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Many of us remember our first love. For Serenity Pet Spa founder Lis, this was her first show dog, a stuffed toy Collie named Nicky. Lis showed her on a shoelace on the sidewalk and proudly bathed her in the sink (even though Nicky’s hair then fell out). From this moment, a future master groomer was born... 

Today, Serenity Pet Spa is an award-winning, leading pet spa committed to its mission to provide world-class grooming for pets and the people who love them. At Serenity Pet Spa, you will find highly trained, caring groomers and an atmosphere thoughtfully designed to provide more than just a groom. It’s our honor to provide your pet with thoughtful attention and care, while also providing you with education on how to maintain their coat health at home.


Serenity Pet Spa was founded on the principle that it is not just about grooming pets, but building and supporting a larger community of animal lovers. Our goal is to provide a sanctuary for dogs to be bathed, groomed, and pampered while enjoying free play with other dogs in a spa-like atmosphere without the confines of cage drying. Every pet is handled with the utmost care, in a loving, nurturing environment by the staff as if it were their own. Employees of Serenity Pet Spa also enjoy a growth-minded, supportive culture that encourages learning and expanding individual skills while enjoying the teamwork and camaraderie that is often absent at other grooming salons. By fostering open communication, groomers are better able to provide pets with the best care.  

Our Work is Guided by Values for...

The only pet spa experience designed to deliver luxury every time.


Educating pet parents on pet health and maintaining the groom.


Cage-free environment. Happy staff = happy dogs = happy parents.


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World-class grooming for pets and the people who love them.

Meet Lis Johnston


If you asked me in 2015 when I opened the doors to Serenity Pet Spa what I saw for the future, I couldn’t have imagined such an amazing result. It’s taken a lot of study and a bit of hardship, but we have built a grooming salon that’s not only designed for the safety and comfort of your pets, but also for the comfort and happiness of your groomer which ultimately creates the best environment for everyone. 


This combination creates the ideal situation to bring the best grooming experience forward. I’ve spared no expense on top-of-the-line equipment to make the job easier for my groomers and less stressful for your pet.


At Serenity Pet Spa, we strive to create an environment where our groomers can expand and grow as individual stylists while enjoying teamwork and camaraderie that can be difficult to find in pet grooming careers. By allowing an open and welcoming environment, our groomers are better able to provide your pet with the best care possible. It's important to treat every dog coming through our door like one of our own. We will laugh with you over their silly antics and cry with you when they fall ill. 


We are not just groomers; we are honored to be a part of your pet family. 

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Since 2004, showing dogs since she was 12.


Breeds and shows Collies, 1 Standard Poodle, 1 Black Russian Terrier, 1 Scottie, 1 little mutt


Portland, Oregon


Loves to hand scissor, especially Poodles


National Certified Master Groomer, Groom Team USA Member, National and International Award-Winning Stylist, Conducts Seminars nationwide.


Lived all over the country as a child because her mom was a travel nurse. Settled in Wisconsin at age 10.

Meet our East Side Team




YEARS GROOMING: Since July of 2012 TIME AT SERENITY: Since November 2022 PETS AT HOME: Pippin- miniature poodle HOMETOWN: Orlando, Fl SPECIAL SKILLS & FAVORITE BREEDS: Loves westies and poodles . ACCOLADES: National Certified Master Groomer, National Award-Winning Stylist, Former Educator at Paragon Pet School, Open level Competitor INTERESTING FACT: Cal has a green thumb! They have over 25 house plants.




​YEARS GROOMING: Just starting training TIME AT SERENITY: Since March 2022 PETS AT HOME: She has a small rescue mutt. HOMETOWN: Madison, WI SPECIAL SKILLS & FAVORITE BREEDS: She loves to help dogs get clean and feel comfy during their baths. Some of her current favorites are Dachshunds and Irish Terriers. ACCOLADES: Sophia is proud to be a first time dog owner! She feel very accomplished to have completed her first year with her dog Kiko. INTERESTING FACT: Sophia grew up in a local Toy Store!

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​YEARS GROOMING: No experience grooming, but Marissa has 13 years experience with dogs. TIME AT SERENITY: Since August 2022 PETS AT HOME: 3 cats and has had many dogs.   HOMETOWN: Madison, Wisconsin SPECIAL SKILLS & FAVORITE BREEDS: Beagles are Marissa's favorite breed and she is always kind and happy! ACCOLADES: None yet INTERESTING FACT: Marissa is a newly proud mommy as of October 2022!

Interested in Joining Our Team?

Serenity Pet Salon & Spa is Madison’s premier dog grooming salon for pets who deserve to be well taken care of and we’re always open to hearing from people who would like to be a part of our team! View our open positions and apply today.

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