Meet Our Staff!
Kristine Felske - Owner/Trainer
Kristine is the owner of Kaybee’s K9 Training and a member of APDT. She has more than 25 years of dog training experience with over 2000 dogs. She breeds, shows, and competes in conformation, agility, and flyball with her Shelties and Collie. She is also a certified Assistance Dog Trainer for Paws-With-A-Cause and certified Pet Dog Trainer with CCPDT-KA
Pictured with her Smooth Coated Collie, Donovan.
Amanda Reichert - Trainer
Amanda joined Kaybees in 2011 and has a career diploma from Penn
Foster Career School for Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor. She is working towards being certified through CCPDT, and is a certified AKC CGC evaluater.
She also competes in Flyball with her Dachsund, Max, and Whippet/Lab, Cami. Her second Dachsund, Molly, is a certified Therapy Dog with Therapy Dogs International.
Pictured with Kaybee's Dogs: Lucky the Staffordshire Terrier and Pip the Parson's Russel Terrier.
Jillian Gerhardt - Supervisor/In-House Designer
Jill joined Kaybees in 2009 and has taken the Obedience, Agility, Flyball, and Therapy dog classes with 5 different dogs. She certified her Pomeranian, "Maggie", with TDI in 2013 and participated in Paws To Read. She has been pet sitting since 2007 and has a BA in Graphic Design from SVSU.
Pictured with her (late) Gordon Setter, Flash.
Diann "Dd" Bender - Receptionist/ Trainer
Dd joined Kaybees in 2012 as a kennel worker and moved up to the office in 2014. She earned her career diploma from Penn Foster Career School for Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor in 2016 and now assists Amanda with her classes. She is also active in flyball with her German Shepherd, Haides.
Pictured with Kaybee's Dog, Salem the German Shepherd.
Michael Reiss - Maintenance
Mike is Dd's younger brother and has been hanging around and helping out as long as she has, but he was officially hired as our handy man in 2015. He can most often be found outside on the lawnmower or setting up for the next class.
Pictured here with his "nephew" (Dd's German Shepherd), Haides.
Alicea Brondstetter - Maintenance and Care
Alicea joined the crew in 2015 and usually runs the morning shift. She dogsits on the side and is an all around hard worker. She has participated in Flyball and plans to pursue Therapy Dog training with her Great Dane, Nova.
Pictured with Kaybee's Dogs: Owen the (late) Mini Schnauzer, Stella the Pitbull, Chloe the Vizsla, and Bentley the Goldendoodle.
Dante Guidroz - Dog Walker/Care and Maintenance
Dante started out as a volunteer in 2015, and we liked him so much we kept him. You may see him strolling down woodside throughout the day with 3 or 4 dogs plus his Dachshund/Jack Russell mix, Lulu, or throwing balls for the pack out in the yard.
Pictured with Kaybee's Dogs, Hope and Haven the Mini Doodles.
Makinzy Benjamin - Receptionist
Makinzy joined Kaybees in 2016 and was a client with her English Bulldog, Brock, for 3 years before she was an employee. She is also a hairdresser at Shining Star Salon on Henry St.
Pictured with Kaybee's Dog, Jabba the French Bulldog.
Barbara Dubay - Care and Maintenance
Babs joined our team in 2016 and (like Alicea, Mya, and Dd) comes to us from the Veterinary Science class at the Bay Arenac ISD Career Center. She is president of her Explorer's Club chapter and runs flyball with her pittbull, Gypsy, and borrowed Boston Terrier mix, Maya.
Pictured with Lucy the Yellow Lab, Murphy the Black Lab Mix, Bartlebee the Goldendoodle, Filbert Francis VonFlufferface I (Jill's Poodle mix), Moose the Pointer, and Jasper the Goldendoodle.