KT's Dog and Cat Grooming Academy Team

The quality and skill of our Instructors sets us apart from all other pet care and grooming schools. All of our teachers demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills as well as engaging personalities. This translates to interesting and well-taught classes, and better-prepared students.


Kylie Tatti


Kylie Tatti CEO,will own & manage the newly renovated Grooming Academy in conjunction with PAWZ INK. Kylie’s is a 3rd generation Dog Groomer with her Mother, Auntie still grooming to this day, this is what we have done every day of our lives, so at our academy our experience is backed up through generations, experience of 29 years grooming and above all teaching you about the mistakes before they happen. Extensive experience in the Pet care industry, nonprofit organizations and advocating for Purebred dogs has positioned her well to lead the staff at KT's Dog & Cat Grooming Academy. She is passionate about KT's Dog & Cat Grooming Academy mission of providing the best services to animals in our care, customer service and the community.



Debbie Gillot


Debbie is our go to girl for all enquiries and bookings. Please do not hesitate to give her a call for a chat about our courses or any questions you may have.

Contact Debbie:

Phone: 9769 4699


Melanie Newman

Trainer / Assessor

Melanie Newman is an International Certified Master Groomer and Victoria’s Grooming Assessor for IGC and Cert 3 & 4.  Melanie is a very well respected member of the grooming Industry even in the U.S. Melanie has learnt from the best all over the world and thrives to share her talent through KT’s Dog & Cat Grooming Academy and seminars and Industry events.

Melanie consecutively has numerous Best In Show wins and achievements. Melanie’s amazing grooming skills landed her with a Bichon in Milan 2015 World Championships coming out with The Silver Medal.  Melanie specializes in Bichons, Poodles, and Terriers and grooms all other breeds whilst in the show ring with her Bichons and Miniature Poodles.

Melanie’s salon Spa Bark was opened in 2004, where she built an outstanding client base. 

She now has moved on creating her passion with husband Cory into formulating a Premium Canine salon Essentials Collection of shampoos for Groomers and home pet owners, whilst still being an Industry Leader.  We are so happy to have Melanie a Big part of our Academy whilst working with Kylie in the Training Sector for the last 5 years and continues to do so.


Shayla Knipe

Canine Stylist

Shayla Knipe is a malti award winning canine stylist, specialising in a wide range of Terriers and Gundogs. With only 10years experience in the industry Shayla has worked extremely hard, starting as a veterinary nurse at the age of 16years old.  Then venturing into  the world of basic grooming, where she opened the first Salon, Spa & Boutique in Far North Queensland in 2009. After 5 years of sucsess managing upto 6 groomers, Shayla made the decision to move to Victoria. Where she move forward in the industry, learning from many Australian and world leading beeders and judges. Within two years shayla established a well respected name nationally and internationally, she has managed Australias top Grooming Salons, became Australia's exclusive PurePaws Stylist & Product advisor and competed in many Grooming competitions taking out many awards and tittles including;

- Reserve Australian Champion 2015
- Best In Show Melbourne Royal 2015
- Victorian State Champion 2015
- Best Poodle Melbourne Royal 2015
- Reserve Best In Show Sydney Royal 2016
- Second in group NZ Grand Tasmin Cup


Michelle Thomas


Michelle is a passionate teacher who gets huge satisfaction from passing on her skills and knowledge to our students. Michelle has been teaching Cert III Pet grooming Students and our home dog grooming course. A qualified cert IV Trainer Michelle also teaches animal management and captive animal management students with her extensive knowledge of animals & wildlife.

Alayne Hansen


Now we have generations backed up once again with the talent of Alayne sculpting masterpieces, not only does she specialise in poodles, but , Kerry Blues, American Cockers. And clips all other breeds.
40 years in the industry of grooming and been showing dogs since nshe can remember.
Alayne works on sculpting for confirmation.
She is now ready to teach her skills to advance your grooming and take you to another level.

  • 2 Best in Shows Melbourne Royal
  • 2 Best in showHobart Royal
  • Best in show Perth Royal and multiple Best in show award