Meet the Team

Have your pets pampered by our team of experts!
judy sampson

Judy Sampson - Manager

Born in PEI and raised in Connecticut and Cape Breton, Judy has spent the longest stretch of her life in Southern Ontario. With a BAA in Photographic Arts from Ryerson, Judy found herself in the corporate communications world. After a 10-year stint coordinating a large children’s charity, Dr. Sarah Machell asked Judy if she would help open a pet spaw, as North Oakville Animal Hospital was moving to a larger space which could accommodate a purpose-built spaw. In 2010, combining Judy’s lifelong love of animals and her relish of a good challenge, The Ark Pet Spaw & Emporium was born. Judy and her family are owned by a Scruffy the senior Miniature Schnauzer, Joy the silly Tibetan Spaniel, and Zachary the FIV positive, totally awesome former street cat. In her spare time, Judy can be found doing yard work, enjoying hikes on the Bruce Trail with the dogs and her husband, or tooting around town on her bright yellow Stella scooter.

samantha browne

Samantha Browne - Groomer

A resident of Burlington, Sam joined The Ark’s team in 2016. She loves animals, especially dogs. Sam has always wanted to work with animals, and also enjoys being creative which led her to grooming. She graduated with a diploma in General Business from Mohawk College, the Animal Care Program at Sheridan College, and Pets Beautiful School of Styling in London, Ontario. She has one senior cock-a-poo, Cody. In her spare time away from work, Sam spends her time with friends and enjoys trying new things. She also plays in a women's soccer league during the week to keep active.

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Mary Maracle - Groomer

Mary was born in Belleville, ON and raised in Shannonville. When she was 8 years old, she was in charge of bathing her grandparent’s poodle before the mobile groomer arrived. After graduating from the business program at Mohawk College in 2002, Mary got her first dog and realized what a challenging field pet grooming was. She found the perfect career that allowed her to work with her favourite beings, dogs and cats! Mary graduated from B Pro Grooming academy in 2003 and has been grooming ever since.
When asked what she finds rewarding about grooming, Mary says that she enjoys working with all different kinds of dogs (and cats) every day and helping them look (and feel) great. She loves getting to know each pet’s personality and making them as comfortable as possible during their spaw experience. An animal lover through and through, Mary would have a million pets if she could – for now, she shares her home with Titan, an handsome Manchester Terrier cross and Bella, an Eclectus Parrot.