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).


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.    


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 also has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.    


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.    


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.


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).    


Nicole, Pet Manager

Nicole joined the Northwind staff in July of 2014, just after she graduated high school. She has always had a love for dogs and cats. She spent much of her life growing up playing basketball, learning how important it is to be a team player, on and off the basketball court. Nicole has two labs Brody and Cooper, a husky named Balto, and two cats, Cheeto and Simon. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, crossfit, and walking or playing with her dogs. Nicole has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.


 

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.


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.


Staff

Gretchen, Pet Care Technician

Gretchen joined the Northwind staff in October 2013. She has an Associate of Science degree in Animal Health Care and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Gretchen mainly works outside cleaning the backs and supervising playtime. She also works in the stable taking care of the horses. She enjoys being outdoors and helps a lot with all the yard work. Gretchen shares her home with her husband, Henry, their two dogs, Keena and Leila, several chickens, 2 turkeys, a rooster and two Japanese Fighter Fish. She enjoys tae kwon do, cycling, hiking, and making quilts.


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/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.


Sydney B., 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 Specialist certification through IBPSA.


Morgan, Pet Care Technician

Morgan joined the Northwind staff in February 2017. She grew up in the Puyallup/Tacoma area. Morgan has worked with animals since she started high school so all of her job experience is working with pets. She has 2 special needs kids, a pit bull, a beagle, a hamster, a kitten, and a fish that take up most of her time outside of work. Morgan has her Canine Pet Care Provider and Canine Pet Care Specialist Certifications through IBPSA.


Shailie, Pet Care Technician/Groomer in Training

Shailie joined the Northwind staff in March 2017. She has always had a passion for working with animals. She has two dogs, Nox & Prim. In her free time she loves to hike, travel, and spend time with her pups.


Elizabeth, Pet Care Technician/Groomer in Training

Elizabeth joined the Northwind staff in April 2017. She was born in northern California but was raised in more than 30 cities throughout 4 states. Her whole life she grew up taking care of animals that had been abused or neglected. When she moved to Washington she knew she wanted to continue working with animals. At Northwind she tries to connect with every animal that she works with to help them feel comfortable and make them happy. She likes spending her free time with her animals, hiking, and doing photography.


Jessica, Pet Care Technician

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 names "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 two certifications through IBPSA. She has the Canine Pet Care Provider and the Canine Pet Care Specialist.


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 the Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.


Sydney S., Pet Care Technician

Sydney joined the Northwind staff in September 2017 after graduating from Washington State University with a B.S. in Zoology. She was born in Amarillo, TX, but considers the Pacific Northwest to be her home. She was a military brat for most of her childhood and was lucky enough to live in Japan and Germany. She got to travel all over the world. She has always felt passionate about animals and has experience handling dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, rats, and birds of prey. She enjoys books, horror movies, music, and spending time with her cat, Frisco, and her corn snake, Hobbes. Sydney has her Canine Pet Care Provider 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 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.


Katie, Pet Care Technician

Katie joined the Northwind staff in February 2018. Her passion for caring for animals makes her a great addition to the team. She was born and raised in Washington. Katie recently spent 2 years overseas in Germany being a Nanny. Animals have always been a part of her life. She loves spending time with her spunky Shiba Inu Mulder. Katie has her Canine Pet Care Provider Certification through IBPSA.


Kayli, Pet Care Technician

Kayli joined the Northwind staff in July 2018 just after graduating high school. She has always loved animals and wanted a job working with them. She has a dog named Lilly that she likes to spend her free time with.

Hours

Monday – Saturday:8a – 4p

Sunday:10a – 4p

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(360) 456-5631