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Melissa's 

K9 Design Pet Salon 

L​LC. 

Our Team

Meet the team that makes the magic happen…

Melissa Kennedy

Owner/Stylist

Melissa has spent her life surrounded by dogs and cats of every shape and size. At the age of 10, she started to compete in Junior Handling and it was during this time that her passion for making pets look their best took root. The rule was that if she was going to show a dog, she was going to be the one to make him show-ring-ready. It didn’t take Melissa long to figure out that this was her dream job!

She started her professional career with a corporate company, graduating through a stylist program and working hard to develop her skills. Melissa quickly earned a reputation for high-quality care and service. In 2014, she picked up her brushes and set out to open her own salon, where she has been living her dream ever since.

Gia Giuffrida

Volunteer Bather

Gia has had a love for animals since she was a small child. She started competing in 4H at the age of eleven showing dogs. Gia and her poodle, Luna, are certified through Pets n' People and have visited nursing homes and schools. Her love for poodles grew strong and she has recently become the proud owner of her first A.K.C show standard poodle. Gia is currently apprenticing under Melissa to become a pet groomer.

Kiara Castro

Receptionist

Kiara studied veterinary science at Essex Technical high school and started working  as a bather for Melissa in 2014 when she first opened the business.  After three years of bathing she moved to Texas to further her schooling career in wildlife biology. There she worked as a receptionist at pet grooming salons. After schooling she moved back home and is now the receptionist at Melissa's K9 Design. When she's not answering calls and making appointments she is managing the businesses social media and photographing your pets 

Furry Staff

The real MVPs

Jett

Human Resources

Obi Wan Kenobi

Manager

Pancho Villa

Janitor

Rey

Salon Greeter

Moco

Head of Security

"Best groomer ever!! We love Melissa. We would recommend her to everyone. Thanks Melissa!!"

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