Growing up in Connecticut, Marie was both a dedicated athlete and animal lover. When she was not on the ice hockey rink or soccer and lacrosse field, she was at home training her two golden retrievers.
After high school, Marie’s love for adventure, the outdoors, and animals led her to UC Santa Barbara where she received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science and won a title as a world champion on Team USA playing ultimate frisbee. In addition to enjoying the surf and sunshine, Marie participated in underwater research dives studying aquatic ecology and marine mammal behavior. During college, she rescued a golden puppy, Moose, who soon became her best friend, inseparable partner-in-crime, and true inspiration to pursue animal training as a career.
Following her graduation from UC Santa Barbara, Marie and Moose ventured to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado where they spent their time cattle ranching, training horses, snowboarding, hunting, and traveling throughout the backcountry. After a stint as a firefighter/EMT, Marie was again drawn to animal medicine, receiving her AAS in veterinary technology from the Bel-Rea Institute and becoming a certified veterinary technician. She additionally holds a certification as an equine rehabilitation practitioner from the University of Tennessee. With this knowledge base and experiences, she began to mold her dream job, one which would incorporate multiple passions, namely sports, animals, and medicine/behavior. For several years, Marie travelled Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana helping handle and train friends’ gundogs, training ranch horses (including wild mustangs), and practicing equine and canine medicine.
Marie has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience by meeting and watching a variety of horsemen and dog-men throughout her travels and believes there is always something new to learn. Watching both horses and dogs joined in a partnership with their handlers, doing jobs they enjoy with such excitement and vigor led Marie to pursue the next step toward beginning a career as a working-dog trainer. Logically, that next step was to purchase a black lab puppy, Sprocket, and see what would happen. Many youtube videos, books, and ignored cold-call emails later, Marie found Quinebaug Kennels where her passion for canine wellness and behavior is nurtured.
Marie’s goals include continuing her studies in sport dog rehabilitation and medicine while being mentored as a gundog apprentice with hopes to combine her love for cattle ranching and join the herding sport dog world as well.
In her free time, Marie is rarely found sitting still, and when not working dogs, she enjoys snowboarding, ice hockey, training/riding horses, metal & wood working, hunting, and camping.