Interview with Pina
Interview with Pina

Member Video: Interview with Pina - 32 minutes

Irina (Pina) Pinkusevich has made it to the very top in the pet grooming world. How she got there is fascinating. Pina emigrated with her family from the Soviet Union when she was 19 years old. She had her fair share of challenges adjusting to life in the USA. One of her largest hurdles was mastering the English language. Next, it was earning spending money while she was on scholarship to the university. While she was working at a small salon, the owner got violently ill and could not work. Pina went from bather to groomer with no formal training, just a full roster of dogs to groom. At one stage she found herself as a single parent. Her immediate family had moved from New York to Florida. She had no one to help her and her infant son.

In this interview, Pina shares with our members what led her into dog grooming. She tells you firsthand how she learned and what keeps her motivated today. This is a great life story about overcoming obstacles, doing what you love, avoiding occupational burnout and remaining passionate about your career options.

In this video you will learn:

  • How Pina got started in the grooming industry.
  • Why she quit grooming after 10 years but then came back.
  • How she developed the skills necessary to become a top stylist.
  • Why a formal education in grooming is so beneficial.
  • What she would fix in the grooming industry if she had a magic wand.
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Irina Pinkusevich

Pina is a National Certified Master Groomer with National Dog Groomers Association of America. She has just starting her apprenticeship to become a national Certifier with NDGAA.

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