Tracy Downing has been obsessed with dogs since she first fell in love with Snoopy as a little girl. Growing up in the Midwest, she spent much of her time outdoors playing with animals and knew she wanted a career in the Pet Industry from a young age. She began her career studying under her mother Karen, learning to groom a variety of Spaniels and Sporting breeds. When she moved to California she discovered her next greatest passion, teaching. In 2009 she became the regional Grooming Academy Instructor for PetSmart and led training and certification courses for all southern California. As an AKC Master Groomer, Tracy’s places great emphasis on education and continued learning in her salon. She founded Cali Pets in 2017 with a mission to change the grooming industry. By fostering a culture of professionalism and higher education among the team, stylists are encouraged to pursue their passions, hone their skills, and unleash their creativity. When Tracy is not at Cali Pets, she and husband Josh Downing can be found at home cooking for friends and family or camping with their Standard Poodles Chewbacca and Reese, and Labrador Retriever Rolo.
Aside from being a rockstar groomer, Lori is a mom of two sweet toddlers. She has been in the grooming industry since 2011 and is still digging it every day! Lori has always had an attention to detail so expect nothing but great quality with her work! Once competition season comes up, plan to see her doing her thing on stage to keep bettering herself for you and your pup!
Yoza is Cali Pet’s human relations and pet nutrition associate! From scheduling appointments, overseeing salon safety and organization, to stocking your pet’s nutritious food, Yoza maintains smooth operations of the salon. Her favorite role at Cali Pets is ensuring customer satisfaction, and loves helping you and your pet find nutritious and delicious food! When she is not at Cali Pets holding down the fort, she likes to explore new places and try new things around San Diego with her daughter, Camila.
Tyla has been grooming dogs since 2004 and cats since 2006. She most enjoys terrier clips and curly coated breeds such as poodles and doodles. She truly enjoys making sure each pet is happy and feels and looks their best. She is originally from Ohio and groomed in an animal hospital for 13 years before relocating to California. She’s a mother of 3 kids, a lab-mix named Cesar and a cat named Waffles. She loves the beach and everything California has to offer.
Ashley is an enthusiastic, fun, groomer who loves all animals. She has been working with animals since 2015 as a pet sitter, veterinary assistant and now a dog groomer. She has a newly found interest in carding Spaniels and hopes to enter a grooming competition with one soon. On her days off, you will find her chasing beautiful views and good eats around San Diego with her dog Jango.
Courtney has been in the pet industry since 2011. She started bathing dogs at 18 and is now a professional pet stylist. She is a proud mom of 2 boys, one 2-legged human named Jayden and one 4-legged fur child named Churro. In her free time, Courtney enjoys going to the desert and the beach and enjoys any spontaneous adventure! Her favorite breeds to groom are golden retrievers, curly coats, and anything with a cute little brown nose!
Emily grew up surrounded by a fabulous fur-family of cats and dogs. Today, she is the proud pet parent of Calla (Rottweiler), Willow (Doberman), Kane (Mastiff), and Maggie (Heeler mix). In 2020, Emily started her journey to become a groomer at Cali Pets. She graduated from the Cali Pets Professional Bather Program in 2021 and went right on to complete the Cali Pets Professional Pet Stylist program, graduating in 2022. Emily has a calm energy that puts pets at ease. When Emily is not at work making pets feel fresh and relaxed, you can find her at home gardening with her four-legged landscapers by her side.
A star in the making, Nora has had a flare for creative cuts and sharp silhouettes since she completed training at Cali Pets in 2020. A lover of big dogs and doodles, Nora is patient and gentle and enjoys everything from puppy cuts to Japanese fusion. She is also fluent in Spanish!
Lindsey works full time as a research coordinator at UCSD, but still enjoys sprucing up some pups on the weekends! She has been working in the grooming industry since 2012, and has a special interest in poodle breed trims, Asian fusion styles, and creative coloring. When she isn’t working, she enjoys hanging out with her dog Hamilton and going to the beach to soak up the San Diego sun!
One of several Cali Pets competitive groomers, Mercedes brings 15 years of professional grooming experience to Cali Pets. She is an Award-winning Freestyle groomer with a passion for unusual breeds and challenging scissor work.Trained by mother and Cali Pets owner Tracy Downing, Mercedes pursues grooming in her spare time and is working towards her first competition win in Poodle.
Jackie is a fun, caring, and highly motivated bather who aspires to be a pet groomer in the near future. She is a mom of three fur babies. Toby, Löki, and Kirara. On her days off she loves working on her crochet pieces, reading up on the latest pet grooming news, and most importantly she loves to spend time with her family and fur babies.