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Day School Team



Haley Thomas,
Standards Specialist



Haley moved to Calgary in September 2015 from Saint John, New Brunswick. She currently resides with her boyfriend Colin, her Samoyed 'Ghost', and her English Bulldog 'Tank'. After receiving her business diploma in college, she wanted to work in an environment that she'd enjoy and somewhere a little different from the typical office atmosphere. She has always been an animal lover, and was excited to see that Calgary offered such amazing opportunities when it came to working with animals. Haley loves going to work at dogma, and enjoys getting to see the clients and dogs each day, along with getting some puppy cuddles!

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Kelsey McCloy,
Training Administrative Assistant


Kelsey was born and raised in Calgary. Growing up her first furry friend was a bunny, now she lives with her three mini mixed pups, Shillelagh, Tilley and Bella. Although her career took her in the direction of nursing, she has always had a sweet spot for animals. Originally starting puppy training at dogma with Shillelagh, she now enjoys getting to play with all the four legged friends at work too!

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kinderPUPS Attendant


Megan has grown up with dogs her whole life. She has had a love for dogs since before she could remember. Growing up she dog sat for several family friends and neighbours. She has worked in the dog daycare world for over six years and still continues to love her work with the dogs. Her one main passion in life is helping and being around dogs. She wants to continue her education about dogs and their behaviours.

Megan has three beautiful dogs; Jethro her Lab/Husky/Ibizan Hound/Bloodhound/Boxer cross, her Black Lab Seth, and Kipper the Border Collie/Mastiff cross. All of her dogs are rescues. Dogs will always be in Megan's heart and she is proud to be a member of the dogma team.

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Adria Lem,
kinderPUPS Junior Trainer


Adria was born in Calgary and has lived here all of her life. She has been surrounded by dogs as she grew up and was willing to dog-sit any of her relatives' dogs. This has helped developed her passion in wanting to care for them. A University Calgary Alumni, Adria graduated with a bachelors degree in biological sciences, with a major in zoology. She has enjoyed working at dogma for the past couple of years and is pursuing her dream to become a dog trainer in dogma's Apprenticeship Program. She loves coming to day school to cuddle and play with all the furry friends!

Maria Maria Pires,
Day School Lead


Maria has grown up with dogs and other animals her whole life. She was born in Brazil and has lived in Calgary since October of 2014. She lives with her husband and her dog Nikita, Jack Russell cross and Amora, a Terrier cross.

Maria has graduated with bachelor's degree in Animal Sciences at Maringa States University and she is a specialist in Animal Nutrition at Pontifical Catholic University of Parana. She has trained both dogs and horses to be therapy animals and has a passion for both. She has also trained animals for television programs, including wild animals as well has helped in resolving animal behavioural concerns. Maria loves coming to work each day and playing with her furry friends!


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Alexandra Twogood,
Day School Lead


Alex has always been around animals since she was born. She was dog walking and pet sitting for about 2 years and this is when her passion and love for working with animals started. She then moved onto being a Veterinary Hospital Assistant, where she learnt about caring for all sorts of different animals. Alex loves to come home to her beloved Rat- Terrier, Benji. She also has fun taking him on hikes, working on training, and especially enjoys cuddling while watching movies. Alex looks forward to coming to work everyday and loves learning more about all of her fur friends!

 FB IMG 1491795529638 Stacey Drummond,
Day School Attendant


Stacey is a BC girl who moved to Calgary 11 years ago.  She worked as a flight attendant for 9 years, but decided last November to change careers so she could be home, and spend more time with her fur babies (and husband). She has 2 beautiful siamese X cats, and 2 dogs, a stubborn Shiba named Kodi, and a Border Collie named Yogi. Aside from working in the Day School, she is also learning to become a dog trainer through the dogma Apprenticeship Program. When not playing with puppies, she can be found playing hockey; Where she is known under the nickname, Stacer!

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Day School Attendant

Arvin has been an animal lover ever since he was a child. He was born in the Philippines and he moved to Canada 7 years ago. He lives with his girlfriend, his roommate, and his roommate's cat Kawaii, a ragdoll cat. Arvin has graduated with a Bachelor of Sciences majoring in Animal Health at the University of Alberta. He aims to learn more about animal behaviour and how the human-animal bond forms and remains strong. He hopes to be a dog trainer and increase awareness of using positive reinforcement to train dogs. He is absolutely thrilled to meet all dogs with various personalities, and be part of the dogma team!
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Day School Attendant
Ocean has been working with dogs for a little over 2-years now. When she's not at work practicing skills and giving butt scratches she is usually at the dog park with her 8-year old shepherd mix, Juno or watching Netflix. Ocean loves coming to work in the day school each day and enjoys working on each dog's skills.