Dani Barthel was born in Baltimore County and moved with her family to Harford County at 10 years old.  Growing up in the town of Bel Air, Dani learned to appreciate the "small" town feeling and the comfort that it provides.  She currently resides in Abingdon with her husband Tony and two children, Gabe and Julia. 
     Dani earned a Bachelor's Degree from Towson University in Psychology and Animal Behavior in 1996.  She started her journey working at the Baltimore Zoo in the Education Dept. helping run their community outreach programs and zoo animal encounters.  From there she was hired on as a member of the core opening team at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Florida.  This experience helped mold her in to the person she is today.  It taught her the vaule of customer service, perserverance, compassion, and hard work.  Hands-on, she worked with over 160 birds as well as small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.  Her dream came true when she got the job of a lifetime....landing a position on the primate team working with Gorillas, Gibbons, Siamangs, and other primates.  Not only was she involved in the day to day care of the animals, but also educating the park guests about conservation and wildlife biology. 
     What brought Dani back to Maryland was the importance that family played in her life.  By living in Florida, Dani left behind a close knit family that were still rooted in Maryland.  After her son was born, Dani and Tony made the treck back to Maryland after Tony landed a job at the National Zoo. 
     So, how did she get from gorillas to real estate you might ask??  With buying and selling of few of her own properties, she began a new love.  The love of real estate.  Her real estate career took off in 2006 with her recieving the rookie of the year award her first year.  The extensive training that she received at Disney in customer service, public speaking, media relations, and high performance team skills has all played a key role in what she does today.  She maintains a willingness to work hard and has the ability to build strong relationships which has helped her lay down the strong foundation for a successful real estate career. 
     She of course is still passionate about conservation and has a deep love for animals.  Especially DOGS!  She loves her dogs!  She shares her hme with 2 dogs, 2 rescued Guinea pigs, 5 birds, and a lizard.  The Barthel Family has their own zoo!  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.  After losing both of her best friends in a tragic car accident, Dani has learned the true value of friendship and love and how precious every day is.  She is an avid beach lover and finds the ocean to be a place of peace and tranquility.  She owns a jeep and if you know anything about jeep lovers...they REALLY love their jeeps.  She LOVES her jeep.  You will see her out doing the jeep WAVE.  Dani loves anything sports.  She is a sports fanatic.  Whether it is watching her children or her husband play, or cheering on the Ravens or Orioles.  She is involved in her church (Community Christian Church) where she and her family volunteer and yearn to go on a mission trip one day.
The process of buying or selling a home can have a lof of emotion and stress.  Dani's in the business of taking any obstacle and turning it into a stepping stone.  A stepping stone to the next part of the journey, the next stage of life.  Whatever stage you are in....let Dani help you to that next stepping stone. 

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