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Meet the Bayside Groomers

Kaity Alvis, Master Groomer – Sarasota

Kaity started with Bayside Pet Resort in June of 2021. She is currently a full-time groomer at our Sarasota location. 

She started bathing her dogs at home when she was 12 years, then started working at a locally-owned shop at age 18. She worked hard at her trade because she loves making dogs look and feel better! She worked her way up from bather, to master groomer and instructor. 

She has a Schnoodle, Bentley who she rescued in St. Pete 8 years ago (he’s a total Momma’s boy!). She also has a Frenchie who’s 3 ½ named Laya who loves EVERYONE and lives up to the Frenchie clown dog reputation.

In her free time; Kaity loves going to the beach/pool, taking her fur babies to the dog park, enjoying a good movie or show on Netflix, and shopping is her therapy.

Her favorite things about working at Bayside are building close one-on-one relationships with her clients, and having fun playing with all of the different breeds of dogs that are in lodging or daycare.

Kaity knew at a young age that she was drawn to animals, as they were to her. She knew she wanted to build a career working with animals because she loved being around them and helping them feel beautiful inside and out.

Her favorite tools include the de-shed and shampoo treatment we offer. She says it’s satisfying to watch how well it releases the undercoat on a shedding dog… Just like magic! Kaity loves working with all breeds, she says each one is unique and offers new learning experiences and opportunities.

A fun fact about Kaity, she always puts her clients and their dogs’ needs first. Her top priority is building relationships with her clients on trust, honesty, and loyalty. She has started learning more about creative grooming and hopes her clients will find that valuable. Kaity believes you’re never done learning.

Tara Edmonds, Certified Groomer – Sarasota

Tara is a full-time groomer at our Sarasota location certified by the NDGAA, non-sporting with long and short-legged terriers. She began her journey with Bayside in September of 2021 and we are grateful to have her expertise!

Tara said she knew she wanted an animal-related career since childhood. She planned to be a veterinarian as a child but was later inspired to take a more creative approach to animal interaction. She grew up on a horse ranch and started working for the local animal shelter at the age of 14. Her time with the shelter sparked her inspiration for pursuing a grooming career. She loved making the dogs look & feel better, while also increasing their chances for adoption. At 17 she began training in a salon and developing her creative experience further.

Tara has 4 dogs and two cats of all different breeds, ages, and sizes at home. She especially loves taking her malamute, Kono, for hikes. She also enjoys cooking and gardening for her family. In her free time, you’ll find Tara reading a good book or watching TV.

Her favorite part about working for Bayside is building a bond with her doggy clients. Specifically, Tara says she likes to take extra care of the boarding dogs knowing they will be there longer, and loves the companionship.

Her favorite workplace skill is scissor work and her favorite breeds to work on are poodles & terriers. Visit our Sarasota location to learn how Tara can make your dog shine!

Laura Paton, Certified Groomer – Osprey

Laura began her journey with Bayside Pet Resort in April this year, and we are very glad to have her! She started as a bather but has since progressed following her passion for grooming. Laura doesn’t have any pets of her own at the moment, but she sure loves taking care of our Bayside dogs. She says her favorite part of working at Bayside is interacting & caring for all the loving pups.

She’s an animal lover through and through and loves spending time in nature. Her favorite breed to groom in particular is Doodles! Come see Laura for a professional and stylish look for your Doodle.

Jean Boggs, Certified Groomer – Lakewood Ranch

Jean started her journey with Bayside in October of 2012, formerly the Assistant General Manager for our Lakewood Ranch location. She has recently made the career transition to the full-time groomer at Lakewood Ranch.

She has always been passionate about making dogs feel good and enjoys doing this through grooming and bathing. She was also the first grooming school student we had at Bayside Pet Resort!

Jean has 2 dogs of her own and 3 rabbits. Her dogs include; Toto a 6-year-old terrier mix and Johnny a Catahoula who’s almost 1. Jean got her first two lion-head rabbits, Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton, for her daughter. They soon were blessed with a baby rabbit named Taylor or “T-Swizzle”. 

In her free time, Jean enjoys spending time with her family, trying new restaurants, watching her daughter play softball, and anything outdoors from nature walks to swimming or the beach.

Her favorite thing about Bayside is her work family. We love you too, Jean! ♡

Jean knew she wanted to work around animals since she was a child. If she could have taken in any animal and given them a home she would. 

Her favorite breeds to groom are doodles and golden retrievers.

Fun facts about Jean; she loves painting, vacations in the mountains or countryside, sloths, her mini cooper, and a good cup of coffee.

Chelsea Thornton, Certified Dog Groomer – Lakewood Ranch

Chelsea started with Bayside Pet Resort in August of 2019. She is currently a full-time groomer at our Lakewood Ranch location. 

She started working at a kennel as a supervisor working in boarding. After a while, she began working alongside a groomer and quickly became fascinated. Knowing she wanted to work in pet care, she found a grooming school nearby. Chelsea earned her grooming certification in 2014 where she learned all the basics from bathing, nail trims scissoring, and more. 

Chelsea always knew she wanted to revolve her life around animals and that’s exactly what she did. She loves that she can bring her dog Bessie Mae with her to work every day. 

At home, she has a herd of 31 animals, including cats, dogs, chickens, ducks, donkeys, horses, and a bearded dragon. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her horses bathing, grooming, and riding. 

Chelsea’s favorite thinking about working at Bayside is seeing her repeat clients both humans and furry. She says this is the best place she’s ever worked and loves her boss and coworkers. 

Rose Compres, Certified Dog Groomer – Lakewood Ranch

Rose is a Full Time Certified Groomer for our Lakewood Ranch location. She joined the Bayside team in August of 2021, and we are overjoyed to have her! She has been grooming dogs for 16 years and started in New York City.

At home, Rose has a cockatiel bird named Henry and a cute little Shih Tzu named Papa. In her free time, you’ll find her biking, spending time with her pets or family, traveling, listening to soft piano instrumentals, or just relaxing in her hammock.

She told us her favorite thing about working at Bayside is knowing she is part of a luxury Pet Resort because they aren’t typical in every city. Rose knows she wanted to work with animals since her first memory, she’s always cared deeply for them.

Rose is very proud of her hard work and achievements in this industry. She considers herself a perfectionist and loves discovering new techniques from co-workers to share them with people she meets along the way. Her favorite breed to groom… Are all of them! She admires that everyone has unique qualities and needs.

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