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AUGUST 1ST, 2013
Health & Wellness for Pet Groomers and Stylists
with Dr. Matthew Phinney   

Occupational athletes. That's what pet care professionals are. In order for athletes to be successful, they need to train and pay attention to their overall health. There are five main areas of our lives that we have full control over. How we manage those five areas can greatly influence the longevity of our careers and how we feel.


The pet grooming industry is booming. It's no secret. There are more jobs than there are groomers. But it's also an industry where approximately 50% of all pet professionals experience pain at some point in their career. Are you one of them? Have you let your pain go to the point where you are forced to deal with crisis care? Has your pain forced you to step away from the grooming table? Or worse yet, permanently lay down your shears?


If you could remove that pain through self-care and preventative health care -- would you? Without drugs. Without surgery. In many cases, you can.


Stop the chronic band-aid approach to healthcare in this country. Being proactive with your overall health is very doable by EVERYONE. Much of it you can do yourself through diet and exercise. Other areas will require you to enlist in the assistance of healthcare providers to maintain optimum health without going into crisis-care. Do a little research. Discover the root cause of your problem.  Focus on correcting the core problem - not by taking a drug to mask the problem unless you have no other alternative


This presentation is a must see for all pet groomers! This presentation was filmed before a live audience at the Paragon School of Pet Grooming in Jenison, Michigan. Our Founder, Melissa Verplank, and popular L2GD Training Partner Judy Hudson are sitting in the audience. Both make important comments as Dr. Matt presents this amazing presentation.


We feel this is an important video that should not be missed.  Your health and your career depend on you to learn, listen, and apply knowledge from this type of wellness program.


Approximate running time: 64 minutes

Session A: How & Why You Can Influence Wellness in Your Life

Session B: The Health Care D.R.E.A.M. Team

Session C: Stress Test & Warm-Up Stretches to Do Every Day

In this video you will learn:
  • What percentage of the workforce is affected by chronic illness
  • What should you do when your personal check engine light comes on
  • How many times the human body regenerates itself
  • What the acronym D.R.E.A.M. stands for
  • Stretches you can do to keep your body limber while at the grooming table
New Mini Lesson with Lindsay Dicken
Hand Scissoring the Neck & Head on a Lhasa Mix for a Soft Look

Award winning pet stylist Lindsay Dicken demonstrates how to work with thinning shears on this drop coated little dog. The owners like a fuller trim on this Lhasa mix. In this Mini Lesson, Lindsay shows you how to shape the head and neck for a very soft look that balances with the rest of the trim. This method can be used on any longer styled drop coated breed.


Approximate running time: 7 minutes

Mini Lessons are only available to Members of  

Melissa's New Blog
Pet bathing and drying seems to be a huge time challenge for many professionals. Many of you are all overflowing with pets to bathe during the summer season. I thought this would be a great time to review my time tested "game." I loved to play this game whether it was with 8 or 80 dogs a day! I've done it both ways and every number in-between over the years.


If you are one of those high volume shops doing 40 - 70 or more pets per day...  that's a lot of toe nail trimming in one day, no matter how you look at it!!  How can you get more done in less time while not letting the quality of the work suffer? Here's my method - it's a fast paced game with lots of variables to mix it up every day. 


After all, whoever thought pet grooming was going to be a boring job?



Shih Tzu in a Lowchen Trim
with Marc LaFleur
Marc LaFleur guides you though this fun styling option inspired by the trim style typically found on a Lowchen, with some minor modifications. As a bonus you'll get some handling
tips as this little dog has a few other ideas about how his face should be trimmed!  

Approximate running times: 36 minutes

Welcome Our Newest
Training Partner
Dr. Matthew Phinney

Dr. Matthew Phinney was raised in Markham, ON and graduated from Bishop's University in Quebec Canada in 2004 and then from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport Iowa in 2010. He is currently a member of the International Chiropractors Association and the Michigan Chiropractic Association
Dr. Phinney developed an interest in chiropractic while he was training and playing rugby with the Canadian National team. In 2006 while on a rugby tour to New Zealand, he injured two discs in his neck during a match. The limited ability of conventional medicine to understand and treat his injury left a strong impression on him. It wasn't until he returned to his home in Victoria, BC that a chiropractor was able to help him, it was then Dr. Phinney decided to pursue chiropractic as a profession, and then began working at The Chiropractic Doctors in Wyoming, MI.


Dr. Phinney continues to read, take seminars and pursue clinical excellence by keeping up with any information that might be helpful to his patients.  Dr. Phinney is committed to helping families in the community experience improved health and vitality. His love of chiropractic and genuine concern for others drive his pursuit of excellence in his work as well as his service to the community.

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