Manassas team

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!

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

Owner/Operator: Suzanne Dukes, March 2008 (pictured with her dogs, Casey and Jackson)

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.

Melina Crider, General Manager

Originally from Florida, Melina joined our team in December 2016. She is a 2016 graduate from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in Biology. Melina has a love for all animals, especially the Dogtopia dogs! She currently lives in Haymarket with her four-year-old dog, Romeo, green cheek conure, Ramsay, and two rabbits, Phoebe and Ollie. In her spare time Melina enjoys volunteering with animals. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Ginger. Melina 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.

Rachael Cowgill, Assistant Manager in Training

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.

Kylie Makel, Playroom Manager in Training

Kylie attended Osbourn High School and joined our team in July 2016. She currently lives in Manassas with her lab mix, Minnie, and her bichon, Daisy. In her free time Kylie enjoys editing videos and playing around in Photoshop. She is currently studying graphic design at Northern Virginia Community College. Kylie is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Salem. Kylie received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.

Shaz Pracht, Front Desk

Shaz joined our team in March 2017. Shaz currently attends NOVA and is pursuing a career in dermatology. In her spare time, Shaz enjoys playing Dungeons and Dragons and the violin. Shaz is pictured with her dog, Princess. She received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.

Kiara Aparicio, Assistant Manager in Training

Kiara joined our team in May 2017. Kiara wants to study vet medicine and travel to different countries to help as many animals as she can! She lives with her dog, Bella, and cat, Benny! Kiara is currently learning Korean in her free time. She is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Ramsey. Kiara received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in May 2017.

Caitlin Brandon, Sr. Playroom Manager

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.

Tito Ventura, Playroom Manager/Front Desk in Training

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 NOVA studying Music Education with the hopes of transferring to James Madison University. Tito is pictured with Dogtopia dog, Penny. Tito received his Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in October 2017.

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

April 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Bear).

Jared Holt, Canine Coach

May 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Keegan). Jared received his Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in June 2018.

Marissa Dobrick, Playroom Manager in Training

May 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Stoney). Marissa received her Pet First Aid and CPR Certification in June 2018.

Jenny McKean, Canine Coach

August 2018 (pictured with her dog, Jake).

Emely Chavarria, Playroom Manager in Training

August 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Bear).

Kelsey Harding, Front Desk in Training

August 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Niko).

Mechelle McCoy, Front Desk in Training

September 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Abby).

Rachel King, Canine Coach

September 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Ford).

Daya Holy, Canine Coach

October 2018 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Aris).

Sandra Garduno, Playroom Manager

February 2019 (pictured with Dogtopia dog, Plop).

Emily Belcher, Canine Coach

February 2019 (Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Nana).

Isabella Dangler, Canine Coach

February 2019 (Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Bobo).

Kirsten Ryder, Canine Coach

February 2019 (Pictured with Dogtopia dog, Baylor).