.

Dr. Mary Rottier can be reached at:



Office address:
106 South Stewart Ave, Fremont, MI 49412