Our Staff


Kim Wilson – Pet Stylist/Owner

IMG_8120Kim Wilson is a 2007 graduate of the Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Arlington, Illinois.  She is also certified in animal nutrition, pet CPR, and animal behavior.  Recently, Kim joined the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA), the International Pet Groomers Association (IPG), and the International Society of Canine Cosmetology (ISCC).  Along with the various dog grooming associations she also is a member of the National Cat Groomers Association of America (NCGAA).  Being a member of these organizations Kim will have the opportunity to work towards gaining her Master Groomer Status with each group.

Kim’s passion for animals started at a young age with family pets. It wasn’t until working at pet store she realized what her true calling was. Doubted by some, as they said grooming wasn’t a career, she set out to prove otherwise. Along the way she has met some very influential individuals that have taught her the fine art of styling and not just “grooming.” She has successfully completed some of her training to become a Master Stylist and should within the next year have that completed. Kim has become a name in the grooming ring as well, placing two years in a row at All American Grooming Show in Chicago.

Aside from grooming, Kim can often be found grooming for various rescue groups as well as having fun with her own dogs.  She shows, in confirmation, her English Cocker and Briard.  Kim has also begun learning agility with her Standard Poodle who is quickly learning, and will also certify as a therapy dog in 2014.

Kim and her family have a pet family of their own, Missy (lab mix), Reese (toy poodle), Connor (Standard Poodle), Caleb (English Cocker Spaniel), and Cognac (Briard) make up their dog family. She also takes care of stray cats that come around. Sometimes it is often thought the dogs and cats get treated almost as well as her own children. Kim looks forward to meeting your special four legged friend. She can be reached at kim@smoochie-pooch.com

Tina Elkins – Mobile Pet Stylist

IMG_8133A 2009 graduate from Petsmart Tina learned how to groom and worked in the corporate world for 4 years until joining Smoochie Pooch in the spring of 2013.  Tina is also a member of ISCC and working towards obtaining her Master Pet Stylist certification in the coming year.

Tina can often be found grooming rescue dogs and doing events for Smoochie Pooch.  She is always right there when needed and we truly appreciate having her on board with us to help serve our customers.

Tina lives at home with her own furry family of Mogwai (Chow Aussie Mix), Destino (Standard Poodle), and Tessa the cat. Tina looks forward to meeting your furry friend and if ever have any questions she can be reached at tina@smoochie-pooch.com.


Natalie Taylor – Pet Stylist – Valparaiso 

   Natalie joined our team in December 2013.  She began her “dog” career with dog handling, obedience, agility, and drill team in 4-H with her family dog, a healthy ten year old mix.  She went on to work for two different Golden Retriever breeders, also showing.  She finished her Golden and English Cocker.  While working as a Handler Assistant for the last years they handled the winner of the non-sporting group at Westminster in 2013, Honor the Bichon Frise, and numerous other top winning dogs in the country

Natalie also worked at a vet’s office for 6 and half years as a kennel assistant to supervisor.  She also has worked for another groomer and a boarding and training kennel.

Natalie’s family of pets are Raisin, an English Cocker, Jubilee, a long hair mini Dachshund, Lovebug, a cat, and Carmel a Pinto pony.

Natalie has now joined Smoochie Pooch full time as a pet stylist.  She looks forward to meeting you soon! To contact Natalie you may email her at natalie@smoochie-pooch.com.

Jillian Shikles  – Pet Stylist – Portage


Jillian joined Smoochie Pooch in March of 2015 as a Pet Stylist.  Training at Petsmart, Jill left to work for a smaller mom and pop salon in Merrillville.  When we began our search she quickly applied and she has been with us ever since.  Jill now is our main Pet Stylist at the Portage Salon.  Stop in a say hi!






Kimberlee Swender – Mobile Pet Stylist

Kimberlee joined our team in early 2016. She received her training from PetSmart and has been a groomer since 2013. Kimberlee has loved and worked with animals her whole life. Prior to becoming a pet groomer, she worked in a stable as a barn manager. When she is not pampering your pets, she is pampering her own. She is owned by a Labrador, Cinde,  and a paint horse (Minnie). Kimberlee can’t wait to meet you and your fur child!


Caitlin Randolph – Pet Stylist  – Valparaiso

Caitlin joined Smoochie Pooch in June of 2016 from the good ole state of Georgia.  Born and raised in the south we charmed her into moving north to the snow and our wonderful customers.  Trained at her previous place of employment, Caitlin has been grooming for 3 years and her skill set is growing daily.  Since joining Smoochie Pooch she is now trained to groom cats and handstripping as well as various breed trims.

Cailtin is owned by 3 pets of her own.  She looks forward to meeting your furry friend sometime soon.  Stop by and say hi!


 Amy Triezenberg  – Pet Stylist – Crown Point

Elli Bultemeier – Pet Stylist – Fort Wayne

Elli Bultemeier is an award winning Pet Stylist from Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Having been grooming since 2008, Elli has enjoyed the ability to hone her skills at her current employer, Smoochie Pooch.  She began her career simply as a way to make some extra money, wanting to work in an industry that shared her love and passion of animals. Now she operates a salon where she is able to host hands on clinics to learn the various skills needed to compete at the higher levels of GroomTeam sanctioned shows across the country.  Elli, has traveled the country competing placing most often with a Bedlington Terrier, Lannolyn, and an English Cocker, Caleb. Her goal is to one day become a team member on the Groom Team USA travel team. Elli has even dabbled into the creative grooming side winning People’s Choice at a local Pawject Runway competition in Fort Wayne. She has also recently become nationally certified with NDGAA in Sporting and Non-Sporting, and is well on the way to completing her Master groomers certification.

When not grooming or at a trade show, Elli can often be found enjoying time with her 2 children, working her photography business, and playing with her own pets.  She has 5 pets including, Riddick, a Corgi, Kuma, a Shiba, Vin, a Standard Poodle, Tag, an English Cocker, and Judy Hops, a bunny.

Susan Crisman-Customer Service Supervisor – Valparaiso

Amanda Herman – Grooming Apprentice – Valparaiso

Megan Ross – Grooming Apprentice – Portage

Holly Gargas  – Pet Stylist – Portage

I have been grooming since 2014. I was trained and started at Petsmart. Before that I struggled to find what I wanted to do but I knew I wanted to work with animals. I left the big box store so I could have more of a relationship with my clients and their fur babies. I have always loved animals. My passion is horses! I started riding when I was 2. Which led me into 4H where showed my family dog and also horses. From there I went to doing barrel racing at local shows around northwest Indiana. I have a Quarter horse paint named Oakley.

I love to go trail riding with my best friend Kimberlee who also works for Smoochie Pooch. I got married in 2015 to my husband Jason. We then had our son Coton also in 2015. I just had my second son Zane in August of 2017. My oldest son is my 6 year old Chihuahua Tank.



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