The Pawsitive Pets Team


Hilary Briggs, CCMT


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


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

Nikki Yoder

Pet Care Practice Manager and Senior Pet Care Professional

Nikki has been practicing animal husbandry and force-free desensitization training since 1999 and has worked professionally with animals since 2013 after receiving her Bachelors from Purdue University in Animal Sciences with a focus in Behavior and Wellbeing. Nikki has experience working with many breeds of cats and dogs as well as pocket pets, reptiles, birds and livestock and she works closely with our trainers in their more difficult causes of reactivity and anxiety. Nikki has worked with Pawsitive Pets since 2016 and currently resides with her cat Truff.

Nikki's preferred pronouns are she/her.

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, hiking, and spending time with her husband and dogs Lola and Serra.

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).

Samantha Johnson

Pet Care Professional

Samantha is a current Purdue student who is studying pre-veterinary medicine. She's had experience in the pet care field for 3 years but that's not including all the crazy animals she would bring home when she was growing up. She has experience working in a veterinary clinic, a research facility, and working within a doggy daycare. She has a passion for working with animals as most people do working in this field and hope to eventually open her own veterinary clinic. Animals fill her with energy and you might find her talking to them like they were a long lost friend. She has a border collie/aussie mix as well as two chinchillas who will hopefully not get too jealous of all the new smells she'll be bringing home. She has been working with Pawsitive Pets since December 2019.

Samantha's preferred pronouns: she/her.

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

Amanda is currently a Junior at Purdue University in Animal Sciences with a concentration in Production. She has worked extensively with a wide variety of animals including dogs, horses, cattle, pigs, chickens, cats, exotic pets, tigers, rodents, etc. Amanda has been certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER), completed lab animal handling training, shadowed zoo keepers, and assisted in veterinary clinics. She believes that dabbling in many species is the best way to decide which are your true passion!

Amanda plans to start her own breeding line of European Doberman Pinschers in the future, and hopes to train protective dogs professionally. She plans to have her own facility for boarding, grooming and training as well. Her future Animal Science degree will allow her to get jobs with livestock species, while working with dogs on the side as well. Amanda grew up with horses, dogs, and cats in Pendleton, Indiana. She currently owns her own dog Margo (English Cocker Spaniel), Valor (Doberman Pinscher), 2 orange tabby cats (Milo and Theon), and 2 snakes (corn snake: Zuko, Ball Python: Athena). Outside of school and work, Amanda enjoys anything and everything outdoors. She loves kayaking, fishing, hiking with her dog, and playing sports. She also enjoys painting, playing piano, and flying airplanes. She is working towards her Private Pilots License currently. She is a very family-oriented person, and always treats all animals as her own.

Amanda's preferred pronouns: she/her.

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.

Ava's preferred pronouns: they/them, she/her.

Training Staff

Khaz Brooks


Carl Holland