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Central Pet has professional, friendly & certified staff

Central Pet is Southern Arizona’s premiere pet resort and it's our phenomenal team that keeps us at the top. Learn about who we are below or stop in for a tour of our facility to see why we are the #1 choice for all your pet care needs. Whether you're after that WOW factor or simply looking for a place that loves them like you do, you won't find any better place to take your pets than Central Pet!

SONY DSCJulie Grounds

Julie has been involved in the pet care industry for over 10 years. Owning Central Pet is her dream come true. Julie spent several years working at a pet resort in San Antonio, learning the business and broadening her knowledge in all areas of pet care.

She designed and built Central Pet from the ground up, using her knowledge and experience in pet care to build the best pet friendly facility possible. Julie’s willingness to work with the community and provide the best care possible for their pets is second to none. Her strong work ethic and leadership skills are what make Central Pet what it is today, and what will take it into the future.

Julie has been an influential member of the Green Valley and Tubac communities by supporting several non-profit organizations such as the Green Valley Assistance Services, The Animal League of Green Valley, and the Santa Cruz Humane Society.  She resides in Tubac with her partner,  two twin boys Wesley and Dylan,  7 dogs,  Tipper, Chloe, Otis, Star, Tater, Remi and Roo.

Director of Training

Jill joined the Central Pet family in mid 2009 and brings us her experience as a professional dog trainer, doggie daycare manager and animal assisted therapy tester. 

She is an AKC CGC evaluator and Alliance of Therapy Dogs Tester.  After rescuing and adopting a Mastiff in 2007, she became a big supporter of shelter, rescue and less fortunate animals. While Central Pet is not a shelter, we end up with a few dogs we foster and adopt out; Jill oversees all adoptions.  

She and her husband reside in Sonoita with Gus, the Mastiff, Bubba, an Anatolian Shepherd, Pete the Pit Bull from The Animal League of Green Valley, Ripley the Rottie and  two crazy rescued cats names Bates and Oliver.


Delaney Brasher – General Manager 
Eli Villela – Customer Service
Stephanie Valladolid - Customer Service
Taylor Duran - Certified Groomer
Ariel San Miguel- Bather
Troy Jones- Kennel Supervisor
Jennica Hancock- Kennel Supervisor
Felipe Lazalde– Kennel Technician
Erik Droekamp - Kennel Technician
Nicole Carey- Kennel Technician
Mike Huckins- Kennel Technician


Brittany Mann – General Manager
Rebecca Michaelis – Customer Service Team Lead
Anisa Musa – Team Support/Pet Care Specialist
Kori Ward - Customer Service
Patricia Gutierrez - Customer Service/Daycare
Ashley Kane – Grooming Manager
Chad O'Connell – Daycare Supervisor
Teresa Serge - Kennel Technician
Adriana Burkhart - Customer Service
Ryleigh Chapman - Kennel/Daycare Technician
Alexander Markwell - Kennel Technician
Tiffany Zuelich - Daycare/Kennel Technician
Jaylin Garcia - Kennel Technician
Alexa Camacho - Daycare
Danielle Richter - Kennel/Daycare Technician
Alyiah Branz - Customer Service
Nicole Jones - Kennel Technician
Sergio Murillo - Kennel/Daycare/Customer Service


Julie Grounds - Owner
Jill Cruz - Director of Training/Trainer
Jennifer Hull - Operations/Marketing Manager
AJ Hernandez - Bookkeeper