2017 Speaker Biographies

Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH, was born and raised in Indiana, and received a BS in Wildlife Science, MS in Veterinary Parasitology, and DVM from Purdue University.  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 as one of the instructors for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy (pivh.org), and board member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (theAVH.org).

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.

Wendy Jensen, DVM, CVH,  has been practicing 100 percent homeopathy since 1992. She graduated from the  York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987, before being certified by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) in 1994. Dr. Jensen served as Executive Editor for the AVH's Journal (JAVH) for 12 years. She lectures extensively and has taught and served as a mentor for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy's Professional Course. Her writing has appeared in JAVH and JAHVMA, as well as in other journals. Together with Dr. Richard Pitcairn, Dr. Jensen wrote the New World Veterinary Repertory. Her own book, The Practical Handbook of Veterinary Homeopathy: Healing Our Companion Animals from the Inside Out is recommended reading for the Professional Course. She lives in New Hampshire and plays violin whenever she can take time out from her busy house call practice.

Lisa Melling, DVM, CVH, received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1999, and graduated from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 with a special interest in animal behavior and emergency medicine. In 2007 Dr. Melling co-founded Best Friends Pet Wellness, a house call practice serving the Ann Arbor area of Michigan. Frustrated by the limitations of allopathic medicine, Dr. Melling enrolled in Dr. Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2008. Encouraged by her personal experience with homeopathy as well as the curative results it provided for her patients, Dr. Melling became a faculty instructor for the Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2010, and was recognized as a Certified Veterinary Homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in 2011, and became a board member in 2016. She has presented cases each year at the Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy since 2012, was a speaker at the 2014 Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy Conference, the 2015 Michigan Veterinary Conference, the 2016 American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Conference, and the 2017 Midwest Veterinary Conference. She has written articles on veterinary homeopathy that have been published in the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, as well as Pets Naturally and Pet Wellness magazines. In 2015, Dr. Melling moved to Traverse City, Michigan and established Good Harbor Holistic Veterinary Care, a house call practice providing homeopathic treatment for acute illnesses, injuries and chronic disease as well as nutritional and behavioral counseling.

Richard Pitcairn, DVM, CVH, PhD has been active in the veterinary field since graduating from UC Davis in 1965. His experience has spanned large animal medicine, small animal medicine, exotic animal medicine, research in immunology, and a faculty position at Washington State Veterinary School. As experience was gained the focus in practice became nutrition and use of homeopathy as primary modalities. In 1985, a practice was established in Eugene, Oregon that used only these two treatment methods for a wide range of physical and emotional problems. The success in this approach was recognized leading to the establishment of a year-long training program for veterinarians wishing to learn this work. To date, 500 veterinarians have gone through this training. In 1995, Dr. Pitcairn co-founded The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy, the first professional organization of practicing veterinary homeopaths in the United States. In 2013 Dr. Pitcairn, in association with Wendy Jensen DVM, developed a repertory, the major reference work in homeopathic practice, and the first of its kind focusing specifically on veterinary practice. Now retired from active practice, Dr. Pitcairn consults with homeopathic veterinarians and continues to be active in teaching and writing in the area of nutrition, homeopathic medicine and the ethical treatment of animals.

Jacqueline Sehn, DVM, CVH, VetMFHom,  was born and raised in Brazil, where she attended Veterinary School at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, having graduated in 1983. After working for a few years in a mixed animal practice, she traveled to Europe to further her studies in Homeopathy.

She moved to NYC in 1987 and has lived and practiced veterinary medicine on Mercer Island, east of Seattle, since 1996. Her life's passion has always been to heal our dog and cat friends.  She keeps current with state of the art orthodox veterinary techniques, as well as alternative treatment modalities of homeopathy, chiropractic and nutrition/nutraceuticals.

Dr. Sehn is a member of the following associations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
  • Washington State Veterinary Medical Association (WSVMA)
  • American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA)
  • Washington State Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (WSHVMA) (co-founder)
  • Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (AVH) - Past President, Certified (CVH)
  • American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) - Certified (CVC)
  • International Association for Veterinary Homeopathy (IAVH) American representative (2001-2007)

Dr Sehn has recently changed her name back to her maiden name. You may know her as Dr. Jackie Obando.