Anjie Coates

During her 34 years in the grooming industry, Anjie spent as much of it learning about every aspect of not only grooming but about business. She knew she had to share the knowledge she had gained and began teaching grooming, and business so others could learn the secrets of her success. This has also led her to teach Pet Tech First Aide & CPR classes for pet professionals and pet owners alike. Her passion for continuing education shows through in her achieving CMRG  (Certified Master Rabbit Groomer) as well as CCE, ACG and PGC. This brand ambassador for All For Groomers is currently publishing the first rabbit grooming book in the industry.

Mary Oquendo

Mary is a professional speaking strategist who works with seasoned as well as novice professional pet speakers. Mary understands the importance of not just encouraging the next generation of educators, but to give them the tools to effectively present and organize their knowledge to the next generation of pet professionals in an easy to digest manner, along with the necessary technical skills to keep ahead of the competition.

Mary is the host of two award winning podcasts, The Traveling Groomers & Women Petprenures.

Mary has worked with thousands of students and has beamed with pride as she watched as professional pet educators reach and change the lives of their students.

Mary was awarded the 2012 David Salzberg Outstanding Contribution To The Pet Industry.

Mary was first nominated for a Barkleigh Honors Award in 2012 and has been every year since.

Before founding Pawsitive Educational Training, Mary has spoken and continues to speak at numerous professional pet educational conferences since 2006, as well as been published in Groomer To Groomer and Natural Awakenings magazines as columnists.

Mary got her start in the pet industry in 1998, when she answered a help wanted sign at a corporate grooming facility and in 2002 operated Pawsitively Pretty Mobile Grooming Salon until she retired in 2019.

Mary’s first student was a mobile grooming client who was coerced into taking her pet first aid class. Once the class ended, her client hugged her and thanked her. From there it was no stopping her.

Melissa Jepson

Popular speaker and Barkleigh Honors Up and Coming Speaker of the Year 2021 winner 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 is thrilled to partner with Precision Sharp to offer high quality, American made products and also enjoys teaching webinars through Pawsitive Educational Training when she is not traveling at trade shows. Grooming for nearly two decades and developing a comprehensive knowledge base have made it possible to impart a fresh take with practical, day to day applications for her students. 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.

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.

Samantha Neitzke-Palya

Samantha Palya started her grooming career in the year of 1996  at Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling.  She entered her first competition at the All American Grooming Show in 1996.  From then she earned placements in poodles, and handstripping in her division.  She was awarded Best Groomer and Best Groomed Dog in Show for a handstipped terrier at Groom Expo in 1998.   She is the proud owner of Absolutely Pawfect Pet Styling, Inc. and The Enrichment Stylist Pet BusinessConsulting and Education.   Samantha apprentices to help give opportunities to future pet care professionals.  She holds certificates as a  Pet Tech Instructor, Skin and Hair, Salon Sanitation, Canine Body Language, Dog Gurus College, Pricing for profits, Communications Skills Leader, Heroes for Healthy Pets, and many more. Samantha is the creator of Enrichment Grooming in which she introduced it to the pet care industry this year as a speaker and educator.