Eric & Anne Dysinger (Owners)
Eric & Anne are the visionaries behind Paws in Paradise Luxury Resort & Spa. After moving from Michigan to the Augusta, Georgia area, they developed a plan to create a luxury resort for pets. Their plan meant the resort needed to be posh enough to pamper their fur children. In addition, it had to be cozy enough to allow time to relax while separated from their family. After months of planning, Paws in Paradise Luxury Resort & Spa became a reality.
Anne received certification in Pet CPR and First Aid through Pet Tech. Eric and Anne completed the Level 1 Veterinary Assistant course through Augusta Technical College.
Sophie Dysinger (Professional Snuggler)
Sophie grew up surrounded by dogs. This inspired Sophie’s love of snuggling with animals. She had a special bond with her deaf and blind rescue dog, Odin. Sophie regularly visits our guests and provides lots of TLC. She cannot wait to meet your pet!
Kayla Hicks (Operations Manager – Boarding & Daycare)
Kayla has always had a passion for animals and grew up with them her entire life. While attending Augusta University for dental hygiene, she began working her first job in 2016 at a kennel. This made her desire to work with dogs even stronger. In 2017, Kayla’s plans changed as she began to learn the management side of the kennel. She eliminated dental hygiene from her plans all together and was certain that working with dogs was what her heart desired. When Kayla is not pampering guests at Paws in Paradise, she enjoys spending time with her own furbabies: Maisy (pug), Loki (pug), and Xena (pitbull).
Our Professional Pet Stylists:
Jeff Ivins (Operations Manager – Grooming)
Jeff has been a groomer in the CSRA for 17+ years, and brings a wealth of grooming expertise to Paws in Paradise Luxury Resort & Spa. When he grooms, he treats every puppy like they’re his own, and tries to make the experience as enjoyable as possible. Jeff specializes in large breeds, but there is a special place in his heart for terriers. Jeff has a knack for keeping the most restless dogs calm while they are on his table.
Jeff is also a full-time groomer, and when he is not taking care of everyone else’s dogs, Jeff goes home to his wife Amy and their cairn terrier, Sir Spanky Mchumpy.
MaryHelen has always had a love for dogs. After graduating from the University of Tennessee and spending many years in the corporate world, she decided her ultimate passion was to pursue a career as a pet stylist. She used to own and operate a dog salon in Middle Tennessee for 16 years. She sold it to relocate to Evans, Georgia to be near her son and his family.
MaryHelen is a groomer graduate with emphasis in canine dermatology and nutrition. MaryHelen utilizes her creative talents in grooming each dog as she tries to capture their personality in their facial expressions. Her experience has helped her master the patience needed to handle nervous and difficult dogs with a soothing energy so as to bring calmness to the grooming experience. MaryHelen has 18+ years grooming experience, and participated in the Atlanta Pet Fair grooming competition in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013, and 2014. She is Pet First Aid & CPR Certified by the National Dog Groomers Association of America.
As one of our full-time groomers, MaryHelen takes much pride in being able to bring her professional services to dog owners. Her goal is providing a higher level of personal care and attention to each client. Each dog client holds a special place in her heart. MaryHelen and her husband, Harry, share their home with Molly (Standard Poodle), Peaches (Pomapoo), and their newest addition, Georgia (Yorkshire Terrier puppy).
Jen has been working in the grooming industry on and off since she was 13 years old. She is a 4th generation groomer, and comes from a large family of groomers, breeders, and conformation show handlers. Not surprising, grooming is Jen’s passion, and she loves to make every dog look their best.
When she is not grooming, Jen loves reading and spending time with her husband Kevin, her three children Connor, Cameron, and Ellie, and her furkids Bindi (Jack Russel mix) and Hazelnut (kitten).
Caitlin Grace (Bather)
Caitlin has always had a love for animals of all kinds (all, except bugs!!). She particularly loves cats, chihuahuas, and wiener dogs! Caitlin comes from a land far away called the United Kingdom. She was born in Scotland and has traveled many places since then. Caitlin moved to the United States in 2015 after getting a job as a bather, and has loved it ever since! In her downtime, Caitlin particularly enjoys playing soccer (or “footie” as she prefers to call it), gaming, and FaceTiming with her cat, Meowzie, who lives back in England.
Our Dog Trainer:
Felicia Richardson has been teaching pets and their parents to reach their full potential for 35+ years. Using cutting-edge compassionate techniques, Felicia helps build the bond between dogs and their parents through good obedience training and clear communication. She began her serious dog training interests in 1984 with her first Champion Line German Shepherd Dog, York of Manhattan, and competed in Schutzhund, and AKC obedience and conformation. Felicia fell in love with the sport of Schutzhund, and continued titling several dogs with tracking obedience and protection work. The German Shepherd Dog, being a versatile dog, led Felicia during the next 20 years doing to train trial and title dogs in agility, AKC obedience, and herding.
Felicia spearheaded several Therapy Dog Organizations through TDI and Love on a Leash. She founded Gentle Way Dog Training in 1996, and with assistant trainers taught dog obedience classes of all levels to all breeds, as well as helped families with their dogs’ behavioral problems. In 2014, Felicia pursued her dream of opening her own full-service pet store, Pawleys Pets, in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. For the next 10 years, she was also actively involved in helping her community with their pets needs with nutrition, good pet accessories, grooming, and dog obedience classes.
Felicia continued to successfully compete with her dogs in Schutzhund. Although a demanding sport, she feels that competing among peers is a good measure of success and a way to always stay abreast of current progressive training techniques. For the past few years, Felicia has been working with a nationally recognized dog training organization, training hundreds of pets of all breeds and ages. She resides with her three pups, Chaka, Bella (GSDs) and Jacobean (aka “Bean”; lab mix). Chaka and Bella are her competition dogs in IPG and Bean, at 15 years of age, just enjoys life on the farm.