Kristin has been grooming for thirteen years. She began as a bather at Petsmart and from there she went to a grooming academy where she got certified as a pet stylist. The FloridaWild & Funky Mutt clients and pets love her! Kristin is very patient with her grooming, which is great because sometimes that includes grooming cats. Kristin said grooming cats is a great experience because her previous job did not have cat grooming as an option. “I think it’s really interesting here. I see a lot more different types of dogs here than I would at a grooming salon.”
Kristin has two dogs, Louie and Benji, and a fish named Bubbles. Both Louie and Benji were rescues – “I’d never do anything but a rescue.” Louie loves dog parks and getting to see others whereas Benji is more reserved and a “less is more” kind of guy. Kristin’s soft spot is for older dogs. One day, her goal is to have a geriatric rescue.
Chelsea was born and raised in Massachusetts. Her family moved to Florida in 2006. She has always been an avid animal lover and has enjoyed volunteering her free time at local animal shelters. Chelsea graduated from Daytona State College in 2012 and has plans to further her education in the future. She has three spoiled dogs. Chelsea enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to live music, and trekking through nature.
Katrina has been in the veterinary field since 2001. Her passion has always been with animals since she was little. “Being able to go to work everyday and love what you do is truly amazing.” She has three fur babies at home named Roxy (Shiba Inu), Rocky (Shiba Inu) and Luke (Chihuahua). On her time off she enjoys spending time with her family and going to the beach. “I look forward to helping you and your fur baby in the future.”
Brandi is originally from the city known as “The Big Apple.” She is owned by one kitty named Elara. Her adventure in the Veterinary field began in 2006 – she has never looked back! She firmly believes that helping pets and their people is what she was put on this Earth to do. She calls herself fortunate to have worked in practices that treat not only dogs and cats, but all types of exotic pets from big to small.
“Since starting here at FloridaWild I have seen first hand that, being integrative and combining Western and Eastern medicine as well as holistic and alternative approaches not only works, but actually “helps pets live their best lives.” From fur and paws, wings and claws, to scales and tails, we love taking care of ’em all. I am proud to be a part of the FloridaWild team. So bring your family to meet our family. You’ll be glad you did!!”
Judy is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She moved down to Florida in 1987. At that time she began her veterinary career as a kennel technician. She then worked her way up and worked as a veterinary technician for 25 years. In her spare time, she enjoys riding motorcycles. She is owned by three cats (Willie, Spike, and Patches), 1 African Grey named Groucho, and a dog named Ophelia, who also loves to ride motorcycles.
Marie was born and raised in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and just recently relocated to Deltona, Florida. Some of her fondest memories of Wyoming include working at her local animal shelter, finding forever homes for those she was lucky enough to care for: dogs, cats, pigs, and every animal in between.
Marie eventually earned her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer, and developed a passion for teaching group training classes; she looks forward to someday offering training classes to her new community! Marie believes her deep sense of compassion and respect, for all animals and humans alike, makes her a perfect fit for The Funky Mutt Market. Marie loves to spend her free time with her Bassett Hound, Frank, as well as her two beloved kitties, Mittz and Kitten; she’s also the fond caretaker of a Ball Python named Bo.
Vickie has started her new career here at The Funky Mutt Market. She is coming here after working over thirty years in retail. Vickie has two children – a daughter and son and she is also a grandmother of two. Vickie has always loved animals and is happy to be working here where she is surrounded by so many!
Justin was born and raised right here in sunny Central Florida. While Justin has had a love for, and has helped care for, animals all his life, joining the Funky Mutt team is his first official foray into the animal care industry. He has a certain affinity for the outdoors and nature in general, visiting the beach, hiking, and/or biking whenever the chance arises. Justin also enjoys building and making all sorts of things in his spare time – “a jack of all trades, a master of none,” if you will. He loves being able to help others, human or otherwise, in any way he can.
Kindness, patience (with yourself and others), and gratitude are some of the things that Justin strives for on a daily basis. He believes that part of healing the world we see outside of ourselves should start with first healing the world within ourselves, and practicing patience, having a greater sense of compassion for, and having a better understanding of our relationships to, animals (human or otherwise) is one of the things that can help us to achieve that.