Academy of Animal Arts, Inc.
Ms. Teri L. Bialek Director, Founder
Teri Bialek, Director, Founder, Chief Instructor; originally from Long Island, N.Y.,
now resides in Seminole, Fl. with Rick, a Standard Poodle that she loved showing. Her love for the Dogs came from her parents, Blossom
and Don Bialek who showed and bred Irish Setters in New York. The influence from her parents and genuine passion for dogs brought her
to the dog show ring at ten years of age. Teri groomed, bred and showed, winning in American and International competition. As a salon
owner since 1979 in Seminole Florida, Teri operated two full service salons, featuring boarding, all breed pet and show grooming, and
retail supplies, in Largo, Florida. In 1999 she incorporated the Academy of Animal Arts Inc., where she is currently the Director. Some
of Teri’s academic accomplishments include the AKC Institute in Plaino, Tx., National Canines Associations Judges Education NCA in Washington
DC, and acting as a group leader for the Doberman Pinscher Club of Americas National Specialty’s Judges Education. Teri attended the
Westminster Kennel Club Judges Educational Breed Workshops offered in conjunction with the Westminster show in NY. Teri continues to attend
several different National Specialties each year to update her breed knowledge. She enjoys sharing her knowledge judging Sweepstakes or
CKC Dog Shows. Teri is a member of several breed clubs, Florida Association of Post Secondary schools and the National Dog Groomers
Association. Previously she was an evaluator for ACICS, the oldest accrediting agency in the US. Teri’s future aspiration is to become an AKC
Judge when she retires. Teri oil paints and sews in her spare time. Teri likes to remind her students that the pet industry is a way of life,
-a very special way.
Teri teaches the finishing class in all programs and the Master Groomer Dog grooming program.
- Florida Commission for Independent education
- Independent contractor / program evaluator at ACICS
- National Dog Groomers Association
- Doberman Pincher Club of America
- Basenji Club of America
- Approved to judge All Breed CKC
- Approved to judge All Breed NCA
Mr. Rick Taylor
Rick Taylor -
Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut and has been living in the Tampa
Bay area since 1965. A graduate of H.B.Plant High School in Tampa, Rick earned an
associates degree from St. Petersburg College, and went on to graduate from the
University of South Florida with a degree in marketing. Residing in Seminole, Fl. with
Teri and their standard poodle Lila, Rick is actively engaged in the day to day business
operations and admission activities at the Academy. Rick has been an animal lover all
his life and is also enjoying the daily interaction with the Academy's students, clients,
Mr. Dennis Bialek
Placement Director, student record keeping
Originally from Long Island NY now residing in Seminole. Dennis, Teri's
brother and dog lover, worked with underprivileged and special needs children
early on. He achieved his associates degree from the F.I.T. in NY. Since the
70's Dennis has owned and operated his own business. Dennis maintains the
student records and assists the students with job placement. He enjoys working
with the students and always has a smile.
In addition to Ms. Bialek's expert Instruction, our staff of professionals has
the experience needed to help you meet your goals.
Nichole L. Zellner, DVM
Nichole L. Zellner, DVM
attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She focused her studies on Companion
Animal Medicine, specifically Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery. When Dr.
Z found the Avian and Animal Hospital, she knew that there was nowhere else she
would rather work. She enjoys establishing close relationships with her clients
and their pets.
Outside of work, Dr. Zellner enjoys
reading and spending time with her family, which includes 5 birds, 2 dogs, 2
cats, and one husband. She has an amazing way with the students, her presentation
was so interesting and all students were engaged and learning so much. She is very
passionate about sharing her knowledge. The students love Dr Zellner.
Ms. Teri L. Bialek
Teri Bialek, Director, Founder, Chief Instructor; Teri has been teaching pet
and show grooming for over twenty years full time, her experience in grooming
and dogs spans four decades. She enjoys the creative opportunity to dazzle the
students with some really fancy finish grooming. She enjoys working with the
students and is happy to share her many years of grooming, showing, breeding
dogs, judging and salon ownership.
Prep Instructor, Lecturer
Susan Hamilton: originally from Long Island, N.Y., now resides in The
Historic Kenwood area of St. Pete, Fl. Sue has had an interest in, owned, trained and cared for animals all of her
life, Sue started her college educational process at St. Petersburg Veterinary Technology College and has not stopped
since! She received her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and continued to complete her B.A.S. in clinical/management.
She will continue the educational process by achieving her Master’s degree in the animal science field. Sue enjoys
helping others achieve their dreams by sharing her knowledge to help them learn about animals and the specific care
they deserve. Sue enjoys continuing education in all the different facets of the animal world so she can share
advancements in the field. Sue has a small collection of cats, dogs, and horses in her family, and has a Scarlet Macaw
named Riley. Sue’s hobbies include painting, woodworking, and singing. Sue has helped the Academy raise the bar in the
pet grooming training industry by providing excellence in education. We are very excited to have a Certified Veterinary
Technician in the classroom with the grooming students. Sue will point out many Veterinary issues that need specific
attention. With Susan sharing her observations in the classroom the students are well informed and ready for the future.
Her favorite oath is: Animals are a commitment of lifelong learning.
Cynthia Magana: Originally from Virginia, raised
in Puerto Rico now resides with family in Tampa. Cynthia is our first and youngest ever to
graduate the CSWPGP diploma at the Academy. She has entered the grooming industry at a very
young age and just kept going. She is currently employed at the school as an assistant, she
has a passion for helping people and the dogs. She will make a fine instructor some day. She
is also learning the sport of dog show handling and show grooming. Cynthia is bilingual and
assists our Spanish speaking students through the program as well. We are very proud of Cynthia
and her accomplishments and are lucky to have her on our team.