MATTAPOISETT, MA • (508) 758-8276

N. DARTMOUTH, MA • (774) 206-1019

MATTAPOISETT, MA • (508) 758-8276

N. DARTMOUTH, MA • (774) 206-1019

MEET THE STAFF

Familiar faces who strive to make you and your pet happy.

Johnelle Ciano

Johnelle Ciano

Owner, Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Johnelle grew up on a 60 acre farm in Acushnet accompanied with 15 dogs, 5 Quarter horses, 10 cows and a barn cat. After graduating from Old Colony Regional Vocational High School Cosmetology Department in 2006, she soon realized that human hair wasn’t her thing. Johnelle then worked with her mom full time grooming dogs at her mom’s facility in Acushnet. Soon after, she decided to open her own facility and started working with her husband on building it. Emma Marie’s opened in August 2010 named after Johnelle’s dog Emma Marie who had recently passed.

Johnelle now resides in Acushnet with her Husband Chris Ciano, son Christian, & their three dogs Mally, Sonora, & “L”. Johnelle enjoys running with her dogs, riding horses, boating and most importantly she enjoys working with the animals.

Johnelle is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Laura Sullivan

Laura Sullivan

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Laura grew up in Marion and graduated from Old Rochester Regional High School in 2009. She joined the staff in 2014 and graduated from Animal Behavioral College 2016 to become a certified dog groomer. Laura resides in Rochester with her Fiance’ and is a proud owner of two German Shepherds Gunther & Red . In her spare times she enjoys taking them on hiking adventures.

Laura is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Jessica DiOrio

Jessica DiOrio

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Formerly known as Jessica Souza, Jess grew up in Acushnet, MA and graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational High School. She grew up around animals all her life, and now owns a french bulldog named Abby, and a french mastiff named Nala. She currently resides in Riverside, RI with her husband Matt, daughters Kyra & Mia, and son Matt Jr. She has been with Emma Marie’s since 2011 and has worked in all of the departments, but her passion is in the grooming room.

Jess is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Shelli Knox

Shelli Knox

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Shelli has been with Emma Marie’s since its opening. She enjoys working with the clients and their pets. Shelli has one dog a yellow lab named Shelby. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and her grandchildren.

Shelli is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Chelsea Petrouski

Chelsea Petrouski

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Chelsea grew up in Fairhaven and currently resides in Swansea with her husband Nick. She grew up on her grandparents family farm and always had a love for animals big and small. Chelsea attended Bristol Aggie and graduated in 2010 from Small Animal Science. She joined the staff at Emma Marie’s in the fall of 2012. In Chelsea’s free time enjoys being with her two corgi’s Yogi & Meadow.

Chelsea is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Leslie Boyle

Leslie Boyle

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Leslie lives in Mattapoisett with her husband Kevin. She was a client for two years before joining the Emma Marie’s team. She enjoys spending her time with her rescue dog Gidgette. Leslie loves researching and testing all the latest dog products on the market, not to mention Gidgette loves being a test dummies!

Leslie is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Brittany Baptista

Brittany Baptista

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Brittany graduated from New Bedford High School in 2011 and currently resides in New Bedford with her partner Melissa and their three cats; Binx, Salem & Sonny. After spending her spare time volunteering at animal shelters, Brittany joined the Emma Marie’s staff in October 2014. She enjoys finding new trails to hike, traveling and spending time with her friends & family.

Brittany is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Jessica Cruz

Jessica Cruz

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Jessica also known as “Jess”, grew up and currently resides in Rochester with her husband Nate, and her three children Adriana, Colton, & Myles. Jess graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational High School in cosmetology, and she joined the staff at Emma Marie’s in 2014.

Jessica is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education

Adam Bigos

Adam Bigos

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Adam lives in Fairhaven and has been with Emma Marie’s since 2011 and loves it. Along with his love for animals he enjoys hiking, camping, and basically anything that involves being outside. Adam has a daughter that is coincidentally named “Emma Marie” and another one named Ellie. On a typical day you will find Adam outside enjoying the day with the dogs.

Adam is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Matt Alves

Matt Alves

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Matthew lives in Fairhaven and graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, in the Computer Aided Drafting shop. He is now currently attending UMass Dartmouth to further his degree. As a child he grew up next to a dog breeder and has always loved dogs. Matt joined the staff in the fall of 2015 and works in the boarding/daycare area. He currently owns a yellow lab named Hunter who he loves to spend time with.

Matt is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Anne Harrison

Anne Harrison

Certified in Pet CPR & Pet First Aid

Anne joined the staff in December 2017 working as our marketing & design specialist. If she’s not working here you will find her modeling part time. She graduated from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, in Health Career Services in 2016. She currently resides in Mattapoisett with her partner Alex and crazy Vizsla sisters, Hazel and Harlow.

Anne is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Jillian Mattson

Jillian Mattson

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Jillian, also known as “Jill”, joined the staff in the summer of 2018 and graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a degree in Biology and minor in English. Jill always had a passion for helping animals and for awhile she worked in the Marine Biology field, but then realized that wasn’t for her. Jill currently resides in Rochester with her husband Ben and their rescue dog Scooter.

Jillian is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Foster Cripps

Foster Cripps

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Foster joined the staff in the Summer of 2019 and currently lives in Fairhaven. Foster has always had a passion for animals & graduated from Bristol County Agricultural High School in 2019 majoring in Large Animal Science. Now he attends UMass Dartmouth, with hopes of graduating in Spring 2021. During the past couple years he interned at Buttonwood Park Zoo. In his spare time, he likes to relax with his three dogs: Mia, Fergus, and Vienna as well as his three rescue cats. .

Foster is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Pet Emergency Education.

Amanda Taberski

Amanda Taberski

Amanda lives in Fall River with her boxer Ryker, and Joined the staff August 2019. Amanda grew up in Berkley and Graduated from Somerset High in 2013. Since she was young she has always had a love for animals and previously worked at JM Pet Resort before joining the staff. When you don’t see Amanda here you will find her relaxing with Ryker.
Kim Aguiar

Kim Aguiar

Kim was a client of Emma Marie’s before joining the staff in October 2019. She resides in Rochester with her Husband Carlos and her two son’s C.J. & Dylan. Kim and her family are the proud owners of two Portuguese Water dogs Leo & Adele. When Kim isn’t spending time with her family you will find her enjoying her other passion fitness. Besides working here Kim is a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

Ashley Dias

Ashley Dias

Ashley Joined the staff in July 2020 and has been assisting in all departments. She grew up in Pennsylvania before moving to Massachusetts and currently resides in Lakeville with her 3 cattle dogs Rosco, Duke, & Cooter. Before working at Emma Marie’s Ashley attended Johnson & Whales University and earned her Bachelors degree in Equine Business Management. When Ashley isn’t at work you will find her at the barn with her 4 horses or teaching riding lessons in Rochester.
Tara Duclos

Tara Duclos

Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Tara grew up in Fall River and attended Diaman Regional for high school. She later earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Management and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Financial Management and became a Notary Public, but her true joy has always been being around animals. She worked in the veterinary field before joining Emma Marie’s in September 2020. Tara currently shares her home with her Boxer Jolene and Lab Pei Max. In her free time, she enjoys her Jeep, reading, crafting, walks and movies.

Tara is Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Certified by Paws N Claws 911 and human CPR and AED Certified by the American Heart Association.

Samantha Craig

Samantha Craig

Samantha, also known as “Sam”, grew up in Framingham, but now currently resides in Mattapoisett with her boyfriend, David. She has three dogs named Oliver, Eloise, and Harvey. Samantha grew up with all kinds of animals, but she has always been extra passionate about dogs. She’s been in the Pet Care Industry since 2011 and joined the Emma Marie’s staff in September 2020. In her free time, she loves doing hand-stitched embroidery, playing video games, teaching her dogs new tricks and taking them to new places to explore and hike!

Samantha Croke

Samantha Croke

Samantha also known as “Sam”, currently resides in Wareham with her husband and daughter. Sam has three pups of her own: two German Shepherds, Zeke and Mater, as well as Noodle, her standard poodle. Sam graduated from Brockton High in 2005 and attended UMASS Dartmouth. She began her grooming career 10 years ago, along with her love for grooming and animals she enjoys camping, and beach days with her family.

Stephanie Fowlie

Stephanie Fowlie

Stephanie joined the staff in September of 2020. She attended Bristol Aggie and graduated in 2016 with a major in Small Animal Science. She recently graduated from Unity College in May 2020 where she majored in Captive Wildlife Care and Education with a minor in Zoology. She has been volunteering at the Fairhaven Animal Shelter since 2017 and still does on her days off. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her two dogs, Max and Otis, and three cats, Chewie, Orion, and Vader. .

Nicole Poineau

Nicole Poineau

Nicole joined the staff in September of 2020. She grew up in New Bedford MA and currently lives in Acushnet MA where she loves to spend time in nature with her family and best friend Diesel, their German Shepherd. Nicole graduated from New Bedford Voc in 2018, in the Early Childhood Education shop. Nicole is currently a student at Bridgewater State University where she is studying Psychology and Biology. In her free time, she loves to travel and is currently working on a school bus conversion project with her boyfriend, Dillon!