Louis Whalin – Technician
Louis has been an animal lover since childhood. Growing up in Willingboro, his favorite companion was a German shepherd named Lisa. After attending and graduating from BCIT in 2004 for automotive, Louis became a professional groomer where he honed his skills in animal behavior (he enjoys working with the more aggressive and unwilling dogs). In his early 20’s he began doing foster work for BCAA and took on many foster dogs including one named Princess who worked her way into his heart becoming a permanent member of his family. He also became a certified ACO in 2008. Louis has worked as a veterinary technician for 7 years, starting out as a kennel technician than moving up to a vet tech position at a local emergency practice and now at Housepaws. He enjoys learning new things about his field and went on to complete a dental training course in 2013 and a course on stem cell therapy in 2014.
Louis, along with his girlfriend Krista and their two daughters Lillyana, born in 2012 and Layla born in 2014, reside In Browns Mills on 2.5 acres with their 4 dogs: Babs, Boots, Bruiser, and Skye, a pot belly pig named Nash, a sheep named Perry, a goat named George, and several ducks and chickens. They also own a horse named Jolene who is boarded close by.
Emily Palmieri – Technician
Emily has always had a love for animals and has worked with them in many different capacities throughout her life. Her passion for animals began at age 5, when her family welcomed her first dog, Belle, a Golden Retriever, into their home. She has since worked in various animal shelters as a volunteer, interned with Adventure Aquarium, and worked in the veterinary field as a veterinary technician and at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge since May 2013, upon graduating with a major in Zoo Science from Delaware Valley College. She is new to the HousePaws team but is very excited to expand upon her new career with them!
Emily currently lives in Lumberton, New Jersey with her husband, Matt, and their beloved rescue, Olive, a German Shepherd mix. Still being new to the veterinary world, Emily is hoping to find her niche in the veterinary field, while also helping many other families raise their own happy and healthy pets!
Emily is temporarily on leave from HousePaws while she pursues her own veterinary degree!
Stephanie Miskell – Technician
After moving from Maryland to Mt Laurel with my husband and fur babies and having to find a new vet- I stumbled across HousePaws. Coming into the office with my “not so friendly towards other people” dog I was anxious how the staff would treat him. The vets and techs treated him like every other dog and made our journey there both comfortable and memorable. At that moment I KNEW that I had to be apart of such an amazing team.
Since becoming a “HousePaws Homie” my outlook on what customer service and compassion has been totally changed. I couldn’t be happier to see the amazing pups, cats, bunnies, hamsters, rats, and of course the rockin owners that I get to see on a day to day basis. And I feel totally blessed to be surrounded by such an amazing family like the HousePaws crew.
Nancy Winkelspecht – Technician
Nancy grew up near the bay in Ocean County, NJ. Having a love for animals, she “bunny sat” for neighbors while they were on vacation and accompanied her senior neighbor on long walks in the summer, to help with her poodle. She has spent most of her life caring for animals, having dogs growing up and hamsters, dogs and cats as an adult.
After many years in the mortgage industry, Nancy lost her job. With her husband encouraging her to chase her passion, she returned to school at Camden County College. The path began, to pursue a career in a field that she had always dreamed of.
Nancy’s instructor gave her great guidance when job hunting, “You have to really believe in the place you work for.” Those words were what led Nancy to become part of the HousePaws Homies.
“Being a part of an awesome team that treats our patients like our own fur babies, is what it is all about.”, says Nancy.
Nancy lives near our Atco office with her husband, Emil and her two dogs Obi (Nigerian meaning “heart”) and Dabi (Hebrew meaning “dearly loved”).
Joshua Mayweather – Technician
I have always had a love and passion for animals ever since childhood. Growing up my family always had numerous cats, dogs, rabbits, and even a few turtles. My parents would always tell me that I had a gift with animals and that my compassion could be used to help them when I got older.
Megan – Technician
Megan grew up loving animals, small and large. She started riding horses when she was only 6 years old at Arram Dawn Farm. Her first “animal” job was a kennel technician at Bryan Animal Hospital. Craving more hands on experience, she got a job at the Burlington County Animal Shelter. Most of Megan’s animal handling and training has come from BCAS, along with her passion for homeless and neglected animals. Working at the shelter has given Megan the best animal handling experiences she has ever received. Megan has dealt with extremely feral and fractious cats, dangerous and aggressive dogs, very weak and sick cats, fear-aggressive animals, and even some goats, pigs, and chickens in the mix. Although no horses have come to the shelter, Megan has had her fair share of training and working with difficult and stubborn horses, whether it was her own or friends needing a helping hand. Megan wanted more veterinary medicine experience, so she applied to HousePaws and a few months later she become a member of the HousePaws team!
Megan graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in chemistry and microbiology. She likes to say although her degree says from Rutgers, her real education came from Gwynedd Mercy University where she did most of her undergraduate work.
On Megan’s days off, she enjoys spending time with her amazing boyfriend Richard and their pitbull “Maddox”. They love getting muddy and going wheelin’ on their quads and mud trucks, taking their boat out on the water in the summer, and taking Maddox for hikes in the woods!
Becky P. – Technician
Anna J. – Technician
Alina M. – Technician (picture to come)
Alina, who is a native New Yorker has always had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. She had been residing in North Jersey for about 9 years when she discovered HousePaws Mobile Vet and decided to take a chance for change. She joined the HousePaws team in December 2015 but has been working with animals for over 16 years. She now resides in Merchantville, New Jersey with her small rescue dog named Mimi, three ranchu goldfish (Fatty 1, 2, & 3), a Betta fish “Pegasus”, and ball python “Snakie”. In her spare time she loves to go hiking with her dog, volunteering, and motorcycle riding.
Erica – Technician (picture to come)
Erica’s family can remember her saying that she wanted to be a veterinarian as early as 2 years old- and that still hasn’t changed! Although she loves all animals, exotics like reptiles and small mammals are her specialty. At home she has a variety of pets including dogs, cats, bunnies, lizards, snakes, fish and tarantulas.She came to HousePaws to gain experience with such a unique and versatile practice, and to help the clinic venture into reptile territory. Her favorite part about working in this field is developing a personal relationship with clients and their pets and providing education that improves the quality of life for both the pets and their people.
Joe D. – Technician
Meet Joe! He’s from Mount Laurel and has always had a love for animals. He’s currently a technician at HousePaws. HousePaws is also the first job Joe has ever had! He has worked here for quite a few years and is still working while in college. Joe has 3 cats, 2 of which he got from working at here and 2 dogs- and he loves them all dearly.
Bex – Technician
Bex has always had a passion for animals big and small starting with her first dog Annie, a yellow lab, when she was three. From there, she began riding horses and spending weekends at the barn instead of doing practically anything else! After that, she spent a few years as a dog handler at a day care where she found a love for working with difficult dogs in particular, and credits this job for teaching her everything she knows about dog behavior and body language. After having several chronically ill animals and giving them day and night care for most of her teenage years, she decided that veterinary medicine would be a perfect fit for her! She is currently enrolled in school at Penn Foster College and is pursuing her degree in veterinary technology while working at HousePaws. When she is not working or occupied with school, she keeps busy being a full time “dog mom” to her three dogs and her honorary fourth dog, a Russian blue cat named Jake.
Corey B. – Technician/Kennel
Corey has always had a love of animals all the way from his early childhood. Growing up there was always some kind of pet in his house. From his two goldfish Ren and Stimpy to his Ornate Box Turtle K.C. and everything in between. Corey’s passion for animals was actually what allowed him to decide upon a major at Rutgers University where he graduated with a Bachelors in Companion Animal Science in 2012. While in college Corey was a member of the Rutgers Seeing Eye Puppy Raisers Club where he was a Puppy Sitter. It was through this club that Corey realized he wanted to make working with animals his career.
Upon graduating he became a certified dog trainer through a year long mentorship with Dawn Watson of Brother of the Wolf LLC. As a trainer he was able to instruct friends and family members. With his experience and knowledge of dog behavior he was able to secure a job with Pet-A-Pet, a local pet sitting company where he flourished, often taking on clients with troubled dogs. When not pet sitting, Corey volunteered his time at the PennVet Working Dog Center, where he was instructed on the in’s and out’s of various working dog fields, from Search and Rescue to Medical Alert Dogs.
Corey joined the HousePaws family in October 2015 as a kennel assistant and has shown a strong desire to advance his knowledge and experience in the field of Veterinary Medicine, whether it be through becoming a certified Veterinary Technician or Veterinarian. When not working, he can be found with his nose buried in a book, grooving on his saxophone, or sketching away in his sketchbook.