Meet the Team

Meet our Grooming Competition Director, Philip Schafmayer, NCMG.

Philip has been actively involved in breeding, handling and grooming for more than 20 years. He has bred, as well as handled, multiple All Breed and Specialty BIS winners in multiple countries. He has also won BIS and other top honors at grooming shows.

He is a member of GroomTeam USA 2017, attaining that honor as well as completing his National Master Groomers Certification by competing in only two shows. He has also judged a number of grooming competitions. He was the director of Canine Clippers School of Dog Grooming and he is currently the owner and lead stylist at his premiere grooming salon in northeast Connecticut, Dogs By Design Pet Salon.

Cheryl A Purcell NCMG

A 3rd generation breeder, 2nd generation groomer, 1st generation GroomTeam USA.
Cheryl made GroomTeam USA for six straight years 2002-2007.

In 2009 Cheryl officially retired from grooming competition to pursue speaking and judging and mentoring.

2011-2018 she was the GroomTeam USA Coordinator, captaining the World team to two Golds and a Silver.

2016 winner Contribution to the industry.
2018 winner Grooming contest Judge of the Year.


A multiple Crystal Cardinal award nominee for Groomer of the year, Speaker of the year, and Judge of the year. A multiple Barkleigh Honors Nominee for Contribution to the industry, Speaker of the year and Judge of the year.

Cheryl believes that as a speaker, judge and mentor it’s not all about what she’s done, but it’s about what she can teach you. She has helped many groomers attain their goals throughout their careers, including helping them to make GroomTeam USA. She’s has helped many new groomers learn breed standards as well as easier ways to groom pets in their daily life. She has shown many competitive groomers what it takes to win. Her own daughter Krystal, won her first competition at eleven, and is now a GroomTeam USA member and one of the top groomers in the Country. Many Other groomers she’s helped have done similarly.

Cheryl also shows and breeds Kerry Blue Terriers, Standard Poodles and Bichon’s for the past 25 years. Cheryl has been invited to AKC nationals numerous times for finishing her dogs from the Bred by Exhibitor class. Cheryl says “breeding dogs is a passion for me not a job. I only bred when I’m looking to keep a puppy of my own. I love what I do and wake up every day happy to go to work, I don’t know I could be luckier in my career choice.

Krystal Purcell ICMG GroomTeam USA Member

Krystal Purcell ICMG GroomTeam USA Member

Krystal Purcell is a third generation, certified master groomer and member of GroomTeam USA. She started competing in grooming competitions in 2001 at age 11, where she garnered a first place In the Oster Career Start. She worked in her parents shop after school and traveled around the country with her mother attending shows. She took a brief time off from competing to attend college and start her own business.

In 2013, Krystal graduated with honors from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business. She returned to the competition ring in 2014, garnering many notable awards and nominations including Mobile Groomer of the Year, Up and Coming Groomer, and Groomer of the Year.

In 2017 Krystal made GroomTeam USA as the #6 competitor, ranking amongst some of the best groomers in the world. She has recently begun showing Kerry blue terriers and English Springer spaniels, with hopes to one day start her own line of Springers. Krystal currently owns and operates Pooch Paws To Go mobile grooming salon on the South Shore in Massachusetts.

Chelsay Paul-Grubb

Chelsay Paul-Grubb“Being a successful groomer starts with more than just a scissor and a clipper blade, its about understanding and connecting with every dog that is on your table”.

Chelsay Paul-Grubb started her grooming career nearly 20 years ago in Bainbridge, Ohio and is now a Professional Handler, Mom, Wife, Groomer and Breeder. Chelsay currently lives in Madison, Ohio with her husband Nick and their 2 sons Caleb and Braylin. Chelsay has had the opportunity to mentor with some of the top groomers, handlers and breeders in the United States propelling her to where she is today. Her skill set expands across multiple breeds and groups. Chelsay has found that the foundation to becoming a better groomer is to never stop learning.

Kathryn Dixon

Kathryn, a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, has been involved in the grooming industry since 2006. Her grooming career started at a corporate store in Bucks County, PA where she worked as a bather and then went on to grooming academy. She eventually moved on to a private location where she apprenticed under a retired sporting dog handler. Here she learned and fell in love with the art of hand stripping and maintaining coarse coated and sporting breeds.

From 2009 to 2015 Kathryn served in the United States Marine Corps as a translator of Afghan Languages and cultural adviser.
Upon ending her enlistment she was accepted into Brown University’s undergraduate program to study linguistics, psychology, and animal behavior.

She now owns and operates The Houndstooth LLC, a mobile pet spa fleet which serves the majority of Rhode Island. She has been an active competitor in both US and Canadian grooming competitions since November 2016 with placements in hand stripping, All other Purebreds, Sporting, and Poodle classes.

She was the 2018 recipient of the Will Stone Memorial award.

Kathryn currently shows her Lakeland terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, and English Springer Spaniel, as well as Toy Poodles in conformation. In her free time she trains her dogs in Canine Scent Work, Barn Hunt, and Agility.