Rio Grooming Staff

Karen

President/CEO/Dean of Students

Karen Beskau took over the helm of Rio Grooming Enterprises in October 1999. Karen’s extensive experience in the Pet care industry, nonprofit organizations and advocating for Purebred dogs has positioned her well to lead the staff at Rio Grooming Enterprises. She is passionate about Rio Grooming’s mission of providing the best services to animals in our care, customer service and the community. Since 1999, Rio Grooming has grown to include boarding, training, show dogs, and grooming. Karen has nationally recognized dogs she shows and breeds. She has been active in Pet Care Services Association, Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association, Doberman Pinscher Club of America, Boston Terrier Club of America, as well as many local clubs and affiliations. Rio Grooming Enterprises is one of the nation’s accredited facilities, awarded through the Pet Care Services Association October 23, 2006.

Amy

Program Director/Pet Stylist

Daughter of Karen Beskau and has been helping with the family business since she was just five-years-old. In 2009, she became a groomer here at Rio Grooming, then went on to attend NASH Academy to become a grooming school instructor. Amy enjoys continuing her education by traveling and attending grooming seminars across the United States. She also enjoys traveling to AKC dog shows and competing with Rio show dogs.

Jen

Executive Director

Jen has always had a love for animals and began working at Rio Grooming in February 2010 while attending school for vet tech. She loved working at Rio so much that she decided to stay at Rio full time. She changed her major to business and graduated from school in 2013. When not busy with work, Jen loves being able to spend time with her husband Chad, their son, Mason & their Australian Shepherd, Bear. She enjoys taking trips up north with her family, bow hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

Jessi

Pet Stylist

Jessi has been grooming since 2014. She loves spending time with the dogs and making them look great! Outside of grooming, Jessi enjoys hiking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, fishing, shooting trap, and traveling. Jessi enjoys grooming all breeds, but she thinks Schnauzers are fun because their heads are unique and fun to groom!

Shauna

Pet Stylist

Shauna started grooming school at Rio Grooming in April, 2016 and became an employee in June. Shauna loves grooming because she has an enormous love for dogs and she loves to keep active and busy. Since a job is such a big part of our lives, she wanted to make sure that hers would be doing something she enjoys and looks forward to each day of the week. Outside of grooming Shauna enjoys spending time with her own dogs, Norah, Nellie, Bell and Suri. She also loves camping, going for walks, relaxing at home and she loves her two horses which she mostly trail rides and takes on camping trips.

Jenna

Executive Assistant / Pet Stylist

Jenna started school in 2016 and graduated in 2017. Some of her favorite grooming styles includes poodle cuts. Outside of work Jenna enjoys attending concerts, baseball/football games and spending time with her family & pets including donkeys, cows, horses, chickens, rabbits, cats & dogs!

Haley

Pet Stylist

Bio Coming Soon

Sam

Pet Stylist

Sam completed Rio Grooming School and started grooming with us in 2015. Sam loves spending time with dogs and enjoys the happy reaction from dogs and their owners when they pick up after the groom. When Sam isn’t grooming she enjoys hunting, fishing and going to the dog park with her dog.

Lauren J

Bather

Lauren started volunteering in 2015 with Rio Grooming. She started working and training with the doberman show dogs and has recently been trained as a bather/brusher. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also loves playing sports and playing with her dog Mollie. Lauren loves working at Rio Grooming because she enjoys having fun with all dogs!

Hannah

Pet Stylist

Hannah began her grooming career in 2016 entering a career she’s always dreamed of. Hannah joined the Rio grooming team in 2019. Her favorite part of grooming aside from spending time with the dog is seeing the dogs and owners reaction at pickup. When not busy with work, Hannah likes to spend time with her husband her 2 adorable dogs, horse, chickens & ducks. She also enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time at the barn when not grooming.

Jaime

Pet Stylist / Office Assistant

Jaime started her grooming career in 2016, after three years in the industry she joined the Rio Grooming team in the summer of 2019 to pursue her love of grooming and to fine tune her skills. Jaimes favorite breed of dog to groom is the golden retriever due to their outgoing personality and their trim style where she can showcase her scissoring skills. In her free time she enjoys hunting with her husband and watching Disney movies with her dogs Samantha and Kodiak.

Brooke

Bather

Brooke began volunteering with Rio in 2018 working with the Doberman show dogs and was then trained to become a bather/brusher. Brooke enjoys spending time with her friends and family. In her free time, she plays basketball, golfs and plays with her dog, Mollie. Brooke loves working at Rio with all of her co-workers and working with all the dogs!

Katie N

Bather

Bio Coming Soon

Brittani C

Pet Stylist

Brittani started out working at a grooming salon for a year as a dog bather, which sparked a love for grooming. She decided to enroll in grooming school in 2018 at Rio Grooming and started working with us upon graduation. Brittani grooms both cats and dogs and loves the variety of haircuts she is able to do but if she had to choose, her favorite is doing Westie Patterns! Brittani and her husband own a hobby farm and raise beef cattle as well as have 4 horses, 4 dogs and a goat! In the summer months they raise pigs as well for their daughter, Hayden, to show in 4H. Outside of work Brittani loves riding horses (she does barrel racing and showing) or spending time with family and her busy body toddler!

Lauren D

Pet Stylist / Office Assistant

Lauren has been working in the pet industry since 2016. She started at a holistic dog food store and was eventually promoted to a bather in their grooming salon. There she found her love for grooming and started school at Rio Grooming school in 2018, followed by employment in May of 2019. Lauren loves grooming because she loves to make dogs feel happy and healthy. When she isn’t grooming, you can find her spending time with her Bichon, Oliver, reading a book, or being outside.

Kelsey

Pet Stylist

Bio Coming Soon

Kaitlyn

Pet Stylist

Bio Coming Soon

Katie F.

Pet Stylist

Bio Coming Soon!

Toby

Facility Maintenance Manager

Toby came to work for Rio on 1/8/2003. Prior to Rio, Toby worked at 3m Chemolite in Cottage Grove as a machine operator where he worked until he earned his early retirement . Toby is well known as the “Handy Man” at Rio, he can relate his concepts and ideas to the company’s many projects. He has also garnered the reputation of the DIY “Duct Tape Extraordinaire”! He has shown us there are many creative uses for duct tape, from medical to survival! Duct tape is magical and should be worshipped. Toby also enjoys hunting, fishing, Harleys and his best friend, Champion Pinecrest’s Standing Ovation, a.k.a “Memphis” (Doberman Pinscher)