Owner ISA Certified Arborist RM-7819AT ISA Certified Tree Worker Climber Specialist ACRT Certified Power Line Arborist Certified Commercial Applicator
Garrett Dotson began his tree climbing career at the age of 7. After breaking his arm repelling out of a tree, his parents decided to get him involved in professional, guided climbing seminars. He then took his love for heights to the rock. After working in the forestry and fire mitigation side of tree work, he began working under a few world renowned climbing arborists. He ran with the knowledge bestowed upon him and founded his own company in Wyoming. While running and operating Tree Mechanics LLC he competed in climbing competitions around the region and became an instructor for Rope Access Trainers, along with other top national climbing arborists. The days of competing and teaching others has not ended but rather been pushed to the side as he is focused on expanding his knowledge in arboriculture ( the study of trees ) and expanding this company. Garrett Holds numerous accreditations from the International Society of Arboriculture ( ISA ) as well as Plant Pathology, and Insect and Disease Control of deciduous trees and shrubs from the University of Wyoming.
Office Manager Tasha Cates became the voice of Tree Mechanics in 2017, and has since earned the title of “Cat Herder” with the crew. She manages the daily secretarial work, is the call center for customers and employees, and runs all the “behind the scenes” operations. Tasha is working on obtaining her ISA Certified Arborist simply to better her ability to help customers with questions they may have. She has 3 daughters that keep her busy in her down time, and they enjoy spending family time in the outdoors, riding bikes, hiking in the mountains, and having movie nights!
Operations Manager/Plant Health Care Manager DJ Puente moved to Buffalo in 2013 with his wife Chelsea. They have a 5 year old daughter, Ayla, a 3 year old son, Zander, and a 9 year old Golden Retriever, Nala. Since working with Tree Mechanics LLC, he has learned so much and continues to take in the knowledge as he is working to become a certified arborist. From insecticides to fungicides, macronutrients to numerous other plant health categories, he has come to love working with trees and taking care of them. In 2019 he became a licensed commercial applicator in the state of Wyoming. "Working with Garrett is amazing and it’s so nice to have a job where you look forward to going to work! When I am not working, I can be found enjoying the Denver Broncos, the outdoors, running, traveling and spending time with my family."
Lawn Health Care Manager Sarah McKiven moved to Sheridan in 2019. She has been working in the lawn care industry for the last 3 years. She started in Bozeman fertilizing lawns as a summer job, and eventually ended up in Wyoming. " I loved what I did in Bozeman, so I found a job with Tree Mechanics when we moved. I am now helping to run our lawn care division, and I am so excited to be serving the Sheridan, Buffalo, and Gillette communities! When I am not at work you can find me riding my horses, hiking with my dogs, and enjoying the outdoors in general."