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Our Staff – Detroit


Liz Blondy
Founder and Owner
Melissa Smolinski
Facility Manager
Kameron Snowden
Pack Leader
Alex Eggertsen
Pack Leader
Cullen Perry
Playroom Supervisor
Stephanie Kasenow
Groomer
Holly Lenhart
Groomer
Matt Somoski
Supervisor
Christina Thompson
Groomer
Adrian Yonkus
Pack Leader
Nicole Somoski
Playroom Manager
Aubrey Gourd
Reservation Specialist
Norlan Gregory
Pack Leader
Danielle Vander Hoff
Customer Service
Chelsea DuFour
Customer Service
Gillian Spitzley
Pack Leader
Jessica Merkle
Pack Leader
Cecilia Perry
Pack Leader
Lisa Barnett
Groomer

Liz Blondy

Founder and Owner
Liz Blondy
Liz is a long-time Detroiter who, after a decade in sales, decided to combine her love of animals and her hometown passion into a career. In 2005 she opened Canine to Five Detroit Dog Daycare in Midtown and she hasn’t looked back. Canine to Five is now recognized as a Detroit small business success story, and Liz emerged as a staunch and prominent advocate for Detroit’s resurgence. Firmly convinced that small businesses are the key to true revival, she co-founded Open City Detroit, a networking group designed to encourage entrepreneurship, and participates in many initiatives to foster a strong grassroots business community. Liz resides in a renovated Eastern Market storefront with her husband, Pat Deegan, as well as her two giant dogs, Bunny and Argon.


Melissa Smolinski

Facility Manager
Melissa Smolinski
Melissa joined the Canine to Five team in November 2011. This is her first job working with animals, but she’s had all sorts her whole life, so it comes as second nature. When she’s not making sure that the daycare is running smoothly, and your dogs are safe and sound, she enjoys music, photography, road trips and hanging with her two cats, Sam & Owen. And, on certain Saturdays at the Masonic Temple, Melissa can also be founding cheering on The Detroit Pistoffs and the rest of the Detroit Derby Girls.

 


Stephanie Kasenow

Groomer
Stephanie Kasenow
Steph has been at Canine to Five since February 2011 but she’s been working with dogs for over four years. She’s loved dogs ever since she was a little girl, so it won’t surprise you to hear that her favorite thing about this job is getting to work with every different breed, size and personality of dog. Steph is always interested in doing volunteer work, especially helping to find foster homes for animals (even if it’s her own home!). Steph lives in Canton with Peanut, a Shepherd/Greyhound/Retriever mix, and a guinea pig named Sammy.


Holly Lenhart

Dog Groomer

Holly joined the Canine To Five grooming staff in May 2006. A graduate of the Academy of Animal Arts, she excels at both dog and cat grooming! She has a passion for animals in need, and often fosters strays. She is a Detroit resident and has two dogs, four cats and four tanks full of fish at home. Holly’s gentle way with the dogs makes her a great addition to the team.


Cullen Perry

Playrooom Supervisor
Cullen Perry
Cullen joined our team in May of 2012, but he’s been working with animals for over 2 years. He has two dogs of his own: Birdie & Beowulf, along with two cats: Bosco & Beatrice. Cullen loves working with dogs, learning their different personalities, how each of them like to play, and what motivates them. When he’s not outside playing in our pools with your dog, Cullen enjoys hanging out with his friends, listening to music and being outdoors!


Nicole Somoski

Playroom Supervisor
Nicole Somoski
Nicole came to us in October of 2008. She lives in Detroit and works at Canine to Five for a very simple reason: she loves dogs and all their different personalities. When she was just 10 years old, she began volunteering for a variety of animal-focused organizations, from Companion Pet Rescue to H-CAT (Hamtramck Cat Assistance Team). Her mom used to manage the Royal Oak Animal Shelter, where Nicole gained tons of experience. She loves to go on road trips, get tattoos, play Halo 3 on Xbox, work on her reptile collection and shop — when she is not playing with your dog!


Gillian Spitzley

Pack Leader
Gillian Spitzley
Gillian has been working at Canine to Five since April 2013. She is a 20-year old, Midtown resident who pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology from Wayne State University, in hopes of continuing her education in Genetic Counseling. While Gillian doesn’t have any pets of her own, she has grown up around all types of animals. Her grandparents own a kennel that raises and trains Basset Hounds. She also has experience with cats, rabbits, rats, and exotic guinea pigs. Gillian’s favorite part of working at Canine to Five is that the dogs can always put a smile on her face, whether they learn a new command she taught them or being happy to see her. Outside of work, Gillian can be found volunteering, running, cycling, exploring Detroit, and visiting family and friends!


Alex Eggertsen

Pack Leader
Alex Eggertsen
Alex joined the Canine to Five staff in January of 2013. Alex loves working at Canine to Five because nothing beats working in the pack. The energy, love and respect that develops with each dog can’t be beat by any other job. She lives in Detroit and is studying sociology at Wayne State University. Alex has been a dog owner her whole life. Alex rescued her dog Sammy, a beagle-pit mix. When Alex isn’t working she can be found out hunting for new great books to read, playing with her dog, riding her bike around the city, or practicing yoga.


Matt Somoski

Pack Leader
Matt Somoski
Matt joined our Canine to Five staff in 2011 working alongside his sister, our morning supervisor Nicole. Matt has a deep love and admiration for dogs that started while working for an Animal Shelter for 2 years prior to joining our pack. The one thing that Matt truly enjoys about his position is creating a bond with all of our dogs. He loves the bond created between us and the dogs stating that once that bond is created, it never goes away. That bond is so strong with Matt that he would rather work with the pack than with people. When he isn’t looking after your dog you can find Matt enjoying good beer, mexican food, and biking around Detroit. Matt currently lives in Hamtramck with his American Bulldog-Boxer mix, Delilah.


Kameron Snowden

 Pack Leader
Kameron Snowden
Before joining the Canine To Five team in March 2014, Kameron was going to school for Fashion Design with a minor in Asian Studies. She lives on the West side of Detroit with her mom and sister where she enjoys reading, going to the movies and playing with her dog, Kuvo, a 5 year old brindle Pit mix. She has also played classical piano for 13 years and enjoys going to record stores and thrift stores, traveling, cooking and baking. Kameron has grown up with dogs and loves that she gets to learn.


Norlan Gregory

 Pack Leader
Norlan Gregory
Norlan traveled through the United States for fun before joining the Canine To Five crew in March 2014. He enjoys reading and is interested in holistic health. Norlan lives near downtown Detroit with 3 cats. He developed a passion for working with animals while working at an animal shelter.


Chelsea Dufour

Customer Service
Chelsea Dufour
Chelsea joined the Canine To Five team in February 2014 after moving back to Ferndale (with her mother and dog, Scout) from Central Illinois. There she completed an internship working as a zoo keeper. Chelsea is no stranger to working with animals; she’s worked with various species including whales, primates, octopuses and exotic birds. In her down time, Chelsea enjoys going to shows, getting drinks, reading comedy or mystery books and pursuing various hobbies including true crime, sewing, and eating pizza. She is excited to a member of the pack at both Canine To Five locations.


Danielle Vander Hoff

Customer Service
Danielle Vander Hoff
Danielle grew up in St. Clair Shores and started at Canine To Five in 2014. She worked at various coffee shops for 7 years before finding us here at Canine To Five. She lives in the house she purchased with her boyfriend in 2012 located in St. Clair Shores. Her home crew includes 2 rescue dogs, Teddy an Aussie Mix and Louie a Pit Mix. Her dream job involves hanging out with dogs all day, so Canine To Five is ideal for her. In her free time she loves reading, hanging out with her pups and finding new bars and hotspots downtown to hangout in.


Cecilia Perry

Pack Leader
Cecilia Perry
Cecelia resides in Dearborn and studies music at Wayne State. She enjoys working at Canine to Five because of its proximity to campus and the fun atmosphere. She has two dogs, Garfunkel and Lily, and two cats, Julius and Angelo.


Christina Thompson

Dog Groomer
Christina Thompson
Christina is a single mom without a whole lot of free time, although she finds minutes in the day for her son, Eliot; dog, Sven; cat, Boo; and bird, Mr. Pickles. She has experience at a variety of different grooming environments throughout metro Detroit, and she really enjoys the diversity and friendliness of the clientele and her co-workers at Canine to Five.


Adrian Yonkus

Pack Leader
Adrian Yonkus
Adrian is a Detroiter in a band called Junk Food Junkies — the name’s derived from her ardent love for snacking! In her free time, she likes to picnic at Belle Isle, visit zoos, and get away for weekend camping trips with her dog, Lola. Adrian’s love of dogs is what led her to her job at Canine to Five. “I’d always heard awesome things about this place and am so happy to be a part of it,” she says.


Lisa Barnett

Groomer
Lisa Barnett
Lisa started with Canine To Five as a groomer. Equipped with over 2 years of experience, she brings a lot to the grooming table here.  She joined us because “When I saw people taking their dogs in, the pets and the owners seemed excited. I got the impression that this was the kind of place that people feel good about giving their business to.” She currently resides in Ferndale with her boyfriend and a Boxer/Pitt named Peanut Butter. In her free time she can be found crafting and rollerblading.


Jessica Merkle

Pack Leader
Jessica Merkle
Jessica works seasonally for the Detroit Tigers and is an art vendor at Eastern Market. Finding out about us through her neighbor and CTF owner Liz. She wanted to join the pack because “Ive always loved dogs, have always owned one since 5 years old, and have always wanted to work with them.” Currently residing in a penthouse loft in Eastern Market with her 8 year old pitt Samantha and 3 Detroit musician roommates.

 

 


Aubrey Gourd

Reservation Specialist

Before Canine To Five, Aubrey went to school for Biology and worked in sales. She currently resides in Ferndale with her boyfriend Jeff and her 3 year old Pointer, Phil.  She says she has way too many hobbies like gardening, canoeing, practicing the violin, reading and traveling among others. When we asked her about why she likes to work at Canine To Five, she said “Who wouldn’t love working with dogs all day?”

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