I was born in Maryland and have moved to different locations along the east coast. I was in South Florida in 2011 when I learned how to groom. I was taught by two amazing mentors, one of which is my best friend and I have been grooming ever since. Previously, I had worked in retail in pet stores, where I was taught proper pet health and nutrition. I also volunteered and fostered kittens with “Smitten with Kittens” in Miami while at the same time, I volunteered in a spay/neuter and release program. While in Florida I also attended and graduated college at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with a Media and Animation degree.
I moved to Madison, Wisconsin in December 2015 and began working at Rufus DuMonde Pet Salon. The girls here are wonderful people and amazing groomers and they have made me feel very welcome joining their team. At Rufus DuMonde I get to groom a wide variety of breeds. My favorite breeds to groom are Huskies and Malamutes. The girls at the salon have taken to calling me the ‘Husky Lady’. I also love grooming cats and have great knowledge about cat breeds. YES! I do groom cats!
Although I have an art degree, grooming has been a passion throughout my life. Being an artist has alIowed me to bring a special ‘flare’ to my grooms. While I do still have my hand in art, on the side, I get to implement my love of animals by creating paintings of pets.
My life at home includes four cats and four rats. I also use to have a very sweet Alaskan Malamute Husky mix, who sadly passed away in May of 2016. In the past I also use to breed chinchillas.
For my clients: I want them to be happy and to love their companions’ grooms. There is nothing better than seeing your work of art walk out the door with their heads held high.
I am a professional pet groomer/stylist with 20 years working experience. I have completed NDGAA testing towards my Master Certification in sporting and non-sporting groups. I have a collaborative spirit, and seek to uplift the experiences of clientele through kindness, compassion and sharing my knowledge and skill. I have participated in grooming competitions through IJA as part of the Wisconsin State grooming team (alternate,) as well as an individual competitor at IJA Pittsburgh and Grooming Expo at Novi.