Our Staff


Our Receptionists are the faces of Bear Brook. They are always ready with a kind word and a cheerful attitude in person or over the phone. They can pretty much help you with anything you may need.  Many of our receptionists are cross trained for doggy daycare, training and as kennel techs. We all work together to give your pets the best!

Kennel Technicians

Our Kennel Technicians are the ones that take care of your pets while they're here at Bear Brook! They provide loving care and attention for all of the animals and make sure that your pets are comfortable during their stay. They have all been taught how to read dog body language and how to detect signs of irritation, illness, etc.  Many of our employees are animal science majors or other professions at local Universities and colleges.


Amber has been professionally grooming for 13 years. She joined us in November 2020. She specializes in grooming dogs and cats of all breeds and ages. She is not only diligent in her time, but every dog comes out looking pampered and fresh. She treats every pet as if it's her own. She is an essential member of our team!


Giovanna has been with us since 2019. She has had a passion for dogs since she was young. Volunteering at the humane society with problematic dogs opened her eyes to the world of training. I graduated Bangor High School in 2019 and since then I have been spending my time working with dogs at Bear Brook Kennel, training my dog and fostering. I have gained training knowledge from the previous trainer here at Bear Brook, hands-on experience, and online forums. She is an accomplished trainer, receptionist, kennel tech and doggy daycare attendant. Giovanna does it all!



Holly has been with us since 2007 as our Day Care Director. She also has worked as a kennel tech, as a receptionist, and as a training assistant. She has taken a Dog Day Care: Beyond the Leash seminar to help further her knowledge of dog behavior. She has worked with animals for over 12 years, can read the dogs very well, and all the dogs in Day Care love her! She has always owned dogs and loves interacting with them in the Day Care setting. Her hobbies include dancing at Native American pow wows, making native regalia, doing bead work and other art-related crafts. She also recently illustrated a children’s book called Peace is Different by Cindra Cleaves Simpson, which she is very proud of! She has a puppy named "Ricochet" that is a Boston Terrier/French Bulldog mix and he is as cute as a button!


Sarah is one of our head trainers here at Bear Brook Kennel. She became involved in our training program about a year ago, where she shadowed our certified trainer in multiple sessions. She previously volunteered at the Bangor Humane Society for over a year where she had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a variety or dogs. This experience came with a diverse amount of personalities and behavioral issues. Sarah started working here in September of 2019, where she was able to peruse her love for animals. When she is not working at Bear Brook Kennel, she is studying nursing! She is a very busy lady!


Julia in pink shirtJulia is student at UMO majoring in animal sciences.  She came to us in the summer of 2018! Julia is cross trained as a kennel tech, trainer, doggy daycare attendant and receptionist! She can do it all and is a team player and we love having her onboard!


Cathy came to Bear Brook in early 2018 bringing a background in management and customer service. She has Minnie, a miniature schnauzer, and Abracadabra (aka ABRA), a Bengal cat. She is the lead receptionist and works on special projects. Her recent projects include updating our technical needs such as the website and computer software and hardware.


Steve is a long-term employee who oversees the kennels as well as takes care of many of our maintenance needs. He’s our go-to guy for everything!

Lyme Disease and Your Dog

Maine is such a beautiful state with so much to offer. Unfortunately we have one of the highest rates for Lyme Disease in the nation.  We are providing some links to help all of you be proactive about this disease.