2015 Speaker Biographies

Susan Beal, DVM, CVH, comes from a long background of holistic veterinary practice and is dedicated to providing holistic care for animals, humans and the environment. Susan is particularly interested in whole farm/whole system pasture-based ecology and offers common sense advice and counsel, with the goal of health from the ground up - thriving individuals and ecosystems. She in involved in Holistic Management, a whole farm/business decision making and planning process that considers the triple bottom line of relevant economic, social and environmental considerations, simultaneously. Susan lives at Laughing Oak Farm in west central Pennsylvania.

Larry A . Bernstein , VMD, CVH, CVA, PCHom, has been a veterinarian since graduation from the University of Pennsylvania veterinary school in 1977 and has been using alternative medicine since 1991. He is certified by IVAS in Acupuncture, the AVH in homeopathy and has taken the AVCA training in chiropractic plus training in Ozonotherapy, Acutonics, Reiki, NAET and Matrix Energetics. His first love, although, is homeopathy. He studied with Dr. Richard Pitcairn in 1993 and was one of the earliest veterinarians certified in homeopathy by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy. He served on the AVH national board since its creation in 1997, has twice been president and is an honorary lifetime member. He is a graduate of both the Dynamis School of Homeopathy (3 year training) and the New England School of Homeopathy (2 year course). He is a lifetime member of the National Center of Homeopathy and Past - President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association 2006 and will be President again in October 2015 as the first person to be elected to that position twice. He presently has a 100% holistic practice in Florida where he both sees clients and does consultations in holistic medicine all over the world.

Todd Cooney, DVM, CVH. Born and raised in Indiana, Dr. Cooney studied at Purdue University, receiving a BS in Wildlife Science in 1981, DVM in 1986 and MS in veterinary Parasitology in 1989.  He worked the next few years in large animal practice.  He returned to Indiana to private practice in 1993 and continued to work in North Central Indiana.  Growing frustration with the limits of conventional medicine led him to take the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2008, which led to AVH certification in 2011.  He presently serves as a faculty member for the Pitcairn Institute for Veterinary Homeopathy, and owns The Animal Wellness Center, a holistic practice in Kokomo, Indiana with focus on homeopathy, nutrition and surgery.

Kim Elia, was inspired to study homeopathy when he read Gandhi’s quote about homeopathy, “Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment. Homeopathy is the latest and refined method of treating patients economically and non-violently.” He has been studying homeopathy since 1987 and graduated from the New England School of Homeopathy. Kim was in clinical practice with Dr. Paul Herscu, author of The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, Pediatric Constitutional Types. He is Kim is the former Director of Nutrition at Heartwood Institute, California, and has certified many nutritionists across the state of California. During that same time, he was the Director of Fasting at Heartwood, and worked with fasting therapeutics with many hundreds of people. He was the principal instructor and developer of the four year classical homeopathy program at the Hahnemann Academy in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. He is currently developing new homeopathy projects.

George Guess, MD, DHt,  practices classical homeopathy in a family practice setting in Charlottesville, VA. He is Vice-President of the American Board of Homeotherapeutics  and Editor of the American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine. He has served on the faculty of the National Center for Homeopathy, the International Foundation for Homeopathy, and the New England School of Homeopathy.  He extensively studied homeopathy with George Vithoulkas at the Athenian School of Homeopathic Medicine (Greece). Dr. Guess has appeared on The Phil Donahue Show and NPR’s The People’s Pharmacy.

Don Hamilton, DVM graduated from the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1979. He practiced conventional veterinary medicine and surgery from 1979 to 1993 and operated his own veterinary hospital from 1985 to 1993. He began incorporating holistic methods into practice in 1986, and in 1993 he left conventional practice to focus on homeopathy. Dr. Hamilton has been studying and practicing veterinary homeopathy for three decades, and he operates a 100 percent homeopathy practice. Dr. Hamilton wrote the first comprehensive book on homeopathic animal care, Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs: Small Doses for Small Animals. He lectures worldwide on veterinary homeopathy.

Dr. Hamilton has concerns about our interactions with companion animals and is interested in how these interactions affect animals, as well is in what these interactions suggest about modern culture and our own needs as humans. Dr. Hamilton is also a committed ecologist. He believes that all animals and plants have an inherent right to exist that is independent of their usefulness to humans.

Anne Hermans, DVM, CVH is a 1990 graduate of the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hermans has a B.S. in Biology from Barnard College, Columbia University and also studied music at the Juilliard School. Her research background includes neurobiology studies at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Rockefeller University. In clinical practice, she specializes in holistic veterinary medicine and was certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in 2000. Most recently, she has joined the faculty of Norwalk Community College, where she is developing a Veterinary Technology program that aims to be accredited by the AVMA.

Richard Pitcairn, DVM, CVH, PhD, attended veterinary school in California graduating in 1965. First practicing with a variety of animals — livestock, farm animals, circus animals, and pets — after two years he took a position on the faculty of the veterinary school at Washington State University. After teaching and operating the large animal clinic for a year, he entered graduate school full time in the department of microbiology. After a seven year period of study and research, with a major in immunology, he again joined the faculty to teach and do research during which time an interest in nutrition developed and led him to re-enter practice to put nutritional therapy to a practical test. In 1978, Dr. Pitcairn began the study of homeopathy and in 1985 established a clinic in Eugene, Oregon which, for over 20 years, offered only nutritional therapy and homeopathic medicine. With time he began teaching others in this method, establishing a yearlong post-graduate training program for veterinarians which is still ongoing and has graduated 500 veterinarians trained in homeopathic practice. In the 1990's he was one of the founders of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, the first veterinary homeopathy professional organization in the United States. In 1982 Dr. Pitcairn, with his wife Susan, published a book on natural animal care that is still in print, as the third edition, having sold over 400,000 copies. Now retired from practice, Dr. Pitcairn focusses on writing, teaching and research in the area of homeopathy.

Susan Pitcairn, M.S.,  co-author with Richard Pitcairn, DVM, PhD. of Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, has a masters in social psychology and a longtime affinity for activism, environmentalism and spirituality. In recent years she has also produced a large body of artwork and poetry, mostly of Southwest landscapes (see "Spirit of the Earth," her 2013 book) winning many awards, creating inspirational art events and developing a regional reputation. She also hosts an active website including blogs on many topics: susanpitcairn.com. Since 2014 she has shifted her focus to fulltime outreach on the urgency of adopting plant based diets as a key element to creating a sustainable world and lessening planetary devastation. Despite the challenge, she calls it "Environmentalism with Joy." That's because, she says, "I've learned we can each make an incredible difference."

Jennifer Ramelmeier, DVM, CVH , graduated from The Ohio state University-Doctorate of Veterinary medicine 1986. She  attended the ANHC professional course in Veterinary Homeopathy  2000-2001. She became a Certified Veterinary homeopath by the American Veterinary Homeopathic organization 2008 and Certified Reiki Ushi in Master-2008

Sid Storozum, DVM, CVH, JD is a 1976 DVM graduate of Cornell University and a 2007 graduate of Liberty University School of Law and member of the Virginia State Bar. He studied veterinary homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn and was certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in 1998. Dr. Storozum has been in mixed animal veterinary practice since 1976 and has practiced homeopathy since 1995. In his limited law practice, Dr. Storozum does estate planning, conservation easements, real estate, animal law, and advocacy work on behalf of holistic veterinary medicine. He and his wife, Shay, live on many acres in rural central Virginia and are slaves to their many four-legged animals and fowl.