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 snuggling with 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.
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).
Joshua has been bathing and grooming dogs for 2+ years, fulfilling his childhood dream of working with dogs. He likes to take a therapeutic approach when he is grooming, making sure dogs are comfortable on his table and not terrified or traumatized by the experience. He enjoys learning everything there is to know about grooming techniques, products, individual dog breeds as well each dog’s unique personality, and treats every dog as if they are his own. In his spare time, Joshua likes to go camping or hiking with his own dogs.
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: