Megan grew up in Downers Grove and has a lifelong love of wildlife. Megan went to college at Northern Illinois University and received a BA in Anthropology. ÂÂ Megan's internship was at Brookfield Zoo in the primate department, specifically Tropic World. While going to college, Megan was hired as a seasonal keeper for the summers in the children’s zoo and began doing mixed animal shows which included pigs, monkeys, goats, llamas and dogs. This was Megan’s first introduction to animal training. After graduation Megan moved to St. Louis and was hired as a keeper in the Bird Department and worked hand raising endangered birds for the zoo. Megan also tried her hand at the Sea Lion Show for about a year and then moved on to being a keeper for the cheetahs and bears, which she LOVED. A move to Baltimore brought Megan to the Baltimore Zoo where she worked in the giraffe house. Megan has her very own free flight bird show at the zoo which included flying owls and hawks. Her favorite bird, Storm, a red shouldered hawk, was my constant companion and cemented her love of birds of prey. Megan made her way back to the Chicago area and went back to Brookfield for a summer and then decided she needed to be home with her two daughters who attend Lincoln way east. Unil K9 Tailshakers got lucky enough to scoop her up!
Megan volunteers at PAWS of Tinley Park and is in charge of training for problem dogs at the shelter. This is how Megan became close in working with our Director or Training Ben Bartelstein. After working with Ben, she came on as an apprentice dog trainer working under Ben and utilizing her prior training knowledge to train dogs. Megan currently lives in Frankfort with her two daughter’s ages 14 and 17.ÂÂÂ