Our team

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Jay, General Manager

Jay is the Practice Manager (aka ringleader) here at Simonton Pets. He has an extensive background in all aspects of veterinary medicine ranging from emergency, small and large animal practice, and management. His love for animals started while helping his uncle on his horse ranch and traveling with their racehorses. His pack at home includes his son Jacob (his mini-me) and his pride and joy Catahoula Dusty. In his free time, Jay enjoys exploring the Houston area with his family and friends, trying new restaurants, grilling and cooking, comparing lawns with the neighbors, and keeping his son entertained. Jay makes friends wherever he goes and can carry on a conversation with just about anyone. So, stop by and say hi! Jay is here to help with any questions or concerns you may have.

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Jerry, Trainer

Jerry has been doing dog training for the last 35 years. His father was a retired police canine handler and Jerry grew up with his canine partner when they retired together. He started his career in the kennel where he learned a lot about the personality of the dogs being boarded with us. He then moved up to trainer and spent the best part of his career working with dogs and educating their families on how to properly communicate with each other. Jerry truly enjoys watching pets and their families come together and become more productive in each other's lives. The last few years he has been a store manager/ trainer and he couldn’t imagine doing anything else. Jerry says that he learns from everyone he works with – humans and dogs alike.


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Ashley Grayson, Professional Pet Stylist


My name is Ashley Grayson and I am a Professional Pet Stylist. I’m a local Texan and a United States Army Veteran. I have been in the Pet Stylist industry for 6 years and have trained under some of Houston’s greatest Pet Professionals. I believe that the pet industry is always changing and it is my job as a Pet Stylist to continue learning new techniques and styles to further the happiness of my clients and their Pet-parents. Educating Pet-parents on how to properly care for their pet’s coat, skin, ears, teeth, and nails is important to me. I believe that maintenance on these things at home will not only save the family a lot of money at the vet, but will also insure the overall happiness and wellbeing of the pet, which for me, is also my top priority.  Another goal of mine is to ensure that the animals in my care get the individualized care that they need while also making them look their best with my attention to detail. I pride myself on taking the time to get to know each animal and their likes and dislikes, so that their appointments are less stressful. The bond between Pet Stylist and creature is sacred. I have two rescued 4 legged beasts in my own family. A Schnoodle named Sunny, who is my absolute bestie, and my babydoll, K.Cup, who is a Shih-Tzu mix. In my down time I enjoy listening to music and taking long drives with my kids through the countryside, where we admire all of the natural beauty of our great state of Texas. I also like to fish, garden, and bug my husband while he works in our garage. I’m excited to be working so close to home at Simonton Pets and look forward to meeting all of the wonderful Fur-babies and Pet-parents within the area.