Chris Anthony

Chris Anthony, weary from her travails in retail management and office work, found her calling when she discovered pet grooming. Her near 20 year journey in this career has led her through many opportunities, experiences,& life lessons;  including  grooming and managing in both small and corporate salons, and starting her own successful house call grooming business in New Jersey.  Supplementing those life lessons by educating herself on the varying aspects of her career she always sought out innovations in pet care, education, grooming techniques, tools and products. Now her passion for grooming & education has added more in depth knowledge on scissors, scissoring techniques, ergonomics and self care to help preserve her own health and longevity in her chosen profession. She is the owner/groomer at Have Shears Will Travel, customer service/sales Vp at Evolution Shears. Chris is also honored to have co-founded the New Jersey Professional Pet Groomers Alliance and serves as its current Chairwoman.

Helen Schaefer

Helen Schaefer NCMG CCE,  is an internationally award winning, nationally top ranking competitive groomer with over 15 years of experience. Her second career, Helen has worked in all facets of the grooming industry, from corporate salons to mobile, even owning her own business, The Groom Studio, that made it to the Top of the Philly Hot List after being open only 20 months. She was the 2020 Barkleigh Honor Recipient for Up and Coming Speaker of the Year, and finished 2021 ranked 3rd in GroomTeam USA points, earning her a spot on the 2021 GroomTeam USA.. Helen is best known for her resilience in the ring, wealth of practical knowledge and giving sound and genuine advice. She lends this voice to her personal takes on many industry topics every other Sunday on her popular video blog #GroomerProblems, featured in the facebook Group Pet Groomer Town Hall.

Kristie Reisenweaver

Kristie Reisenweaver is a Second Generation Groomer and a successful Owner Handler Breeder of Pointers. The Captain of the PetSmart Competition GroomTeam, Kristie has revolutionized what Life at PetSmart looks like for stylists across the company, launching many continting education programs and incentives. Kristie finished 9th overall in GroomTeam USA points for the year 2021 and won a Best in Show at SuperZoo with her Scottie. Her goals include continuing to teach and inspire future groomers, and to finish first in the handstrip category, which will earn her a place on GroomTeam USA at the world’s level.

Michelle Knowles

Michelle Knowles, MPAe, ICMG, owner of All Things Paw, has over 30 years of experience as a private and professional pet care provider. Michelle is a Certified Master Groomer and a Master Pet Aesthetician. She has apprenticed, volunteered, worked, owned, and managed in salons, kennels, zoos, and veterinary hospitals across the country. Michelle has also been trained in Tuscany, Italy in therapeutic work, hand stripping and advanced dermatological care. She has a  broad experience in pet skin and coat care, extensive experience with fear and trauma recovery, elderly pets, and a focus on managing allergic/dermatological disorders. Michelle is certified through NDGAA and IPG and teaches advanced aesthetics at the Whole Pet Grooming Academy and is a nationally recognized speaker in her field.

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 multi Barkleigh Honors and Cardinal Crystal Award winner, Teri has served on the Board of Directors for GroomTeam USA, having been on two Gold Medal teams, and is currently President of the CPPGA. Teri continues to work in the industry and still enjoys grooming in her private salon.