Emery joined our team in February 2021 as a receptionist. She is a hardworking and organized individual who is a great asset to our team! She is responsible for checking clients in/out, scheduling appointments, assisting customers with questions or concerns, and helping to maintain the cleanliness and organization of the salon. Interacting with the animals and helping guest to the best of her ability are her favorite parts of her job, although she excels at all tasks given.

She is currently enrolled at Chattanooga State studying to complete her pre-requisites for the dental hygiene program. She loves spending time with her family and friends and enjoying the outdoors with her four dogs.


Jessica joined our salon in December 2018 as a receptionist. Being the hard worker that she is, she was quickly looking for opportunities to learn and advance! Shortly after starting, she was moved into the bather position, where she excelled almost immediately. Her calm demeanor and patience made her a perfect fit for the position. She is very detailed oriented and takes pride in her work. Her qualities and dedication made her the perfect candidate for grooming and in May 2020, she began her training as a groomer. She enjoys her job and takes pride in her work which can be seen in each groom she completes.

Outside of work, she is kept busy by her three daughters! Most of her free time is spent with them – cooking, cleaning, listening to music, puzzles, and playing games. She strives to be the best mom she can for them and her hard work for growth at Muddy Buddies has been for them.

Jessica S.

Jess, as we call her, is our part time receptionist and Saturday bather. Jess has been with Muddy Buddies since July 2019. Jess keeps busy by answering phones, scheduling and confirming appointments, processing payments, and of course keeping up on the daily loads of laundry. Jess has worked in the animal related field for 5 years, most recently working for McKamey Animal Center. Jess spends her free time with her son and her 5 American Bulldogs, “Pearl, Lacey, Hank, Beretta & Tooh”. Jess also has “Maggie” a 30 year old Tennessee Walking horse. She also keeps busy at the ball field or off roading with her family.


Vaughna is our newest receptionist here at Muddy Buddies. She answers the phone, schedules and confirms appointments, processes payments, and helps with the general chores. Vaughna has, in the past, been a volunteer coordinator at McKamey Animal Shelter and has worked with some of the traveling rabies vaccination clinics. Vaughna is an Army wife, (Thank you Darrell, for your service) and mother of 3 children. She likes to read, hike with her sister, and is passionate about music.



Amanda has worked at Muddy Buddies as a groomer since January of 2016. She always has a smile on her face and really enjoys being here. One of Amanda’s favorite sayings that we hear on a daily basis is “I love this one, can I take him/her home”? Amanda worked as a horse groomer for a year in 2013 and is a graduate of massage therapy. Amanda’s off time is spent with her son and her 5 dogs, “Penny, Ginger Lily, Lucy, Lucky Marie & Frank.” Her outdoor hobbies include hiking, fishing boating or anything beach related. She also loves painting, photography and crafts.


Debbie is one of our very talented groomers here at Muddy Buddies and has been with us since July 2019. Debbie has been professionally grooming dogs for the past 17 years when she owned her own grooming shop. Debbie has also worked as a veterinary technician and receptionist in the past. She has also done rescue work. We think of Debbie as our very own “dog whisperer”. Dogs just seem to relax in her talented hands. When not wielding clippers or scissors, Debbie likes to hike, work in her yard and travel. A mini Schnauzer named “Cricket” waits for Debbie’s return each evening.

Jessica M.

Jessica is primarily Muddy Buddies full time bather and has been since December of 2018, but also helps out with reception duties. Jessica is great at bathing, brushing and de-shedding the “fur babies” here at Muddy Buddies. Jessica’s downtime is spent with her kids, her dog “Piper”, reading, writing and never ending loads of laundry.



Samantha joined our team as Salon Manager in February 2021. She previously worked for the salon as a receptionist and bather in 2019 and had a broad understanding of how to make the day-to-day duties flow smoothly. Her strong leadership skills make her a great asset to Muddy Buddies. She is responsible for hiring, training, and supervising salon employees and maintaining the daily functions of the business. Aside from being a leader, she truly enjoys the interaction with her staff and loves to see everyone succeeding. She takes pride in an organized and clean facility and making sure each and every client is satisfied.

She has four dogs – Lance, Albert, Greta, and Poppy, and two cats – Asphalt and Propane, who occupy her outside our work. She also enjoys karaoke, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her grandchildren when given the opportunity.