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(706) 353-1065
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About Us

Tammy Breckenridge is Bark Dog Spa’s co-founder and senior pet stylist. In 1993 she graduated top of her class at the Tara Lara Academy of K-9 Hair Design in Portland, Oregon. She was chosen to represent the school in Osaka, Japan where she helped open a grooming school.

She returned home to work as the head instructor at the Georgia Academy of pet grooming. For years Tammy competed in pet grooming competitions achieving many class wins and group placements.

Tammy is certified in non-sporting and sporting breeds through the National Dog Grooming Association of America. In her spare time she loves read, go to the movies, and to show her two standard poodles, Liam and Tori.

Laura Breckenridge is Bark Dog Spa’s co-founder and has been working in the pet care industry for 19 years. She trained in pet styling under Tammy and has now been grooming for over 5 years. She enjoys working on all breeds and sizes but has a special place in her heart for miniature schnauzers and large breeds. In Laura’s spare time she loves camp, hike, and bike ride with her four-legged children.  

Amie Reynolds was introduced to the art of pet grooming in 1999. Hired on as a bather she quickly learned she had a natural talent and a love for grooming. She apprenticed in Florida for a year and has continued her education with other professional groomers. Amie has always had a particular interest in the grooming of cats and now she is using her knowledge to obtain her master cat groomer certification from the National Cat Groomers Institute. On her time off she enjoys spending time with her two boys. They love hiking, exploring Georgia, and playing with their cat and two goats.

Ilaina Burns is native to Athens and has always dreamed of a career working with animals. While working at Bark as a bather, she soon realized she wanted to make grooming a lifelong endeavor and received training from senior stylist Tammy Breckenridge. She now competes in grooming competitions and is learning the art of Asian Fusion grooming. She also specializes in creative coloring. Ilaina enjoys camping, hiking, painting and doing anything with her dog, a poodle mix named Sven.

Gypsy Miller started working for Bark Dog Spa as a bather after she moved to Athens from Florida in 2012. She developed an interest in grooming and we soon realized she had a natural ability for pet styling. After extensive training under Tammy she became a full time pet stylist at Bark. Gypsy took off a year after having her son Killian and is now back with us part time to carry on her love for grooming. When she’s not working she’s flying through the air on a trapeze bar and cuddling with her son and yorkie, Rac.