South Lake Union
Adam was born and raised in Gig Harbor, Washington, and has been grooming for the last 15 years. He loves expressing his artistic abilities in both standard and creative cuts. He especially loves doing mohawks (upon request) and lion cuts. In his free time you can find Adam out adventuring with his dog/ bff Loki.
Barb was born and raised in California before moving to Seattle 14 years ago where she felt instantly at home. She’s been grooming for over ten years and has been with Downtown Dog Lounge for the last six. Her favorite part of her job is at the end of the appointment when the dogs are visibly happier and wearing her hand made bows. When she’s not grooming you can find her painting, doing ceramics, traveling, and exploring with her daughter, Olive.
Victoria has been grooming since 2007 after training at Petsmart Academy. She loves spending time with her 3 kids, James, Gabby and Emery, her 2 cats Po and Cleo, her mini aussie Itty Bitty and her boyfriend Cory. She’s a Broncos and Seahawks fan and looks forward to family movie and game nights. On the weekends you can find her out hiking or adventuring in the Pacific Northwest.
Melissa was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She started grooming over 20 years ago and has been establishing herself as one of Seattle’s best groomers ever since. Her favorite part of her job is the joyful reaction she gets from dog parents when they come to pick up their pup. When she’s not doing haircuts you can find her reading, spending time with friends, and enjoying Seattle’s ever-changing weather.
Katie has lived all over the states in Southern California, Colorado, Georgia, and now Seattle. As one of our longest standing employees, Katie has been an invaluable asset to DDL. She joined Downtown Dog Lounge in 2009 as a handler and has since transitioned into the roles of concierge, pack leader, staff trainer, manager, and now groomer. She’s known for taking on dogs who have struggled with other groomers in the past, whether they’re stressed, anxious, or squirmy. In her free time Katie and her husband can be found exploring the PNW on their Harley motorcycles, cooking, or caring for her immense number of houseplants. She also has 3 pups, all short haired so she doesn’t bring her work home with her.
Mary has been training dogs in Seattle for the past 10 years and in that time has built an impressive resume. She started out as a licensed evaluator and instructor for Pet Partners, a non-profit organization that provides training and registration for therapy dog teams. She then went on to be an official evaluator and instructor for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Program. She also volunteered with her two dogs at four separate pet therapy non profit organizations, including one that trains dogs for certified FEMA urban disaster search and rescue canine teams. In her training classes, Mary loves helping dog parents build and strengthen the relationship between them and their pup by developing a sense of teamwork. Outside of class you can find Mary exploring, hiking with her dogs, training for triathlons, or walking her dog around Greenlake.
Trainer / Evaluator
Over the course of Michael’s 5 year career as a dog training professional he has worked all over the country from Las Vegas, San Diego, and now the greater Seattle area. His training specialties include socialization, clicker training, and leash reactive dogs. His favorite part of his job is seeing shy or nervous dogs make huge improvements in their confidence, and seeing the effect this has on the parents as well. Above all, Michael strives to empower pet parents to be effective communicators and exemplary trainers on their own. His most rewarding experience since moving to Seattle has been working with a two year-old Dachshund named Buddy, who was re-homed twice before finding his forever home with a loving couple. His new family knew he needed help building back confidence and social skills and Michael was able to help him achieve this. He has since blossomed into a well-rounded young pup who has found multiple friendships at our daycare. In his free time you can find Michael making music, camping, or diving into the different cultures of Seattle’s many neighborhoods.
Born and raised in New York, author and pet behaviorist Steve Duno has trained thousands of dogs over the last 30 years. His sixteen pet care books address a wide variety of topics, including breed-specific behavior, environmental enrichment, basic obedience training, behavior modification and nutrition. He especially enjoys turning behaviorally challenged dogs into happy members of their families. A former school teacher, Steve lives in Seattle with his family and his collie, Rocco. In his free time Steve makes wine, plays golf, and gardens.