Lauren Ghannam - Receptionist / Grooming Assistant
Ana Huizar - Pet Stylist
Started working professionally with dogs at a kennel/daycare facility in 2010. She soon realized how much she really liked working with dogs and wanted to pursue more training so Ana became a Veterinary Assistant while attending PIMA and became a licensed Vet Assistant. After working in the field she wanted to branch off and continue her training and experience with dogs so she started looking for grooming experience. Ana joined our team in the middle of 2014 and has been an asset to the team by spotting behavioral and health changes in dogs and letting the owners know. She gets satisfaction when dogs leave from her care happy and proud!
Originally from Chula Vista, Ana is a huge San Diego Chargers Fan and enjoys watching Ellen on TV! Some dogs freak out at the vet, but we are not the vet and they come in happy.
Alicia Tran - Pet Stylist
Alicia started grooming 4 years ago when by coincidence she was washing a roommate’s dog and realized that she really enjoyed working with animals. When asked what she finds most gratifying about being a groomer, she replied, “I love seeing the dogs leave happy and the reaction on their parents face when they see the transformation from dirty dog to stylish pup.
Originally from San Diego, Alicia is currently working on a degree as a veterinary technician. She has two dogs, a Rottweiler named Hercules and a Husky named Jubbs.
In her spare time, Alicia enjoys baking, cooking.
Melissa Kelso - Pet Stylist
Melissa joined Mission Bay Pet Salon in August of 2014 and brought with her 8 years grooming experience! Before grooming, she spent 6 months working in kennel and daycare facility. She has always had a passion for animals and enjoys styling small fluffy dogs. She owns a 6 year old male maltese, Ruca. When asked what she enjoys most about grooming dog, Melissa stated, “Every dog is different, every haircut and personality is different, so the days are different and never the same day.”
Originally from Los Angeles, Melissa has been living in San Diego for the past 5 years, however she has stayed a huge Dodgers fan.
Jennifer Lamb - Pet Stylist
Jennifer comes to us with over 10 years grooming experience. Previous to grooming, Jennifer worked in accounting, but decided to pursue do grooming because a friend introduced her to it and she fell in love with working with the dogs. She then had the opportunity to bring in apprentices and teach them to groom. She enjoys “the psychology of working with and building trust with the dogs. It is gratifying to build a rapport with the dogs.”
Jennifer grew up in Kansas City and in her spare time enjoys creating arts and crafts and repurposing furniture.
Ryan Foster - Owner & Pet Stylist
In 2009, Ryan decided to attend grooming school to pursue a career in the pet grooming industry. Shortly after completion of the program, Ryan decided to open Mission Bay Pet Salon and Wash. He felt that his love of animals and his passion of interacting with people would be something that he could bring to Pacific Beach and neighboring communities. Since opening their doors in 2010, Mission Bay Pet Salon has groomed thousands of dogs and cats and has built a strong reputation as a clean, safe and inviting atmosphere for both the owners and their pets.
Ryan is married to his wife Sue and together they have two Siberian Huskies, Juneau and Togo. They enjoy going to dog beach, riding their bikes and eating sushi. They have been Pacific Beach residents since 2007.
Jennifer Rosas - Pet Stylist/Dog Trainer
Jennifer Rosas has 9 years of experience in the pet grooming profession and over 12 yrs of experience working with animals.
She takes pride and joy in being able to groom and connect with those pets need a little TLC! She enjoys training puppies as well as adult dogs with all different behaviors.
Jennifer and her husband Arthuro have two pets of their own, all rescues. Junior, a Husky mix (12) and Zelda their 9 year old Torti cat.
When not at work Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family. She and her husband also enjoy all of what San Diego has to offer like the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Museums. Her favorite time is when she get’s to spend time with her husband and pets.
Melanie Sponselee - Pet Stylist/Dog Trainer
Starting at Kearny Mesa Veterinary Center directly out of high school in 2002. Melanie worked as a veterinary technician assistant for 5 years. In 2007 She adopted a two and a half year-old greyhound who was a retired racing dog from Arizona. His name was “Zero.” She began training and socially conditioning him to every aspect of his very new life as a pet and he is now CGC certified! Zero and Melanie are now certified by Therapy Dogs International (TDI) as a service dog & handler team. Together they visit hospitals together so that Zero can serve as a companion animal and put smiles on the faces of people who so very much appreciate his affection. In 2008, Melanie became a groomer’s assistant and began learning all there was to know about brushing/bathing/washing/drying/trimming and proper care associated with all breeds of dog. She began to apply her knowledge of handling and training techniques to her job and within a short time she began grooming professionally since 2009. Melanie also specializes training dogs in obedience and behavior modification. A common thread holds her separate experiences together, making her an unusual “breed” of groomer – she has always had her heart focused on working with the animals she adores.
Nina Kotovsky - Pet Stylist
Aloha! I’m Nina! My love and passion for animals developed at a very young age. I have worked in the animal field for 7 years. In 2010, I went to grooming school in Los Angeles and earned my pet hygienist. I have my Pet First Aid and Pet CPR certification.
When I am not grooming I am wrestling and running around with a zoo of my own. I am a mother of a wild toddler boy, two rescued and spoiled girl pit bulls, two male cats, two guinea pigs, a tortoise and fish.
I am very blessed to lead the life I have, surrounded by the people of good nature. I find myself luck to be part of this outstanding team.