Meet the MKE Paws Pet Care Staff!
All of us at MKE Paws are grateful to be spending such valuable time with your beloved pets. While each of our staff have differing backgrounds and areas of expertise, one thing remains constant, and that’s their love for animals! Since so many of you are trusting us with the task of giving reliable, trusting and loving care to your pets, we want to share with you just why we (and our entire staff team) do what we do! Meet the MKE Paws Staff Team!
Dawn is the dedicated, hard-working owner of Milwaukee Paws Pet Care. She came to this business venture with a strong background as a social worker, however, her lifelong passion for animals made her realize she was meant to pursue a new career, and she brought her enthusiasm and love of animals to the MKE Paws family!
Dawn has always had dogs, birds and fish while growing up. When looking back, she especially remembers Poochie, a black Great Dane she and her family had. “He was the best dog! He would do the Great Dane lean, but my parents didn’t know what that was, so they were sure he was trying to block them in the couch!” (For those that don’t know, the “lean” is a sign of affection!)
It’s no surprise that Dawn knows so much about animals; with her passion comes an eagerness to learn and grow in her career. When she isn’t busy working, she is spending her free time studying to become a dog trainer! She also enjoys going sailing, spending time with family and friends or soaking in a good book on a quiet morning, but MKE Paws Pet Care is her passion and her life. Dawn says, “I love our team and our clients! We are so fortunate to have clients who love their pets, value what we bring to the table, and always do what is best for their pets!” Dawn also is proud of her “amazing” team. She says, “I have watched every team member grow and love the pets as if they are their own. I am always impressed with the dedication of the team and their eagerness to learn more every day.” The MKE Paws family is so fortunate to have an owner and boss who gives 100% and truly cares for each individual pet and client. Dawn looks forward to growing the team and helping even more pets and clients in the Milwaukee area
When we think of Gracie, we are reminded of how important kindness and compassion are in this world and how wonderful of an example Gracie is of these excellent qualities. Gracie has been surrounded by animals for most of her life, having lived on a small farm, she and her family had cows, chickens, goats and even a pig.
They also always had multiple dogs, from St. Bernard’s to Teddy Bears, and Gracie says they were always the best part of her days as a kid - being able to play nonstop withher furry friends! She’s also had cats, other dogs, a bunny and frogs throughout her life. The love she had for animals as a kid only grew and the passion to care for them grew, too.
“They’re the best medicine to any kind of day,” she says. She loves getting to meet all the different pets we care for and appreciates all of the different personalities; Gracie also says she loves being a part of a team that is “commited and always helping each other out.” Gracie’s natural nurturing abilities and calm demeanor make her an excellent caretaker with animals, but Gracie also has a passion for helping adults and children, alike.
When she isn’t busy working for MKE Paws, she spends time at a second job in which she helps care for a woman with Muscular Dystrophy. Additionally, Gracie is pursuing her Occupational Studies degree from UWM with a long-term goal to become an occupational therapist and work with children with Autism. Anyone that meets Gracie can see she has a heart of gold and is kind-hearted, down to earth and has strong morals and values. All of us at MKE Paws value her hard work, dedication and stamina and are grateful to have her a part of our team!
Brooke A. Tank
Brooke is a sweet, caring and endearing animal lover who joined the Paws team in 2020. Brooke has helped take care of animals for over six years before moving to Wisconsin from California and was excited to join our Paws family to continue interacting and caring for animals in the Milwaukee area! While the change in weather was a big adjustment for her, the interactions and care she has for the animals we work with has made the adjustment much easier, and she very much enjoys getting to meet new animals and help make a positive impact in their lives.
Growing up back in California, Brooke and her family always had animals in the home. While she always had at least one cat, they also had a lizard, fish, a mouse, and a guinea pig at some point while growing up. Brooke said she always wanted a dog but unfortunately it never worked out for them to have one, so she says being able to see and walk dogs on a regular basis with MKE Paws is a perfect fit since she loves them so much!
When she isn’t busy helping work with animals, she enjoys pursuing her passion of art including painting and drawing, and spending exploring Wisconsin with her husband and son, born in 2020!
Kevin joined the Milwaukee Paws family first as a client! "I started out as a client of Milwaukee Paws and loved the service so much I wanted to be an employee!"
Kevin is an asset to our team because of his experience on both sides of the interactions. Kevin is able to share with our team why what we do matters and how important the details are as a client. He is also able to bring a new perspective to the table and is always looking for ways to help us better the customer experience.
Kevin has a special way with our shy or nervous pets, especially cats! He carries a quiet confidence that many pets respond very well too!
Kevin is a professional Oboist for the MIlwaukee Symphony Orchestra and has been for over 6 years!
Kevin shares what he loves best about working for Milwaukee Paws Pet Care is "As a client, I know how much the services we provide mean to our clients. We also have a friendly and supportive team which makes it a great environment to work-and of course I love all the time I get to spend with the animals!"
Chelsea joined our team to work nights and weekends in October 2020.
She is the proud fur momma to two dogs, Blue and Spirit. She is very dedicated to pet nutrition and providing the best care to the pets she serves. Her dedication shows in the smallest of details!
Chelsea has a passion for working with reactive dogs and helping them succeed and grow. She shares "I have a reactive pup of my own, so I understand the struggles and proud moments when they are able to succeed in a situation that was previously tough for them"
Chelsea loves that the dogs she sees regularly know her and get excited when she arrives for a visit. Her passion and compassion for pets shines through in everything she does and both pet and owners feel it.
Heather grew up with pets of all kinds, which fostered her love of animals overall. Her friends and family have noticed that Heather had a special way with shy or nervous pets-something many of our clients are aware of as well!
Heather graduated with her Masters degree in Social Work. She has volunteered for WisCARES-Wisconsin Companion Animals, Resources and Social Services, a program through he school of veterinary medicine and school of social work designed to help people with pets who are at risk of becoming homeless.
It was her love of pets that brought Heather to us. "I am very interested in this work simply because I love pets so much! I know how important our pets are to us, for our wellbeing, and how much love and joy they give us everyday! This is the best job I have had in many years!"
Heathers ability to connect with our shy or nervous pets or have fun with our playful and outgoing pets is what make her an asset to our team!
Lily came to the Milwaukee Paws Pet Care team from a local doggy day care! Her ability to read and understand canine body language is top notch! She is able to read even the most subtle of cues from our canine friends.
Lily is also exceptionally good with shy/nervous dogs and our reactive pups. Her long term goal is to one day own her own company related to the care of pets!
Vanessa is a former vet tech with a passion for animal care. She has two cats of her own and is planning on adopting a dog soon.
Vanessa's passion to provide the best care to pets and her attention to detail make her an asset to the team.
Vanessa joined the Paws team because she missed working with animals and wanted to work with as many animals as possible! When she is not loving on our pet clients, she pursues her passion for furniture finishing and scuba diving.
Loni was born and raised in Texas and has been surrounded by animals her whole life. She is a recent member of the team and has been enjoying meeting new fruits friends!
While living outside of Dallas, Loni had a wide variety of pets including cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, turtles, lizards, hamsters, mice, rats and fish. Currently, she has two cats and a leopard gecko.
Her empathy and experience as a pet mom help Loni provide exceptional care. She knows it's the little things that make a difference in keeping pets as happy and healthy as possible.
Loni hopes to study Animal Science in the fall at UW-River Falls, and eventually wants to go on to veterinary school. Her long term goal is to one day open her own veterinary clinic.
Chloe came to the Paws team with years of experience from a local doggy day care. She has also volunteered for the Wisconsin Humane Society's Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
Chloe is familiar with both canine and feline body language and is comfortable working with any pet! Chloe understands that our pets communicate with us best through their body language and her knowledge of animal body language helps her to put our shy or nervous pets at ease quickly.
Chloe has some experience with training animals as well, and will sometimes help out with doing our leash manners walks, or assist the trainers as needed.
Chloe joined the Paws team because her current building does not allow larger dogs and. she missed having that energy in her life. She currently has a hamster at home that keeps her busy when she is not working.
New Staff: Coming Soon!
We are busy growing our team to continue to provide the best possible care to our furfriends and their pet parents! Check back soon to see the bios of our amazing team as it grows!