Meet Our Team

Canine Kindergarten at The Park is owned and operated by seasoned professionals with over 20 years of knowledge in dog care. Our experience shows; we are recommended by local veterinarians and proud to have won multiple “Best of Westchester” awards. Our owners and staff have combined talents in the areas of dog care, obedience training, veterinary medicine, animal welfare and business management.

Would you like to join our team?  Please email us at and we will contact you to discuss our employment opportunities.

Elissa Cohen

Elissa Cohen, co-owner, gained expertise and knowledge of canine behavior and training through her partnership with Tim Thimsen, owner of Paws & Effect. Running a business is a natural fit for Elissa as she had over 15 years expertise in corporate management and independent consulting prior to founding Canine Kindergarten 11 years ago and Canine Kindergarten at The Park 5 years ago. Formerly, she was a Vice President of a premier financial institution where she held numerous management positions and earned the reputation for excellent leadership and outstanding customer service. Elissa and her husband have resided in the Town of Cortlandt for over 26 years.

Kathleen Reynolds

Kathleen Reynolds, co-owner, has worked professionally with dogs for the last 20 years. She is an owner of Wags Doggie Daycamp in Danbury, CT and Unleashed Doggie Daycare in New Milford, CT. She has an extensive background in animal welfare and shelter work, as a Director and Dog Program Chair of the Danbury Animal Welfare Society, and, earlier, as a volunteer coordinator and adoption counselor at a large, non-profit animal shelter in Maryland. She has a degree in Biology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. Kathleen lives in Ridgefield, CT with her rescued dog Cassie.

Amy Wibling

Amy Wibling, co-owner, worked as a veterinary technician for many years prior to joining the doggie daycare field. She is a former dog-handling volunteer with Danbury Animal Welfare Society in Connecticut and currently volunteers with their transportation and foster programs. Amy is Pet Tech First Aid certified. She has been a co-owner of Wags Doggie Daycamp and Boarding in Danbury, CT for the past five years and is a co-owner/founder of Unleashed Doggie Daycare in New Milford, CT. Amy lives in Danbury, CT with her two rescue dogs, Scout and Wilhelmina.

Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith, co-owner, has been a registered Pet Therapy volunteer for 10 years. She has a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and 10 years’ experience in Medical Management as well as 10 years’ experience co-owning Canine Kindergarten and Canine Kindergarten at The Park. Lisa is currently on the Board of Directors of Paws Crossed Animal Rescue and has been working hands on in dog rescue, foster and adoption for the past 3 years. Lisa is Pet CPR Certified. Lisa resides in Ossining with her husband and high school sweetheart, 2 daughters, 4 dogs and 4 cats.

Holly Santana

Holly Santana, Director of Training, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) with over a decade of experience teaching group obedience classes, private training and behavioral consultations. She was educated by the Animal Behavior College and has extensive experience in shelter, dog daycare and group settings with dogs. Holly uses the most up to date positive reinforcement training methods; her passion for training keeps her current on new developments in the industry. She emphasizes bonding between owner and dog and is a proponent of the dog’s physical and mental well-being with an emphasis on reading dog body language. Holly attained her CPDT-KA certification, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, and an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator. Holly and her husband, Caleb, share their Croton on Hudson home with Indiana, a hound/retriever mix, and Tessa the yellow lab.

Tim Thimsen

Tim Thimsen is both a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Certified Canine Behavior Counselor and is dedicated to improving your relationship with your dog. Tim is a graduate of the Animal Behavior Center of New York, where he was awarded his certification as a Canine Behavior Counselor. He has also earned recognition as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer by the nation’s best known training organization, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Tim has been providing private dog training and behavior counseling to dogs and their owners in Westchester and Putnam counties for over 15 years.

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What Our Clients Are Saying

“CK at The Park has been an amazing adventure. Pepsi was the first pupster I brought to day care and I can't tell you how wonderful it has been. The professional, courteous and friendly staff are always on hand, ready and eager to interact with the pack or field any questions you might have. At first I'd check the webcam but almost instantly you know that he is in a safe, fun packed, friend filled environment and picking up a tired happy boy each visit confirms it. There are games to play, toys to chew and best of all for Pepsi, things he can climb on watch over the fun. I've recommended CK@the park to friends with dogs, friends who are thinking of getting a dog and friends with no dogs.. just because we think it's phenomenal. Kudos and keep up the good work.”
- Suzanne B.

“Timber loves going to Canine Kindergarten -- he can't jump out of the car fast enough! It makes us happy knowing he's being well taken care of by the amazing staff during the day, getting plenty of exercise, and having tons of fun whether he's playing with the other dogs, or splashing around in the dog pools outside. We've recommended Canine to all of our dog owner friends.”
- Fred & Ashley A.