Our Staff – Detroit
Founder and Owner
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
Before Canine to Five I was grooming dogs for over 4 years in Macomb County. In my free time I like to go camping, read books, and get drinks with friends. I live in Madison Heights with my boyfriend Dan. I chose to work at Canine to Five because of the constant activity, and upbeat positive attitude of everyone that works there. Everyone seems to truly love their job as much as I do! I have a cute fat cat named Foxy and an Australian Shepherd, aptly named Aussie.
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 traveled through the United States for fun before returning to Detroit and joining the Canine To Five crew in March 2014. He developed a passion for working with animals while working at an animal shelter where he fostered and adopted 3 cats. Norlan is also interested in holistic health.
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 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 3 rescue dogs, Teddy an aussie mix, Louie a pit mix and Calvin 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 hot spots downtown to hangout in.
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 a dog named Garfunkel, a prairie dog named Lily, and two cats, Julius and Angelo.
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 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 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 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.
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?”
Before Canine To Five, Rikki lived in California and owned a Tattoo Shop. An avid welder, Rikki owns Danley Custom Wood and Iron where she functional arts focused around metal and fiber. She also loves to read, travel and spend time her dog. She currently resides in Detroit with her husband Kyle and her french bulldog, Opie (aka Chunk)
Before Canine To Five, I worked as a groomer in Farmington Hills and I am a student at Wayne State. My free time is spent mostly with friends and family exploring new places or old favorites or just staying in and visiting. I currently live in Midtown with 3 roommates who are also students. I chose to work at Canine to Five because it is close to home and I get to groom which is my favorite thing to do. I do not have any pets right now because of my busy lifestyle, so my job is great because I get to love on all the great dogs I work with instead.
Before Canine To Five, Samantha worked in a vet office as a vet assistant. In her free time she enjoys watching horror movies, B films, campy, gore. “I love them all”. Sam currently resides in Ferndale with her boyfriend Logan (another CTF staff member). When asked why she wants to work at Canine To Five, Sam replied “I really enjoy working with animals and canine to five seemed like a good place to expand my knowledge of animal behavior. She also lives with 2 dogs and their cat Azreal.
We let Alex write his own bio as he has a way with words. “I traveled around the world in a hot-air balloon looking for my soulmate. When that didn’t work out, I worked as a waiter, a clerk at a record shop, and a barista.I am a musician, and I like to go on hikes. I also enjoy spending time on boats, and would love to meet any dog owners willing to take me out on the open sea. I live in Detroit with my roommates Colleen, Jordan & Jordan’s pit bull Florida. I didn’t choose to work here, the dogs chose me. I have a family dog named Sydney. We found her playing in traffic on Mack & Mt Elliot in 2005. I have a cat named Carmella. I also live with a sweet pit bull named Florida.”
Before Canine to Five, Nick worked at a salon as a hairdresser and manager. His hobbies include working out, playing pool and hanging out around town. Nick currently lives in Grosse Pointe Park with his pug, Pudgy. Nick chose Canine to Five because he loves dogs and being active. He’ll get plenty of active time here chasing these dogs around!
Connor has had customer Service Job’s before Canine To Five and really wanted something different. He does however have a cool business called the Detroit Dart Club. “I host Nerf Wars in an industrial space in Detroit and have been doing that for about a year now” When he is not doing that, he has his hobbies “Hang out with friends, play basketball, board games, anything outside” He currently resides in Ferndale with his friend Rob.
Before Canine To Five Paige worked in retail. In her free time she likes to take lots of naps. Paige is also a bartender in Detroit. She currently resides in Hamtramck with her friend Shelby. She does not have any pets of her own at this time, but would love to get a dog someday when she has enough time to spend with it. When asked why she wants to work at Canine To Five, she said “It’s a great work environment and I love being able to hug all the dogs.”