• Certifications: CMG
  • Member of GroomTeam USA
    Traveling Team: 1991
  • Retired from the Ring in 1992

Melissa Verplank

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What are the two proudest moments in your career?

Just 2???? Seriously? Winning the World Poodle Groomer Title in 1990 at Intergroom under the late Liz Paul and writing Notes From the Grooming Table.

Are you formally trained, apprenticed, or self-taught?


What is your favorite breed of dog to groom?

Anything that I can make a positive massive change on with grooming - especially the big furry ones that you just have to reach down and bury your face in their fur when done.

What is your favorite breed of dog to live with?

Maremma Sheep Dogs (and friendly felines!)

What advice can you offer to aspiring pet professionals?

Never stop learning. Learning keeps you alive and fresh. Always strive to be the best you can possibly be in WHATEVER your are doing. Be passionate about life and your career. It will pay you back with massive rewards.

What do you love to do when you are not working?

Riding my Friesian horses, horse camping, healthy - farm to table type  cooking (Paleo) spending quite time at our farm with our fur family, spending time outdoors, being creative with nature.

What driving force keeps you going?

I get totally jazzed by helping people and their pets by creating companies within the pet care field. I love to inspired people to expect the best out of themselves and/or the services they offer. There are so many areas that could be improved in this field - I love being a visionary in the pet industry that pushes the envelope.

What one thing really ticks you off?

People that say "I can't" or "I won't" and folks that are not accountable for their own actions when a situation trends toward the negative.

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