Tara Evangelist – Certified Groomer
In 2009, my life changed for the better…a 9 week black lab puppy named Mickey was left in my care while his parents tended a weekend conference at McCormick Place. They never came back for him. This was perfect for me because after spending 2 minutes with him, I couldn’t imagine my life without him.
In the summer of 2011, I was laid off and I had the luxury of taking some time to figure out what I really wanted to do next. I knew I wanted to work with animals. I wanted to work at a place where I could bring Mickey with me every day. I came to the conclusion, I should become a Certified Pet Groomer that provided the best animal care possible while using high quality all-natural products, and then offer my services in a warm and inviting environment where they can relax and feel at home. Everything about The Temple was inspired by Mickey, he’s even part of the logo.
I became certified by the Illinois Board of Education in April of 2012, and worked in a couple of salons and kennels until I officially opened up The Temple in October 2012. During that time, I adopted an elderly (often grumpy) chocolate Cocker Spaniel named Hershey that was left at my grooming school and most recently adopted Trooper, the tail-less German Shepherd with gangrene that was saved by American Animal Rescue Society.
I must say The Temple has the best staff! We treat our clients like they’re family and their pets as though they are our own. They are pampered, expertly groomed, and most of all loved!
Autumn Reynolds – Client Care Coordinator
I always knew I wanted to work with animals since I was a little girl so as soon as I could start working I had a job at my local pet store and later on went to working at veterinary clinics as a veterinary technician and receptionist for many years.
I love helping animals feel good and helping them live long healthy lives, (learning about skin conditions was always my favorite) but since I have always had a creative side, my love for grooming emerged and I really wanted to start working in a grooming salon and learn more about it, so here I am!
I have a small petting zoo at home, which include my pittie mix named Savannah Banana, a black cat named Orbz, a very chunky hamster named Baby Fire Fly, a ball python simply named Mr. Snake and a crested gecko named Stubz.
My dream is to someday own my very own Rock N Roll themed doggie bakery and grooming salon!
Jessica Villa – Certified Groomer & Salon Manager
All of my life I knew I wanted a career that included my passion for animals. In 2007, I found that in grooming. I began working and acquired my certification through Petsmart.
After working for a major corporation for so long I knew it was time for a change. I wanted something more personal where I could connect with the clients and use my grooming and scissoring talents more frequently. I found this at The Temple!
I love grooming all types of dogs from the littlest to the biggest. I always take great care with everyone that comes in. It’s my goal for my passion to show in my grooms, and for my furry and human clients to leave happy and always wanting to return!
Nyleen Molina – Certified Groomer & Asst. Salon Manager
My love and passion for working with pets started at my after school job washing dogs. I got my certification and worked for a major corporate for 10years. I quit because I lost the genuine connection with my pups and clients. I was constantly rushing through my grooms in order to get to the next. I didn’t find this to be fair to them or their parents.
At The Temple, it’s about quality over quantity. I’m able to discuss what their pet’s needs are and how I can help. I am so happy to be part of the team and reconnect with my passion and clients.