THE PAWS TEAM

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Creeker
Grooming Experience Liaison

Meet Creeker!

It's not easy being this cute and having a job to do, but Creeker does it with such poise and determination. He is a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix that helps keep the salon a calm and welcoming environment for both pets and their people.

 

He is an outgoing, fun-loving, and goofy little guy that is down to claim any open lap. Creeker's aspirations are limitless, but that doesn't stop him from pursuing the next best thing. You'll often find him sunbathing in his bed daydreaming or prancing around living his best life!

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Jeni
Owner + Stylist

Meet Jeni!

 

With over 17 years in the pet grooming industry, Jeni has been working at Paws since 2009. In July 2019, she became the owner of Paws Grooming Studio & Spa to further pursue her passion for working with animals. This passion stems from a young age where she was seen giving makeovers to childhood stuffed animals, but also a mentor that had an extraordinary love for grooming and knowledge that ignited her passion. Although she enjoys working with all breeds of dogs, Poodles hold a special place in her heart. One of Jeni’s aspirations is to do competitive grooming, as well as, conformation shows.

 

Jeni lives in the Ann Arbor area with her family and their three dogs, Creeker (Chihuahua/Yorkie mix) Hadley (Pit mix), and Birdie (Standard Poodle). Jeni would describe herself as ambitious, encouraging, empathetic, and outgoing. She enjoys the outdoors and spending time with her family at their family cottage up north taking in the fresh air and scenery with her cup of joe.

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Mikinzi
Manager + Stylist

Meet Mikinzi!

 

Almost 10 years ago Mikinzi took her love for animals and started her grooming career. She has since been a part of the Paws family since 2013. Mikinzi cannot pin-point any specific pet she prefers working with, but she does enjoy comforting over-joyous or nervous pets and building a positive relationship. Her calm demeanor and attention to detail is something that she hopes one day will set her apart in competitive Creative Grooming!

 

Mikinzi and her family live in the Metro Detroit Area with their three dogs, B.B. (Chihuahua), Jace (Pit/lab mix), Percy (Standard Poodle), and two cats, Shelley and Merle. Mikinzi can often be found with her children, crafting, or cardio drumming (so neat)! When posed with the question, “if you could go anywhere, where would you go?”, she replies “Always somewhere the sun is shining”!

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Brittany
Stylist

Meet Brittany!

 

Brittany has been a professional stylist since 2013 and started at Paws Grooming Studio back in October 2016. She got her start at a grooming salon in Wisconsin when a fellow groomer injured herself and had Brittany take over. Although she is mostly self-taught, she was born for grooming! Throughout the years, Brittany has loved working will all dogs but loves most double-coated breeds from small to big; such as Pomeranians and Malamutes. Although Brittany loves grooming, one day she dreams of getting into the show ring and competing.

 

Although born in Michigan, Brittany has lived in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. Brittany and her family and dog, Zoey (Chihuahua mix), live in the Metro Detroit Area. She plans to travel to Alaska one day soon, as she loves exploring and being in nature. Brittany’s talents aren’t limited, as she can play over 20 instruments and can seriously bust a move! In her spare time, she loves being surrounded by her family and enjoying the comforts of watching her children grow.

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Caitlin
Stylist

Meet Caitlin!

Caitlin has over 10 years of grooming experience but recently joined the Paws team back in October 2020. Her love for animals and years of volunteer work lead to her pursuing a career working with animals. While she loved interacting with the animals she encountered, she wanted to be able to make a connection with them that was both rewarding for her and making each pet feel their best. Fast forward ten years, Caitlin says grooming is her true passion and she hopes to be able to expand her grooming career both creatively and technically.

Although Caitlin dreams of living somewhere warm year-round, she and her family live in the Metro Detroit area with their two dogs, Bindi (Pomeranian) and Tech (Pitbull mix), Pikachu the Chinchilla, and betta fish Vanilla Ice. When Caitlin is not at the salon, you can find her enjoying the great outdoors with her dogs, swimming, or getting creative with her paintings. A fun fact about Cailtin that many don't know is that she is a twin! 

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Christina
Stylist

Meet Christina! 

Although Christina only has a few years under her belt, she can make any pup beautiful and shine like they are supposed to! She became a part of the Paws family in March 2021 to expand her techniques, skill, and passion for grooming. Christina has always had an artistic side to her that she found extremely compatible with her love of dogs, which is how she found her way into the grooming profession. She adores working with Poodles and Bichons, as she hopes to one day dabble in creative- and show-style grooming.

Christina has lived in Michigan her whole life, and she loves enjoying the outdoors with her dog, Ollie (Plott Hound Mix). When she is enjoying her time out of the salon, Christina enjoys hiking, listening to music, and using her creative side to draw or paint--sometimes drawing realistic animal art with chalk/pastel!

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Jenna
Stylist

Meet Jenna!

 

Jenna has been a professional stylist since 2012 and joined the Paws family in January 2020.  Although she loves animals of all types, she has always been drawn to dogs--a passion ignited from childhood that became her career. Some of her favorite breeds she enjoys working with are Schnauzers and Terriers of all types! Although Jenna loves her current career as a groomer, she says that she is also pursuing a career in nursing through the University of Michigan-Flint.

 

 

Jenna lives in the Ann Arbor area with her husband, two cats, Basil and Lucio, and their newest addition, Nora (Kerry Blue Terrier).  Always ready to explore, Jenna describes herself as a compassionate and creative person that enjoys expanding her knowledge. She enjoys hockey (both playing and following), hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding. If she could go anywhere, it would be where she could explore mountainous regions and forests, and wander the great outdoors!

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Valerie
Stylist

Meet Valerie!

 

With over 21 years in the grooming industry, Valerie has been with Paws Grooming Studio & Spa since 2009. She has always had a knack for grooming since she was a child. Growing up, she always wanted to have her own pet shop or zoo, and knew working with animals was something she was destined to do. Valerie loves all of her clients but has a special place in her heart for terriers.

Valerie and her family live in the Metro Detroit Area with their three dogs, Sky (Pitbull mix), Khione (Westie) and Guillermo (Chihuahua), and Divine (Arabian Horse). As a child, she started Taekwondo and achieved the black belt level. She enjoys the great outdoors with her family, especially the warm summertime. She says that she would love to go to New Zealand one day and explore the land to its depths and meet its indigenous people.