Academy of Animal Arts & Sciences, LLC
Ms. Teri L. Taylor Director, Founder
Teri Taylor; originally from Long Island, N.Y., now resides in Seminole, Fl. with husband 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 has groomed,
bred and showed dogs from many groups, 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 of the school. 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 AKC Sweepstakes or in the past CKC Dog Shows. Over 40 years into her career, Teri is still working part time in
the afternoons at the school. Teri is a member of several breed clubs, Florida Association of Post Secondary schools and the National Dog Groomers
Association., she is also AKC SAFE certified. 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.
- 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
Radiah Dent-Palmer, PHD:
Dr. Radiah L. Dent-Palmer was born and raised in St. Petersburg,
Florida. She was educated in Pinellas County Schools and did her
undergraduate work at Emory Uni-versity where she graduated with
a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology. Her graduate work has allowed
her to achieve a Masters in Education in Counseling from Augusta
State University, Ph. D. in Psychology from Southern Bible Institute/Seminary,
and a Ed. S in Educational Leadership from Augusta State University as well.
She has served in multiple levels in the education field which has prepared
her for this current venture she has embarked upon. It is the combination of
her educational attainment and experience in the classroom as well as
administrative offices that drives her commitment to help others with
their educational goals. Currently she resides in Clearwater, Florida
and is the mother of one son, Andrew.
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
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.
Mackenzie Brickman: Originally from Euclid, Ohio, currently residing in Spring Hill, FL. Mackenzie
is one of the schools all-time highest scoring graduates and has earned the Advanced Groomer Diploma. Her love of animals
is an inherent trait that has been apparent from a young age. McKenzie is caring and enthusiastic, also patient and kind
with the students and our pet clients. She is always well prepared, and her positive attitude reflects in her students.
She seizes the opportunity to provide empathy to the students if needed, as she was once a student herself and knows what
they are feeling and the challenges they encounter. Other interests of Mackenzie include archery, musical theatre, art, and
reading. Mackenzie has been certified AKC SAFE (Safety, Assurance, Fundamentals, Education) by the American Kennel Club and
a member of the National Dog Groomers Association of America. We are proud of Mackenzie's accomplishments and her positive
interaction with the students as a team player.