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.

Damaris H. – Lead Kennel Attendant

I have been around animals for as long as I can remember, especially when I would go to Mexico while growing up. I currently have a diva Siberian Husky named Princess Xena that I love and would not trade for anything in this world.  I also have a few horses named Dusty Rose, Doritos, Mula, and Wendy, and  an adorable bunny named Cookies n’ Cream. The bond I have with my furry babies is one no one can ever break. I love working around animals and giving them all the care and love they deserve. PCP has allowed me to create a unique bond with every furry baby we care for, and I enjoy getting to know each pup’s personality.

Adriana V. – Client Experience Coordinator

Animals have always been an important part of my life. I grew up surrounded by pets, from the family dogs to the stray cats that I would feed against my mother’s wishes. It was clear to me that my future involved animals. Since then, I have been pursuing a Veterinary degree in order to help animals. Working at Pet Care Plus has exposed me to so many different types of dogs and given me the tools to understand them better. I have fallen in love with every Pup at Pet Care Plus; I’m so glad I get to come to work and see their wagging tails as well as build relationships with their Pawrents!

 

Jennifer Stavrianos – Owner

Jennifer Stavrianos Pet Care Plus OwnerJennifer 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 StavrianosChris 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.

 

Groomers

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.

 

Daisy V. – Groomer

I am a certified pet stylist and certified in pet CPR. I was born in Washington state and moved to Illinois when I was 4 years old. I was unsure of where I wanted to end up career-wise but my love for animals decided for me. I am a mother of a two year old boy, 4 dogs and a cat. I have a Pomeranian named Bunny, two Yorkshire Terriers named Somali and Bongo, a Pocket Bully named Fossa and a Bengal cat named Monkey. What can I say I have lots of love to give. I love to learn, therefore I am currently taking nail tech and lash technician classes. Sometime soon I will continue my love for animals by becoming a veterinary assistant or technician.  As Sir Fracis Bacon said, “Knowledge is power”,  and it definitely feels like it. I love helping people and also love helping animals, what better way to express my passion than through the love of art.

 

 

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!

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