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Episode 36: Erin E. Martin

Erin began grooming under her mentor, Donna Skura in 2004. In 2009, she set a goal to open my own shop within 5 years and partnered up with her best friend, Wenchi Liu and opened up All About Paws Pet Spa in March 2014. From 2012-2016, she worked for E-Z groom at Groom Expo West. In February of 2016-2018 worked as brand ambassador for Aesculap (German red clipper), on the west coast. February of 2019 brought her to Groomers Pro’s booth to help them by offering my grooming expertise to their grooming clients. Early this year, joined the board of the CPPGA, and couldn’t be happier with the great group of ladies she works with, and the experience and opportunities it has offered her! She is looking forward to mher first competition next February and to making a difference in the grooming industry!


Episode 35: 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.


Episode 34: Ashley Stribling

Started as a bather and doing prep work in jr high on weekends and school breaks at her mother’[s shop and took over as owner in January of 2010. Owned it for 9 years before moving to Garland, Maine in March of 2019, when her husband was offered a professorship at the University of Maine.

Certified in canine massage therapy, first aid and CPR, and Infectious disease management, as well as received her Certified Master Stylist from the Intellectual Groomers Association. Ashley breeds and train shelties and is an AKC breeder of merit and bred with heart breeder for Ashlaur Shelties. And has shown horses to state championships.


Episode 33: Laura Jayne (Taylor) Massaro

From coast to coast it’s the mobile groomer you love the most ! It’s Laura Jayne Massaro! Nearly 2 decades of experience, from bather brusher in the 90s with high hopes of someday owning her own mobile grooming business. Since 2015 Hair Of The Dog Mobile Pet Spa’s wheels have been gracing manhattans busy streets. With a lifetime of perfecting process from front of the house to back of the house she eagerly shares the ins and outs of business hoping to make a easier path for entrepreneurs globally.


Episode 32: Carol Clapp Visser

Carol Visser has been involved in the pet industry since 1982 in various capacities, including grooming in and owning a busy suburban shop, training dogs, working as a product expert for PetEdge, teaching at a grooming school, and giving seminars at grooming shows. She certified as a Master Groomer with NDGAA in 1990 and as a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in 2007 and continues to enjoy the pet industry by writing for Pet Business Magazine on both retail and grooming. Carol lives in rural Maine with her husband, a very large pig and a Brittany found on the side of the road while she was an Animal Control Officer.


Episode 31: Christine Wright

Christine’s first ‘real’ job at 15 was as a carer and bather at a dog resort and day care. At 16, she met Mary, working as her bather for about a year and learning along the way. Learning from Mary and other talented and experienced groomers, Christine has groomed professionally for over 15 years in salons in Connecticut, New York, Michigan, and Australia. With a degree in business and a career in marketing, she has spent most of the last 10 years in the corporate world, grooming part time or on the weekends. Currently she works in Advertising and Marketing for one of the Big 3 auto manufacturers but continues to do what she’s passionate about while keeping her skills sharp by grooming on the weekends.


Episode 30: Kellie Halteman

Kellie Halteman grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Her youth was spent showing Quarter Horses and helping in the family business of harnessing races. I was also highly involved in FFA. She started grooming in 2012 at Petsmart and worked there for about 4 years. From there moved on to my current place of employment where I am currently the only groomer at a daycare facilty. She is CPR Certified and AKC Safety Certified Groomer. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with my husband, riding horses, reading and cooking.


Episode 29: Anne Francis

Anne has been a professional pet stylist for over 20 years, joining the team at The Village Groomer & Pet Supply in Walpole, Mass in 1995. The Village Groomer received Best Independent Retail Grooming Salon twice by the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards. Anne was the recipient of the Cardinal Crystal Award for Journalist Of The Year for her work on the instructional article in Grooming Business Magazine, “The Grooming Table.” She has been a member of Groom Team USA for 2014, 2015 and 2016 and finished in the top 5 the last 2 seasons. She has been recognized for her incredible scissor work, as well as the “Taxi Award” at the New England Pet Grooming Professionals for the best expression and character with a mixed breed. She is a certified master groomer thru Ndgaa. Anne is excited to share her knowledge she has gathered over the years as she transitions into being an educator in the industry that she loves. Read her articles at http://www.groomingbusiness.com/.

Episode 28: Lisa Leady

Lisa Leady NCMG is a 3rd generation groomer with over 40 years experience. She grew up on the floor of a grooming room, and began learning at a young age.. she attended her first grooming show in 1998 and noticed her work looked nothing like what was going on in the contest ring. On that day she made a promise to herself that she would learn how to groom like that and earn a Groom Team USA jacket. Lisa was a Groom Team Member from 2001-2007. In 2005 she helped her team bring him the Silver. In 2007 she again made the traveling team. Lisa retired from the ring and began doing seminars, and judging. She has traveled all over the world doing what she loves to do. Teach. She loves helping groomers achieve a new level. Her and her husband Eric are the proud owners of Primp My Pooch Pet Salon in Genoa IL. Lisa and her husband raise and show Smooth Fox Terriers under the prefix Pinnacle. Lisa is also a Wahl Elite team member.


Episode 27: Chrissy Neumyer Smith

Chrissy started working with dogs as a kennel attendant in 1986 as part of her Animal Science program at an Agricultural High School and fell in love with grooming and training. Chrissy is a Certified Professional Groomer through International Professional Groomers, Certified Behavior Consultant for Canines and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer) through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Chrissy started Happy Critters in 2000, providing house call grooming and private dog training. From there started the Creating Great Grooming Dogs podcast in October of 2018. It's the podcast where grooming and training meet. Chrissy’s mission to help passionate groomers, trainers, vets, vet techs, owners, and all other dog pros to help dogs be good for grooming, vet visits, and other types of husbandry. HappyCrittersDogTraining.com CreatingGreatGroomingDogs.com


Episode 26: Dr. Sacheen Mobley

Dr. Sacheen Mobley is the Creatrix-in-Chief of Living and Loving Your Best, LLC. Dr. Sacheen writes, speaks, teaches and coaches on the topics of finding your purpose,communication, and life after divorce. She has written several webinars and e-books and has been a teacher for over 15 years. She has been published in several magazines including Spiritual Badassand The Spiritual Entrepreneur. Her company serves women who are in transformingand, as she says, “I help them go from pieces to peace of mind”. You can find out more about her work at on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/drsacheen/), Instagram, and Twitter. Her new book, 4 Faces of Narcissism, will be released June 2019.


Episode 25: Catherine Anne Frend Gillihan

Catherine Anne Frend-Gillihan Ret. NCG, BS-INDS, MS-HSCO, EEFA, & EFL/P Practitioner 

I am a retired groomer of 28 years. I also worked as a Veterinary Technician until I burnt out. I went back to school close to the end of my retirement as a way to make sure I could continue working in a field that was animal related, and that would provide a helping hand to my previous work colleagues. So, I dove in intensively to understand why we cause ourselves to Burn Out or develop Compassion Fatigue, and I mostly discovered that as hard as we try to make ourselves on the outside, we wear our hearts on our sleeves most days.  

Going forward, I will be diligently educating our community of professionals through educational seminars, workshops, retreats, and podcasts. So please do not hesitate to reach out to me via call /text 816-527-7995 or email keepthefaithfarm@gmail.com. Also, please let the individuals that run our Grooming Events know how important this topic is, if we can help one person avoid Compassion Fatigue or Burnout, we can make the Grooming Profession a mentally and physical safer Work Environment. 

Suicide Hotline 800-273-8255 

SAMHSA National Helpline 800-662-4357 (HELP) 


Episode 24: Dara Forleo

Dara got her start in 1999 when she attended the Nash Academy in Lexington, Kentucky. She then went on to earn her BA for Business Management from Ottawa University. Sh owned Dara’s Paw Spaw and now runs The Whole Pet Grooming Academy, which is a holistic based grooming school. I love her for that. https://wholepetnh.com To sign up for Dara’s upcoming business retreat : https://www.facebook.com/groups/263143230782288/.


Episode 23: Amy Peller

Amy is embarking on her second careeer. She hails from the corporate world specializing in branding and marketing. She is opening Wag and Shine Mobile Grooming in  Morris County, New Jersey in the fall. She is actively looking for a head groomer with very attractive benefits. You can contact her at Amy@WagandShine.com.


Episode 22: Angela Mondor

Angela Mondor. I have known Angela for longest time. She has helped me tremendously with my business, from social media to business management.Angela is a wealth of information.She is the Geeky Girl and you can find her at www.geekygirl.ca.


Episode 21: Lori Craig

Lori is Yin to Angela’s Yang. Or some people might simply call them Fric and Frac. I love Lori. She is one of the nicest people in the pet industry. A leader and pioneer in creative grooming. I am looking forward to her latest venture with Angela and Adrienne Pope. https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheNSCS/.


Episode 20: Angela Kumpe

Angela is a leader, pioneer,  and educator in creative grooming. Her designs have received international recognition. Her latest venture is Furtastic Transformations. Angela, along with Lori Craig and Adrienne Pope will bring creative, as well as online workshops to you.5-17
https://sales.angelasgrooming.us, https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheNSCS/


Episode 19: Delise Knight

Delise Knight has been in the pet industry for over 40 years. Delise started her career in the pet industry by working in a pet store and showing dogs. Delise and her business partner later opened the first all in one location with veterinarian, pet store and a grooming salon. Delise owned a very successful grooming salon for many years. She saw a need for high-quality, fun and functional grooming accessories, and knew she could produce a product that groomers would love. Delise and her Mother Barbara stated the company Bardel Bows in 1989.  

Delise is passionate about the importance of education, and love sharing her knowledge with other groomersCheck out her website at www.bardelbows.com and interact with Delise on her FB biz page at https://www.facebook.com/Bardelbows/.

The book Delise recommends everyone read is The Secret: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne-ebook/dp/B002M5E2DW/ref=sr_1_3?crid=35V9I0YZJ5G0V&keywords=the+secret&qid=1556139255&s=gateway&sprefix=the+secret%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-3.


Episode 18:Barb Hoover

So many of know Barb from the Groomers Lounge. But did you know she is an accomplished speaker and author of Grooming The Difficult Dog. This must have book was winner of the 2018 Barkleigh Honors Book Of The Year. Get your copy here http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/barbhoover and look for her upcoming online workshops


Episode 17: Chris Pearson

Chris has been in the industry since she was 15. A leader in the holistic pet grooming movement and on the board of www.HolisticPet.com, as well as on the forefront of the helping states organize their own own grooming associations via National Alliance of Grooming Associations- https://www.facebook.com/groups/NAGAGroomer/ . Find out more about the products and services she brings to the professional pet industry at http://www.chrissertzel.com including links to all her social media to keep in contact with her. And this wonderful FB Page.

Episode 16: Judy Breton

Judy has been in the pet industry since the 70’s. And has done it all: boarding and daycare, groomer, judge, speaker, vendor, trade show

director, heading up an association. It might be a shorter list to say what she hasn’t done in and for the industry.


Episode 15: Beth Cristiano

Beth is my longest running friend in the pet industry. We met when she was paired with me at corporate as my mentor. We have traveled together as speakers for the pet industry and were two of the earliest mobile groomers. We recently paired to write The Mobile Groomers Bible, a half century of mobile grooming experience.


Episode 14: Lori Monian

Lori Monian. Lori embodies the phoenix. She rises from the ashes to be better than she was before. Nothing stands in her way, not Stage 4 Lung Cancer, nor the Paradise Fires.


Episode 13: Anjie Coates

Anjie Coates. We all have obstacles to overcome, but being able to come back from the dead 6 times is truly badass. Anjie is living the dream of her own successful shop and is a marketing genius. We expect great things from her and she will be featured on the Pet Groomer Town Hall this May!


Episode 12: Kelly Ison

Owner of Einstein Pets. The most delicious and nutritious treats for your dogs. I speak from personal experience just how tasty they are.


Episode 11: Susy Scott

One notably known as one half of the The Groom Pod along with Barbara Bird. But did you know she also has a rollercoaster podcast? Her life has been an inspirational journey. We are so glad she made it to the pet industry. www.thegroompod.com.


Episode 10: Maggie Springer

Episode 10- Maggie Springer is an extraordinary enterprising young business owner. She believes that women need to uplift and encourage each other. You can follow her on any of these social media platforms. YOUTUBE:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC11Dc4HEdD4cRpyC0EAiFbQ

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diamondintheruffpetspa/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/diamondintheruffmobilepetspa/?hl=en

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/diamondintheruffmobilepetspa/

Her website is www.diamondintheruffpetspa.net.


Episode 9: Laura Civello Hearn

Episode 9 Laura Civello Hearn is the author of the most complete book ever on House Call grooming. www.apracticalguidetohousecallgrooming.com and on Amazon. In addition, Laura speaks at many professional pet industry conferences, as well as is involved in NYS Grooming Association https://www.facebook.com/groups/2272830166329698/.  Her facebook group is for those groomers who are interested in house call grooming and want to network with like professionals. https://www.facebook.com/groups/121384867937683/.

Episode 8: Sandy Gyorgyi

Sandy Gyorgi is the owner of ShowSeasons. Sandy truly cares about groomers and it’s evident in her products and her partnerships with groomers. Her tent sale, the day before Atlanta Pet Fair, is the place to be. Sandy has vendors, super specials, and some of the best in the industry for casual, but informative lectures and demos.  Sandy was one of the first manufacturers to completely disclose ingredients. Find her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/showseason.products/ and her website at https://www.showseasongrooming.com.

Episode 7: Barbara Bird

What can I say. BARBARA BIRD!!!!! Barbara serves the groomers and the clients they serve through education. Barbara has tirelessly worked on our behalf in spite of backlash. She’s a pip and I love her dearly. Follow her podcast at http://www.thegroompod.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/thegroompod/.


Episode 6: Randi Sands

The shorter list might be what Randi hasn’t done. Whatever she does, it’s from the heart and on the forefront. Randi is fearless advocate for herself and others. Check out her latest and greatest. www.crackingthespiritualcode.com.


Episode 5: Daryl Conner

If you’ve ever seen the term WWDD, that’s directly referencing What Would Daryl Do. Daryl has done it all from house call to mobile to shop to home based to speaking to writing. I could continue the list, but I’d be here all day. Daryl is the face of nice. Always offering advice and wisdom to all that ask. And she has the best Facebook Business page I’ve ever seen. https://www.facebook.com/fairwindsgroomingstudio/


Episode 4: Zoya Thomas


Episode 4- Zoya Thomas. Zoya is a fellow mobile groomer who is using her business as a means of completing her education without student loans. Zoya is an archaeologist, in addition to owning her own mobile grooming business. I am so impressed with her drive and dedication.


Episode 3: Jess Rosen

Jess knows insects and the part they will play in the future of our planet. When Jess found herself with an injury that prevented her from doing what she set out to do, she took her knowledge and created a niche with tropical roaches and has ran with it.  She founded the Laughing Lizard Company. You can find Jess here: https://www.facebook.com/LaughingLizardReptiles/


Episode 2: Chris Anthony Bear

Episode2- Chris Anthony Bear is a trailblazer in the housecall grooming industry. Unheard of until recently. Chris started her business on a shoestring and a prayer and is now teaching others how to start their own housecall grooming business.  Find Chris over at https://www.facebook.com/groups/121384867937683/.

Episode 1: Judy Hudson

Episode 1- Judy Hudson is one half of The Grooming Professors (http://groomingprofessors.com.) Judy has devoted her life to the pet industry and was one of the earliest mobile groomers. Her journey has not always been easy, but nonetheless, she persisted. Judy wants to inspire other women to follow their dreams. In spite of her busy schedule, she has found time to work with Rodan and Fields. Follow her page at https://www.facebook.com/Judy-Hudson-Groomed-For-Success-318427151870738/.

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