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Meet Our Staff

 

Vicki Toft, Owner

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


 

Jodie McDonie CKO, 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 is a Certified Kennel Operator. Jodie 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, 1 goat, and her husband Brian. In her spare time Jodie loves to spend time with her animals, horseback ride, and compete in Endurance Riding.

 

Crystal Mobbs CAPCT, 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 Assistant Manager of Northwind Pet Care Center in August 2005. She is a certified Advanced Pet Care Technician. 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.

Alyse Spears CAPCT, Assistant Manager

Alyse joined the Northwind Staff in November 2006. Her love for animals makes her an essential part of the Northwind staff. Alyse is an Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician. She grew up in Lacey Wa and graduated from North Thurston High School. Alyse now lives in Olympia and shares her home with her husband Joe, her daughter Alayna, and their two dogs Naya and Buckley. Alyse loves spending time with her family, scrap booking, and baking.


 

Diane Salts 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.

 

Tanya Scott CAPCT, Personnel Manager

Tanya joined the Northwind Staff in July 2008. She is an Advanced Certified Pet Care Technician. 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.

 

 

Michelle McDonie, Pet Manager

Michelle joined the Northwind staff in June of 2011. She is a Certified Pet Care Technician. 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.

 

Kirsten Anderson, Pet Manager

Kirsten joined the Northwind staff in July of 2011. She has always had a love for animals. Kirsten has 2 cats, 2 dogs, and 2 goats. She loves to cook and garden in her spare time.
 

Gretchen Gertje, 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.

   

Tasha Baugher, Barn Manager

Tasha joined the Northwind staff in May of 2014. She loves working with animals and has previous experience working at a rescue in California. She has also worked doing horse photography at the rodeos in Texas. Tasha has always wanted to open her own rescue. She has 3 dogs, Maggie, Skye, and Kalina. In her spare time she enjoys motor sports, swimming, and fishing.

Nicole Nurmi, 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 a dog named Cooper and a cat named Cheeto. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, crossfit, and taking her dog for walks.
 Rachel Briggs

 

Rachel Briggs, 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.

Amira Abu-Hulaibah, Pet Care Technician

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.

Jamie Pruitt, Pet Care Technician/Groomer in Training/Bather

Jamie joined the Northwind staff in May of 2015. She previously had worked with Diane, our groomer, as a bather since April 2014. She is very patient and loving with all animals big or small. She is currently working as a Pet Care Technician a few days a week, a bather on Sundays, and is also in training with our Master Groomer Diane to become a groomer herself. Jamie likes to spend her free time with her 3 cats and has a passion for working on her classic Toyota car.