Meet Our Team

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Meet Our Team

Our team of trainers have spent countless hours learning the Taming the Wild approach as well as learning canine background and breed history. We combine this scientific knowledge with a friendly and supportive environment so that you and your dog will have the tools you need to enjoy life together.

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Trainer Supervisor, Memphis

Ashley came all the way down to Memphis from Wisconsin back in 2018 to work with Taming the Wild. With her came her two dogs, Elliot (a black lab) and Charlie (a Newfoundland/Saint Bernard mix). Ashley, Charlie, and Elliot all miss the colder weather but are enjoying themselves in Tennessee. In her free time, she enjoys taking her dogs for hikes, going to the park for a swim, or watching movies (especially in the horror genre). Someday she hopes to take both of her dogs to the beach and watch as they enjoy jumping through the waves and maybe snap a few action shots for Instagram. Ashley enjoys working with all sorts of dogs but particularly enjoys larger breeds that remind her of her own dogs. She also enjoys the challenge that large dogs can bring. She brings a bright smile and energy to Taming the Wild and is here to ensure your experience with us is 10/10!

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Trainer, Memphis

Autumn brings a varied skill set to our team with a background ranging from police dog training to obedience. Autumn knew from a young age that animals were her passion. She traveled to Memphis from Maryland with her German Shepherd, Hero, and her cat, Eleanor. Together they enjoy sunny park days and all the frisbee a dog can do. In her spare time, she enjoys anything with a creative aspect - acrylic painting and especially playing the piano. Someday she wishes to travel around the world, attending dog sport seminars to build knowledge and possibly one day participating!

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Trainer, Tupelo

Born and raised in Tupelo, MS, Coleman graduated from Tupelo High School and attended the University of Mississippi. Two years after enrolling at Ole Miss he accepted a job to pursue working in International Trade (food and beverage industry) in Los Angeles, California. During his free time in California, he enjoyed hiking in the hills, playing golf, and eating street tacos from the local food trucks. Coleman enjoys working with any dog breed because the different challenges of training each dog. He currently does not own a dog, but is looking and hopes to own his first pup in the near future.

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Business Development Manager, Memphis

Evan was born and raised in Memphis, TN, and graduated from Christian Brothers high school and the University of Memphis. Evan first came to Taming the Wild as a client when his dogs, Penny and Enzo, went through board and train programs back in 2019. If it were up to him, Evan would spend most of his time at a campsite in the Ozarks with his dogs. Evan is certifiably car-crazy and loves to fix things. You'll find him covered in grease from vintage cars and motorcycles most days and covered in dust from working on his 100-year-old house the others. Evan is easy to talk to and has never met a stranger. Ask him about his Hot Wheels collection.

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Trainer, Tupelo

Finn lives in Tupelo, Mississippi with his two dogs, Vanity (a German shorthaired pointer) and Prismo (a German wirehaired pointer). He has had a passion for dogs since he was a small child, and has always been especially fascinated with animal behavior. His favorite dogs are the high energy gundogs, because they remind him of his own pups! In his free time, he enjoys sewing, playing video games, and watching Adventure Time. His favorite pastime is taking his two children to Ballard Park. His goal is to one day make it big time and show a dog in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show!

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Kennel Manager, Tupelo

Madi has been a big part of the Taming the Wild team since 2021, initially as an Animal Care Attendant before moving and pursuing her career as the Kennel Manager of our newest Tupelo location! Being a country girl at heart, she is originally from Munford, Tennessee where she grew up always surrounded by dogs and the outdoors. From a young age she has volunteered at shelters, knowing she wanted animals in her future career. She has been so excited to meet all the new faces of Tupelo, but is especially excited about finding new hiking trails for her and her two dogs Tucker and Raven to explore!

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Trainer, Memphis

McKenzie is a Memphis native and joined the Taming the Wild team in 2019 after working as a veterinary assistant for several years. She lives with her dogs Fitzroy (Standard Poodle) and Sirius (German Shepherd mix), along with her two cats, Nito and Lizzie. McKenzie loves working with all dogs but especially those that are more reserved, as she enjoys building their confidence through training! When not training dogs, McKenzie enjoys reading, gardening, and kayaking. One day her goal is to live on and own a small hobby farm with a herd of Highland cattle and some Emu!

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Trainer, Memphis

Morgan is a former model turned dog trainer. She is a small-town soul with an adventurous heart. Her passion for animals started as a child living amongst a family of farmers in rural Tennessee, but her desire to see the world brought her to bigger cities such as Memphis. In Memphis, she met her husband, modeled for many years, and even opened her own women's clothing boutique! As time passed, she began wanting to enjoy a slower-paced life with her family and focus on growth in a dog training career which she truly loved more.

Trading her high heels for the "heel" command, she now spends most of her days making sure your 4-legged loved ones are enjoying themselves. When she's not doing that, she's often immersed in antiquing and dressing up her 11-year-old Yorkie!

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