Karen has been joyfully grooming and teaching professionally for over 40 years. She grew up in the business in Albuquerque New Mexico where her mother owned 5 Salons, a large boarding facility and the 1st licensed All Breed Dog Grooming School in New Mexico. Karen earned her Instructor Certification from the New Mexico State board of Education in 1979 and has owned and operated 4 Salons.
Between showing horses and dogs, her whole life has been about the care of animals with her passion being "Grooming". Although she has taken breaks along the way to further her education with college and new adventures, grooming and training remained in her heart until she decided in 2007 to pursue a full time career in Dog Grooming Instruction and moved to Dallas Texas where she obtained her All Breed Instructors Certification from the Texas State Board of Education and was hired as head instructor at Texas All Breed Grooming School.
Karen went on to open her 4th successful grooming salon in Mansfield Texas which she sold in 2015 in order to move back to Amarillo Texas where she could be close to family and elderly Parents. She now owns and operates #5, Canine Fashions Pet Salon on old route 66 which is located in a 70 year old historical building that used to be a popular 50's Drive In Restaurant called Smitty's.
Karen dreamed of attending the Nash Academy since the age of 18 and has finally realized her dream of becoming a Nash Graduate and a Nash Certified Instructor. She is thrilled to be part of this highly regarded and internationally recognized school which enables her to share the vast knowledge and experience accumulated over a lifetime to help our students excel in this industry and "Art" she loves so much..
Karen is happily married to her best friend, Max and lives with 13 Poodles! She has two grown sons and 10 Grand Children.