Conference Speakers

Our conference attracts a number of pioneers in integrative veterinary medicine. Below are our speakers from 2021; check back in late spring 2022 for next year's speakers!


Doug Knueven, DVM, CVA, CVC, CVCH

Dr. Doug Knueven earned his veterinary degree from Ohio State University in 1987 and is the medical director of Beaver Animal Clinic in Beaver, PA. He has earned certification in veterinary acupuncture, veterinary Chinese herbal medicine and veterinary chiropractic. Dr. Knueven has been practicing integrative veterinary medicine since 1995. He has written two books about holistic medicine; Stand by Me: A Holistic Handbook for Animals, Their People and the Lives They Share Together, and The Holistic Health Guide: Natural Care for the Whole Dog. Dr. Doug Speaks nationally and internationally and was recognized as the AHVMA “Holistic Teacher of the Year” in 2018.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM

W. Jean Dodds, DVM has spent 5 decades in hematology and immunology research and diagnostic veterinary clinical pathology. Dr. Dodds has over 150 research publications and holds 25 patents. She started Hemopet in 1986, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include: providing canine blood components and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions; and the Hemolife diagnostic division focused on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine (

She has a longstanding association and committee membership with the AHVMA and AHVMF.

She has written 2 popular award-winning pet health books together with Diana Laverdure; with a new onein press.

Laurie Fonken, L.P.C., PhD Education Counseling

Dr. Fonken is the owner of Whole Vets LLC where she offers educational training, workshops, presentations and consultation to veterinary professionals in the area of strengthening wellbeing through the practice of healthy resilience, compassion satisfaction, engagement and work-life integration.

Dr. Fonken has been an educator and psychotherapist for over 35 with experience in supporting medical and veterinary professionals. From 2008-2020 she directed  Counseling and Wellness Programs for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine students in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.

A native of Colorado, Dr. Fonken spends her free time hiking, backcountry skiing and as an amateur bird watcher.

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Lisa Fox, DVM, CVA, CVFT, GD CVHM, Masters of Iridiology

Dr. Lisa Fox graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She worked for 9 years at her families conventional medicine practice successfully incorporating holistic modalities into day to day appointments. She started her love of holistic medicine in vet school and after 9 years she started her own mobile holistic veterinary clinic, The Divergent DVM LLC. She has a CVA from IVAS and is certified in Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy. She received her graduate diploma from CIVT and also became certified in veterinary aromatherapy.

In 2018 she finished her Masters of Iridology program from the Trinity School of Natural Health. She is also a Reiki Master and completed the PIVH Veterinary Homeopathy Course in 2018 and she is currently working towards her Certification. She has taught courses on Suicide Awareness and she feels that you are never done learning.

Ava Frick, DVM, CVC, FAIS

A 1980 Univ of Missouri grad, Dr. Frick has practiced 24 years in rehab & nutrition. She designed the first Laser Spinal Pads, served on AVCA board of directors, & became the world’s leading authority in vet microcurrent therapy. Published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, JAHVMA, wrote three books, and currently working with developers designing a computerized hair TMA interpretation system. Ava was honored as Hartz Veterinarian of the Year Runner-up, humane society Visionary Award, and in the first inductees to Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame.

Her biography, Conversations with Animals – From Farm Girl to Pioneering Veterinarian, was released in 2021. She now lives in Cave Creek, Arizona continuing her passions.

Mary Gardner, DVM

There is nothing better to Dr. Gardner than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and to help make the final life stage to be as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved.

A University of Florida graduate, she discovered her niche in end-of-life care and is the co-founder and CIO of Lap of Love which has over 200 veterinarians around the country dedicated to veterinary hospice and euthanasia in the home.

Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Doctors and numerous professional veterinary publications. She also won VMX Small Animal Speaker of the year in 2020!


Janet Gordon Palm, DVM, CVCP

Dr. Janet Gordon Palm is a practicing integrative veterinarian, (KSU in 1981) who has practiced small animal, avian and exotics medicine, surgery in an AHAA practice for 29 years. Discovering Non-Thermal LLLT, she became a Laser Healthcare specialist and Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner in 2010, performing Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, Myofascial release techniques, Cranial Sacral, and Osteopathy. She started her ambulatory business Animobility Integrative Veterinary Services in 2010.

She has presented on multiple species at numerous national conferences and seminars.

She’s involved in Natural Horsemanship, using the communication principles for all species. She is Fear Free Certified and a Director of the Paw Project Colorado.

Patricia Kane, PhD

Dr. Patricia Kane serves as Director of the NeuroLipid Research Foundation, a nonprofit organization in Millville, NJ. Her expertise in addressing neurological and epigenetic disorders with targeted bioactive lipid intervention has led to direct neurometabolic application utilized by physicians and researchers worldwide.

Dr. Kane's clinical experience, working as a 'living library' for physicians, spans 45 years. She pioneered targeted neurometabolic application of university-based red cell fatty acid analysis. Dr. Kane's dedication in working with patients with fragile brain architecture has brought her widespread recognition in the field of biometabolic intervention by blending lipid bench science, lipid research, and clinical medicine.



Dr. Ronald Koh received his veterinary degree in Taiwan in 2006 and later completed a specialty internship followed by a master’s program in acupuncture at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2020, he served as an assistant professor and a service chief of Integrative Medicine and Rehabilitation Service at Louisiana State University. He is certified in acupuncture, rehabilitation, herbal therapy, food therapy, and medical manipulation. He completed his residency in Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2019.

His research and clinical focus have been on integrative and rehabilitative therapies for pain management, neurological disorders, geriatric conditions, and hospice care.

Martha Lindsay, DVM, MS, CVH, CNE

After 20 years of conventional medicine and surgery, in a small animal and small ruminant practice, she joined a strictly veterinary behavior practice for 3 years. In 2001, she and her husband opened Alternative Veterinary Services offering Homeopathy, Traditional Chinese acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, Chiropractic and Nutrition. She became certified in Homeopathy through the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. She has nutrition certifications from Ulan Nutrition Systems and National Institute of Whole Health and GAPS.

Dr. Lindsay has lectured at non-veterinary venues, veterinary hospitals and veterinary student clubs introducing homeopathic medicine and has lectured at AVH and AHVMA conferences.

She has a husband, children and grandchildren.

Deborah Marshall, DVM, BM

Dr. Deborah Marshall graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and the Performance Arts from the University of Miami in 1973. She was a professional musician from 1967 to 2002.

In 1986 Dr. Marshall received her DVM degree from the University of Florida. She was involved with small animal practices and exotic relief work from 1986 to 1990. She received her acupuncture certification IVAS in 1990 and has been practicing mainly equine acupuncture since then. She received her chiropractic certification from Options for Animals in 1999. She now specializes in upper body lameness with horses at the highest level of performance and how old muscle injuries can affect balance, symmetry and contribute to secondary lameness in the lower leg.

Dr. Marshall also created and ran the horse relief effort after Hurricane Andrew, which became the largest and longest-running horse relief effort in United States history.

She still plays her instrument and rides her horse every day.

Nancy Martin, DVM, MS, CVA

Dr Martin has practiced rural mixed animal medicine for almost 30 years. Practice ownership allowed her to immediately integrate Conventional Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine upon Certification from IVAS in 2008.

Dr. Martin is considered a specialist in herd animal management and disease prevention. Her current focus in veterinary medicine is antibiotic stewardship through the use of botanical medicine.


Dr. McCauley graduated in 1992 from Colorado State SVM. After six years in general practice, she became a pioneer in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation, designing the first underwater treadmill for dogs. Dr. McCauley started the first Veterinary Rehabilitation Clinic in 1998, TOPS Veterinary Rehabilitation, and was on faculty at Canine Rehabilitation Institute for 14 years. She is certified in Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy and in 2014 became Board Certified in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. McCauley is an International lecturer and contributing author in many textbooks and journals. She was awarded the 2011 Iams AARV Award of Excellence in the Field of Rehabilitation and the 2015 AHVMA Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award. In 2017 Dr. McCauley opened Red Tail Rehab mobile practice in North Carolina and in 2020 created Optimum Pet Vitality online learning platform. Her first available offering consists of a fun and thorough laser course.

Deborah Mitchell, DVM, MS

Dr. Deborah Mitchell is a 1983 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced small animal medicine in the northwest Chicago suburbs since graduation.She also holds a Master’s degree in Field Zoology from Southern Illinois University.Her interest in CAVM began in 1986, when she completed an externship in Neurology and Cardiology at Animal Medical Center in New York, NY.

In 1993 she achieved her certification as a Veterinary Acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.She designed and opened her own small animal hospital the same year.Dr. Mitchell is also certified in Veterinary Chiropractic (1998, American Veterinary Chiropractic Association); Usui Reiki, Master Instructor (2000); Traditional Chinese Medical Herbology (2001, Albuquerque); Applied Kinesiology (AVCA, 2004); and Basic and Advanced Homotoxicology (AHVMA, 2006-2009). From 2002-2008 she served as an instructor for the Chicago Veterinary TCM Herbal Course.In 2008-2010, she completed the Kortekaas Course in manipulative orthopedic techniques and then pursued advanced training there.She has completed human advanced herbal training in New Mexico and California, and advanced veterinary training at the Qi School (2009-present). She is a past teaching Associate for the IVAS acupuncture course, and her lectures form part of the course material for the IVAS course in the United States and Australia.She is a 20-year member of the Chicago Veterinary Practice Manager’s Association.

Dr. Mitchell has lectured extensively since the early 90’s on veterinary acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, veterinary chiropractic, veterinary homotoxicology, veterinary raw diets, and integrative veterinary practice management, among other topics.She has served on the Board of Directors of both AHVMA and AAVA, and currently serves on the AHVMA Conference Committee.

Her hospital, Knollwood Hospital for Pets, has consistently achieved the American Animal Hospital Association’s highest ranking since it opened, was the first integrative veterinary hospital in the United States to be so certified, and continues to confound AAHA by offering a unique blend of complementary and traditional veterinary services.

Ann-Margret Morgan, DVM, CCRT, CVPP, CAC

Dr. Ann-Margret Morgan earned her certification in veterinary spinal manipulation from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1998 and then went on to receive her certification in veterinary acupuncture. In 2005, she completed training in canine rehabilitation certification. Dr. Morgan is certified canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) and a Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP). She speaks regularly to Veterinarians on Integrative Therapies, Rehab, Pain Management and Nutrition.

Ronald Riegel, DVM

Dr. Ron Riegel purchased his first therapy laser in 1979. He co-founded AIMLA in 2009 to provide education on all types of medical lasers in both veterinary medicine and the healthcare professions. This educational entity has now expanded to include infrared thermography and regenerative medicine. His background in these technologies encompasses human (chiropractic, physical therapist, and athletic trainers), companion animals, and equine disciplines.

In 1988 coursework was initiated for inclusion in the Human Academy of Neuromuscular Physiology which was completed and exam passed in 1989. This was the first Academy to clinically use infrared thermography in the human field. He was the only veterinarian in the class of 70.


Dr. Pedro Luis Rivera graduated from Purdue University, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He has been practicing integrative veterinary medicine and in particular Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Veterinary Rehabilitation with an emphasis in functional neurology for the last 22 years. Dr. Rivera is a proud Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Rivera and Michelle Rivera are the owners and main program directors of the Healing Oasis Wellness Center, a nationally accredited and recognized (under the US Dept of Education) providing state-approved postgraduate certification programs (through the Educational Approval Board of Wisconsin) and approved by many national organizations for licensed professionals. The Healing Oasis has been providing post-graduate, state-approved certification programs in VMRT (since 1998) and VSMT (since 1999) among providing many continuing education seminars and advanced programs with an emphasis on clinical applications in functional neurology to improve patient outcomes.

Barrie Sands, DVM, CVA, HMCT

Dr. Barrie Sands received her veterinary medicine degree in 1991. She completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship and went into private practice before working in a specialty hospital doing emergency and critical care. Being a natural healer she studied integrative and traditional Chinese medicine, instituting acupuncture, medicinal botany, functional and energy medicine. She has lectured nationally and internationally on holistic health and emergency medicine. She is a published author and journalist. As a certified coach and trainer from the Institute of HeartMath she teaches and incorporates stress management and resilience building into her daily practice. Her mission is to bridge the gap between science and spirituality, and co-create optimum wellness for both humans and animals.

Allen Schoen, DVM, MS, PhD (hon)

Dr. Schoen is one of the pioneers in integrative veterinary medicine. He has been acknowledged by his peers as being one of the fifteen most influential veterinarians in North America as well as worldwide for introducing the concept of integrative veterinary medicine.

He has his DVM from Cornell U. College of Veterinary Medicine and a Masters Degree in Animal Behavior from the University of Illinois.

He has been an Assistant Professor at Colorado State & Tufts University veterinary schools. He published seven books including: “Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine”, “Complementary & Alternative Veterinary Medicine” "Kindred Spirits", Love, Miracles & Animal Healing" and "The Compassionate Equestrian".

Suzan Seelye, DVM, BS, CVA, CVTP

After receiving her DVM from Washington State University in 1982, Suzan opened a mixed private practice in rural eastern WA and spent 20 years practicing conventional medicine while raising a family. She then pursued further education at the Chi University receiving certifications in Acupuncture, Tui-na and Food Therapy certification. Other studies include Quantum physics, neurobiology, neurophysiology, Alexander bodywork, Soma neuromuscular bodywork, Feldenkrais, Zenotherapy, Yoga, Qi-gong and T-Touch. Dr. Suzan now lives in Olympia, Washington and her practice is 80% equine. She teaches and lectures on Tui-na and Equine Quantum Healing internationally, along with instruction in Centered Riding and equine training through connection.

Susan Wagner, DVM, MS

Dr. Susan Wagner is a veterinary neurologist whose pioneering work acknowledges the spiritual interaction between people and animals. She received her DVM, MS, and neurology training from The Ohio State University. Dr. Wagner is co-author of Through A Dog's Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health and Behavior of Your Canine Companion. She co-founded the integrative medicine program at MedVet Medical & Cancer Centers for Pets, and is adjunct faculty at The Ohio State University.

Dr. Wagner is also a Healing Touch for Animals® practitioner, and the founder of Equine Assisted Awareness, an energy-based equine therapy for humans.