Dr. Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD

College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

Dr. Huisheng Xie is a clinical professor of the College of Veterinary Medicine University of Florida (UF), USA. He received his Bachelor Degree of Veterinary Medicine at the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in Sichuan, China in 1983, and Master Degree from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988, and Ph.D. from the UF. In 1998, Dr. Xie founded the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na. Dr. Xie has been invited to givelectures on TCVM for over 100 veterinary organizations or universities of over 20 countries, and has trained over 10,000 veterinarians from nearly 100 countries.

Dr. PJ Broadfoot, DVM

Dr. Paula Jo ( PJ ) Broadfoot attended Kansas State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science and Industry, with an emphasis in Genetics. Dr. Broadfoot participated in the K-State Horse Club, the Rodeo Team, and in barrel racing, and was named Kansas Paint Horse Queen and Miss Congeniality of the National Paint Horse Association. She graduated cum laude from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, married her classmate Jeff, and they have 4 children and 4 (soon to be 5) grandchildren. Dr. Broadfoot started her own practice in Van Buren, Arkansas in 1982, which has progressed into a holistically oriented veterinary practice. PJ is a member of the CIVT faculty, with offerings in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine, Veterinary Complementary Medicine, Veterinary Naturopathy, Holistic Nutrition, Evidence Based Complementary Medicine, and Environmental Medicine.

Dr. Todd Cooney, DVM, MS

Dr. Todd Cooney was born and raised in Indiana, and received a BS in Wildlife Science, MS in Veterinary Parasitology, and DVM from Purdue University (1986). He worked in private mixed practice, served as a veterinary officer in the US Air Force and Army, and also worked as a USDA veterinarian. After 22 years of conventional practice, he took Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, which changed the way he viewed health and disease. Dr. Cooney began to use homeopathy in his practice right away, and now treats nearly all cases this way. His practice in northern Indiana keeps him busy, as well as serving on the faculty of the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy (, and Past-President/ Board Member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (

Dr. Ava Frick, DVM, CVC, FAIS

A 1980 graduate of University of Missouri, Dr. Frick has spent the last 23 years of her career in chiropractic animal rehabilitation, exercise, and nutrition. She designed the first low level spinal pads, was a presenting lecturer for Standard Process, on the AVCA board of directors and examinations, and became the world’s leading authority in veterinary microcurrent therapy. Her research has twice been published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science and in 2017 in the JAHVMA on tissue mineral analysis. She created the Clinical Animal Nutrition Survey© and a low impact exercise program for dogs and cats called Tai Chi-huahua™. Dr. Frick was among the first class (of four doctors) inducted into the Animal Chiropractic Hall of Fame.

Dr. Janet Gordon Palm, DVM, CVCP

Dr. Janet Gordon Palm is a practicing integrative veterinarian, graduating from KSU in 1981. She has practiced small animal, avian and exotics medicine and surgery in an AHAA practice for 29 years. In 2010, she became a Laser Healthcare specialist, Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner and started her ambulatory business “Animobility Integrative Veterinary Services”. She was first to present on LLLT at the Association of Avian Veterinarians in 2011, and has presented on multiple species at numerous national conferences and seminars. She has been involved in Natural Horsemanship and uses the communication principles of respecting body language in all the species she works with, resulting in an enhanced veterinary experience for all. She is Fear Free Certified. Dr. Janet is a Director of The Paw Project, Colorado. She resides with her adventurous husband, Ron, in Fruita, CO with two cats “Tesla” and “Puma” as well as their Arabian gelding “To-hi”.

Dr. Trina Hazzah, DVM, CVCH

Trina Hazzah was born and raised in Washington DC. She earned her DVM from Tuskegee University in 2006. She completed a small animal rotating internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital (in New Jersey) and a residency in oncology at VOHC (in Connecticut). She also received her certification in Chinese Herbal medicine from the Chi Institute. Dr. Hazzah developed an interest in cannabinoid medicine during her quest for finding effective integrative approaches for veterinary cancer patients. She has spent the last half a decade reading though available literature, attending multiple cannabis conferences and symposiums, while also learning from cannabis physicians. She has since given numerous lectures to veterinarians educating them on the topic of cannabis medicine.

Dr. Janice Huntingford, DVM, DCVSMR, CVA, CVPP

Dr. Janice Huntingford is a 1984 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. She is certified in chiropractic, acupuncture, rehabilitation and pain management. She is the owner and medical director of the Essex Animal Hospital, Canine Rehab and Fitness in Essex, Ontario Canada. In 2015, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and in 2018 she received her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Veterinary medicine. Dr. Huntingford is a consultant for the VIN Rehab/Sports Medicine/Chronic Pain Board and lectures nationally and internationally on a variety of holistic topics including rehabilitation and geriatric medicine. She has co-authored several text book chapters and published a number of peer reviewed manuscripts. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time on her farm/winery with her chef husband, Harold, and her pugs, cats and horses and a few adult children.

Dr. Katie Kangas, DVM, CVA, CVCP

Dr. Katie Kangas owns and operates Integrative Veterinary Care, a private practice in San Diego, California, offering holistic and integrative health care options for pets. Dr. Kangas achieved her CVA certification at the Chi Institute in 2008, followed by additional training in Advanced Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM). Her areas of special interest include nutrition, functional medicine, dental health, and pain management. Dr. Kangas has authored several articles published in veterinary journals and pet magazines, and shares her passion for pet wellness education by lecturing and presenting locally, nationally and internationally. Additionally, Dr. Kangas has a background in shelter medicine, with more than 15 years of contribution to the homeless pets in her community. She spent many years working with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services and also served as the medical director of the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA from 2002-2007.

Dr. Lyndsay Klemens, BS, DVM, CVSMT, CVMRT

Dr. Lyndsay Klemens DVM, CVSMT, CVMRT is from La Porte, Indiana; and began showing dogs and horses at age 9. She received her first AKC title at age 12. She attended the University of Findlay, and graduated as an Honor’s Scholar with a B.S. in Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. She then attended Vet School at Purdue University, and after graduation returned home to work in a mixed animal practice with an emphasis in equine medicine. In 2008 she opened her own practice with a special interest in equine dentistry and chiropractic and small animal chiropractic medicine. She received her advanced certification in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (2008) aka animal chiropractic and Veterinary Rehabilitation and Massage Therapy (2017) from The Healing Oasis. Since then she has served as Senior faculty for the VSMT program. Her life is not complete unless she is holding a lead rope or leash.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Steve Marsden, DVM, ND, MSOM, LAC. DIPL. CH, CVA

Dr. Steve Marsden lectures for IVAS, the AHVMA, the AVMA, and numerous other organizations. He is co-founder of the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and is a director emeritus of the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. He authored the Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine (Mosby); and Essential Guide to Chinese Herbal Formulas (CIVT). Dr. Marsden is extensively trained in alternative medicine, including Chinese herbology, acupuncture and naturopathic medicine. In 2010, Dr. Marsden was named Teacher of the Year by the AHVMA; and in 2009, the Small Animal Veterinarian of the year by the CVMA.

Dr. Jared Mitchell, DVM

Dr. Jared Mitchell graduated from Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. In 2010, he opened his practice, 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 in the treatment of his veterinary patients. Dr. Mitchell has advanced training in essential oils through the Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy Association. He has published articles for 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 the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. His future plans include certifications in acupuncture, chiropractic, and western and Chinese herbal medicine.

Jo Moyes, LVMT

Jo was born in Tennessee, grew up in Northern Utah and graduated college in Oklahoma. She served in AmeriCorps in Florida and studied abroad in Russia. She graduated from the Veterinary Technician course at Chattanooga State and holds a AAS in Veterinary Technology and is a certified Stem Cell Technician as well. She attended the Healing Oasis Wellness Center and earned a certification as a Veterinary Massage and Rehabilitation Therapist. Jo shares her life with a fabulously sweet Stafordshire Terrier named Conner Macmanus, a floofy Newffie mix named Bruce Banner, a chaos-demon of a Pyr named Vasilisa Petrovna, and a broken boxer named Amelia Peabody, who became a bit of a local Facebook celebrity.

Dr. Bill Ormston, DVM

Dr. Bill Ormston received a BS in animal science in 1982 and a veterinary degree in 1988, both from Iowa State University. Since graduation, Dr. Ormston has worked in or owned mixed animal practices. In 1998 he attended Options For Animals and became certified in animal chiropractic care by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Assoc. In 2002 he hosted the AVCA conference in Dallas Texas at Parker Chiropractic College and then was asked to help start an Animal Chiropractic program at the College. In 2012, Dr. Amy and Dr. O decided that for busy professionals to become certified Animal Chiropractors, the program needed more flexibility and Animal Chiropractic Education Source (A.C.E.S.) was formed. They moved to the ranch in 2016 so that students could be dipped in the philosophy while learning with hands on live animals every day they are in class. Dr. Bill is also a professional public speaker and sees animals at All Creatures Every Spine.

Dr. Gary Richter, DVM, MS

Dr. Gary Richter has been practicing in the SF Bay Area since 1998. He is certified in acupuncture, chiropractic, and Western herbs. Dr. Richter’s practice focuses on the benefits of conventional and holistic treatment methods for the preventative and therapeutic care of pets as well as educating professionals and pet owners on the benefits of integrative care. Dr. Richter has written numerous articles on various topics including strategies to integrate the use of medical cannabis into conventional medical therapies for pets. His book, “The Ultimate Pet Health Guide” released in 2017 includes an entire chapter on the use of cannabis for pets. Dr. Richter is currently the President of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine.

Dr. Pedro Rivera, DVM, FACFN, DACVSMR, FCoAC

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 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 in clinical applications in functional neurology to improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Barrie Sands, DVM, CVA, HMCT

Dr. Barrie Sands received her DVM degree from Ross University in 1991.  Over the last 29 years she completed an internship at the Animal Medical Center, worked in private practice and is currently working at the VCA Specialty and Referral Center as a senior clinician in the Emergency Critical care department and as the head of the Integrative Holistic department. As a certified trainer for the Institute of HeartMath, she teaches emotional self- regulation, resilience building and coherence techniques, and is a pioneer researcher of interspecies coherence and bio- physiology entanglement. She is a published author and journalist. Her vision is to co- create and facilitate body, mind, and spiritual health and wellness in both animals and humans.

Dr. Nancy Scanlan, DVM, MS, CFA

Dr. Scanlan graduated from U.C., Davis in 1970. She started using nutraceuticals for herself and her patients during her senior year in veterinary school. She has been employed in a wide variety of practice types and college positions. She was certified in veterinary acupuncture in 1988, and incorporated other modalities including Chinese and Western herbs, nutraceuticals, trigger point therapy, and homotoxicology in her veterinary practice. She is a health coach for humans, using her website, to teach how to use diet, nutraceuticals, herbs and simple exercises to help control and improve chronic disease. She currently works with the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, CIVT, VIN, and ACVBM to promote research and education in integrative holistic veterinary medicine. She lives in the woods, in a solar-powered house that is off the grid, with her husband, and a rescued Doberman.

Dr. Lea Stogdale, BVSc

Dr Lea Stogdale practices holistic veterinary medicine for dogs and cats in Winnipeg, Canada where she offers second opinions, holistic medicine and nutritional consultations. Dr Stogdale is a specialist in small animal internal medicine. During her career she has worked in dairy cattle practice and small animal practices in Australia, England, South Africa and Canada. She taught in academia for eight years. She has published numerous veterinary articles, and she continues to publish and give presentations on a wide variety of veterinary medical and nutritional topics to veterinary conferences, pet industry groups and pet owners.

Dr. Odette Suter, DVM, CVSMT, CVA, COT, MA

Dr. Odette Suter, graduated from veterinary school in Switzerland in 1994. Early on, she recognized the limitations of conventional medicine and questioned its role in true healing. Her unconventional upbringing combined with her own healing journey has led her to explore many avenues to discover and treat the underlying cause of disease of her animal patients. She researched holistic and functional medicine, including Chinese Medicine, Veterinary Spinal Manipulation and Chiropractic Neurology, Applied Kinesiology, NAET, Animal Communication, Nutrition, etc. Dr. Suter owns Peak Animal Health Center where she offers intensive training programs, combining holistic treatment and teaching to educate clients on creating longevity for their animals. Her passion for teaching lead her to write her international best-selling book What Your Vet Never Told You – Secrets to Supporting Peak Health for Your Animal and create her in-depth video training course called Animal Longevity Secrets Revealed.

Dr. 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 veterinary neurology training from The Ohio State University, and continues at Ohio State as adjunct faculty. Dr. Wagner is co-author of Through A Dog’s Ear: Using Sound to Improve the Health and Behavior of Your Canine Companion. She is a Healing Touch for Animals® practitioner, and the founder of Equine Assisted Awareness, an energy based equine therapy for humans.