Julie Cavallaro was born and raised in Rochester Hills, Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance, Julie spent the first 10 years of her career in business valuation. After taking a break from the workforce to care for her two young daughters, Leah and Elise, she has since focused her efforts on working with North Carolina based start-ups.
Julie has been an animal lover since she can remember. In addition to raising her human family in the Ballantyne area, she is also a proud mother to Kramer, her Aussie/Beagle mix, whom the family adopted shortly after moving to Charlotte.
Meet Alexis Pafford! Alexis was born in Georgia and raised in Anson County NC. She has had a love for animals, including livestock, since exiting the womb! Alexis has studied and worked in agribusiness and is now currently enrolled in Veterinary Technician school, in hopes of becoming a licensed Veterinary Technician in the near future. When not assisting Dr. Kimmel in caring for DownDog’s patients, she can be found on her small farm with her boyfriend, 2 dogs, 3 cats, 18 chickens, and 7 ducks. We are grateful for all the fresh eggs and produce she picks from her garden and shares with her friends and coworkers!
Cecilia Wenger was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and moved to Charlotte as a young child. She attended Central Piedmont Middle College during her last 2 years of high school, earning many college credits upon graduation. Due to her lifetime love of animals, Cecilia decided to begin dog grooming. During her years in this field, she became an experienced groomer. She brings her professional experience with animals to her new role as a veterinary assistant. Cecilia is currently completing coursework to become a veterinary technician, so she values the experience she is gaining as an assistant. She has always had a love and connection with animals, and has had many pets throughout her life. When Cecilia is not caring for your sweet fur babies, she loves spending time with her family, being outdoors, and caring for her own three furry children. She has an adorable lab mix named Norman, a sweet tuxedo cat named Ryder and a wild kitty who is 7 weeks old named Tilly!