Meet the Dogs Bay Team

Deb Lewis Owner/Certified Trainer/Dog Behavior Counselor

Deb Scanzillo-Lewis, Owner, Certified Trainer and Dog Behavior Counselor of Dogs Bay Country Club and Dogs Bay Training. Deb is a 1994 graduate of Companion School for Dog’s Certification Course in Behavior Modification and Obedience. Deb is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and has attended numerous seminars and workshops with Cesar Millan, Dr. Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D., CPDT, Dr. Karen Overall MA, VMD, Ph.D., Patricia McConnell Ph.D., Steve Dale, Trish King CPDT, Karen Pryor, Terry Ryan CPDT, Pia Silvani CPDT, Sue Sternberg, Nicole Wilde CPDT, Jan Elster, Teoti Anderson CPDT and Turid Rugaas…just to name a few!   “I am one of the fortunate ones that has found their true passion and God given gift in life. I have been training dogs for 20 years and could not imagine doing anything else.”
 
Emily Wolters

Emily Wolters

 Meet our General Manager, Emily Wolters.  It’s rare to find those who are amazing with dogs AND people, but combine Emily’s childhood passion for working with dogs and her background in hospitality and the  Dogs Bay Team has found a gem!

 
Emily is heavily involved in animal rescue and has years of experience in kennel management.  She does an amazing job caring for the clients, the fur kids and leading our team!  
 

Natasha Popielewski

Natasha Popielewski- South Daycare Manager

Meet our South Daycare Manager Natasha.  Tosha (her beloved nickname) lives with her significant other Tom and fur friend Mojo. This girl is a ball of non-stop energy (thanks to lots and lots of coffee and sugar 😉, so it’s non-stop fun for the fur kids at doggie daycare! Tosha is very creative and in her down time, loves painting and arts and crafts. She loves each and every daycare fur friend like her own. Here’s a message she just received from a client…pretty much says it all! “Good morning natash this is Paula. I am on a journey of gratefulness and today I am grateful for you . You do such a wonderful job at the daycare center and Jesse just loves you! it’s just so comforting to know that she’s in great hands with great people having a great day so thank you so much for being the person you are, the love of dogs you have and I hope you have a wonderful day.” We are grateful too Tosha to have you!!!!!! Deb and team
 

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Bethany Hutt

Bethany is our Dogs Bay North Manager, you will be greeted every day by her smile and her love for our fur friends. Having a passion for animals is what led her to Dogs Bay.  Growing up around kids and animals gave her the drive and desire to help others. Bethany and her boyfriend, Kevin have 3 fur-babies of their own. Bailey, Oliver and Tinkerbell. 

Veronica and fur-friend

Groomer Veronica Dykstra

Veronica’s kind, gentle, caring demeanor is evident the second you meet her and fits perfectly with our Stress Free Grooming philosophy!

Veronica is a licensed hairdresser who turned her hair styling skills over to the dogs. Veronica is well known for her hand scissoring skills.  Hand scissoring is an art that is not practiced by most groomers these days and has a more natural, finished look.

 Veronica grooms with kind attention to detail.  She would love to meet you and discuss your dog’s grooming needs.
Jerrica

Jerrica

Hello, My name is Jerrica I currently work at the Dogs Bay North location.I have a full time job at Haworth in Holland but chose to work a few nights at Dogs Bay because of my love for dogs. I’ve had a passion/love for dogs since I could even remember. I remember camping with my family as a kid and I would wander off to “visit” with all the dogs in the campground. Everyone always knew if there was a dog around that’s where Jerrica would be. I’ve been a dog sitter/walker for many years before I heard of Dogs Bay. I look forward to the nights I work at North so I can snuggle all my fur friends!
Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

 Jessica has a very quiet, calm, sweet spirit.  A dog whisperer in her own special way.  Jessica’s education is in Environmental & Agricultural Services, but her heart belongs to our furry guests and her best friend…her horse Fritz!
   
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Sandy Ploeg

Sandy is an avid animal lover and spends the majority of her time taking care of or playing with all kinds of animals and creatures. She has a special place for dogs in her heart. Sandy has two fur kids of her own, Kate and Macy. When she is not spending time with animals, she can be found studying at Hope College. She is a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major with a minor in Mathematics. She plans to continue working with animals as she progresses in her degree path and future. A special note from Sandy: “I love all kinds and ages of dogs, but senior dogs will always have a super special place in my heart. Our fur friends not only get wiser with age, but they also get quirkier and more loyal than ever before. I have never loved a job so much in my life. I am excited to take care of the fur kids at daycare and at the Country Club. I have a unique bond with each and every tail wagger who comes to visit!
Susie Brown

Susie Brown

Susie has loved dogs all her life, and decided to follow her heart and join the Dogs Bay North team! She has a nurturing spirit and a passion to care for animals which makes her a great team member! She has a Labrador Retriever named Dozer who is her whole world. Susie brings a motherly sense to the team and the fur-kids all love her!
 

Rachel Schultz

Rachel Schultz

Rachel is a hardworking young lady who adores dogs. Before coming to Dogs Bay in 2015, Rachel worked at Wild Dog Rescue and volunteered with dogs elsewhere. Rachel went to Northern Michigan University and received a degree in Earth Science, but hopes to one day open an animal rescue of her own. Rachel’s favorite part about working at Dogs Bay is getting to meet all the different fur kids and learning their personalities!” 
 

Alexis Barreto

Alexis Barreto

Alexis graduated from Zeeland West in 2011 and has her Associates in Science and Arts from Muskegon Community College. She worked at a horse barn for 2 years and has 3 horses of her own and her fur friend Belle. Alexis’ dream is to own a rescue ranch. Her favorite part of working for Dogs Bay South Doggie Daycare is “getting to know every dog and I think of htem all as my own.”
 

Becky Dubbink

Becky Dubbink

Becky works at all three Dogs Bay locations. She raises and shows Dalmatians and has two spotted cuties named Emma and Whisper. Besides showing and raising dogs she also shows and raises rabbits and cavies (Guinea Pigs). She is often found working with her 4-h club helping kids who share in her passion for animals. In her spare time she makes leashes and collars (which you can find for sale at North) and enjoys spending time working with any and all animals. She is a cherished team member who the fur-kids all love! 🙂 
 

Savannah Chadwick

Savannah Chadwick

Hi, I’m Savannah Chadwick and I am currently a senior at West Ottawa High School. I might only be 16, but I’d like to think my passion and love for the dogs inspires work that exceeds my age! I am a proud parent to a 9 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Hank, and a 10 year old Tennessee Walking horse named Liberty! Animals are my entire life (which is the reason I am vegan!) and I am very lucky to be in a place where I have the ability to care for them daily 🙂 I LOVE being able to bond with each individual pup and to be able to form relationships with their parents, it’s my favorite part of my job (not to mention all the doggie cuddle time I get!) I am very thankful for Dogs Bay and the amazing opportunities it gives me. 
 

Teran Cowgill

Teran Cowgill

Hi! My name is Teran Cowgill, and I have the best job in the world. I adore coming into work everyday to see my fur friends. I am currently studying animal behavior and canine obedience. The top left is my new Doberman Puppy Bane and I couldn’t be more excited to take him to work everyday! It is the biggest blessing to get endless kisses, laughs, puppy smiles, and cuddles! My fur friends come in so excited to come play with me in Daycare and it never fails to warm my heart to see how happy they are. I am just as excited every morning to see them, if I had a tail I don’t think it would ever stop wagging when I am at Dogs Bay! Literally BLESSED with the BEST job! 
Celeste

Celeste

Hi! My name is Celeste, and I grew up on a large farm in Indiana, growing up with animals has encouraged me to dive into the world or animals, as I approach college with the intention of majoring in Art and Animal behavior/ Biology. I love the experiences that come with working with animals, because no two are a like! Whether they are big or small, rare or common, they are all amazing! Of course owning a few fluffs of my own, I know that animals can be one of the most important things in a persons life, and definitely your best friend. So I strive to do the best I can for them.
 

Sarah

Sarah

Sarah’s love for animals has been forever. After graduating Grand Valley State University with Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Creative Writing, she began working at a local animal shelter and volunteering at rescues. Life has taken her to Dog’s Bay where she is furthering her knowledge in animal behavior and training and loving every second of it!  She hopes to use this knowledge to aid abandoned and abused dogs in their rehabilitation and on the road to their forever homes. Her recently passed Weimaraner shaped her passion for working breeds, especially bird dogs, but she loves all pups, big, small, and anything in between!

 

Dogs Bay Team at the Cesar Millan Event 2013

Dogs Bay Team at the Cesar Millan Event 2013

 Dogs Bay Team and friends (and Angel's purse) at lunch 2013

Dogs Bay Team and friends (and Angel’s purse) at lunch 2013

We do many things together as a team to build our team skills and just get to know each other personally and have some fun.  It really helps as we all work so closely together.  We truly are a team and I consider these amazing people part of the Dogs Bay Family.  We have a “Fun Fund” set up at both facilities that clients contribute to, and every so often we do fun things as a team.  I love these people!   ~Deb

Dogs Bay Team Christmas Party 2012

Dogs Bay Team Christmas Party 2012

We are always looking for amazing people to join our team!  If you are interested in a position at Dogs Bay, please send a resume or letter of interest to dogsbayinc@gmail.com