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A Pawnote From Our CEO

 
 

1 Woman + 1 Idea = 1 Mission… To keep Miami’s pet’s Happy at Home!

Who are we and how did we begin, you ask? Well, let me tell you.

Many may not know that Miami Pet Concierge was created out of both a labor of love and need.  After years of working in and around the shelter system, I learned that one of the number one reasons pets were being given up or returned was due to “time,” or lack thereof.  It was astonishing to me that a pet parent would willingly hand over their beloved pet than find an alternative to keeping it under their roof.  Excuses ranged from working too late, not being able to get home at lunch, a busy travel schedule, new baby, the list goes on; so with this knowledge, I set out to start a business that would not only help pet parents but also teach pet parents how to be the best they can be.  With just a little guidance, education, and support, we have had the opportunity to work hand and paw with thousands of amazing domesticated animals and their families, both caring for and teaching them how to cohabitate peacefully.

Animals have always been a passion for me. If you were to ask any one of my family members, they would each have a story about how as a child, I wanted to bring home any animal in need, whether a lizard, possum, or dog.  That love swept me off my feet and lead me to create not only the most magical of businesses out there but a career where every day brings laughter, tail wags, and tons of meows.  I pride myself on a dedicated, professional, and loyal staff, who like me, LOVE WHAT THEY DO.  We strive to provide professional and quality care and always have both our client’s pets and our client’s best interest in mind.

Please let me know if there is a service you need that isn’t listed on our service menu that we can help you with, a topic you’d like to learn more about or an issue relating to one of your pets.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU!

Since our doors opened in May of 2007, our MISSION has been and will continue to be to provide Miami’s pet parents with customized pet care plans based on their pets’ species, breed, age, health, and pet care education, while in the comfort of their own home.

Bark and meow regards,

Meet Our Pawsome Team

Nicole Packin, UW-AAB, CCWT, SAMP

Nicole Packin, UW-AAB, CCWT, SAMP

FOUNDER + CEO

Nicole’s career working with animals began in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from the University of Miami with a double major in English and Communication, Nicole moved to the West Coast to pursue a television career. While working for the William Morris Agency, Spelling Television, and Bruckheimer Television in one hour scripted series, Nicole found an outlet for stress management by volunteering for The Amanda Foundation, a non-profit organization that rescued and rehabilitated dogs from the streets of East LA.

Finding her work with dogs a life changer, Nicole moved back to Miami, Florida, intending to learn all that she could about animal welfare in her hometown. Immediately, Nicole began working for the Humane Society of Greater Miami. She was involved in all aspects of the organization’s operations, fundraising and helped lead the capital campaign for the organization’s Soffer-Fine Adoption Center in North Miami Beach, Florida.

In 2007, Miami Pet Concierge was developed and began out of both a labor of love and need. After years of working in and around the animal shelter system, Nicole learned that one of the number one reasons pets were being given up or returned was “time,” or lack thereof.  With this knowledge, Nicole started a business that would help pet parents and teach pet parents how to be the best. With just a little guidance, education, and support, Nicole has had the opportunity to work hand and paw with thousands of amazing domesticated animals and their families, caring for and teaching them how to cohabitate peacefully.

Continued learning is significant to Nicole.  Since MPC’s opening, she has continued to grow and learn as much as she can about animal health and proper pet care.

Nicole’s Certifications:

  • UW-AAB – Certification in Applied Animal Behavior from the University of Washington under the guidance of Dr. James Ha, world-renowned Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, expert witness, and lecturer.
  • SAMP – Small Animal Massage Practitioner in Maintenance, Performance, and Rehabilitation Massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage, specializing in Myofascial Release Therapy (MFRT), Trigger Point Therapy (TPT), and Stress Point Therapy (SPT).
  • CCWT – Certified Canine Water Therapist after training under Cindy Horsfal of La Paw Spa and graduating Levels One and Two of Heart of Canine Aquatics Training Programs.
  • Certified in Feline Communication from Maddie’s University (Maddie’s Fund).
  • Nicole is currently enrolled in the Certified Canine Fitness Trainer Program (CCFT) at the University of Tennessee, working toward her graduation date of fall 2021.

When not running MPC or in school, Nicole enjoys spending with her husband, Julian, and her four-legged kids, Slater (Russian Blue mix) and Kevin & Jenny (Spinone Italiano’s) and making pottery.

Claudia

Claudia

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Born in Nicaragua, Claudia moved to Miami with her family when she was eight years old. She is a graduate of Florida International University and received a double major in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Claudia has had a successful corporate career spanning over 20 years.  In her corporate roles, Claudia was responsible for developing relationships, understanding client needs, and leading diverse teams. Claudia is also a licensed real estate agent.  She brings this experience, along with her exceptional integrity, professionalism, and accountability to Miami Pet Concierge.

Claudia has always loved animals and was surrounded by dogs as a child growing up. She is now a proud mom to a twelve-year-old sweet, happy….and maybe a little spoiled English Goldendoodle. When not playing or walking with her dog, she loves wine, sports, and travel.

Yvonne

Yvonne

DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES & PUPPY TRAINING PROGRAMS

Yvonne was born in the Bronx and grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Her passion for animals began at a young age, thanks to her
mother, who exposed her to all different types of pets, including dogs, cats, birds, and more. In high school, Yvonne worked alongside an Old English Sheepdog breeder, where she experienced all aspects of dog rearing.

Yvonne graduated from Boston University with a degree in Biology and a minor in Psychology. Yvonne worked for the University of Miami’s Sylvester Cancer Center for over eight years as their Senior Manager of Finance before changing careers to work with domesticated pets.

In her spare time, Yvonne loves to read, go to the movies, hang out with friends and family, be by the ocean, and, most of all, spend time with her “fur-kids.” She is currently mom to Max, a Sheltie mix, and Henry, a Muppet dog – both rescued from MDAS and two cats, Sophie and Sebastian.

Julian

Julian

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Julian was born in New Jersey and moved to Miami in 2004 when attending the University of Miami, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration.

Julian has a successful career as the Senior Vice President of an International Manufacturing Company. His experience and knowledge lend themselves to natural leadership and advisory roles within Miami Pet Concierge.

Julian has always been an animal lover with dogs of his own all throughout his life. He enjoys outdoor activities of all sorts, as well as kayaking in South Florida’s beautiful waterways.

Slater B Packin

Slater B Packin

CHIEF MISCHIEF MAKER

Slater was born on the streets of West Palm, Florida, and was rescued from a gas station in the wee hours of the night by a friendly police officer.  He was adopted by our CEO in March 2020 after she and her husband fell in love with his photo on www.adoptapet.com.

Slater can be found in the office playing with pens, stealing straws, watching the printer, or chasing the cursor on the computer screen. When not providing laughs, he enjoys lounging in his hammock, staring out the window, and taking naps on his Momma’s desk.

Slater’s favorite things are straws, tennis balls, a magnet shaped like a llama, flip flops, playing in his water fountain, and any food with carbs!

Alexandra

Alexandra

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Alexandra was born and raised in Miami, Florida and has lived in both the Dominican Republic and Colombia. She is a graduate of Carrollton School and received a BA in International Relations and Western Studies from American University in Washington, D.C. Alex spent many years working in the hotel industry before getting married and raising her three daughters and three stepdaughters. In her spare time, you can find Alexandra making Jewelry. Momma to Chedder, the DSH, this empty-nester joins us as a Pet Care Specialist.

Cassandra

Cassandra

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Cassandra was born and raised in Malmo, Sweden and moved to Miami in 2015.  She is currently a student at Eugene Lange College of Liberal Arts at the New School, studying Phycology.  This momma of five to Milo, the Shih Tzu, Bronson the Staffie/Mastiff Mix, and Theodore, Nora, and Arora, the kitties; loves to swim, hike, and meet new people.

Danielle

Danielle

Happy Cat Care Specialist

Danielle was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and is a graduate of Florida International University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She currently works with Valeria Fontanals at My Optimal Child, providing educational therapy to children with learning differences. With a passion for World Religions, Anthropology, Art, and Psychology, Danielle is working toward becoming a teacher. This former Princess Elena of Avalor at Disney spends her free time relaxing by any body of water and working on art projects. This self-proclaimed “crazy cat lover” and joins us as a Happy Cat Care Specialist!

Dylan

Dylan

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Dylan was born and raised in Miami, Florida and is a graduate of Florida International University with a BA in Fine Arts and Art History. Joining our team as a Pet Care Specialist, during his spare time Dylan is cultivating his career as a Music Producer and DJ traveling both locally and internationally performing. Dylan is the proud dog daddy to Bella the Shih Tzu/Yorkie mix and Rocky, the Chihuahua/Yorkie mix.

Eden

Eden

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Eden was born in Santa Monica, California, and raised in Kaua’i, Hawai’i. She is currently a student at the University of Miami working on her Major in Marine Affairs and two Minors in Ecosystems Science and Policy & Fine Art. Eden is a member of UM’s Woman’s Rowing Team and when not studying, practicing with the team, or working, this certified freediver and scuba diver can be found exploring the ocean. Momma to Leo & Koa, the German Shepards, and Nesta the Chocolate Lab, Eden joins our team as a Pet Care Specialist.

 

Emily

Emily

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Emily is a Miami native who recently graduated from Terra Environmental Research Institute and Miami Dade College in their dual enrollment program. A student at Florida International University studying Criminal Justice, this future Homicide Detective spends her free time flowing her creative juices by painting with oils and drawing. Momma to Sasha the Maltipoo, Natasha, the Wired Fox Terrier, Alysha Blue, the Mini Australian Shepherd, Panther, the DSH kitty, Calliope, the Guinea Pig, Emily joins our team as a Pet Care Specialist.

Heather

Heather

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Heather was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and studied Marine Biology at the University of West Florida in Pensacola. For over 7 years she worked at the Miami Seaquarium as the Education Manager, where she developed educational programming for children ages 2-18 years old covering topics such as Marine Biology, Marine Life, and Animal Conservation. Currently, Heather works full-time as a Recreational Specialist for the Miami-Dade County Parks and Open Spaces Eco Adventures Division, where she is responsible for public programming and events for the southern region nature centers. Having grown up in a house full of pets including her beloved Beagle, Lucky, a gecko lizard, hamsters and fish, Heather’s passion for pets has made her the “go-to” for all things MPC overnight pet care!

Melody

Melody

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Melody Stein was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She is a Doctorate of Musical Arts student at the University of Miami, Frost School of Music, studying Instrumental Performance in Harp. While at Frost, she serves as the harp studio teaching assistant and a Henry Mancini Fellow. Before arriving at Frost, Melody graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She also received her Bachelor’s of Music in Harp with a minor in Performing Arts Management under the tutelage of Joan Raeburn Holland at the University of Michigan, School of Music Theatre and Dance.
She has performed in national performance venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, the White House, and the State Department. Internationally, she has toured in Austria and performed at the 2014 World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia. In her free time, she enjoys being a cat mom to Callie, cheering on her alma mater’s sports teams, cooking, and listening to various podcasts.

Phil

Phil

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Phil was born and raised in South Florida and is a graduate of Southridge Senior High school. Phil worked for over 15 years in the restaurant business, managing Outback Steak House and Anthony’s Coal Fire Pizza. During this time he became interested in investing in the stock market. As luck would have it, Phil found his passion and began day trading as his full-time job. Having grown up with animals including several cats, a Husky/Shepard mix and a Great Dane, Phil’s love for animals led him to join the MPC team providing Overnight Pet Care!

Rachel

Rachel

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Rachael was born and raised in Toms River, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the University of Miami with a double major in Elementary Education and Sociology. Rachael has been teaching for over twenty years and is currently working with kindergartners at Beth Emet Elementary School in Cooper City, Florida. Rachael joined the MPC team part-time, providing overnight pet care for our client’s pets. She is the proud Mom to Leo the DSH cat she rescued off the streets of Miami.

Taylor

Taylor

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Taylor was born and raised in Miami and is a graduate of Palmetto Senior High School. Currently enrolled at Florida International University, she is studying Dramatic Arts and Psychology. Mom to Hope, the Lab mix, Taylor loves to sing!

Victoria

Victoria

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Victoria was born and raised in Miami and is a graduate of Miami Dade College in Pre-Law and has a double major in Political Science and International Relations from Florida International University. A recent graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law, Victoria, is currently studying for the Florida Bar. When not studying and caring for our client’s pets, Victoria enjoys exploring new cultures by learning their dance and trying their food. I have studied Flamenco, Eqyptian style belly dance, Persian, and Salsa. Her love of animals led her to volunteer at a local vet hospital while in college and joined our team as a Pet Care Specialist.

Zachary

Zachary

PET CARE SPECIALIST

Born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, Zachary attends the Unversity of Miami, where he’s working toward a degree in Music Business and Entertainment with a minor in Marketing and a Certificate in Jazz Performance from the Frost School of Music. Growing up around his three pups Brutus, Murphey, and Shyner, he led him to seek out a position as a Pet Care Specialist to explore his other passion – animals. During Zach’s free time, he enjoys fishing, producing music, and collecting vinyl records.

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