I have spent the majority of my professional career working with dogs. I began as a kennel and vet technician, moved into management of a doggy daycare facility, and have now transitioned into training. I have a total of 10+ years working with dogs. I leverage positive reinforcement to create positive associations between you, your dog, and training!
I was born in Mesquite, Texas in 1988. I am blessed to be a mother to a beautiful daughter named Riley and married to the love of my life, Joe. Both of whom participate in volunteer activities with me at Garland Animal Services!
I grew up in a large and loving family, and begged my mom to get our first dog when I was 5. She caved, and we welcomed Spot into our home. When I was in college, Spot’s time ran out, and we lost our dog of 17 years. I still miss him.
In high school I played Viola in the Varsity Orchestra and played defense on the Varsity Soccer Team. I earned musical and academic scholarships for college, but only pursued soccer recreationally after high school. I initially went to school for art, and completed my two art degrees in 2012. I married in 2013, purchased a home in 2016, and began working for myself in 2018.
Since 2013, we have adopted 4 dogs, 3 cats, and foster the occasional stray while we look for their owners. I try to be active and volunteer my artistic talents, when possible, to the Methodist Church. I am both a Potterhead and a Whovian.
I began my professional career working with animals at a vet surgery center. I wanted to be a veterinarian, and took a minimum wage job cleaning kennels, scrubbing the surgery table, and sterilizing and organizing surgery packs.
I currently volunteer with Garland Animal Services (600 Tower Street), working with adoptable and at-risk dogs to get them ready for their forever homes!
We have begun fostering! Our first-ever rescue pup, McLovin’ formerly known as Prince, found his forever home this year.