We appreciate everyones patience as we continue to navigate COVID-19. We welcome Pet Parents to come into the lobby with proper facial covering, or continue to utilize our curbside pick up and drop off services. Thank you!

Gainesville team


If this is your pup’s first time at Dogtopia, there are a few things pet parents should prepare prior to rewarding your dog with the most exciting day ever!

As Dogtopians, we're a unique breed, we love and care for your pup like our own furry family.

At Dogtopia, our passion is giving every single dog the best-individualized care with their health, safety, and comfort as our top priority! Our home away from home environment is the perfect place for your pup to learn, play, and socialize with their BFFF (Best Furry Friend Forever).

Meet the Team

Ashleigh Walker, Area Manager

Ashleigh joined our team in May 2015 while still in school. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017 with a degree in Animal Sciences. She currently lives in Manassas with her two snakes, Klaus and Ole, and her frog, Squash. In her free time, Ashleigh loves to go hiking or spend time outdoors! She received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in October of 2017

Brittany Walter, Groomer

Brittany is the other half to our award winning grooming team! Brittany is new to our team here at Dogtopia, joining us in April 2018. She graduated from Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming in 2015 and has loved grooming ever since. Some of her favorite pups to groom include puppies, poodles, yorkies, and doodles, but is well versed in all breeds! Brittany lives here in Gainesville with her 6 year old pit bull mix Clyde, her kitty KK and guinea pig named Floyd.

Kibby Kibodeaux, Groomer

Kibby is one half of our award-winning grooming team! Kibby joined our team in May 2019 as a Canine Coach. Her love for people and animals led her to become one of the smiling faces that greet you at our Front Desk! Kibby grew her interest in working with dogs and now joined us as being our part time Groomer! She lives in Bealeton with her three Pitbulls, two Dachshunds, and one Chihuahua Mix. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Cirilla.

Manny Sattler, Assistant Manager

Manny joined our team in July 2017. She studies part time at NOVA. She lives by the motto “adopt don’t shop” and hopes to clear all the shelters one day! She currently resides in Gainesville with her mini poodle, Ally. She pictured with Dogtopia dog, Finn. Manny received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in October of 2017.

Kaitlyn Nelson, Playroom Manager

Kaitlyn joined our team in August 2018! She lived in the northern Virginia area her entire life. She lives with her family of seven and her German Shepherd, Samson. She’s wanted to work with animals ever since she was little! She is looking to pursue a degree in liberal arts because she wants to be an author or a journalist someday. She loves to write or read in my free time and gets creative with the daycare cards that our parents love! She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Leia.

Rachel Francis, Canine Coach

Rachel joined our team in August 2018. She studies Political Science at Northern Virginia Community College and hopes to run for office one day. She lives with her three-legged rescue dog, Kuzy, and her Bichon, Kiki. She has a soft spot for dogs with disabilities and wants to adopt as many dogs as possible! She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Charleigh.

Hannah Jespersen, Front Desk

Hannah joined our team in October 2018. She is currently studying psychology at NOVA and plans on transferring to George Mason University. She lives in Haymarket with her two dogs, Mila the pit mix and Kuzy the beagle mix. She has always loved dogs and hopes to one day own an English Bulldog!  In her free time she likes to go to Capitals games and spend time with her friends! She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Atlas.

Ashley Stafford, Front Desk

Ashley joined our team in October 2018. She is member of the local Matttaponi Kennel Club and competes in AKC dog sports with Nessa, her Doberman Lab mix. She believes in adopting shelter pets but also believe that purebreds help protect and preserve historic breeds. She hopes to be a dog behaviorist or dog trainer one day. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Hank.

Bailey Nelson, Playroom Manager

Bailey joined our team in February 2019. He currently resides in Haymarket with his Bulldog Mix, Goliath. Bailey spends his free time gaming, reading, and practicing many hand coordination style hobbies including Cardistry, Begleri, Pen Spinning, and many more! He also prides himself in his vast Playing Card Collection. He currently estimates it to include more than 700 decks of playing cards. He is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Juneau.

Mary Kate Eicher, Canine Coach

Mary Kate joined our team in July 2019. She studied Early Childhood Development at Appalachian State University. She currently lives in Gainesville with her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Holly, and her Soft Coated Irish Wheaten Terrier, Casey. Her favorite playroom is the Romper because she LOVES all the Goldendoodles & Labradoodles! She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Jersey.

Mel Paiz, Canine Coach

Mel joined our team in October 2019. She lives in Gainesville with her Pitbull, Ace, her Cat, Stiletto, and her Chameleon, Dopey. In her free time she enjoys playing video games. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Culpepper.

Michelle Souther, Front Desk

Michelle joined our team in October 2019. She lives in Bristow with her Pomeranian, Bella and her Rabbit, Clover. She is studying part-time to work towards her future in interior design. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Niko.

Savannah Masters, Playroom Manager

Savannah joined our team in November 2019. She lives in Manassas with her Pyrenees, Buddy, and her Cat, Cheeto. She spends her free time taking Buddy for a hike! In the future she hopes to study dog behavior and train service dogs for people with disabilities. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Buddy.

April Zuccatti, Canine Coach

Joined the team in October 2020. Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Yorsin.

Bischon Frise Running in Dogtopia
Big Doggie on Slide
Pup with Tongue Out in Bath