Hi, my name is Lisa and I am Salon Manager at The Pet Retreat Grooming Salon in Knutsford.
I started grooming in 2002 after completing a national Diploma in animal care at Reaseheath College. I then worked with my mentor, a groomer of 40 years experience, for four years. During this time I completed my City & Guilds (C&G) level 3 introduction in dog grooming. In this salon we specialised particularly in Miniature Schnauzers and Cocker Spaniels.
I have entered two Competitions in the Asian fusion category, placing first at The British Dog Grooming Championships 2016 and second place at The Grooming Show 2017.
After five years grooming, I went on to teach Grooming to C&G Level 2 & 3 at a C&G training centre and while working here, I completed my PTTLS in teaching qualification.
After two years of teaching I opened my own grooming salon which I ran for five successful years before taking a break from grooming and working full time at Cheshire dogs home to fulfil a lifetime ambition to work with rescue dogs.
However I deeply missed grooming while at the dog’s home so I decided to go to back to grooming and the job I love. Since 2015 I have attended seminars of show winning groomers and researched styles from around the world, one became my passion, Asian fusion grooming which mixes the animated grooming styles of east Asia with western styles to make dogs appear toy like.
I have entered two Competitions in the Asian fusion category, placing first at The British Dog Grooming Championships 2016 and second place at The Grooming Show 2017. I adore competing and will continue to enter competitions as I find them both fun and educational.
I have recently gained qualifications in animal & human first aid and Hand-stripping techniques. I am currently taking my C&G diploma to complete my Level 3 qualification.
I have two Miniature Schnauzers one in Asian fusion and one in a traditional style so I particularly enjoy grooming Terriers and Poodles but I also have a love of big breeds. I spend most of my spare time with my two Schnauzers Greta and Esme and my supportive partner of 12 years Nathan. In addition to dogs I also have a passion for Vintage fashion and classic cars.
I am very excited to meet all of The Pet Retreat clients and their owners.