Melissa Settle- Owner/Stylist
Originally from Kansas City, I began my grooming career nearly 25 years ago while working as a veterinary technician. Along with grooming, my passion for animals drew me in different directions as my journey began way back in 1986. While working as a vet tech, I began assisting local breed rescues, shutting down puppy mills and rehabilitating abused or neglected pets for permanent placement in appropriate homes. This work brought to the forefront my gift for handling and teaching animals. I began apprenticing under a wonderful professional and through that mentor, had the opportunity to work with numerous professional canine and human stars and trainers. I worked with a variety of animals (dogs, cats,lions, tigers, bears, cougars-oh my!) on commercial sets, video productions and photographic print work for cards and calenders. I trained dogs to perform hundreds of behaviors for motion picture roles, live plays (my Scruffy little rescue dog earned the title of Best Debuting Actor over human stars!). I have performed dog bite prevention demonstrations and trick performances for schools, utilities and events. I have competed and participated with my personal dogs in trick, agility, obedience, schutzhund and conformation. Over the years I've managed to fine tune my scissor skills, keeping up with breed styles and changes along the way. Prior to moving to Colorado, I owned and operated a boarding, grooming and training facility in the Kansas City area. I moved to Colorado in 2006 and have been continuing my career as a professional pet stylist in the Briargate area since my arrival. July of 2011 I began working with "Best Friends" and as of August 1, 2012 I am the proud owner of Best Friends Pet Salon in Colorado Springs.