Stuart Simons, Owner and Proprietor of Groom Dog City.
I have been grooming for over 10 years. I have a successful salon in the heart of Londons East End and in St Leonards on Sea in East Sussex where I groom all breeds to a Highly Professional standard. I am currently one of only 2 Qualified Master Creative Groomers in the UK and can examine and Judge this technique and have done all over the world. I have appeared on many TV shows including ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’, This Morning, GMTV, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Russell Howards Big News and many more. I have 4 dogs, 1 Standard Poodle (Ralph), A Bichon Frise (Molly), A Bichon x Shih-Tzu (Maggie) and a Bichon x Maltese (Nelson). All white (complete accident) and all take a lot of grooming. I am pro education and I believe that education is the key to running a professional commercial salon successfully. Thats why I created the Groomers Spotlight, a website hub to allow the General Public to find a Fully Qualified Groomer in their area.
Jacquelyn Childs – Manager
My name is Jacquelyn Childs, I moved from San Francisco, California to London, England after an extensive training in pet grooming at many different Salons in the US. Once arriving in London I set about gaining my City and Guilds Professional Diploma in Dog Grooming which I passed with distinctions.
Being a groomer is an absolute joy. I really love what I am able to do as a career. I am fortunate to be able to meet so many wonderful animals and their owners on a daily basis. My belief is in gentle, safe grooming practices. Stress free grooming, not only for the dog, but myself is what I strive for every day. I also push to continue learning and bettering myself and my grooming practices. Every day is an opportunity.
Animals of all shapes and sizes have been a constant love throughout my life. In my teenage years my mom acquired a Basenji from a reputable breeder and my dad adopted a young Golden Retriever from rescue. The Golden is named Derby who is now thirteen years old! Derby taught me about dog training, patience and the love of the beach and hiking. Ella was the Basenji who took my involvement with dogs to the next level. She introduced me to the dog show world and indirectly the grooming world.
Cintia Kiraly – Pet Groomer
Cintia moved to the UK with her partner after appearing on a Hungarian TV program focusing on dog training and behaviour. She has a full Hungarian qualification in Pet Grooming. She is pro education and attends many seminars and workshops all over the UK and will soon be embarking on her ICMG qualifications.
Louise Cassidy – Pet Groomer
Louise joined the GDC team 4 years ago and has worked hard honing her skills. She has her City and GuildsL2 & L3 Intro qualifications and now is confident in grooming all breeds. She exceeds in dogs but especially those that are nervous as she has a very patient outward presence and those dogs seem to really respond to her kind manner.
Serena Everton – preperation and skincare
Serena is an integral part of Groom Dog City on a Voluntary basis. Her knowledge of Pets in general and her love of our four legged friends is exactly the ethos we look for at Groom Dog City. She is a compassionate Groomer and Prepper and always flags up anything out of the ordinary to the groomer working on the dog that she is prepping. She is the Director of Lead The Walk, an exclusive designer online pet store and an inspirational I.T. expert. Serena is currently at Writtle College studying for her City and Guilds Professional Diploma in Grooming.