About Us

Aloha Pet Resort & Spa

Our mission statement is...

to provide a fun, safe, and enriching environment for your pet through service and interaction with a loving, knowledgeable, and highly trained staff.

Aloha Pet Resort & Spa is...

committed to your pet’s ultimate experience: Aesthetically pleasing with a tropical vacation vibe throughout the resort, our facility is impeccably clean, fresh and provides superb care for your pets.

You can have peace of mind your keiki (child) is being taken care of the “Aloha” way.


From Pet Lovers Like You!

  • This was our first visit to Aloha for grooming. Very attentive, caring staff. Joy (I think that was her name) was soft spoken and gentle to our schnauzer. Great grooming! Made another appointment for next grooming before we left!! Satisfied customer!!

    Carleen Lake Avatar Carleen Lake
    May 16, 2024
  • I cannot sing enough praises for Aloha! They are always so wonderful, and I know my fur babies are well cared for! Such easy drop off and pick up, and they are always so happy to see my dogs. My dogs have been groomed and boarded for short and long term there, and every service is A+++++! We are so lucky to have Aloha in the area!

    La Rae Elizabeth Avatar La Rae Elizabeth
    April 26, 2024
  • My golden retriever Pearl started training at Aloha at age 7 months with Sarah. We had her in the Day Academy program and from the very first day I could tell a huge improvement in how she responded to cues! She is a very very energetic dog, but she really clicked with the training and Sarah was so helpful throughout the process! I appreciated the videos she would email to me-they were very easy to follow and practice at home! Sarah's training method works so well! Pearl is a much calmer dog now and is no longer jumping up on people (which was her main challenge). I highly recommend this course for any other puppy owners!

    karah kruger Avatar karah kruger
    April 25, 2024
  • Our German Shepherd is a high-need dog, and I am so glad we found Aloha! We take our anxious pup to Fetch Club once a week, where he participates in small-group enrichment activities that keep him active but not overstimulated. Sarah does amazing work with this daycare option, plus we love getting his report card at the end of the day to see his progress. We also board our dog overnight and appreciate add-on options like daily walks, play time, etc. to keep his brain active throughout the day. Overall, we just really appreciate how much the Aloha team loves and takes care of our pup.

    Katie Kreis Avatar Katie Kreis
    April 12, 2024
  • We love Aloha! Our dogs have been enjoying all that Aloha has to offer for years. The staff is wonderful! We know that they are loved and cared for while they are there, making it an easy choice for us when we choose Aloha for lodging, fitness club and grooming. Mekka does a great job making sure that our fur babies come out looking and smelling their best!

    Amanda Anderson Avatar Amanda Anderson
    March 17, 2024

Meet Our Staff

Aloha Pet Resort & Spa


Heather Robson


Aloha Pet Resort and Spa came to be when I saw a need for high-end care and luxury accommodations for pets. As a Veterinary Technician, I’ve been in the pet industry for over 25 years and see a huge change in what people want for their pets. They want them to be happy, healthy and beautiful. I believe that our pets deserve the best and I have the experience to bring that quality of service to Aloha Pet Resort and Spa. I can’t wait to meet your furry family friend.

Lacey Krouse

Lacey Krouse


My husband, Mark, and I reside in Waterloo with our daughter Brooklyn. I have 2 yorkies, Bean and Max. Before becoming the manager at Aloha, I brought Max in for fitness club and grooming services and have never looked back.  I love Aloha’s unique and customizable options for care throughout the entire facility! I love getting to know all of our guests (both 2 legged and 4 legged!) and working with them to create the best experience for them while they are here.


Sarah Lindholm

KPA Certified Training Partner

Ever since I was a kid, I always knew that when I grew up I wanted to be around animals. From being kennel staff at a veterinary hospital, to cremating pets for nearly a year and a half, I found that nothing compares to just how rewarding the pet care industry is. Having people entrust us with their beloved pets is a huge responsibility, and one I am honored to take on! I continually seek further education in the field of dog language and behavior!

Sierra Spitzer

Sierra Spitzer

Fitness Club Supervisor

At Aloha you can find me up front greeting you and your fury friend, running around in fitness club, and everything in between! I came to Aloha just looking for change and always having a love for animals I felt I would really enjoy it and I have loved every moment since. I will be attending school next spring with a double major in Botany and Business with aspirations of owning my own business someday. When I’m not at Aloha you can find me outside enjoying the world and spending time with my dogs and family. I love being a part of a company that values not only its customers but every single employee they have. Everyday I get to come into work just brings me so much joy!

Casey Clubb

Casey Clubb

Lodging Supervisor

I am passionate about making sure each dog on vacation with us is as comfortable as possible. As a recent graduate from UNI, I am excited to stay in the Cedar Valley caring for your pets full time. At home, I spend my time with friends, my kitty, Greta, and my puppy Archie. I can't wait to meet you and your furry friends!


Sam Schwickerath

Marketing Coordinator

Being both a dog person and a marketing professional makes working for Aloha the best of both worlds. I enjoy having the opportunity to promote Aloha's amazing services and come up with fun, new ideas for your pets. I currently reside in Cedar Falls with my husband, Joe, and two dogs, and in my free time I enjoy just about any outdoor activity. I'm excited to continue making Aloha a fun place for all of our furry guests to visit!


Mekka Sims

Pet Stylist

I’ve always been an animal person since I was a kid. I used to volunteer at the local shelter, always asked my parents for new pets and the zoo was always my number one pick when we went on vacation! I knew I always wanted to work with animals but never knew what the right path for me was. Grooming stood out to me while going to school at Kirkwood Community College. I switched my career to grooming and have been doing it since. I love dogs, they have always been my favorite animals. I have my own dog named Nimbus. He's a 3-year-old Shiba Inu. He definitely keeps me on my toes. I also have a cat named Minx who is the sweetest girl ever. I’m married to my high school sweetheart Mekhi, who I married in June of 2023. I’m so happy I chose Aloha to be my work home. The staff makes you feel so welcome, you can tell we all love the dogs that come in.

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Joy Back

Pet Stylist

I have worked with pets and their parents for almost four years. I have always had an interest in the upkeep of pets before I understood grooming was a career. I remember being six years old and unsuccessfully trying to cut my family's chihuahua's nails with human nail clippers! Dogs have always been a big part of my life, and I am passionate about communicating with every pet parent to keep their furry friend as happy as possible. I cannot wait to get to know your pet and provide quality care! 


Allie Williams

Pet Stylist

Working with dogs is my passion, and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else! When I moved to the Cedar Valley in 2016, and found grooming, it was like a dream come true. To be able to combine my love of dogs with my passion for creative hairstyling is so incredibly rewarding. I especially live for the puppies! I love being able to watch them grow and grow with them. I am so excited to meet you & your pup, and create a long-lasting relationship with your fur baby! 

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Rayanna Schaefer

Event Coordinator

I recently graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, with a degree in Interactive Digital Studies. I have grown up and been around animals my whole life, which is what brought me to Aloha. I love being able to come to work and spend my day caring for, and having fun, with all of your fur babies! 

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Rylie Olsen

Fitness Leader

I am a fitness leader and work lodging shifts at Aloha. I have wanted to work with animals and love being around them, which brought me to Aloha. Learning each individual animal and their personality brings me so much joy. I am currently in school for the physical therapy assistant program. I enjoy spending time with friends, being outdoors and playing tennis. I love working for a great company with staff that makes it easy to enjoy work every day!


Ellie Boyens

Fitness Leader / Customer Care Specialist

I am a junior at the University of Northern Iowa studying Business Administration. I've been a huge animal lover ever since I was little. I grew up on a farm and had my own ducks and a cow. I've been in the pet care industry for a few years and came to Aloha after moving to the Cedar Valley. I absolutely love the environment at Aloha and all the furry friends that come with. I can't wait to grow here and get to know all of you and your beautiful pets! 

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Tori Heath

Fitness Leader / Customer Care Specialist

I have been at Aloha for a couple months now, and I have loved every minute of it! I have always been a huge animal person and growing up with dogs really made it easy for me to fall in love with Aloha! I am originally from a small town in Illinois and will be starting nursing school in the fall! If I'm not at Aloha, you can find me at home studying or spending time with friends. I can't wait to get to know all of you and your beautiful pets! 


Savana Spitzer

Fitness Leader / Lodging Attendant

I am currently a junior in high school and I have two fur babies at home: Oliver and Piper! I also have a sister and three brothers and currently live in Waterloo with my father and brother. Outside of Aloha, you can find me traveling with family, hanging out with friends, studying, and playing with my dog, Oliver. I came to Aloha because my sister, Sierra, is the Fitness Club Supervisor, and she always talks highly of Aloha. I also have a love for animals, so when looking for new jobs, I thought there would be no better place than Aloha! At Aloha, you can find me in lodging, taking care of boarding pets, and taking care of your fur babies out in Fitness Club! 


Carley Reese

Fitness Leader

I am an accounting major with a minor in ethics at the University of Northern Iowa. I love everything artsy whether it's painting, drawing or embroidery. I also love my pets! My dog's name is Winston and I have a frog named Bean. Aloha has allowed me to learn more about our furry friends, especially my own! 


Lizzie Davis

Fitness Leader

I graduated in Veterinary Assisting at Hawkeye Community College. I enjoy horse-back riding in my free time and love all animals. I also have a dog named Ellie! In the future, I hope to work more with horses and dogs. Aloha has given me a chance to love dogs even more, and learn more about them no matter the breed!


Madison Van Otterloo

Fitness Leader

I have been an employee at Aloha for a few months now, and I love getting to spend time with and care for the pets here! I have been an animal lover my whole life which made it easy to love working here. I am currently working on my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the University of Northern Iowa. When I’m not at Aloha or in class, I am at home spending time with my cat Murphy and my ferrets Tito and Pablo!


Devyn Lamb

Fitness Leader

I have been working at Aloha for a few months now as a fitness leader and lodging attendant which I love. I grew up around dogs and after losing my childhood dog, I figured Aloha would be the perfect environment for me, being able to be around dogs all day! I currently reside in Waterloo with my mom and my cat, Nova. I am online as a senior in high school and plan to go to school for early education. My favorite thing about Aloha is being able to meet all the new pups that walk through the door everyday!


Bella Rhea

Fitness Leader

I am currently a junior at the University of Northern Iowa majoring in business management and administration. I have always loved animals, so when I saw that Aloha was hiring I knew it would be the perfect part time job! I have loved every minute with Aloha since I started, the people and atmosphere has been so fun, along with all of the dogs I get to work with as well!

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Arabella Hellenthal

Lodging Attendant

I am currently a Junior at Cedar Falls High School. At home, I have 3 dogs and 5 cats. I grew up around a lot of animals, so when I learned about Aloha, I knew it would be a perfect fit for me! I love getting to see all of the different dogs that come in and learning about each dog's personality! 

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Annalise Gilbert

Lodging Attendant

I am a junior at cedar falls high school. I enjoy theater, archery, dance and love all animals! I also have two dogs named Daisy and Nellie and a cat named Rae. I want to get a biology degree and hope to become a veterinarian someday!

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Adalyn Schwab

Lodging Attendant

I am a Junior in high school set to graduate in 2025. I have been on my school's robotics team for around 5 years and have loved every second. When I’m not building robots, I enjoy traveling all over the country with my family and goofing around with my friends. I have many pets including a lizard named Spots, two guinea pigs named Fluffy and PJ, and two dogs named Cooper and Nova. I have been around animals my entire life and I love that I now get to meet new dogs every day at work!

Payten Reese

Fitness Leader

More about Payten coming soon!