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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 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 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

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

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.

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,

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 and interact with Delise on her FB biz page at

The book Delise recommends everyone read is The Secret:

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 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, as well as on the forefront of the helping states organize their own own grooming associations via National Alliance of Grooming Associations- . Find out more about the products and services she brings to the professional pet industry at 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.

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:




Her website is

Episode 9: Laura Civello Hearn

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

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 and her website at

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 and

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.

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.

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:

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

Episode 1: Judy Hudson

Episode 1- Judy Hudson is one half of The Grooming Professors ( 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

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