Z Pet Hotel & Spa owner Mark Edwards has loved animals since he was a kid and has been working with animals professionally for over 40 years. A skilled dog trainer and long-time business owner, the successful operation of Z Pet Hotel & Spa is his passion.
When he arrived in Santa Fe in 2001, Mark started as a dog trainer at Paw Print Kennels and soon became the owner of that business as well as Pet Guardian. After running two locations in town for a time, in 2008 he consolidated both businesses into one location and changed the name to Z Pet Hotel & Spa.
Mark takes great pride in giving our clients a top-notch experience and works continuously to develop a positive, supportive, and team-based environment. According to Mark, "We really appreciate the support our locally-owned business receives from the community and hope we are providing an important service."
Denise (Dee) Maes is Z Pet Hotel & Spa's Office Manager and as the main face of Z Pet, helps to ensure that everything runs smoothly with our staff, appointments, and our clients, both human and furry. Dee was born and raised in Santa Fe and really enjoys the veterinary world, which she has been immersed in for the past 10 years. She is mom to 2 dogs, Barkley and Blue, and a cat named Kitty. During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her family and having lots of outdoor adventures.
Geno Maes was born and raised in Santa Fe and has been a vet technician for over 7 years. At Z Pet Hotel & Spa he participates in several roles. Currently he works with the kennel team as a kennel tech and also helps with bathing and brushing in the salon. Geno will be an integral part of our in-home pet sitting program - in development - which he will manage. He loves playing and interacting with cute pups (and they're all cute!) and, when not at work, he enjoys camping, fishing, and sports.
Denise Chavez works as Z Pet Hotel & Spa's kennel technician and is sometimes called The Warden by the rest of the staff! She expertly manages our boarding kennel, keeping our guest dogs in order and making sure that everything operates smoothly during their stay with us. She has over four years of experience as a kennel tech and has three dogs of her own. Her goal is to become a Training Master for dogs at Z Pet. According to Denise, "My weaknesses are wet noses and Frenchies!"
Sheen Balatche, who also has experience as a vet technician assistant, works hard as part of our grooming team as a bather and brusher. She is also the talented photographer for many of our Instagram and Facebook images capturing everyday life for pets and staff at Z Pet Hotel & Spa. Sheen is from Mescalero, a small Apache Reservation south of Santa Fe. Her love of animals, mainly dogs, came from her own doggo, Oreo. Sheen has seen how much animals like Oreo can help us overcome dark times and bring a greater sense of wellbeing in our lives. She says, "My weakness is big dogs and rescuing dogs on the Rez."
We're excited that a familiar face has rejoined our grooming team! Michael says "It's good to be back at Z Pet helping the pets that come in to look their best."
Book your furry friend's appointment today with talented groomer, Michael!
Maria is one of our groomers and works with a steady hand ensuring that guest pets leave our salon looking neat and tidy! With a background in both grooming and pet sitting, she's an animal lover who enjoys working with the whole Z Pet team. Maria finds grooming pets to be relaxing and therapeutic and says "When the customer is happy with how their pet looks, I'm happy!"
We're always on the lookout for skilled, conscientious and motivated team players as we expand our offerings at Z Pet! If you're interested in joining our grooming or kennel team and have experience in the veterinary, kennel, or pet care field, send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.