Owner & Groomer
Well, she owns the place since 1997. She has been grooming for 27 years. She was a vet tech in her previous life and feels that helps to identify any problems that we may see while grooming your dog. Amy is married to Larry Lynch and has 2 wonderful children and one pretty special grandson. Her hobbies include; showing horses, spending time with family, tending her flowers, and motorcycling across the US and Canada with her husband.
Shannon Hayton is a groomer that has been with us since 2005. Shannon also worked with Amy as a vet tech. Shannon is married to Jason Hayton. She has 4 beautiful children and is a new grandma. Daughter Emily had little Dean just a few months ago. Shannon enjoys spending time with her family, fishing, camping, and when she has time, she loves to draw.
Ashley Olson is one of our groomers that has been with us since 2005 but volunteered through high school in 2004. Her fiancé is Jacob Wildman. She has 3 great kids; Dylan just turned 16. Ashley loves spending time with her family and recently moved to the country.
Laura Chiles has been a groomer here since 2012. She graduated Kirkwood Community College grooming school. Laura is married to Brandon Chiles. They have a special young boy. Laura loves spending time with her family and stays busy with Micheal’s hockey. Laura loves being a groomer and taking care of all the great animals that come in.
Lyssa Slocum is our certified animal aesthetician. She does wonders in helping our clients pets with their skin problems. She grew up the Iowa City area. She now lives in West Branch. Lyssa is married and has a beautiful young daughter. In her spare time she loves spending time with her daughter and her fur babies at home.
Part Time Bather/Dryer
Dylan Olson is Ashley’s son. We have known him since he was a little boy. He is a sophomore at West Branch High School. Dylan just turned 16. He is a part time bather/dryer at The Groom Station. He is so kind to all our furry pets. He has helped us since 2018. In his spare time Dylan can be found biking, Fishing, and hanging out with friends and family.
Linda Kessler, aka Amy’s mom. She retired from nursing in 2012, after 34 years, and needed something to do in retirement. She came to work for The Groom Station as a receptionist in 2015. Linda loves spending time with her 3 kids, grandkids, and great grandchildren. In her spare time she loves gardening, reading, and loving life. Tell her Hi when she answers the phone.
Full Time Bather / Groomer
Britani Hacker started at The Groom Station in 2019. She is one of our full time bathers. She most recently Started grooming. Her grandmother owns a farm so she has always been around animals. She started bathing when she was a senior in high school and instantly fell in love with grooming. Working at The Groom Station she finally has the opportunity to learn!
Jennifer Rohret has been at the Groom Station since 2012 as a multitasker. Most recently she accepted the full time receptionist position. She is married to Ron Rohret and has a beautiful daughter, Jenna. Jennifer enjoys cooking, spending time outside in the gardens, and playing with her 3 dogs. Jennifer is an avid collector of old crocks and jugs.
Allison Maher has been a bather at The Groom Station since 2018. She loves animals and is very excited to get to work with them. She attends Krikwood Community College and plans to transfer to Iowa State. She also works as a waitress at Sutliff bar and grill. She enjoys spending time with her family and her Australian Shepherd when not at work.
Part Time Receptionist
Mike Quinlan is our part time receptionist. Mike is a native of West Branch. He has been married to Faith for 35 yrs. He has 4 brothers, 8 sisters, and 35 nieces and nephews. Mike retired after 33 years in corrections. Working at IMCC, hope house, probation and parole, and a Work Crew Leader. Mike was the mayor of West Branch from 2002-2004. He is a huge animal lover and has 3 dogs and 3 cats in his life.
Mike is active in the Lions club. He is a huge volunteer for the school and town activities. I’m sure you’ve seen him around town.