OUR STAFF


Our Staff-to-dog ratio is the highest of all Northshore daycares. Our caring team is well-organized, extensively educated, and highly dedicated.  All are certified in Animal CPR and First Aid. Dog play and socialization are important, however, basic manners and activities produce a calm friendly environment where dog's don't just come to play, they come to learn.

Kathy Lichtenstein – Owner

Rex’s Place started in 2010 from a personal need. The recession had taken over and I needed a job. I decided to do what I had done in my career and start something. I found there was a need for another daycare in the area and the rest is history. We opened on March 1, 2010.

It is an honor to care for so many dogs and provide dog owners a place to call home.   Our staff is exceptional and each of them is committed to our business because of their love of dogs. Everything we do puts the welfare of the dog first. We treat each and every dog as if they were our own. As a small business, our profits are invested back into the facility and employees continually improve and grow to enhance their working experience.

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Dana Shearin – 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.
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Rodolfo Serno – Supervisor

Rodolfo is our Supervisor so he is constantly watching everything.. He loves to help the dogs become more secure and feel part of the pack at Rex’s Place and continuing to make Rex’s Place a safe and happy alternative to staying home. He’s working on his Pet First Aid certificate and would like to go back to school to become a veterinarian assistant or obtain a degree in ethology (the study of animal behavior). Rodolfo plays the guitar, writes songs, and is trying to become vegan.
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Alice Eperi

Alice Is a Pack Leader at Rex’s Place. She hopes to one day own her own business but until then, she works hard to be sure the dogs are happy and that Rex’s Place just gets better and better. When she’s not working, you can find Alice exercising or having new adventures with her son. Isaac. Alice went through her entire pregnancy working for us and never missed a day. WOW!
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Jalen Rolls

Our musical Pack Leader Jalen loves interacting with all of the great dogs and understanding all of the different dog behaviors. Throughout the day, we count on him for so many things but picking out the music we listen to is top of the list. He’s a DJ hanging out with dogs. He is certified in Dog CPR. He loves to fish, bowl, and travel.
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Dylan Bowlus

One of our Pack Leader’s, Dylan doesn’t have a dog at home – yet – so he loves spending his days with the dogs at Rex’s Place. Before coming to Rex’s Place, Dylan was a goat farmer in Hawaii. Really….just ask him. Dylan is certified in Canine CPR and First Aid and when not at Rex’s Place, he likes games, crossword puzzles, and all kinds of media.
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Matt Cushing

If you’re a music fan, you may have seen Matt around town playing bass guitar in different bands. Until he’s a famous musician, he helps us here at Rex’s Place He’s been with us almost as long as we’ve been open, supervising the packs.. Matt loves keeping the dogs safe and he is certified in Dog First Aid and Dog CPR.
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Betsy Fiddler

Talk about a multi-talented person, Betsy would be that. Not only is she a dog whiperer in the am she does most of our building after hours. We have a nice new shade spot in our yard, and a new indoor fence to hold the jumpers from jumping the wall. I anything needs to be done, Betsy is there with her tape measure and drill.
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Joe Fiddler

Betsy’s better half, Joe is a former postman who loves bracing the outside so he walks. A lot. The dogs go wild the minute he walks in the door and come rain, sleet or snow, Joe is ready to get them outside.
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Melissa Collazo

In addition to caring for the dogs, Melissa helps us with administrative duties. She loves seeing the dogs develop friendships – with both dogs and humans. In her free time, Melissa likes to roller skate, do yoga, spend time with her family and pets, and learn more about creating natural body care products.