Call Now: (888) 344-8658
 - Instructor ImageCertifications: ICMG, NCMG, CAH
Retired: 1993

Teri DiMarino

Teri is a thirty-five year-plus veteran of the pet styling industry, previously owning and operating a large and successful South Florida salon for twenty-seven years.

As a multi Best In Show winning grooming contest competitor, Teri was a member of the ’88, ’89 and ’93 GroomTeam USA Gold Medal winning teams, served as GroomTeam USA team coordinator for the ’90 and ’91 teams as well as GroomTeam USA Treasurer for nearly ten years. Currently, she is an active Board of Director for the organization.

She is a multiple Cardinal Crystal Grooming Achievement Award and Barkleigh Honors Award nominee and winner.

Teri is a popular speaker, judge and master of ceremonies at seminars and trade shows across the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Korea, New Zealand and Australia. She initiated the concept of the platform demonstration at grooming trade shows in the 1990’s. While these are familiar to the human hair industry, they had been unseen in the pet styling world until that time.

Teri’s dog show background includes extensive work with Doberman Pinschers in the obedience ring as well as helping found the Doberman Rescue League in South Florida in 1976. She served as President, Vice-President, Adoption Coordinator and Obedience Director. She also bred and showed Tibetan Terriers, having finished numerous breed and obedience champions as well as owner/handling one of her dogs to a National Specialty Best in Show win. Her “eye for a dog” carried over to her salon, where she maintained and groomed many of the local show dogs for their handlers, specializing in the scissor Terrier breeds and Cocker Spaniels.

As one of the charter members of the Boca Raton Dog Club, Teri acted as Match Secretary and Chairman through the grueling AKC licensing qualification process and then went on to hold the position of Show Chairman after licensing was granted. Teri also served a two-year term as club President.

Selling her salon in 2000, Teri moved to California where she was a mobile groomer for several years.

When the State of California was faced with a devastating anti-groomer legislation Teri helped rally groomers from around the state to defeat the legislation and to form the California Professional Pet Groomers Association, where she serves as President. It is the goal of the CPPGA to enhance relations between pet groomers and consumers, promoting professionalism, safety and sanitation within the industry. The CPPGA has become a model organization across the country and is helping other states form cohesive groups within the industry. Teri and the CPPGA were also instrumental in helping compose the Professional Pet Groomers and Stylists Alliance Standards of Safety, Care and Sanitation, guidelines that are being used in legislation in several states.

Teri shares her life with her husband, Jeff Davidson, her dogs and cats and remains very active in the pet grooming industry as a speaker, judge and association activist while she still grooms in her private salon.

More About Teri DiMarino

What are the two proudest moments of your career?

Being hand selected for the first official GroomTeam in 1989 and being part of the team that successfully defeated a potentially devastating anti-groomer law in California.

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


What is your favorite breed of dog to groom?

Anything well behaved :)

What is your favorite breed of dog to live with?

I’ve always had Dobermans & can’t imagine life without one, although I am a recent convert to Standard Poodles. They are nothing but a Doberman in sheep’s clothing.

What advice can you offer to aspiring pet professionals?

1) Mind your business and your business will mind itself. 2) Don’t try so hard that your hurt yourself or your career. Relax into your work, do your best and good things will happen. 3) Diversify in your business AND your personal life. Keeping all your eggs in one basket can be devastating if the basket breaks.

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

Relax with friends, travel, cook. You know… the “usual” things.

What driving force keeps you going?

I STILL love what I do.

What one thing really ticks you off?

Dishonest people.