Meet the Maryland Grooming Team

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Brittany

Brittany began her passion for animals at a young age while owning American Eskimos and growing up with an American Cocker Spaniel Breeder next door. In 2014 she began her journey in the grooming industry starting as a Bather and worked her way up as a Groomer. Brittany has been a Salon manager and has owned two pet businesses. She is -Certified in Sporting with IGA -Certified in Long- Legged Terriers with IGA -AKC S.A.F.E. Certified -CPR Certified Brittany currently works hands on with multiple breeders to broaden her breed education. In January 2020 She was invited at Co-Captain of the Maryland Grooming Team and has since competed in various competitions. 

Monica

All glory goes to God with my story. Since I was a little girl I’ve always had a strong passion for animals. As I grew older I dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. However, the day our family lost our dog, Mikey, I realized emotionally I could not handle the difficult decisions that veterinarians have to make. My father mentioned to me about looking into other avenues in the pet industry. He recognized my passion and dedication to helping animals at such a young age. In 9th grade, I was accepted into Harford Tech where I attended the animal science program. I shaved my first animal, a baby calf that lived on my teacher’s farm, in 11th grade. This is when I realized I enjoyed the transformation that takes place when grooming.

During the summer of 2007, I began working for Pet Smart, where I trained to become a professional pet stylist over the next seven years. Grooming is more than just a job to me, it is my life. Seeing the reaction and excitement after you’ve made your final touch on the pup’s groom and hearing the owner’s appreciation of the transformation you created on their fur baby convinced me that I had found my purpose. In 2014, my husband and I took the leap of faith and started our own grooming business. We grew our business exponentially by being knowledgeable, personable, dependable, and innovative while tending to our precious furry babies. In 2015, we halted business to care for our premature twins. We did not resume business until the fall of 2016, once the twins were stable and healed from multiple surgeries and hospital visits.

In 2017, my husband and I added a few more plans to our business platform. We have partnered with a nutraceutical company (Ne’Vetica), and provide in-home boarding and dog-walking services. Also to my delight, in the spring of 2018, I was hired as the pet grooming instructor for Harford Community College. On Dec. 7, 2019, my husband and I opened our salon, “LaBella Pet Boutique” in Aberdeen. IN January 2020 I became an active member of the International Judges Association (IJA). After competing in the World of Pets Expo-MD through IJA, I became a member of the Maryland Grooming Team. During the World of Pets Expo-MD I placed 1st in Rescue Round-Up and First-Time Competitor award. In February 2020 at the World of Pets Expo-VA I placed, 2nd in Model Dog, Purebred, and 3rd in Creative Model Dog Purebred and received the John Nash Most Professional Competitor award. My journey and accomplishments as a stylist are truly a blessing. Having the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with inspired groomers and future stylists allows me to help others reach their dreams. 

Sarah

Sarah started grooming in 2004, while attending Salisbury University.  After graduation with a Bachelors in Physical Education, Health, and Psychology, Sarah attended Everest College and received a Masters in Business Administration. Following her dream, Sarah opened her grooming business, called Shearly Unique Pet Grooming, in 2010.  Sarah is CPR Certified and AKC S.A.F.E certified and Shearly Unique Pet Grooming is an AKC S.A.F.E. Grooming Salon.  Sarah decided to extend her grooming career into competitive grooming in 2017 and has since become captain of the Maryland Grooming Team and is the coordinator of the annual Maryland Grooming Competition.  Sarah is in process of becoming a Certified Feline Master Grooming and Certified Master Groomer.