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About Us – Florida Dog Grooming School

Merryfield School of Pet Grooming is one of the best South Florida Pet Grooming School. We offer day and evening programs. We have a 600 clock hour program that boils down to 4 simple elements: Speed, skill, accuracy and of course confidence. We have CMG’s as instructors with over 20 years of grooming experience. We have facilities that are excellent and administrative staff with over 35 years in the pet industry. When we put this all together, it gives our students a wealth of information, a solid foundation and a confidence to know that when they graduate, they will have a great start in our profession. We assist in job placement, have school financing, and will help our graduates go into business for themselves. We are very excited about the Pet Grooming Industry today, it has moved into a new era. The reason why we have all noticed this change is because people today treat their pets like their children, and rightfully so! They are our “Fur Children” and we care and adore them! When this feeling exists, it spills out into all aspects of care and we are a part of that caring process! What it means to everyone involved in the industry is, we can expect continued growth and a wonderful future. For more information about Merryfield School of Pet Grooming, please contact Gregg Docktor 1-800-361-4548

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Michael Lamb Certified Non-Sporting, Instructor

dog grooming school pet grooming Started his career in 1976 and was taught his skills by Professional Dog Show Handlers. Michael is a Certified Groomer from the NDGAA. He has worked extensively with well known shop owners such as Terri Di Marino, Kathy Rose (Pets of Perfection) The Loving Touch in Kendal Fl. Michael has participated in grooming competitions in Florida and has been appointed a Judge in grooming competitions in Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. He has given Seminars in “Show Handling and Presenting the Well Groomed Dog”. His Miniature Poodles are currently being shown at Westminster and he has previously received Top Miniature Breeder of the Year Awards (1990) He is one of the Top Miniature Poodle Breeders in The United States with over 125 champions to his credit. His dogs are currently being shown in Spain and Japan.

Irina Pinkusevich, NCMG Instructor

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Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989 with her parents at the age of 18. She studied at New York University where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology. While studying at NYU she got a part time job bathing dogs at a local Grooming shop. She realized her passion in working with dogs & grooming & left behind her original carrier choice to become a full-time groomer. In the earlier part of her carrier, Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York. By the time she left New York for South Florida in 2006, Irina was the owner of one of those establishments, Shear Delight.

Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two time recipient of the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She has been a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2012. Ranked number one in the nation 2010, she competed in the World Championships on GroomTeam USA in 2009 & 2011 helping the U.S. team bring home the Gold & Silver medals respectively. She will compete again at the World Championships in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.

Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers Association of America. She is also a Certifier for their organization. She is a Professional Grooming Contest Show Judge for International Judges Association.

Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming. She travels the world educating through conferences & seminars.

Joanne Marino, NCMG Instructor

dog grooming school pet grooming She has spent the last 35 years pursuing her passion of working with animals. From assisting veterinarians in Pennsylvania to patrolling for the Oklahoma Animal Control, Joanne has dedicated countless hours to the welfare of animals. She began grooming in 1971 and worked in several grooming shops; improving clientele and helping other groomers launch their new business. In 1989 Joanne came to Florida with her husband and two children and by 1990 she had started her own grooming business; Happy Tails, Inc., and achieved the title of Certified Master Groomer. Happy Tails prospered for 12 years. Even though she had a full-time job running her own, busy grooming business, Joanne’s work continued in the community. She hosted “dog washes” every weekend out of her grooming shop, where faithful clients and neighborhood friends would bring their cats, dogs, and even horses for a good, weekly scrubbin’. Joanne ran the much anticipated “Strut Your Mutt” competition for the city of Coconut Creek for 5 consecutive years. Happy Tails, Inc. served as a host for the National Dog Groomers Association for several years as well, where handfuls of hopeful groomers would gather to test their skills in hopes of achieving the Certified Master Groomer title.

In 1990 Joanne began competition grooming. She entered classes for scissor work and creative styling every year; placing 1st, 2nd or 3rd in every class she ever entered. Over the years, Joanne gained the attention and respect of groomers nationwide. Joanne also made her name in the show world, where numerous dogs, ranging from Portuguese Water Dogs, Miniature and Standard Poodles, Tibetan Terriers, Golden Retrievers, Gordon Setters and Bouviers owed their championships and national rankings to her superior grooming expertise. Joanne has loved every second of developing and utilizing her flair for grooming and is always willing to share her talents and tricks with anyone willing to learn.

Gregg Docktor

dog grooming school pet grooming Previously ran a Dog grooming school that was licensed by the “Florida State Board of Independent Post Secondary Vocational Technical Trade and Business Schools”. It ran for approximately 15 years. Gregg also had a 3 store chain of grooming shops, “Just 4 Paws” In addition, he also had a 3 store chain of Puppy stores called “Merryfield Kennels”. Today, Merryfield Motel for Pets and Day Care is a business that caters to pets which have apartment suites for dogs and cats as well as all types of dog training. We also have a complete Animal Hospital that is under lease to a Veterinarian. Gregg also owned and operated “Dr. Clayton Pet Specialties” along with his late father Norman and brother Lloyd. This was a product line that was distributed nationally to pet stores and large box retailers. Gregg grew up in the industry; his father was responsible for more that 250 retail pet outlets called “Docktor Pet Centers”

See www.merryfieldmotel.com for further information on current business activities that Gregg Docktor is engaged in. Mr. Docktor has been involved in the Pet industry for over 39 years at the location where the school is located.

Louise “Lulu” Rodriguez, NCMG Instructor

florida dog grooming schoolLouise “LuLu” Rodriguez is New York City born & raised. She moved to Florida in 1987 where she worked in Import/Export Management & Compliance for 22 years. She made a career move in 2009, choosing to do something she truly loved: working with dogs. She enrolled in Merryfield School of Pet Grooming & studied under Irina Pinkusevich, Michael Lamb, & Joanne Marino. Today she is a National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomer’s Association of America. Her specialties are Terriers, Sporting Dogs & Working Dogs. In addition to grooming, she works part time at Merryfield as a teacher’s assistant in Student Orientation.

LuLu often volunteers as Pina’s assistant & has traveled with her to most of the major national competitions in the United States. She has also travelled to Belgium where she assisted Pina as well as the other members of Groom Team USA in the 2009 World Competition. Recently she has entered the world of competitive grooming & has participated & placed in several shows including Fun in the Sun, Atlanta Pet Fair, Groomania, & Pet Stylists Supershow.

Determined to learn all she can regarding her profession, LuLu often attends continuing education seminars & lessons. She has volunteered to work with some of the top show handlers & has travelled throughout the country to be educated by some of the best in the industry. She is a member of the NDGAA, The Professional Cat Groomers Association of America, The Pet Stylists of Tennessee, & Creative Groomers Association. She is also active with her favorite breeds & is a member of the American Sealyham Terrier Club & the Newfoundland Club of Florida.