Speakers and Judges
Crystal attended Emporia State University and received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Communication. She attended UMKC School of Law then worked for 10-years with Legal Aid of Western Missouri. She is currently work for Riling, Burkhead & Nitcher.
Caitlin has the ability to focus on what a groomers body needs through her experience with working with groomers. Grooming is very physical profession that can cause injuries to soft tissue, muscle fatigue as well as repetitive muscle injuries. Caitlin attended and received her education in massage therapy at Wellspring School if Allied Health in Lawrence, KS. She worked as a student massage therapist until February of 2015. Since then, she has worked as a professional massage therapist and is the proud owner of First Response Massage in Tongenoxie.
Her approach to working with groomers has been to watch and study how they work and groom. This gives her the unique perspective to observe and know what muscles are being used and abused and thus be able to offer the most benefit of massage therapy to the groomer.
Monica is the owner/operator of Wizard of Paws in Tongenoxie, MO. Her love of grooming and animals is easy to see, from how she cares for her grooming clients to the abandoned foal that would have died with out her constant care. She is an advocate for continuing education in the grooming industry. She believes in working with the community.
Katrina Henrie, CFMG, CFCG, MCPCG
Katrina Henrie has worked with cats and dogs for more than 20 years, whether in the AKC show ring with Newfoundlands and later Beagles or in the grooming competition ring, where she has won first place with her extreme creative designs. Through the years, she has worked at busy grooming shops, served as the AKC kennel club secretary, been the chief ring steward, served as the ring steward for the Bulldog specialty show, and earned the Master Certified Professional Creative Groomer title from NAPCG as well as both the Certified Feline Master Groomer title and the Certified Feline Creative Groomer from NCGIA.
Currently, her grooming career is feline-focused in her private grooming studio, L’Mew Feline Exclusive Day Spa & Suites, where she is able to focus on quality rather than quantity. Additionally, she has written for the international magazine, Toilettage Magazine, regularly writes for CGQ: Creative Groomer Quarterly.
Anna Hawks, MPS, CMG
Anna is an award winning Master Pet Stylist, with over 30 years experience in the grooming industry. She is also a second generation pet stylist who is always willing to help the new stylist learn the trade and is glad to be a resource for groomers. Amongst her grooming achievements are: multiple grooming awards, grooming judge, speaker, author and now certified sharpener. This has led her to design the “Scissors Up” template. Anna is a strong advocate for continuing education and is a gifted educator. She has successfully managed pet salons and is a consultant for salon owners.
Michele Grenkow, MCPCG, CMG, CCMS
Ever know that girl who sits in the corner with a cat in her lap and a dog at her side while off in her own world drawing? That's Michele. Whether it is in the salon, at a dog show, or in her home, that is the position in which you usually find her. Michele was given the world famous Animal Haven Grooming Salon in 2004 after managing it for several years. To respect it, she finished her CMG status within a year and carried on it's winning ways. Michele is also a well-known breeder of Great Danes, a sweeps judge, a handler, and a teacher with a history as a veterinary technician and farrier. The creative world opened up to Michele after she was asked to colour match a cat for a TV series, and the rest (as they say) is history.
Raised in a family that always put a natural way of life first, Kat shares that gift with her students and clients. Her tender way soothes both humans and animals alike. She completed her IPG Masters in 2000 and competes in both the Grooming and Breed rings.
She is the owner of Bark Avenue Dog Grooming, in Mission, BC.
A fan of Poodles and Porties, Kat is owned by Wish the St. Poodle, and Luna & Tripp the PWD's.
A. Bullet Brown, CPCG
Bullet began her career with pets at the age of 15 when she accepted a part-time job at a veterinary clinic. She spent almost 20 years in the veterinary field as a technician before accepting an apprenticeship at a local grooming shop. At the end of her two-year apprenticeship, she opened her own business, focusing more on quality than quantity. Despite being located in a small Southern town, she has established a highly reputable, professional business. Bullet’s business, A.B. Grooming Services, was featured in the “PAWsitively Posh” article from Groomer to Groomer’s Nov/Dec 2009 issue. Bullet has competed and placed in both breed profile as well as creative competitions, even taking the coveted title of Best Creative Groomer in 2009. In addition to running her salon, Bullet speaks and judges internationally and serves as president of the National Association of Professional Creative Groomers, the first and only organization dedicated to both the art and science of creative grooming. In 2011, Bullet was the first professional dog groomer to speak at Pet Vet Russia (formerly Zoo Russia) in Moscow as well as The DogBrands Fashion show in Kiev, Ukraine in 2013. She also writes and edits for CGQ: Creative Groomer Quarterly, is author of both The Science of Creative Grooming and Creative Grooming 101, writes freelance grooming and pet related articles for other publications, and established the first ever creative grooming certification program. Through the NAPCG Bullet continues to produce educational and marketing materials for established and aspiring creative groomers around the world.