Columbia Pet Grooming & Boarding
Kennel ManagerSamantha Quercio
Samantha joined the team at VCA Lewis in August of 2010. She specializes in the special care and comfort of your pets while staying with us. After spending time at Baltimore Animal Control, Sam developed a fond love for the pit bull breed, and now has her very own two "pibbles" named Sixx and Lars. She also has three lizards named Peter, Brian, and Stewie. In her free time, Sam enjoys exotic foods, concerts and spending time at home with her pets!
"My life would be incomplete if I did anything else!"
Kennel AssistantCheri Bermudez
School: University of Maryland, Environmental Science
Cheri Bermudez has over 6 years of experience working at Animal Hospitals and wildlife conservation organizations. She has a degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Wildlife Biology from the University of Maryland. Her hobbies include hiking, bird watching, fossil collecting and hanging out with her two cats, Murphy and Mac, and three dogs, Spike, Rocky, and Jack.
Kennel AssistantKaren Howes
Karen began working at VCA Lewis in 1991 as a kennel technician. In 1997 she started helping her sister, June, in the grooming department, assisting with baths and haircuts. When it comes to pets that are boarding with us, Karen wants to make them feel like our hospital is their home away from home, and she makes it her goal to keep them happy and comfortable during their stay. There has never been a moment in Karen's life where she has been without a pet, and she currently has an array of different animals. She is the proud owner of Charlie, a lion head rabbit (pictured above); an adorable little chihuahua named Frida, and a Conure named Annie. Karen enjoys camping, crafts, and has a large assortment of horse collectibles and nutcrackers.
"My life has been enriched by my family of pets. I want to share my attention, love, and care for others' pets."
When your pet needs a haircut or just a general spa day, it's time for them to come visit our groomer, June!
June started working at VCA Lewis in 1990 as kennel technician/receptionist. In 1994, she decided to pursue her true calling as a pet groomer, where she enjoys making pets look and feel fabulous! She lives with a number of different animals which include her retriever mix, Littlefoot (pictured above); her newest addition, who is a tabby named Princess Strawberry; Peanut, a lop-eared rabbit; a Russian Bear Hamster named Hamtaro; and a guinea pig named Reeses. Her hobbies, she says, are her son's hobbies, which include horseback riding and karate. When she has time to herself, she also enjoys sight-seeing, crafts, camping, studying Native American lore, and volunteering.
"I love animals. There has never been a time in my life that I didn't have an animal. My family has included dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals. My love for animals spread into caring for other peoples' pets. I want to ensure pet parents that their pets are getting the best care."