About Us

Our Team

Camp Bow Wow® Matthews offers dog day care and overnight boarding and our highly-trained staff is dog gone passionate about providing safe, fun and individualized care for your four-legged family members.


We are so happy to be a part of the Matthews community and have gotten to know many wonderful pets (and their parents!) since we opened. Our whole staff would like to thank all our customers for letting us have, as we say, a 'Dog Gone Good' Time!

We think we are the best Camp Counselors your pup could have! Everyone on staff is a SERIOUS dog lover, with practical training in dog behavior certifications in pet first aid and dog CPR. All of us are eager to meet and greet you and your best canine buddy. Collectively we have many years of experience with dogs, and we promise to take the best possible care of your furry friends.

We spend all day at Day Camp, from early in the morning to late in the evening, watching over your Campers. We are the ones who give out the special Campfire TreatsTM each night before lights out, and tuck each Camper into their own spacious, comfy and clean Cabin.

We pride ourselves on getting to know your pup’s name, who their friends are, and just where they like to be scratched. We will take special care of your furry kids and make sure they have a PAW-some time at Camp. We look forward to meeting you and your furry friends!



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Candace Phillips

Position: Camp Director
Years with Camp Bow Wow: 3

Skills and Experience

Background: Candace worked as an orthodontist assistant but always wanted to work with dogs.  After the death of her family dog, Candace decided to pursue her dream of working with dogs. After working as a Certified Counselor, Candace an Assistant Manager before being promoted to Camp Director. We are so thrilled to have Candace be the head of our Team at Matthews!
Additional Skills/Qualifications: Certified in pet first aid & CPR, trained in dog behavior and play yard management and front desk duties.

Fun Facts

What I love most about my job: Being able to spend days with dogs is the best, but the most satisfying part of my job is rehabilitating dogs that have major social anxiety.  After dogs with social anxiety come to camp and watching their confidence grow so they can play with out any stress, fear or worry is so rewarding! I believe all dogs should be able to socialize and play free of worry.
My pets: Two dogs, Tonk, a 10 year old black lab and Bo, a 3 year old. high energy, yellow lab!




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Julie Kiser

Position: Assistant Manager
Years with Camp Bow Wow: 3

Skills and Experience

Background:Julie has her Masters in Education. She loves dogs and wanted to work with them, she changed careers from being a school teacher to working at Camp Bow Wow. Julie is known to be helpful to our clients and knows our Campers so well, she knows their name!
Additional Skills/Qualifications: Certified in pet first aid & CPR, trained in dog behavior and play yard management and front desk duties.

Fun Facts

What I love most about my job:
My pets:

Jessika Baucom
Jessika Baucom

Position: Certified Dog Trainer

Skills and Experience


"My name is Jessika Baucom, I have followed my love and passion for dogs until the path lead me to camp! I have been with the Camp Bow Wow team for a year and a half now and my experience has been nothing short of amazing. I learn something new from the dogs everyday and now it's my turn to teach them a thing or two!

     As a newly Certified Trainer, I have learned the importance of proper communication and the strong bond it creates between pet parents and their fur babies. I can't wait to share with you what I've learned to help create happy, healthy, safe relationships throughout the canine community!"

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Seconda Ford

Position: Groomer 

Skills and Experience

Background: Connie is from Philadelphia and has been a dog groomer since 2007.  Connie understands every dog is unique and grooming isn't just a shampoo and haircut.  Making sure each pup is comfortable during his or her groom is important to her. 
Additional Skills/Qualifications: Certified in dog grooming.

Fun Facts

What I love most about my job: I love working with all types of dogs and seeing the reactions of their parents when they look so good after a groom!
My pets: One beautiful rescue pit bull named Gucci!

Join the Pack!

Find out for yourself why pups (and their parents!) love Camp Bow Wow Matthews. Schedule your dog’s FREE first day today!