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I have worked in many different pet related arenas prior to grooming. I pull experience from jobs in the veterinary field ranging from kennel work, boarding, reception and assisting an after hours emergency veterinarian.
I graduated Tara Lara K9 Academy in 1996. I went to work for a handler/groomer in Washington State shortly after graduation. I bought my first salon, The Gentle Groomer in 1997. After working in high volume, multigroomer situations I decided spending quality time with each pet was most important to me. In 2005 I sold the Gentle Groomer and moved on to Lexidog in the Bridgeport Village. In 2006 I bought the business now known as D'tails Dog Salon.
I participate in continuing education and groom competitively around the country. I began competing in February 2007 and have advanced to the intermediate or B level in Sporting breeds. I try to attend 2-3 shows a year competing in at least 2. To date I have competed several times, placing many times. One Best in Show. I have competed with a mini Poodle, a Welsh Terrier(clipped and hand stripped), a Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, a Bedlington, Bichon Frize, a Poodle and a Portie and a Poodle as a bedlington and an English Setter.
Aside from the grooming seminars I have several options open to me for learning and keeping up to date on the latest styles. I have had lessons from members of Groom Team USA as well as industry leaders. I have a few breeder/handlers who I learn from as well. I firmly believe one can never learn enough.