Meet the Canine Clippers Family

Linda Law, NCMG – Director of Administration/President

Certified Master Groomer in Virginia

  • Director of Administration Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming
  • National Certified Master Groomer
  • Grooming for 30+ years
  • Founder of Canine Clippers, Inc.
  • Founder of Virginia Groomers Association
  • 1993 ‘Enterprise Woman of the Year’
  • Coordinator, speaker, and judge at national pet events

Linda Law is a Certified Master Groomer with the National Dog Groomers Association of America and International Professional Groomers, Inc. Her family members have been professionals in the fields of pet care, training, and grooming for three generations.

Ms. Law founded Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming in 1982 and the Virginia Groomers Association in 1987. In 1993, Virginia Women in Business of Northern Virginia nominated Ms. Law ‘Enterprise Woman of the Year’.

She has shown in national dog grooming competitions and has been invited to judge and speak, not only at the American Kennel Association, but other national grooming competitions as well.

Along with owning and managing a school for pet grooming incorporated in three pet grooming salons located in Northern and Central Virginia, Ms. Law gives private grooming lessons, teaches and counsels not only students, but professional groomers interested in starting their own practices which include Mobile Pet Grooming businesses.

She also raises Toy Poodles and Arabian horses on her farm in Central Virginia.

Mari Dancause – NCMG – Instructor/Manager

Award Winning Pet groomer

  • Instructor, Manager Featherle Pet Care of Chantilly
  • National Certified Master Groomer
  • Graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming
  • Working with company since 1994
  • Winner of multiple awards in national grooming competitions
  • Specializes in all AKC Breed Standards
  • Skilled at ‘Custom order’ non-standard cuts and styling of all breeds

Mari Dancause, NCMG, Certified Master Groomer, is the manager of our Chantilly salon. She is a graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming, and has been with our company since 1994, when she started as a bather. Since then, she has gone on to become an award winning groomer. Mari has placed in many competitions. Some of her awards include: 1st place in ‘Creative Styling’ at the 1999 VGA Show, Leesburg; and, in 2004, a 1st in ’Mixed’, a 1st in ‘Feline Fantasy’ at Intergroom, N.J., and a 1st in ‘Creative Styling’ at Groom Expo, Hershey, PA. Currently she is the at our Chantilly location of Featherle Pet Care. Highest on Mari’s list of priorities are the health and safety of the pets at the salon and the happiness of the staff. She recognizes the inherent personality, intelligence and feelings in animals and feels a strong aversion to their treatment as possessions. Developing a good rapport with dogs that even a vet cannot handle is only one of her many special talents.

Mari is quite eclectic in her skills and grooms all breeds, including the unusual. Her artistry comes naturally: her grandfather was an oil painter and her own talents include drawing. But, her most original work now takes place in the grooming salon where she loves the challenge of ‘Custom Orders’: Non standard cuts and styling. Mari shares her home with two felines: Mac and Miskie.

Jenny Wilkerson, NCMG

National Certified Master Groome

  • National Certified Master Groomer
  • 25+ years experience
  • Expert in reading pet’s body language
  • Specializes in grooming Small Breeds of Dogs

Jenny Wilkerson, NCMC, is one of the skilled nationally certified master groomers we, at Featherle Pet Care Chantilly, are lucky enough to work with.  The grooming bug bit her later on when she got her first Cocker Spaniel.  She groomed him his whole life and proceeded to create a life skill from that experience.  Her gentle but firm hands are incredible in teaching even the shyest of dogs to appreciate the grooming experience.  Jenny is highly motivated with a unique ability to read a pet’s body language to determine how it should be handled. Knowing these things makes her more than a stylist. She’s a member of a team dedicated to a pet’s overall care and health. She finds each pet has its own individual and unique history to tell, and she is there to listen.  She does not have a single favorite breed, though her grooming expertise is with two high maintenance breeds, Bichon Frise and Cocker Spaniel, she enjoys working with all dogs.

Sharing her home are four furry friends: Calli and Emily, Parti Cockerspaniels, and Prince, a Chihuahua, and Rusty, a miniature poodle.

Julie Mines – Instructor/Manager

Dog grooming School Instructor

  • Instructor, Manager Wash-N-Wag of Culpeper
  • Graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming
  • Trains and cares for horses
  • All Breed Professional Dog Groomer

Julie Mines is the manager and a groomer at Wash -N- Wag of Culpeper. Julie started in 2009 with Canine Clippers part-time as a personal and administrative assistant to Linda Law, our founder. While there she helped care for, ride and train Linda’s beautiful Arabian horses, she has even been known to drive the tractor on Linda’s farm, in addition to the office responsibilities. Julie, being an intelligent woman of many talents, was able to fill several crucial roles and is an invaluable asset to the company. During her time with us she graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor degree in Biology and a minor in Arabic, then after graduation went on to attend Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming. Julie received her graduation certificate in October of 2013.

Julie’s interest and passion for animals began at a young age with her taking it upon herself to search out stray animals in the need of a home, possibly her home. She was very lucky and was able to nourish her budding interest by being allowed to have a large variety of small pets, as she grew up it was not unusual to see Julie with a gerbil, bunny or bird in her hands. At the age of 11 she fell in love for the first time with Magic, a beagle, and his half-brother Koa whom her family adopted. A few years later Honey, a Lab, joined the family. Over the years a few cats came to live with Julie: ‘Casper’, ‘Francis’ the lazy cat, and ‘Mr. Wheeze’ (who is now with her parents) just to name a few. One furry family member that is very close to Julie’s heart is ‘Sid’, a 7/8 Arabian and 1/8 Saddlebred horse. She started riding at the age of 7 and got ‘Sid’ when she turned 14.

Her interest in grooming began while visiting Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming and Salon in Dumfries Virginia on work related errands. Soon she was bathing and the foundation of learning to groom began. It was not a surprise when she decided to attend the school as a student and trained under Ronda Nottingham, NCMG, at our Wash and Wag of Culpeper location. With her extensive knowledge of the running of the salon and the skill in which she grooms she moved into the assistant manager, then the manager position, quickly.

Julie was born in San Diego, and has lived in Hawaii, as well as in various locations in Virginia. She currently resides in Spotsylvania with her husband and her fur buddies Pudge and Beatrice.

Stormie Doyle – Instructor/Assistant Manager

Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming Graduates

  • Instructor, Assistant Manager Featherle Pet Care of Sterling
  • Graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming
  • Born from family of breeders
  • Specializes in Terriers and Doodles
  • Trains horses

Stormie Doyle is currently grooming at both Featherle Pet Care of Sterling and Wash-N-Wag of Culpeper. Introduced to the grooming world early, at the age of 6 or 7, while accompanying her grandmother to pick up the furry family members, Stormie’s interest was piqued.  Seeing how happy they were to be clean and pretty just delighted her.  A little over a decade later she officially became a 2011 graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming and is certified in Terriers and Non-Sporting breeds.  Stormie has become an award winning groomer.  A couple of her awards are 2nd place in Terriers (level C) at Hershey and 3rd place in Terriers(level C) at Tyson’s Corners.  Unlike her name Stormie is a ray of sunshine and is a joy to be around.  Having been around a plethora of animals of various species her whole life she is very skilled at reading an animal’s mood.  Her family has been breeding Goldendoodles and Labradoodles since she was a little girl, giving her an early lesson in the ability to judge temperament. The greatest grooming challenge for Stormie is transforming pets from those that do not want to be groomed, that need extra patience and sometimes even an extra hand, into pets that enjoy the whole experience of being groomed. She also feels this is one of the most satisfying aspects of her profession.

Stormie shares her home with her fiancé, Evan and “Darbie” (a Papillon/Chihuahua mix).

Julia Rupard – All Breed Professional Dog Groomer

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  • Over 10 years of experience
  • Worked with Veterinarians
  • Specializes in Teddy Bear Hair Cuts

Julia Rupard is part of our Wash-N-Wag of Culpeper team.  Always knowing she wanted to work with animals, Julia began her career working at various veterinarian clinics as an assistant.  Over time she became Queen of the “shave down” prepping the animals for their surgeries. This led into her volunteering to help with the severely matted or the pets that needed to be shaved for other medical reasons.  Hence, a wonderful caring groomer was born.  Petri, a Pomeranian, her very first pet served as her muse and dedicated many hours as Julia honed her skills.  To this day Pomeranians hold a special place in Julia’s heart.

In her off time Julia enjoys various outdoor activities such as camping and going off-roading on trails in her jeep along with being involved with her church. Julia lives in Culpeper with her son Sean and Lab mix Zoey.

Brittany Walters – All Breed Professional Dog Groomer

Brittany Walters – All Breed Professional Dog Groomer

  • Graduate of Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming
  • Certified in Cat and Dog CPR
  • Specializes in Bichons and “Teddy Bear” hair cuts

Brittany Walters is one of our students we hired after graduation. She started in our Dumfries location working in the school helping the students obtain their goals and aiding the instructor. She will be moving to Wash-N-Wag of Culpeper the first of September.

Having a love for animals was inborn in Brittany. Growing up in a family never without a German Shepherd, she knows the true value of our furry family members. She began her journey to becoming a groomer when she acquired a job as a bather for a mobile groomer. Before that she was a young entrepreneur pet sitting and helping out at some small farms. Some of the breeds that hold a special place in Brittany’s heart are the Shih Tzu’s and Yorkies. She also enjoys the energy of the younger pups.

Since Brittany graduated from Canine Clippers School of Pet Grooming she has been certified in both cat and dog CPR. She has great aspirations on getting her certifications and becoming a nationally certified master groomer over the next few years. We are all routing for her and helping in any way we can.