Angela Kumpe

Angela Kumpe has made a career out of creative styling. Some of her accomplishments include over 80 creative placements since 2002, 7 covers of Groomer to Groomer magazine, 4 Barkleigh Honors Awards for Creative Stylist of the year and 1 for Book of The Year with her book The Ultimate Guide to Creative Styling. Angela’s work has been seen on Animal Planet, TLC, Good Morning America, The Queen Latifah Show, Fox and Friends and in The New York Times.

Erin Martin

Erin Martin has been grooming since 2004. She has co owned a successful grooming business since 2013. In February of 2020, she began her journey in the competition ring.  In the same year, Erin began teaching webinars in the grooming industry.  Her love of creative grooming inspired her to start The Creative Groomer, a creative grooming supply company, and the first subscription box geared towards creative groomers in the industry.  In 2021, she and Mary Oquendo co organized and created the first ever all creative grooming online summit. She is currently a Secretary of the CPPGA (California Professional Pet Groomers Association).  She is a member of the IJA traveling model dog competition team of 2022. She has had multiple 1st placements (including Best In Show) in both on stage and online with her grooms, including her creative grooms.

Leslie Waldrep

Leslie Waldrep is an international award winning abstract design and extreme creative groomer. She has been professionally grooming for 16 years and is co-owner of LesMare Pet Spa and Resort in Sheffield, Alabama. Leslie has been nominated for Creative Groomer of the year by the Barkleigh Honor Awards every year since starting her competitive career  7 years ago. She has accumulated multiple wins and placements in both Abstract design and Creative Grooming. In 2020 Leslie was selected as a representative for the Chris Christensen company as one of their competition groomers and was recognized as a Creative Grooming Master by the Opawz company. She and her dog Secret were honored to have an undefeated season with their 2021 Cinderella extreme creative design and was featured in Vogue Magazine. She has also received the honor of winning the cover of Groomer to Groomer magazine with her 2018 design.  Leslie is truly passionate about the art of creative grooming and abstract design

Madeline Rothwell

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Misty Gieczys

Misty is an IGA Certified Master Groomer and has won many Best in Shows, Best All Around Groomer. She was on the US Gold Winning Model Dog Team in Taiwan and took BIS Creative. She won the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award for her Charity “Groomers for Groomers.” Nominated for Creative Groomer Barkleigh Honors and awarded IJA Creative Groomer. Misty started grooming in 2005 and helped open 3 other salons.  She owns 2 upscale salons in Columbus Ohio with a staff of 16; Designer Paws Salon. 1st opened in 2013 and second in 2018 with receiving multiple service awards.

Nicole Beckman

Nicole has won multiple awards in  creative grooming competitions. She also competes in poodle breed and abstract runway and was featured in the HBO documentary “Well Groomed”. She owns a grooming salon in Central New York and currently owns two standard poodles and a lab mix with her husband.

Nikki Smith

I’ve been grooming now for nearly 9 years and my raw passion lies within creative grooming. I recently won The Liz Paul Achievement award at the International Grooming Conference for creative groomer of the year 2021 and I’ve won multiple competitions all across the UK in creative grooming classes with a few best in shows under my belt too. I’ve tried and tested nearly every product available and my passion for creative grooming is more of an obsession. I love everything about it and thinking outside the box seems to be something I can do well. Being asked to judge some top shows and help raise money for charities alongside some of the world’s biggest groomers really is a highlight of my career. I also run the UK’s largest creative grooming suppliers. We have a fantastic large range of pet safe products available from chalks and glitters to permanent dyes and model dogs to pretty collars. I’m so proud of our reputation and building Riddles Creative Box alongside my usual grooming business has been tough but helping people achieve what they dream and desire in the creative industry, giving advice and making it readily available in the UK is a huge pleasure and passion of mine it’s very rewarding and I wouldn’t have it anyother way. I also absolutely love doing training days, workshops and 1-2-1s. Seeing people grow and progress as a creative groomer is the best.