Meet The Canine Journal Team

Our team has a combined 290+ years of experience when it comes to our canine friends, both personally and professionally. Each of our writers and editors is committed to providing the most in-depth and unbiased information via research, reviews, and personal stories to ensure you have all the guidance you need for every aspect of caring for your beloved pup.

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Expertise You Can Trust

There’s a lot of fake news on social media or the internet, especially regarding caring for animals. There is also conflicting information or opinions about specific topics like toy safety, whether dogs eat certain things or special diets. Our goal is to demystify the misinformation, get to the bottom of the truth, and give our readers the most scientific-based, human-verified content.

Several of our writers are licensed veterinarians (DVM) who have dedicated their lives to improving the lives of pets and their owners. They review health content for medical accuracy from start to finish. They wouldn’t put their name on something they didn’t believe would be 100% true. We also have a licensed insurance professional who checks insurance content for compliance and accuracy.

Meet Our Team

Get to know the people (and pups) behind our company who come together to bring you the best content for canines. We are all certified-animal lovers who care deeply for dogs, cats, and other pets in our lives.

You’re also welcome to get in touch with your feedback, concerns, suggestions or questions. Thanks for reading and stopping by to get to know us. Here’s to keeping dogs smiling and their tails a-waggin’.

Alex Schenker with Lily dog

Co-Founder/CEO

Alex Schenker

Alex holds degrees in Management Science from the University of California at San Diego and Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and is co-parent to two rescue dogs, Barley (Mountain Feist) and Lily (Carolina Brown Dog). Alex’s first dog was a Dalmatian and has nearly two decades of experience with several rescue dogs. He’s been versed in everything from basic dog training techniques, canine diet and health, and pet insurance, and he donates regularly to the local animal shelter Forsyth Human Society.

Michelle Schenker with dog

Co-Founder/Licensed Insurance Professional

Michelle Schenker

Michelle is a licensed insurance professional (license #19494757) with an MBA from Vanderbilt University. Since 2007, Michelle has specialized in dogs, focusing on pet insurance. She has run over 2,000 pet insurance quotes, reviewed hundreds of policies, and canvassed the industry for all the latest news, trends, and updates. This focus allows her to provide pet owners with the most comprehensive and valuable advice. Michelle is a Dog Writers Association of America member, and her expert advice and opinions have appeared in media outlets, including Newsweek, The New York Times’ Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader’s Digest, and more. Michelle has always lived in a home full of dogs, including today as a co-parent to two rescue pups, Barley and Lily.

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Chief Dog Officer

Lily Schenker

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Barley Schenker

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Writer & Pet Insurance Expert

Kimberly Alt

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Creative & Marketing

Sadie Cornelius

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Partnerships & Analytics

Jeff Butler

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Sally Jones

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Danielle DeGroot

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Emma Braby

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Tara Maurer

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Tara Maurer

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Writer & Dental Hygienist

Julie Fritz

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Veterinarian

Dr. Katherine Baldwin

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Veterinarian

Dr. Alison Foucault

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Veterinarian

Dr. Elizabeth Racine

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Dr. JoAnna Pendergrass

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Dr. Miriam Collister

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Veterinarian

Dr. Joanna Woodnutt

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Dr. Hannah Godfrey

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Dr. Sarah-Jane Molier

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Dr. Rebecca MacMillan

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Dr. Holly Anne Hills

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Dr. Ellen Marcinkiewicz

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Dr. Emma Rogers-Smith

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Dr. Amber LaRock

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MJ Shaffer

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Yani Perez

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Shannon Maguire

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Gemma Johnstone

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Kristin Hitchcock

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Dog Trainer

Janet Wall

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