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 am currently the resident trainer for Camp Bow Wow Rowlett.
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, provide accurate and honest behavior evaluations, and create profile videos to help network dogs in the shelter!
We have begun fostering! Our first-ever rescue pup, McLovin’, formerly known as Prince, found his forever home in 2019.
Our second foster ever, Franc found his forever home in about a month!
Fret not! I will be back after a temporary hiatus as we welcome a brand new animal advocate into the world! Our little voyager may arrive any day, and I will be suspending private lessons, until the beginning of December.
In the meantime, look for more digital content and virtual course content as I remain active via distance! Thank you for your support!