Nancy Chinchar (owner)
After receiving a promotion at a job with which she was thoroughly disappointed, Nancy Chinchar made two lists — "likes" and "ways to make a living around the likes." The options she liked best involved her love for the dog she had just adopted. So, she enrolled at Nash Academy of Animal Arts and trained under Joey Villani (of Animal Planet's "Groomer Has It") and his team. After gaining experience throughout NYC and Brooklyn, she opened Downtown Doghouse in 2003. Nancy has been featured in the New York Post and the New York Daily News and has appeared on Anderson Live!
Tatiana (stylist) is back! Tatiana started working at Downtown Doghouse about 10 years ago as a bather, but now she's well known for her incredible scissorwork. Tatiana is an experienced competition groomer who trained to handstrip with Sally Hawks. In 2016, Tatiana assisted her at Westminster and received multiple best in breed wins!
Chris (stylist) has been grooming since 2011. He has groomed a number of winners for show. His specialty is Kerry Blue Terriers and he can be seen here with his show Kerry, Monet. His scissor work on Bedlingtons, Poodles, and Doodles can be seen all over Instagram because he is the requested stylist for quite a few celebrity pets. He is also studying Art Education at Pratt.
Anna (stylist) has won multiple ribbons in the Rising Star Class at Intergroom. She is an expert at Asian-style grooming, having trained and worked in Korea for 7 years.
Jojo (stylist) has been grooming for over 25 years. You may remember her from when Downtown Doghouse was on 18th Street! JoJo has owned multiple shops and has certificates for her veterinary technician and small animal grooming studies. She is also a seasoned competitive groomer, with wins in the GroomOlympics. Ask her to paint a portrait of your dog.
Oscar (stylist) decided to become a groomer at age 16. After graduating high school in CT, he quickly worked his way up to salon manager. When he moved to NYC, he became a human hair stylist, too. His love and knowledge of hair and dogs makes him the exceptional groomer he is today!
Mie (stylist) has been a Brooklyn-based groomer for about 5 years. She's decided to work a bit closer to home and now you can find her at both Downtown Doghouse locations.
Barbara (bather) began bathing dogs only one year ago. After mentoring with our own Tatiana Freitas, Barbara became one of the most talented and knowledgeable bathers in NYC.
Tabatha (multi-tasking superstar) You will find Tabatha at the front desk or in the back blowing out the pups, but her true calling is grooming. She is currently training to groom with Chris and it won't be long before she has her own table. Her class models certainly can't wait!
Nora (general manager) We are excited to have Nora back at Downtown Doghouse! In her new role as GM she's running the show from scheduling to ordering and handling all special requests. For a special treat -- ask her when she's performing next!
Danielle (assistant manager) Danielle is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel fan who joined Downtown Doghouse during a career change. When she’s not at the front desk, she can be found walking her dog, Frankie, throughout Chelsea or studying for a degree in Narrative Medicine.