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About Our Salon

At Good Vibrations we understand that grooming is not something that all dogs enjoy. It is our mission to make the process as comfortable and low stress as possible. Grooming is done by appointment only to minimize the amount of dogs in the salon at any given time. We take our time to keep your dog relaxed and use gentle handling techniques. Because we strive to keep things calm, if a dog becomes too fearful or aggressive we will ask that you pick them up. If you are worried that your dog may become anxious, feel free to schedule a meet and greet with one of our stylists! Consultation is free and can reduce the stress of that first appointment. 

Our Team

Our Team

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Valerie Burke

Owner / Groomer

Valerie has worked in the pet industry since 2006. In 2008 she graduated from the Academy of Animal Arts in Dearborn, MI. Upon returning to Kitsap county, she has built a career in grooming. She is a regular attendant of the Northwest Grooming Show and has taken many certification courses to further her education. Valerie has completed her Advanced Professional Groomer certification through the IPG and is a current member of the NDGAA. Valerie takes pride in earning the trust of fearful dogs. At home, Valerie enjoys camping with her husband and two children. She also has a hound named Olive and two cats, Kirk and Watermelon.

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Tina Wegscheid

Groomer

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Tasha Wood

Groomer

Tasha has a master groomer certification through IPG and has been working since 2010. She has competed in multiple grooming competitions and has come 1st place, not once, but TWICE with an English Cocker Spaniel cut. Her hard work has also gone into earning a BS in Environmental Science and a GIS certificate. She is in LOVE with poodles of all sizes. Her pair of pups are Pip & Lyric, who are always looking poodle perfect. Lyric is trained in agility, scentwork, lure coursing, and rally-o! Pip knows scentwork and is working towards being an expert like Lyric! When she's not revolving around dogs, Tasha likes to go hiking and nature exploring with her husband.  

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Erica Wallenfang-Danuser

Groomer

Erica moved to Washington in 2018 from Hot Springs, Arkansas. She has been in the Grooming industry for over 17 years. It all started out as a bather for a friend. Eventually, she fell in love and apprenticed to become the dog groomer she is today! Erica is constantly learning and growing and finds great joy in this trade. Erica specializes in senior dogs, puppies, and aggressive behaviors. She has found great patience, love and understanding with these furbabies. She is thankful everyday to have passion in dog grooming and am thankful for her journey to get here. 

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Emily Johnson

Receptionist

Emily is the newest addition to our team, taking a coveted role of receptionist! Being from the area, she spent almost two years working for the Kitsap Humane Society, where she found over 600 animals their forever homes and gained an abundance of animal knowledge. Emily has a passion for helping pets and their owners through challenging situations, educating people on animal behavior, and ending unethical animal breeding. She has three animals of her own, a senior cat named Lilly and two little rescue dogs named Banjo and Danny Jo (AKA The Jos). Emily is always excited to meet new faces and snouts and help you with whatever you need!

Tina has been grooming for nearly a decade. She made the transition to the pet industry after reading the Buddhist quote, "Follow your bliss and you will find it." With a heart of gold and an infectious smile she is here to provide all of the love your pet needs while being groomed. Tina regularly attends continuing education classes to further her knowledge and learn new ways to provide a calm approach to grooming. When she's not loving dogs here at the salon, she enjoys all forms of art and going for walks with her poodle, Molly.

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Shepherd Calder

Groomer

Shepherd is from Vashon Island and started his grooming journey back in the summer of 2019. He was a bather that showed great potential to learn and grow in the industry. Shepherd did take a break for a year but decided his love for grooming was too strong to ignore. He is very well experienced in a variety of breed cuts, and while he prefers working on larger dogs, he gives just as much love and care to the littles! Our team has a general love of all animals, and Shepherd is no exception. He currently lives with four cats, but his furever soulmate is a sweet black kitty named Wednesday. 

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Courtney Parker

Bather

Courtney has been such a delightful addition to our team! She has five years of experience working in vet clinics and three years working in doggy daycares. So we can say she’s an expert for sure! Courtney lives and breathes animals and tends to her horse in her off time. She has two children and two furbabies dogs as well! Port Orchard was where she grew up so you may recognize her if you’re a local! Courtney has the magic touch and even some of our grumpiest clients have melted in her hands. She’s a wonderful bather and helps everyone on our team. 

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Andrew Tovar

Receptionist

Andrew has recently joined the team at Good Vibrations Grooming as a receptionist. He is a former dog walker and kennel attendant for the Kitsap Humane Society, and currently volunteers with the cat rescue Southern Counties Rescue - Northwest Chapter. Andrew loves to be a steady and calming part of any pet’s day and will dote on all fur babies to keep them tranquil and centered. Andrew has a plethora of kitties of his own and prides himself on calming the fearful babies and taming the wild ones!

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