Our Staff

Our staff are the backbone of Scruffy's and are the key to your dog having a great day. They all share a common vision...

  • Make Scruffy's the No. 1 choice for Grooming and Daycare on the Northern Beaches.
  • Create a warm and caring environment where all dogs can flourish whatever their needs.
  • To create a safe, clean and fun area for all attending dogs
  • To maintain the high grooming standards and to have every staff member trained in basic grooming skills
  • For our groomers to gain their master groomer certificate.

staff_portraits_square04Sarah - Co-owner

Sarah joined Scruffy’s as the full-time manager in September 2008 and is now a co-owner of the business. Originally from the UK with a background in child care management, Sarah moved to Australia in 2004 to help build and run six childcare centres on the Northern Beaches. Four years on her passion for dogs took over and she made the move to Scruffy’s and has never looked back. In 2009 Sarah welcomed Chester, a Koolie x Kelpie rescue pup into her life. Pictured here looking cheeky and slightly eccentric we all think with his cute short stature he just might have a little Corgi in him :)

Sarah has a certificate in Advanced Canine Communication and is qualified in Canine First Aid.  She has a great passion for Scruffy’s and has created though her determination, passion and love for dogs an incredible team of caring and disciplined daycare attendants and groomers.

In August 2017 Sarah and husband Matt welcomed their son William into the world and we couldn’t be happier that the Scruffy’s family is expanding with humans we well as our beloved pups!





Eleanor - Co-Owner

Eleanor is not quite sure how she moved from being a client with a 16-week-old Shih-tzu puppy to a few years later, the proud co-owner of Scruffy’s. However, the adventure continues and Eleanor brings a solid background in business development and marketing experience to the team. After training in Opera as at the NSW Conservatorium of Music Eleanor embarked on a career in business focused on sales and marketing and left a flourishing career in advertising account management/sales to take on the adventure with business partner, Sarah, of building Scruffy’s into the business it is today.

She is proud to introduce the afore-mentioned Shih-tzu, Lexie, pictured here with her favourite and trusty ball. Lexie can be found most days in reception greeting clients and keeping the team in check - although in reality actually keeping an eye out for her no. 1 who may come through the door any minute! 





staff_portraits_square_lauren_v2_smallLauren - Manager

Lauren has been with Scruffy’s since 2011 and is now the manager of the business. Originally from London, England, Lauren moved to Sydney in 2005. She was involved in the Cat Protection League in London which also dealt with unwanted and abused dogs. Through the CPL, Lauren and her family adopted a rescue dog Mister, a Welsh Border Collie.

Lauren loves working with dogs and has a keen interest in dog behaviour. She is fully qualified in both Dog First Aid and Human First Aid. Lauren has well and truly earned herself a tremendous amount of trust and respect with all our clients, both humans and canine. Not to mention the fact that there are some dogs who are pretty much obsessed with Lauren and may be seen following her every move just like the Pied Piper!

Lauren hopes one day to own a Husky or a Malamute. She is pictured here with one of our regular customers, Casper the Maremma. For the moment though her beloved cat Spencer, a British Shorthaired, is filling that void.




Our Grooming Team



Originally from Japan, Kiyoko has been with Scruffy’s since 2007. She is an award-winning groomer with a wealth of experience in all styles and a gentle approach. Kiyoko enjoys grooming all dogs, but has a passion for Poodles and Shih-tzus. She was proud to pose in this portrait with two of her biggest fans, our adorable Shih-tzus, Andi and Alfie.

Kiyoko has a high work ethic and enjoys making sure that the grooms she produces are to the exact specification of the owners.

Kiyoko is constantly striving for that perfect groom...personally we think she already has it! In 2017 Kiyoko won first place in Open Poodle at the Royal Easter Show on a beautiful mini brown poodle. Previous Awards include: 1st Place - Open Terriers, Royal Easter show 2013, 2nd place - Gundogs & 3rd place - Master Salon Freestyle, Ausgoom 2013.  1st place - Salon Freestyle, Royal Easter Show 2012 and Best In Group, Summergroom 2011 Poodle competition on a beautiful standard white poodle. Kiyoko continues to compete and is currently studying towards her ICMG (International Certified Master Groomer) qualification. 




Sonia was born in Barcelona, Spain. After re-locating to the Northern Beaches with her husband and young son, Sonia is now very much part of the Scruffy’s family. 

Sonia is a fantastic dog handler and groomer and has been working with dogs since 2007 and during that time managed a dog care salon in Barcelona. As well as dog handling Sonia’s skills are in demand as a hand-stripper of terriers. Its not surprising that Sonia's favourite breed to handle is the Terrier.

Sonia says she has enjoyed learning so much about Australian breeds and cross-breeds and is now highly sought after for her grooming of Cavoodles, Spoodles and Groodles - in fact any ’oodle you care to name! She is pictured here with her own beloved Lucky, a rescue Chihuahua x she saved from a life of solitude in a crate in a high-rise apartment.






Our Daycare Team



Bree loves everything animals. This passion has led her to become a qualified vet nurse, zoo keeper and dog trainer. Her obsession with animals has given her the opportunity to work for a variety of different organisations including the Animal Welfare League and Taronga Zoo. 

Although she has worked with an enormous amount of exotic and native animals, her number one favourite animal has always remained the same…dogs. 

Bree has a strong interest in animal behaviour and training which has led her to become part of the Daycare Team at Scruffy's. 

Although she is adamant about not having a favourite breed of dog, she has a major soft spot for Australian working breeds like her kelpie x 'Molly’.






Claire works across a number of departments in Scruffy’s. As well as one of our experienced washer/bathers in our grooming salon she is also an experienced daycare attendant. 

After graduating from Hawkesbury University with a Bachelor of Agricultural management, Claire ran her own mobile grooming business for 5 years. She joined Scruffy’s in 2012 to widen her skills and to satisfy a yearning to work in a team.

She brings with her a tremendous sense of loyalty and a passion for working with dogs. Claire is pictured here with her treasured mini-poodle, Sola.  








Millie is one of our newest daycare team members and has quickly established herself as a much loved one in a very short time.

You’ll see her leaping and jumping about and trying to get in as many cuddles as possible whilst still doing her job! She is currently completing her training as a vet nurse and we are thrilled to have her on the team.

She is pictured here with one of our long-term customers, our beloved boxer, Beau. (Since this photo was taken Beau passed away after a long illness. Many thanks to Beau’s owners for permission to use this photo – ‘always in our hearts, Beau Beau’.)







Vanessa - or Ness as she has become known, is originally from Birmingham in the UK. Ness has been a lover of our canine counterparts all her life. Ness and husband, Phil arrived in Australia in 2008 to start a new life.

Ness is pictured here with Nipper, their cheeky Jack Russell rescue pup who has brought much joy into their lives with his antics! Vanessa completed a National UK Diploma in Animal Husbandry and finds working with dogs a rewarding and enjoyable experience. 

In 2015 Ness and husband Phil welcomed their daughter Chloe into their lives







Sam is a qualified dog trainer with a certificate from the NDTF (National Dog Training Federation) in dog training and behaviour.

Sam has made great strides within the daycare environment and has already a number of fans from amongst our regular daycare attendees. Sam’s dream is to work with service dogs in the Police Force or Defence Forces.

While he works towards this goal we are thrilled to have him in our team. We think he is very cool to take working with a bunch of strong women completely in his stride. He is pictured here with his treasured rescue dog Mack.








Additional Team members in our Daycare and Grooming Areas

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