Conference Speakers

KEYNOTE: Madeline Yamate, MBA, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP, CVSMT, FACVBM

Dr. Madeline Yamate received her BA from Amherst College in 1982, MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in 1991, DVM from UC Davis in 2005 and completed her internship in veterinary acupuncture at UF Gainesville in 2007 under Dr. Huisheng Xie.

In 2023, she became a charter fellow of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine. Dr. Yamate is certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, food therapy and tui-na by the Chi University, and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy by the Healing Oasis Wellness Center.

She taught TCVM for the Chi Institute in the US and Spain, lectures internationally on integrative veterinary medicine, is the current president of the AHVMF and is in private practice in CA.

Susan Albright, DVM

In four decades of veterinary practice, Dr. Susan Albright employs traditional and integrative modalities including chiropractic, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, nutrition, essential oils and other forms of energy medicine. She owns and operates Chenoa Veterinary Clinic in Chenoa, Illinois.

Initially working with hogs, dogs, and horses, her practice evolved using modern technology such as therapeutic and surgical lasers along with holistic options offering her animal patients and their families a comprehensive approach to health and wellness. Using essential oils has become an integral part of Dr. Albright’s daily practice since she was introduced to them in 2001.  


PJ Broadfoot, DVM

Dr. Paula Jo ( PJ ) Broadfoot  graduated from Kansas State in 1981, married her classmate Jeff, and they have 4 children – Brannon, Barrett, Burke, and Brea, and 7 grandchildren. She started her own practice in Van Buren Arkansas in 1982, and developed an interest in complementary medicine, with a very diverse and eclectic collection of therapeutics.

PJ served as a veterinary consultant for Heel. Board Member American Society of Bioregulatory Medicine (ASBRM), Registration of Alternative and Integrative Veterinary Education (RAIVE)  board member. And has served as an Instructor in the College of Integrative Veterinary Technologies (CIVT) an international online college.  She has also lectured internationally for the Vetri-Science Company.

She is a member of the AVMA, the Arkansas VMA, and the AHVMA, and has had articles published in the U.S. and Europe, and was interviewed for The Truth About Pet Cancer 2018 online series with Ty Bollinger. She has co-written books, including Integrating Complementary Medicine into Veterinary Practice, and The Efficacy of Velvet Antler in Veterinary Practice. Her current focus is on promoting wellness in pets.


Chanchal Cabrera, MSc in Herbal Medicine

Chanchal is a medical herbalist and has been in clinical practice for 35 years with a specialty in holistic oncology. She is the author of Fibromyalgia: A Journey towards Healing and her latest book Holistic Cancer Care: An Herbal Approach to Preventing Cancer, Helping Patients Thrive during Treatment, and Minimizing the Risk of Recurrence. She held the faculty chair in Botanical Medicine at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine in New Westminster 2004-2016, and she publishes widely in professional journals and lectures internationally on medical herbalism, nutrition and health.

Chanchal is also a certified Shinrin Yoku (forest bathing) practitioner, a certified Master Gardener and a certified Horticulture Therapist. Chanchal lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia where she and her husband manage Innisfree Farm and Botanic Garden, a 7 acre internationally registered botanic garden specializing in food and medicine plants, and where they host apprenticeships in sustainable food production and herbal medicine. The farm also hosts Gardens without Borders, a federally registered not-for-profit society established to run the botanic garden and provide horticulture therapy.


Lee Carroll, BSc, BHS (WHM)

Lee Carroll, BSc, BHSc (WHM), is a distinguished medical herbalist, innovator, and speaker/educator with over 30 years of experience at the forefront of the herbal industry. Lee is committed to delivering the highest quality patient care, drawing from the latest scientific insights while honoring traditional wisdom.

For more than two decades, he has had the privilege of transforming thousands of lives through his clinical practice and teaching healthcare professionals. In 2021, Lee established Herba Meditari, his pioneering approach to providing on-demand education solutions for health professionals, empowering them with the knowledge and tools to make a difference. Lee’s mission is to offer clarity and empowerment by distilling complex medicinal mushroom and herbal knowledge into accessible, practical, and clinically relevant insights.


Cláudia Costa, MSc, MV

Cláudia Costa graduated at the University of São Paulo in 1991. She owns CIAVET – Integrated Veterinary Clinic. She studied homeopathy, iridology, acupuncture, Tibetan Reiki Ushui, anthroposophy, and German medicine. She has a Master’s Degree in Veterinary Clinic (infectious diseases).

In 2019 she published Veterinary Iridology – Vertebrates. Since 2020 she has studied Veterinary Systemic Family Constellation, metageneaology and gestational constellation. She works as a consultant for Helixor representative pharmacy in Brazil and has trained more than 150 veterinarians on how to use mistletoe. In 2023 she published “Mistletoe” in Small Animal Veterinary Medicine.

Currently she studies integrative oncology, writes a book about Multispecies Familiar Constellation, and promotes experiential retreats in Systemic Veterinary Medicine for professionals, people and their pets.


Shu Dai, DVM, MS, MS-TCVM

Dr. Shu Dai started his veterinary career as a clinical instructor at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at China Agricultural University after graduation. After that, Dr. Dai earned three master’s degrees in veterinary medicine, including his MS-TCVM at Chi University, through his veterinary careers as a clinician and a veterinary affairs manager.

As his interest and knowledge of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) increased, he moved to Gainesville, Florida in 2019, doing clinical research in TCVM under Dr. Huisheng Xie. He completed an internship in integrative veterinary medicine and worked for another year as a Post-Doctoral Associate at the University of Florida.

Dr. Dai joined Chi University in July 2021 and is currently an assistant professor, besides teaching and he sees patients for TCVM care at Chi Animal Hospital.


Lynne Dennis, DVM, FAAVA, CVSMT, CVMRT, CTCVMP

Dr. Lynne Dennis graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. Since 2003, her practice has focused exclusively on integrative veterinary medicine. She is certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy, veterinary massage and rehabilitation therapy, veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tui-na, and food therapy. She became a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture in 2014. 

Dr. Dennis is a faculty member for the post-graduate, state-approved certification program in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy at the Healing Oasis Wellness Center and an instructor for the Chi University small animal acupuncture program. 

She owns HarmonyVet Acupuncture and Spine Care in Madison, Wisconsin, providing Chinese medicine, spinal manipulative therapy, and rehabilitation to small animals and horses.


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH(AHG), FACVBM

Dr. Dohmen graduated from UPenn. She has received training in acupuncture, food therapy, Bach flower essences, and primarily herbal medicine. She received her MS in Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild. She was accepted as a Fellow of the ACVBM in 2023.

Dr. Dohmen lectures regularly on veterinary herbal medicine and other wholistic topics. In 2017 she and Dr. Kris August created the only hands-on veterinary herbal medicine course for western veterinary practices in the USA. She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC. Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of VBMA; as well as a member of the IVAS, AAVA, AHVMA and AVMA.


LaShelle Easton, DVM

Dr. LaShelle Easton is a holistic veterinarian, animal communicator, and author.

After graduating from Colorado State University, she began an integrative practice combining conventional medicine with acupuncture, laser therapy, nutrition, and herbs. She trained in acupuncture at the Chi Institute, and has taken additional coursework in nutrition, medical massage, laser therapy, and herbal medicine. She is a Usui Reiki Master.

Dr. Easton has been studying and practicing intuitive interspecies communication for nearly 20 years, and completed a one-year apprenticeship with Terri O’Hara before beginning her professional practice as an animal communicator.

Dr. Easton is a longtime volunteer for the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and serves on the board of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation.


Carol Falck, VMD, MS, CVA

After earning her undergraduate degree in zoology and obtaining a Master’s in marine sciences, Dr. Carol Falck was pursuing her PhD in biological oceanography when she had one of those “A-ha!” moments. While camping in the Florida Everglades, Dr. Falck’s mother made the astute observation that she would make an excellent veterinarian. In that moment, Dr. Falck suddenly realized that veterinary medicine would allow her to combine her interests in the sciences and physiology with her lifelong love of pets. The rest, as they say, is history!

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Falck earned her veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine before completing a small-animal internship in Washington, D.C. From there, she moved to South Florida to officially launch her career as a veterinarian. Dr. Falck worked at two separate animal hospitals before opening her own holistic animal hospital at the encouragement of her clients—she was the owner and founder of one of the very first holistic pet clinics in Florida, Friendship Animal Wellness Center!

Dr. Falck moved to the mountains of northern Georgia and, after seeing a need for a house-call practice in the area, launched Petwise in 2011. She loves serving as an integrative practitioner and enjoys using alternative treatments like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. Most of all, she likes working with owners to give their animal companions the highest possible quality of life for as long as she can. 

Away from work, Dr. Falck enjoys clogging, cooking, cycling, hiking, and playing guitar. At home, she and her husband have an energetic Vizsla pup named Spruce.


Barbara Fox, DVM

Dr. Barb Fox has been a practicing veterinarian for 30 years.  After a life-threatening health scare in 2007, she turned to alternative medicine to heal her body without conventional therapies.  Amazed at her own results, she began an intense journey into holistic healing for her animal patients.

Dr. Fox incorporates essential oil therapy, whole food supplementation, crystal healing, nutritional counseling, and various other energy therapies with her canine, equine, and feline patients.  She is an avid believer that when the body is given the proper tools it needs for healing (emotional as well as physical) it will respond favorably, as she believes animals are mind-body-spirit entities. 

In addition to her regular practice, Dr. Fox consults with pet parents across the country.  She has also spoken at national and regional holistic animal care conferences, conducted multiple workshops and certification classes on essential oil use with animals, has authored two books, and has been a contributing author to several holistic veterinary publications, including the Journal of the AHVMA. 

Dr. Fox is on the board of the Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy Association and is an active member of the AHVMA.  She has created various online courses for animals and essential oils and continues to travel and teach across the nation. 


Karen Gellman, DVM, PhD

Dr. Karen Gellman is a graduate of Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and has a doctorate from Cornell in animal locomotion biomechanics. She has advanced training and certification in veterinary acupuncture and veterinary chiropractic, and has practiced these and other modalities since 1995.

From 1998-2020, she taught biomedical research programs for Cornell Summer College.  She is Research Director of Maximum Horsepower Research, and principle investigator of a study on equine posture funded by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation. Dr. Gellman writes extensively for veterinary professional venues, has peer-reviewed research publications and is frequently a featured speaker for North American and European veterinary CE events.

She is the educational director and primary instructor for the Postural Rehabilitation training for veterinarians and other equine professionals, now an online program.  She practices holistic veterinary medicine in Ithaca, New York, and does on-line distance consultations at DVMDetective.com.  Her company Plena Curae makes high quality pain supplements for pets and horses, sold only through professionals.


Jose Luis Gutierrez, MVZ, Dipl, CVA, CVCHM, ACVCHM

Jose Luis Gutierrez is a veterinary doctor who has made significant contributions to veterinary medicine in Mexico. He focuses on providing holistic treatments for pets, which include acupuncture and herbal medicine.

Jose Luis earned his veterinary degree from the University of Nuevo León, and he holds special certifications in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from IVAS.

From 2003 to 2016, he worked with small animals at Medicina Veterinaria to improve their care. In 2016, he founded The Natural Vets de Mexico, where he works with dogs and cats, and it has become a pioneer in Integrative animal care. Besides his clinical work, Jose Luis shares his knowledge through teaching and supporting animal welfare, helping several animal shelters.


Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach, PT, DPT, MS

Amie Lamoreaux Hesbach is a doctor of physical therapy with over twenty-five years of experience with human patients and over twenty with small animal patients.  She has expertise and experience in the application of manual therapy and facilitation techniques (including PNF and IASTM), corrective functional exercise training, and proprioceptive and neuromuscular re-education in orthopaedic, athletic, and neurologic patients.  She has a clinical interest in the application of physical therapy and rehabilitation techniques to maximize the potential for neuroplasticity and recovery in her patients.

Dr. Hesbach was educated at the University of Montana (DPT, Physical Therapy), the Medical College of Virginia (MS, Physical Therapy), and Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania (BS, Biology).  She completed a post-graduate neurorehabilitation residency in proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) at the Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center in Vallejo, California. 

Dr. Hesbach is certified in canine rehabilitation through both the University of Tennessee and the Canine Rehabilitation Institute.  Dr. Hesbach has published and lectured on both human and animal rehabilitation in the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, The Netherlands, Poland, and Japan and continues to offer webinars and clinical and educational coaching to pet parents and pet physical therapy and rehabilitation colleagues online.

Dr. Hesbach is a past president of the Animal Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy Special Interest Group of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She owns and operates EmpowerPhysio, a mobile pet physical therapy and rehabilitation practice near Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Hesbach was honored with the award of the IAVRPT Animal Rehabilitation Practitioner of the Year in 2022.


Lisa Melling, DVM, CVH, CVSMT

Dr. Lisa Melling received her bachelor’s in animal science from Iowa State University in 1999, and her DVM from Tuskegee in 2004. She is certified in veterinary homeopathy and veterinary spinal manipulative therapy.

She has lectured at professional meetings across the country and is published in peer reviewed journals. She has been on the board of directors of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy since 2015, and is currently president.

Dr. Melling owns Good Harbor Holistic Veterinary Care in Traverse City, Michigan, providing homeopathy, animal chiropractic and nutrition. She has been a faculty instructor for more than a decade, first with the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy and now as a co-founder of Veterinary Homeopathy Institute.


Jared Mitchell, DVM, CVMA, CVA, CVFT

Dr. Jared Mitchell graduated from Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  He owns Mitchell Animal Clinic in Mobile, Alabama. Wanting more for his patients, he began incorporating holistic modalities into his practice.  Dr. Mitchell’s first journey into the holistic world began by incorporating essential oils into the treatment of his veterinary patients. 

Dr. Mitchell has advanced training in essential oils through the Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy Association.  He is also certified in veterinary acupuncture and Chinese food therapy through Chi University and is currently enrolled in their Masters of TCVM program. 

Dr. Mitchell has published articles for several peer reviewed journals including: the Innovative Veterinary Care journal and the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Mitchell plans to continue contributing articles and educating colleagues on holistic and integrative veterinary medicine.


Gary Richter, DVM

Gary Richter, MS, DVM has been practicing veterinary medicine the San Francisco Bay Area since 1998.  In addition to conventional veterinary medical training, Dr. Richter is certified in veterinary acupuncture as well as veterinary chiropractic. As owner and Medical Director of Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, Dr. Richter understands the benefits of both conventional and holistic treatment methods for the preventative and therapeutic care of pets.

Dr. Richter focuses on the integration of holistic and general practice veterinary medicine, regenerative medicine, as well as educating professionals and pet owners on the benefits of integrative care. Dr. Richter has been able to improve the quality and quantity of life of pets living with medical conditions ranging from arthritis to inflammatory bowel disease to cancer. 

Dr. Richter has written numerous articles for print and web publications on various topics including strategies to integrate the use of medical cannabis into conventional medical therapies for pets.  He is the author of three books, The Ultimate Pet Health Guide, released in 2017 and Longevity for Dogs and Longevity for Cats, released in 2023. 


Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA

Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA is an integrative veterinarian, author, international lecturer & consultant in pet nutrition, zoo & wildlife, acupuncture, herbal remedies, physical rehab & alternative modalities for health & longevity. Her first book, The Royal Treatment, describes inspiration for her career, connecting fascinating wildlife & zoo experiences with practical solutions for pets.

Featured in the documentary Pet Fooled, other films, books, print & online media, Dr. Royal is Oprah Winfrey’s go-to veterinarian. She is an owner & CEO of The College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (Australia) and Animal Diet Formulator, and Founder of Royal Treatment Vet Centers.  She is a University of Helsinki Affiliate Researcher, CalPolySU adjunct professor, Medical Advisory Board Member/consultant for corporations & non-profits including NOW Pets, PAWSChicago, Standard Process, and others, past president of both AHVMA and AHVMFoundation and shares time between her Chicago practices, the waters of Lake Michigan and the soil of her organic farm.


Jyl Rubin, DVM, CVA, AAOT

Dr. Jyl has owned and operated a mobile and stationary, boutique integrative veterinary practice since 1999. She is an entrepreneur who possesses a strong business ethic. Her passions are practicing veterinary medicine and educating the world about preventive and holistic care for animals of all species. Her veterinary practice offers medical ozone therapy, prolozone. acupuncture, blue light laser cold therapy, shock wave therapy, Digitherm, PEMF therapy, hyperthermia, mistletoe therapy, Chinese herbal and food therapy.

She has been practicing ozone therapy since 2010 and is a member of the American Academy of Ozone Therapy, American Holistic Veterinary Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She started RegenO3one Vet in 2023, a medical ozone therapy company owned and dedicated to educating veterinarians, their staff and pet parents in ozone therapy and equipment. 

Her informative special approach has led to an overall higher level of pet’s care and health.  She continually searches for new holistic medical treatments to enhance and improve the overall quality of animals’ lives. Her passion about veterinary medicine, educating and training other veterinarians and their staff about holistic medicine demonstrates her commitment and dedication to educating and enhancing the relationship between people and animals. Dr. Jyl has been a veterinary news educator for over 25 years and has been featured on Animal Planet, Disney Radio, CBS, and Fox TV.

In 2005, she founded Veterinary After Rescue Kare (VARK), a non-profit organization which provides unwanted animals of all species and breeds another chance at life by helping to fund their medical care through rescue organizations. 

Dr. Jyl lives with her husband, four dogs, three cats, two parrots, seven desert tortoises, two alpacas, one llama, two goats, one pig, and one 150-pound Sulcata tortoise. Her hobbies are gardening, scuba diving, and traveling.


Nancy Scanlan, DVM

Dr. Scanlan has used integrative medicine since she was a senior in veterinary school, though there was no name for what she was doing then. She started practice as the only female veterinarian in a 3-county area, then became involved with veterinary technician programs. After certification and training in veterinary acupuncture, herbal medicine, and manipulative therapies, she started a 100% holistic veterinary practice.

Retiring from practice and executive director positions, she became special projects manager and RACE liaison for CIVT, and fills her spare time working as a Certified Genetics-Based Program Designer, and a Master Certified Health and Wellness coach for humans.


Ann Scearce, DVM, CVA (IVAS)

Dr. Scearce, like most veterinarians, has loved animals all her life. It was not until she took Animal Science at UC Davis that she realized that she wanted a career in veterinary medicine. Over the years she began to choose a more organic lifestyle for herself but was not sure how to use introduce a more holistic approach in practice. After becoming interested in hospice and end of life care, she became acupuncture certified and from there realized that there was more that she could offer her patients than the allopathic approach.

Dr. Scearce graduated in 1999 from UC Davis Veterinary School. Her first 5 years in practice were in a primarily dairy mixed animal practice. She then moved into small animal practice, but continued part time dairy practice until 2019. She became acupuncture certified in 2015. Finished training for TCVM herbal training in 2018. She then studied with David Winston from 2018 until 2023, completing both his herbal apprenticeship and graduate programs. She has particular interest in internal medicine, hospice and palliative care and oncology.

Dr. Scearce works in a primarily allopathic practice in California, but also does acupuncture house calls. She lives with her husband and many furry friends. She is an avid gardener and spends as much time as she can hiking.


Rachel Starr, DVM

Rachel Starr, DVM graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 2000. She began her work as a veterinarian as a mixed animal practitioner in rural Ohio and then as a shelter veterinarian in Columbus, OH. She moved back to Michigan in 2005 and  become a small animal veterinarian in the Traverse City area.

After an initial interest in surgery, she began to explore alternative therapies, learning Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in 2010, and adding laser therapy in 2011. She also took an introductory course in Nutrition Response Testing in 2011. After starting to incorporate Nutrition Response Testing into veterinary practice, she decided to pursue Advanced Clinic Training and graduated from that program in 2018.

After practicing in two small animal clinics in Northern Michigan for 18 years, where she specialized in non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical holistic therapies, she will be opening her own specialized clinic this year – Pets and Their People, Nutrition and Laser Therapy Center.


Laura Taylor, DVM

Dr. Laura Taylor graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1989. Her initiation into holistic veterinary medicine began with certification in veterinary chiropractic in the mid-90’s. Over the next decade she received training in veterinary acupuncture, homeopathy and equine osteopathy. Dr. Taylor also took many courses in human osteopathic techniques including craniosacral therapy and visceral manipulation.

Her scope of practice is limited to osteopathy for dogs, cats and horses. Dr. Taylor treats musculoskeletal and neurologic cases and works with a wide range of animals, from puppies/kittens to elderly dogs and cats, and canine and equine athletes to improve performance and prevent injuries. It is always her goal to improve the quality of life of animals by optimizing their mobility.


Laura Weis, DVM

Laura Weis graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Biology, and from VMCVM in 1998. She has worked in small animal private practice in Pennsylvania for 25 years. She completed the Pitcairn Institute in Veterinary Homeopathy course in 2016, and is certified in veterinary homeopathy. In 2024 she completed a four year course in classical homeopathy for humans at Prometheus Homeopathic Institute. She has served as a member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Board since 2018, and provides homeopathic care for small mammals and wildlife.

Dr. Weis enjoys teaching and writing about homeopathy, and is a co-founder of the Veterinary Homeopathy Institute.  Teaching the next generations of veterinary homeopaths combines her passions of mentoring and coaching with the healing wisdom of homeopathy.