Koko is an International Certified Master Groomer and Certifier of IPG. She was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. She holds many awards in grooming contest field including, Multiple Best in Shows and Best All Around Groomer awards. Koko earned her place on Groom Team USA in 2007, and 2008. representing the US in the 2009 World Team Grooming Championship in Germany, and helped her team win the Gold.  Koko was nominated for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Award for American Groomer of the Year in 2008.  Since retiring from the competition ring, Koko has started mentoring advanced groomers. Also, has traveled extensively as a speaker, certifier and judge in the US, and other countries. She is honored to be a groom team USA member and strongly believes and is appreciative that without all USA groomers support, she couldn’t have achieved this success. She is currently living in Tennessee and owns her own mobile grooming business, Koko’s Paws.