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Meet Our Expert Collective

Marvel had the Avengers. Ocean had his Eleven. And 90s kids had the Spice Girls. We figured we’d create our own dream team. So, we searched across the many different areas of pet care to form a supergroup of experts: The Wildest Collective. They are here to offer advice, review content, and help make sure we always stay on point. 

Cristin Tamburo smiling with a black-and-white cat.

Cristin Tamburo, CFTBS, CAFTP

Certified Feline Behavior Consultant & Founder of The Cat Counselor

Known as “The Cat Counselor.” Certified Feline Behavior Consultant. LA cat rescuer. Cristin is on a mission to reduce the number of cats sent to shelters for behavior issues. And she’s got plenty of expertise to help make a difference. Plus she’s the fearless leader of a seven-cat brood. So, yea, we trust her feline judgment. 

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Dr. Lindsey Wendt, DVM, CVA

Licensed Veterinarian and Founder of Crystal Lotus Veterinary Care

Lifelong animal lover. SoCal native. Former vet to elephants and naked mole-rats alike. These days, Dr. Wendt is a little less zoo, a little more pet. Her journey with her dog Nala’s health inspired her to open Crystal Lotus vet, where she provides well-rounded, customized care that gets creative and goes outside the mainstream.

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Dr. John Iovino smiling with a small dog.

Dr. John Iovino, DVM

Licensed Veterinarian and Digital Health Associate Veterinarian at Kinship

Brooklyn born and raised. Botany enthusiast. Six-year vet pro, with six pets to match: a bearded dragon, a ball python, two tortoises, a turtle, and a 10-year-old terrier. When he’s not hanging, Dr. Iovino is focusing on his many areas of interest, including education, preventative care, and sharing his expertise on our Ask a Vet tool.

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Brian Taylor, AKA The Dogfather, smiling with a dog mid-grooming.

Brian Taylor

Owner of Harlem Doggie Day Spa & Creator of The Pup Relief Tour

Banker turned pet groomer. Former child Pit Bull rescuer. The Dogfather of Harlem—and the founder of Harlem Doggie Day Spa. Brian is all about providing cage-free boarding, daycare, and grooming. And during the pandemic, he took his skills on the road with the Pup Relief Tour to offer free services to pet parents in need.

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Nicole Ellis

Nicole Ellis, CPDT-KA

Celebrity Dog Trainer & Author

Certified professional dog trainer. Horse mom. World traveler. Nicole Ellis can teach an old dog — or bear, or tiger, or leopard — new tricks. She has crossed the globe to train exotic animals. She also works as a celebrity dog trainer on The Pack (Amazon Prime) and travels to hospitals and nonprofit orgs with her rescue dog, Maggie, to perform and educate. 

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Sophie Gamand and her small brown dog

Sophie Gamand

Photographer & Animal Advocate

Dog photographer. Empathetic storyteller. Tireless advocate. Sophie Gamand is changing the world one camera click at a time. She travels around the world to shine a light on dogs in need. Through her social media following and photo exhibitions, she has helped find homes for hundreds of her canine muses, and raises funds for rescue organizations. 

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