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! 


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.


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.

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!

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.


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.


Joyce (manager) is an experienced bather and groomer with an extensive background in canine retail.

Ashley (manager) was working as a caretaker for dogs and cats for over two years before she decided to continue that work by joining us at Downtown Doghouse.