Meet the Staff

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

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 moms 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

Groomer, 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 and is a proud owner of two German Shepherds Gunther & Red . She enjoys taking them on hiking adventures.

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


Jessica DiOrio

Bather, 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 owns a french bulldog named Abby. 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.


Stephanie Midurski

Assistant Manager / Groomer , Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Stephanie, “Steph” grew up in Acushnet and graduated from New Bedford High in 2013. She graduated from West Virginia University in May of 2017 with a B.S. in Animal and Nutritional Sciences and a minor in Equine Management. Stephanie has been working at Emma Marie’s since the very beginning, she is a jack of all trades, working the grooming, boarding, daycare and helping customers up front. Stephanie enjoys spending time with her horse, two dogs and three cats.

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


Shelli Knox

Receptionist, 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 DeTerra

Receptionist, Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Chelsea grew up in Fairhaven and currently resides in Swansea. 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 free time enjoys being with her 2 dogs Yogi & Meadow.

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


Leslie Boyle

Receptionist, 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

Receptionist, Ordering and Sales, Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Brittany grew up in Dartmouth and currently resides in New Bedford with her partner Melissa. She joined the staff in October 2014. Brittany has three cats and if she could have a dog too, she would! Her favorite breed has always been a Great Dane. She hopes to open her own shelter and rescue one day in the future.

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


Jessica Cruz

Receptionist and Daycare Attendant, 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.


Jennifer Dalton

Receptionist and Daycare Attendant, Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Jennifer “Jenny” joined the Emma Marie’s staff in the summer of 2015 and works in the boarding and daycare area. She has a passion for dogs and has ambitions of fostering them in the near future. Jenny is a proud owner of a rescued chocolate lab named Peter who never leaves her side. When she is not outside playing with the dogs at Emma Marie’s, she is working at her other job in the healthcare industry at St. Luke’s hospital.

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


Adam Bigos

Senior Daycare Attendant, 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

Daycare and Boarding Attendant, 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

Marketing and Sales & Daycare and Boarding Attendant, Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Anne joined the staff in December 2017 and works in the boarding and daycare area. If shes 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, their crazy cat Nug and Vizla Hazel.

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


Jillan Reichert

Daycare and Boarding Attendant, 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, then realized that wasn’t for her. Jill resides in Marion with her family and two adopted dogs Spencer & Scooter. When Jill isn’t here you can find her working and training at Harmonious Hounds or relaxing with her pups.

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


Foster Cripps

Daycare and Boarding Attendant, Certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid

Foster lives in Fairhaven and graduated from Bristol County Agricultural High School in 2019 majoring in Large Animal Science. He is now at UMass Dartmouth majoring in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology. He has volunteered at Fairhaven Animal Shelter for the past couple years and also interned at Buttonwood Park Zoo. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his three dogs: Mia, Fergus, and Vienna as well as his three rescue cats. He joined the staff in Summer 2019.


Amanda Taberski

Daycare and Boarding Attendant, Groomers Aid

Amanda lives in Fall River with her dog rescue Boxer Bella, 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 Bella.