Growing up in Anamosa, I've always had a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs. After graduating high school in 2000, I knew I wanted to attend Kirkwood Community College and enroll in their pet grooming program.
My first grooming internship was at The Pet Stop, where I was subsequently hired full time. There, I honed my grooming skills and developed exceptional customer service abilities. When the business was sold, I opened my own grooming salon, Ashley's Pet Grooming, in Springville.
In 2005, I closed my salon and took a job at Petsmart in Cedar Rapids, attracted by their excellent benefits and the chance to travel. I helped set up grooming salons across the district, ensuring they were ready for their grand openings, and assisted salons that were short staffed. After many years at Petsmart, I left the corporate world in 2019 to work for a small business called K-9 Cuts.
I met Joan through my fiancé, Matt, who was the foreman for the Eastern Iowa Pet Resort's construction. The moment I heard about their incredible vision, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I'm eager to grow with the facility and see where this exciting journey leads.
I take pride in providing the utmost care to every pet I groom, treating them as if they were my own. I pay close attention to grooming instructions and details, and always inform pet parents of any medical concerns that may require veterinary attention.
My family includes two boys, my fiancé, three dogs, and a cat. In my spare time, I enjoy baking, hosting family cookouts, spending time outdoors with my kids and dogs, and going on motorcycle rides with my fiancé.