Born and raised in Lake Bluff, IL, John has spent his entire life in the Chicagoland area and currently resides in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago. From a very early age, he’s had a fascination with nature and all of its creatures. Growing up right next to forest preserves allowed him to spend his formative years outside exploring and taking in everything he could to better understand nature. Dogs have always been valued members of his family.
John’s other passion is cooking. Prior to working at Suburban K9, he was a professional chef working in restaurants in and around the city. More recently, wanting a change from restaurant life, he ran his own personal chef business for a number of years. His deep sense of hospitality and a strong desire to take care of others is something he brings into the world of training, by taking care of dogs as well as working with the owners who love them. He’s also happy to share recipes and cooking advice!
In his spare time, you’ll sometimes find him wandering around the outdoors, often alongside his own Pittie mix, BBQ (adopting a dog already named BBQ was NO accident). Other times he will be in the kitchen, cooking or baking something delicious for dinner. You’re pretty much guaranteed to find BBQ alongside John there as well!