Ava Higginbotham

Fusion Pet Retreat General Manager

I’ve been involved in dog training and pet care for many years and am currently training my two golden retrievers, Tilly 9.5 years and Chatter 7 months. Tilly has earned her Master Agility Champion title and will begin competitions in NoseWork. Chatter will soon be entering obedience and agility trails, NoseWork and fieldwork. I’m very excited about the beautiful training facility we’ve built at Fusion Pet Retreat and hope many of our clients will sign up for our training classes. I never dreamed I would be doing what I am doing today. It’s been a wonderful journey. You never know what path our dogs may lead us. My hope is that Fusion Pet Retreat Training Center will give our clients and their dogs the opportunity to share in the joy of that journey.

Mike Teh

Training Director and Manager 

I have been training dogs of various breeds since 2002 and going on my 15th year of dog training. I am currently the Assistant Coach of the European Open USA Team and has been doing that for the past three years. I have shown and trained many breeds from Papillons to German Shepherd Dogs. I enjoy seeing owners and their dogs come together as a cohesive team throughout their journey. With my diverse background in dogs, it makes it easy for me to help every dog/handler team reach their fullest potential.


Veterinary Assistant

I grew up in the country and took in many farm cats, so my love of animals started when I was very young. I went to college for veterinary technology and had the opportunity to work at some great vet clinics.  While my husband was in the army, I worked at an animal boarding facility on base so I could continue my love of animals.  Now, back  in Minnesota I am continuing my passion here at Fusion Pet Retreat.  When I’m not here at Fusion I’m busy with my three dogs, Lady, JD and Chase. I wouldn’t have it any other way.



Pet Care Staff

I am 19 years old and have two wonderful dogs, Gracie, a Minpin/Chihuahua mix & Lexi, a beautiful Lab mix. I have been working with animals for about a year now and love my job. Best of all, I’m getting important practical experience here at Fusion Pet Retreat to prepare me to attend school to become at Vet Tech. One day I hope to have my own doggy daycare center!


Front Desk Specialist

My love of animals began with my family dog, a beautiful Vizsla. I have worked at dog daycare centers and volunteer as a foster with Pet Project Rescue Art. Through it, my family adopted Bash, our Lab mix. I am currently majoring at the U of M in ecology, evolution and behavior. My biggest accomplishments are passing organic chemistry and skydiving and becoming part of the Fusion Pet Retreat team.


Front Desk Specialist

I’ve always been a lover of all animals, but I’m especially fond of cats. Jenkins is my gorgeous domestic long hair and best buddy. I graduated from Normandale Community College and plan to continue my education to become a veterinary technician and animal behavior specialist. Here at Fusion Pet Retreat I get to bring my love of animals to all the wonderful pets entrusted to our love and care.


Pet Care Staff

As a kid I had fish, birds, turtles, chickens, rabbits and many family dogs. Now, my spoiled baby is Leo, a minilop x lionhead rabbit mix. In my free time we go to Minnesota Rabbit Society’s Hoppy Hour where bunnies and their owners come to socialize. I plan to some day become a veterinary technician or a rescuer and open my own practice to help the furry kids find the loving homesthey deserve.

Maddie Cominetti

Pet Care Staff

I just recently moved back to the Twin Cities from Mankato, MN where I was a Literature Education Major. Due to unforeseen event, I made the decision to move back to the Twin Cities to be closer with my family. I found myself working with dogs and other animals to occupy my time and I’ve never looked back. I hope in the future to have a small hobby farm and to breed reptiles.

Luke Carlson

Pet Care Staff

I’m a easy-going and passionate guy who has had animals for most of his life – most recently my 2-year old fluff-ball “Toby”. I graduated from Minnesota State University – Mankato in 2014 and have been volunteering at shelters ever since. At Fusion Pet Retreat I realized my passion for taking care of animals and I get to be a part of a great group of staff that loves what they do & loves looking after the animals.