Meet our Company Store Team
The Planet Dog Store is located in Portland, Maine. Meet our knowledgeable and helpful staff who are there every day helping pet owners find exactly what they need.
Planet Dog's Store Team
- Kristin Michelle Burgess-Company Store Manager
If you find your way into our Company Store on Marginal Way in Portland chances are you will be greeted by a cheerful 'hello!' as you come in and by a sweet yellow lab by the name of Sam. Sam and Kristin have been proud members of the Company Store Team for over 5 years. At work they delight in helping customers find the very best fit for their dogs needs whether it be diet or play related. Kristin lives in the Portland area and visits East End Beach with Sam on the regular! Kristin is an avid runner she loves to participate in local races and often goes hiking and trail running utilizing Portland Trails. Kristin has a deep fascination and passion for diet and health (both human and pet).
- Kendra McNally-Pack Leader
Kendra has always loved animals and is happy that she now gets to work in an environment that celebrates dogs. She enjoys being able to help customers find the perfect food, treat or toy for their pup. Kendra does not have an animal of her own at this moment but she grew up with a dog and many cats and is looking forward to the day when she has one of her own. In the meantime, she love getting the change to say hello to all the dogs that visit the Store each day.
- Piner Markovchick- Pack Leader
Piner's energy is completely in tune with our loved canines and the relationships we have with them. Whether it is allowing his dog Rolo to show him how wonderful Portland is or the two of them explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Piner's day is not complete without an opportunity to woof it up with our best friends. Piner is thrilled to have the opportunity to talk about all things dog and what we can provide them so they can continue to show their unconditional love for us!
- Michelle Joselyn Lampron-Head Groomer
Michelle has a BS in Animal Science from University of Vermont and has been grooming for 14 years. 10 of those years have been with Planet Dog. She is the mom to 2 crazy kiddos, Noah (10 yrs) and Josh (7 yrs). Michelle says she loves grooming because she gets to make all the pups feel healthy and happy. And, she thinks it is fun to watch them leave the shop with an extra energetic wag because they feel so good!
- Kaity Gatchell- Grooming Assistant
Kaity has two beloved pups, a yorkiepoo (Padfoot) and a wheaten (Harley). She considers herself lucky that she spends her week grooming and taking care of even more dogs. When she isn't grooming or snuggling her own furballs, she loves to read. Kaity has a B.S. in biology from the University of Southern Maine and has lived in Portland for nearly 25 years.
- Kristen Soper-Grooming Assistant
Kristen has over 10 years of animal and retail experience. Not just with dogs, but cats, small animals, birds, reptiles and fish. She also has an associates degree in horticulture. Kristen loves plants and animals. She has been an employee of Planet Dog for six years and loves it. She loves that she gets to work with dogs every day and gets to teach people the proper ways to maintain their pets and keep them healthy. She has always grown up with pets and currently has a cat (Batman) and two Boxers (Nico and Yogi).
- Heather Wetzel
Since she can remember, Heather's favorite animal has always been the dog. She started volunteering for a local grooming salon at 14 years old. Right out of high school she attended a school for professional pet grooming and earned a certificate. Since then she has worked in numerous environments that offer grooming including pet daycares, mobile grooming units, and retail stores. Heather has been with Planet Dog for a little over three years, but has been grooming for a total of 13 years. She thinks nothing is more rewarding than knowing she helps dogs feel their best inside and out.
- Patrick Young-Pack Associate
Patrick was born and raised in South Portland Maine. He currently resides in Cumberland with his wife, daughter and 6 year old Boarder Collie/Australian Shepard mix Roxie. The entire family enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, camping and visiting the local beaches. Roxie's favorite Planet Dog toy is the Orbee-Tuff Eggplant, filled with frozen peanut butter. Patrick's part about working at Planet Dog is being part of an environmentally conscious company with most of its products made right here in the USA.
- Cody Poland-Pack Assistant
Cody recently graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in electrical engineering. During the final two years of his schooling he got a job working at a local dog kennel. During this time he discovered that his true passion was working with animals. He as always had a dog in the house growing up and currently has tow golden retrievers named Molly and Maggie. While he is unsure of what the future holds he know one thing for sure, it will always include a dog.
- Mary Smith - Sales Associate
Mary is an avid animal lover who just recently moved to Portland from North Conway, NH. While she currently doesn’t have any animals of her own here in Maine, she grew up with both dogs and cats and frequently visits her feline companions, Lux, Bili Boy, and Kili at her parent’s home in New Hampshire. She has a B.A. in Sociology from Colby-Sawyer College and experience working as a Homeless Outreach Worker. Due to her background, she really loves working for Planet Dog and appreciates how active the company is in the local community. Mary loves the environment that she works in and looks forward to being greeted by an array of dogs every day. She looks forward to adopting both a dog and a cat in the near future.
- Maximus King - Sales Associate
Max lives and loves living at Bayside, Portland. He is a person you’ll want to come see at Planet Dog on Marginal Way for any advice you need on your dog or cat. Max enjoys thickening the bond between us and our animals, as he sees his fellow animals as distant relatives of himself. He has taken care of 12 cats in his life, but right now just lives with 2 cats (Mary and Bacon). His primary mission is to help his fellow brethren strengthen the symbiotic relationships between them and their animals; this includes humanoids, canines and felines alike.