Matt is a long time Georgia native. He has worked in real estate, finance and even a union job. But none of these jobs ever provided the purpose or fulfillment he was looking for. Quite a few years back.he had a brief experience with a small pup that turned his household upside down. He was quite troubled that a dog that had so much love could be so problematic.He began to ask what an owner could do to improve life for both pet and owner. Although he had no inkling that this would blossom into a career it was the beginning of an amazing journey. Since that time Matt developed a powerful interest in problem solving for dogs and owners. In 2008 Matt decided it was time to look into a new career path and took a leap of faith to pursue his passion for dogs and see if it could be more rewarding than the nine to five grind. Small beginnings in volunteering at rescues and working a few local trainers and kennels lead him to Dog Wizard. Matt loved their philosophy and after meeting the staff, was invited to join the academy. Today Matt is happier than ever to be doing what he loves – helping dogs and their owners find balance and happier relationships.
Penny and Porter
Porter is a boxer-french mastiff mix rescued by Matt’s wife before they met. The shelter named him “hooch” for good reason. After a failed adoption because of his rambunctious energy and unmanageability around children Matt’s wife decided he was worth the challenge and was brave enough to try to rehabilitate him and provide a loving home. She renamed him Porter and took him to the vet & found out he was only a few months old and was going to gain another 40-50 pounds. Thank God Laurie met Matt! She was running out of shoes, sofas, and TV remotes. Their determination to help him turned in to lots of long walks, a better behaved dog and a wedding to boot! Thanks Porter! Now Porter is a great help to Matt when helping other dogs learn to socialize. He loves going to work with Matt and can be see occasionally at group class.
Penny is Matt’s special girl. She was rescued from a local Atlanta rescue group. He fell in love with her precious mug and could not resist making her a part of the family pack. She is always full of joy and loves to cuddle. She had a hard start in life and still has a few limitations as a result, but don’t tell her that. She loves, loves baths and long walks on beach. He could not love this little girl more! Penny loves to nurture and be a positive role model to all the “students”.
Lead Office Manager
Rachel happily joined The Dog Wizard team in March of 2017! She has grown up with a love of dogs her entire life, so becoming a part of this team was an absolute dream! She and her favorite girl, Lucy, her 11 yr old rescue, handle the day-to-day logistics of the office. Their daily routine includes talking with dogs and their people about their goals in training, scheduling appointments, and managing the office tasks. The best part of her job is being part of such a wonderful team, and helping build positive relationships between people and their pups. In her free time, Rachel loves to play roller derby and macrame. Rachel is a passionate outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending time outside hiking with Lucy and her two active and energetic sons.
Amy has been with the Dog Wizard Office team since December 2016! Amy has a very important role with being the first point of contact for Dog Wizard clients. She helps manage the day-to-day needs, phone calls, and appointments which she does so well. Amy has a passion for helping customers at the highest level and ensuring they feel great and know that there is hope for their dog. The best part about her job is not only getting to talk with clients about their dogs but also having her rescue mutt, Winston, hang out with her all day! When she's not helping us in the office she can be found enjoying the outdoors with Winston. We are grateful to have her on our team!
Chloe is a New York native! She began working with people with disabilities while obtaining her bachelor's in Social Work. Throughout this journey, she noticed much of her free time was spent caring for animals, so she began a dog sitting business. She took it upon herself to volunteer and give back to the community at local animal shelters and sanctuaries in her free time. Chloe used to competitively ride horses but now just enjoys riding in her free time. Chloe discovered these experiences brought her immense happiness and consequently to shift her career toward one involving helping animals. Chloe is a proud and loyal member of our Dog Wizard family. When you talk to Chloe about your dog and the troubles you are having you will immediately feel at ease with her compassion for you and your dog! One of the best parts of her job, she gets to spend time at home with her two pups Bax and Benji.
Noelle has been a part of The Dog Wizard family when her path as a trainer started in 2011. She launched the Charleston Dog Wizard location in 2012 there she was able to help a lot of clients and their dogs have a better life and gain more freedom. In 2016 Noelle took over as the lead office manager where she was able to make an impact on the team to better serve the clients and trainers. With her first hand training knowledge of and knowing what it was like being on the other side as a trainer the office support was able to grow by leaps and bounds. She has helped build the office team with a family culture, compassion and passion that can be experienced with every client they talk to. Noelle continues to oversee the office but now spends her time continuing to develop and grow The Dog Wizard trainers and their businesses so that we can help even more people than we already do! She spends most days working remotely on her boat with her sidekick, Huckleberry.