I run a small intimate grooming salon year-round on Nantucket. My objective is to take the time to understand and identify the individuality of each pet in my care and use that information to provide a personalized and positive interaction maintaining dignity and respect.
I am a member of New England Pet Grooming Professionals, Certified ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL GROOMER (APG) with the International Professional Groomers, Inc. I am also a member of the National Dog Grooming Association of America Inc.
I am Pet First Aid and CPR certified, and I am a certified Fear Free grooming professional.
The American Kennel Club certifies my salon as an AKC safe salon.
I am originally from Ireland and spent my formative years working at a horse barn. Life was carefree, and days spent indulging in my love of horses and horseback riding cross-country! As a child, the James Herriot TV and book series captured my heart. I knew early on that I had an affinity for animals. After passing the British Horse Society exam, I taught riding lessons at a local riding school for many years. I have received a distinction in the advanced stylist program from Creedon College Cork, Ireland. Creedon College focused on providing a high standard of adult education in the pet industry. For over ten years, I have called Nantucket home. In my free time, I volunteer with Cattrap, a local non-profit organization from which I adopted my two cats, Gracie Goosie, and James Herriot.
During the past 30 years, I have had experience caring for many different types of animals, including pets of all ages and in various stages of health. Dogs, cats, equines, alpaca, goats, and hens and a pot-bellied pig have all been cared for kindly, safely, and respectfully. These experiences have taught me incredible life lessons, which I carry with me every day, compassion, empathy, and a greater understanding of the creatures we live alongside. I have learned to look beyond the obvious and recognize the uniqueness of each animal. It has long been an objective of mine to take the time to understand the individualism of each pet in our care, which makes them unique to another and use that information to provide a personalized and positive interaction maintaining the dignity and respect.
I look forward to incorporating those lessons I have learned when taking care of the grooming needs of the dogs of Nantucket.
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The mission of CATTRAP Nantucket is to lower Nantucket’s feral cat population through an educational program. The organization humanly trap, neuter, and return cats to the wild. CATTRAP Nantucket provides sanctuary for cats with special needs and finds caring homes for socialized cats and kittens. The organization also has a team of volunteers that maintain feral cat stations—photo credit: Lisa Frey.
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Mahatma Gandhi