SitStay Authors

The authors for SitStay provide viewers with all the best information, advice, tips, and tricks when it comes to caring for your pet. Our authors are trusted professionals that have taken their love of pets and made it into their career as veterinarians, vet techs, trainers and more.


Dr. Erica Irish author of SitStay.com

Dr. Erica Irish

Veterinarian

Erica has worked in the veterinary field since 2006, starting out as a veterinary technician before graduating from the UF College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. As a general practitioner in an animal hospital, she has many interests and is especially interested in dermatology, cardiology, internal and integrative medicine.


Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM author of Sitstay.com

Dr. Sara Ochoa DVM

Veterinarian

Sara is a graduate of St. George's University with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Sara has been practicing Veterinary Medicine for the past 4 years treating small animal and exotic animals. She owns a dog, cat, rabbit, and tortoise. She has extensive knowledge treating all species of animals with a passion for surgery.

Sara also has experience in international travel with my dog. We have visited different countries and lived abroad in Grenada for 3 years.


Amber LaRock author of SitStay.com

Amber LaRock

Vet Tech & Trainer

Amber is a Licensed Vet Tech with a degree in Veterinary Technology. Recently she has specialized in veterinary and animal-related content creation and social media management. When she is not working she loves spending time with her furry friends exploring the outdoors.


Kendall Abbott SitStay Author

Kendall Abbott

Vet Tech & Trainer  

 Kendall Abbott obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kansas, she then went on to pursue her education and love for animals by attending the Animal Behavior College. Kendall began her professional career as an animal care technician for the Kansas Humane Society. After finishing school Kendall followed her passion for dog training and took a position with Beyond The Dog. After 5 years she then left to focus on being a freelance dog trainer.


Claudia Bensimoun author of SityStay.com

Claudia Bensimoun  

Canine Specialist

Claudia Bensimoun is a freelance journalist and author, and specializes in veterinary content, and eBooks. She's a long-time feature writer for Animal Wellness magazine, Fido Friendly magazine, and the United States Dog Agility Association. In addition, Bensimoun has written for numerous pet websites, magazines, newspapers and online publications. Her interests include wildlife conservation, animal welfare, disaster/ humanitarian relief, veterinary research, and veganism.


Nicole DeVault

Nicole DeVault

Canine Specialist  

Nicole is a professional dog trainer who has been in the business for about 5 years. She has two dogs of her own. Milli is a ten-year-old Beagle with plenty of sass to go around, and Axel is her three-year-old Pitbull who has more energy than anyone knows what to do with. Both of her dogs are rescues who came to her with their own set of issues. Working with troubled dogs is where her passion for dog training started. She has grown to learn that teaching PEOPLE how to communicate with their fur babies allows them to enjoy happy and stress-free lives together. Specializing in off-leash obedience, Nicole has worked with young puppies, toy dog breeds, giant dog breeds, and even aggressive dogs. Using a variety of tools and methods has allowed Nicole to help clients and dogs find what is best for them.


Jessica Mabie

Jessica Mabie

Canine Specialist

Jessica Mabie is a Freelance Writer residing in the Twin Cities. She specializes in writing about pets, travel, and food. Jessica graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Minnesota, TC.

Jessica has always loved dogs, and, at the age of 14, she started volunteering at a neighborhood vet clinic. While at the U of M, she continued her work with dogs as an obedience trainer and vet tech. Although she no longer works with dogs professionally, she does use her experience as a volunteer with American Brittany Rescue as well as aiding in her writing.


Grant Withers author SitStay.com

Grant Withers

An award-winning writer for SitStay with a passion for pets and especially dogs! Grant loves writing about furry little goofballs and aims to educate pet parents about anything and everything regarding their dogs.