Our Groomers

Gray Van Sant, 
Grooming Manager

Gray has been professionally grooming for about a decade.

“I technically started grooming at the age of 9 or 10 on my best friend/sister that was a white miniature poodle.

 Grooming encompasses some of my favorite parts of life:  my love of animals, making animals and people happy and feel good (both physically and mentally- we all feel better when we look better), and of course exercising my creative side in sculpture (but with hair).

We currently have 3 dog children in our household an old man dachshund (Whiskey Lou), a beagle mix (Miss Emilié Ruth), and a fluffy shihtzu/havanese mix (Lil Soy Bean).”

 

Certifications: 
-Certified Feline Master Groomer through the National Cat Groomers Institute of America
-Certified through National Dog Groomers Association of America and working towards my master certification through them (NDGAA)
– Certified in CPR
-Certified in Safe handling 

Becky Green,
Groomer

Becky was originally a trained and licensed as a cosmetologist, but after a few years in a hair salon had the opportunity arise to train as a dog groomer.

In 2016 she began grooming, and found she loved her new clients so much more, that she switched paths and hasn’t looked back.

She is hungry for as much knowledge as she can get, taking classes, participating in online learning, and having mentors in the Nashville area teaching their valuable skills, all with the goal to become a Master Groomer herself.

Cason Despain,
Groomer

Cason started dog grooming in 2016. 

He loves grooming as a career because there is always room to grow and learn new skills, making opportunities endless. He enjoys attending seminars and learning from the leading instructors in our industry. 

Cason also wants to work towards his Master groomer certification and hopes to obtain his non-sporting breed certificate by the end of this year.

Jessi Maddox,
Groomer

 Jessi, a dog groomer and Salon Manager, started grooming when she graduated grooming school in August of 2011. 

It was her passion for animals that brought her to this skilled trade. She has worked in many different types of salons over the years, gaining as much experience as she could. 

Jessi went to her first continued education seminar in December 2019 where her desire to become a Certified Master Groomer through the National Dog Groomers Association of America was further ignited. 

She then attended The Atlanta Pet Fair, the 2nd largest Conference for groomers, in March of 2020. There she took classes everyday on confirmation and bone structure, breed standard cuts and salon safety. 

Jessi is currently registered with the NDGAA and hopes to start testing this year. Jessi enjoys grooming dogs as it is a way for her to express herself artistically and quiet the world around her when she is working and loving on the dogs. 

Tiffany Borden,
Groomer

Tiffany:   “Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work with animals.

I became a vet tech in 2017 and absolutely loved what I did.  A year later, I was introduced to grooming by the Veterinarian I worked for. I have never looked back!
I am so passionate about what I do and am always looking for ways to improve my work and build trusting relationships with my clients and their pets.
I care so much about animals and their well-being, and being able to make them look and feel as cute as can be.”

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