Throughout a childhood of frequent moves and uprooting of friendships as the daughter of a pastor, Stefani developed a very strong bond with her pets. She knew from her first 4H obedience training class at the age of nine that she wanted to pursue a deeper connection and communication with dogs. While acquiring her bachelor’s degree in General Studies from the University of Central Oklahoma, she also worked a part-time job as a bather at grooming salon. That job led to the opportunity to apprentice as a groomer.
After earning her B.S. in General Studies and completing the two-year-long apprenticeship process, Stef became a full-time groomer. She began working at Guthrie Pet Hospital shortly afterward. After almost a decade of working solely in the field of grooming, with the support and encouragement of Dr. Anna Coffin, Stef continued her education and deepened her connection with dogs once again by earning her dog training accreditation through Animal Behavior College. Now, she continues to groom dogs, as well as teaching private lessons in obedience and behavioral problem solving. She teaches using only positive reinforcement training methods.
Stef is also a professional musician and actor, as well as a published poet. She enjoys spending her free time with her wife, Melissa, and their six dogs, one cat, and flock of nine quail.