Meet Our Team

The BEST pet care team in the Chippewa Valley!

To serve our clients in the best way possible, our team has to be the best. Our staff is upbeat, happy, professional, and knows what’s expected of them. We are all constantly doing continuing education to keep our skill set fresh and up to date.

We all are well-versed in communicating with prospects and clients alike. Every job function is documented and fully systemized. There’s a special “way” we do everything, and we reward our employees for the great work they do. We all take ownership of our responsibilities and feel great about knowing that our efforts are rewarded. Meet the team that will make your pet's daycare, boarding, and grooming experience the very best!

Stephanie, Owner

Stephanie has been loving, and working with dogs her whole life. She started showing dogs at age 13 and after her first show, she was hooked! She's competed in Conformation Shows, Agility, Rally, Obedience, and Earthdog with her dogs. In 1996, Stephanie decided to turn her passion into her career. That year she opened the original Paws and Claws in Eau Claire, intending to provide a place where clients can feel comfortable bringing their furry friends to stay for the day, a week or to get a great haircut. Throughout the last 28 years, she's attended various seminars and continues to communicate with others in the pet care industry to keep up to date on knowledge, education, and trends.

Stephanie with her dog Acorn after winning Select Dog at the Border Terrier National Specialty 2024.

Avery, General Manager

Avery Oja has been a part of our team since December 2017, but her love for animals is lifelong. She started as a receptionist, kennel, & daycare attendant, eventually ending up as our General Manager. Avery also runs our social media and website. Avery enjoys spending time training & teaching aerial, watching true crime/mystery shows, and hanging out with her 2 cats, Juno & Athena.

Avery and Juno, one of her cats.

Hannah, Groomer

Hannah Farr has worked for Paws and Claws since June of 2008, taking on many different roles over the years; she started grooming in 2019 and loves getting to make dogs their cutest selves! In her free time, she loves to garden, make art, go on hikes with her husband & cuddle with their 2 dogs, Willy and Porkchop, and their cat Ernie.

Hannah and Willy, one of her dogs.

Chelsey, Groomer

Chelsey Misura has worked for Paws and Claws since June 2018. She attended Rio Gran Grooming School that same year and has been grooming here ever since. She loves seeing and doing the transformations on our furry clients! In her free time, she loves to do anything outdoors with her fiance, their baby & their dogs, Maple and Harry.

Chelsey, her fiance, and their son.

Libby, Groomer

Libby Wood started working at Paws and Claws in June 2020. She trained under a longtime professional Groomer and Dog Breeder from the Milwaukee area. In her free time, she loves to go to dog shows, spend time with her family, and play with her dog D'Artagnan (Dart).

Libby and her dog D'artagnan (Dart) after winning Owner-Handled Best in Show at a Renaissance Cluster Show in 2024.

Erin, Groomer

Erin Scanlan is one of our newer groomers to join the team, having joined us in January 2022. She trained under our other groomers and owner Stephanie. She loves hanging out with her 2 bunnies, dog, & cat, Eeyore, Iris, Kiddo, & Ozzy along with doing puzzles in her free time.

Erin, Kiddo, Ozzy, Eeyore, & Iris.

Sam, Groomer

Sam is our newest groomer, having started at Paws & Claws in November 2023. Sam attended Rio Gran Grooming School (the same school Chelsey learned at) after having worked in a doggie daycare setting for 2 1/2 years. In his free time, Sam likes to spend time outside with his 3 dogs, Burke, Lucie, and Carlton.

Sam with Burke and Lucie, 2 of his dogs.

Brenna, Assistant Manager

Brenna Bowe has been a member of our team since July 2019. She started as a kennel & daycare attendant and receptionist and is now our Assistant Manager. Brenna lives with her fiance and their zoo: four cats, two ferrets, and their turtle. In her free time, Brenna enjoys making art and watching horror movies.

Brenna and Juliet, one of her cats.

Everything For Your Pet But The Vet Experience the difference with our large outdoor yards, home-like bathroom schedule, indoor/outdoor room setup, small playgroups, detailed grooming, and "Daycare with a Difference" which combines mental stimulation and basic training along with regular daycare. We also offer training classes through No Limits Canine. We’ll make your pet’s daycare, boarding, and grooming experience the very best!
My dog Lambeau absolutely adores going to doggie daycare here. He comes home happy, exhausted, and ready to snuggle.— Kelly W.
Our Location 3820 Old Town Hall Rd.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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