Staff at Fusion® Pet Retreat®

Our staff lives by our philosophy. You can see their passion for pets and well-being focused care in everything they do. Meet our staff in person or get to know them a little better by reading about them here.

Get to Know Fusion’s Staff

Education: Bachelor of Science in Human Resources with a minor in BusinessPet(s): Marzena - Dog, Border Collie - 5 years Rizzo - Dog, Border Collie - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Being an owner of "special needs" dogs, I believe strongly in providing a safe place for all dogs, while accommodating their individual needs. I try to bring my experience with a reactive dog to my work at Fusion by creating ideals of positivity, patience, and compassion.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Maybe a cockapoo?Fun Fact: I have been competing in agility with dogs since I was 11 years old. I love bringing my passion of dogs and my education in business to Fusion!
Education: Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and Theater DesignPet(s): Bwana - Dog, Greyhound - 3 years Nugget - Dog, Old English Bulldog - 5 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I LOVE dogs and other animals. This job lets me play with other dogs without turning into an animal hoarder at home :-) I'm also fascinated by dog behavior so this job is a great place to learn.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: English Bulldog - I'm all about naps and snacks!Fun Fact: I enjoy doing nature photography and I'm hoping to make some trips to photograph greyhound racing events soon!
Pet(s): Yoda - Dog, Lab - 8 years Tatl - Dog, Sheltie - 1.5 years Ozzie - Cat, DLH - 9 years Wilbur - Cat, DLH - 9 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love working with our "special needs" dogs that don't know how to play. Teaching them to open up and learn appropriate play so they can make friends.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: A TerrierFun Fact: Before coming to Fusion, I worked in animal emergency for 4+ years. I also bred rabbits for many years. In my freetime, I compete in agility with my dogs.
Education: Petsmart Academy Certified, Low Stress Handling Certified, Fear Free CertifiedPet(s): Bailey - Dog, Shih-tzu - 11 year Spaghetti - Dog, German Shepherd - 9 years Greta - Dog, Maltese - 2 years Chicken Nugget - Dog, Mutt - 1 yearWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Just about everything. I have been very impressed with the knowledgeable staff and how friendly everyone is.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Nova Scotia Duck Tolling RetrieverFun Fact: I LOVE coffee. I mean I have 4 kids and 4 dogs, so yes, I love coffee.
Education: KPA-CTP (Karen Pryor Academy - Certified Training Partner) CPDT-KA (Certified Pet Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed) CBATI (Certified BAT Instructor)Pet(s): Lily - Dog, Mixed Breed - 6 years Niko - Dog, Mixed Breed - 4 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: As a reactive dog owner, Fusion is my dream come true. No other daycare/boarding facility in the Twin Cities has staff that is as knowledgable about dog behavior and as willing to cater to dogs with special needs as Fusion. I’m proud to be a part of a team that truly puts pets’ safety and well-being above all else!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Greyhound! Can run like the wind if I really need to, but mostly just prefer snuggling up on the couch all day.Fun Fact: I’m fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and could teach your dog to respond to cues in Chinese too!
Pet(s): Hamlet - Cattle Dog...ish Mix - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love working with dogs and all the surprises they bring! It keeps you on your toes and is very rewarding!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: A ChihuahuaFun Fact: I am a big fan of the tv show "The Office". I have started many staff jokes based on my knowledge of the show.
Pet(s): Claire - Dog, GSP/Lab Mix - 7 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: EVERYTHING! Great staff, great clients, and amazing furry friends!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: a MuttFun Fact: I am the youngest of 10 children. I am originally from Wisconsin so I am a HUGE Packers and Badgers fan!
Pet(s): Buster - Dog, Golden Retriever - 15 months Nanook - Dog, Husky Mix - 8 yearsWhat do you like working at Fusion?: I like working at Fusion because it has far exceeded in taking care of clients pets compared to several facilities I have worked at before. The staff are knowledgeable and care about the animals in our care.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: HuskyFun Fact: Buster and I participate in Trick Dog competitions. We are also taking Dock Diving and Rally classes.
Education: Undergrad at the U of MPet(s): Clooney - Dog, Boxer - 8 years Beau - Dog, German Shepherd Mix - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion? I love the people I work with and love meeting all the different breeds of dogs and cats that come in to Fusion.If you were a dog, what breed would you be? Labrador RetrieverFun Fact: I've been a dog adoption volunteer at the Animal Humane Society since 2016.
Pet(s): Ollie - Dog, Pomeranian/Papillion Mix - 11 years Ophelia - Dog, Chihuahua - 2 years Lester - Cat, Tabby - 5 yearsWhat do you like working about working at Fusion?: So many new friends to meet. Relaxed atmosphere.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Brown Maltese.Fun Fact: I grew up in Northern California, and rescued Ollie from a puppy mill bust when he was 6 mos. old.
Pet(s): Dixie - Dog, Red Lab - 1 Year Oliver - Dog, Multipoo - 9 Years Sister - Cat - 8 Years Hammy - Hamster - 2 YearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: All of the animals, of course!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: RottweilerFun Fact: Llamas are my favorite animals.
Pet(s): I don't currently have any pets of my own, so I enjoy treating the Fusion clients just like my own.What do you like about working at Fusion?: Meeting all the unique cats and dogs (ans sometimes critters)!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Mini GoldendoodleFun Fact: I am currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Psychology.
Education: University of Minnesota Twin CitiesPet(s): Roo(fus) - Cat, Tabby - 16 years Kelly - Dog, Labrador - 12 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love meeting and making friends with so many incredible dogs.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Shiba Inu
Pet(s): Dopey - Cat, Tabby - 1 years Francois - Dog, King Charles Spaniel - 4 years Daisy - Dog, Pomeranian Mix - 6 years Mama - Cat, DSH - 4 years Rokki Jae - Dog, Min Pin Mix - 9 years Booger - Bearded Dragon - 5 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love spending time cuddling and playing with all of the animals. Improving the daily life for each of the animals in our care is important to me.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Probably a Black LabFun Fact: I have 2 children and 5 pets.
Education: Le Cordon BleuPet(s): Destiny - Dog, Golden Retriver - 1.5 years Patches - Cat, Tuxedo - 6 years Chloe - Cat, Black Turkish Angora - 9 years Diesel - Cat, Russian Blue - 4 years Booties - Cat, Tuxedo - 8 weeksWhat do you like about working at Fusion? I enjoy the time that all staff puts towards the pups! Fusion puts the dogs, cats and critters first always to make sure they are happy.If you were a dog, what breed would you be? Golden Retriever
Pet(s): Malcolm Reynolds - Cat, DSH - 9 mo Fezzik the Giant - Cat, DSH - 9 mo.What do you like about working at Fusion?: I love working at Fusion because I have a chance to meet and play with so many furry family members.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Newfoundland
Education: Bachelor of Music in Music Performance on Bassoon, currently in school for Master of Arts for Marriage and Family TherapyPet(s): Fritz - Cat, Russian Blue - 7 years Eve - Cat, Russian Blue - 9 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Playing with and caring for all the cats, dogs, and critters.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Golden RetrieverFun Fact: I am currently interning with a therapist who utilizes a therapy dog in her practice!
Education: University of MinnesotaPet(s): Oskar - Dog, Chocolate Lab - 15 monthsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Cuddling with all the cute puppies!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Springer SpanielFun Fact: My Birthday is on Valentine's Day.
Pet(s): Jersey - Dog, Pit Mix - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I enjoy the company of my fellow employees and that I not only get to work with dogs, but also cats and critters.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Saint BernardFun Fact: I'm a musician and I work at a haunted attraction during the fall.
Eduation: Student at UW-La CrossePet(s): Tia - Dog, Corgi - 14 years Jay - Horse - 8 yearsIf you were a dog, what breed would you be?: A Doberman
Pet(s): Bessie - Cat, DSH - 6 years Rocco - Cat, DSH - 8 years Tank - Dog, Pitbull - 3 years Jex - Ball Python - 2 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I get to see, pet, and play with dozens of dogs and cats every single day! I mean, what more could I want?!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: I think I'd be a cat instead!Fun Fact: I'm a self-proclaimed eco-freak! I'm huge into recycling, minimizing plastics, adn doing anything I can to save the planet! I've even started a recycling movement at my school, and give daily environmental facts over the PA system.
Education: Bachelor's Degree in French Literature and CommunicationsPet(s): Boo - Dog, English Cocker Spaniel - 9 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love animal behavior, particularly when I can make a positive impact and bring happy owners and pets together.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: English Cocker/Springer Spaniel for their happy nature, work efficiency, and willing to please.Fun Fact: I worked with birds of prey for nine years, and when I introduced my dog to working with them, our bond strengthened to the point of begging for my directions!
Pet(s): Marble - Dog, Catahoula Mix - 2.5 years Jack - Cat, DSH - 3 years Kiwi - Cat, DSH - 3 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion? Getting to know so many different and amazing new dogs and cats.
Pet(s): Dot - Guinea Pig - 2 years Oat - Guinea Pig - 2 years Harold - Russian Tortoise - 4 years Frank - Goldfish - 11 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: Working with many different types of dogs!If you were a dog, what breed would you be? Great Dane
Pet(s): Crash - Dog, Yellow Lab - 4 years Shadow - Fish, Beta - 5 yearsWhat do like about working at Fusion?: Getting to see all the cute dogsIf you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Yellow LabFun Fact: I've been skiing since I was 2 years old.
Education: English and Social Science Education from San Jose State UniversityPet(s): Jackie - Dog, Pitbull/Cattle Dog Mix - 2 yearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love being around animals and friendly people!If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: Probably some kind of pit mixFun Fact: I was a competitive fencer.
Education: Current Senior at Eden Prairie High SchoolPet(s): Ryder - Dog, Mixed Black Lab - 3 Years Kona - Dog, Chocolate Lab - 11 YearsWhat do you like about working at Fusion?: I love being able to see all the cute dogs when I'm working.If you were a dog, what breed would you be?: A PugFun Fact: I love to travel. I've been to 18 countries!

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