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
  

Codi, 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.

Jamie
  

Jamie, 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.

Kerri
  

Kerri, Office Manager

Hello, everyone!  I work at the front desk and love greeting our furry guests every morning.  I currently have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and will pursue my Bachelor’s in Marketing.  I enjoy, cooking, gardening, karaoke, and spending time with my husband and our three kids.  We live in an apartment, so I love that Bark U helps me get my four-legged fix!  Someday, I hope to help Christine spread Bark U across the region and beyond!

Marina
  

Marina, Kennel Manager

Hi there, my name is Marina. I originally went to school for Graphic Design. While I was in college, I took a side job at a doggie daycare and I fell in love with it!  I have two dogs of my own, Eva, a Beagle/American Staffie mix and Black Jack, a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix. I enjoy working with different breeds and with dogs that have their own unique challenges and personalities. In the past, I have usually worked for larger companies, so I was excited to come to Bark U so that we could learn and grow together.

Lukas
  

Lukas, Canine Caregiver

I may be terrible at bowling (highest score 54) but I excel in running, my personal record is 11.3 seconds for a 100m run. Hi there; I’m Lukas. Currently, I am aspiring to become a veterinary technician and really enjoy all of the behavior training that I am learning at Bark U and how to safely and properly handle the animals. When I am not at Bark U you can find me hanging out with my 13lb best friend George. He is a chihuahua mix and is too smart for his own good!

Maddie
  

Maddie, Canine Caregiver

Hi Everyone. I’m Maddie and I am originally from North Carolina. I came to Bark U because I have a passion for working with dogs. What’s not to love about puppy kisses? I also have two dogs of my own, a husky named Iris and a Chihuahua/Jack Russel mix named Benji. Eventually, I plan to work in Medical Sonography. Outside of work, I love the beach, soccer, hiking, and pretty much anything involving the outdoors.

Matt
  

Matt, Canine Caregiver

Hi, I’m Matt. I’m originally from Romania, but I moved to the US when I was 3 1/2. One day, I’m going to retire in California.  Calling me an “animal lover” would be a little bit of an understatement.  At home, I have 3 dogs and 9 cats. I found Bark U because Christine trains my dog, Izzy. At my other job, I work with horses and therapeutic riders. I am currently studying to be a Certified Nurse Practitioner.

Nick
  

Nick, Canine Caregiver

Hey, I’m Nick. I love pizza, fishing, video games, and I am a die-hard Philly sports fan! I came to Bark U because I love Christine and I love dogs. I have four of them at home. I hope to be a Vet Tech someday, so this is a great platform to get me started working professionally with animals. Go Phillies!

Yadira
  

Yadira, Canine Caregiver

Hola.  Me llamo Yadira y yo amo a los perros. I LOVE dogs! I have 3 of my own at home. I came to Bark U because I heard so many friends talk about what a great place it is, and they were right. When I first started, I was actually a little bit scared of large dogs, but my co-workers are so caring and gentle with the dogs and trained me and I have completely conquered my fear and I’m a better caretaker for it. Every day here is so much fun!  I’m currently a senior in High School, but after I graduate I plan to pursue either Nursing or Veterinary Science.

Stephanie
  

Stephanie, Stylist

Hi! I’m Stephanie. I am an award-winning pet stylist and have experience with both dogs and cats. I am not only AKC Salon Safety Certified but I am also certified by the National Dog Groomers Association in the America Terrier & Sporting groups. In my free time, I enjoy showing and competing with my American Cocker Spaniel, Solar, in conformation and dog sport such as Barnhunt, Agility, Obedience and Coursing. I am working towards my Master Groomer Certification and look forward to bringing my experience to the Bark U crew.

Alex
  

Alex, Director of Training

Hello Everybody! I’m Alex. My love for dogs started at a very young age. Once I was able to get a job at 16, I made sure it was working with dogs. For the past 13 years, I have volunteered with numerous rescues while fostering puppies and dogs and have worked at holistic pet stores, pet insurance companies, kennels, daycares, and training facilities. While in the industry, I found mytrue passion which is training and have since made it my full-time career. Helping clients communicate best with their dogs for true success is what I love. I have extensive knowledge in dog breeds, behavior, nutrition and care and truly enjoying being able to education clients on those topics.

Bridget
  

Bridget, Receptionist

Hey Everyone! My name is Bridget and I am recent BSW graduate from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. One thing that is good to know about me is am an extremely social and extroverted person that loves getting to know everyone that I meet. Though most of my career has been people focused, I have a passion for animals that I could never seem to shake! From caring for my own animals since I was a young child to just getting to play with those at local rescues and shops, I have never lost the love I have felt for our furry friends! So, I got a job at Bark U where I can fuse together both of my passions!

Gabby
  

Gabby, Canine Caregiver

Hey, guys! I’m Gabby and I’m originally from a small in the Poconos. Growing up, my dad instilled in me a deep love and appreciation for animals and nature. I was always surrounded by wildlife and my dad even raised ducks when I was younger. After graduating high school, I spent a year in New York City and then moved to Philly to attend Temple University for Psychology. However, after getting a job at Bark U–working with the cutest, silliest doggos!–I realized that working with animals and getting to know their different quirks and personality traits is my passion. I am now going to school to become a veterinary technician. I’m hoping to eventually put myself through veterinary school someday!