Leadership & Staff
Holly M. – Director of Operations
Ever since I was a little girl, animals have always been my passion. My sister worked at various pet stores when I was a child and I used to go in and help her just to be around animals. After that experience I knew I had to be in the pet industry for my career. I started working at PetSmart when I was 17 years old and worked there for 13 years, learning the industry from the ground up, until I left to join the team at Pet Care Plus. I have two small dogs Lexi and Ozzie and three cats Prada, Niko and Jager. My passion is working with rescues and strays.
Laura T. – Client Experience Manager
I have been in the pet industry for over 10 years and held various managerial positions in both corporate and small pet services businesses. I feel fortunate that I have been able to take my love for animals and turn it into my full time career. I have two dachshunds Jersey and Jack. The thing I like about working with dogs is that I treat every dog as if they were my own and I get the same love back. In my spare time I also enjoy painting my home and working on other projects around the house.
Nicki K. – General Manager
I started my journey in the pet industry in 2007 as a part-time Kennel Attendant for Pet Care Plus. I later moved to PAWS Chicago where I worked in every department to learn as much as I could about shelter medicine and animal behavior before moving into a management role. I remained with PAWS for eight years before returning to Pet Care Plus as Kennel Manager and later becoming GM. Unfortunately, I am allergic to dogs and unable to own one, so I do my best to spoil every dog in my care as if they were my own. At home I have five cats: Spoookie, Buu, Spyrit, Ghoast and Godzilla who keep me pretty busy. In my free time, I enjoy fostering neonatal kittens and playing video games.
Kat T. – Marketing Manager
In 2011 I moved to Chicago to attend Roosevelt University where I received my BA in Creative Writing and Philosophy. Throughout my life I volunteered with shelters and rescues, so I was thrilled to be offered a position at Pet Care Plus. I love taking photos of our gorgeous pups, planning pet focused events, and thinking up fun, new projects for us to enjoy together. When I’m not at Pet Care Plus, you can usually find me cycling on the South Side or spending a quiet evening with my cats Walle and Eve.
Maureen K. – Outside Services Manager
I’ve always been an animal lover and animal rights activist. My compassion for animals is not limited to just cats and dogs, so after being a lead kennel attendant at Pet Care Plus, I moved to Indiana to work on a sanctuary for rescued farm animals. Since then I’ve returned to the company as the Outside Services Manager with new knowledge and experience. When I’m not working with animals, I’m usually snuggling my adorable senior Yorkie, Kanye, and my cats before heading out to try the newest vegan restaurant in the city.
Conner V. – Outside Services
I was not always clear in what path I wanted to take, but in 2012, I got on the Pet Care Plus team and I’ve been here ever since! My family always kept dogs around when I was growing up in the near-western suburbs. I currently live with a wonderful kitten named Sancha, who is unfortunately terrified of dogs, but I have a few hundred close four-legged friends at work every day! I am fascinated by dog behavior and enjoy reading about the science behind how they think and interact. My favorite part of working at Pet Care Plus is building a relationship with all of our clients and their dogs, and seeing their families grow in this beautiful city. In my free time, you can find me riding my bike around the city, always in search of the best slice of pizza that life has to offer.
Bethany B. – Lead Kennel Attendant
My family always had cats and dogs since I was a baby, and so my love for animals started at a young age. Between volunteering for CACC, rescues, fostering, & transporting my passion for animals guides me. My Husband and I foster a lot of medical case because it’s very rewarding when you see them bounce back and grow into the amazing animal they were at one time before being injured. I went to school to be a vet tech, but decided the vet industry was ultimately not for me. Getting to watch dogs play and have fun is what brought me to Pet Care Plus. I have a few dogs, cats, and a corn snake.
Johnny G. – Lead Kennel Attendant
I was not fortunate enough to grow up with pets despite loving animals, but I did enjoy going out to the forest preserve to find wildlife there. Throughout high school I got a job and realized I could also volunteer with Wright Way rescue. After school I joined the Marine Corps and when I was discharged I knew I wanted to do something involving animals. I was fortunate enough to find Pet Care Plus where I have worked my way up to being a lead and building a stronger relationship with the dogs and clients here.
Jamie W. – Trainer
I grew up in a house full of mutts, rescues, and fosters. At 18, I adopted my own border mix, Boomer. We took on college together at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where I earned my BS in Animal Sciences. During school, I had the privilege of working with Safe Humane Chicago where I rehabilitated abused and neglected bully breed dogs. I taught them to regain trust in humans, and helped them transition into the most normal life possible. After school, I worked for two Chicago rescues where giving dogs a second chance meant fine-tuning their skills, behavior, and making sure they were able to handle different interactions in a variety of stressful situations. I’m excited to take my past experiences and training skills to help all dog owners have the dog they have always dreamed of!
Jennifer Stavrianos – Owner
Jennifer is the driving force behind this successful Chicago dog boarding, daycare and grooming business as she has guided its growth from a simple pet sitting business to the #1 pet services business in the city of Chicago as voted by Citysearch.com users. Jennifer graduated from the University of Illinois – Chicago with a degree in Criminal Justice. After a brief stint in the world of social work, the animal world found her and her husband Chris in their new home in Humboldt Park. She always had a love for animals that was instilled in her by her father, but here it was taken to another level with the number of strays and homeless animals that they took in while living here. This experience taught her that animals always need to be treated as more than just the dollar sign that many kennels see when they look at your pet. It also has kept her working with local shelters to this day, through donations of equipment, money and space.
Chris Stavrianos – Owner
Chris was the key dog walker and cat sitter in the beginning stages of the business. Having earned his BS in marketing from the University of Illinois – Chicago he is also the steward of the business image and marketing practices. He also shared in the experiences of caring for the many stray animals that fostered the business idea as a whole. In addition all the dogs who like to swim at the kennel can thank Chris for envisioning the idea of turning the old, unused loading zone space into the one of a kind in Chicago swimming location for the dogs. He is also proud to have seen the business voted the best Chicago dog daycare and boarding facility by Citysearch users in part based on our terrific K-9 Oasis.
Miriam C. – Groomer
I’ve been a groomer since 2010. I’ve always had a love for animals, but dogs hold a very special place in my heart. I’m the proud pet parent to a very spoiled Siberian Husky named Jasper. I’ve had him since he was 3 months, and he is now 12 years old! Ethical treatment of animals is one of my primary concerns and beliefs in life. Grooming allows me to do my part in ensuring the health and comfort of animals.
Mike P. – Groomer
I’ve been a groomer for seven years and I love what I do! I find grooming to be very fun and relaxing. I’ve worked at PetSmart and Petco and I’m ecstatic to join the team at Pet Care Plus. Safety is my number one priority! I love to help the dogs stay as happy and relaxed as I am when I groom. It makes my job so satisfying and enjoyable. I have a wonderful companion named Cheesy Beef who is a gorgeous little chihuahua.
Tyler S. – Bather
I’ve been working in the pet care industry for the last 4 years and I absolutely love it! I’ve worked at dog daycares, animal shelters, pet rescues, and worked as a dog walker. Since I began working with dogs professionally I’ve dedicated myself to learning all I can about different breeds and personality traits of dogs and how to make them as comfortable as possible while I’m working with them. I am a proud pitbull parent, and have grown up with dogs in my home. When I’m not at work I enjoy taking my dog Dante for walks in the city, swimming, hiking, and rock climbing. I look forward to meeting your dog soon!