The Pawsitive Pets Team


   

Owners


 

Hilary Briggs, CCMT

Co-Owner
Hilary is a certified canine massage therapist and oversees the pet sitting department, as well as the massage therapy and grooming aspects of Pawsitive Pets. She has been working with animals since 2002, in the veterinary medicine and pet care fields, always with a focus on force-free methods with the pets' mental and physical well-being in mind. She graduated from St. Joseph's College in 2009 with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry, with a focus on pre-veterinary medicine. Preferred pronouns are she/her.
   

Patrick Holland, CPDT-KA

Co-Owner
Patrick has several certifications in dog training and oversees the training aspects of Pawsitive Pets. He has been working with animals since 2009. He graduated from Purdue University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Companion Animal Behavior. Preferred pronouns are he/him.
 

Administrative Staff


 

Jannet McCutchan

Training Department Administrative Assistant and Senior Pet Care Professional
Jannet has been working with animals professionally since 2014. She graduated in 2015 from Purdue University with a degree in wildlife science. She's held many odds and ends jobs gaining knowledge of all sorts of critters whether fuzzy, feathered, or scaly. While working at a local humane society she developed a passion for animal welfare and recognized a need in the community to help families learn how to better relate with their four-legged companions. She has been working with Pawsitive Pets since January 2019 as a pet care professional and administrative assistant. Her favorite part about the job is being able to hear from clients the positive differences our services make in their pets' 'before' and 'after'. In her spare time, Jannet enjoys painting, cooking, and spending time with family and pets: dog Serra, and mice BMO and Science. Jannet's preferred pronouns are she/her.
 

Pet Care Staff


 

Kelly Praiswater

Senior Pet Care Professional
After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and working in a dog boarding facility in Houston, Kelly became an intern at Wolf Park in Battle Ground. After moving to Indiana to remain close and actively volunteer at Wolf Park, Kelly worked at two local kennels but decided to pursue other options after becoming dissatisfied with the lowered quality of physical, mental, and behavioral care characterized by high occupancy pet boarding facilities. Kelly is now overjoyed to work at Pawsitive Pets where she can apply her passion for animal care in the low-stress environment of each animal's own home. Kelly’s preferred pronouns: she/her, they/them (flexible).

Lauren MacKichan

Pet Care Professional and Assistant Trainer
Lauren has a bachelors degree in Animal Science and has been working professionally with animals for the past 6 years. She got her start in a small animal hospital, where she worked as a veterinary assistant for 3 years. Lauren also has 4 years of experience working with wildlife and exotic species, both in animal care and medical settings. Having the opportunity to work with animals such as birds of prey, wild canids, big cats, bears, a variety of reptiles, etc. has provided a unique perspective on animal behavior. She discovered her love of training and husbandry at Wolf Park as a two-time intern and is a current volunteer. With experience in a large carnivore behavior conservation research lab, Lauren has seen animal behavior in a variety of contexts. Lauren has been working with Pawsitive Pets since April 2020. When she's not working with animals, Lauren enjoys coffee dates with friends, family dinners, hiking, and caring for her newest succulent kids! Lauren's preferred pronouns: she/her.

Amanda Jones

Pet Care Professional and Assistant Trainer
Amanda is currently a Senior at Purdue University in Interdisciplinary Agriculture with a minor in Animal Sciences. She has worked extensively with a wide variety of animals including dogs, horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, cats, exotic pets, aquatics, tigers, rodents, etc. Amanda grew up with horses, dogs, and cats in Pendleton, Indiana. She currently owns her own dog Margo (English Cocker Spaniel), Outside of school and work, Amanda enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Tyler, and doing almost anything outdoors. She loves horse-back riding, kayaking, fishing, hiking with her dogs, and playing sports. She also enjoys painting, playing piano, and flying airplanes. She is a very family-oriented person, and always treats all animals as her own.

Ava Crees

Pet Care Professional
Ava joined our team in April 2021. Ava is originally from Bloomington, IN and has been working with animals professionally since 2018 in a variety of settings. Since then, she has worked at a dog daycare and boarding facility, a small animal veterinary clinic, a pet store, and a grooming salon, and she has enjoyed every minute of her time working with animals. Ava is currently a student at Purdue University and studies Animal Science with a pre-veterinary concentration. She is also a part of the Purdue Veterinary Scholars program and hopes to earn her DVM. Currently, Ava shares her home with her Akita/Rottweiler mix Albert, and they can be found hiking and hanging out at the lake year round. Since they found each other in 2017, they have been inseparable! Additionally, Ava’s spare bedroom has been entirely taken over by her three guinea pigs, Squonk, Shiloh, and Sage, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. Ava also recently adopted a blind/deaf Aussie puppy, Violet, and she is so excited to start their journey together! Ava can’t wait to meet all of you and, of course, the wonderful critters you share your home with! Ava's preferred pronouns: she/her.

LeAnn Hackerd

Pet Care Professional
LeAnn joined the Pawsitive Pets team in June 2021. LeAnn has had cats and dogs throughout their entire life, and grew up volunteering at the Clinton County Humane Society. They have four years of obedience training on board. LeAnn has recently finished a two-year stint at the local humane society and is looking forward to caring for your furry and/or scaly friends in a less stressful environment. In their free time LeAnn enjoys traveling, craft beer and board games. LeAnn's preferred pronouns: they/them, she/her.

Daisy Nichols

Pet Care Professional
Daisy graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing from Purdue University and will finish her Master of Science in educational psychology from Purdue Global University in April 2022. She joined Pawsitive Pets in December 2021 to put her knowledge of psychology and behavior to the test. Daisy has owned dogs all her life and worked in shelter settings where she rescued her current fur baby. She is looking forward to providing a positive and warm experience to animals as she continues her education on animal behavior. In her free time, Daisy enjoys the outdoors: hiking, kayaking, camping, etc. She also enjoys learning Krav Maga, crafting, cooking, finding new plant friends, and watching movies. Daisy's preferred pronouns: She/her

Cammy Charles

Pet Care Professional
Cammy graduated high school in January 2021. She absolutely loves animals and caring for them. Cammy plans on attending college in the soon future to become a veterinary technician and hopefully eventually own her own vet clinic. She has worked with animals in the past at Almost Home Humane Society and Petsburgh Pet Care. Cammy was a dog kennel attendant at Almost Home Humane Society and a dog bather at Petsburgh. When Cammy is not working with animals she enjoys hanging out with her friends and boyfriend, going to visit her family, and shopping. Preferred pronouns: She/Her
 

Training Staff


   

JoAnna Rogowski

Trainer
JoAnna is a current graduate student studying canine behavior and welfare at Purdue University. She first developed a passion for animal behavior and welfare while working at a veterinary clinic in high school. Since then, JoAnna has read every book on the subject she can get her hands on and gotten as much training experience as she can. She graduated from Purdue University with her BS in Animal Sciences in 2014. Before starting grad school in 2019, JoAnna taught high school science in Mission, TX with Teach for America. She is very passionate about educating people about animals in order to improve animal welfare and the human-animal bond. JoAnna and her fiancée, Phil, are parents to Foxy (chihuahua mix), Maple (red heeler mix), and Booger (cat). Foxy and Maple are very excited to be flower girls in the wedding, Booger elected to stay home. While dogs are JoAnna's primary passion, she also enjoys playing soccer, singing with various choirs, and shopping at Target. Pronouns: she/her

Carl Holland

Trainer
Carl Holland is an assistant dog trainer who has been working for Pawsitive Pets since 2016. He enjoys many outdoor activities which include hiking and canoeing with his Siberian husky Yuki who has also been working for Pawsitive Pets as an adult teacher dog since 2016.