ACAN Board of Directors
Dr. Kim Bloomer
Dr. Bloomer is an animal naturopath certified in small animal nutrition, with years of experience in animal health. Having worked in veterinary medicine as a veterinary assistant for years, she later went on to earn her doctorate in veterinary naturopathy.
Dr. Bloomer is also a proficient blogger, writer, speaker, podcaster and presenter on natural pet care. She is the author/co-author of three books: Whole Health for Happy Dogs, Animals Taught Me That, and Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach.
Dr. Kim’s background includes education, training, knowledge, experience, and personal research in carnivore nutrition, toxic chemical-free living with an emphasis on aromatherapy.
She hosts the long-time weekly podcast, Animal Talk Naturally together with her colleague, Dr. Jeannie Thomason.
Dr. Jeannie (Jeanette) Thomason
Dr. Thomason is an animal naturopath, certified in small animal nutrition & aromatherapy with over 30 years of practical experience in animal health. Dr. Jeannie has worked with animals holistically since 1984. Having been a licensed veterinary technician and a natural rearing breeder of champion show dogs, she went on to earn her doctorate in veterinary naturopathy.
Dr. Jeannie’s articles have been featured in various publications in both print and online. Her book: Natural Rearing: Breeding & Raising Dogs The Way Nature Intended was published in December 2015. She also co-authored the book: Essential Oils in Animal Care: A Naturopathic Approach.
A natural rearing dog breeder for over twenty-seven years, she is also the founder of the Natural Rearing Dog Breeders Association. Dr. Jeannie has positively influenced thousands of animal owners, sharing her knowledge of natural and holistic animal care through her consultations, articles and now, publications.
Dr.Jeannie’s background includes education, research, knowledge, and experience in animal nutrition, anatomy, physiology, psychology and behavior, toxin-free environmental living, aromatherapy, herbology,flower remedies, and prayer. Dr. Jeannie is well versed in the preventive, natural health care of animals through proper species specific nutrition and other natural modalities.
Dr. Sarah Reagan
Sarah Reagan, CVND holds a doctorate degree in veterinary naturopathy 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.
Dr. Mercedes Colburn – PhD, ND
Dr. Colburn is an Herbologist, animal iridologist and instructor, co-creator of the Equine Iridology Grid and founder of “Through The Eye International” – Animal Iridology Educational and Counseling Center.
As a practicing herbalist, owner of the Herb Farm Company and Through The Eye International, Mercedes was in the business of alternative medicine for humans. She studied with top iridologist, Bernard Jensen, DC in human iridology but when she lost two of her prized horses to colic her mission changed. She went into research to find the reason for colic, how to prevent it, and how to see it coming through the use of iridology for horses. Iridology was a familiar tool used by Dr. Colburn and has been used as a diagnostic tool since ancient times. Collaborating with Dena Eckerdt, DVM, together they created the “equine iridology grid”. The biggest, and most powerful discovery made was in the intestinal system. Proving the equine iridology grid by means of veterinarians, necropsy, and pathology labs has been a journey of great value. Through The Eye International now offers this ‘Equine Iridology’ grid as a much-needed tool for equine Veterinarians and therapists.
Dr. Hugh H. Bassham – DVM
Dr. Bassham graduated from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, taught at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. He currently works for the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Bassham has conducted nutritional research, co-authored several papers and spoken at national and international conventions.
In addition, Dr. Bassham is a published author. His new book, Better Health and a Plan to Achieve It is the inspired compilation of his 1993 book, The Search for Total Health, and his 2007 booklet, “A Plan for Better Health.” Dr. Bassham’s insight bridges the gap between physical and spiritual equilibrium. It takes a look at how our physical health affects our spiritual well-being and what the Bible says about our fitness, as well as our joy.