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)



Full-time Groomer

From a young age, I have been animal obsessed. When I was 5 years old, I started going to my Aunt's dog training classes. From there I was devouring every book I could get on animals of all shapes and sizes. At 18 years I sought out my first full time job. I was lucky and got a position as a pet stylist apprentice. I worked tirelessly to hone my skills, and a year later was a fully fledged dog groomer. Originally a Connecticut native, I moved to Durham and got my first rescue pup of my own. As a result, my commitment to pets is stronger than ever. I try to do whatever it takes to make any pet that I work with happy, comfortable, and beautiful.
(updated 06/28/19)



Full-time Groomer

I've been a groomer for over 7 years. I have been a animal lover since I was a kid. My husband, Jon and I moved here from Chattanooga, TN in November. We love it here. We have two dogs. Charley, my Sheltie is 13 and Daisy, my Westie is 10 years. We also have two cats. Callie is 3 years old and Polly is 2 years old. Jon and I love the outdoors. We enjoy taking our dogs for walks, fishing, hiking, an going to the beach. We also enjoy spending time with family. I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies.
(updated 07/2/19)



Danielle Taylor Murphy
Groomer's Assistant

My hometown is East Brunswick, New Jersey, I now call Durham home. I've worked in the grooming industry since 2007. I've known Elliotte for 12 years now, he's become more of an older brother than a Boss. I love the work that I do. My favorite part is when pet owners pick up. I love seeing the happiness in their eyes when they see their babies fresh new cut. And, it's so cute seeing the pets strutting around when being picked up.
(updated 01/15/20)