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Nicole Kallish, nationally certified groomer and owner of Sarasota Grooming Company in Florida, attended The Academy of Dog Grooming Arts in Arlington Heights Illinois. Since graduating in 2004, Nicole has worked in several grooming shops and kennels and for 7 years, owned a successful mobile grooming business in the Northwest Suburbs of Illinois and then in Orlando, FL. Nicole decided to open a grooming shop in Sarasota after moving from Orlando in 2012.
In addition to grooming in her business, Nicole is also a competitive groomer. She has worked her way up the ranks in the grooming contest ring earning many 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placements in entry and intermediate levels, including Best Groomed Dog. Nicole also won the title of “Rising Star of the Year” at Intergroom in New Jersey in 2013 and has moved on to the “open” or “expert” level, competing against the top groomers in the country. In 2013 and 2014 she was ranked in the top 20 in the nation. Nicole has also been a Barkleigh Honors nominee for “Up and Coming Groomer of the Year” in 2011 and 2012, and a nominee for the Cardinal Crystal Achievement Awards “Mobile Groomer of the Year” 2011 and 2012. Nicole continues to compete at several grooming shows each year, has recently started writing for industry publications and has become a speaker at grooming trade shows. She is certified through the National Dog Groomers Association of America and on track to finish her testing in 2016 to attain National Certified Master Groomer status.
Nicole and her husband George live in Sarasota, FL with their 5 dogs, Rex the Standard Poodle, Brody the Miniature Poodle, Paddy the Wire Fox Terrier, Lola the Lab/Shepherd mix and their newest addition, Pippa the Miniature Poodle. Nicole is currently showing Pippa in AKC conformation and is looking forward to a wonderful show career for her.