Meet the Wiggle Room Team!

Tara
Temkin

Grooming Salon Leader

Daycare Handler

   Tara has been with The Wiggle Room since 2018. She is a graduate of The University of Rhode Island with a degree in Animal Sciences. Tara initially began working as a daycare handler, but after tapping into her hidden grooming skills she is now the Grooming Salon Leader. Tara still works a few shifts a week with the daycare pack when she's not busy making the dogs look beautiful in the salon! Tara lives in Narragansett with her family, their cat, Stella, and family dog, Ana, and her fish! Although she doesn't have a dog herself yet, she is also the best Auntie to her brothers dog, Luca. 

"If you were a dog what breed what would you be, and why?"

Tara: "After spending 20 minutes on the AKC website I've decided I'm a Brittany Spaniel. Zealous, energetic, smart, loyal, and compact!"

Rae
Lombardo

Daycare Manager

   Rae has been with the Wiggle Room since 2019 and in the two years has become an integral part of the team. Rae started as a dog handler and quickly moved her way up to Daycare Manager. Rae not only knows every dog in the pack, but she knows all of their individual barks too! Rae lives in Little Compton with her boyfriend, two dogs, Odin and Gabby, three cats, Orion, Thumbs, and Isabelle, chickens, and ducks!

"If you were a dog breed what would you be, and why?"

Rae: "I think I would be a Corgi. They love everyone, have lots of energy but know how to relax, and they're down to earth."

Alexandria
Hawk

Lead Trainer

Daycare Handler

   Alex started at the Wiggle Room in 2020. Originally, from upstate New York, she moved to the RI area and began her studies to become a professional dog trainer. Alex is developing the new Wiggle School, which offers puppy playgroups and basic obedience like the AKC S.T.A.R Puppy class. Alex also work with the packs as a Lead Daycare Handler. She lives in Johnston with her dog Ashley, aka Pants!

"If you were a dog breed what would you be, and why?"

Alex: " My breed would be a Shiba Inu! I'm an introvert that likes to socialize with my people, I can also be affectionate but on my terms!"

Amy
Connelly

Lead

Daycare Handler

   Amy started at the Wiggle Room as a client! She enrolled her two french bulldogs, Gus and Ellie, in the pack in 2017. When a position came available she applied and quickly became an invaluable asset. Amy also works as a veterinary technician in the Providence area. Having her medical expertise on the team is very useful. She currently lives in Portsmouth with her husband, teenage son, and 5 dogs! Gus, Ellie, Mae, Finn, and Lexi. Mae and Finn are frequent attendees in the pack. 

"If you were a dog breed what breed would you be, and why?"

Amy: "I would be a mastiff just like Mae. Confident, shy, and loyal." 

Alexandria
Hawk

Lead Trainer

Daycare Handler

Brooke 
Higgins

Daycare Handler

   Brooke first started in the fall of 2020 as a college intern through Bay Path University. She developed several social media campaigns,  particularly a successful animated video teaching new owners how to prepare their puppy for grooming. It was shared nationally by grooming salons. Brooke has since officially joined the team part time as a Daycare Handler and we don't know what we'd do without her! Brooke lives in Coventry with her boyfriend, her dog, Nova, and two cats, Gatsby and Jughead. 

"If you were a dog breed what would you be, and why?"

Brooke: "I think I'm a yellow lab because I enjoy eating everything in sight, long walks on the beach, and because I'm social with everyone." 

Caitlin 
Herbert

Daycare Handler

     Caitlin started the Wiggle Room just this year!