Instructors & Staff

Myke Ross, ICMG

President, Director of Education & Grooming Instructor

Myke has accrued more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur with a diverse background rich in both art & hospitality! Since 1993, Myke has achieved certification as a professional make-up artist, hair-stylist, tattoo artist, body painter and performance artist. Myke embarked on his grooming through a grooming apprenticeship in 2004 and since then he has achieved grooming certification through AKC S.A.F.E.Dogs’ Own Grooming School in Loveland, CO and is an International Certified Master Groomer trough IPG. He has also maintained membership with both CPPGA and IPG. Myke opened Absolute Pawfection in 2012, which rapidly expanded from two grooming vans to two storefronts due to his continuous success within the industry. In 2016, Myke’s love and respect for the pet grooming trade led him to found the San Diego Grooming Academy. Myke continuously advocates the art of grooming by providing a space for high quality post-secondary education and a local forum for social networking within the professional pet grooming community. Myke is and continues to be an advocate for providing complementary services to multiple pet rescue organizations across the county. 

Marissa Green

Administrator

Marissa has been working with Myke and our parent company Absolute Pawfection, Inc. since 2015. She is now a regular fixture at SDGA. She handles our day to day administrative tasks, marketing materials and manages our websites.

Marissa has been involved in the pet care industry for many years and is also a Certified Veterinary Assistant. She has a passion for everything animal and loves to get to know all the doggies that come to the academy!

When she isn’t working she spends her time trying to cuddle with Frankie (pictured), her little black kitty.

Follow Frankie on insta @frankiedamow

Tanya Joseph

SDGA Certified Groomer and Receptionist

LeAnn Gonzales

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Rayo Huerta

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Michael Marvin

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Michael graduated from San Diego Grooming Academy in 2020. Michael has a Goldendoodle name Bear, a Westie named Wesley a Mini Poodle named Lucky. Being a lifelong animal lover Michael decided to pursue a career in grooming so he can help dogs look their best. When Michael isn’t working he enjoys playing soccer and is an avid shoe collector.

Monzerat Navarro

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Monzerat Navarro aka Monzy was born and raised in sunny San Diego. She graduated from San Diego Grooming Academy in 2021. She is a certified groomer working at SDGA and also works at a doggy daycare. She is constantly surrounded by loving, fluffy and cute pets! She owns 2 cats and a doberman Pinscher, who has recently turned 2 years old and is her pride and joy! Monzy loves animals and has always been around all kinds of pets, from lizards, pet rats, snakes and even a duck.

Ivanna Moreno

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Mia Moreno

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Lauren Kiley

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Connie Hernandez

SDGA Certified Groomer and Student Mentor

Remi Ross

Bather

Zach Gilbreth

Bather

Jacob Sutton

SDGA ProShop Shipping Coordinator

Jacob handles our shipping for the ProShop. Jacob loves all animals and grew up with all sorts of them such as cats, lizards, chinchillas, turtles and dogs. In his free time he likes playing video games and hanging out with his brothers.