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.
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.
I was lucky to find a job I love at the tender age of 16. Not long after starting my first job as a bather, I realized I loved the field and, decided to go to grooming school.
I the went on to get Nationally certified in sporting and non sporting breeds by the National Dog Groomer Association of America.
My passion for learning new techniques and cuts continues to this day 16 years later, and I wouldn't trade my job for the world.
I was born with a passion for animals and was lucky enough to turn it into a career. I live in Durham with my husband, dog, cat, gerbils, and corn snake, though we plan to add several freshwater aquariums in the future.
I have been grooming since 2013 and actively participate in continuing education. A few of favorite breeds to work with are Poodles, Westies, Yorkies, and Springers.