Management Team

Danielle Tortorello, Director of Grooming

Danielle brings more than 15 years of experience to Pussy & Pooch, as the Grooming Manager. Her key responsibility is developing all grooming and styling procedures, including operations standards for the Bathhouse at Pussy & Pooch locations in Downtown Los Angeles, Belmont Shore and Beverly Hills. A graduate of the New York School of Dog Grooming, she specializes in toy breeds and drop coats, and is well-known in the Los Angeles community for her precision cuts and dedication to customer service. Danielle finished in the top 3 of Animal Planet's TV show competition “Groomer Has It”. Danielle lives in the Los Angeles area with her miniature schnauzer Georgia Brave.  A rescue advocate, Danielle donates her services to rescue organizations, grooming dogs looking for their forever homes.

Ashlee Pierce, APDT | Manager of Training & Fitness

A born and bred Californian, Ashlee discovered her passion for working with animals early on. Growing up in an interspecies household, she honed her animal behavior and communication skills on everything from bunnies and snakes, to parrots and horses. An avid Equestrian, Ashlee spent most of her childhood on horseback, either in the competition ring or in the mountains with a dog at her side. As the years progressed, canines shifted to become the focus of her professional career. With a background in Comparative Psychology and more than 10 years of experience as a professional trainer, Ashlee brings an intuitive understanding of both dogs and the humans who love them to her position at Pussy & Pooch. As the Manager of Training & Fitness, Ashlee’s key responsibilities are developing training curriculum and maintaining standards of operational excellence for the Social Club and Training Lab in Beverly Hills. Ashlee shares her miniature farm with a menagerie including three dogs, four cats, a flock chickens, a bevy of reptiles and a myriad of fish.

Karen DeMarco, Board Member / Advisor

A communications and marketing executive with more than 20 years' experience within consumer lifestyle, e-commerce, entertainment, emerging media and technology sectors, Karen's career spans both agency and client-side expertise. An advisor to Pussy & Pooch prior to opening its first location in 2007, she is an active board member and involved with but not limited to strategic business planning, key insight to marketplace trends, managing brand identity, public relations, and social marketing strategies. DeMarco lives in Beverly Hills and has two pup-loves, Teddy and Abby.