Meet the Team

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LILY REICHE

LILY REICHE

Founder and Operator

Lily has been working with animals professionally since she immigrated to the United States from South Africa in 2006.
She has a certification from The Karen Pryor Academy of Dog Training for completing The Dog Trainers Foundation Course and has attended seminars on Separation Anxiety in Dogs, Leash Reactivity and Dog Aggression, Calming Signals in Dogs and Dog-on-Dog Play.  She uses force-free, positive reinforcement clicker-training to encourage confidence and independent growth in all animals.

SAVANNAH SCILLEY

SAVANNAH SCILLEY

Pet Care Professional

Hi my name is Savannah Scilley, I was born in Dallas Texas and moved here with my family. I’ve grown up all my life around dogs. I volunteered for 2 1/2 years at a shelter in Santa Barbara during college and really learned how to handle and train dogs. I started out as a C class trainer but after a year I made it to A class, which dealt with dogs that were a little harder to handle and needed special attention. I love animals and respect them. I understand they have emotions and each have a different personality. I love spending time with them.

KATHY DIAZ

KATHY DIAZ

Pet Care Professional

Hi, I’m Kathy! I have always loved animals, having grown up with them all my life. I admit that I am addicted to all the animal rescue and vet shows on TV. I am also a regular contributor to regional and national animal rescue groups. I am the proud mom of Lucy, a Chug (a Chihuahua-pug mix) and a cat, Dulce. I think that all of the dogs I walk are the cutest things ever, and I couldn’t be happier than when they pee and poop. In addition to dog walking, I am also a freelance writer and long-time host of an Afro-Cuban music/salsa show on public radio.

SARAH RIVAS

SARAH RIVAS

Office Manager

Sarah has a compassionate nature and a calm disposition which makes her a perfect fit for My Dog Spot. She has a great relationship with many of our senior dogs and has a way of allowing our more timid dogs come out of their shell and enjoy what it is like to be rambunctious and playful. Thanks, Sarah.

LACEY YOCHAM

LACEY YOCHAM

Pet Care Professional

Hi, I’m Lacey! I’m from a small town right in the middle of this lovely state we call home. I lived there for 24 years on a small non-working ranch. We had horses, chickens, cats, and dogs. I’ve always loved animals and I love taking the time to train dogs. I’m very familiar with a multitude of breeds and temperaments as I’ve had dogs from Chihuahuas to Heelers to Labradors to Pitbulls and everything in between. I’ve always been the go-to person to sit for dogs for friends and family. I want to thank you for choosing My Dog Spot and allowing me and others to care for your four legged family members!

RAFAEL ESTARELLAS

RAFAEL ESTARELLAS

Pet Care Professional

Hello there. My name is Rafael Estarellas and taking care of people/animals is what I love to do. I come from a very family oriented bunch and that also included our pets. I have been around and have helped take care a lot of different kinds of animals from cats, dogs, chickens to rats, reptiles, and tarantulas. I enjoy learning about the animals and their specific characteristics and how to handle them properly. I hope that in the future I’m able to have learned enough about our many species on our planet to make a positive change in how we treat, communicate, and help preserve their existence. 

MELISSA EATON

MELISSA EATON

Pet Care Professional

Hi, my name is Melissa Eaton! I have always loved animals of all shapes and sizes. I grew up with rescue dogs all my life and currently have a couple kitties of my own. I was working in the corporate world when I decided I really wanted to work with that I love, dogs. Working with dogs is so much fun, calming, stress free. Being with our furry friends everyday is great, their happiness is contagious. Looking forward to continuous work with animals!

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