The Pawsitive Pets Team



Hilary Briggs, CCMT 

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Hilary is a certified canine massage therapist and oversees the pet sitting department, as well as the massage therapy 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.

Hilary's pronouns are she/her.

Patrick Holland, CPDT-KA 



Patrick has worked directly with animals since 2010 focusing on behavior and learning to effectively implement force-free training
techniques. He graduated Purdue University with a BS in Animal Science and a concentration in Companion Animal Behavior. He received the
Certificate of Achievement in Dog Training in 2012 from the Animal Behavior College. He earned his Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers in 2015. As of 2021 he has registered over 90 continuing education credits. He is also a Training Mentor for the CATCH Academy to help students learn the skills necessary to make a positive impact in the animal industry.

Patrick's pronouns are he/him.

Administrative Staff

Julie Becker

Training Department Administrative Assistant and Pet Care Professional

Julie has always had a passion for working with animals, particularly with behavioral training, starting with showing her childhood dogs in 4H. This passion has continued into her professional career. She has an associates degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and worked at the Broad Ripple Animal Clinic for 6 years prior to moving to Lafayette. When she is not working with animals, Julie enjoys spending time hiking and canoeing with her dog Elliot (and even sometimes her cat, Wayne, when he's feeling up for an adventure), line dancing, and hanging out with her fiance, Scott, who is in vet school here at Purdue.

Julie's pronouns are she/her.

Katie Hutsell


Pet Sitting Department Administrative Assistant and Senior Pet Care Professional

Katie has been working at Pawsitive Pets since 2017. Before working at Pawsitive Pets, she regularly volunteered at her local animal shelter and worked at Purdue's Animal Disease Diagnostics Lab. Katie's zoo consists of a dog, two cats, and a saltwater fish tank!

Katie’s pronouns are she/her.


Pet Care Staff

Amanda Henry

Pet Care Professional

Amanda is an avid animal lover who is currently attending Purdue University to learn more about animal welfare and behavior. She has two dogs, a cattle dog named Murphy and a yellow lab named Zappa, and in her free time she enjoys training for and competing in dog sports with them.

Amanda's pronouns are she/her.

Tobias Slaugh

Senior Pet Care Professional

Tobias has years of experience with animals and has been in the animal field for 5 years now. He started off with volunteering at a cat humane society and moved on to kennel jobs through 2022. He's worked with all sorts of different types of dogs and cats, but has taken care of the occasional ferret, rat, reptile, and birds of prey. He provides patience and love to all animals, and though still in early training of animal care, he takes every encounter as a new opportunity to learn and grow his knowledge.

When not working with animals, Tobias enjoys drawing, hiking, crafting costumes, and writing.

Tobias's pronouns are he/him.

Ash Blake

Pet Care Professional

Ash is a senior at Purdue studying Psychology. They have always been an animal lover their whole life and have owned many different animals. Ash is experienced in caring for dogs, cats, rats, rabbits, snakes, lizards, fish, and more! Currently, he has four pets, a Pitbull named Maude, two orange cats named Cooper and Calcifer, and a Russian tortoise named Xena!

Ash's pronouns are he/they.

Jess Thuma

Pet Care Professional

Jess is a student at Purdue University studying environmental engineering. She has grown up around all kinds of animals, her family has always had a dog or two. Growing up with dogs she understands the unique role that pets play in our lives and appreciates the differing personalities of animals. In addition to dogs, she grew up riding horses at 16 she started training young horses and currently owns and trains a 2-year-old gelding. While working at a horse facility for two years she also learned to work with cows, pigs, and even camels.

When not working on homework or with her horse you'll likely find Jess getting a coffee with friends, volunteering at nearby animal shelters, or planning a future road trip.

Jess's pronouns are she/her.

Babbi Dickensheets-Holland

Pet Care Professional

Babbi has a degree in Anthropology from Ball State University. During her time at Ball State she studied some Primatology courses on Ape and Monkey behavior. She has been an animal enthusiast all her life; and has had dogs, cats and freshwater fish at home. She also happens to be our co-owner, Patrick's, life partner and has followed his guidance in the training and care for their 2 dogs (Miley and Panda) and 2 cats (Aj and Elephant). Babbi most recently worked in property management for 5 years. She is looking forward to learning more about the animal care industry and developing her skills to best serve our clients. In her free time she likes to paint, draw, read, and go camping.

Babbi's pronouns are she/her.

Reagan Johnson

Pet Care Professional

Reagan is a senior at Purdue University majoring in English Education with a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She has always had a big heart for animals and began working with them as a boarding attendant for three years. She started pet sitting for friends and family about four years ago and has been doing it ever since.

Outside of working with animals, Reagan enjoys teaching dance classes, crocheting, and hanging out with friends and family!

Reagan's pronouns are she/her.

Training Staff


Carl Holland

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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.

Carl's pronouns are he/him.

Ryan Stephanoff

Ryan was born in Syracuse, NY where he lived for 17 years. He then moved Wentzville, MO where he graduated high school and went onto the University of Missouri- Columbia. While there he obtained his B.S in Biological Sciences and a minor in Psychology. He then went on to intern at a wild sanctuary in White Hills, AZ. There he managed the care of exotic animals such as lions, tigers, wolves, and reptiles. He moved on to St. Louis, MO for another internship where he participated in a research study on mating behaviors of Mexican wolves as they were to be released out into the wild. Ryan would get his first zookeeper position at Cameron Park Zoo in Waco, TX. There he managed the care and trained many of the mammal collection including African elephants, African lions, Sumatran tigers, giraffes, white rhinos, black bears, mountain lions, and small primates. Ryan then moved onto Zoo Atlanta where he was more specialized and managed the care and training of just the carnivore collection, including giant otters, Asian small clawed otters, sun bears, lions, tigers and clouded leopard. After that he moved to Rapid City, SD where he obtained his CPDT-KA certification. He now finds himself in Lafayette, IN ready to help our community and their furry companions!
Ryan has a Bernese Mountain dog who is 6 years old and acclimating to apartment life. His name is Puck and depending on the season weighing in between 108 and 113lbs.

Ryan's pronouns are he/him.