2012 Groomer of the Year – Irina Pinkusevich
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Andis® proudly honors Irina "Pina” Pinkusevich of Orlando, Florida, with the Groomer of the Year award.
After seven short years of professional grooming, Pinkusevich has risen to the top as an internationally recognized competitive show groomer. Her numerous awards make her one of the most decorated groomers in the field today. She is a member of Groom Team USA, highly recognized in the grooming industry, and an instructor who passes along her knowledge, skill, and passion for the industry to others who are just beginning their careers.
Pinkusevich immigrated with her parents from the Ukraine in 1989. While attending college she worked part time bathing dogs at a local grooming shop. She realized her passion in grooming and left behind her original career to work as a pet stylist in New York. She entered the world of competitive and show grooming in 2006. In her competitive career, Pinkusevich has won multiple Best in Shows and Best All Around Groomer awards.
Pinkusevich is associated with Kiyara Poodles, one of the top Miniature Poodle kennels in the United States. With Kiyara, Irina has bred and co-owned numerous champions.
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