About Stephanie O'Connor
We are delighted to have Stephanie on board as our brand ambassador and our satellite academy in Ireland. Based in Edenderry Stephanie brings her flare, style and the Asian Fusion 'cute' factor to every groom, even when not expected, she is an asset to our grooming niche and we are lucky to work with such a talent. Here's what Stephanie says about her experience and career.
I began my career as a Veterinary Nurse while developing my grooming skills in parallel. I opened my bespoke salon almost 25 years ago and during this time I completed my Level 3 Diploma in Dog Styling through City & Guilds, and more recently my Internationally Certified Mastergroomer qualification through IPG. I am passionate about Asian Fusion grooming, developing and enhancing my skill set by completing a comprehensive training programme with world renowned Asian Fusion expert Pammie Carmichael-Hogg, and cementing my expertise in this field by attending a training session at the prestigious Dolall Grooming School in Seoul, South Korea. In recognition for this dedication I have been nominated twice for Asian Fusion Groomer of the Year and I was invited to judge the Asian group at the 2021 Groomers Got Talent competition in Belfast. I believe strongly in educating and skill development, regularly giving workshops, 1 on 1 training and demos at groomers salons all over the country, as well as providing training sessions and demos at my own salon. This training supports the skillset development of groomers which enhances their capabilities for commercial grooming and enables them to compete at the highest level on the grooming competition circuit. I enjoy competing at both open and championship level. Here are some of my highlights:
- 1st place Asian Open class at Madra Mania 2017
- 1st place Asian Champion class at K9 Pet Stylist Expo 2018
- 1st place Asian Champion class at the County Grooming Championships 2019
- Reserve Best in Show at the County Grooming Championships 2019
- 1st place Asian Open Scissors class at Madra Mania 2022
- 1st place Clipped Champion class at Groomers Got Talent 2023
Stephanie will be running the iPET Network Level 3 Award in Asian Fusion Wool Coat Teddy Style from January 2024.
Please register for more information here