We are under new ownership offering grooming, daycare and boarding.

Vero Beach, Florida

Orchid Island
Dog Spa Team

Meet the team of Orchid Island Dog Spa! We’re pleased to provide exceptional care for your pets!

Pinebrook Animal Hospital

Who We Are

Meet Our Orchid Island Staff

We are solely dedicated to your pet’s care! We look forward to getting to know you, and we hope you’ll take the time to scroll down and get to know us.

Shannon Arguson

Facility Manager

My name is Shannon Arguson and I am the facility manager here at Orchid Island Dog Spa!

I recently moved to Vero Beach from New Hampshire where I spent my whole life living on a farm, taking care of horses, dogs, cats, and chickens!

I have always been a practice manager, working in human practices, however, I am so excited to help care for, and take care of, your babies! I have a French bulldog named Koa and 7 cats! I have always had a love for animals and I am so excited to get to work with them now!

I have 20 years of experience managing clinics and people. I do not like to look at myself as a manager, more of a leader. I think that a manager is someone people have to follow, whereas a leader is someone people want to follow. I want to lead my team to be the best that we can be!

I feel with my experience and my amazing team here at OI Dog Spa, we will give your babies the best experience possible… whether that be boarding, daycare or a even a nice bath!

I am a mother of 3 beautiful children. My son is 21 and in the US Army. My daughters are 6 and 10 and are very active in gymnastics. In my free time, you can find me at the beach, spending time with my family, and doing lots of traveling!

I am very excited to be entrusted with your babies and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you!

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Julissa Orchid Island Dog Spa Team Photo

Julissa Rivera

Floor Manager/Project Manager

Hey! I’m Julissa, I’m a Dog obsessed mom of 1 crazy little boy and another insanely wild pup that just so happen to fit perfectly with us. My love for dogs started when I was 10 years old and I met face to face with this giant Bullmastiff! Not aware of the breed at the time, he was bigger than I was and definitely could have had me as a snack but to my surprise, he was as sweet as can be & I was determined to get him back home. The second his family saw him and the emotions started that’s when I knew all I wanted to do was care for animals and do the best I could to help any of them that mysteriously wandered their way into my life. I’m proud to say that I continue to keep doing what I love here at the spa caring for all the pups and one day hope to open up my own rescue and teach my son everything there is to know about lending a helping hand to a dog or any other four-legged friend in need. Also, I listen to rock music so that’s probably why I can deal with all the constant barking. It’s like going to a concert, music to my ears! Haha

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Megan and Tucker Orchid Island Dog Spa Team Photo

Megan Vanhouwe

Assistant Facility Manager

Megan was raised 19 years in Vermont then moved to FL for college. She has her Bachelors of Science in Digital Arts & Design and an Associates of Science in Computer Animation. She has always had the love and passion for animals and now gets to work with dogs every day. To be able to grow up with dogs always around and now get to learn and grow within the pet industry is very exciting to her and she can’t wait to see where it leads her. Megan also enjoys arts & crafts, outdoor activities, photography, cooking/baking, listening to music, watching movies, learning new things, and hopes to maybe travel someday to states/countries she would like to visit.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

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Savannah Cote

K9 Concierge

My name is Savannah Cote I am a kennel technician. I was born and raised in Northern Maine where I spent my whole life in the back woods, fishing, wheeling, and hiking with my Husky named Ice. That’s where I developed a love for animals. I moved down to Florida 8 years ago where I have been working in the animal industry. Thank you for entrusting me with the care of your animal babies. I’m looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you.

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Sheena Miller

K9 Concierge

I’m Sheena, I was born in Waynesboro PA but, I spent most of my time growing up in FL. I moved to Vero about 6 and a half years ago and was excited to start a new chapter in my life. I’ve always loved animals growing up with Ferrets, Cats, Turtles, Bunnies, Guinea pigs, Snakes, Frogs, Fish, Hamsters, Hedgehogs and more but most importantly DOGS! I love dogs, they’re my favorite animals. I’m a fur mom of two adopted babies my lab, pittie mix and recently I adopted him a sister that’s a hound mix. My babies are my whole world and I like to show each dog that stays at our resort the same love and attention I would want my own dogs to have. I look forward to meeting and helping each of your fur babies to have a great stay at our resort!

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K9 Concierge

Hey, I’m AJ. I’m a Vero Beach resident, but I’m from Appalachia prior. Growing up I had multitudes of domestic, exotic, and farm animals. My house has always had dogs and other critters for company. I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats with my girlfriend. Before this job, I had previous dog experience working with large packs. I love to learn more about your dogs and their personalities in order to be that friend they always have when visiting us.

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K9 Concierge

Jonathan was born and raised in Vero Beach. He graduated high school with an Associate of Arts and attended college at the University of South Florida before moving back to the place he calls home. Growing up, he always had a compassion for all animals, but especially dogs. He had a dog (or three) around the house to love and nurture him.

His favorite things to do aside from caring for his pups, are to be amongst his friends/family, to be surrounded by nature, and to go to concerts! Jonathan loves to learn new things and to be challenged. He has worked in the pet industry for some time and is ecstatic to be at a place like Orchid Island Dog Spa to further his journey in the industry. Jonathan looks forward to creating and fostering a relationship with you and your fur babies!

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Melissa Stratton

Pet Stylist

Hello everyone! I’m Melissa Stratton.

I am excited to be part of the OIDS Team. A bit about myself….

I was born in West Palm Beach FL; I came from a family of Iron workers and Airboaters. I spent a lot of time outdoors and around a lot of different types of animals, domesticated and wild. So my love of animals was a natural path for me to follow.

While in high school in Ft. Lauderdale I choose to start working at a local Veterinarian’s office. And in 2000, I worked at a grooming shop for the first time; where I absolutely fell in love with the professional trade. I have been grooming pets since. Over the last 20+ years of grooming I’ve built my career around the motto“Groomingwith balance, positivity and compassion”.

I am a married mother of 3 wonderful kids, ranging from 17 years to 9 months old. I have what feels like a mini farm at home, which consist of dogs, cats, fish, frogs, chickens, and rabbits. And hopefully one day a couple of goats lol!

When I have time off, I love doing pretty much anything outdoors, from hiking, camping (in tents), fishing, foraging, and biking. But most of all spending time with my family.

I look forward to spending time with your four-legged babies at OIDS, and getting to make them look and feel great after their“Spaw Day”!!!

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Hi, my name is Amanda, I am very excited to be a part of the Orchid Island Dog Spa team. I have always been a lover of all animals and have had dogs since I was 14 years old. I of course have my fur-baby Layla which I adore and love playing with. I was even adopted by a feral cat that my family and I found living outside our house and we named him Jethro.

I was born in New York (I am still a New Yorker at heart), and I have lived in Florida since 1989. I graduated from Sebastian River High School in 1999 and went on to earn an Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice as well as a Master’s Degree in Justice Administration and Security.

In my spare time, I love to spend time with my family (which includes my mom, sister, 2 nieces and 2 nephews), be with my friends, watch movies, and am an avid reader and I love to crochet. I look forward to meeting you and your fur-babies.



Receptionist/K9 Concierge

Hi there! My name is Kathleen Elder and I am a native Floridian and have had a multitude of animals throughout my life. I was raised in Parkland, Fl…back when it was a rual community. As a child, I had horses, dogs, cats, the occasional goat, possum, raccoons, birds, and reptiles. I was the kid that found a stray goat and put a rope on its neck to take home! My mother was often displeased with my collections! Growing up, I was in 4H learning about animal husbandry, animal care, and self-sustaining living skills. I have never had a home without animals. I am a mother of 31 year old twin boys so I can handle just about anything that comes my way! I have a Bachelors in Secondary Education as well as an MBA specializing in international finance. With all that, my passion has always been for animals. I currently have a home with three cats and a dog…I just stay there, they rule the roost! I’ve worked for several years as a dog walker and pet sitter. I love working at Orchid Island Dog Spa as it fills my passion for the fur babies! The care and ability to spend time with your family pet gives me great joy!

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