Meet Andrea!

WPE EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT! Meet our groomer, Andrea!

“Growing up we always had dogs and cats, among other creatures. Around the neighborhood our house was known as “the neighborhood zoo”.

I had always known that I wanted to work with animals in some way, but didn’t always know exactly how. I started my work with animals volunteering at a shelter near Waterloo. I loved being able to give dogs and cats love when they most needed it. From there I worked for our family vet and that made me realize that I definitely want to be working one on one with the pets and making them feel good.

I started looking into a grooming career and found a job at PetSmart where I went through their grooming academy. From there I became the salon manager of the Waterloo PetSmart. After 4 years there, I moved to the Des Moines area with my boyfriend, Joe, for better job opportunities. Shortly after that, I found myself at Wholesome Pet Essentials.

I have been delighted to spend this past year (and the future) at Wholesome Pet Essentials as a groomer. I really enjoy the one-on-one attention that I can give to the dogs and cats being groomed. It is a very relaxing environment for both the groomer and the pet. I love being able to really get to know the regular clients, both the pet and pet parent. In my 5 years of grooming, I can truly say this is the best place for grooming hands down just on environment alone.

As far as pets that we currently have in our little family we have: Wall-ee (a Persian cat), Professor Farnsworth (a Himalayan/Persian cat mix), Tiny Rick (a Chihuahua mix), and Phillipe (a bearded dragon).”

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