Education to Support You in Your Grooming Journey

andis every style. every groom. every cut.

Meet Our Small Animal Education Team

Whether you are learning the finer points of grooming or are a seasoned pro, our grooming experts can help you stay on top of your game!


Nicole

Nicole Kallish

Nicole Kallish, Manager of Education at Andis Company, attended The Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Illinois, worked at several shops and kennels. In 2006 she opened and successfully ran her mobile grooming business for 6 years in Illinois then Florida. After selling her mobile business she opened Sarasota Grooming Company which she owned and ran for 5 years. Nicole had worked her way up the ranks in the grooming contest ring earning many 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in entry and intermediate levels, including Best Groomed Dog. She received her first “group” placement at the All American Grooming Show in 2011. Nicole won the title of “Rising Star of the Year” at Intergroom in New Jersey in 2013 and moved on to the “open” or “expert” level. Nicole was also a Barkleigh Honors nominee for "Up and Coming Groomer of the Year" in 2011 and 2012 and a nominee for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards “Mobile Groomer of the Year” 2011 and 2012.
Nicole is a Certified Master Groomer, Industry Speaker and Judge, and former Liaison for Groom Team USA.  Nicole currently owns 3 miniature poodles and is showing Sofia in AKC Conformation and Pippa in many AKC Sports events.
Anne

Anne Francis

Anne is a Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomers Association of America and has been grooming for over twenty years at the Village Groomer in Walpole, Ma. She has been an active competitor reaching her goal of becoming a GroomTeam USA member. She has been nominated for Barkleigh Honors Awards for Up and Coming Speaker and Journalist of the Year. She has won the Cardinal Crystal Grooming Award for Journalism for her “How To” article in Grooming Business Magazine. She has received the Taxi award, which is given to the groomer who brings out the best personality in their mixed breed trim. One of her most cherished awards Anne has received is the William Stone Memorial Award given to the groomer who has the best rapport with the dogs they compete with.  Having taught in England and the USA, Anne is passionate about teaching other groomers and helping them reach their personal and professional goals. 
 
Cindy

Cindy Oliver

Cindy is the owner and groomer of The Rollin' Doghouse Mobile Pet Grooming in Cleveland, TN. She has been grooming since 1995, and mobile since 2004. Cindy has a bachelor of science degree in Animal Science/Agriculture from Tennessee Tech University. She started competing in breed profile and creative grooming in 2009, and has won multiple awards in both. Cindy has since accomplished her goal of reaching open division in breed profile and decided to retire from breed competition. She continued to focus on creative grooming and abstract runway, which she is most well-known for in the grooming industry. Cindy has been nominated for the Barkleigh Honors: Creative Groomer of the Year for the past six years and won in 2016. She is a speaker for Creative and Mobile Grooming seminars at Barkleigh Shows, and was nominated in 2016 and 2017 for the Barkleigh Honors: Up and Coming Speaker of the Year. Cindy is proud to be a part of the Global Andis Education Team as a Creative Grooming Educator/Ambassador.
Dana

Dana Chavez-Rey

Dana was a lead veterinary technician at the North Peninsula Humane Society from 1998-2000. While working there she witnessed firsthand the importance of basic care for our pets. Dana moved from there to emergency veterinary care at the North Peninsula Veterinary Emergency as a senior veterinary technician from 2000-2002. From 2002-2005, Dana worked at a Sacramento area veterinary corporation that specialized in veterinary dentistry. In 2005, Dana and her husband Alex founded A Purrfect Groomer and after having a brick and mortar salon for 10 years they ditched the salon and hit the road in their new mobile grooming van bringing the care and attention they gave to their salon clients to them. In 2016, Dana joined the Intellectual Groomers Association as a founding member and was on staff as an expert in feline grooming. As a staff member of IGA, Dana traveled the country giving seminars on feline grooming and certifying qualified groomers. She also wrote the guidelines that were used in feline certification. As one of the newest members of the Andis Education team, Dana will be bringing her expertise in grooming cats and dogs to seminars across the country.
 
Diane

Diane Betalak

Diane Betelak, NCMG, has owned Heads and Tails Professional Dog Grooming, Inc. in Liverpool, NY since 1982. She groomed competitively in the U.S. and abroad and has numerous "Best in Shows" and "Best All-Around Groomer" wins and placings in prestigious competitions. In 1996, Diane qualified for the GroomTeam USA traveling team and went to Milan, Italy, where she won "Best in Show" with her Standard Poodle, helping the team clinch the gold medal. In addition, she has judged all major grooming shows throughout the United States and Canada and is a certifier for N.D.G.A.A. In 1997, she was the recipient of the Cardinal Crystal Award for American Groomer of the Year, and in 2011 was named its Grooming Competition Judge of the Year. Although now retired from competitive grooming, Diane remains active as a grooming educator for Andis Company where she teaches the finer points of grooming across North America. Diane has also been showing championship Standard Poodles in confirmation and obedience since 1987, winning multiple titles. She is now actively competing in agility with her current poodles, Sid and Rickie Boa.
Jessica

Jessica Moore

Jessica, CMG, IGMS, is the owner of Show Stoppers Pet Styling in Waukegan, Illinois. Jessica has been a pet stylist for 19 years. She started working in a grooming salon in her early teens bathing dogs. After several years of grooming on her own for both corporate and private salons, she took the leap into the grooming competition ring in 2006. After accelerating in the competition ring, she moved from entry-level to open level in a matter of a few shows. Jessica has won a multitude of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins including many group placements in entry, intermediate and open level as well as several Best Groomed Dog Awards and Best in Show.
After taking a break from competing for a few years to focus on growing her family as well as her business, Jessica took it a step further and started giving private lessons and doing hands on grooming workshops. In addition to attending grooming shows, running a business and private lessons Jessica also shows her Standard Poodles in AKC conformation shows with her daughter Janae.
 
Kendra

Kendra Otto

Kendra graduated from The Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling in 1997. A successful competitor, she ranked top 10 in the country for four consecutive years, as well being the top-ranked pet stylist in the state of IL during that time. Kendra has placed at every major U.S. grooming competition and won multiple Best-in-Show/Best All-Around Groomer awards. Other competitive highlights include: multiple Creative Styling awards, Artistic Innovation awards, Superzoo Jackpot Invitational (6th of 50), the Liz Paul Scissoring Award, the 2011 and 2012 Cardinal Crystal Congeniality Award, the Groomie Spirit Award, a nominee for 2009 Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year and the Will Stone Memorial Award for kindness to animals. In addition, she has placed in multiple Rescue Rodeos in Las Vegas and Atlanta and assists Woburn Scottish Terriers in exhibiting their dogs at American Kennel Club conformation shows, as well as styles other breeds shown in AKC shows. She also enjoys styling rare breeds and was the first competitor to bring the Hungarian Pumi in the grooming contest ring. She specializes in working with fearful dogs on the grooming table and enjoys building their trust and seeing the transformation of their behavior. This part of her job she finds more rewarding than any award she has ever received.
Tammy

Tammy Siert

Tammy has been Grooming for over 23 years. She manages a busy upscale salon in Hinsdale IL. She started to compete in 1994 at the The All American Grooming Show where she won Best All Around Groomer and Best Scissored Poodle and was immediately bumped up to the highest level you could compete at. For years she entered shows around the country and won many placements. After a few years of not competing to start a family she returned to the competition ring and won Best In Show at the All American which earned her GroomTeam USA points. Ultimately her goal was to make GroomTeam USA. She set the goal to travel for four years and with the help and patients of her husband and many family members she made the Team in 2008, 2011, 2012. She has been the National Grooming Consultant for Espree Animal Products and has helped develop new products for them. Tammy is currently working on becoming Certified Master Groomer and is Showing her English Springer Spaniel in the Confirmation Ring. She is very excited to become a part of the Andis Small Animal Educator Team.
Valerie

Valerie Partynski

Valerie has been grooming professionally since 2001. Her mother was a pet groomer, so she grew up working in a shop environment starting from a very young age. She grew up with a Standard Poodle named Java and learned to train and compete with him in AKC Junior Handling and eventually began learning how to groom him herself. At the age of 17, she enrolled at the Great Lakes Grooming Academy to get formal training from award-winning groomers, Meggan and Jeanne Mulcahy. She graduated from the Great Lakes Grooming Academy in 2001, where she eventually became an instructor for several years. She continues her education by attending several grooming shows each year to learn new techniques and styles.  She also competes in the grooming competitions at these shows and has won several awards including a “Best in Show” and “Best All Around Groomer” in 2010.  She was ranked as one of the top 20 groomers in the country in 2013 and was also nominated for both of the national awards “Up and Coming Groomer of the Year” in 2014 and also “Up and Coming Speaker of the Year” in 2015 . She has worked with AKC show handlers learning show cuts on Poodles, and handstripping on Lakeland Terriers and Wire-haired Dachshunds. Her favorite breeds to groom are Poodles and Terriers, and she also enjoys creating stylized trims on mixed breeds. Valerie is also Canine CPR certified.
 
Julie

Julie Harris (UK)

Julie, a UK groomer, has been grooming since the age of 16 and has been a leader in the industry developing qualifications and teaching and pushing industry standards. She is a founding member of the English Groomers Group, and regularly demonstrates and delivers seminars around the country at all leading competitions and grooming events. Julie holds a LCGI teaching qualification and is proud to be a member of the Guild of Master Groomers - an accolade that under 30 groomers hold in the UK. She has taught students of all ages from across the globe and considers herself extremely lucky to have an amazing role within the industry that she loves, by developing individuals and helping them to achieve their true potential.
Alexander

Alexander Zapata (COL)

Alexander has been a professional canine stylist for over 10 years. He is the President and Founder of the Colombian Association of Professional Canine Stylists (ACECPRO), and the Director of the Mexican Association of Professional Canine Stylists (AMECP) School. Alexander specializes in the many Asian styles of grooming and has traveled around South America and Europe giving seminars and judging competitions. He is an Honorary Member of the Chilean Association of Canine Stylists (ACHIPECA), and the Creative Grooming Association of Spain. Alexander is the first ever Latin American Groomer to record episodes for the YouTube channel Pel a Pel Tv which is based in Barcelona, Spain.
Amy

Amy Manser (UK)

Amy has been showing and grooming dogs for over 20 years. She runs a kennel of show dogs and has raised multiple champions and top dogs across four different breeds. Amy also runs a professional grooming salon and trains young groomers. She has competed in several grooming competitions and has been awarded several BIS show awards from the United Kingdom and Europe. Amy is a two time winner of Groomer of the Year and is currently a member of Groom Team England and the Guild of Master Groomers.
Annie

Annie Williams (CAN)

Annie was drawn to the art of dog grooming after her family got “Domino”, an American Cocker Spaniel. She began to learn about show dogs and get involved in conformation dog shows. As her passion grew, Annie decided to make a career out of grooming and open a salon. She was hand selected by a World Champion groomer and endured an intense four-month training program in Alberta, Canada. Annie is an active member of the Canadian Professional Pet Stylists, and has earned her Canadian Canine Stylist Level 2 Status in Sporting and Non-Sporting. She is also trained in Dogsafe Canine First Aid and has won international awards in Canada, the United States and Australia. Annie is extremely passionate about her profession and continues to vigorously further her education to heighten her certification and bring the latest styles and trends to her customers.
Christine

Christine Speerin (AUS)

Christine taught herself to groom on her family kitchen table. Her father told her there was no future in dog grooming but through her passion and dedication Christine became one of the most successful groomers and grooming trainers in Australia. She now owns multiple successful grooming businesses and companies which she operates with her husband Les. Some of Christine’s career achievements include: International Certified Master Groomer (ICMG), Certifier for Australian Institute Pet Groomers (AIPG), and she is an Original Member and Co-Founder of Groom Team Australia. In 2011 Christine was invited to be a spokesperson, demonstrator and judge at the first ever “Creative Summit” in the United States. She has held workshops, and judged competitions worldwide, including the United States, New Zealand, South Korea and Australia. Being involved in the grooming industry worldwide, Christine stays up to date on current grooming trends and uses her enthusiasm and knowledge to inspire up and coming groomers.
Claudia

Claudia Rodriguez Zarate (CHL)

Claudia studied grooming in the United States, Spain and Brazil. She received personalized training from Victor Rosado Zamora and is groomer certified by the European Grooming Association. Claudia is the Director of FullPet Grooming School, now known as the Claudia Rodríguez Professional Grooming Academy. She has been a professional grooming trainer in Santiago, Chile, since 2012. Claudia teaches both basic and advanced commercial canine grooming courses, specialties, and workshops. She currently has 450 students enrolled throughout Chile, Columbia, Argentina, Venezuela, Bolivia and Peru.
Jette

Jette Feldt (SWE)

Jette is the owner and founder of Swedgroom Dog Grooming Educations (SDGE) in Malmö, Sweden. She has been a full-time dog groomer since 1998 and spent four years organizing grooming competitions for the European Grooming Association EGA. In 2017 Jette became a “IGU Certifier” and traveled to South Korea to certify groomers. She believes that grooming education is never complete so Jette continues to take classes and seminars so she can stay on top of trends and techniques. Her main passion is uplifting the dog grooming profession through quality education and sharing valuable knowledge through hands-on demonstrations.
Melanie

Melanie Winters Holmes (UK)

Melanie has been grooming for 27 years specializing in private training, corporate management and college instruction. She has won several grooming competitions including the title of Groomer of the Year. Melanie was a member of Groom Team England for 10 years and is currently a member of the Guild of Groomers. She is an examiner for the higher qualifications and City/Guild Practical Examinations. Melanie now judges many competitions and gives seminars on a variety of grooming topics at all major grooming events as well as for private groups.