Rio Grooming Staff
President/CEO/Dean of Students
Karen Beskau took over the helm of Rio Grooming Enterprises in October 1999. Karen’s extensive experience in the Pet care industry, nonprofit organizations and advocating for Purebred dogs has positioned her well to lead the staff at Rio Grooming Enterprises. She is passionate about Rio Grooming's mission of providing the best services to animals in our care, customer service and the community.
Since 1999, Rio Grooming has grown to include boarding, training, show dogs, and grooming. Karen has nationally recognized dogs she shows and breeds. She has been active in Pet Care Services Association, Minnesota Purebred Dog Breeders Association, Doberman Pinscher Club of America, Boston Terrier Club of America, as well as many local clubs and affiliations.
Rio Grooming Enterprises is one of the nation's accredited facilities, awarded through the Pet Care Services Association October 23, 2006.
Daughter of Karen Beskau and has been helping with the family business since she was just five-years-old. In 2009, she became a groomer here at Rio Grooming, then went on to attend NASH Academy to become a grooming school instructor. Amy enjoys continuing her education by traveling and attending grooming seminars across the United States. She also enjoys traveling to AKC dog shows and competing with Rio show dogs.
Jen has always had a love for animals and began working at Rio Grooming in February 2010 while attending school for vet tech. She loved working at Rio so much that she decided to stay at Rio full time. She changed her major to business and graduated from school in 2013. When not busy with work, Jen loves being able to spend time with her husband Chad, their son, Mason & their Australian Shepherd, Bear. She enjoys taking trips up north with her family, bow hunting, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.
Jessi has been grooming since 2014. She loves spending time with the dogs and making them look great! Outside of grooming, Jessi enjoys hiking, horseback riding, 4-wheeling, fishing, shooting trap, and traveling. Jessi enjoys grooming all breeds, but she thinks Schnauzers are fun because their heads are unique and fun to groom!
Shauna started grooming school at Rio Grooming in April, 2016 and became an employee in June. Shauna loves grooming because she has an enormous love for dogs and she loves to keep active and busy. Since a job is such a big part of our lives, she wanted to make sure that hers would be doing something she enjoys and looks forward to each day of the week. Outside of grooming Shauna enjoys spending time with her own dogs, Norah, Nellie and Bell. She also loves camping, going for walks, relaxing at home and she loves her two horses which she mostly trail rides and takes on camping trips.
Facility Maintenance Manager
Toby came to work for Rio on 1/8/2003. Prior to Rio, Toby worked at 3m Chemolite in Cottage Grove as a machine operator where he worked until he earned his early retirement . Toby is well known as the “Handy Man” at Rio, he can relate his concepts and ideas to the company’s many projects. He has also garnered the reputation of the DIY “Duct Tape Extraordinaire”! He has shown us there are many creative uses for duct tape, from medical to survival! Duct tape is magical and should be worshipped. Toby also enjoys hunting, fishing, Harleys and his best friend, Champion Pinecrest's Standing Ovation, a.k.a “Memphis” (Doberman Pinscher)
Lauren started volunteering in 2015 with Rio Grooming. She started working and training with the doberman show dogs and has recently been trained as a bather/brusher. Lauren enjoys spending time with her family and friends and also loves playing sports and playing with her dog Mollie. Lauren loves working at Rio Grooming because she enjoys having fun with all dogs!
Sam completed Rio Grooming School and started grooming with us in 2015. Sam loves spending time with dogs and enjoys the happy reaction from dogs and their owners when they pick up after the groom. When Sam isn’t grooming she enjoys hunting, fishing and going to the dog park with her dog.
Heidi has been grooming for 6 years now. She learned by doing an apprenticeship under a 30 year veteran in Las Vegas, NV. Heidi’s favorite thing about grooming is just working with the dogs each day and loves to see the difference in how they look and feel coming in and out of Rio. Some of Heidi’s specialties are schnauzers and terriers. Her favorite breeds are pitbulls, labs and schnauzers. She loves their goofy and hyper personalities. A fun fact about Heidi is that she has been a vegetarian for 17 years and for fun she runs marathons.
Emily began working at Rio Grooming as a dog bather/brusher in 2016. She has always enjoyed working with animals and really loves working with the dogs at Rio Grooming. At home Emily has two goats and two rabbits that she shows in 4H and her family also has a yellow lab named Comet.
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