Academy of Animal Arts & Sciences, LLC
Mrs. Teri Bialek, Director, Founder
45 Years of Pet and Show Grooming to Share with You
Teri L. Bialek, originally from Long Island,
N.Y., now resides in Seminole, Fl. with husband Rick and two
Standard Poodles. Her love for the dogs came from her parents,
who showed and bred Irish Setters in New York. The influence
from her parents and genuine passion for dogs brought her to
the dog show ring at ten years of age. Teri has groomed, bred
and showed dogs from all groups, winning in American and
International competition. Her first salon was opened in
Seminole Florida in 1979 and her second salon 5 years later
in Largo Florida, Teri operated two full-service salons,
featuring all breed pet and show grooming, and retail supplies.
In 1999 she incorporated the Academy of Animal Arts, where
she is currently the Director of the school. Some of Teri's
academic accomplishments include the AKC Institute in Plaino,
Tx., National Canines Associations Judges Education NCA in
Washington DC, and acting as a group leader for the Doberman
Pinscher Club of Americas National Specialty's Judges Education.
Teri's favorite was when she attended the Westminster Kennel
Club Judges Educational Breed Workshops offered in conjunction
with the Westminster show in NY. Teri continues to attend
several different National Specialties and dog shows each
ear to update her breed knowledge. She enjoys sharing her
knowledge judging AKC Sweepstakes or in the past CKC Dog
Shows. Over 45 years into her career, Teri is still an
instructor at the school. From an artist perspective Teri
says all these years she feels like she's just doing art
when grooming the dogs. Teri is a member of several breed
clubs, Florida Association of Post-Secondary schools and
the National Dog Groomers Association. She is also AKC SAFE
certified. Previously she was an evaluator for ACICS, the
oldest accrediting agency in the US. Teri's future aspiration
is to become an AKC Judge when she retires. Teri works with
her dogs, attends dog shows, shows Frankie and oil paints,
enjoys clay sculpture, and sews in her spare time. I
would do it all over again if I could! Teri likes to
remind her students that the pet industry is a way of life,
a very special way of life.
- Florida Commission for Independent education
- Florida Association of Post-Secondary Education
- Independent contractor / program evaluator at ACICS
- National Dog Groomers Association
- Doberman Pincher Club of America
- Basenji Club of America
- Approved to judge All Breed CKC
- Approved to judge All Breed NCA
- Originally from Rhodes, Greece and has been living in the
Palmetto, Florida area with her sweet kokoni (a dog found
in Greece) named Lilly.
Maria is highly motivated has great communication skills
and enthusiastically engages the students.
Maria is patient and kind and deeply committed to providing
high quality work. Maria has limitless abilities from creative
grooming to lending herself to the students. She is a high
scoring graduate of the Academy of Animal Arts and Sciences
and her demonstration of skills is outstanding. Maria enjoys
the students and the dogs and is an asset to the school.
Ms. Lark Williams
- Originally from the Republic of Panama now resides in
Ruskin with her two dogs, she is Air Force retired, 23 years.
While in the military with her love for pets she would
volunteer at the base's own animal shelter. Early on Lark
spent her time helping the staff with adoptions services,
cleaning, sorting donations, walking dogs and feeding cats
and dogs, to name a few jobs. Lark has owned her own Grooming
Business for four years professionally grooming for nearly
a decade. Lark is the Academy of Animal Arts & Sciences first
- BS in Psychology at the Fayetteville State University, NC
- AAS in Aviation Resource Management, CCAF
- Professional Pet Grooming Techniques & Services Diploma at
Tampa Bay Area Pet Grooming Academy, Tampa, Florida
- Professional Pet Groomer Diploma at Academy of Animal Arts
and Sciences, Largo, Florida
- Advanced Groomer Diploma at Academy of Animal Arts and
Sciences, Largo, Florida
- Master Groomer Diploma at Academy of Animal Arts and
Sciences, Largo, Florida
Mr. Rick Taylor
Rick Taylor -
Originally from Fairfield, Connecticut and has been living in the Tampa
Bay area since 1965. A graduate of H.B.Plant High School in Tampa, Rick earned an
associates degree from St. Petersburg College, and went on to graduate from the
University of South Florida with a degree in marketing. Residing in Seminole, Fl. with
Teri and their standard poodle Lila, Rick is actively engaged in the day to day business
operations and admission activities at the Academy. Rick has been an animal lover all
his life and is also enjoying the daily interaction with the Academy's students, clients,
Mr. Dennis Bialek
Placement Director, student record keeping
Originally from Long Island NY now residing in Seminole. Dennis, Teri's
brother and dog lover, worked with underprivileged and special needs children
early on. He achieved his associates degree from the F.I.T. in NY. Since the
70's Dennis has owned and operated his own business. Dennis maintains the
student records and assists the students with job placement. He enjoys working
with the students and always has a smile.
In addition to Ms. Bialek's expert Instruction, our staff of
the experience needed to help you meet your goals.
Nichole L. Zellner, DVM
Nichole L. Zellner, DVM
attended Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and graduated from the Virginia-Maryland
Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She focused her studies on Companion
Animal Medicine, specifically Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery. When Dr.
Z found the Avian and Animal Hospital, she knew that there was nowhere else she
would rather work. She enjoys establishing close relationships with her clients
and their pets.
Outside of work, Dr. Zellner enjoys
reading and spending time with her family, which includes 5 birds, 2 dogs, 2
cats, and one husband. She has an amazing way with the students, her presentation
was so interesting and all students were engaged and learning so much. She is very
passionate about sharing her knowledge. The students love Dr Zellner.
Ms. Teri L. Bialek
Teri Bialek, Director, Founder, Chief Instructor; Teri has been teaching pet
and show grooming for over twenty years full time, her experience in grooming
and dogs spans four decades. She enjoys the creative opportunity to dazzle the
students with some really fancy finish grooming. She enjoys working with the
students and is happy to share her many years of grooming, showing, breeding
dogs, judging and salon ownership.
Prep Instructor, Lecturer
Susan Hamilton: originally from Long Island, N.Y., now resides in The
Historic Kenwood area of St. Pete, Fl. Sue has had an interest in, owned, trained and cared for animals all of her
life, Sue started her college educational process at St. Petersburg Veterinary Technology College and has not stopped
since! She received her A.S. in Veterinary Technology and continued to complete her B.A.S. in clinical/management.
She will continue the educational process by achieving her Master's degree in the animal science field. Sue enjoys
helping others achieve their dreams by sharing her knowledge to help them learn about animals and the specific care
they deserve. Sue enjoys continuing education in all the different facets of the animal world so she can share
advancements in the field. Sue has a small collection of cats, dogs, and horses in her family, and has a Scarlet Macaw
named Riley. Sue's hobbies include painting, woodworking, and singing. Sue has helped the Academy raise the bar in the
pet grooming training industry by providing excellence in education. We are very excited to have a Certified Veterinary
Technician in the classroom with the grooming students. Sue will point out many Veterinary issues that need specific
attention. With Susan sharing her observations in the classroom the students are well informed and ready for the future.
Her favorite oath is: Animals are a commitment of lifelong learning.