Meet the team


Meet Erin!

Owner, Pet Stylist
Schedule: M-F and the occasional Saturday

Growing up in Northern Wisconsin, a love of the outdoors and animals was a way of life. So after high school, pursuing an education involving animals was a no-brainer. I began my journey by attending the Wisconsin School of Professional Pet Grooming. After graduating, my adventurous spirit took me to Texas where I honed my skills in grooming centers of all types and sizes. Working full-time as a groomer allowed me to pay my way through college and earn a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Wisconsin called me back home in 2001 where I would eventually open Gentle Paws Pet Grooming in Appleton, WI. I created Gentle Paws to share my passion for personalized, compassionate and exceptional pet grooming with pets and owners, alike. I am a member or the International Pet Groomers Association and Winnegamie Dog Club. I’ve earned certificates in canine coat and skin care through the Wisconsin Association of Professional Pet Groomers and attend regular pet CPR and first-aid trainings.

In my spare time, I love walking my golden retrievers Rain and Champ, reading and couch-surfing with my husband, Steve and cat, Heather (not always in that order). I’m grateful to be chosen as the person who makes a positive difference in your pet’s life. I look forward to meeting you and your pet soon!


Meet Kylene!

Pet Stylist
Schedule: Saturday & Sunday

I owe it all to Sharkey the springer spaniel! Sharkey was my dad’s hunting dog and my best friend. She and I would spend our summer days playing by the creek and exploring the woods near our house. Her coat would inevitably get covered in burs and I’d gladly spend hours gently removing them and brushing her out. I found it soothing, brushing her and bonding with her. That’s when I knew I wanted a career that involved dogs. I started my grooming career right after high school beginning with professional Grooming School and a two year apprenticeship. Now with over 20 years of experience, I have learned every hairstyle for nearly every breed of dog! It’s my passion to not only have your dog look its best but feel comfortable and to have a positive experience too. I truly enjoy helping families with dogs who may find the grooming experience difficult and/or stressful.


Meet Jennifer!

Pet Stylist
Schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday

I’m a 2000 graduate of Nanhall School of Pet Grooming in North Carolina. Prior to grooming, I worked in the retail fashion and cosmetics industry. Although, working in retail cosmetics scratched my creative itch, it wasn’t until I discovered grooming when I realized my true calling. Charming dogs and striving for a cooperative Pet Grooming experience allows my passion for animals, cosmetology and art to shine through. And for more adventurous fur-parents, I specialize in Asian style dog grooming! In my spare time, I love to paint, write, bike and dance. Of course, that’s when I’m not walking my Yorkie, Nina or cherishing quality time with my 18 year old son, Dane.


Meet Kari!

Office Manager

Along with a passion for the Green Bay Packers, Kari brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience to the Gentle Paws Pet Grooming team. Simply put, Kari makes sure Gentle Paws Pet Grooming is running smoothly so Erin, Kylene and Jennifer can focus on making your pets look and feel their best!

When Kari isn’t “running the show,” she loves camping, cooking, crafting, reading and spending time with her family, friends and two dogs Rolo and Echo.


Meet Steve!

Owner, maintenance and repair

When Steve isn’t busy with his job as a Truck Driving Instructor at Fox Valley Technical College, Erin keeps him on his toes with her “honey-do” list at Gentle Paws Pet Grooming.

Customers know Steve as the person responsible for building, maintaining and repairing the Gentle Paws workshop. Pets know Steve as the human who’s quick with a loving pat and a pocket full of tasty treats!

Sometimes, Erin gives Steve the day off. On those days, you’ll likely find Steve up north fishing or swimming with his dogs Rain and Champ.