Meet the Staff

Bio - Andrea & GuinnessAndrea

From a young age, Andrea has had a great passion for working with animals. She enjoyed training and showing Arabian horses for several years with her family.  Since 2009 she has volunteered with Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue and in 2011 became the Foster Director. She enjoys serving on the Board of Directors for the Rescue as well as overseeing the Behavior Team. Her Desire to help animals has led her to be a firm believer and practitioner in holistic medicine and massage as an aid to treat dogs. Currently, her own pack includes 3 Danes, including a foster with Wobbler’s Disease and a beautiful Doberman who just turned 9.  As a pet advocate, Andrea is very excited to be on the team of such an innovative facility as Barley’s!


bio-KelbyKelby

Kelby grew up in a small town where everyone had farms. She showed horses ever since she can remember. She started with 4-H then moved to state shows until working up to showing at a National Level with Rising Sun Quarter Horse Ranch. (Greatest accomplishment is placing 7th @ the AQHYA World show -breaking a record for 10 years of Utah not placing in the top ten) Kelby has always loved dogs and realized early on that she wanted to work in the animal industry so she went to school and became a Veterinary Technician. Working with animals is definitely her passion in life. She gets along with animals well and understands them and their needs. At home she has 5 betas, a tangerine milk snake (Tang) and two dogs that love the pool, Chief and Daisy.


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Veronica loves to be surrounded by animals and water. She received her Bachelors Degree from Utah State in Animal Science, which included an internship training dolphins and sea lions for the U.S. Navy. She learned the basics of animal training and was able to start working with puppies at a board and train facility. She has been training dogs professionally for three years, while working at shelters and veterinary offices before joining the Barley’s Recreation Team. Veronica also has a passion for water and grew up swimming competitively. She is so excited to bring the therapeutic power of water to dogs! She loves to volunteer at Best Friend’s kitten nursery, and spend time with her husband, dogs Izzy and Patches, and her cat Shamu.


bio-TamiTami

Tami was born in Denver, Colorado and when she was a child, her mom would drive her through the neighborhood while Tami pointed out houses and told her mom that her friends lived there. Her mom thought she was very popular, until she realized all Tami’s friends were dogs! Tami’s very first job was exercising horses. Since then she has received her associate degree in Veterinarian Technology and has had various internships at veterinary hospitals. She worked at Salt Lake County Animal Services for 4 years as the Lead Animal Care Specialist before teaming up with Barley’s. Tami also went to school for pet grooming and has been a pet groomer for the last 8 years. She has not only worked with dogs and cats, but also racoons, deer, eagles, badgers, bats, alligators, bobcats and other exotics. She has always had a deep love and respect for all animals, and calls them her friends before most people. Tami is also a mother to two beautiful daughters and two sweet dogs named Dragon and Alfie.


SuzySuzi

Suzy grew up in a small country town in Northern California where a girl’s dogs are truly her best friends. Her experience with 4-H, FFA and volunteering with the Humane Society only fueled the fire for her to pursue a career in animal health and behavior. Suzy earned her license to work as a Veterinary Technician while working at a veterinary clinic for small animals and exotic pets. Shortly after, she continued her studies and career path in Veterinary Diagnostic Medicine as a Cytology/Histology Technician. Still feeling unfulfilled, and noting an increase in pet surrenders and a common disconnect between owners and pets, Suzy began her work in animal behavior and dove feet first into animal rescue. She made it her goal to help others find the kind of connection she’s known with her pets, through education, training, recreation, health and wellness and finding the right dog. Barley’s was an exciting opportunity Suzy could not resist! It allows her to further explore natural/holistic pet care, and share information with owners to help build that incredible, unbreakable bond – even with everyone’s busy schedules! Suzy shares her home (and sometimes bed space) with Husky/Malamute mix, Kila, and Shar Pei/Chihuahua mix, Jeepers Creepers. Also, two non fur-kids at a mature(if you ask them!) ten and eleven years old, who enjoy working with their Mom and helping neighbors with dog sitting and walks!


TanjaTanja

Tanja has always had a passion for helping animals connect with people. As a middle school and high school teacher for over 13 years, combining the love of teaching and working with animals was always what made Tanja the happiest. Recently, this passion for training took her all the way from New York to Morgan, Utah, where Tanja works as the lead trainer for Labs for Liberty, a non-for-profit that provides service dogs for wounded veterans. An Animal Behavior College graduate and Certified CGC Evaluator, Tanja has trained hundreds of dogs to be well-behaved companions, therapy dogs, and service dogs. When she is not training, you will often find Tanja spending time with her own dogs Emmitt, Gunny, and Denali.


aprilApril

April has loved animals from a young age. In high school she was in Future Farmers of America (FFA) where she was often able to interact with farm animals. In her free time in college, she volunteered with various dog rescue organizations. Her love of all things dog brought her to both Barleys and Cottonwood Animal Hospital. Two jobs keep her busy and in constant contact with mans best friend. She enjoys working with dogs and has trained her dog for the Canine Good Citizens test. When she does get free time, she can be found hiking one of the valleys many trails, camping or mountain biking with her boyfriend Andrew and pup Aspen.


adrianaAdriana

Adriana was born in Bosnia and has loved animals all her life. When she was young, her and her grandpa would go around their town feeding and tending to any stray dogs they could find. This made her love for dogs grow even stronger. She was so excited when she found out there was an indoor recreation center for dogs and applied for a position immediately. She is currently enrolled in college pursuing a degree in Social Work. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, and, most of all, she enjoys spending time with her best friend, a Weimaraner named Presley.


jadaJada

Jada has always loved animals….it doesn’t matter what animal it is, she falls immediately in love. From a young age she has enjoyed spending all of her time with animals. She has been known to put food out for stray animals to keep them coming back to her house. She has visited and volunteered at the Humane Society and other shelters on a daily basis since obtaining her driver’s license to spend time with as many animals as possible. She also has a pet snake, lots of fish, and her two boxers, Chelsea and Zoey at home that she loves taking care of and spending time with. She was super excited when she saw that Barley’s had a position open because she couldn’t imagine a better way to work than doing something that you absolutely love. She loves going to work every single day to spend time with all of her ‘friends’.


emilyEmily

Emily grew up in Virginia and remembers loving animals since she was a little girl. She found out there was an indoor recreation center for dogs through a Barley’s connection with Salt Lake County Animal Services and applied for a position immediately. In her spare time, Emily enjoys hiking with her fur children Zoey and Crosby.


kenzieKenzie

Kenzie has lived in Utah her whole life. When she was young she used to walk around on all fours and pretend she was a puppy to convince her mom to let her have one. After having lizards, fish, cats, and snakes she finally got her first dog when she was four. His name was Rover and her family had adopted him from the pound. Coincidentally he was the same age! They became best friends almost instantly and went everywhere together. Kenz always had a love for animals, but after having Rover for almost twenty years, she knew her purpose in life revolved around them. After hearing about Barley’s, she started volunteering there. Which then led to working there because she loved it so much. Now she gets to spend time with a bunch of pups and their silly personalities on a daily basis. Her house is slowly gathering more fur children by the day but as of now she has three mischievous cats, and one feisty little Jack Russel terrier mix named Ygritte. All of which her and her partner adore.