I am an NDGAA Certified Pet Stylist, AKC Safety Certified Stylist and owner of Austin Pet Stylist, and have made Austin home for the last 16 years. I moved here in 2001 to attend UT Austin, and graduated with a BSN in Nursing in 2006. After working in trauma and women’s health for a few years, I realized it was time to pursue my passion for animals. A career in dog grooming was a perfect way for me to combine my love for dogs and my artistic side, and it has proven to be a dream come true.
I have a senior Pomeranian named Gizmo, who think he’s a human and dislikes being around most other dogs. He’s my world, and I understand the close connections people have with their pets. All pets in my care are treated as if they were my own, and I understand how important that is to you.
I previously volunteered at Austin Pets Alive! and The Humane Society as a dog walker, and currently offer pro bono grooming services to Blue Dog Rescue and the Meals on Wheels PALS Program whenever they have a dog that needs a little TLC.
I believe there is always more to learn when it comes to grooming. I am constantly looking for more knowledge, and have attended countless trade shows, seminars, dog shows, and classes. I am currently certified in Pet 1st Aid and CPR and a Certified Terrier Groomer through the NDGAA. I am working towards my Master Groomer Certification and hope that have that completed soon.
I love grooming to breed standard, and smaller dogs are my specialty. Some of my favorite breeds to groom are Pomeranians, Yorkies, Poodles, Wire Fox Terriers, Australian Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, or creative or personality trims on mixed-breed dogs.
I love to be physically active, and when I'm not grooming you can find me working out at HEAT Bootcamp, running around South Austin, or training for my next obstacle course race.