NEW PET PARENT?
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!
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
Suzanne Dukes, Owner
Suzanne is originally from Southern California, where she received her Business and Accounting degree from UC Santa Barbara. When she moved to Bristow, VA in 2003 with her two-year old Labrador, Casey, she wanted to create a safe place for Casey to play and stay overnight. Dogtopia of Manassas was built in 2008 to help meet the needs of all dog parents in Prince William County. Suzanne still lives in Bristow with her husband, David, their two sons, six-year old, Sylas four-year old Zane and their 1 year old girl, Delilah. Sadly, Casey passed over the rainbow bridge in Feb 2016 at the age of 14, but the family has been joined by an adopted Jack Russell Terrier, eleven-year-old Jackson and Great Danes, Ziggy and Daisy. Suzanne received her updated Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Brian Fitzpatrick, Owner
Dogtopia of Manassas’ other Owner and Operator is Brian Fitzpatrick, who hails from Long Island, NY. He is a Yankee and Giants fan and loves to talk sports to all of our doggy parents. With an extreme love for dogs and a passion for customer service, Brian is our Front Line Manager. He lives in Manassas with his rescue dog, Ella, and enjoys travelling and attending live sporting events when not at Dogtopia. Brian received his updated Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Ashleigh Walker, Regional 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 Nokesville with her black lab, Bella, and her two snakes, Klaus and Ole. In her free time, Ashleigh loves to go hiking with Bella! She received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in October of 2017
Rachael Cowgill, Assistant Manager
A Manassas native, Rachael attended Osbourn High School. She has been with our Dogtopia team since August 2014 and is always a friendly face in our lobby. Her high quality standard of care ensures your dogs are getting the very best at Dogtopia. Rachael currently lives in Manassas with her Cockapoo, Oliver. When not at Dogtopia, she enjoys listening to live music and playing lacrosse. Rachael received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Weslee LaPolla, Groomer
Weslee is a 2007 graduate of Virginia School of Grooming and joined our Dogtopia team in May 2009. She lives in Manassas with her husband, Tim, and her two sons, Timmy and Tyson. She has an adorable Pomeranian named Katie. When not grooming, Weslee enjoys photography and spending time with her family. Weslee received her updated Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Kiara Aparicio, Assistant Manager in Training
Kiara joined our team in May 2017. Kiara will be to studying Veterinary Medicine super soon! She wants to travel to different countries to help as many animals as she can to have a better experience at life! She lives with her 7 year old dog, Bella, 2 year old cat, Benny, and 12 year old dog, Trixie! Kiara is currently learning Korean in her free time and studying towards her future in the animal field. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Ramsey. Kiara received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Kylie Makel, Playroom Manager in Training
Kylie joined the team in August of 2016. She has associates degree in general studies and hopes to pursue a career working with dogs! She currently has four dogs of her own: Minnie the Lab mix, Daisy the Bichon, Piper the Corgi mix and Luna the Husky. In her free time she enjoys filming and editing videos with her sister and practicing her graphic design skills! She is pictured with her dog, Luna. Kylie received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Caitlin Brandon, Shift Leader in Training
Hailing from the Sunshine State, Florida, Caitlin joined our team in May 2017. She has always loved animals and spends most of her time with her two dogs, Cali the aussie and Emoji the Husky. She also enjoys riding horses, kayaking, and working outside on her property with her husband. Caitlin hopes to one day run her own Equine and Canine rescue. She is pictured with her dog, Cali. Caitlin received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.
Josias (Tito) Ventura, Shift Leader and Dogtopia Foundation Ambassador
Tito attended Osbourn High School and joined our team in August 2017. In his free time, Tito enjoys spending time outside enjoying nature, and spending time with his friends. He is currently attending George Mason University studying Music Education with the dream of inspiring every student in his programs. Tito is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Penny. Tito received his Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in October 2017. Tito began his role as Dogtopia Foundation Ambassador in September 2019. As Ambassador, Tito helps our Manassas and Gainesville locations to raise money to enable dogs to positively change our world.
Brea Jones, Front Desk
Brea joined our team in November 2017. She relocated to Virginia from Ohio and began working at Dogtopia! She is pictured with her dog, Mila. Brea enjoys watching horror movies and binging TV shows. Brea received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in June 2018.
Katie Retson, Customer Care Specialist
Katie (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Bear) joined the team in April 2018. She’s currently finishing her Associates Degree in Psychology at NOVA. She lives on top of a beautiful mountain in Linden with her partner and their four pets , Bean the Staffy mix, Gus-Gus Françios the Bugg, Little Dog the Maltese and Fezzik the Maine Coon. When she’s not working, taking a class or hanging out with the chunks and family. She enjoys camping surrounded by trees and enjoying the sound of streams & creeks next to the crackling of a fire.
Jared Holt, Canine Coach
Jared (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Keegan) a Florida native, joined our team in May 2018 and received his Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in June 2018. He is currently studying for his degree in Fine Arts at George Mason University. In his free time, Jared enjoys drawing and going to concerts with his friends. He lives with his 15 year old Border Collie mix named Lucy. Jared always radiates a calm energy that has all the dogs gravitating towards him, which makes him a great addition to our team!
Katie Engle, Front Desk/Customer Care Specialist
Joined our team in August 2018. She is pictured with her own dogs, Tallie (left) and Finn (right). Katie joined the team in August, 2018. She lives in The Plains with her husband, two dogs, & three cats. Her passions are animals & psychology and hopes to one day combine those passions to enrich the lives of both animals & humans. She is pictured with her own dogs, Tallie the Dalmatian (left) and Finn the Irish Setter (right).
Emely Chavarria, Playroom Manager in Training
Emely joined our team in August 2018! She resides in Bristow with her two dogs Tyson, the Beagle mix, and Lucas, the Westie mix, and her three cats Sky, Mochi, and Archie. In her free time she loves expressing herself through her painting and trying new foods with her friends. Emely is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Ziggy the Great Dane.
Mechelle McCoy, Shift Leader
Mechelle (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Abby) joined the team in September of 2018 after moving to Virginia from Kansas. Currently, she is earning her Master’s degree in Forensic Science at George Mason University. Mechelle has two dogs Bandit the Australian Shepherd and Ruby the Lab mix back in Kansas, but Facetime’s them weekly so they don’t miss her too much. In her spare time, she enjoys meeting new friends, exploring Virginia, and is always looking for her next place to travel.
Daya Holy, Canine Coach
Daya (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Aris) joined our team in October 2018. She is a Manassas Native who is always surrounded by animals whether at home or out and about. She lives with her Pitbull mix Dino and two cats Gypsy and Coraline. In her free time she loves to listen to live music and be out side in the open air. She shares a great love for animals as she works towards her vet tech schooling to further help the lives of animals and make a lasting difference in their lives.
Isabella Dangler, Playroom Manager in Training
Izzy joined our team in February 2019. She loves animals and is always looking for the next petshe can adopt and love. She currently has two dogs, Korah, the German Shepherd mix and Polly, the Mastiff mix, along with two Guinea Pigs and a hamster. In her free time she enjoys listening to music and exploring new places with her friends. She is currently enrolled at George Manson pursuing a bachelor’s degree in biology and then continue her education in veterinary medicine. Izzy is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Bobo, the Portuguese Water Dog.
Kirsten Ryder, Playroom Manager
Kirsten joined our team in February of 2019. She currently lives in Manassas with her family and 13 year old cat, Louis. She is passionate about the welfare of all animals and hopes to work in either a wildlife sanctuary or at a zoo as a vet tech. She is currently taking vet tech classes at NOVA to turn her passion into a career. In her free time, she loves spending time outdoors, listening to music and trying new foods. Kirsten is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Baylor, the Greyhound mix.
Steven Piper, Front Desk in Training
June 2019 (Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Murphy)
Leydi Castillo, Caine Coach
July 2019 (Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Lexi)
CJ Armstrong, Canine Coach
June 2019 (Pictured with his dog, Ahda)
Brandon Allard, Canine Coach
October 2019 (Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Sophie)