I have been working with horses and dogs professionally since 1991. My knowledge ranges from the competing, handling, and grooming horses, cows, dogs and the occasional rabbit. In 1999, I attended the Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. Following the completion of the Nash grooming program, I earned my BA for Small Business Management from Ottawa University. After moving to New Hampshire in 2006, I utilized my business degree to open my first grooming shop and boutique, The Doggie Bag & Day Spaw.
In six years I built a business that has earned recognition from the community and my devoted following of clients. I was awarded the Best of Souhegan Valley Award for Best Groomer in 2007 through 2012. After selling The Doggie Bag and Day Spaw, I opened up what is now Dara’s Paw Spaw and The Whole Pet Grooming Academy. I work strongly with our local high schools and their Internship programs, which allows juniors and seniors to intern in industries they may want explore in college or with vocational training. I am a board member as business consultant for the Holistic Cat Groomer’s Alliance. I am an active member of the HCGA and the Holistic Pet Stylists Association.