Jayme Montero, Owner and CFMG
As a child I grew up in the rural Ottawa Valley surrounded by animals big and small. Most of my fondest memories growing up were spent with my pets. From a very young age I always had a deep connection with animals and knew one day I would follow my dreams of helping them and their people.
As an adult I have continued to follow my passion for animals dedicating time to foster for local dog rescues, volunteer grooming for shelters and rescues, as well as social networking to save lives of pets on death row.
After many years of a less satisfying role in customer service bars and restaurants I pursued employment in a veterinary clinic setting. Although rewarding, I began to pursue other animal care interests. This led me to the NCGIA in Greenville, South Carolina where I graduated as a Certified Feline Master Groomer. It was upon my return that I opened the first and only feline exclusive mobile grooming spa to come to Ottawa!
In my second year I added another mobile spa, one to be canine exclusive to meet the needs of my ever growing clientele with multi-pet households.
I could have never imagined I would have the opportunity to expand my horizons even further and open a brick and mortar shop in one of the most historic and community focused parts of the city.
I am proud to bring you an amazing team of animal enthusiast professionals that will bring to you the best in care for your furry family members.
To my loyal clients and friends, thank you from the bottom of my heart. This dream would never have been possible without you. xoxoxoxxox
Morgan Montero, Operations Manager
Hello, my name is Morgan and I’m the Operations Manager for Purrdy Paws Spa. My role at the spa is to ensure your and your furbaby have a purrrfect experience!
My passion is helping people and their furry friends build healthy relationships with grooming. I understand how important your pets are and can assure you that their safety and well being are my number one priority.
I love working with animals and I’ve had just about every type of pet you can imagine. Growing up on a farm has allowed me to gain experience working with a variety of animals. I believe any animal big or small is important and should be treated as if they were my own.
When I’m not working I offer my time to local rescues by volunteering and raising funds. I love fostering and most of my own pets are rescues.
I am thrilled to be a part of leading the Purrdy Paws Team and I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies!
First Aid and CPR Level “C” and AED Certified
Jess Clow - Media and Event Manager
Hi, my name is Jess and my pronouns are they/them. I am a proud queer and non-binary student who is passionate about all things dog! I am the Media and Event Manager here at Purrdy Paws.
I have an extensive background in social media and content creation; from a childhood YouTube channel to designing ambassador programs for a Japanese company to break into the North American market. I am a student at Carleton University where I am getting my Bachelors with Honours in Global and International Studies, specializing in Global Inequalities and Social change. I am also receiving a minor in Communications and Media Studies.
I grew up all over Canada, moving around as my father was posted with the Air Force but there was always one place that felt like home: with animals. Outside of work, you can find me hiking, crocheting or working with my service dog in training: Magnus the brown parti standard poodle. I look forward to creating content with your furry friends!
Rylee, Client Communications Representative
Hi! My name is Rylee and I am a client communications representative at Purrdy Paws. I love being able to speak one on one with all of our valued clients and address any of your questions or concerns, as well as build personal relationships with all your fur babies.
Growing up, I’ve had the pleasure of being surrounded by all kinds of animals big and small, as well as witness the inner workings of grooming, fostering and fundraising for local dog rescues.
Outside of work I focus on my studies as well as spend time with my own fur babies, family and friends. I always look forward to picking up a good book and hunting down the perfect coffee.
I look forward to continuing to speak with all of you in regards to your appointments as well as grow new relationships with our growing clientele!
Alberto, Professional Pet Groomer (Canine Mobile)
Alberto grew up in the Dominican Republic. He immigrated to Canada with his sister and mother as a young child. Alberto had limited exposure to pets in his youth. When he met and married the owner Jayme Montero he quickly adapted to a lifestyle that heavily revolved around companion animals and their care. Turns out he actually had quite a soft spot for them all along! 🙂
He wanted to do his part to help the family business progress so he attended Pets Beautiful academy to complete their Pet Stylist Program. He quickly took over the canine mobile operations and has established a large and loyal clientele.
Alberto is fluent in Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Alberto’s hobbies include Latin music and dancing. He also enjoys woodworking, camping and providing chauffeur services to his daughters.
Tanisha, Professional Dog Groomer and Salon Leader
I am living my best life, doing what I love, working with animals! I have always dreamed of working with pets. Grooming gives me the purrfect opportunity to not only bond with your furry little friend, but also pamper them, and make them look wonderful for you! My passion through grooming is helping dogs, and I deal with many clients that struggle with grooming, and work with them to help them be more confident, comfortable, and receptive to the grooming experience. I also greatly enjoy servicing our pallative clients, as making them as comfortable as possible brings me great joy.
I have a small little family of my own pets, including my cat Kiyarah, and my puppy Puhzzle. I have always loved animals, but ever since I got my first dog at the age of 16, my life has been eat, sleep, and breathe pets. Grooming provides me a way to be around many pets, and help them feel and look great at the same time.
I started working in the animal industry at age 17, as a bather, in my last year of high school. Shortly after graduating, I went through training to learn to groom. I have been grooming since 2012, and last year added handstripping to my skills learned in grooming! I love meeting all of my clients, and forming lasting bonds with both you and your pets! I look forward to meeting you, and taking care of your furry friend as if they were my own!
Alanna, Professional Dog Groomer
Ever since I was a child, I knew that I wanted to work with animals forever. I’ve lived with all different kinds of animals from cats and dogs to extreme exotics.
I’ve always been an extreme advocate for animal rights and welfare my entire life and will continue to do so.
When I got my very first dog of my own for my birthday when I was 14. She changed my whole world. Everything I did in my life included her. She was my rock when I went through school and during hardships. She was my everything. During the period when she got sick, I decided to switch from my animation career to something/anything that benefitted animal needs and medical care. I looked into applying for the veterinary technician course at Algonquin college. During that time of applying for the course I got into a dog grooming course.
Since March 2015 I’ve been a professional Dog Groomer dedicated to making dogs feel more comfortable and stylish. Your family member will always be my number one concern and I’ll do everything I can to make sure your family gets the best grooming experience possible.
Kate, Professional Dog Groomer
Kate worked as an assistant manager for a local pet store for 5 years before she found her calling in the salon during the COVID pandemic. An animal lover to the core, Kate and her husband care for two dogs (Reggie & Monty), three cats (Vespa, Dexter and Jinx) and a special needs leopard gecko (Melon), any of whom she can talk about for hours!
Kate brings her experience as a rescue foster and longtime pet owner to the table to provide a gentle and fun experience for any pet, whether they are new to world or long in tooth. Kate specializes in doodles and chihuahuas but is open to work with any breed, and absolutely loves to work with puppies!
Gerson, Professional Dog Groomer
Hi! My name is Gerson, I am a Certified Dog Groomer from Artero International Academy Barcelona, Spain. I have been working in the hair industry for 8 years and still counting!
I love working with hair and I equally love animals, I try to master the patience in handling difficult and /or nervous dogs with a soothing energy to bring some calmness to the overall Grooming experience. I decided to combine my two passions and add pet grooming to my life. It has been such a fulfilling experience and a rewarding addition to my life, as well as my career!
I Recently moved from Spain along with my wife and two children and my Standard Poodle Elliot. I look forward to meeting with you and your pet. For all dogs who have been, are now, and are yet to be.
Angelica, Professional Dog Groomer
Angelica has been grooming since 2016 and is currently working full time at our bank street location. She recently immigrated to Canada with her family.
She brings a unique style of grooming and an exceptionally big heart to all her clients. She enjoys grooming dogs of all breeds and sizes. She especially enjoys opportunities to scissor long haired dogs and sculpt their legs. When she is not grooming she is spending time with her children and exploring her new city!
Angelica speaks Spanish and is furthering her English studies.
Trinity, Professional Dog Groomer
I’ve been around animals my entire life and had my first job working as a stable hand with 13 horses. As I grew older I found other passions in writing and health care. I pursued an English major at Carleton University while taking courses at Algonquin College in the Cardiovascular Technology program.
However, I left my studies to return to what brings me true happiness, working with animals. I worked as a bather for a year before taking a grooming course and finding a small private shop close to home. While the short drive was great I yearned to learn more and Purrdy Paws offers that opportunity! I’d love to further my knowledge in creative grooming and taking on all dog breeds.
When I’m not grooming I’m at home with my husband, three dogs (Sherlock, Louie, and Phoebe) and two cats (Talladega and Cikada). We love hiking with our dogs and watching true crime documentaries.
I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies at either our Bankstreet or Stittsville location!
Hannah Collins - Professional Dog Groomer
Hey! My name is Hannah, and I’m a dog groomer here at Purrdy Paws. I started here at Purrdy Paws in July 2023. Being an avid animal lover all my life, I knew I wanted to work with animals for the rest of my life since I was a little girl. I grew up in a small town about 1 hour west of Toronto.
Growing up, I have always had a pet, from a hamster to a cat to a dog and now I have 2 dogs myself! I have 2 medium/large size breeds: a lab mix (Callie and a springer spaniel (Otis). I have also ridden horses for 9 years during my childhood.
I graduated from Northern College as an Animal Groomer. Since April 2021, I have been working full-time as a dog groomer and loving every single day. I am dedicated to helping your fur baby get that purrfect groom. I quickly fell in love with grooming and enjoyed learning the art of grooming. I especially love working on Spaniels, Schnauzers and Yorkshire terriers!
When I am not at work I am spending my time with my 2 dogs. We are either out swimming, going on a hike or just going out for a drive to the nearest pet store. I look forward to creating a bond with you and your pet either at the Bank Street or Beechwood location!
Seana, Professional Groomer in Training
Hello my name is Seana, I grew up around many different types of animals. I have three lovely babies at home. My cats Klouwd, Choji, Zorie are my world, they’ve been through everything with me, the good, the not so good, the growing. There is a special type of magic that their love holds, it has the power turn the darkest days into sunshine.
I’m happy to be in a field where I can share the love and care I have for my babies to your babies.
Madison, Professional Grooming Assistant
My name is Madison, I live with my boyfriend, our two kittens Annie and Lucy and our lizard Stanley. I have always been very passionate about working with pets. This is because I love the experience of building a bond with each pet in my care.
Getting to know each pet’s unique personality and quirks is one of my favorite parts of the job, as well as finding ways to work through their fears of grooming. I am looking forward to bringing my love for animals and passion for this industry, as well as my creative side to purrdy paws!
Sam, Feline Grooming Assistant
My name is Samantha Busby and I work full time at Purrdy Paws as the Assistant Feline Groomer in the Feline Mobile Van. I started at Purrdy Paws in March of 2022 with hope to get experience in the world of working with animals as I had previously wanted to become a Veterinary Technician.
Quickly I fell in love with the grooming side of things and decided that this is what I wanted to do. I will be going to the Apex Academy to get my Masters Certificate in Feline Grooming and soon will be able to start doing my own solo grooms. Working with the animals and helping people understand the importance of grooming is something I have become very passionate about as I have continued my work at Purrdy Paws and hope it is something I can continue for the rest of my life.
I owe so much to Jayme Montero for teaching me everything I know about grooming and the whole Purrdy Paws Team for supporting me with my decisions to move forward with my career and I couldn’t have chosen a better business to be a part of.