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 Professional Pet grooming program 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.
Caitlin Laudermilk: Originally from Gainesville Fl.
and graduated Santa Fe high school where she had a great opportunity to study veterinary technology
and agriculture. Caitlin also had training at the college of Central Florida for Equine business
management. Having been an animal lover and owner of dogs she decided she would pursue a career working
with dogs. Caitlin graduated at the top of her class from the Complete sixteen week pet grooming
program and then on to the Advanced grooming program again very high scoring. Caitlin teaches all the
prep classes. When she is not at the school, she is at her other job grooming away and loving it as well.
We are proud to have Caitlin working with us. She assists the students through their journey in school.
We are fortunate to have Caitlin.
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.
Marylou Elliot, VT
Marylou Elliot: Resides in Clearwater Fl. and is owned by her lively
Scottie and a finicky cat. She graduated from SPJC Veterinary
Technology in 1981. She worked at several Veterinary clinics as
an adjunct profess for Vet Tech program at the SPC. In 1987,
she joined Petco in Washington State and became the regional
manager. In 1993 Marylou became the nutrition trainer for sales
personnel for the Nutro company, eventually becoming the
Midwest regional manager. Marylou has been involved in animal
rescue and adoption groups throughout her entire career. She
enjoys sharing her years of knowledge with the students.
The programs Maylou presents are, but not limited to:
Canine Form and Function, From Conception to the Ring, Vet
Tech for Groomers One and Two, Canine Anatomy One and Two,
First Aid and CPR, and all the AKC Breed Study Groups.