About The Spa
Pawsitivity Pet Spa is Asheville's only holistic, one-on-one grooming salon. Our mission is to create a strong relationship built on trust by providing a truly comfortable experience for every canine clinet. We provide one-on-one, straight-through grooming services in a calm environment where pets have the ability to relax and trust their stylist.
At Pawsitivity Pet Spa, we believe:
~ That dogs are sentient beings, with similar intelligence and needs to a 2- to 4-year-old child.
~ That every worker deserves the right to a minimum salary of living wage, and we encourage tipping for excellent work.
~ That dogs have a right to set boundaries.
~ That respecting each staff member's right to self-expression, including personal style, gender identity, and cultural heritage, is imperative.
~ That it is our responsibility to learn dogs' language, and communicate with them in a way they understand.
~ That we keep excellent staff by maintaining an environment where each staff member has the right to set boundaries, pursue their passions, and work in a positive, encouraging atmosphere.
~ That while all dogs have similarities, there are also distinct differences between breeds and personalities, and these are essential to understanding each individual dog.
~ That a job well done is worth paying for. We believe in providing exceptional customer service and quality work, and we charge accordingly.
~ That while grooming is necessary, a commitment to a dog's overall well-being is more important than vanity.
~ That every dog and staff member has a right to a safe and clean environment.
~ That providing as calm and comfortable a space as possible for each canine guest is our top priority. We use the best relief techniques available to help reduce stress and discomfort for dogs.
~ That our products, services, and techniques should be individualized to serve the needs of each canine guest.
Olivia Glynn ~ Owner and Stylist
(formerly Rachel Ackerman)
As the founder of Pawsitivity Pet Spa, I would like to personally invite your pet for a spa day! I have been working in pet salon settings since 2005. I was first certified in 2006 and I continue to take courses to improve my skills and stay abreast of current trends.
Through my experience working for privately-owned and corporate grooming salons, I became aware that most of the stress associated with grooming is caused by improper groomer education and by some standard grooming procedures, such as long kenneled waiting and drying periods. In 2014 I created Pawsitivity Pet Spa as an alternative to the typical grooming experience, with the goal of offering the same level of quality and comfort as is expected in the human spa industry.
Pawsitivity Pet Spa is not just my job; it is my passion. I believe that grooming my customers’ four-legged family members is a privilege, and I take pride in my ability to bring out the beauty in each individual dog. I am thankful for the unconditional love that dogs give us, and am honored to know that I am making a difference in the life of each dog I work with.
I specialize in working with anxious pets, particularly in rehabilitating dogs who have fear issues around grooming. Since the time that we opened, I have built a reputation for being able to work with dogs who have severe anxiety about being groomed or being separated from their parents. The most rewarding part of my job is being able to work dogs past their fears. I love building a relationship of trust so that they can learn to love coming for a spa day!
Kristyn Maresca ~ Stylist
I have been grooming since 2015 after working as a bather since 2009. I absolutely love it! My favorite dog breed to groom is Doodles, because they have such fun, easygoing personalities. I also enjoy their fluffy, huggable haircut style -- making them look like Muppet puppies instead of poodles! When not grooming, my hobbies include gardening, hiking, and crocheting. I keep chickens and I love them! My favorite food is all kinds of vegetables; I would pick them over meat or carbs any day, and I am mostly vegan other than my chickens’ eggs. I love working at Pawsitivity because of our focus on making it a good experience for dogs. I came from a corporate grooming background, and I have been thrilled to be here. I love that the work environment focuses on the dogs’ well-being and on giving them a good experience.