PALO ALTO TEAM
LINDSEY JOHNSONAssistant Manager, ACPCT
Team Member since October 6, 2008
Lindsey grew up in Connecticut, and while she and her family spent a lot of time moving around when she was a child, as long as the family pets were with them, it was home. Lindsey relocated to California toward the end of 2008, and that is when she found A DOG'S LIFE. She plans on going to school for Environmental Sciences and Paralegal Study.
Prior to relocating, Lindsey worked at a boarding kennel. She enjoyed the time she had with the dogs, but wanted to work with them regularly, and in a group. Finding ADL was perfect for her!
Lindsey has 3 cats (a Calico named Cricket, a Tabby named Mika, and a Manx named Bubba), and a dog named Bandit, who came into her life through ADL. In her spare time, Lindsey likes to dance, write and travel. She is also a member of the Felidae Foundation, which helps protect wild cats.
Lindsey says her favorite part of working at ADL is "building relationships with our daycare dogs, watching them learn and grow. They become a regular part of my life, and keep me laughing all day."
Lindsey is an Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
|December 2008, January 2009, March 2009, January 2010, November 2010 and April 2012|
TARA SHORTABC Certified Professional Groomer, CPCT
Team Member since March 10, 2010
Born and raised in San Jose, Tara has always loved animals. She joined the A DOG'S LIFE team in 2010 in Sunnyvale as a Playgroup Leader. In early 2012, Tara received her Professional Grooming Certificate through Animal Behavior College after extensive course work and over 100 hours of hands-on training with an ABC-approved professional groomer. She transferred to Palo Alto as our groomer in early 2013. While continuing with school to pursue a graphic arts degree, she enjoys being a part of the A DOG'S LIFE team. She has worked several grooming positions, but says the clients and their pets in Palo Alto have been the best she's worked with by far. Her favorite part of working at A DOG'S LIFE is how dedicated every staff member is to working with each dog, making sure they are active, learning, safe, and comfortable. She also likes getting to know each dog individually and to see them progress.
Outside of work Tara, enjoys painting, drawing, and the company of her dogs, Sasha the Chow and Roxy the Pug. She loves to give Sasha different hair styles and experiment with creative grooming. Tara believes that every dog deserves to look and feel their best, and loves to find a way to make each dog's grooming experience a success!
Tara is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
DEAN LORENZOLead, CPCT
Team Member since May 30, 2010
Dean was born and spent most of his life in San Jose. He left for Fresno to pursue his undergraduate degree in Biology. After receiving his bachelor's he spent time in air quality and diabetic research. After spending two years in research he decided his next destination would take him to the Island of St. Kitts for a veterinary education. After spending six months on the island, Dean found great passion in tutoring his classmates in microbiology and embryology, so he decided to withdraw from veterinary school and pursue his single subject teaching credentials and a Masters in educational best practices.
Before joining the ADL Milpitas team, Dean gained experience working with animals at the HSSV Medical Center, The Berryessa Wild Life Center, Fresno Chaffee Zoo, Ross University Veterinary School, and the ADL Palo Alto team!
At the moment Dean is enrolled at National University working on receiving a single subject teaching credential and Masters in education. "My future plans are to take my experiences and return it to the classroom. I hope that with my teachings, I would be able to influence our future scientist and doctors."
When he is not working with animals, Dean can usually be found dancing on the ballroom floor getting ready for the next competition in San Francisco. He also does a good amount of hiking and exploring what Mother Nature left for us. For a truly relaxing day, Dean can be found lying on the beach with his friends and a cool drink nearby. "I have two dogs Oreo and Norman. Oreo is a Labrador retriever/chow chow mix and Norman is a coconut retriever. Honestly, I really don't know Norman's breed. All I know is that I adopted him from the island of St. Kitts and he likes to pick up coconuts!"
"My favorite part of working at ADL is that the environment is always changing. Then when activity levels slow down, there's always an opportunity to teach an old (or young) dog new tricks."
Dean is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
|July 2010 and July 2011 (MP)|
CODY MATTHESSenior Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since September 6, 2011
Cody was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is currently attending De Anza Community college, with a double major in Business and Behavioral Science.
While growing up she was always surrounded by animals. She grew up with dogs, cats and even rabbits. Always being surrounded by pets while growing up let her realize how much she enjoyed spending time with them and learning from them. Currently, she and her boyfriend have a pomeranian named Cooper, a cattledog mix named Seamus, who she found through ADL.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her dogs and taking them on small trips. She also enjoys drawing, photography, modeling and culinary endeavors.
Before working at ADL, she worked at another daycare and boarding facility and loved it. That's when she came to ADL. One of her favorite things about working at ADL is getting to know each dogs personality and constantly being able to learn with them.
Cody is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
NAADIA WILSONSenior Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since January 2, 2012
Naadia grew up here in the Bay Area in San Jose. She's going to Evergreen Valley College to get her degree in Biology to become a Veterinarian. She would also like to become an Animal Behaviorist and open her own rescue for any and all animals. She grew up with animals in her home - dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rats, snakes - you name it! By the age of 5 Naadia had her very own puppy, who recently passed away.
Before working at ADL, her animal experience included volunteering with local animal rescues and volunteering at the San Jose Animal Care Center. Her interests outside of work and dogs are: hanging out with family and friends, going on walks with her dogs, and Tahitian dancing. She also enjoys fostering whenever she gets the chance. Animals are basically a part of her life; she can't get enough of them even outside of work!
She currently owns five dogs - Nia, the Yorkie mix; Puppy, the Pitbull; Big Bear, the Mastiff; Princess, the Chihuahua; and Abby, the Pointer mix. Not only does she own five dogs but she also owns three cats and one Bearded Dragon. Her favorite part about working at ADL is the dogs of course! She loves how each dog has their own personality and everyday they surprise with something new. "Working with dogs is something I always wanted to do and finding ADL was perfect for me. I learn something new every day at work!" She also enjoys her co-workers. They've been nothing but helpful and supportive, especially with her being the new kid on the block. She looks forward to everything ADL has in store for her.
Naadia is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
CADY RAYSenior Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since February 4, 2011
Cady Ray has been with A DOG'S LIFE since February, 2011. She grew up in San Jose and went to Foothill college for her general education. She plans on re-enrolling in the future for the Veterinary Technician program. Prior to working at ADL, Cady has had a lot of experience working with a variety of animals. She was involved in wild life rescue for orphaned and injured wildlife and worked with a variety of animals including humming birds, squirrels, ducks and geese, possums, coyotes, bobcats, hawks and owls. She also worked at a Vet hospital and worked with dogs and cats, rodents, birds, reptiles including 70lb Monitors and 14ft boas, horses and goats, chickens and live stock. With all of her experience working with animals, its no wonder she wants to eventually build a career working with them. She says, "whether its vet, rescue or animal services, I'm sure I'll love it!"
Cady's pets include a Quarter Horse mare (Sugar), a Welsh mix pony (Lucky), an Arab Pony (Dora), a Silkie Rooster (big), 5 cats (Mojo, Helena, Ashes, Fiona, Coal), a Chocolate Lab (Bosco), and a Guinea pig (Kiss). She says that most of the time she is not at work, she is "usually spending time riding my horses and living the country life which involves a lot of chores. It takes a lot of work to keep up with so many animals." She also enjoys photography, mainly of animals of course!
Cady's enthusiasm shows here at ADL. "I love that my job involves being with dogs all day. I love playing with, training, and giving love to the day care dogs, each dog has it's own unique personality and its been such a blast watching them come out and develop. The staff is great too, every one takes the time to get to know each dog in order to ensure it has the best experience possible. It's great to work at facility that holds itself to such high standards and works hard to stay that way."
Cady is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
JESICA JONESPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since March 18, 2013
Jesica was born and raised in San Lorenzo, California. After graduating from San Lorenzo High School, she entered California State University, East Bay and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in American Sign Language. While she is interested in a professional career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she is currently on hiatus from continuing her education to pursue a personal interest of working with dogs.
She has been raised alongside various animals such as dogs, cats, iguanas, fish, and a guinea pig. She currently owns a pit bull boxer terrier named Shasta, and a domestic long haired cat named Booger. Her dog, Shasta, was adopted from the Hayward Animal Shelter, and inspired Jesica to become a volunteer dog walker with the shelter in order to become more involved with animals.
When she is not working, Jesica likes to spend her time hanging out with close friends, her mom, dog, and her boyfriend, staying involved with the Hayward Animal Shelter, or reading plenty of books.
After working as a writing tutor for the college she attended, and then becoming a cashier for the fast food restaurant Arby's, she wanted to find a job that would expand her current love of dogs, and ADL became the perfect fit. She enjoys many aspects of the job from the supportive and friendly coworkers who are always around to help; learning about dog behavior and getting to build a relationship with the dogs at day care and seeing them grow.
Jesica is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
DESSIRE VALENZUELAPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since June 15, 2013
Dessire is a San Jose native, born and raised. She has an associates degree from De Anza for her general education. She hopes one day to continue her education, studying geology at the University of Alaska.
Growing up, Dessire's household pets included a cat, a hamster and the occasional goldfish. When asked if she has any pets now, she replies wittily, " my boyfriend". She also has a little turtle named Fernie.
Dessire's interests include studying rocks and minerals and having family time. She is also quite the foodie. She's always offering the team some of her home made, healthy snacks.
When I asked Dessire how she found ADL, and what she liked most about working here, she replied "After working in retail and the food industry for almost three years, A Dog's Life deemed suitable as a new job. Not only did it randomly pop up as I was scrolling down multiple office positions on craigslist, but the name of the company definitely caught my name. Working with animals has always been a continuous thought for me, yet I never had the chance in the past to enroll anywhere due to school limited my working hours at night. So, once I saw the opportunity to work for ADL, I took no doubt and applied right away. I've never heard of a job where you can have unlimited guilt-free fun while working with dogs- I found that combination at A Dog's Life. The exciting part of this job is knowing that whatever you are doing or however you are feeling your dog friends will always, consistently and with loyalty."
Dessire is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
DANA GIGLIELLOPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since May 24, 2013
Dana grew up in San Jose, CA. With a stop in Windsor along the way, she landed in Redding when she was 12 years old. She finds herself back in the bay area with an opportunity to live with her sister, while she attends Foothill College. She is focused on her general education, with hopes of transferring and eventually pursuing a career in exotic animal training.
Dana has always had a love for animals. She got her first dog at the age of 7, which is also when she started horseback riding. " That's when it all started", says Dana. She's worked with all sorts of livestock such as pigs, horses and chickens. She has a family dog back home, an Akita named Tahoe.
Prior to finding A DOG'S LIFE, she worked at Haven Humane Society back in Redding. She loved working with their "Camp Love a Pet Program", which brought 16 kids and 16 dogs together for 2 weeks of camp. " Its a great way to get the community involved. It helps educate the kids, and makes the dogs more adoptable".
When Dana isn't working or studying, her hobbies include reading, spending time with her sister and most passionately, horseback riding. She has competed in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country events.
"There's a calming aspect of working with animals ", says Dana about working at ADL. " Having the ability to understand them, and they understand you. There's a common connection that creates a special bond."
Dana is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
MITRA WARWICKPlaygroup Leader in Training
Team Member since August 5, 2013
Mitra grew up in the South Bay and has had the pleasure of calling Campbell home for the past 15 years. From an early age she knew that dogs were her favorite beings and has almost always had at least one. She also always felt that a dog should be part of the family. Her parents gave her the choice as a young child to have a large dog that would have to stay outside at all times or get a small dog and it could come inside. There was no choice to be made. Small dogs were all she had until she was an adult and adopted her first dog, a Jindo. Several years later she adopted another large dog, a Rottweiler / Shepard mix. From there it became easy to jump to a third dog, a Pit Bull mix. Life has never been quiet since.
After more than a decade spent as a real estate appraiser, she realized that she did not find any enjoyment in her job and that life is far too short to spend saying 'what if'. She began to wonder what else she could do with her life and finally realized that becoming a dog trainer was something she not only could do, but should have done long ago. She signed up with Animal Behavior College and has enjoyed each day of learning more than she thought possible. She is set to graduate by the end of 2013 and looks forward to starting her new career as a Certified Dog Trainer. In the mean time, she is gaining valuable knowledge working with the wonderful dogs at A Dog's Life as a Play Group Leader in Training and volunteers at The Humane Society Silicon Valley.
In her off time, she can often be seen walking one of her current three dogs, Oliver 'Ollie' (a fierce 9 lb. Chihuahua / Terrier mix), Phoebe Manning (a sweet loving Pit Bull) and Marty Mcfly (the goofiest, dopey German Shepard puppy ever) throughout Campbell or trying in vain to get at least one of them to jump in the pool with her.
PATRICK SPOSETOPlaygroup Leader in Training
Team Member since August 26, 2013