Educating yourself about your companion and how to take care of him or her is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Think this may be over your head? Sessions are tailored to your individual needs, both beginner and advanced. All you need is to have read The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog 2nd E, Volhard/Brown (Howell Book House, 2000).
· Recipient of four awards from the Dog Writers' Association of America (DWAA);
· Co-author of four books, including Dog Training for Dummies, The Holistic Guide for a Healthy Dog (editions 1,2 & the recently published 3rd edition), and the Canine Good Citizen: Every Dog Can be One, named Best Care & Training Book for 1994 by the DWAA;
· Co-producer of four training videos;
· Author of over 100 articles for various dog publications, and regular contributor to the AKC Gazette;
· Developed the most widely used method for evaluating and selecting puppies for the right home and the right purpose, and her film Puppy Aptitude Testing was named best film for 1980 by the DWAA;
· Devised a Personality Profile for dogs to help owners gain a better understanding of why pets do what they do, and her article on Drives: A New Look at an Old Concept" was named Best Article in a Specialty Magazine for 1991 by the DWAA;
· Specializes in behavior, nutrition and complementary sources of health care such as acupuncture and homeopathy;
· Formulated a balanced, home-made diet for dogs in 1984;
· Honorary member of the United Kingdom Registry of Canine Behaviorists.
Her talents are best summed up by James Dearinger, former Director of Obedience for the American Kennel Club, in his Foreword to the Canine Good Citizen (Howell Book House, 1994, 2nd edition 1997): “Wendy has few equals when it comes to understanding canine behavior. She has a remarkable ability to sense the needs of a particular dog and what is best for the animal. A talent, for sure, but one she has honed to a fine point by studious research into all phases of dogs -- behavior, health, nutrition, structure and training.”
Wendy is a respected consultant to breeders, veterinarians and dog owners, and gives seminars on health and behavior, instructing and training. She has also lectured at annual conventions of the Pet Care Services Association, APDT, Groom Expo, International Association of Canine Professionals and the United Kingdom Registry of Behavior Consultants.
Wendy is a true practitioner – she has obtained over 50 conformation, obedience and performance titles with her Landseer Newfoundlands, Yorkshire Terrier, Standard Wirehaired Dachshunds, Labrador Retriever and German Shepherd Dog. She shares her home with hrr two Labrador Retrievers, two Standard Wirehaired Dachshunds and two rescue cats.
Sheila Hamilton-Andrews, RN, MSc, CCAB
Sheila is a lifelong owner of dogs and other companion animals (cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, etc.). Having graduated from Guy's Hospital in London as a registered nurse, she spent six years working in the pharmaceutical industry, followed by twenty one years of professional medical counseling in conjunction with raising a family and operating her own dog obedience training school, as well as counselling those with pet behaviour problems.
She has bred English Working Springer Spaniels, and showed in breed for over twenty years, (Beagles, Hamilton Stovares and Flat Coated Retrievers) and competed in agility and field trials. She currently owns a Flat Coated Retriever a Border Collie/Labrador mix and a GSD plus a cat who loves terrorizing the dogs.
Sheila has also studied human psychology through the Open University and has completed both a post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Studies course, and an MSc. in Companion Animal Behaviour Counseling at The University of Southampton.
Though mainly working with dogs, she is also qualified to help owners with a variety of companion animals favoring a holistic approach to solving problem behaviour. Her knowledge, combined with many years of counseling experience, helps owners reach an acceptable and hopefully successful solution. She has written a series of articles for "Off Lead" (US) and a number of British journals, and lectures both at home and abroad on a variety of topics.
In 2005 Sheila became one of the first Accredited Clinical Animal Behaviourists in the UK, is the Chairman of the Board of the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists and a visiting clinician at The University of Southampton Animal Behaviour Clinic. She is married, has two children, and lives with her husband, Graham, in Winkfield, Berkshire.
Jana Froeling, DVM, AVCA
Dr. Froeling was graduated with honors from Iowa State University in 1988. She has worked as a veterinarian for 15 years in the Northern Virginia area. Currently, she owns and operates Full Circle Equine Service in Amissville, VA.
In 1997, Dr. Froeling completed the Basic Course in Animal Chiropractic and in 2002 completed the Advanced Chiropractic course. She is a lifetime member of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
In 2003 she completed the Equine Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She has also taken courses on canine and equine classical acupuncture points and Tui-na, which means push-pull and is the Chinese form of chiropractic and massage.
Dr. Froeling was appointed to Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She was also the chair of the Ad Hoc Committee on Equine Dentistry. She retired from both posts as of 2008. In addition to her work in equine medicine she also provides small animal services at Piedmont Pets in Warrenton, VA.
Outside her practice she enjoys organic gardening, marathon running and drumming. Dr. Froeling has 3 cats - Artemis, Ferdinand, Rajah, two labs – Callie and Dion and 2 horses Huck and Brego
Lise G.ONeill, MA,LPC, Reiki Master/Teacher
Lise G. O’Neill has spent most of her life in the company of dogs who have been first and foremost her companions and family members. She became an avid student of Volhard training and nutritional philosophies in 1995 and attended her first Top Dog Camp in 1997.
Lise received her master’s degree in counseling in 1993 and began working as an outreach worker to disadvantaged populations, then spent several years working with at-risk youth. For the last 10 years she has worked in both outpatient and partial hospitalization programs with people struggling with mental health and substance abuse issues. She also operates a private psychotherapy practice offering a holistic, client centered approach to psychotherapy. Lise places emphasis on helping each client explore their own opportunities for optimum personal growth through cognitive behavioral therapy and nutritional counseling.
In the course of her personal and professional journeys Lise has explored many different therapies. She chose to become a Reiki Master teacher in 2000 after experiencing many of the benefits of the energy therapy first hand. Lise's Reiki practice is now made up almost exclusively of dogs and horses with the occasional human to keep her on her toes. Lise has given numerous workshops on Reiki and treating animals with energy therapy as well as presented at previous Volhard Holistic Conferences.
Lise has always been passionate about helping people and dogs, and believes that quality nutrition is essential to recovery from both physical and mental illness. She and her husband created Dun Madra Dog training to provide comprehensive motivational training and nutritional services for dogs and their owners. They specialize in service and assistance dogs, as well as rescued or rehomed special needs dogs. Lise also has moderated the Volhard Nutrition and Training Lists on Yahoo.com, fostered puppies, breed dogs, and retired guide dogs for Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation; certified her labs as therapy dogs, is currently working her GSD in tending.
Marcia Lucas, BSc (Physics), AA, CLT
My husband, John, and I have had Labrador retrievers since 1989. Having retrievers led me to the world of retriever hunt tests, obedience trials, and tracking tests. Through these hobbies I developed an interest in canine nutrition and health and, over the years began to focus my continuing education and certifications in these areas. A distributor of Volhard Dog Nutrition products, I am also a moderator of the Volhard Nutrition discussion forum on yahoogroups.com.
I am certified in small animal acupressure (Tallgrass Animal Acupressure), Tui Na meridian massage (Chi Institute), and I am a Certified Laser Therapist (American Institute of Medical Laser Applications). I use all of these modalities to help performance dogs achieve and maintain a higher level of fitness and conditioning.
Upon retirement from the Los Alamos National Laboratory, I jumped at a chance to be the “laser therapy technician” at a local veterinary practice. I now work three days a week helping dogs and cats cope with the pain of arthritis and aging, healing wounds and incisions, and soothing outbreaks of ‘lick granulomas.’ I also use a Class III laser in my own small business, Natural Dog Wellness. (https://www.facebook.com/Natural.Dog.Wellness)
John and I currently have one Labrador retriever, Shane, who is ten years old. We live in the mountains of northern New Mexico and spend some time in the deserts of Arizona.
Dr. Monique Maniet, DVM, CVA, CVH, CVTP, CVFT
Born in Brussels, Belgium, Dr Maniet received her veterinary degree from the University of Liege in 1976. She has been in private practice in the Washington, DC area since 1979, and has studied holistic veterinary Medicine extensively. She has been a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association (AHVMA) since 1984.
In 1989, Dr. Maniet successfully completed veterinary acupuncture courses through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and was accredited. Subsequently, Dr. Maniet was certified in Quebec, Canada, by CEDH (Centre Etudes et de Documentation Homeopathiques) upon completion of courses in homeopathy in 1990. In 1996, Dr Maniet continued her study of Veterinary Homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, DVM, and was certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH).
She was certified by the Chi Institute in Chinese Veterinary Tui-Na Massage in 2015 and Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy in 2016
She is currently studying Animal Normalization Technique (ANT), an Osteopathic Approach for small Animals, with Patricia Kortekaas P.T., in Eugene Oregon
Dr Maniet is the founder of Veterinary Holistic Care in Bethesda, Maryland, where she cared for over 4000 patients through Nutrition, Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, and Ozone Therapy. She has been the subject of countless magazine and newspaper articles and has appeared on television and radio shows to elaborate on the numerous benefits of Veterinary Holistic Medicine.
Dr Maniet has been on the board of the AHVMA and is a past president of the AVH.
Her son, Mathieu Glassman, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 2004 is a board certified Veterinary Surgeon in Washington DC
Since selling her Bethesda practice in 2011, Dr Maniet lives with her family on her farm in Rappahannock County Va, surrounded by her much loved animals