My Team2018-08-22T16:42:55+00:00

The Pet Care Professionals

Our Team


Lanette Yingling

EXPERIENCE: Previously worked at an emergency vet clinic, pet store, Cosley Animal Farm, Brookfield Zoo’s Children’s Zoo

EDUCATION: BS in Biology and an Environmental Science minor from Northern Illinois University

HOMETOWN: Sandwich

PETS: Maggie (Golden Retriever), Roo (Podenco), Sonny (cat), Doc (horse), and a canary

FAVORITE CHARITIES: Willowbrook Wildlife, Wild Tails, Kendall County Animal Control

“My goal is to be as knowledgeable as I can about all aspects of animal care and to provide the best possible care for your furry (or scaly!) family members.”

Linda Race
Linda RaceOffice Manager

JOINED MDP: June 2012

HOMETOWN: Somonauk

PETS: Aleena Lee (Aussie Mix), Stark (Border Collie), and three cats (Miss Kitty Meow Meow, Michael Westen, Jessie Porter)

FAVORITE CHARITY: Best Friends Animal Society

“Animals have always been a part of my life and I’m truly fascinated with animal behavior and body language. I love our fur-ever growing family at work and here at home.”

Brian McGuire
Brian McGuireDog Handler

JOINED MDP: January 2018

HOMETOWN: Sandwich

PETS: One Boa Constrictor

FAVORITE CHARITY: Best Friends Animal Society

“I have always loved animals and I wanted to be a Zoo Keeper when I was little. I started working as a groomer in 2017 and have been working with dogs ever since and loving it! I wake up excited to go to work!”

Alison Matykiewicz
Alison MatykiewiczDog Handler

JOINED MDP: January 2018


PETS: 3 Dogs, Bearded Dragon and a Pet Bass Fish

“I have been a vet for the past 9 years and love working with animals. I am going to school part time in hopes of becoming a human nurse. I love hiking with my dogs and being in nature. I love rock climbing and hope that one day I will live somewhere that I can do it outside on a ruglar basis””

Leslie Byrne
Leslie ByrneDog Walker & Pet Sitter

JOINED MDP: February 2018

HOMETOWN: Sandwich

PETS: 3 cats and 4 chickens

FAVORITE CHARITY: World Wildlife Federation

“Love all animals!! Enjoy spending time with my pets and my kids. Love reading, dancing and jewelry.”

Anna Davis
Anna DavisPet Sitter

JOINED MDP: March 2016

HOMETOWN: Lake Holiday

PETS: Gracie (Mixed Black Lab)

FAVORITE CHARITY: Best Friends Animal Society

“I am newly retired. I love dogs and enjoy walking. It’s the perfect combination for this phase of my life. I love what I do. I treat our clients’ dogs like I would my own.”

Donna Ostrye
Donna OstryePet Sitter

JOINED MDP: June 2017


PETS: 2 Cats, Lina & Lu-a-Lu

FAVORITE CHARITY: Any organization that rescues animals or Girl Scouts of America

“I have a masters degree in Humanities from U of Chicago. My undergraduate degree is from West Virginia University. For my primary career I was self employed in drapery design and fabrication for over 30 years. I am retired and working as a fine artists with my medium primarily oil pastel and watercolor. It would be my privilege to do any pet in portraiture.”

Amber Delo
Amber DeloPet Sitter

JOINED MDP: June 2017

EDUCATION & TRAINING: BS in Kinesiology, over a decade of Navy service
HOMETOWN: Lake Holiday

PETS: Faith (Rescued Pit Bull mix) and two cats (Daisy, Stella)

“I have been bringing Faith to Mid-Day Play for about five years and she has always received the absolute highest level of care! Rest assured, I will take care to your fur babies and take care of them as if they were my own!”

Jessica Plante
Jessica PlanteSummer Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

JOINED MDP: June 2017

HOMETOWN: Somonauk

PETS: Toby (Cattle Dog Mix)

“Since adopting Toby two years ago, I have become obsessed with taking dog training classes, reading up on dog behavior, and learning about everything dog related! I love walking, so getting to walk with a dog is even better.”

Suzy Hager
Suzy HagerDog Handler

JOINED MDP: May 2018

PETS: Abby a 1 year old golden retriever, Chibbs a 3 year old black cat, and adding a new golden retriever puppy this summer! I also have a fish aquarium with over 30 tropical fish.
FAVORITE CHARITY: Local rescues As Good as Gold, and H.E.L.P.

“I have been working in the veterinary field since I was 15 years old, taking care of animals has become my passion in life. I’ve been a Vet tech for about 10 years. Being at Mid-Day Play gives me the opportunity to see the pets in a happy and fun environment, I really enjoy it! .”

Deb Bartholomew
Deb BartholomewDog Walker/Pet Sitter

JOINED MDP: June 2018

HOMETOWN: Yorkville
PETS: Lucy (Bichon ) Katie (Kitty Cat)
FAVORITE CHARITY: Kendall County Animal Shelter, all rescues and shelters

“I recently retired from my full time job and decided to do what I love, taking care of animals. I love spending quality time walking, sitting and playing with the fur babies. I spend my spare time learning more about animals, golf and gardening.”

Deb Samuels
Deb SamuelsDog Handler

JOINED MDP: August 2018

HOMETOWN: Sandwich, IL
PETS: 1 Dog – Great Pyrenees/hound mix named Maverick

“I have been around animals my whole life. They are my passion along with family and friends.”

Julie Johnson
Julie JohnsonDog Handler/Pet Sitter

JOINED MDP: July 2018

PETS: 2 Dogs Hanna and Sherlock

“Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration but recently decided to fulfill my dreams working with animals. I truly enjoy the company of pets and providing peace of mind and care for your four legged family members.”

Jenna Guthrie
Jenna GuthrieDog Walker/Pet Sitter

JOINED MDP: August 2018

HOMETOWN: Sandwich, IL
PETS: 2 Dogs Reagan and Truman & 2 Cats Aegon and Duncan

“My dream has always been to work with animals and now I have that opportunity!”