Growing up, like many of us, my family had cats and dogs. When I was 15 I began work experience for the Great Western Animal Hospital where learnt the joys and fulfilment of working with animals. After I completed my School Certificate in 1995 I began a Vet Nursing Certificate at Ultimo TAFE. While working at the Vet clinic as a nurse and casually working as a groomer for some local salons I discovered where my real passion lay and decided that I was going to be a Pet Groomer full-time. After finishing my Vet Nursing Certificate in 1997 I continued working in the pet grooming industry, developing my own unique style. Returning to where it all began at the Great Western Animal Hospital as their full-time resident groomer in 1999 I continued to work there for the next 11 years.
Now 41 years old I have had over 25 year experience in the pet industry working closely with Vet clinics, other pet salons, zoos, animal rescue centres, the RSPCA and even training mobile pet groomers, my knowledge in grooming and animal handling techniques have been passed onto my staff, vets and new business alike.
I always dreamt of opening my own salon and in December, 2009 my husband and I had an opportunity to open a salon in Greystanes. Two months of back breaking work renovating the old unrecognizable salon transforming it into the multi-award winning salon you see today.
Officially opening for business in February, 2010 I began the journey that has led us to the highest standard of this industry, winning the Holroyd Business Award for “Best New Business” in June that same year followed by winning again in 2011 and 2012 in the category “Most Outstanding Vet and Pet Services”. We strive to be the best salon not only locally but throughout Sydney and NSW alike. We have received comments that our salon compares to the high standard set internationally as seen in Europe and the USA, constantly are keeping up with the latest techniques and styles we will always strive to be known as the best.
When I rescued my dog "Boston" from Blacktown Animal Holding Facility, I became aware that I would love to work with animals. After many conversations with Leanne, who my sister-in-law, I decided to join her team. I have been working at Leanne's Passion Pet Salon for about 4 years and totally love it.
I have a background in customer service and in my spare time I like doing Arts and Craft Projects. I love it when the pets come in scruffy and go home looking and feeling amazing and I enjoy speaking with our pet owners about their fur babies.
I used to work in office admin but became increasingly unsatisfied with it and as time went by, like most people, I didn't know what I really wanted to do.
After both my grandparents had passed away I inherited their little Maltese "Candy". Then after a couple of bad experiences with her groomer, I attempted to try and do her grooming at home (something I wouldn't normally recommend). The "attempts" at "Candy's" grooming soon led me to say that "this is what I'm going to do" and shortly after I signed up for the grooming course at TAFE. Through doing the course, it led me to Leanne at the Great Western Animal Hospital where we worked together until she opened her own salon and I am still with her 10 years later.
Every now and then I still go back to TAFE for their Animal Studies short courses and seminars to update my skill set and to pick up some new ones, and while "Candy" has since passed over the rainbow bridge, you can see my current babies "Cricket" and "Monkey" who are little Papillon's and love coming in to the salon with me.