Our Faculty

Christine Egbert

Christine Egbert, CPDT-KA, Owner and Head Trainer

Growing up, I had every type of animal you can imagine. After I graduated college I began raising Izzy, a Sheltie/Beagle mix, who was the inspiration for my dog training career.

I absolutely fell in love with Izzy and we began training in agility and tricks. When I’d take Izzy hiking, people would ask, “How do you have such a well-mannered and loveable dog?” Some people even asked me to train their dogs! The more I thought about these experiences, the more I wanted to help fellow dog owners enjoy their dogs. I wanted to work with families to create the healthy and happy relationships with their dogs that I’d created with Izzy.

Soon after, Bark U was born! If it’s helping families pick out the right puppy, teaching puppy manners, or collaborating with families to help with challenging behaviors, I want to help. I specialize in puppy development and socialization, and I strive to provide owners with information to set their puppies up for a lifetime of success.

In addition to great training services, I also want to provide a stress-free place people can trust to send their dogs and know they are getting the best care. My goal is to run a safe, healthy daycare as well as be a well known resource for positive reinforcement training in the community. I truly love this business and feel proud that we can offer such a different type of daycare service.

Codi Ostroski

Codi Ostroski, Daycare and Boarding Attendant, Driver

Hello! I’m Codi, I’ve been working in the daycare and boarding industry for about a year and I love it. I have three dogs at home and they are not the smartest bunch but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. I also have a bunny named Bubby and she is the best. I have always wanted to work with animals and I love the outdoors so working for Bark U is a great way for me to do just that. My favorite part of working for Bark U is being able to play and interact with the dogs while working side by side with the trainers and learning how to positively handle, train, and manage the dogs. It is a complete change from what I have seen at other facilities in the past.

Jess Hehl

Jess Hehl, Low-Stress Groomer

Hi! I’m Jess, one of the low-stress groomers at Bark U. I love being a part of Bark U because of its unique experience that specializes in the overall mental, physical, and behavioral wellbeing of all the dogs. All of the staff at Bark U truly cares about each and every one of our two and four-legged clients and we pride ourselves on the superb individualization of care and our fun, family-oriented atmosphere. As a groomer, I enjoy being able to give the dogs a good experience and do complete makeovers. I am very passionate about furry animals as well as reptiles (I have 10). I also am huge lover of Disney, Harry Potter, reading books and board games!

Jamie Marshall

Jamie Marshall, Low-Stress Groomer

Hey there! I’m Jamie. I have been grooming for four years and I love it. I am extremely passionate about animals (I have 8 myself) and love what I do. My favorite part of grooming is not only working with the dogs but also interacting and building relationships with my clients. I am an outgoing person and really love the relationships I have with my clients. I also really enjoy the low-stress grooming experience that we provide at Bark U. Grooming can be very stressful for dogs and it’s a much better experience for me to groom a dog that is fine with being handled and groomed. Being able to take my time and use the low-stress techniques to make the dog less stressed and anxious makes a world of a difference.

Mac Ballas

Mac Ballas, Office Manager

I am responsible for the overall office operations of Bark U. If you have any questions… I’ve got the answers. I truly love this business and am so proud to be a part of being able to offer such great, safe and healthy services to dog owners in this area. I spend a lot of time making sure all of our clients are happy and things are in order. My goals in life is to become a canine handler for the police and I love that I can learn about the dogs and handling while I am here.

Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber, Trainer

Hey! I’m Sarah, one of the dog trainers at Bark U. I’ve done everything from dog walking, pet sitting, boarding, daycamp, bathing and dog training. Yes, I love dogs! Dogs are my favorite creatures on the planet. Like humans, all dogs have their own personalities and learning rates that’s what I love. I am passionate about teaching canine handling, canine fitness, obedience, socialization, agility and, everything in between. I love watching owners and canine handlers create a strong bond with their dog in a positive way. I have two dogs, a chocolate lab named Nate and a German Shepherd named Abi. They are heaps of fun to train and relax with.