One of the area's most trusted and talented dog groomers, Kelsey Ann Sexton, has moved out of her home-based canine salon and is now enjoying the extra space and convenience of a brick and mortar.
Located at 6351 Highway 41A, formerly Crystal’s Salon in Pleasant View, The Dog Studio offers routine grooming services to keep clients on a healthy schedule based upon individual needs. Pups of all sizes can receive baths, cuts, blowouts, nail clippings, ear cleaning, and even a bandana/bow and a spritz of fragrance if desired. Additional add-on services include exfoliating facials, nail buffing, mouth treatments, specialized skin soaks, keratin or oil treatments, seasonal photos, and treats.
Pet owners can expect years of experience when visiting The Dog Studio, as Sexton boasts an impressive resume. A Master Groomer, Sexton is nationally certified in sporting, non-sporting, and terrier breeds. She is AKC certified in poodles, color certified, hair and skin certified, as well as first aid and CPR certified.
Before starting her own business, Sexton worked for shelters, corporate salons, and high-traffic salons. She began her own salon, she says, to create a “calm, happy, space that did not stress out the dogs.”
“My husband gave me the courage to become my own boss,” Sexton reflects upon her journey that began in 2016 out of her home. “Before I knew it, business was booming. I felt terrible turning people away, but I didn’t want the salon to turn into a quantity-over-quality atmosphere like I had worked in before. So, I worked hard for four years and saved up for my ‘dream salon’ expansion.”
Sexton’s incredible journey was documented in industry-leading publication, Groomer to Groomer. She has also recently been chosen to be a part of the professional team for Foxy Roxy, an industry-leading company based in California that helps educate pet groomers.
Sexton now employs three groomers who have over two decades of combined experience: Taylor Hill, Taylor Palmer, and Joshua Johnson. Hill is a third-generation groomer with a goal of becoming a master groomer. Palmer has been nominated for several awards for her accomplishments as a groomer, and Johnson has assisted some of the best groomers in the country.
“At the Dog Studio, we take great pride in our work making sure the dogs are comfortable and never rushed through,” she says.”We like to go at their pace and make sure they are cleaned thoroughly and with the best and safest products available- never cage drying or cutting corners.”
Sexton resides in Cheatham County with her husband and two sons.