ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
IRINA “PINA” PINKUSEVICH NCMG
Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich realized her passion as a Pet Stylist while working part-time as a bather after immigrating from The Ukraine in 1989. In the earlier part of her career she worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York. Pina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006 and went on to win countless awards including Best In Show, Best All Around Groomer, the Lynne Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins (twice), and the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins. Other notable wins were the Winner’s Circle Jackpot 2011 and The World Dog Show’s World Champion Award. Pina was also a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2013 and competed in the World Championships for the United States in 2009, 2011, and 2013 helping the U.S. team bring home a Silver & two Golds.
Along with being a world-renowned groomer, Pina is also a national & international judge, instructor, and speaker. She was awarded the Cardinal Crystal Award for Judge of the Year as well as the Barkleigh Honors Award for Up & Coming Speaker of the Year in 2014. Pina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers of America and is also a Certifier for their company. In 2021, she launched her company Niira to bring high quality affordable grooming tools to the industry.
Dedicated to improving the industry, Pina offers dog grooming education through private lessons in and around Ft. Lauderdale, FL and also travels the world to instruct at various in-person conferences and seminars as well as online webinars and is an integral part of Artero’s Jornadas events.
Pina is also associated with Kiyara Poodles, a top breeder of miniature poodles in the United States owned by Michael Lamb & Bill Jividen Jr. She is also associated with Kerryfield Kennels, top breeders of Kerry Blue Terriers owned by Virginia Harding and Krizma Kennels owned by Lois Grier. With these kennels, Irina has bred & co-owned numerous champion Poodles & Kerry Blue Terriers.
Lisa Pforr –
I’m new to grooming and I stumbled upon this idol from the Ukraine. I’ve learned so much by watching her. I’d love to go to Florida for a private lesson. I have my own shop and have an experienced groomer. I have so much to learn. With Pina, the internet and Facebook I might have a chance at being successful! Thank so much from Iowa for sharing your craft, experience and wisdom❣️
Louise Wells –
Absolutely loved this mini webinar. Fantastic tips for holding the comb correctly and also for doing the top of the head. Pina was very clear and explained everything so clearly. I’m looking forward to trying this technique.
Camille Sobun –
Pina is a great teacher, and I love this idea of an inexpensive mini-lesson. Nice giveaways too!
Eva Montgomery –
Super format and super instructions. Would love to watch more mini seminars on different techniques.
The information was presented clearly with extremely helpful, easy tips for classic cutting! Amazing mini class, despite not having the option to caption —that’s what hearing friends & family are for.
Donna Kronebusch –
Excellent webinar. Pins is so good at teaching. I’m excited to perfect this technique
I absolutely love Pina and how great teacher she is! I’m excited to practice this technique!
Nancy Gross –
Great mini lesson on a scissoring technique!
jackie smith –
always good for an old dog like me to learn new tricks!
Kathy Awalt –
Loved the top of head tip and holding comb tip