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Training and Education: Marissa is an all-breed dog and cat stylist. She completed an apprenticeship and certification program in 2004, working alongside Master Groomers. She has also attended several seminars and trade shows. Aside from grooming, Marissa studied drawing at Fontbonne University and is currently pursuing a second degree in Graphic Design. Marissa is a volunteer dog walker for the APA on South Hanley and a RYT 200 certified yoga instructor. She is an advocate for positive reinforcement methods, having previously trained with the Riverfront Working Dog Club in the areas of Schutzhund and Rally Obedience. Favorite Part of the Job: The best part of being a groomer? Combining her passion for animals and artistic eye. She loves working with her hands and "sculpting" hair. The greatest satisfaction comes from making the animals feel great and knowing that you have formed a connection. Pets: Marissa has had many different pets over the years and is currently the proud parent of an American Staffordshire Terrier and Hermann's Tortoise.