Getting to know Pina
Irina “Pina” Pinkusevich immigrated from The Ukraine in 1989 with her parents at the age of 18. She studied at New York University where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Child Psychology. While studying at NYU she got a part time job bathing dogs at a local Grooming shop. She realized her passion in working with dogs & grooming & left behind her original career choice to become a full-time groomer. In the earlier part of her career, Irina worked as a Pet Stylist at some of the most high-end grooming salons in New York. By the time she left New York for South Florida in 2006, Irina was the owner of one of those establishments, Shear Delight.
Looking to improve her skills & expand her horizons, Irina entered the world of Competitive Grooming in 2006. In her competitive career Irina has won multiple BIS & Best All Around Groomer awards. She is a two time recipient of the Lynn Carver Award for the most Best All Around Groomer wins in 2008 & 2010. Irina was also honored to win the Liz Paul Memorial Award for the most Best in Show wins in 2010. She has been a member of GroomTeam USA from 2008 through 2011. Ranked number one in the nation 2008 & 2010, she competed in the World Championships on GroomTeam USA in 2009 & 2011 helping the U.S. team bring home the Gold & Silver medals respectively.
Irina is a National Certified Master Groomer (NCMG) with the National Dog Groomers Association of America. She is also a Certifier for their company. She has also served Professional Grooming Contest Show Judge for International Judges Association.
Dedicated to improving the industry, Irina teaches at Merryfield School of Pet Grooming in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She travels the world educating through conferences & seminars.
Irina is associated with Kiyara Poodles. Owned by Michael Lamb & Bill Jividen Jr., Kiyara, is one of the top miniature poodle kennels in the United States. With Kiyara, Irina has bred & co-owned numerous champion poodles.