Wahl Animal Expands Education Team
Wahl Animal expanded its education team and welcomed Brittany Valle, Jacque Opp, Melissa Hall and Melissa Wallin as brand ambassadors.
“Wahl Animal’s education team are the faces and voices of this company,” said Chelsea Compton, Wahl’s marketing communications coordinator. “We want to celebrate our brand and products with others who are passionate and share the same love on their own accord.”
Valle, from Louisville, Ky., is a national certified master groomer through the NDGAA. She has been professionally grooming for eight years, and spent the last three years training groomers at various See Spot Salon locations in both Louisville and Florida. Valle competes at various grooming shows and was recognized by Barkleigh Honors in 2018 for the Up & Coming Groomer nomination. A frequent competitor, she has won many awards, including the 2015 Fun in the Sun Best Groomed Dog C Division (her first competition ever), 2016 Peggy Harris Kindness Award Winner (awarded to groomer who has the best relationship with the dogs in the ring), 2017 Hershey Groom Expo Poodle Class Winner Intermediate Division, 2018 Atlanta Pet Fair Large Poodle Class Winner Intermediate Division, and 2018 Fun in the Sun Best All Around Groomer Intermediate Division. When not at a grooming show, she can be found at a dog show, the grooming shop practicing something new or working on home renovation projects with her husband.
Opp, from Bismarck, N.D., is a certified feline master groomer through the NCGI with over a decade of grooming experience. When her husband left for Afghanistan in 2012, Opp opened her own mobile grooming business, Pet Agree Mobile Grooming. As a business owner, she realized the high demand for cat grooming and added feline grooming to her resume. Her top priorities include safety and education, and she became the first certified feline master groomer in the North Dakota. In 2018, she decided to advance her skill set even further by earning her certification with the National Cat Groomers Institute, where she now educates and trains other groomers hoping to earn their formal certification. Opp is the proud wife and mother of three kids. When she is not grooming, she enjoys everything outdoors from camping, motorcycles and horseback riding.
Hall is a certified feline master groomer through the NCGI from Yuma, Ariz. She got her start in 1996, when she joined her mother and sister in the grooming business. More than 20 years later, she’s a successful business owner still inspired by her craft. In 2014, she became certified for the National Cat Groomers Institute where she helps educate and train other groomers working towards their formal certifications. At A Touch of Class Pet Grooming, her grooming business, she has a large feline clientele. Melissa enjoys competing in grooming competitions with her champion standard poodles and has achieved success showing her Persian, who earned a premiership in three days through the Cat Fanciers Association. Hall educates at Barkleigh seminars and speaks on cat grooming related topics throughout the country. As an educator, she provides private instruction in her salon to groomers from all over North America. In her free time, Hall enjoys volunteering at her local kennel club and fishing with her husband.
Wallin, from Oklahoma City, Okla., is a professional groomer. Her love of grooming started at 13 when she began spending summers with her aunt in her grooming salon. Just four years later, she began to clip and groom independent of her aunt’s mentorship. Twenty-three years later, she is the business owner of Central Bark Dog Grooming. Wallin likes to dabble in creative grooming and competes in dog grooming competitions. She won first place in Creative Grooming and People’s Choice the first time she competed at Pet Pro Classic in Dallas. When Melissa is not grooming, you can find her playing with her dogs Dexter, a miniature poodle, and Fawkes, a Chinese Crested.