ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
LIS JOHNSTON NCMG
Lis Johnston boasts a remarkable journey in the world of dog grooming and showing that spans nearly two decades. Her passion for this art began in 2004, and by the tender age of 12, she was already showcasing her talent in dog shows. Since her official debut in 2012, Lis has continually risen through the ranks, securing her place as one of the Top 10 GroomTeam USA competitive groomers.
With a wealth of experience and expertise, Lis holds the prestigious title of a Nationally Certified Master Groomer. Her skills have garnered international recognition, earning her awards and accolades as a Stylist of the highest caliber. Beyond her own accomplishments, Lis generously shares her knowledge through seminars held across the nation.
In 2014, Lis realized a lifelong dream by opening Serenity Pet Spa, a grooming salon known for its exceptional care and attention to detail. The spa’s success was undeniable, prompting Lis to expand her business with the opening of a second location in 2017.
Lis’s passion for the art of grooming extends to the challenge of hand scissoring large breeds, with a particular affinity for breeds like Standard Poodles, Black Russian Terriers, and Irish Water Spaniels. Her dedication to perfecting her craft shines through in every groomed coat.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Lis finds joy in her commitment to showing and breeding Collies. It’s a testament to her unwavering love for dogs and her deep-rooted connection to the world of canine companionship.
Nick Sklar is a seasoned professional with a deep-rooted passion for grooming tools and the art of sharpening. Raised amidst the whirling sharpening wheel, he has acquired over two decades of hands-on experience in the realm of grooming equipment and its dedicated users. Nick’s expertise lies in meticulous equipment selection and the art of nurturing their longevity.
As the General Manager of Sales and Operations at Whitman’s Sharpening for just about a decade, Nick engaged in comprehensive research collaborations with renowned scissor companies, cementing his reputation as a go-to expert in the field. Notably, he has played a pivotal role in product design for esteemed brands like Chris Christensen and Whitman’s products, contributing to their success through his invaluable insights and assistance.