Staff at Fusion® Pet Retreat®

Our staff lives by our philosophy. You can see their passion for pets and well-being focused care in everything they do. Meet our staff in person or get to know them a little better by reading about them here.

Get to Know Fusion’s Staff:

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.Pet(s): Ike - Dog, Border Collie - 4 years Crunch - Dog, Border Collie - 2 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: 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.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Golden RetrieverFun Fact: I have shown and trained many breeds from Papillons to German Shepherd Dogs.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Resources with a minor in BusinessPet(s): Marzena - Dog, Border Collie - 5 years Rizzo - Dog, Border Collie - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Being an owner of "special needs" dogs, I believe strongly in providing a safe place for all dogs, while accommodating their individual needs. I try to bring my experience with a reactive dog to my work at Fusion by creating ideals of positivity, patience, and compassion.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Maybe a cockapoo?Fun Fact: I have been competing in agility with dogs since I was 11 years old. I love bringing my passion of dogs and my education in business to Fusion!
Pet(s): Yoda - Dog, Lab - 8 years Tatl - Dog, Sheltie - 1.5 years Ozzie - Cat, DLH - 9 years Wilbur - Cat, DLH - 9 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love working with our "special needs" dogs that don't know how to play. Teaching them to open up and learn appropriate play so they can make friends.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: A TerrierFun Fact: Before coming to Fusion, I worked in animal emergency for 4+ years. I also bred rabbits for many years. In my freetime, I compete in agility with my dogs.
Education: Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and Theater DesignPet(s): Bwana - Dog, Greyhound - 3 years Nugget - Dog, Old English Bulldog - 5 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I LOVE dogs and other animals. This job lets me play with other dogs without turning into an animal hoarder at home :-) I'm also fascinated by dog behavior so this job is a great place to learn.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: English Bulldog - I'm all about naps and snacks!Fun Fact: I enjoy doing nature photography and I'm hoping to make some trips to photograph greyhound racing events soon!
Pet(s): Ghost - Dog, Aussie/Heeler Mix - 2 years Shadow - Dog, Aussie - 4 monthsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I enjoy playing with dogs very much. I love getting dogs to open up and feel confident while in their playgroups.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Cattle DogFun Fact: I love taking action photos of the dogs in their playgroups! I am known as the unofficial staff photographer.
Pet(s): Claire - Dog, GSP/Lab Mix - 7 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: EVERYTHING! Great staff, great clients, and amazing furry friends!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: a MuttFun Fact: I am the youngest of 10 children. I am originally from Wisconsin so I am a HUGE Packers and Badgers fan!
Education: B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Animal BehaviorPet(s): Stephen King - Tarantula - 1 year Rafiki - Tarantula - 3 years Hank - Tarantula - 3 years Facehugger - Tarantula - 2 years Luna - Tarantula - 7 years Sparkles - Tarantula - 2 years Tic Tac - Tarantula - 1 yearWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love the dogs, the staff, and the ideals we have at Fusion. I believe in Fusion as a safe place for dogs who need a little extra care, and for owners who want their dog to be the best it can be.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Probably a Pitbull - goofy, lazy, but also kind of a cute psycho.Fun Fact: Besides the 7 pet tarantulas? I live in Uptown and love a good beer.
Education: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an emphasis of Companion Animal CarePet(s): Jenkins - Cat, DLH - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I get to meet lots of different types of dogs, cats, and little critters with wonderful personalities.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: I would be a cat! Maybe a Turkish VanFun Fact: I like to visit breweries and travel. I'm interested in being a cat behaviorist in the future!
Pet(s): I don't currently have any pets of my own, so I enjoy treating the Fusion clients just like my own.What do you like about working at Fusion?: Meeting all the unique cats and dogs (ans sometimes critters)!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Mini GoldendoodleFun Fact: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Pet(s): Finley - Dog, Goldendoodle - 2 years Gus - Cat - 4 years Tulip - Cat - 1 year Ruby - Ball Python - 8 year Pancake - Crested Gecko - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I enjoy having a job that keeps me on my feet and is different every day. I also get to meet lots of different breeds of dogs and cats.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: An obese beagle.Fun Fact: I train in agility with my dog, Finley. If they ever invent cat agility, I bet my cat (Tulip) would also be happy to participate.
Education: University of Minnesota Twin CitiesPet(s): Roo(fus) - Cat, Tabby - 16 years Kelly - Dog, Labrador - 12 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love meeting and making friends with so many incredible dogs.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Shiba Inu
Pet(s): Dopey - Cat, Tabby - 1 years Francois - Dog, King Charles Spaniel - 4 years Daisy - Dog, Pomeranian Mix - 6 years Mama - Cat, DSH - 4 years Rokki Jae - Dog, Min Pin Mix - 9 years Booger - Bearded Dragon - 5 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love spending time cuddling and playing with all of the animals. Improving the daily life for each of the animals in our care is important to me.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Probably a Black LabFun Fact: I have 2 children and 5 pets.
Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance on Bassoon, currently in school for Master of Arts for Marriage and Family TherapyPet(s): Fritz - Cat, Russian Blue - 7 years Eve - Cat, Russian Blue - 9 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Playing with and caring for all the cats, dogs, and critters.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Golden RetrieverFun Fact: I am currently interning with a therapist who utilizes a therapy dog in her practice!
Credentials: Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed. Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.Pet(s): Rosie - Dog, Aussie - 6 years Eevee - Cat...aka Gremlin - 7 years Obi-wan Catnobi - Cat...aka Professional Cuddler - 9 yearsWhat do you like working at Fusion?: I'm excited to work with puppies and get them started on the right path. I love setting puppies up to be stable and confident adults. I am passionate about training them to be pets who are easier for their families to live with.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Staffordshire Bull Terrier because I am warm, loyal, opinionated, eager to learn, unafraid of failure, and a little socially awkward.Fun Fact: I'm a semi-competitive Lindy Hopper (swing dancer). I'm fluent in pig latin.
Pet(s): Phoebe - Dog, Mixed Breed - 9 years Penelope - Bearded Dragon - 5 months Nacho - Cat, Orange Tabby - 10 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: The amazing staff, the playful puppies, and the connection between all of us at Fusion.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: BoxerFun Fact: I am a former national waterski competitor. I have been a full time groomer since 2017.

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