MEET OUR STAFF
Meet our professional team of talented and passionate animal lovers!
Debbie Layher has been the receptionist at Goin’ 2 the Dogs since May of 2014. Born and raised in Carroll County, she has always been an animal lover and has 2 dogs of her own. She says that she really enjoys seeing customers’ reactions when they get their dogs back from a day at the spa, and she especially likes to reunite little kids with their furry siblings after a boarding stay.
Stephanie and her husband live on a small hobby farm raising mini jersey cattle and various breeds of goats. Stephanie has loved grooming dogs since 1991, working for 8 years for Pet World in Newport News, VA and then 15 years with PetSmart as a grooming salon manager. Shortly after settling in southwest Virginia, she started grooming for Goin’ 2 the Dogs in 2011. “The people I have met and their pets are what keep me enjoying the profession that I chose 25 years ago.”
Minda completed her certification for Vet Assisting and Dog grooming at SCC. She quickly realized that dog grooming was the career for her. She went through breed specific training and continues to grow by attending yearly training seminars to keep up with the latest techniques and styles. She is currently working on her certification in breed standards.
Certified Pet CPR/First Aid
Valerie started working at Goin’ 2 the Dogs as a bather and knew it was her calling. After two years of being a bather she had the opportunity to train as a groomer and has been a full time groomer for over a year. She loves grooming large dogs but her favorite breed to groom is a Schnauzer.
Allie started her grooming career in 2001 as a dog bather in Southeast Georgia. Allie enrolled in the Pampered Pets Grooming Academy where she graduated in 2003 and has been grooming since then. Continuing education and learning modern styles are what Allie enjoys doing in her spare time. She enjoys grooming all dogs, but her favorite breed is the Yorkie. Allie came home to Virginia and joined the Goin’ 2 the Dogs team in 2014.
Elizabeth has served as a veterinary technician with over 3 years experience and has 12 years experience as a CNA in various health care vocations. She says, "I love coming into work because everyone is always so nice and friendly and I get to make dogs look pretty!" Needless to say, Goin' 2 the Dogs is a great place to be!
Courtney TillerGROOMERS ASSISTANT
Courtney completed her certificates in Large and Small Animal Care at WCC. She continues building her career path and is currently a Dog Groomer’s Assistant at Goin 2 the Dogs. She desires to become a Professional Dog Groomer. Courtney’s love of animals and desire to give them that special one-on-one attention, especially with the sick, old and nervous dogs that need that extra love and care, makes her career in animal care even more rewarding.