Lara continues to expand her grooming knowledge because she believes it translates into better customer service. She attends many grooming conferences every year and enjoys all aspects of competition grooming. She has placed in both Sporting, Non-Sporting and Terrier competition classes. In 2013 Lara began speaking about Groomer Health & Safety and Foundation Training with her first lecture at the Atlanta Pet Fair in February 2013. She has since spoke in Chicago, IL; Hershey, PA; Washington DC; Wilmington, OH; Knoxville, TN; Somerset, NJ; Gatlinburg, TN; Gray Summit, MO; Austin, TX; and Dallas, TX. In August 2014 Lara was nominated for Barkleigh Honors Best Up and Coming Speaker of the Year. Lara is also a Certified Pet Tech Instructor. She is certified to teach pet CPR and First Aid. If you’re interested in attending a class please let her know! Lara earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana State University in 2003 and is a National Certified Master Groomer with the National Dog Grooming Association of America (NDGAA,) is a Certified Pet Tech Instructor. Lara is a award winning National Certified Master Groomer. Recently, Lara joined the Professional Cat Groomers Association and is working on her Master Cat Groomer certification. She is the granddaughter of Robert (Bob) and Martha Gordon, the original owners of Gordon’s Grooming. Lara and her husband Paul purchased the Gordon homestead and re-opened the business in July 2013. Lara has been a pet groomer for over seventeen years and has moved back to where it all began; at the original site of Gordon’s Grooming in Plymouth, Indiana. Her grandmother, a professional groomer, taught her how to groom back in the early 1980’s at the age of six when she decided her Scottish Terrier, Misty, needed some grooming attention. Grooming is in Lara’s genes! Lara spent the first ten years of her grooming career working with professionally licensed veterinarians. She later moved to St. Pete Beach, Florida where she groomed for a premier boutique for two years. She was also the Chief Grooming Officer for a new mobile grooming company, HydroDog in Tampa, Florida. Lara successfully worked to develop the HydroDog U.S. trailers, concepts, and training procedures and continues her role as consultant.
Bernard is a very adorable Bichon who's owned by Lara & Paul and is seen at the shop every day. Actually, Lara's staff argues that he's partially owned by them too because eventually he'll be running the place. He likes to think he gets to try out the new products to make sure everything is doggie approved! Bernard is a very sweet and friendly little guy that is always waiting to welcome you to the shop with lots of puppy kisses and licks! He also loves to roll in the dirt right after his dad bathes him, too. He's super good at it!
Paul Latshaw, Lara’s husband, also works in the salon full time assisting. He’s been bathing and drying dogs with Lara for over seven years. In August 2014 attended a bather/brusher certificate course at the All American Grooming Show in Chicago, IL. He also worked part time for Family Express when they first moved to Plymouth, and previously worked in the grocery business and was in the U.S. Navy. Paul recently placed in his first grooming competition! He earned a second place in a rescue rodeo short hair dog grooming competition in Indianapolis, In.
Heather Hudson is an avid animal lover who followed her passion for art and animals by becoming a Certified Pet Groomer. Heather attended a high-end pet grooming school where she became certified in breed-specific grooming, including both hand-scissoring and hand-stripping techniques. After graduation, she went on to work as a Certified Pet Stylist both at an animal hospital and at a well-established grooming salon in Naperville, IL. Heather, having always had the dream to open her own pet salon, opened StylaPet Day Spa. She is a strong believer in the importance of creating a safe and comfortable environment for both pet and owner and the effect this has on the overall experience for the animal. By providing a home-like atmosphere, she works daily to bring a personalized feel to the whole grooming process. Heather shares her home with two four-legged children of her own. Layla Mackenzye, is a Boston Terrier whose love for running and games has her making friends on a regular basis. Declan Seamus, a Portuguese Water Dog, is often found sporting a breed standard lion clip that makes him look quite dashing!
Heather is currently a member of International Professional Groomers, Inc. an organization which provides industry standards for Professional Pet Groomers based on the countries breed standards of perfection and provides advanced continuing education programs designed to enhance the technical expertise of Professional Pet Groomers. Heather has currently received her certification through IPG, Inc. in Non-Sporting breeds and is continuing her certification in order to advance her knowledge and achieve the title of ‘International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG). She also regularly competes in grooming competitions with varying breeds of dogs. Heather has won many awards as a Open level competition groomer including placing First with the Latshaw's St. Poodle Deemer at the Intergroom Show in New Jersey this past April.
Melissa Siedenstrang has been in the animal field most of her life. She started with training dogs where she currently has her own training business! She trains service dogs, therapy dogs and rehabilitates aggressive dogs. She eventually earned her Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant Certifications among many others. Melissa attended Animal Behavior College's grooming program after getting her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology from Brown Mackie College in 2014. She spent the last year working as a groomer for a local veterinary hospital as well as being a trainer and a technician! Her favorite breeds to groom are doodles, poodles, schnauzers, and creative grooming. In June 2017 Melissa competed in her first grooming competition at Pet Quest and placed 3rd in the Mixed Breed competition, Entry Division, with Noriega, a hand stripped terrier mix who belongs to Lara & Paul.
Stephanie Steenbeke is the Salon Manager at Gordon's Grooming (and sometimes jumps in to assist with bathing and drying!) She has previously worked at veterinarian offices in Plymouth and in Tennessee. Stephanie and her husband own a Dalmatian, Wyatt, and live in Culver.
Asia Romero has worked with animals her whole life. Her mother owns Rodela Boxers, she breeds and shows champion bloodline boxers, so I helped her with her show dogs while in middle & high school. Asia has also shown rabbits. She currently has two rescue cats, Kittybear and Poohbear. During high school, Asia volunteered at the South Bend Humane Society, as well as doing an internship at Lincolnway Veterinary Clinic. She also has worked at Gilmer Park Animal Clinic. Asia learned to groom at the Petsmart Academy and have worked there for five years. She also worked at Flawless Paws before the salon closed. She’s looking forward to working here and expanding my knowledge in grooming.
Your pet will always be in talented, caring, and safe hands while at Gordon's Grooming.