Top Dog / Founder / President
As co-founder and president of Ortho Dog, Elizabeth has helped shape the company since the very beginning in 2002. Elizabeth is also a massage therapist and brings her expertise and knowledge of how the human body works to similarly support our canine companions.
Elizabeth and her wife, KC, have three rescue dogs (Annie, Abbie, and Sister) and a cat (Harvey). Annie and Abbie are both tripods. Sister and Annie are certified therapy dogs. Elizabeth has been taking Sister to hospitals and various care facilities for many years, but Sister is about to retire and Annie is going to step up and take over the job!
#1 Pawponent / Support
KC couldn’t have been happier to join the Ortho Dog pack when she married co-founder Elizabeth. As co-companion to dogs Annie, Abbie, and Sister, KC has a big love for dogs of all shapes and sizes. She is an ardent supporter of and a believer of Ortho Dog’s mission.
She wears many hats at Ortho Dog and provides support with shipping and assembling braces. She also builds tables for the sew shop and amuses the entire team with her special brand of humor.
Operations & Support Specialist
Jenna is the leader of the pack when it comes to providing top-notch customer service and making hounds and humans happy. She has worked with Ortho Dog in varying capacities since 2015, from shipping orders to assisting at the sew shop. She’s an administrative wizard and wears many hats at our Headquarters office, consistently striving to improve daily operations and systems to ensure customers around the world find the best brace and optimal fit for their pups. She can be found frolicking in the mountains with her senior rescue dog, Toby Jones. Toby loves adventures of all kinds with his new family, especially coming to work with Jenna and being part of the Ortho Dog pack.
Fun fact: Jenna spent years traveling the country as a singer-songwriter and made many furry friends along the way at concert halls and coffee shops from the Cascade Mountains to the coast of Maine. She is a dog lover through and through! Her dream of being a dog mama brought her to Asheville so she could provide a forever home for a tail-wagging friend-to-be. If you’re a music lover or need a lift today, check out her song Angels on the Subway with the lyrics, “muddy pawed angels like to jump up on your lap.”
Meet Our Daily Operations Dream Team
A caring crew of Dog and Human Service Specialists, we are here to help answer questions, provide support and stellar customer service for pups and people alike.
A North Carolina native, Sarah joins the Ortho Dog team and brings with her a suitcase full of varying experiences and expertise. She became a licensed massage therapist in 2015, where she gained knowledge and a growing interest in anatomy, as well as a passion for wellness and helping others. Prior to her deep dive into human anatomy, Sarah spent time working with the Humane Society as an adoption specialist, giving her an understanding of the joys and challenges of working with animals in need. Human bingo fact: Sarah is a photographer and has helped many creatures find forever homes by capturing their personalities on camera! Her other previous roles have included Vegan Chef, Vintage & Antiques Sales, Student Supervisor, and extensive Customer Service positions.
Sarah is the queen of helpful reminders, checklists, and all things organization – an incredible addition here at our headquarters! She LOVES the sun, plants, fresh veggies from the Farmer’s Market, rocks of all varieties; and in her spare time she enjoys exploring the mountains, sitting outside with a good book, cooking, listening to music, and leaning into the continual pursuit of knowledge.
Abby brings a passion for pups and people to our magical team! She’s a natural healer at heart, with an extensive background in Therapeutic Massage, Intuitive Healing, Sound Healing, and Reiki. In 1999, she began professionally working in the healing arts and she has helped people and pets through some of the toughest challenges, including those with trauma, life transitions, behavioral issues, and end-of-life care. Abby has an entrepreneurial spirit and continues to evolve and contribute to society by weaving in her healing arts background with her accomplishments in education and business. We’ve experienced the wonders and benefits of her organic skincare products first hand! Abby has a deep appreciation for life, and loves looking at the bright side, but she’s not only rainbows and unicorns – her extensive business background as a Business Owner, Sales Manager, Product & Brand Developer, Sales & Marketing Strategist, Manufacturer, Buying Specialist, and Customer Support Specialist brings a solid foundation to her work at Ortho Dog.
Abby is a devoted wife, mother, and friend who spends her free time enjoying her family and community, exploring local waterfalls and hiking trails, gardening, beautifying shared spaces, and exploring her creative pursuits. She loves life and couldn’t be happier here at Ortho Dog, where she is helping make things better everyday!
Jen is a dog mom to two dachshunds, Finley and Avery, two tiny spoiled pups with huge personalities. In her spare time you can find Jen casting her fly rod on one of the many beautiful trout streams located around the Asheville area. She also enjoys bird watching, hiking, biking, kayaking, and anything to do with being outdoors.
Jen joined the Ortho Dog team with a profoundly deep love for any and all dogs, and her passion for animals is ever growing. With a customer service background spanning most of her career, Jen combines her compassion, deep listening skills, and veterinary knowledge to provide the best experience for pet parents and their pups alike. She has a degree in Business Administration and after working in a range of capacities in finance and as a massage therapist (for humans!) at state of the art spas around the country, she discovered she’s happiest and most at home helping animals. Lucky for us – and pups, too! Jen’s experience as a veterinary technician and canine rehabilitation assistant, allows her to help Ortho Dog run efficiently internally, while providing pet parents with the ultimate care and customer service experience.
The Ortho Dog Sew Shop Crew
The Ortho Dog Sewing Shop is where all of the magic happens. With love and care for our canine counterparts, all of our products are crafted with extreme attention to detail and a high level of precision.
All Ortho dog products are manufactured in-house by a close-knit team of skilled craftspeople with 35 years of combined professional sewing experience.
James Burns is our shop and production manager and chief seamster. He sources and orders all studio materials and equipment and is an ace shop mechanic. He also has a passion for period costuming.
Lindsay Mitchell handles logistics and inventory of all of the sewn products. Her supreme organizational skills keep the studio running smoothly. She is an exceptional seamstress and is devoted to her family.
Gina Da Rocha-Bean
Gina Da Rocha-Bean has a Master’s Degree in sustainable manufacturing and nearly 20 years of experience in the sewn product industry. She works on product development and is a master seamstress. She is mom to our shop dog, Maggie. She loves punk and metal and is an avid quilter.