Irina Pinkusevich

Irina Pinkusevich

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.