Our Staff

Office Staff

Carolyn Miller RIDG Owner, Director & President


In business since 1984, Ms. Miller began her career in Professional Pet Grooming in 1969 as the owner of LePompadour Poodle Parlor in Hamburg, New York. In 1981, upon moving to Rochester, New York, she began instructing at the Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming and purchased the school in 1984. Carolyn is a Certified Master Groomer accredited by the National Dog Groomers Association of America.

Katherine Gaebel


Assistant to the Director and Office Manager. Katie also administers the Wonderlic Ability to Benefit Tests. Katie is a graduate of Buffalo State College with a Bachelors Degree in Geography as well as a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming.

Ridg Instructors

Janet K. Thompson


Began her home based business Animal Lovers Grooming in 1987. Janet has been a licensed teacher at RIDG since 1992.

Julie Hoffmann


A graduate of the New York School of Dog Grooming in 1968. Julie has operated her own business, Happy Dog Grooming since early 1970. Julie attained a Certified Master Groomer status in May of 1995.

Sue Dziedziech


Owner and operator of Creature Comforts Pet Sitting since 1984. In 1990, Sue completed a Feline & Canine Behavioral Course at Cornell University. She included Professional Pet Grooming to her credentials after graduating from The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming, Inc. Sue operates a grooming salon in her home and opened a second shop in Ontario, New York.

Amanda Patterson-Inzinna


Amanda began showing dogs in the early 70's at a young age. In the late 70's she started her career with Shetland Sheepdogs (Shelties). Mandy attended SUNY Canton Agricultural Tech. College from 1981 to 1983 obtaining her Associates Degree as an Animal Health Technician. Mandy has worked for various Animal Hospitals both in the Thousand Islands and Rochester, New York. In 1987 Mandy attended The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming to add pet grooming to her show grooming career. In January 1989 she purchased Patterson's Paw Prints, and also aquired her Master Groomer Certification. Mandy closed her shop in August 2006 in order to spend more time teaching. Mandy works part-time at Starbarks Grooming. Mandy has been an instructor at the school since 1990. In 2010, she returned to Alexandrai Bay, New York area to open Canine Castle All Breed Pet Grooming. Mandy still remains with us at RIDG on a consulting basis.

Victoria Bochorski


Began showing Irish Setters at the age of 10, and showed at Westminster in 1972 at the age of 12. In 2001, Victoria began showing Briards, and still shows and breeds to this day. Victoria graduated from The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming in January, 2005 and worked for Amanda Patterson at Paw Prints in Hilton from January, 2005 until February, 2006 before opening her own salon, Starbarks Grooming. Victoria began teaching in May, 2007.

Susan Bradshaw


A graduate of The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming in August of 2004. Sue owns and operates Little Charmers Pet Grooming located in Irondequoit, New York.

Deborah Degrazia


A graduate of The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming in May 2004. Debi owns and operates H&T Mobile Dog Grooming. Debi began teaching in 2008.

Paula Heininger


A graduate of The Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming in October 2006. Paula owns and operates Pawla's Pet Salon located in Rush, New York and began teaching in 2008.

Rachel Bartz


Rachel Bartz graduated from the Rochester Institute of Dog Grooming in October 1995, and has been grooming ever since. She began working full time at Happy Dog Grooming in January 2013. Rachel began Master Groomer testing in August 2013 and has completed her Non-Sporting and Sporting Certification. Rachel began teaching in September 2013.