Staff

We have a mission – to enrich the lives of dogs and the people who love them. We focus on having a variety of activities and opportunities for dogs of all sizes, shapes and temperaments.

Rex's Place Staff

Rex’s Place Staff

We try to make the most of each day through group or individual projects, canine education, activities and yes, some dogs will even get a “job” to do by assisting us with various activities.

As staff joins our team, they get certified in Animal CPR and First Aid. In addition, we have ongoing training to educate staff on understanding and appropriately responding to various dog behaviors. This is our business, and we take our responsibility seriously.

We will treat you and your pet with the utmost care and professionalism. Thank you for entrusting us with your pet.

Kathy Lichtenstein – Owner

Many people ask me (and I often ask myself) just how I came to open a dog day care. I had enjoyed a long career as an HR Executive and Executive Coach. I had lived in Evanston for 15 years, going to work in the morning and coming home late at night. I traveled a lot and life was good. Then I got Rex, and my world changed. He enriched my life, introduced me to neighbors, both human and canine, and even got me to like newly fallen snow.

The economy had already started to play havoc on the workplace and I no longer enjoyed my job. I knew I needed to find something different to do. One day Rex and I were at the beach and the discussion focused on the waiting list at another day care facility. Several people said they didn’t go on the list because they needed something now. I did my research, discovered there was a need for another facility where dogs could hang out during the day and thought – Why not me? Thus Rex’s Place was born.
I took courses to become a certified Pet Technician, got certified in animal CPR and First Aid and joined Pet Care Services Association. This is the same training that all staff members will receive to make sure our guests have the best care possible.

However, any good business person knows that operating a business is different from working IN a business. It takes an entirely different set of skills. Thus I focus on running the business and surrounding myself with extremely smart and knowledgeable people to do what they do best – work with your dogs. All staff have years of experience working with and handling dogs. My training partner, D.O.G. has been recognized by Chicago Magazine for 5 years in a row as the Best Training group in the Chicagoland area.

DSC02673Dana Shearin – Daycare Manager

Dana Shearin is the Manager of Rex’s Place and has worked with us for two years.  In addition to the work she does with us, Dana has an MFA in ceramics is a longtime member of the Midwest Clay Guild. Due to her interest in Korean ceramics, Dana dreams of going on sabbatical to Korea, thus she is learning to speak Korean in anticipation of her journey.  Dana always has a smile on her face and brings calm and grace under pressure. Dana is trained in Animal first aid and CPR.

DSC02680Matt Cushing

Matt joined us shortly after we opened our doors.  A rock star in the evening, he equally rocks in the house in the daytime when all of the dogs try just to get a minute or two with him.    Matt knows that one-day, he will be able to have a dog of his own but, for now, he adopts everyone of our guests as his own.  Matt attended Western Illinois in Macomb, University before heading back to Chicago to play music.  You might have heard him at Wrigley Field or the Irish Oak Bar, just two of the places he frequently plays. Matt is trained in Animal First Aid and CPR.


We don’t want to be the biggest or flashiest facility around, we want to be the best. We strive to be your choice for canine care and be part of the community at large. The reason is simple: It’s all about the dogs.