Our Pack Leader: Dennis & Leslie Malavsky

Dennis Malavsky has been a sale’s professional working as a Technical Sales Engineer for the past 15yrs. however his true passion is to increase the quality of life for all dogs through fostering, rescue, and now owning his own Central Bark franchise. Dennis is married to his high school sweetheart; Leslie of 21 yrs. Leslie works fulltime as a P.T.A. for Aurora, Lakeshore Medical.  Both Dennis and Leslie have always had a dream to own their own business in the dog industry. They have owned dogs and showed them winning numerous shows as amateurs going against professionals for confirmation, obedience, and agility. While they have no children, they have always considered and treated their dogs as their children and put as much effort if not more in insuring their dogs are excellent canine citizens. Dennis has done extensive self-research in the behavior and psychology of dogs along with training and teaching other dog owners wherever he goes the basics of good dog ownership.

Dennis and Leslie are excited to join the Central Bark Franchise and own the Central Bark located in downtown Milwaukee. To them, it’s a dream come true and exactly what they want to do with their lives.

Dennis and Leslie reside in Muskego with their 3 year old Bearded Collie Felix and 2 year old Sparky the Wonder Dog.

Elise, Store Manager

Milwaukee Doggy Day Care ManagerElise began working for Central Bark as a part time dog handler back in December 2005. No longer merely content working with other people’s animals, she soon adopted her own dog in July of 2006, a small Chihuahua Mix named Moz. She quickly rose to the role of Assistant Manager just shy of her 1 year anniversary with the company. Since then, she has adopted 2 more dogs, (Hanna and Harold) and now manages the Downtown location.  She has been an avid animal lover all her life and cannot image her life without dogs in it. In her spare time, Elise enjoys spending time with her dogs and well, spending time with her dogs! While she is “owned” by 3 small Chihuahua mixes (a best guess, who knows what breeds really make them up), her favorite breed of dog is not a necessarily a Chihuahua or even a small breed at all. Her favorites are the “Heinz 57’s”. That special breed of mutt that you can’t quite put your finger on but you love them for their unique appearance, winning personality and loveable goofiness. To quote Josh Billings, “Money will buy a pretty good dog, but it won’t buy the wag of his tail”.

Our Groomer: Lorann

downtown milwaukee dog groomingAlways having a great love and compassion for animals, it’s no wonder Lorann ended up being hired as a Central Bark Doggy Day Care employee-and their very first one to boot!  In 1999, she was offered an apprenticeship at a grooming salon in Waukesha. When word came that the shop was for sale, it was a natural fit.  Running a successful grooming shop until 2004, Lorann realized that she just couldn’t stay away, so she sold the shop and came back to the Milwaukee area to pamper the hard playing pooches of Central Bark.  Lorann works at Central Bark North and Downtown and has apprenticed several other groomers for other Central Bark locations.  Lorann is often accompanied by Stella, a Lab/Newfoundland mix she adopted from a rescue in 2010.  You would think being a groomer’s dog; she would be perfectly manicured at all times.  But Stella is a day care junkie and loves the pool as much as any other pup.  She often leaves with her owner in tow, not so perfectly manicured, but very happy and tired. Grooming is available by appointment only and can be scheduled for either location by calling the Northside at 414-332-9612 or Downtown at 414-347-9612.


Our Trainer: Marsha

Marsha started at Central Bark Downtown as a Dog Handler in May 2016. Her passion for animals and interest in their behavior led her to Dog Training. She was instrumental in the development of our Training Tutor program which has been going strong for the last four years and continues to grow. As she adds to her education and experience, Marsha has attended classes, workshops, festivals, and even traveled out West in Spring ’18 to volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (the biggest no-kill sanctuary in the nation!). Marsha spends her free time developing her skills with her two rescue hounds, Cricket and Walter, and tending to her many houseplants.


Our Trainer: Julia

Julia joined the Central Bark Downtown team in July of 2019. She is a CPDT-KA certified dog trainer and loves teaching training classes and working with the dogs enrolled in daycare. She enjoys helping new dog owners to build a better relationship with their furry friends and problem solving any mischievous behaviors. Prior to coming to work for Central Bark Downtown, Julia’s experiences consist earning her bachelors of Psychology with heavy focus on behavior modification. These experiences consisted of time spent volunteering with a service dog organization and studying operant conditioning in a canine lab. She learned how to uses positive reinforcement training methods, making it fun for the owner and dog learn basic cues and important life skills. When she is not teaching training classes and life skills, Julia can be found on outdoor adventures from rock climbing to kayaking.