Our Team

Lodging • Daycare • Pet Supplies • Dog Training
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Dr. Ryan Ainsworth

Dr. Ryan Ainsworth

Owner

What made you want to work with animals?

My passion for pets began when I was very young. My first job was at Petsmart when I was 16. I started in the Specialty department and thoroughly learned about aquatics, small mammals, reptiles, and birds. At that time, a lot of people came to me with their pet problems, and if I didn’t know the answer I would ask someone else or look it up. I quickly discovered a passion for problem-solving peoples’ pet problems. This made me realize that being a veterinarian would be the right career choice for me.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?

We have five dogs, three corgis, an Aussie mix, and a dachshund. We have several ducks and chickens as well

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?

I played the trombone and junior high and high school.

Brandy

Brandy

Resort Manager

What made you want to work with animals?
I have always had a love for animals, and I’ve always known that I wanted to work with them!

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have 3 dogs and a cat of my own at home.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
I also know how to groom dogs!

Lesly

Lesly

Assistant Resort Manager

What made you want to work with animals?
Growing up, I’ve always had a soft spot for all animals; by the age of 11, I knew I wanted to make it my career. I wanted to work with animals because I enjoy caring for them, the bond you build with them is unique, and it’s a career where you always learn something new.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
Currently, I have a chihuahua mix male and a domestic short-haired female. If I could own any animal in the world, if they existed, it would be a dragon.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
Although I always wear black, my favorite color is actually purple.

Amber

Amber

Lead Pet Care Specialist

Bio coming soon!
Ben Dillon

Ben

Director of Operations

Bio coming soon!

Ellie Urquidez

Ellie

Marketing Director

What made you want to work with animals? I began my career working with pets in the animal welfare industry, where I learned how important pets are to our lives. It was here I developed a passion for elevating the position of pets in our communities. What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have? Albie – Pit Bull/German Shepherd mix. Yen – Great Dane. Axii – Catahoula/Pit Bull/Great Dane. What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know? I was a freelance writer for some time, and my work has been published by companies in 19 different countries & translated into many different language.
Nikki

Nikki

Pet Groomer

What made you want to work with animals?
I wanted to work with animals to help improve their lives in any way that I could.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have two dogs Luna and Aslan, and a bearded dragon named Lizzie.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
An interesting fact people don’t know is I played the saxophone.

Madalyn

Madalyn

Pet Groomer

What made you want to work with animals?
I’ve always had a dog in the house since I was born. I remember as a kid, I had a book of all the dog breeds and info about them. I would flip through it often and read about each one. I was even reading about what kind of grooming they needed, not knowing I’d be a groomer one day!

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have a pet cockatiel named Banjo. He can always cheer me up! He can say “hi,” “Banjo,” and “what doing?” He’s always talking, singing, and dancing.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
A random fact about me is that I was in my high school production of Grease, and it’s one of my favorite movies.

Kai

Kai

Pet Groomer

What made you want to work with animals?
I’ve always felt a strong connection with animals. Just being around animals brings me a great sense of joy, but I also love the opportunity to give back to them–to make them feel more comfortable, safe, and cared for.
 
What pets do you have, or do you wish you could have?
I have my hands full with two terrier mixes and two mini rabbits. They all have such varied personalities… it really keeps me on my toes!
 
What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
I suppose most people wouldn’t know that I’m pretty decent at mimicking animal noises and can skate backwards on one foot.
Michelle

Michelle

Dog Trainer

What made you want to work with animals?
I loved dogs since as long as I can remember. When I did get a dog and started training, I fell in love with obedience training and how I could teach my dog to perform behaviors and have fun in the process. So since I loved the school I was at, I was lucky enough that the owner saw the passion I had and asked me to be an assistant. Over 18 years later, I am still teaching others to have a good canine citizen, but in a way better climate. As an AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, I enjoy teaching through a positive and motivating approach.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I am a Terrier lover. I have a Wheaten Terrier and a Kerry Blue Terrier.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
My first time in an airplane at the age of 18, I didn’t land, I jumped out.

To chat about your dog’s training journey, email Michelle at michelle.oneill@barkavepet.com

Jordon

Jordon

Pet Training Assistant

What made you want to work with animals?
I have always had a love for animals since I was little

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
a sugar baby! I have a pit bull and a labrador at home.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
I survived being hit by a tornado

Kammi

Kammi

Client Service Representative

What made you want to work with animals?
I grew up around animals and have always loved them. Working with them had always been something I wanted to do.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have a German Shepherd.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
I play the cello and piano.

Haley B.

Haley B.

Client Service Representative

What made you want to work with animals?
I’ve always wanted my own “zoo,” and I love helping animals in any way that I can.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have a standard Poodle named Belle, and I would love to have chickens and horses if I could.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
The only type of pet I would not want is a spider or scorpion.

Elisabeth

Elisabeth

Pet Care Specialist

What made you want to work with animals?
I’ve always had a passion to help animals and work with them to be that voice they don’t have.

What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have dogs, cats, a bird, snakes, iguanas, a bearded dragon, a bunny, and fish.

What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
One of my cats has brain damage, and her name is wasabi.

Sharaya

Sharaya

Pet Care Specialist

Bio coming soon!
Ella

Ella

Pet Care Specialist

What made you want to work with animals?
 I have always had a love for animals since I was a little girl and just these past years realized it’s what I wanted to do for my career.
 
What kind of pets do you have, or wish you could have?
I have 2 golden retrievers Ginger and Nutmeg, and I have a cat named Kevin.
 
What’s one random fact about you most people don’t know?
I grew up in Washington State and love the outdoors!

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