Meet Our Team

Management Team

DogCentric’s Management Team is passionate about the pet industry. Our background includes years of dog walking, an assortment of dog training certifications, and experience training service dogs.

Dog Walkers

DogCentric dog walkers are all employees of the company. We never use independent contractors which allows us to train our walkers on how to properly do their job. All walkers are bonded and insured by DogCentric, and have passed our extensive hiring process, including an application, phone interview, in-person interview, reference check and background check. We want only the best caretakers on our team!

We thoroughly train our employees based on a specific set of policies and procedures as we strive to ensure every single walk goes smoothly and successfully. Our main priority is always to keep your dog happy, healthy and safe.


DogCentric Dog Walking Services Owner Sheila Stinson

Sheila, Owner

A long-time client of DogCentric, Sheila purchased the business from founder Cheryl Staab Friedman in early 2012. She is excited to have the opportunity to combine her nearly 30 years in business with her passion for animals and build on the extraordinary record of client service and dog care that Cheryl has created at DogCentric. She and Greg live in Friendship Heights in Washington D.C. with their two rescue Beagles, Shorty and Finton. Sheila is a lifelong animal lover and dog owner, and serves on the board of Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). She also is a supporter of many other animal organizations.


DogCentric Dog Walker Shannon

Megan, General Manager

Megan joined the DogCentric team in April 2016 after gaining considerable experience working as a dog walker in the DC area. She was raised in Washington DC but left her hometown to pursue a BA in Romance Languages at the University of Vermont. After graduating, she returned to the area and worked primarily in customer service until she found her true calling in pet services. She has always been passionate about our furry friends and even spends her free time visiting local animal shelters to give some love to the pets still waiting to find their permanent homes. She is an energetic, positive, solution-oriented person whose hobbies include current events, gastronomy, interior design, and learning new languages. Megan and her one-year-old rescue pup currently reside in Silver Spring, MD, and you may be able to spot the two of them on one of their daily, hour-long walks.


Josh, Client Services Manager

Josh grew up in Gaithersburg, MD and went to school in Rockville. He graduated Cum Laude in May 2016 from Dickinson College with a BS in Neuroscience and a Health Studies Certificate. He loves to hike, bike, swim, and do anything physically active. Josh worked with service dogs through college and has a love for any animals. After working as a volunteer at the Humane Rescue Alliance through our partnership with them, Josh decided to adopt a dog in December 2016.


Tabitha, Walker Coordinator

Tabitha grew up on a farm in California, and married her high school sweetheart, getting a chance to travel as a military wife. They recently moved to Gaithersburg for her new adventure. She has always owned and fostered dogs, having up to five at one point! She currently has two: a German Shepherd/mastiff mix (Moose) and a Shih Tzu (Waffles). Tabitha loves being outdoors, hiking, camping, swimming and plays roller derby. Very outgoing and adventurous, Tabitha loves all animals and has always felt like she has a connection with them.


DogCentric Dog Walker Brian

Adam, Dog Walker

Adam resides in Kensington, Maryland with Mowgli, a lab-something mix and on special occasions, his girlfriend’s Old English bulldog, Sassafras. He grew up in a family that always owned dogs and often fostered dogs from local shelters. On two occasions they fostered a litter of puppies from birth to adoption. He holds an English degree from Towson University and is an enthusiastic fan of backpacking, football and NPR. Adam recently spent three months hiking the Appalachian Trail in solitude and hopes to mix things up by hiking the District of Columbia with a multitude of canine companions.


Barbara, Dog Walker

Barbara grew up in New York City. When she got to DC to attend AU, she and her roommates adopted Samantha, a mixed breed puppy. All the roommates raised Samantha, and gave her unlimited walks and love. Then came rescue dog Tony, another mixed breed she fostered for a year in Georgetown. Her third dog was Charlie, a Bedlington terrier who had the full Bedlington hair cut every couple of weeks which made him resemble a lamb. She lives in Chevy Chase MD now after her career on Capitol Hill. Living in a building that doesn't allow pets, she is happy to be working with DogCentric again, and to be able to spend most of her day with dogs.


Brian, Dog Walker

Brian spent his early childhood on an apple orchard, was schooled in McLean, Virginia, and now lives in Germantown, Maryland with his 85 pound American Bulldog/English Bulldog mix, Huggy. He is currently enrolled at Montgomery College majoring in Computer Management and hopes to own a business someday. Brian also works as a paintball field manager and paintball referee most weekends at a scenic farm in Clarksburg, Maryland. Some of his hobbies and interests include listening to radio, playing chess, watching Japanese movies, playing paintball, eating Thai food, and weight lifting. He enjoys walking all his doggie friends on his route in Potomac. Brian started walking dogs for DogCentric in August 2011.


Cassie, Dog Walker

Cassandra grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland doing volunteer fostering of dogs and cats until they found their forever home her entire life with her mother. Cassandra immediately knew she wanted to pursue a life caring for animals and making them happy and healthy. She is working towards becoming a Veterinarian for all animals. She loves giving her 10 year old Australian Shepard, Husky, Chow mix long playful walks and giving her all the love and attention she deserves and wants to give all dogs the same opportunity which led to her choice to walk other people’s dogs. Cassandra also has 2 cats; Lucky and Smokey.


Chris, Dog Walker

Chris has lived in Silver Spring all his life, graduated from Montgomery Blair High School, and is currently enrolled in Montgomery College. Initially starting interest in a career path towards psychology, his focus changed course towards a firefighting career. His career choices stem from his drive to help people in need in any way that he can, and to him it feels good knowing he was a great benefit. Unlike many dog walkers, Chris has never owned a pet. He's always wanted a pet, regardless if it was a dog or cat, or even a pet monkey! Ever since he was a little kid, he has always been fascinated with all kinds of animals that he would read about in non-fiction books, or watch on Animal Planet. His hobbies include going to the movies, whether it's a horror or superhero genre, working out at the gym, dancing at Spanish parties, going out on hikes, and visiting new and exciting places in general. He's a food lover, eager to try anything new. Sushi is his weakness.


DogCentric Dog Walker Brian

Darcy, Dog Walker

Darcy is a stay-at-home mom and a part-time musician, and she has enjoyed being outdoors and the company of friendly dogs all of her life. She grew up in the Baltimore suburbs and has lived in the DC Metro area for more than 25 years. She’s had dogs throughout her childhood and adulthood, and now lives with a slightly-spoiled Labrador Retriever named Colby. Darcy became part of the DogCentric team in November of 2014.


DogCentric Dog Walker Darlyne

Darlyne, Dog Walker

Darlyne has always had an animal or two or three in her family. She has a great love of animals and is very happy to be able to help give her clients' family members a happy break in their day. She was a "puppy raiser" for a guide dog foundation in Canada which was a very rewarding experience. Walking with dogs by her side makes her happy and always brings a smile to her face. Darlyne is also one of our regular walkers at the Humane Rescue Alliance. Darlyne became a DogCentric dog walker in May 2012.


Dominick, Dog Walker

Dominick grew up in the DMV area and recently graduated from Springbrook High School. He has a variety of hobbies from motorcycling to building computers, and is an animal lover. Dominick’s family adopted a mystery mutt from the Humane Rescue Alliance when he was in 5th grade. His dog Coda is guessed to be part lab, German Shepherd, an unknown breed with a curly tail, and also has 6 toes on his back paws. Dominick is passionate about working with DogCentric because of the connections he gets to make in his time with the dogs. He joined our team in May of 2016.


DogCentric Dog Walker

Don, Dog Walker

Don has had 10 dogs throughout his life of varying breeds and currently owns a Lhasa Apso. Don is a retired attorney who loves spending time with dogs and getting exercise. Don joined our team in August 2008.


DogCentric Dog Walker Greg

Greg K., Dog Walker

Greg has a Yorkie named Buddy and a poodle named Molly. He has also owned a Silky Terrier in the past. Greg loves being outdoors and he enjoys fishing, hiking and mountain biking. He likes having a job that incorporates his love for both the outdoors and dogs. Greg has been with us since March 2009.


DogCentric Dog Walker Greg

Jason, Dog Walker

Jason was born and raised in Rockville, Maryland. He has a degree in Art Education from the University of Maryland but he also teaches and takes side jobs. He has been an avid dog lover his whole life and currently lives with a trio of dogs (Kirby- Beagle, Rex- shepherd mix, Claire-Alaskan Malamute) as well as a new kitten addition going by the name of Cooper. He has been dog sitting and house sitting as a hobby for the last ten years. Jason joined our team in September 2013.


Karina, Dog Walker

Karina has owned animals from a young age, so she has a lot of experience handling them. When she graduated from high school, she knew she wanted her future career to involve animals. She is currently majoring in becoming a veterinarian technician. She loves all types of animals, and currently owns a cat, bird, turtle, and a dog. She has been working with DogCentric since February 2017.


Mario, Dog Walker

Mario grew up in Silver Spring. After working as a dog walker in D.C. he gained a love for dog walking. He loves to take his Black German Shepherd/Golden Retriever mix named Ender on long hikes. He also loves to work out and jog every morning - and Ender is right behind him. Mario also does part time Security at the Fillmore. He loves to get to spend time with the pups and isn't allowed to have more than one dog so dog walking serves as a way to keep him healthy and lets him enjoy the company of more than one wonderful pup. Mario is still in silver spring and loves his wonderful route in Bethesda. He has been working for DogCentric since April 2017


Sam C., Dog Walker

Sam grew up in coastal New England in a very "doggy" family, but somehow her life has been ruled by cats! She went south for school, pursuing her graduate studies at the University of Maryland. When indoors, she enjoys knitting, reading, and video games, subject to the whims of her seven year old cat, Erith. More and more, though, she just wanted to go outside. She likes camping, softball, or just walking around her neighborhood, so working for DogCentric is a great way to get out and stretch those legs.


Sam C., Dog Walker

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DogCentric Dog Walker Mary

Sam R., Dog Walker

Sam grew up and lived in Toronto, Canada before moving to the Greater DC area in 2003. He has always shared his life and home with dogs and other animals. He attended Cornell University and also University of Toronto for Graduate work. He has worked as a teacher and in case management, information and referral, and community volunteer coordination at food banks and other philanthropic non-profits. He is currently a freelance writer and researcher and is excited to be able to join the team and walk dogs with DogCentric. He lives in Silver Spring MD with his wife. They share their home with 4 cats, Corncob, Camille, Leo and Meechee, as well as George the Beta fish, but no currently no dogs, so he is especially happy to get to meet and spend time with new canine friends. Other hobbies include cooking, music, painting, and enjoying nature. Sam joined the DogCentric Team in July 2016.


Caitlin, Substitute Dog Walker

Caitlin is 21 and a senior at Towson University. She is majoring in healthcare management with a minor in business administration. She LOVES animals. She grew up around animals her whole life but currently has three dogs, six cats, and two horses. She has worked with DogCentric since the summer of 2013.


Liam, Substitute Dog Walker

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Trish, Substitute Dog Walker

Trish has lived in the Bethesda area all her life.  She has owned many pets over the years while raising her family, as her children are big animal lovers too. She has two cats which her oldest daughter fell in love with and brought home. She also owns a Norwegian Elkhound and a rescued German Shepherd mix who follows her literally everywhere!  Trish loves having the opportunity to meet and interact with lots of different new doggy friends as a substitute walker for DogCentric. She joined us in October 2012.


 

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