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 2 Pomeranian's named Jersey and Kenny. In her spare time away from work, Sam spends her time with friends and enjoys trying new things. She also plays in The World Axe Throwing League, to keep active.