Working to improve the overall health & well being of our beloved pets one stylists at a time!

Our Mission

Successful grooming is a partnership between us, our customers and our students. We strive to offer the highest standards of the grooming industry through compassion, education, equipment, health and the overall well-being of all students to allow them to develop and strengthen bonds between pets and their owners, the knowledge of the industry, its business and the ability to demonstrate expertise with every pet.


Dara Forleo is the founder of The Whole Pet Grooming Academy for animal arts and sciences and is a leading influencer for the advancement and professionalism in the pet grooming industry.


She co-hosts The Groomers Cut live streaming show with her team of Pet Pro Educators.  Dara has been recognized as Educator of the Year, Emerging Business Leader and a Pet Age ICON Awards honoree for her experience and long term contributions to the pet industry.


Dara has honed her education and experience over the last 2 decades culminating in her mentor program for business owners all over the country.   She can help any entrepreneur with their grooming business startup and helps established companies grow, giving life to their dreams. Her insights have been featured in multiple publications like Grooming Business and Groomer To Groomer. She is a sought after speaker for conferences nationwide including organizations like the International Society Canine Cosmetologists and Barkleigh Productions. Dara is quickly becoming a well respected entrepreneur and industry leader.   


Meet the Mentors

Lorane Belanger


Lead Instructor

Professional Advanced Master Stylist

Cindy Buttrick

Mentor & Stylist 

Latifa Meena

Professional Animal Communicator

Christine Neumyer Smith  (Chrissy)

International Certified Master Groomer

NDGAA Certified Sporting

Master Pet Aesthetician

IPG Certified Salon Professional

Advanced Certification Ozone  & Spa Therapeutics 

Michelle Knowles

Mentor & Stylist   

Master Animal Behavior Specialist

Certified Professional Groomer

Malissa Conti-Diener



Master Holistic Feline Stylist

Master Pet Massage Therapist Master Pet Aromatherapist 

International Certified Master Groomer 

Master of Canine Science

April Begosh

CPR & First Aid Mentor

Anjie Coates

Salon Sanitation

Personal Safety Mentor

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The Whole Pet Grooming Academy is licensed and approved by the State of New Hampshire, Department Of Education as a post-secondary vocational school under the provisions of RSA 188-G:1-10 with a primary purpose of educating individuals as a professional pet stylist and animal communicator.

Campus Address:

1 Robert Avenue  Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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