Bark Avenue Daycamp


You’re free to customize your dog’s experience with us however you’d like. Are you planning a vacation soon and need boarding, but have a shy dog? Schedule some part time daycamp time first to get your dog accustomed to our surroundings before it’s extended stay. And while you’re at it, go ahead and request solo play time and specialized training.

Meet Our Team

Michelle Sarwas

I have always been a numbers person which is why my first career path was in the finance and leasing industry. Little did I know that pursuing my Master’s degree would lead me to abandon my first career and open Bark Avenue Daycamp…what a hidden blessing that was. I have always loved dogs and I don’t remember life without them. Now I get to spend my days doing both passions, running a business and being surrounded by dogs both at work and at home. My personal dogs love the fringe benefits of having me for their mom!

Fun Fact: “I hate dog hair in my house!”

Michelle Sarwas
Owner and President

Tim Tingler
Owner and Vice President

Tim Tingler

I was a customer of Bark Avenue Daycamp before deciding to partner with Michelle and manage the business. A lifelong dog lover and owner, I have found a home surrounded by the best creatures on the planet. The people aren’t so bad either.

Fun fact: “I once won a staring contest against myself in a mirror.”

Christina Galbraith

My two greatest passions in life are teaching and dogs. I worked as a private home school teacher for children with Autism and special needs. My new adventure started in March of 2015 when I joined the Bark Avenue team and began the pursuit of my second passion. It also allows me to learn the family business with my mom, Michelle. My talents include arts & crafts and brutal organization. I am an avid dog lover with four dogs of my own: Mia, Monty, Marley and Moxie.


Fun fact: “I take the ‘R’ and ‘L’ pretty seriously on my headphones.”

Christina Galbraith
Director of Business Continuity & Development

Marcus Farris
General Manager

Marcus Farris

I have worked in the animal industry for several years. Currently, I’m pursuing my passion in animal behavior studies and apprenticing under Kelly, in my long term goal of becoming a dog trainer for Bark Avenue Daycamp. Aside from work, I enjoy reading, fitness and playing in my band.

Fun fact: “My dream is to roll around on the floor with hundreds of Dachshunds.”


Kelly Steinhoff

Being raised with animals my whole life I always knew I was going to be involved in some way with pets. I worked for many years at dog daycare facilities where I observed and learned the nature of dog behavior. While attending University of Illinois getting a degree in Animal Science-Pre Veterinarian Studies I realized that training is where my real passion lied. After graduating I immersed myself into an intense dog training school in St. Louis, Missouri earning a certificate as a Professional Dog Trainer. There I learned many different training techniques and types of training including: narcotic detection, personal protection, competitive and non-competitive obedience, Schutzhund training and much more!

I currently have 4 dogs that I train for various competitions so my life is anything but boring!

I believe that every dog has its own personality and learning curve not unlike their human companions. My goal is to preserve their uniqueness and build upon their character while positively teaching skills needed for them to be a source of joy and companionship for you and your family.

My training is not approached with a ‘one size fits all’ mentality. Dogs learn in many different ways, therefore I utilize different techniques and skills. Finding the best way your dog learns not only produces results, but makes it an enjoyable and fun experience for both you and your pup.

Fun fact:  “People often ask if I’m from Minnesota because of how I speak…even though I’ve lived in Illinois all my life.” 

Kelly Steinhoff
Director of Training


Monday-Friday:  6:30 am – 7 pm
Saturday:  9am – 5 pm
Sunday:  9 am – 2 pm

Please note:  our daycare is staffed 365 days a year from
6:30 am – 8 pm so your dog is sure to get plenty of playtime every day of the week.


1540 Hecht Drive
Bartlett, IL  60103
Phone:  (630) 289-8470
Fax:  (630) 524-9078

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