AVH 2014 Conference Speakers


Sarah Chapman, DVM, CVH

Dr. Chapman is a 1985 graduate of the Ohio State University, where she concurrently earned a MS in Animal Science / Immunology and a DVM.  She practiced conventionally for ten years before moving to the UK where she studied homeopathy. In May 2002 she graduated from the three year course of the Homeopathic Professionals Teaching Group in Oxford.  She qualified in the exams to become a Veterinary Member of the Faculty of Homeopathy in 2002.  During 2007-08 she studied acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and passed the certification exam.  Her 100 % holistic / homeopathic practice in Upper Marlboro, Maryland is located within a conventional practice, where she has had a symbiotic relationship with the conventional practice owner since 2002.  

Will Falconer, DVM, CVH

Will Falconer is a Certified Veterinary Homeopath who practices world wide from his clinic in Austin, Texas, USA. He received his DVM from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1980 and took the first Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in Eugene Oregon in 1992-93. His practice has been devoted to solely homeopathy ever since then. He keeps an active blog and website at VitalAnimal.com, inspiring animal owners to advocate for their animals and think deeply about medical practices falling under the heading of prevention.  Writing and teaching on natural animal health is his passion.

Dr. Falconer lives on 200 acres in the Hill Country of Central Texas and is inspired daily by walking the land there and swimming in natural water ways. Animals seen in his clinic often think they are just visiting a friend.



Nicola Henriques

Nicola Henriques applies the rare, unadulterated, pure form of Homeopathy, originated, practiced and taught by its founder, Dr. C.F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who is her professional role model.  Faithfully following Hahnemann’s directions, Henriques homeopathic practice is a rich patient-practitioner collaborative effort which reaches the cause of the illness, exhorts vitality and gently woos the sick human or animal back to wellbeing. 
Henrique’s knowledge of homeopathic medicine derives from more than two decades extensive scholarship of Hahnemann’s authoritative teaching concerning true Homeopathy. She understands, accepts and rigorously implements all aspects of the theory, applied science, processes, laws of nature, doctrine, philosophy, and all fixed fundamental principles which Hahnemann established to provide a firm basis for each prescription and govern the practice of Homeopathy. Henriques instruction elucidates Hahnemann’s original teaching; dispels clouds of doubt, uncertainty and insufficient knowledge relating to Homeopathy and promotes the fostering and preservation of Hahnemann’s “pure homeopathic healing art.”



Lisa J. Melling, DVM, CVH

Lisa J. Melling graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor degree in Animal Science in 1999.  She graduated veterinary school from Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 with a special interest in animal behavior and emergency medicine.  Dr. Melling worked as an associate veterinarian for three years at a small animal practice in southeastern Michigan, followed by several years of emergency medicine.  In 2007 Dr. Melling co-founded Best Friends Pet Wellness, a house call practice in the Ann Arbor area offering conventional and alternative medicine.  In 2009, she completed Dr. Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy.  Dr. Melling became an instructor for this course in 2010, and was recognized as a Certified Veterinary Homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in 2011.  Currently, Dr. Melling’s house call practice provides consultations in classical homeopathy, nutrition, wellness care, medicine and surgery to the Ann Arbor area.  .



Richard Pitcairn, DVM, CVH, PhD

Richard Pitcairn 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. 


Elise Radebaugh, DVM, CVA, CVH

Elise Radebaugh graduated from the University of Oregon in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2004. After graduation, she completed a one-year internship at a 20-doctor practice near Denver, Colorado. Dr. Radebaugh received her acupuncture certification in 2006 from Colorado State University. Elise and her husband opened a holistic veterinary practice, Healing Paws Wellness Center, in Eugene, Oregon, in 2008. The practice focuses on diet, nutritional and herbal supplements, acupuncture and classical homeopathy. In 2009, she completed Dr. Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy.  Dr. Radebaugh became an assistant instructor for this course in 2010, and was recognized as a Certified Veterinary Homeopath by the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy in 2011.


Adriana Sagrera, DVM, CVH

Adriana Sagrera graduated from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987 and practiced traditional veterinary medicine for six years. In 1993, she commenced her studies in veterinary homeopathy and became a certified classical veterinary homeopath in 1995. She now has accredited status. She has had training in veterinary chiropractic medicine and is certified in western herbal medicine by the Southeast School of Botanical Medicine. Since 1994 Dr. Sagrera has continued her homeopathic training with advanced courses and has completed her studies in advanced veterinary homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn. She is currently studying veterinary Chinese herbal medicine. Dr. Sagrera is committed to alternative medicine exclusively as a way to improve the health of her patients by the most natural and non-invasive means possible. To this date, she has spoken to various canine clubs, the student LVMA, and is available to speak to other professional groups. She is a member of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (Past - President)


Sarah Stieg, DVM, MRCVS

Sarah Stieg completed a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2001 and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, in 2009.  During her senior year of veterinary school, she completed the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy’s qualifying program: Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy through Animal Natural Health Center (ANHC) Education Programs in Sedona, Arizona.  Dr. Stieg began assistant teaching the ANHC Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2010.  She has presented at ANHC Education Programs Annual Meeting in Veterinary Homeopathy in 2012 and 2013, and has published a homeopathic equine case report in the spring 2012 edition of the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association.  In January 2013, she became the Director of the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy.  Currently, she is practicing as an integrative veterinarian with a primary emphasis on classical homeopathy and nutrition, in her own mobile mixed-animal veterinary practice in North Yorkshire, England.