Meet the Pups Team

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Annie Parson

Groomer - she/her

I have been grooming dogs for 4 years. Before I was a groomer, I was a bather for about 6 months. 

 

The thing I love most about grooming is helping dogs feel happy and healthy! Routine bathing and grooming will keep dogs healthy and confident. Pet grooming has a direct effect on a dog's well being and I'm so grateful that I can be a part of making a real difference in the lives of our beloved canine companions and their human parents. 

The one thing I would love to let pet parents know is that I genuinely love my job and being trusted to take care of their fur babies is a true honor.  

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Carrie Scheer

Bather - she/her

Hello, my name is Carrie and I am a dog bather.  

 

I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, with my family and my dog, Arlo.  I have bathed and cared for dogs for three years.  What I love most about my job is all the dogs I get to meet when I work.  I absolutely love dogs and am always happy to be in a place where I get to hang out with them.  It is my favorite thing besides being a writer, which is what I do in my free time. 

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Shelese Stoddard

Front Desk - she/her

Shelese has had a lifelong interest in animals, and has worked with dogs, cats, and horses throughout her life. She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science at SUU before deciding to migrate to a career in animal care.  Shelese worked for a year at the Humane Society of Utah, first in Admissions then as a veterinary technician, before joining the Pups team. She is excited to be learning more about training, especially dog body language and biology.

 

Shelese lives with her fiancé and 2 gentleman gerbils named Statler and Waldorf, though she plans to adopt more furry family members. She loves baking, embroidery, and any opportunity to hike around outside and look at plants and bugs.

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Teo Kjolseth

Cleaning Lead/Swiss Army Knife - he/him

Teo is a high schooler at East High School who is committed to work in the medical field and use his free time to learn more about dogs. Teo helps all around the shop as a training assistant, bather, and shop assistant. 

He lives with his 1 year old Husky/Golden Retriever named Kirra. They enjoy running, fetch, and trick training in their spare time.

He absolutely loves working in a place with dogs and is happy to be given the opportunity to work at Pups. 

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Alicia Risolio

Salon Manager/Groomer - she/her

Alicia started grooming in 2017. She grew up with animals her whole life and as a kid, she wanted to be either a teacher or a dog groomer. Alicia trained to be a groomer through a professional academy - she loves the artistry of grooming and the highlight of her day is when owners are thrilled with how their pup looks after a spa day!

In her free time she likes to hike, drink coffee, & cultivate plants. 

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Naomi Nasman

Groomer - she/her

Hi, I’m Naomi, I fell in love with dog grooming in 2019. 

 

Grooming has always been my happy place, and I’m so grateful to have these wonderful dogs in my life. I love being able to bond with your babies and help keep them healthy and happy! 

 

In my free time I like to read, hike, write, and spend time with my family including my son and two kitties.

Krissy Chaplin

Groomer - she/her

Krissy has had a special love for animals her whole life. She started working at a doggie daycare and it wasn’t long till her interest in grooming began. After dog grooming for a few years she got certified in dog massage from Rocky Mountain School of Acupressure and massage. 

 

She has a 5 year old great pyrenees Nova, 3 year old Husky Yato, 8 year old chunky cat Klaus and a kitten named Mochi.

 

Outside of work she enjoys being outside such as: climbing, ice climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and camping. She also loves to create many types of art, sewing clothes and photography.

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Nikki Hansen

Groomer - she/her

Nikki has been grooming for just over 3 years  and was a bather before that.

 

"I absolutely love my job doing what I love most and that’s taking care of fur babies. When I was younger I always dreamed of working with dogs but I never knew I would end up being a groomer and I’m so happy that I did! Dog grooming to me is an art. I love bringing the requests of pet parents to life and being trusted to take care of their babies. I take pride in giving the best care to dogs when grooming them. I love being able to interact with each individual dog and learning all the different personalities traits. I’m so lucky to be one of many people to help keep your pups healthy and happy. 

 

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and 2 dogs, Willo and Enzo. She enjoys camping and hiking, and coloring with  paint pens, and creating all sort of different makeup looks.

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Jill Munroe

Trainer - she/her

Jill is a Rhode Island transplant who found her way to Utah to explore, as well as work with the animals she loves the most - dogs! 

Before working at PUPS, she has spent many years working at a dog daycare facility and as a barn manager at a horse farm. She also spends a majority of her time dog sitting for the pooches that feel more comfortable at home while their parents are away. She is eager to start her career in dog training, specifically behavior modification.

 

Jill lives at home with her roommate and their cat, Banjo, and plans on moving her dog, Koda, to be with her here in Utah. In her free time she can be found painting, snowboarding, hiking, and horseback riding. 

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Deb West

Trainer - she/her

Deb is a Salt Lake City native who has a deep passion for learning and teaching. Dogs especially have been a lifelong love thanks to their social nature and their psychology, anatomy, and history so deeply entwined with humans.

 

Deb has been active in dog training for 5 years specializing in building fulfilling relationships for dog and handler using positive reinforcement. She is an AKC approved CGC Evaluator, Fit Dog instructor, and Temperament Tester. She is also an International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) Supporting Member and Pet Professional Guild Member.

 

Deb enjoys spending her free time reading, hiking, swimming, and has recently gotten into dog sports with her 5 year old Saint Bernard, Bear. Together they won first place at the 2021 Saint Bernard National Convention in Novice Rally-Obedience and continue to practice sport obedience training.

Want to join our team? Check our job postings on Indeed!

JILL MUNROE

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Trainer

Jill is a Rhode Island transplant who found her way to Utah to explore, as well as work with the animals she loves the most - dogs! 

Before working at PUPS, she has spent many years working at a dog daycare facility and as a barn manager at a horse farm. She also spends a majority of her time dog sitting for the pooches that feel more comfortable at home while their parents are away. She is eager to start her career in dog training, specifically behavior modification.

 

Jill lives at home with her roommate and their cat, Banjo, and plans on moving her dog, Koda, to be with her here in Utah. In her free time she can be found painting, snowboarding, hiking, and horseback riding. 

Want to join our team? Check our job postings on Indeed!