Meet Our Team

Leadership

Vicki, Owner

Vicki started Northwind Pet Care Center (formerly known as Northwind Kennels) in 1991. She is involved in several community animal programs. She is an active and avid supporter of Thurston County Animal Services as well as Concern For Animals.


Jodie, Manager

Jodie joined the Northwind staff in October 2002, and her warm and friendly attitude toward animals and people alike has made her an appreciated member of the team ever since. Jodie has her Bachelor of Science with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from The Evergreen State College. She became the Manager of Northwind Pet Care Center in June 2004.  Her past working experience includes vet hospitals, pet stores, and a doggy daycare facility. She shares her home with 3 horses, 3 dogs, 1 llama, 3 goats, and her husband Brian. In her spare time, Jodie loves to spend time with her animals and her husband, horseback ride, and compete in Endurance Riding. She is a Certified Kennel Operator through Pet Care Services of America (PCSA). She has her Canine Pet Care Provider and Canine Pet Care Specialist Certification through International Boarding & Pet Services Association (IBPSA). Jodie has her Level One Basic Training and Level Two Advanced Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC).


Crystal, Assistant Manager

Crystal joined the Northwind staff in August 2004. Her love for animals has made her a wonderful asset to the team. Crystal has many years of experience in the boarding industry. In the future, she plans on pursuing her education in the science field. Crystal became an Assistant Manager in August 2005. Crystal actively shows rabbits and chinchillas and has participated in the 4H rabbit project for over 11 years. In addition to rabbits and chinchillas, she shares her home with dogs, cats, sheep, and horses. When she's not busy with her animals, she enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and fishing. Crystal has her Advanced Pet Care Certification through Pet Care Services of America (PCSA). She also has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA. Crystal has her Level One Basic Training and Level Two Advanced Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC). Crystal is a certified PetTech CPR, First Aid & Care For Your Pets Instructor.


Alyse, Assistant Manager

Alyse joined the Northwind staff in November 2006. She is one of our Assistant Manager's. Alyse worked as a Medical Assistant before joining the Northwind staff. She has always loved caring for animals, which is evident through her work here at Northwind. Alyse shares her home with her husband Joe, their daughter Alayna, her chihuahua mix Buckley, and her aussie mix Naya. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and sitting around the campfire. Alyse has her Advanced Pet Care Certification through Pet Care Services of America (PCSA). She has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA. Alyse has her Level One Basic Training and Level Two Advanced Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC).


Tanya, Assistant Manager/Personnel Manager

Tanya joined the Northwind Staff in July 2008. Tanya has a wonderful personality and loves to spoil our guests at Northwind. She grew up in Tenino, WA on her dad's farm, where they raised cattle, chickens, and turkeys. Tanya enjoys road trips, camping, traveling, zip-lining, reading, and softball. She lives with her husband and 3 dogs. Tanya has her Advanced Pet Care Certification through Pet Care Services of America (PCSA). She also has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA. Tanya has her Level One Basic Training and Level Two Advanced Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC).    


Michelle, Pet Manager

Michelle joined the Northwind staff in June of 2011. Her previous experience working in a Veterinarian Clinic in Florida has been very valuable. Michelle enjoys reading, horseback riding, and spending time with her daughter, Kailyn, and her dog, Kenzie. Michelle has her Pet Care Certification through Pet Care Services of America (PCSA). She has her Level One Basic Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC).    


 

Rachel, Pet Manager

Rachel joined the Northwind staff in October of 2014. She has always had a love for animals and nature and has been lucky enough to have a life filled with both. She spends most of her free time either hiking with her husky, Alo, or volunteering with the wolves at Wolf Haven. She looks forward to continuing her life's work with animals as a future wildlife biologist. Rachel has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA. She also has her Level One Basic Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC).


Amira, Pet Manager

Amira joined the Northwind staff in May of 2015. She previously worked at a rabbit rescue in Tenino. She is very caring and loving with all animals. She loves spending time with her family and her dog, Espressa. Amira also loves the outdoors and is always going camping and hiking. Amira has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.  She has her Level One Basic Training for Pet Care Facilities through the Outstanding Pet Care Learning Center (OPCLC).


Jessica, Pet Manager

Jessica joined the Northwind staff in June 2017. She is a wonderful asset to the Northwind Team as her compassion for animals is outstanding. Jessica was born and raised in Michigan with a variety of exotic pets. Her favorite was her hedgehog named "Pig". She gained a great deal of her experience working at pet stores for several years and volunteering at the humane society and spay and neuter clinics. She moved to Washington where she met her husband and started a family. Jessica has two children, 2 dogs, a cat, and several ferrets. In her spare time she enjoys aromatherapy and hiking in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her family. Jessica has the Canine Pet Care Provider and the Canine Pet Care Specialist Certifications through IBPSA.


Grooming Team

Diane NCMG, Master Groomer

Diane joined the Northwind staff in March 2004. She is a National Certified Master Groomer and has 30+ years of experience. Diane has been certified with the National Dog Groomers Association of America since 1992. She started grooming in the seventies in Kay's Poodle Parlor, which was owned by her mother, Kay Salts. Her loving kindness toward animals shows through in the way she takes special care in all the pets she grooms. Diane is very active with her 7 whippets in performance field events and dock diving during her spare time.


John, Groomer

John joined the Northwind staff in November 2019. He has been working with animals for over 18 years and professionally grooming for 10 years. John started as a bather in a small grooming shop as a teenager and became very interested in grooming. He was trained by a Master Groomer in the Bay Area, CA. John is patient and kind and the dogs love him. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two dogs.


Maria, Bather

Maria joined the Northwind staff in November 2019. She was born and in Mexico but raised in south central Los Angeles, CA until she was 10 years old when her family moved to Washington State. Maria had been a stay at home mom for 2 years prior to working for Northwind. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their daughter and their 5 pets. Maria has two dogs, Eric and Henry, and three cats, Robin, Batman, and Fiona.


Elizabeth, Bather

Elizabeth joined the Northwind staff December 2019. She has always had a passion for animals ever since she was a little kid. Elizabeth has worked on a farm raising goats, cows and horses. She has previously worked at a petting zoo which gave her the opportunity to work with some amazing exotic animals. Elizabeth has a cat named Rosco that she enjoys spending time with.


Pet Care Team

Kendra, Pet Care Technician

Kendra originally joined the Northwind staff in March 2015 and left in of April 2016. She came back to work at Northwind in September 2016. Kendra grew up in Maple Valley, WA, riding and showing horses through high school. She previously worked at Point Defiance Zoo as a Zookeeper. Animals are her passion in life. She likes to hike, camp, read, and hangout with family and friends during her free time. Kendra has 2 cats, 2 frogs, a bearded dragon, and a tortoise. She has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.


Sydney, Pet Care Technician

Sydney joined the Northwind staff in October 2016. She was born in Tacoma, WA, but was raised around the Olympia area. Sydney always had animals growing up which is where her passion for animals came from. In her free time she likes to go hiking, camping and riding quads. She has a fish named Norman. Sydney has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.


Kathryn, Pet Care Technician

Kat joined the Northwind staff in December 2016. Her love for animals came from being around them her whole life. She has horses, cats, dogs, goats, birds, and a turtle. In her spare time she works on projects on the farm, likes to go hiking, horseback riding, sewing, and cooking. Kathryn has her Canine Pet Care Provider and Canine Pet Care Specialist Certification through IBPSA.


 

Kyrstin, Pet Care Technician

Kyrstin joined the Northwind staff in June 2017. Her love for animals makes her an essential part of the Northwind team. She was born and raised in Lacey, WA, she graduated from Timberline High School in 2015. During high school she took a pre-vet course and that is where she discovered her love for working with animals. She loves Disneyland and her dream is to visit every Disney Park in the world. She loves to read, hike, and spend time with her two dogs Mimi and Nymeria, and her cat Oliver. She also has a leopard gecko named Pudge. Kyrstin has her Canine Pet Care Provider and Canine Pet Care Specialist Certification through IBPSA.


 

Ashley, Pet Care Technician

Ashley joined the Northwind staff in November 2017. She was born and raised in Washington and there is no where else she would rather live. She loves hiking especially to see waterfalls. Foraging for wild plants and mushrooms is another thing she enjoys doing. Ashley loves spoiling her dog, Capone, and taking him on adventures any chance she gets! She enjoys treating all the dogs at Northwind just like they are her own. Ashley has her Canine Pet Care Provider and Canine Pet Care Specialist Certification through IBPSA.


Erica, Pet Care Technician

Erica joined the Northwind staff in January 2018. She is a compassionate Pet Care Technician due to her love of being around animals. Her heart and dedication to Northwind makes her a wonderful asset to our great staff. Erica was born and raised in Washington and has always been devoted to working with animals and being around them. She has two dogs, Clyde and Shadow and two cats named Bonnie and Peter. Erica also has a horse named Ari who is 29 years old. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and riding horses. Erica has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.


Maribeth, Receptionist

Maribeth joined the Northwind staff in March 2019. She was raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, where she received her bachelors in Marketing and worked in customer service. Maribeth moved to Washington in 2012 and she could not think of a more beautiful place to live. Her passion in life is animals and she is thrilled to be a part of the Northwind team. She spends her spare time with her dogs exploring the Washington terrain.


Kathryn, Pet Care Technician

Kathryn joined the Northwind staff in April 2019. She moved to Washington in 1999 and has lived in the Eatonville area ever since. Kathryn started in the pet care industry in 2015 as a dog daycare attendant. She has two dogs at home that keep her busy in her spare time. Kathryn has her Canine Pet Care Provider and Canine Pet Care Specialist Certification through IBPSA.


Joelle, Pet Care Technician

Joelle joined the Northwind staff in April 2019. She has lived in Washington her whole life. She shares her home with a 10-year-old husky named Bandit and 1 year old Rat Terrier Mix named Bear. She loves working with animals. Joelle spends her free time enjoying the outdoors with her dogs, reading, an spending time with her family.


Breanna, Pet Care Technician

Breanna joined the Northwind staff in May 2019. She is an animal lover and hopes to eventually have a hands-on position with wildlife rehabilitation. Breanna is a family oriented person and has 2 younger brothers, 1 older brother, and 1 amazing 2-year-old nephew. She recently left Starbucks to pursue her dream job of working with animals. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dog, driving down the coast of Oregon and going to the waterfronts.


Becca, Pet Care Technician

Becca joined the Northwind staff in August 2019. She was born and raised in Lacey, Washington and has always had a passion for animals. Becca has experience taking care of turtles, leopard geckos, fish, hamsters, hermit crabs, dogs, and cats. In her spare time she enjoys the beautiful Pacific Northwest by camping and traveling with friends.


Audrey, Pet Care Technician

Audrey joined the Northwind staff in October 2019. She was originally from Washington D.C. but moved to Washington State in 2015 to attend The Evergreen State College. Audrey's major is in Psychology, specializing in animal behavior. She has always loved animals, and plans on eventually becoming an ethologist. When she is not at work or school, Audrey enjoys reading, knitting, and hiking with her Staffordshire Terrier mix Gracie May.


Amanda, Pet Care Technician

Amanda joined the Northwind staff in February 2020. Her prior experience taking a vet tech program and working as a supervisor at a doggy daycare facility for two years has helped her greatly. Amanda is always striving to continue her education and will be attending a dog training program in April 2020 with her dog, Amber, in California with the famous dog behaviorist, Cesar Milan. Her goal is to become a certified dog training within the next three years. Amanda and her Border Collie, Amber, enjoy hiking, camping and collecting plants in their free time.


Liz, Pet Care Technician

Liz joined the Northwind staff in February 2020. She served in the US Army Reserve in Alaska. Most of her life she grew up around animals and she has owned dogs, cats, fish, and horses. She enjoys spending time with her husband, their 3 kids, and their dog Teine.


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Sunday:10a – 4p

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