Speakers

Mindy Dinwiddie

Mindy Dinwiddie

Mindy Dinwiddie started grooming in 2009 after needing a change from the corporate world. She apprenticed under a trainer/groomer. In April 2010 she decided to open her own shop in Litchfield, MI. Mindy continued her education with seminars and competitions. She has been published in Olga Zabelinskaya Doodle Modern Styles Special Edition. Mindy is currently captain of the Michigan State Grooming Team and a team member of the USA Model Dog Competition Team.

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ICMG

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins

Jennifer Bishop-Jenkins, ICMG, is the owner and Master Groomer at Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe, Illinois. Named by the Chicago Tribune as the "Best Groomer in Chicagoland", Jennifer can be seen this fall 2018 on the Hulu Network national television program Small Business Revolution (Season Three) as a Grooming Expert. Jennifer founded the Illinois Professional Pet Groomers Association and has been grooming, breeding, and showing various breeds of dogs and cats for four decades. She authored several published articles on various grooming issues, and has an award-winning blog. Jennifer was one of the first generation of "CMGs" but spent most of her career as a professional educator teaching high school, college, and also in vocational grooming schools. Jennifer and husband Bill are nationally prominent victim advocates, and love the fun they have showing their newest Grand Champion Miniature Poodle "Bowie".

Lori Craig

Lori Craig

Multi-award winning creative stylist and instructor, Lori Craig has placed in almost every creative competition she has entered. She is best known for her “Lion King” design, which was undefeated and garnered her a Barkleigh Honors Award. Lori’s work has been featured on The Today Show, TLC, Regis and Kellie, ABC Nightline and on the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine. Lori has owned Doggie Styles in Moore, Oklahoma for thirteen years and is Vice President and certifier for the National Society of Creative Stylists. Lori is also working with the Creative Groomers Association to help educate and promote creative styling worldwide.

Jonathan David

Jonathan David

Jonathan David has been the recipient of multiple scissoring awards, multiple Best All Around Groomer awards and Best in Show earning him a position on Groomteam USA in 2008 and 2009. Jonathan was also a contestant on Animal Planets “Groomer Has It” and has been featured as a grooming expert on multiple television shows. Currently, Jonathan owns and operates his salon, Lap of Luxury Dog Spa in Delray Beach Florida and is a board member of multiple dog clubs.

Teri DiMarino

Teri DiMarino

An industry veteran, Teri has owned and operated successful salons and mobiles in Florida and California. A winning grooming contest competitor, Teri was a member of three groomteam USA Gold Medal teams. A multiple Barkleigh Honors and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri is a regular columnist for Groomer to Groomer Magazine as well as a popular speaker and judge at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, Australia and New Zealand.

Kathryn Dixon

Kathryn Dixon

Kathryn Dixon, a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, has been involved in the grooming industry since 2006. She owns and operates The Houndstooth LLC, a mobile pet spa fleet which services the majority of Rhode Island. She is an active competitor in grooming competitions across the country, holding multiple placements in Hand Stripping, Sporting, and All Other Pure-Bred classes. In her free time Kathryn trains in Canine Scent Work and has earned titles on two of her dogs. She is also a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps, having served 6 years as an intelligence analyst and translator of Afghan languages.

Linda Easton, ICMG

Linda Easton

Linda is an International Certified Master Groomer and President of International Professional Groomer, Inc. As a competitive groomer, Linda had many wins, including included Best in Show, Best All-Around Groomer, winning the Edemco 'Total Groom Extravaganza'. After putting several obedience titles on her dogs, she worked as a professional handler, finishing and putting championship points on over 60 champions in over 20 breeds and 7 groups. Her grooming career began in 1973, and her current grooming salon and self-wash is in Salem, Oregon. As an educator and certifier for IPG, Linda travels all over the world certifying, giving workshops, and judging grooming contests, and introducing the exciting new Salon Details Certification.

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver

Dr. Cliff Faver, a 1987 graduate of CSU, is the founder/owner of Animal Health Services (7 doctors, 4 groomers, 50 employees) in Cave Creek, Arizona. He is the US distributor for Iv San Bernard products. He uses the two businesses as a means of merging the grooming and veterinary professions to pursue his life’s passion of healing and helping pets. Dr. Faver is an international speaker and teaches the ISB Pet Aesthetician Certification program. He is a member of AVMA, AAHA, AZVMA, a sponsor for the CPPGA, a Board member for the Burbank Kennel Club, and previously served on the Novartis Lead Committee (with top dermatologists from USA), Hill’s International Global Veterinary Board, and is still active in a Veterinary Management Group.

Dara Forleo

Dara Forleo

Dara Forleo attended Nash Academy in Lexington, KY, and upon completion of the Nash Program, earned her BA for Business Management from Ottawa University. Over the last 11 years, Dara has built a state of the art facility called Dara’s Paw Spaw and The Whole Pet Grooming Academy, which has earned recognition from the community and her devoted following of clients. Dara provides students coming to the academy with the best equipment, products and curriculum, unlike any other offered in the country. Dara believes that training is not just about producing a beautiful groom today, it is about the long-term well-being of the groomer, the pet, the customer and the business.

Deborah Hansen

Deborah Hansen

Deborah Hansen CFMG, CFCG is the owner of a successful feline exclusive house call business, Kitty's Purrfect Spa in California. Creative talent behind Feline Artistic Creations. Founder of "Deborah's Programs", a complete rebooking system to get all cats onto a regular grooming schedule. Owner and creator of Kitty's Kopy Kats, a stationary store for cat groomers. Author in multiple grooming and local publications on the topics of cat grooming, cat behavior, and business growth. Teacher on the topics of Creative Feline Grooming, Client Rebooking, Safety in the Grooming Environment, Cat Grooming, Small Business Growth, Websites, SEO. She can be found at deborahhansen.com.

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez

Blake Hernandez, NCMG, is a passionate and valued industry leader. With his sudden splash into the Grooming world, Blake has worked tirelessly to go from complete novice to Nationally ranked competitor in record pace. This certain determination and love for dogs and their care has led him to multiple State-Level Groomer of the Year awards and 5 Barkleigh Honor Nominations. When he is not managing his own Salon in San Diego he is most commonly found exhibiting Bichon or Standard Poodles at his nearest Conformation Show. Blake is also a Brand Ambassador for Foxy Roxy Supply Co. with whom he partnered to develop his very own line of shears! With steady rise in the Industry he has recently garnered an additional Brand Representative position with iGroom - Luxury Pet Beauty Care!

Melissa Jepson

Melissa Jepson

Popular speaker Melissa Jepson has owned and operated the award winning grooming salon Pupscale Pet Salon in Montclair, California since 2013. As a founding member of the Association of Holistic Pet Professionals she believes deeply in creating a soothing, well rounded environment for all aspects of the grooming salon. She also enjoys teaching easy to access webinars at Pawsitive Educational Training when she is not traveling to teach at trade shows. A life-long learner with the heart of a teacher and the soul of an artist, Melissa excels at communicating and is passionate about sharing knowledge with others.

Milena Kon

Milena Kon

Milena started off in graphic design and direct sales before realizing that she wanted to do more with animals. So, she went into grooming in 2013. She is now the owner of Driving Me Knots (Mobile Grooming), DMK Bowtique (Pet Accessories), and DMK Marketing Solutions (Custom Graphic Designs). She started competing in Extreme Creative Styling & Creative Abstract grooming contests in 2015, and won Up-and-Coming Creative Groomer that same year. Her creative work has also been seen on "The Greatest Showman" with Hugh Jackman and "Orange is the New Black" on Netflix. She was awarded the Barkleigh Honors Creative Groomer of the Year in 2018.

Jameson Kon

Jameson Kon

Jameson has a degree in International Business Management & Marketing, and has always had interests in working with animals at a young age. After working for a massive online retail company, managing over 300+ employees amongst 7 different call centers both domestically and internationally, he decided to jump right into the world of grooming with his wife, Milena. Now the proud owner of Driving Me Knots (Mobile Grooming), DMK Bowtique (Pet Accessories), and DMK Marketing Solutions (Custom Graphic Designs), his ability to multi-task and market the companies since 2013 is only the beginning for the DMK branding.

Angela Kumpe

Angela Kumpe

Internationally renowned creative stylist and instructor, Angela Kumpe has more placements in creative styling than anyone, worldwide. She won the first ever Barkleigh Honors Award for Creative Competitor. She is the author of A Creative Collection, a step-by-step guide to creative styling. Angela's work has been featured on Animal Planet, TLC, The Today Show, Regis and Kelly, and ABC Nightline as well as in The New York Times and on the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine. Angela is the owner of Angela's Grooming and Pet Spa in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Lisa Leady

Lisa Leady

Lisa Leady NCMG, CMG, a Barkleigh Honors Award winner, qualified for Groom Team USA in 2000. Lisa is a certifier for National Dog Groomers Association. Lisa breeds and shows Smooth Fox Terriers. Lisa was a member of Groom Team USA from 2000 - 2006. In 2005 she qualified for the traveling team to France, where she helped bring home the Silver medal, in 2007 she qualified again for the traveling team to Italy. Lisa is the proud owner of Primp My Pooch Mobile in Genoa, IL. Lisa was honored to be a contestant on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It 2.

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Started competing in 2005. Since then she has won over 70 grooming competition awards, multiple Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer awards. In 2012 Jennifer won Groom Olympic World Champion at Groom Expo with her Scottish Terrier. Jennifer is a member of Groomteam USA hall of fame, she was honored to become Groomteam USA’s traveling team member to Belgium in 2011. In 2015, Jennifer also won International Groomer of the year award in Master Groom England. Jennifer is an international grooming seminar speaker, and has taught in many countries, including England, Sweden, Brazil, China, and Korea. Jennifer is an All Round EGA (European Grooming Association) and USA grooming competition Judge. Jennifer is a grooming certifier for Barkleigh Certification South Korea and IGU (International Groomers Union).

Joshua Morales

Joshua Morales

Joshua is a Master Certified Groomer with The National Dog Groomers Association Of America (NDGAA) and a Certified Member with the International Society Of Canine Cosmetologist (ISCC). Joshua Is a trend setting artist and President of The Dog Beautician Company and Founder of the Puerto Rican National Grooming Team, Grooming Team Of Puerto Rico (GTPR). A brand Ambassador for Hydra Cosmetics, Loyalty Pet Products and Liberty Star Equipment. Recently awarded the Barkleigh Honors 2017 “ Up & Coming Groomer Of The Year “ & recognized as 2018 “ Video Of the Year “ nominee. Now a Learn2groomdogs.com educator for thousands of professional Groomers worldwide. Joshua is the Co-owner of the world renowned “ Päsh The Canine Boudoir “ located in sunny South Florida. Joshua has become an internationally celebrated, respected and popular speaker/ educator in the Pet Grooming Industry.

Mackensie Murphy

Mackensie Murphy

Mackensie has been a member of GroomTeam USA for 7 consecutive years. Over the past 6 years she has ranked among the top 3 competitive groomers in the country boasting multiple Best in Show and Best All Around competitor awards. She is also an impressive 6 time winner of the prestigious Liz Paul Memorial best scissored poodle Award and has been featured on multiple covers of Groomer to Groomer magazine and other industry publications. She has spent the last several years educating groomers all over the globe with seminars and private lessons and recently began judging international. Mackensie has earned her way onto three consecutive GroomTeam USA travel teams. In 2015 she took an American cocker spaniel to Italy with the team where they brought home a silver medal. In 2017 in Belgium with the same breed and a dream team, she placed 1st over all in sporting out of 22 countries and assisted the team in bringing home the gold medal. February of 2020 she will traveling with the same team to the south of France where she again will be representing the USA with an American cocker.

Cat Opson

Cat Opson

Cat Opson is a self-taught groomer who has been working in the industry for over 17 years. She has won many awards and accolades for her grooming skills in both regular competition classes and special classes such as Creative Styling, Model Dog, and Rescue Rodeos. She has been owner/operator of Estrella Pet Grooming in Capistrano Beach, CA, for 13 years. Her specialty is poodles/poodle mixes and she boasts a large, busy clientele based solely on word of mouth advertising. She has also shown/handled dogs at AKC shows since 2000 and has earned several championship titles on her poodles owner handled.

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino

Jill Pipino started grooming in 2000. She bought a turnkey operation, turning it into a successful business offering her clients everything from daycare to spa services and personality trims to show styles. She began regularly attending seminars and trade shows at the beginning of her career, and started competing in 2007. She has been a regular in the competition circuit ever since. In an effort to further her understanding of pet styling, she has trained privately with top stylists and breeders. She also works with breeders and handlers at dog shows and is looking forward to showing her field spaniel, Brucie.

Macie Pisa

Macie Pisa

As a second-generation groomer, Macie has been immersed in the dog world her whole life. She has been grooming professionally since 2010. Macie started competing in 2014 and quickly rose to the top, becoming one of the youngest competitors in open division. In 2016 she was nominated for the Barkleigh Honors Up and Coming Groomer of the Year Award. She will continue to travel and compete nationally until she achieves her dream of making GroomTeam USA.

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl Purcell

Cheryl A Purcell Nationally Certified Master Groomer: 
groomteam USA Member from 2002 to 2007. Cheryl retired in 2010 to become the groomteam USA Coordinator from 2011-2014, She captained the 2013 Gold World Grooming Champion Travel Team. In addition to being a five time Cardinal Crystal nominee and a Barkleigh Honors Awards nominee. Cheryl and her dog River where the 2014 Kerry Blue Terrier BOB at Westminster. Cheryl is a sought after Lecturer, Judge and Mentor. Cheryl owns and operates Pooch Paws Pet Grooming with her husband Ron, in Hanover MA.

Krystal Purcell

Krystal Purcell

Krystal Purcell is a third generation, certified master groomer and member of GroomTeam USA. She started competing in grooming competitions in 2001 at age 11, where she garnished a first place In the Oster Career Start. She worked in her parent’s shop after school and traveled around the country with her mother attending shows. She took a brief time off to attend college and started her own business. In 2013, Krystal graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Since returning to the competition ring in 2014, Krystal has garnished many notable awards and nominations. Krystal has recently begun showing Kerry Blue Terriers and English Springer Spaniels, and currently owns and operates Pooch Paws to Go mobile grooming salon on the South Shore in Massachusetts.

Brenda Robinson

Brenda Robinson

Brenda Robinson, a twenty-year veteran of grooming and owner of WanderDog Mobile, has an extensive background of training dogs for obedience & protection training, and horses for ground manners. She has over eighty articles published in magazines covering animals and their care. She’s a lively and engaging speaker who brings her unique perspective of training with a talent for breaking it down so it all makes sense.

Jess Rona

Jess Rona

Jess Rona is a dog groomer in Los Angeles and is known for her Instagram, @JessRonaGrooming that has over 100k followers on it and features her signature slo-mo videos of dogs blowing in the wind to music. She directed the Tegan and Sara music video for “100x”, had a dog featured in Beck’s “WOW” video, and directed a commercial for the Standard hotel featuring her grooming clients. She’s been featured in O magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Elle, and Paper among many others, has been featured on several news programs including the Today Show and Good Morning America, she has had several write ups online – PopSugar, Buzzfeed, and Refinery69 to name a few. Some of her celebrity clients include: Katy Perry, Andy Garcia, Maria Menudos, and Marnie the Dog. She has been grooming for 16 years.

Victor Rosado

Victor Rosado

With 26 years of experience in professional grooming and extensive experience in grooming and conformation, Victor Rosado is a National Certified Master Groomer with NDGAA, International Certified Master Groomer and is a certifier with IPG, as well as a Grooming Contest Judge and a Licensed All Breeds Conformation Judge for FCPR/FCI. As a competitive groomer, Victor Rosado is a multiple Best All Around and Best In Show winner and one of the top groomers listed in the Groom Team USA ranking for United States of America. Victor is a member of American Spaniel Club, an AKC Breeder of Merit, and an exhibitor of American Cocker Spaniels for 20 years with multiple Best In Show and Best In Specialty Shows wins. Victor is also an Oster Ambassador in Latin America and owner of Davis Puerto Rico.

Laura Jayne Sabbah

Laura Jayne Sabbah

Laura Jayne is the owner of Hair of the Dog Mobile Pet Spa in New York, New York. She is a competitive groomer, small business owner and known for her online persona.

Philip Schafmayer

Philip Schafmayer

Philip Schafmayer NCMG was a Professional All Breed AKC Handler for over 18 years, successfully campaigning some of the top dogs in the country in various breeds. Philip has been a professional pet stylist since 1997. Philip became a Certified Master Groomer with NDGAA in two consecutive shows in 2017. Philip was awarded Best In Show and Best All Around Groomer at NEPGP 2017 at his very first competition, then again at NEPGP 2018. Philip made the GroomTeam USA Top 10 Pet Stylists for 2017 as well as 2018. He earned the #5 Groom Team USA spot for 2018, as well as being announced as the 2020 World Travel Team Alternate. In February 2018 Philip retired from Professional Handling and opened Dogs by Design Pet Salon in Danielson, CT. As the salon is coming up on its one-year anniversary, Philip is getting ready to open his second salon in Cranston, RI.

Susan Sholar

Susan Sholar

Susan has been grooming dogs and cats for over forty years and has taught grooming for fifteen years. Her first love of dogs began very young while on the television set of Rin Tin Tin and then in her teens on the set of Hogan’s Heroes. Like many groomers, Susan turned a “hobby” into her life work. Her career began with showing and grooming her own dogs, progressed to showing and grooming for others as a Certified Professional Handler and, in 1997, Susan turned in her show leash for a judge’s book. She now judges breeds in five groups and has judged grooming competitions. Susan is presently an AKC Delegate for the Black Russian Terrier Club of America, where she holds the office of Recording Secretary and serves as Chairman of the Judges Education Committee.

Tammy Siert

Tammy Siert

Tammy has been grooming and competing for over 24 years and now manages a busy upscale salon in Hinsdale, IL. With the help and patients of her husband and many family members she made GroomTeam USA in 2008, 2011, 2012 - ultimately achieving her goal to travel to every show that was GroomTeam sanctioned for four years. Tammy has been the National Grooming Consultant for Espree Animal Products and has helped develop new products for them. She has been Secretary for GroomTeam USA since 2013, works for Andis Company as a part of their Small Animal Education Team, and received certification from the USA Judges Alliance in 2012 and now judges at shows around the Country and Internationally. Tammy is certified in Animal CPR and First Aid and is currently working on becoming a Certified Master Groomer.

Corina Stammworthy

Corina Stammworthy

Corina stumbled into the dog grooming industry by chance, but has brought fresh eyes and new ideas. She opened The Laundromutt, a self-service dog wash and grooming salon, on the concept that washing your own dog should be easy and fun. She believes that your dog should always be in the most educated hands, and in the cleanest and calmest environment possible. Corina is a college biology instructor and is currently in graduate school for Biotechnology.

Shannon Tupes-Moore

Shannon Tupes-Moore

Shannon is a Certified Master Groomer for NDGAA as well as IPG. She owns, breeds and handles Bichon Frise's in addition to her recognition for one of the top breeders of Yorkshire Terriers. She founded and owns Pink Paw Pet Spa & Resort in Birmingham AL. Shannon is an active competitive groomer.

Joey Villani

Joey Villani

Joey had 35 years of experience under industry visionary John Nash. He trained thousands of groomers as an instructor and director of Nash schools. In 1995, he became the owner of the Nash Academy of Animal Arts, New Jersey. Joey is an IJA judge and four-time nominee for Judge of the Year. Joey has appeared on numerous television shows, including Animal Planet's Dogs 101, NBC's The Today Show, and Fox's The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet. As a judge on Animal Planet's Groomer Has It, a grooming-based reality TV show, Joey brought a technical insight to the show.

Dr. Jim Warner

Dr. Jim Warner

“Dr. Jim” is a 2nd generation chiropractor, author and speaker. He has trained doctors in 42 states and 13 countries. He has worked with health concerns of elite athletes and grooming professionals, specializing in self-help techniques. Dr. Jim has taught customer service and client control and education for over three decades, winning awards for management consulting, marketing and communication training; teaching skills to succeed and live the life of your dreams.

Sue Watson

Sue Watson

Suesan, a third generation pet stylist, began working with dogs over 39 years ago. She is a Certified Master Groomer, and owns a mobile grooming business, Best All Around Groomer, serving the Chicago area. She was the winner of the Wahl 2003 Groomer of the Year Award at Westminster Dog Show and the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Awards for American Groomer of the Year in 2002 - 2004. Suesan has been nominated two times for the Cardinal Grooming Contest Judge of the Year award. Since she began competing in 1995, Sue has received Best in Shows and Best All Around Groomer awards. She has been a member of the 2000 – 2005 Groom Team USA teams. She is a representative of the Wahl Clipper Corporation who is sponsoring her at Groom Expo.

Annie Williams

Annie Williams

Annie Williams has been grooming dogs professionally since 2013, and competing since 2015. She was introduced to the incredible industry of dog grooming through conformation dog shows at a young age, and has never looked back. In just a few short years, she has become an international award winning groomer, Barkleigh Honours Up & Coming Groomer of the Year 2016 nominee, Groom Team Canada 2017 travel team member, a representative and educator with the Andis Company, and the owner of a successful salon in Langley, BC, Canada. She is a multiple first place winner in the Open Level and a Runner Up Best in Show winner in Australia.

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga Zabelinskaya

Olga is a certified master groomer and owns two grooming salons, Elite Pet Spa & Boutique in Madison, NJ and Grooming Gallery in Morris Plains, NJ. She that has multiple BIS and best all-around groomer wins as well as two prestigious winners circle champion titles. Olga is 2009 and 2010 American groomer of the year by cardinal pet, and was awarded the Lynne Carver memorial award as best all-around stylist 2009. Olga was born in Russia where she had a master degree in engineering and finished law school. Olga is groom team USA member in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and won silver medal at the world grooming competition in Belgium, 2011 as a part of traveling groom team usa. She received the inaugural Barkleigh honors award for up-and-coming speaker. Olga co-hosts many pet fundraising events