Our Staff
Our team are among the most talented in the business. It would be our pleasure to put our extensive experience to work for you and your pet.



I have had a passion for animals my entire life. I can't remember a time growing up that we did not have some type of pet in our home. When I was in school I wanted to be a marine biologist, but my passion and love for dogs and cats took me in a totally different direction. I was fortunate enough to have parents that supported my dog habit and allowed me to have a kennel and show in junior handler ship. I showed and raised rough coat collies for several years. I started my first job working with pets in 1981 and from there it has done nothing but flourish. I showed canines, and felines both. During this time, I continued my path as a dog groomer. Back when I first started all my training was done by mirror imaging. My instructor would groom one side and I would have to duplicate the other. I have continued my education over the years. I have worked in both small shops, veterinarian practices, and corporate stores, and with that I have never lost sight of my love for the family pet. I judged for The International Cat Association for over 5 years, which required me being away from home 2 to 3 weekends a month. When I opened Elliotte's Pet Spa & Salon in 2009, it was my goal to extend my love and passion to my customers and their fur babies. We have continued to grow over the past 8+ years but have been able to sustain our family feel. I take pride in the quality of work and our customer service, and therefore it has been challenging at times to hire additional staff due to the high standards and expectations I have of them. I feel I have a great team with over 60+ years of combined experience and love.
(updated 06/30/18)



James Manning
Salon Manager/Receptionist

In the 50 plus years that I've been around, a lot of things have changed in the world but, one thing that has remained the same since day one is my love for animals. I can't remember a time that I haven't had a Dog or Cat in my life. And my passion for animals isn't just limited to dogs and cats. I've have just about everything over the years, birds, horses, saltwater and freshwater fish, reptiles, rabbits...the list goes on and on. Through the years I've had several jobs that I've enjoyed. Landscaping, Bartending, Pharmaceutical Quality Inspector to name a couple. But, the most enjoyable has been here working at Elliotte's. Between jobs, I came to work with my partner (Elliotte), almost 7 years ago and never left. Why would I? We have awesome customers, and I enjoy the time that I get to spend with them. Best of all I get to play with some pretty awesome dogs and cats on a daily basis.
(updated 06/30/18)



Linda Duffey
Bather/Grooming Assistant

I have worked with dogs and cats for over 30 years in both Florida and North Carolina.
I find it very rewarding working with and getting to know each individual pet. I know pets can sometimes be nervous and uncomfortable at the groomers, I like it when I can connect with a Pet in a compassionate and loving way and make them feel at ease. It is a rewarding experience for both of us. I now have the time to devote to doing things that I love, and I am hoping to learn to become an experienced groomer. I am the mother of one grown daughter who is about to become a first time mother herself. I look forward to meeting everyone at working with your babies.
(updated 04/25/19)



Jenna Dearr
Full Time Groomer

I have always had a passion for animals since I was a child. I have always loved being around animals. My first job working with them was at a local animal hospital where I ended up meeting my husband Charles who also has the same passion for animals and has worked in the vet field for 14 years. After a few years I decided to change my career path to grooming and have been for the past 3 years. I absolutely love it! I strive to build a relationship with my clients and their fur babies and get to know them to give them both the best experience. Me and my husband recently got married and bought our first home. We have a small farm in Rougemont with our 5 cats, 2 dogs, and lots of chickens and ducks. I am looking forward to meeting you and your fur baby and doing my best to provide the best groom possible in a friendly low stress environment.
(updated 03/09/20)



Renee Kachenmeister, RVT

I have had a passion for animals my entire life. Growing up in Toledo, Ohio, I began volunteering at a veterinary clinic at just 8 years old cleaning kennels and doing the hospital laundry on weekdays after school. By the age of 13 I was given the title of Barn Manager for Gold Crown Tennessee Walkers & Pony Rides. After high school, I continued as Barn & Breeding Manager for Echo Lane Farms in Temperance, MI while also working part-time as a Veterinary Assistant and beginning my degree program in Veterinary Technology. I was blessed to complete my internship at the very same clinic that my journey had begun as a child. I went on to spend 10 years focused on Emergency & Reproductive Veterinary Medicine along with working in private practice. After a divorce, I found that my schedule needed more flexibility as a single mother of two sons... and having helped a friend in her salon quite a bit over the years, knew that I had an eye for grooming as well as the patience and experience to work with pets that other groomers avoided such as behavior cases and senior pets with health issues. In 2008 I opened Kack's Dog Grooming and continued that until having to shut down during the initial months of the Covid-19 pandemic. I decided to make a huge life change by moving to Durham, NC in May of 2020 and accepted a position with Dr. Bonita Angel-Westlake as her Lead Veterinary Technician & Groomer until she retired. I am excited to continue serving my existing and new furry friends with Elliotte's Pet Spa while working on getting my own salon running in Roxboro, with hopes of continuing to make new fur friends in both locations. When not grooming, you will find me playing with my Miniature Poodle and Maltepoo puppies (www.kackspoos.com) or on the back of a Harley getting some much needed wind therapy!
(updated 02/07/23)




I've been around animals my whole life and knew I wanted to work with them in some way but wasn't sure what route to take. Then, in 2014, I applied for a cashier job at a large pet store and was offered the position of dog bather instead. I accepted of course and I've been in the industry ever since! In 2016, my husband and I welcomed our first child (a little boy) into the world! We quickly realized we needed to make some adjustments to our lifestyle. So, in 2017, I learned the trade of grooming. Soon after, I realized, this is it! This is my passion! I can't imagine doing anything else! I love getting to know my clients and most of all, thier fur babies! In 2019, we had our second child (another little boy) and I made another slight change in my career. Starting in 2020, I began grooming at a vetinary clinic and for 2.5 years, I got the chance to further my knowledge and understanding of the pets I work with. Now, as of 2023, I'm so excited to join this amazing group of people here at Elliotte's pet spa and work alongside of like minded people that share the same love and passion as myself! At home, my husband/partner in crime since 2009, our two incredible boys, and myself have 4 cats, a golden retrieve, 3 mini chickens, and a snake. But at work, all your fur babies will become my babies as well!
(updated 03/14/23)




I have been blessed with some amazing opportunities in my twenty some odd years as a dog groomer. I had the opportunity to work with Animal Planet on the set of what about Winn Dixie. I groomed pugs for the Men in Black movie, and groomed several dogs for the Lassie show. I trained under a master groomer who helped me with these wonderful opportunities Growing up around lots of animals has given me a unique perspective and a great fondness for them which I believe is what led me to grooming. My husband, 5 children and I moved here from central Florida during the pandemic, and haven't looked back, we just fell in love with North Carolina. Now I am on the newest chapter of my journey here at Elliotte's Pet Salon! I cannot wait to meet all your furry family members!
(updated 05/24/23)