Joan Cleary graduated from the Pennsylvania School of Dog Grooming in 1987 and went on to become a Certified Master Groomer in 1991 through the International Dog Grooming Association. She has competed in numerous grooming competitions, and has won Best Groomer in Show in 2005 in Orlando FL. She has also won the Sporting Dog class 2 years in a row at the National Dog Grooming Association contests in Florida and Pennsylvania.

She has owned and operated The Golden Paw grooming salon in Kittery, Maine, and was awarded Best of the Seacoast Award in 2002-2003.

Joan has had a successful show career with her Golden Retrievers, achieving 11 American champions and 4 Canadian champions. She has been breeding Golden Retrievers since 1992. She has also competed at The Westminster Dog Show and won a Judge’s Award of Merit in 1997 with her dog Cedar.

She is currently studying for her AKC judging certification, specializing in Sporting Breeds, and has judged multiple Sweepstakes at Specialty shows.

Joan brings with her compassion, love and creativity to our shop along with her talent in hand scissoring and show grooming to all breeds and looks forward to providing you with excellent service for all your grooming needs.