Member of GroomTeam USA Top Ten: 2009-2011 Traveling Team: 2011, 2013
Retired from the Ring in 2013
Michell Evans is a multi-Best in Show and Best All Around groomer. She is Certified Master Groomer through National Dog Groomers Association of America (NDGAA) and the International Professional Groomers Incorporated (IPG) and International Society of Canine Cosmetologists.
She is the proud recipient of the 2011 Barkleigh Honors Competitive Groomer of the Year Award. She is also the first competitor to have the honor of earning a spot for her name on the John Nash Memorial Trophy.
She earned the Liz Paul Memorial Trophy for 2011 and Liz Paul Best Scissored Poodle Award.
She was a nominee in 2011 and 2012 for the prestigious Crystal Grooming Awards, Competitive Groomer of the Year.
Michell is a judge, speaker and demonstrator at the top trade shows around the country.
She was a GroomTeam USA member 2009-2012 and was the hand stripping member of the Silver Medal winning team at the World Team Championships in 2011. She represented the United States again in Barcelona, Spain in 2013.
The Gold medal that we, The Dream Team, won in Barcelona! And the Andis Groomer of the Year at the Show Dogs of the Year Awards held adjacent to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show coming up in February of 2015.
Are you formally trained, apprenticed, or self-taught?
What is your favorite breed of dog to groom?
Anything new that requires me to do some research.
What is your favorite breed of dog to live with?
Middle aged dogs are the most pleasant. I know you asked breed but I find that most breeds at middle-age are pleasant enough. I find them to be the most beautiful, too. Same goes for people… and I am not just saying that because I am middle aged.
What advice can you offer to aspiring pet professionals?
Don’t let the fear of embarrassment keep you from asking for information. Even if someone treats you like you should have somehow already known, you still get the information and you can improve from it. I have embarrassed myself for much less by accident. Mostly the fear is unfounded and you will be delighted at the knowledge that comes your way.
What do you love to do when you are not working?
Lately I have been seeking classes on politics, world religion, and retirement planning. I also like to do sports with my dogs like agility and tracking. A quiet Sunday in my own home is heavenly!