I was initially trained through leading Australian Dog Grooming School, Dog Diversity, where I also began my career working as staff. I was mentored by industry leader Nat West and competition winning groomer Taylan Bradley.
I am a Certified Creative Grooming Expert (2021) and Specialist (2020) with Internationally renowned company and organisation, Opawz. I have had my grooms featured in top publications like ifashion.pet. I'm also a Internationally Certified Fear-Free Groomer. I'm currently undertaking International Grooming Certification recognition in both cat and dog grooming through the International Pet Groomers Inc of which I am a member.
Animals have been a deep passion and driving force in my life since I was a a young child growing up in rural Victoria surrounded by farm animals!
I have extensive experience with a broad rage of domestic animals - from cats and dogs, to bunnies, guinea pigs, rats, house pigs and ferrets!
Throughout my life I’ve always pursued improving the welfare of animals and encouraging human connection with animals. I was a vegetarian at eight years of age, and became vegan when I became an adult. This is why my salon only uses vegan and cruelty-free products, as I believe that grooming animals should not come at the cost of other animals.
I respect the "rules" of traditional grooming, but my flair and passion is for creative grooming as well as difficult "behavioural cases." I try to see each unique pet through the eyes of their beloved owner, accentuate their features and do what works best for the animal.
My aspirations are to educate people on the benefits of grooming and help further the connection between humans and animals.
In my "other life" I work online, have a decent following on social media (@uncannyannieblog), a successful podcast called We Want To Be Better in which I also tour doing Stand-Up Comedy. I'm also a wife, and a mother of three humans and five animals!
Liam has gone from working with "the dogs" to working with dogs! Previously working as an AFL footballer, Liam climbed the highest heights being a key member of the 2016 drought-breaking Western Bulldogs Premiership side.
Liam has a Masters Degree in finance and after football was working in corporate finance.
However, Liam has thrown off his suit for a life covered in cat hair, joining forces with his wife (Annie) to embrace their love of animals.
Maddie is our queen of the big dogs and the double coated breeds! Maddie completed her grooming studies at The Australian Dog Grooming School before becoming Annie's first apprecience and then moving up to a senior role. She thrives when grooming-out a coat. Maddie is also the resident pet chef of “Uncanny Cafe”, which you can make orders through for cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Maddie has two sweet border collies called “Alfie” and “Piper” and an elderly kitty called “Lilly.”
Shakira has many qualifications and years of grooming experience under her belt, including a Certificate III in Animal Studies and Pet Grooming, and 3 years cattery experience. Additionally, Shakira has a diploma in Graphic Design - an artistic eye that helps her groom!
Shakira is a superstar with the big fluffy, curly haired breeds (yes, a master of the “teddy bear cut") and has a natural affinity with cats.
At home Shakira has two cheeky felines - a Calico girl named “Pepper” and a grey and white boy called “Charlie”
Emily is our senior bather and short coat groomer at Uncanny Animals. Emily has her Certificate III in Pet Grooming and has volunteered many years at the Epping RSPCA shelter. Emily is knowledgeable about correct bathing techniques and de-shedding short coated breeds. Emily is also mum to two beautiful black kitties called Jinx and Kuro.
Previously having worked closely with children as a nanny, she’s now pursuing a career, focusing on her lifelong passion for animals. With anatomical knowledge from working in a Vet, Darcy is currently focusing her education on behavioural studies and grooming larger, double coated dog breeds. At home, Darcy has two Golden retrievers; Buddy & Gracie, whom are her absolute pride and joy.
Lori is a local Yarravillian and ithe fist face you'll see when you come in the doors on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lori also makes the beautiful hand-made bandanas you can find in our store. Lori is really knowledgable about sewing, so loves people coming in for the fashion on her days, hehe. Lori has a bouncy 1 year old golden retriever called “Claudia” (and 2 gorgeous human children.)
Lauren is our resident American who is on the front desk on Mondays. They managed a busy pet store in Los Angeles before moving to Australia. After an accomplished career in hospitality, they've found themselves drawn back to animals. Lauren is very proficient in their knowledge of dog training, and hopes to harness this talent and become a dog behaviourist/trainer.
Lauren has a gorgeous little trick-master dachshund called “Frank."