Our team




David, an experienced K-9 police and military dog trainer moved to D.C. from Israel in 2015 to expand his skill set at Highland Canine School for Dog Trainers. During the 480-hour program, he studied a variety of training methods including positive and balanced method, as well as nutrition and first aid/CPR for dogs. David has worked with over 1,000 dogs of all breeds, ages, and temperaments and has conducted several specialized seminars for police and military dog handlers in the U.S.

David believes the first step towards any successful relationship is communication. At Paw by Paw Dog Training, David works to build a foundation of trust between each client and their dog through customized training plans. 




Carmen, a Salvadoran/American Master Dog Trainer moved to the U.S. in 2011. For eight years, she worked as a part-time Veterinary Assistant at a veterinary office in San Salvador.


In 2014, Carmen completed a 960-hour Master Training course at Highland Canine School for Dog Trainers, where she studied a variety of training methods including basic obedience, behavior modification, search and rescue, police K-9, service dogs, and canine first aid/CPR.


For the past four years she has worked with over 800 dogs and focused her expertise on service dog training, obedience, and behavior modification. Carmen believes in the importance of building a strong bond to create a vibrant human-dog team.


At Paw by Paw Dog Training, Carmen uses strategic training methods coupled with patience and consistency to develop healthy lifelong relationships.




Joanna, an experienced obedience and behavior modification trainer grew up locally in Potomac, MD. After completing Animal Behavior College's Dog Obedience Instructor Training program and internship, she enrolled her dog, Toro in Paw by Paw's Obedience 101 course for hands-on experience with our Master Trainers.

Joanna's love of dogs and desire to work with them was immediately apparent and she was soon hired as an intern at Paw at Paw. After an eight-month internship, she moved to North Carolina to complete a 480-hour Canine Training and Behavior Modification course at Highland Canine School for Dog Trainers. There she studied the practical application of behavior modification and obedience training.

At Paw by Paw Dog Training, Joanna puts theory into practice to foster the bond between humans and their canine companions.




Camren is one of Paw by Paw's talented dog trainers. He works with dogs of all ages and breeds in daily training lessons and assists with the training and care of pups in our Doggie Day School program, where he focuses on teaching basic obedience for real world application.

Before working with Paw by Paw, Camren spent a year at PetSmart in their Pet Hotel facility caring for and managing up to 100 dogs at a time. He also interned at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch where he assisted in the care of many different species, including bovines and equines.


At Paw by Paw Dog Training, Camren strives to reduce the number of dogs who have to be rehomed due to behavioral issues by better understanding essential communication between owners and their dogs.




Hannah’s innate ability to connect with animals started at an early age. She grew up locally in Potomac, Maryland and started riding horses when she was 4-years-old. At age 15, she began training in riding and natural horsemanship.


Hannah’s childhood love of dogs has fostered her desire to deepen her understanding of their behavior through her work with Paw by Paw. She has owned and fostered several dogs, including a beloved Shih Tzu named Lil’ Bean. 


At Paw by Paw, Hannah enjoys helping owners form a deeper connection with their canine companions through training.




Our talented Director of Operations, Melissa grew up locally in the Potomac area. She obtained a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland Global Campus and holds multiple nutrition certifications from UC Davis Veterinary School, specializing in canine and feline nutrition.


Prior to joining Paw by Paw, Melissa spent eight years as a store manager for Pet Valu. She is proud to have used her talent and knowledge of the pet-industry to organize dozens of philanthropic events with various non-profit animal groups within the Potomac community and beyond.


At Paw by Paw, Melissa works behind the scenes to streamline our operations— from answering your calls and emails to scheduling our free evaluations and lessons. Between communications with our pet parents, Melissa supports Paw by Paw's growth by establishing and promoting relationships with rescues and other local small businesses.




Julie is of New Zealand and British origin. She moved to Montgomery County in 2004 and raised her two daughters in local school systems.

She previously worked as a Director in Risk Management in the Financial Services industry. She has recently made a lifestyle change shifting from corporate employment to working with her twin interests of dogs and horses. Julie currently also works part-time at a local horse-riding barn where she also takes dressage lessons.

Julie was educated in both New Zealand and the UK. She holds a BA in Psychology from Auckland University and an MBA from London School of Business. She recently completed a Veterinary Assistant course at Montgomery College.

Julie currently has two dogs and a cat, Pudding (Chow Chow), Maxie (Samoyed) and her rescue cat (Marmalade).  

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