A Senior groomer with 10 years of experience working with an array of breeds that require artistry, imagination, and skill to scissor-sculpt perfectly stylized cuts.

  • certified bather brusher
  • corded coats
  • breed specific trims


  • Shark fin shears contest winner 2016
  • Best of the bay 2010, 2011, 2014, 2016
  • Bay Wolf’s “Beast of the bay” winner 2014
  • San Francisco A List 2014
  • Bay Area reporter “Best of the gays” 2011

completed courses:

  • 6 month show grooming apprenticeship
  • NDGAA Introduction Course 2015
  • Super styling Heads
  • Corrective Grooming
  • The Pomeranian
  • Brusher Bather Certification Program
  • AKC Poodle Grooming Certificate Course
  • Super Styling session
  • Modern Styles
  • Customer Service & Sales
  • The Springer Spaniel
  • Scissor Technique Class
  • Doodles
  • Round Faces

Prior to his move to San Francisco in 2009, Alejandro Rivas was a professional ballet dancer in Denver, Co. Along with grooming Alejandro is pursuing a career as an artist, under the pseudonym Mr. Dappers. Mr. Dappers Crafts is inspired by Alejandro’s family: fine art, film, history and performance (

“I bring my love of art and movement to my grooming practice. Scissors are my paint brush and the dog is my three dimensional canvas”