Kendra Otto graduated from The Great Lakes Academy of Professional Pet Styling in 1997. From 2007 to 2010 she was ranked in The Top 10 GroomTeam USA stylists. Addionally, she was ranked at the #1 stylist in the state of Illinois during that same time period. To date, Kendra has won multiple Best in Show/Best All Around Groomer awards. As an avid competitor, she has also won multiple creative styling awards and an Artistic Innovation award. She was invited to participate in the jackpot contest at Superzoo in Las Vegas in 2009. There she placed 6th out of 50 competitors with a Scottish Terrier. Kendra has won the Liz Paul Scissoring Award and the Will Stone Memorial Award for kindness to animals. She was honored to be the first recipient of the Groomy Spirit Award, and a nominee for 2009 Cardinal Crystal American Groomer of the Year. She placed in two Rescue Rodeos in Las Vegas and Atlanta in 2009 and 2010.
Kendra assists Woburn Scottish Terriers exhibit their dogs at American Kennel Club conformation shows. She also grooms other breeds to be shown in AKC shows. She delights in learning about and grooming rare breeds. She was the first competitor to bring the Hungarian Pumi into the grooming contest arena.
Kendra specializes in grooming challenging and fearful dogs. She enjoys the challenge of gaining their trust and seeing the transformation. This part of her career she finds more rewarding than any award she’s ever received.
Kendra is a published author in industry related magazines. She has also been feature in a number of pet grooming training videos via Andis home grooming tools YouTube videos and Learn2GroomDogs.com. She is a certified judge with International Judges Association and a United Show Managers. She is close to finishing her Certified Master Groomer title with the International Professional Groomers Association and is looking forward to become a Certifier with them. She is entertaining the idea of multiple grooming related master titles by working on becoming certified through The Professional Cat Groomers Association and National Dog Groomer Association of America.
She is an international representative for the Andis Company and was a representative in 2009 for Chris Christensen Company. She teaches seminars worldwide. Kendra is an active professional pet stylist employed at The Barker Shop in Countryside, IL, a suburb of Chicago.