A.C.A.N. Certified Practitioners
Certified Veterinary and/or Animal Naturopaths
Dr. Jeanette (Jeannie) Thomason
Jeannie Thomason, CVND, holds a doctorate degree in veterinary naturopathy from Kingdom College of Natural Health. She has spent many years working with animals, a licensed veterinary technician in conventional veterinary medicine, she worked in both small animal hospitals, equine and mixed animal practices.
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While working in veterinary medicine, she saw first hand the damage done to animals by feeding processed feeds and the administration of vaccines, antibiotics, steroids and the use of pesticides. Being into natural health herself, and a natural rearing, show dog breeder, she had already stopped vaccinating and had been feeding exclusively, a raw species appropriate diet to her dogs for a couple of generations. In 2003 she opened her website, “The Whole Dog” and began online consulting work where she has helped pet owners to assist their animals in healing and staying healthy naturally.Dr Jeannie continually studies and attends continuing education workshops and seminars with a focus on natural/holistic animal health. She is certified in aromatherapy and small animal nutrition. Dr. Thomason is the founder of the Natural Rearing Breeders Association and co-founder of the American Council of Animal Naturopathy.
Dr. Diane Sudduth
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Diane Sudduth, DVM, has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chemistry, a Masters of Science degree in Biology. She graduated from Louisiana School of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Sudduth is also certified in veterinary naturopathy.
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She worked for FDA and USDA as a medical reviewer of new drugs for animals along with new vaccines and diagnostic test kits. Dr. Diane continued her education at George Washington School of Medicine where she obtained a Masters degree in Public Health. While working in the health industry, she realized quickly that conventional medicine’s methods lack holism. This results in inadequate information regarding diet, nutrition and exercise, and ignorance of social dimensions. Because of Dr. Diane’s strong family beliefs in alternative health, she began studying traditional Chinese medicine, herbology, detoxification, and nutritional balancing. Her holistic, nutrition-based approach to health counseling of pet parents focuses on the whole picture of the healing process. This is done utilizing the natural healing properties from food, along with nutritional balancing using whole food supplements. Most recently this year, she acquired advanced training in Nutritional Balancing Science from Dr. Larry Wilson, MD and received her certification as a Certified Veterinary Naturopath (CVND) and is accredited by the American Council of Animal Naturopathy (ACAN). Together with her business partner, William Piechocki, Dr. Diane co-hosts the bi-weekly educational internet radio show called PetHealthCafe.com. They have also co-authored numerous articles published locally in the Our Town News magazines and newspapers, Atlantic Avenue magazine, the former Boca Raton News along with many online subscriptions. Dr. Diane values her ability to help her clients understand how to re-balance their pet’s bodies by providing them mentorship, education and supplementation needed in order to reach optimum state of health for their pets.
Dr. Tracie Laliberte
Tracie Laliberte, CVND, Ph.D. ABD , holds a doctorate in veterinary naturopathy from Kingdom College of Natural Health. She has extensive knowledge and thirty five years of love and experience in the professional field of dogs. Aside from holding a doctorate in Animal Naturopathy, she is a natural rearing dog breeder, trainer, exhibitor of show dogs, winner of Best Junior Handler at Westminster Kennel Club and Crufts Dog Show.
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Tracie is currently working on a second Doctorate of Philosophy about “dogs” at Salve Regina University. “I’m examining the human side of our relationship with the domesticated dog,” she explains, “most people don’t make the connection that Rover is actually a human-constructed technology which also offers an array of physical, psychological, and spiritual benefits.”
Tracie has instructed classes in Canine Communication, Holistic Approaches to the bond, and basic dog care with the Newport Learning Connection, Providence Learning Connection, and The Boston Learning Society. In addition, she is an active AKC judge, a speaker for civic and community groups, a former recipient of the Dog Writer’s Educational Trust, has written for the AKC Gazette and is currently a dog columnist for the Sun Chronicle newspaper. She was formerly the Vice-President of the Alliance of Purebred Dog Writers (APDW), and currently a member of Framingham District Kennel Club as well as a certified Aromatherapist and Reiki Practitioner. Tracie is still active in her family’s full-service kennel and in addition to her professional writing, she works as an adjunct Professor at Rhode Island College and Fisher College.
Dr. Kim Bloomer
Kim Bloomer, CVND, ND, holds a doctorate degree in veterinary naturopathy from Kingdom College of Natural Health. She began her work with animals at the age of 16 as a grooming assistant. Her first formal studies in animal health began while she was working at a government facility where she studied animal husbandry and first aid. Working full time as a veterinary assistant in several small animal veterinary hospitals over many years she continued her own private studies in small animal health and nutrition. She is certified in small animal nutrition and uses aromatherapy extensively.
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Dr. Kim continues to study and attend continuing education workshops and seminars with a focus on natural/holistic animal health.
Dr. Patricia Jordan
Patricia Jordan, DVM, CVND, graduated from the North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Kingdom College of Natural Health 2008 with her doctorate in veterinary naturopathy.
Dr. Jordan is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine & Herbology, Tui Na, Veterinary Food Therapy, Doctorate in Veterinary Naturopathy.
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Dr. Jordan has been on the front line of examining the effects of the veterinary vaccine protocols in the United States; she has been licensed in over a dozen states and has visited practices in over 13 states to observe firsthand the effects of the current vaccine protocols.
Not finding adequate answers to the diseases that she found of daily occurrence within the western paradigm of medicine, Dr. Jordan has followed through programs in postgraduate training of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, spinal manipulation, advanced course in veterinary homeopathy and veterinary naturopathy.
Dr. Sarah Reagan
Sarah Reagan, CVND holds a doctorate degree in veterinary naturopathy from Kingdom College of Natural Health and is the first to be certified in equine naturopathy and nutrition from the American Council of Animal Naturopathy (ACAN). She also holds the Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy/USA and is a registered homeopath. She is currently writing and teaching equine naturopathy through ACAN, in addition to having a private consulting practice in applied equine ecology and clinical homeopathy/naturopathy.
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Her first book, Equine Nutrition: From a Species Appropriate Perspective is due to be published by the end of 2012. She is also working on developing a model of Applied Equine Nutritional Ecology. This model will be a tool that can be used to examine and evaluate all components of an equine feeding program within any industry sector. Having been a certified small commercial organic farmer, she understands sustainable growing methods and believes that in order to sustain and nourish the animal directly we have to create a sustainable cycle from cradle to grave of all the food components including the growing methods.
Dr. Reagan is a dedicated student of Goethean science, and thus in all aspects of her working with and teaching about equine ecology she applies a philosophy of a wholeness and conscious participation in nature. She is an ardent advocate for a biocentric approach to domestic equine welfare. Dr. Reagan states: “The horse/human association has changed greatly in recent years – and continues to change. While there is much in the way of so-called “natural” horse keeping and training methodologies, many are still not based upon what is truly in the best interest of the horse. There is a profound misunderstanding of what constitutes a species appropriate care and management system for the domestic equine, and we have instilled an anthropocentric ideology in too many instances within equine welfare and training. The flip side of that methodological coin is the continued treatment of horses as though they were machines to be used as desired and lubed as needed. All species are biocentric; we do not need a “melding” of these two methodologies. We need a new approach, one that can be woven into the fabric of human nature while consciously participating in the horse’s true nature.”
She currently resides on a small farm outside of Knoxville, TN with her family of horses, cats, husband, and mother.
Animal Practitioners & Educators Certified as Animal Health Coaches & Animal Naturopathic Consultants
Pedro Negron Ortiz
Pedro Negrón Ortiz holds an Advanced Diploma in Veterinary Homeopathy from the British Institute of Homeopathy/USA. In 2008 he received the Samuel Hahnemann Award from the British Institute of Homeopathy/USA. In addition, he holds a certificate in Dog and Cat Iridology from the Through the Eye International Animal Iridology Center and recently was certified in Small Animal Naturopathy at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy. Pedro also holds a BS in Natural Science from Inter American University of Puerto Rico and a MBA from University of Phoenix.
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Since childhood Pedro felt the need to help and rescue abandoned dogs. He has rescued, rehabilitated and placed in homes more than 40 dogs in the last 15 years. He has adopted 15. He lost two of the dogs at an early age, having spent thousands of dollars on conventional treatments without getting the expected results. Motivated his belief in natural medicine, he began to investigate alternative treatments for dogs. After several years of research he began to feed dogs naturally and use natural remedies to assist health conditions in them. Pedro was able to validate the effectiveness of these treatments on pets which prompted his decision for formal studies in animal naturopathy.
Currently Pedro is the owner of Mascotas al Natural, a small company dedicated to promoting the wellness and comprehensive health of small animals using alternatives and/or complementary therapies. He also promotes the use of 100% natural products. Some of the therapies and techniques he recommends are a raw diet, homeopathy, herbs, iridology, essential oils, infrared light therapy and reflexology. In addition Mascotas al Natural makes handmade natural products such as glycerites herbal extracts for dogs and cats, essential oil blends and natural shampoos for dogs.
Alethea graduated from Clayton College of Natural Health and Purdue University
Alethea Kenney has her Doctorate in Naturopathy and her B.S. in Wildlife Science from Purdue University. She works as a traditional naturopath, herbalist, aromatherapist and fiber artist. She also has a certification in Western herbalism from Midwest School of Herbal Studies, an international certification in aromatherapy from Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy and has completed the Master’s program from same. She is an Equine Iridology technician from Through the Eye International and is enrolled in massage programs for canines and equines. She continues studying healing methods in a variety of traditions.
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She has spent many years working with animals as companions, as veterinary assistant, as dog groomer, riding and showing horses in 4H and raising animals on the farm. She now runs Reedbird Farm, a chemical and vaccination-free Icelandic sheep and fiber farm in northern Minnesota, and Boreal Balance, LLC, a natural health consulting business for humans and their animal companions. She has served 3 years on the Board of Directors of the Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America and 2 of those years as president of the board.
Anthea lives in New York City with her two robustious cats, Suukye the Burmese and Poppy the Siamese. When not taking care of animals, or studying another natural health modality, she is the author of fiction and non-fiction books.
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Anthea specializes in Canine and Feline naturopathic health care. She has studied Chinese Medicine (Cupping & Moxibustion), Homeopathy, holds a certificate in Cat & Dog Iridology from the Through the Eye International Animal Iridology Center and was certified in small animal naturopathy at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy in the Fall of 2012.
Certified Carnivore Nutrition Consultants
Jennifer lives in rural Alberta with her husband and stepdaughter, several mastiffs, two mixed breed dogs and one cat. She has been using natural rearing methods including feeding a species appropriate carnivore diet with her pets since 2007. Jennifer is thrilled in anticipation of the launch of her consulting business, The Natural Carnivore.
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The Natural Carnivore is dedicated to helping pet owners learn how to create a naturally healthy lifestyle for their pets. Watch for the official launch at TheNaturalCarnivore.com. Until this site launches you can get in touch with her and see her naturally reared Mastiffs at TailCreekMastiffs.com.
Jennifer has also had her article, Dogs & Cats Are Carnivores NOT Kibblevores, published in the September 2012 Issue of Raw Instincts Magazine.
Our newest graduate of the Carnivore Nutrition Course is Carole Milligan. Carole has been blessed throughout her life to have owned many pets, from tortoises to snakes to guinea pigs as well as cats and dogs. All animals are interesting to her, and she has always tried to provide a good home for her pets.
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The motivation to learn about providing healthier care for her pets had been building for many years, as she lost beloved pets to various illnesses. When Carole first found out about natural rearing, and feeding a prey model diet to pets, she recognized the truth behind natural rearing practices and enrolled in the Carnivore Nutrition Certification Course at the American Council of Animal Naturopathy.
Now a graduate, Carole has her own consulting practice “Pawsitive Carnivore Pet Health”. Carole believes it is time to “Acknowledge, Accept, and Become Proactive to Improve the Life of Your Pets”.