Clinicians and Therapists
Jordan Kocen, DVM, CVA – Dr. Kocen began practicing holistic veterinary medicine exclusively in 1995 – as Veterinary Holistic Care – after nearly a decade in a traditional practice. Opening the Veterinary Holistic Center is 2015 marks the achievement of a major career goal for Dr. Kocen. With bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Rutgers University, he earned his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1986. A frequent lecturer on holistic medicine for pets, he is a member of the American Holistic Medical Association, the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. He is also certified by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. His wife Janet (also a veterinarian) and two children share their home with two Dobermans and many cats.
For appointments with Dr. Kocen, please call 703.662.4494.
Marilyn Khoury, VMD, CVA – Dr. Khoury earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 and is certified as a veterinary acupuncturist by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. A member of The American Holistic Medical Association, The American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, she has been practicing with Veterinary Holistic Care since 2006. At home, she enjoys the companionship of a Border Collie, two cats, and a horse.
For appointments with Dr. Khoury, please call 703.662.4494.
Eleanor Thompson, DVM, CVA – A native to Northern Virginia, Dr. Thompson has been committed to holistic animal health for many years. After receiving her DVM degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992, she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, a non-profit veterinary center that has been a national leader in animal care since 1910. Dr. Thompson then returned to Northern Virginia where she worked at Alexandria Animal Hospital for 14 years, practicing both emergency and routine veterinary care. In addition to traditional veterinary training, Dr. Thompson is a certified veterinary acupuncturist through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). A culmination of her years of experience, Dr. Thompson launched Compassionate Veterinary Alternatives LLC in 2010. This practice is a house call veterinary practice focusing on acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapies. She will continue to see patients on a house call basis in addition to seeing patients at VHC. Dr. Thompson is very passionate about helping and supporting animals diagnosed with cancer. Although this can be a devastating diagnosis, integrative therapies can oftentimes help support these patients.
For appointments with Dr. Thompson, please call 571.393.7007.
Terry Pollock, DVM, CVA – Dr. Pollock had the privilege of living with a variety of different animals growing up such as horses, cows, pigs, chicken, ducks, dogs, cats, parakeets and rabbits. She became passionate about helping animals achieve their optimum health and quality of life. Following this passion, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Science and then continued on to receive a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1989. Her experience includes working with exotics and small animals in Texas, working with the SPCA in San Diego, California and for the past 15 years practicing in a small animal hospital in Falls Church. Having a strong desire to provide an improved quality of life for her patients beyond conventional medicine, she then became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Gainesville, Florida. She has also completed the course work to become certified in Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy. Her professional goals are to provide gentle and personalized care for each patient using Acupuncture, Herbs, and Food Therapy. Her greatest joy is improving her patient’s mobility and quality of life. Dr. Pollock is a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture and American Veterinary Medical Association.
For appointments with Dr. Pollock, please call 703.732.4340.
Kelly Foltman, DVM, CVC, CVA – A practicing veterinarian for more than 20 years, Dr. Foltman began her career in central New York, focusing on equine and small animal care. After completing certification in animal chiropractic care in 1999, she opened Willowind Farm Equine Services in Manlius, N.Y. While the emphasis at Willowind was equine care, Dr. Foltman cultivated a large canine chiropractic following. In 2009 she completed acupuncture training and added small and large animal acupuncture to her services at Willowind. In 2011, Dr. Foltman moved to Purcellville, Va. and opened Dunthorpe Farm Veterinary Services where she specializes in enhancing equine and small animal wellness and performance through a holistic approach using chiropractic, acupuncture and occasional herbal treatments. Equine dentistry and nutritional consultation are additional important components of the practice.
For appointments with Dr. Foltman, visit Dunthorpe Farm Veterinary Services.
Nellie Bierly, DVM, CVA, CVC – Dr. Bierly practices both conventional and alternative veterinary medicine at Animal Wellness Center in Crozet, Va. She graduated from The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1989, and until 1997 practiced in a mixed animal practice in Lexington, Virginia. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture in 1995 and became certified in veterinary chiropractic in 1999. In addition to her practice at the Animal Wellness Center, she travels around Virginia using her special skills to provide other pets with acupuncture and chiropractic care. The focus of her work involves musculoskeletal issues including lameness, arthritis, back and neck pain, paralysis and weakness. She has also developed a special interest in athlete and performance dogs and their injuries resulting from agility, fly ball, and obedience work.
For appointments with Dr. Bierly, visit her online appointment calendar.
Lynn Nalepa, LVT, CCRP, CVPP – Lynn Nalepa is a West Virginia native and graduated at the top of her class in Veterinary Technology from Fairmont State University in 1992. Over the years, she has worked in many different aspects of veterinary medicine as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. Her dedication to pain management led her to attend the University of Tennessee to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She is also a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner from the International Veterinary Association of Pain Management (IVAPM). Nalepa has a special interest in massage, osteoarthritis management, assistive carts, braces, and orthotics, hospice care, and enjoys working with cats as well as dogs in rehabilitation.
For appointments with Lynn Nalepa, please call 703.662.4494.
Amy Egger graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in biology, then received her physical therapy degree from Old Dominion University in 1983. She has been a PT for humans for the past 34 years working in a variety of settings including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient clinics and home health and is now expanding her horizons into the world of animals. Dogs have always been Amy’s passion and rescuing an incredibly special abused dog inspired her to pursue her longtime dream of working with dogs. Amy became certified as a canine rehabilitation therapist (CCRT) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute in Florida in March, 2017 and has also attended courses in canine massage. Amy is very excited to join the team at the Veterinary Holistic Center and to be a part of helping your dogs heal. She has a special interest in manual therapy as well as pool therapy and has a soft spot in her heart for geriatric dogs.
For appointments with Amy Egger please call 703-662-4494
Carol Wasmucky, BS, PT – Carol Wasmucky has been an orthopedic and sports medicine physical therapist since 1986, when she completed her degree in physical therapy at the University of Miami. For eight years, she directed a thriving sports medicine facility in Northern Virginia, specializing in treating ACL (knees) reconstructions, total knee and hip replacements, herniated discs, fractures, sprains/strains, muscle imbalances, and many other diagnoses in the human population. After successfully treating and managing her golden retriever’s hip dysplasia without surgery, she was inspired to apply her expertise in anatomy to the pet population. Wasmucky has attended specialized courses at the University of Tennessee’s Canine Physical Therapy program, in addition to many other courses across the country. She started Pet Rehab in 2000 and has since worked on dogs and cats with such diagnoses as ACL/CCL (knee) tears and repairs, hip dysplasia, hernias, brain tumors, obesity, elbow dysplasia, fractures, seizures, disc disease, rotator cuff injuries, Achilles tendon tears and repairs, sprains and strains.
For appointments with Carol Wasmucky, visit Pet Rehab.
Terri Grow– Terri Grow brings a distinctive combination of experience, knowledge and advocacy to animal health and well-being. For over 20 years, Terri has provided wellness counseling to thousands of clients from the Northern Virginia holistic pet resource center and store, PetSage. She knows you want your pet to have the best diet available. However what is “best” for one dog or cat may not be the “best” for yours. Navigating the claims of the multi-billion dollar pet food industry is daunting. Her experience will help you separate fact from fiction to find the food that’s right for your pet, whether you choose a commercial food or need guidance making homemade. She is certified in Traditional Chinese Herbology with advanced studies in nutrition and complementary therapies for behavioral and chronic health issues. Terri often writes and speaks on pet health and welfare. She has worked with veterinarians, trainers, shelters and manufacturers on canine and feline diets, herbal therapies, and nutritional supplements. Her passion of advancing feline health care using species specific diets, herbal and nutritional supplements and lifestyle nourishments, has helped create more awareness of feline needs and led to the label of “cat expert.” Terri is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association.
Kim Bennett, ESMT, CMT – After completing degrees in equine management and business administration, Kim Bennett earned certifications in equine (2003) and canine (2004) sports massage therapy. She’s been practicing since 2003. Her experience includes work at agility and breed competitions, private farms, and racetracks and horse breeding facilities. Bennett provides adjunct instruction and conducts educational clinics with a wide variety of organizations.
For appointments with Kim Bennett, please call 304.650.6073.
Mary Pat Corrigan, CMT, RMT – Mary Pat Corrigan is certified in canine, equine, and human massage therapy, and is a Reiki master teacher. She has been a massage therapist and Reiki practitioner for dogs, horses, cats, pet steer, llamas, rabbits and birds. And people, too! In her 40 years of working with and caring for animals, she has worked in boarding facilities; managed top show stables in Puerto Rico and New York; rehabilitated feral cats, aggressive dogs, and abused and neglected horses; worked as a vet assistant; trained dogs in sports; and was privileged to live with two award-winning therapy dogs. In 2007, she opened her business, Higher Ground Bodyworks. In 2014, she was editor and contributor to a book — Troubleshooting Your Dog: The Ultimate Canine Fitness Evaluation Guide — by Jean-Pierre Hourdebaigt, one of the first and foremost authorities in animal massage. Corrigan is the creator of Earth Reiki, which uses Reiki and other energy techniques to reconnect with the earth. A member of the International Association of Animal Massage & Bodywork, Corrigan has been interviewed by several media organizations, including an appearance on the CBS Sunday Morning Show massaging her client and winner of the 2011 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, the Scottish Deerhound, GCH Foxcliffe Hickory Wind.
For appointments with Mary Pat Corrigan, please call 540-660-4367.
Bettejeanne (Bj) Hammond – Bj Hammond is a certified human massage therapist and a trained, very experienced Quadruped Body-Worker. She has served animals in Northern and Central Virginia for 18 years. The hallmarks of Hammond’s work include “get to know you” time with her animal client to ensure optimal outcome. She works with the animals to balance the nervous system and vitalize the neuromuscular connections, enhance muscle function and coordination, correct any imbalances in an animal’s gait (where many structural and muscular problems begin), and restore optimal flow and rhythm to body fluids. The body harmony which results from this in-depth attention promotes overall physical health and emotional well-being. Hammond’s motto is “massage is good medicine.
For appointments with Bj Hammond, visit Holistic Animal Bodywork.
Juli Richardson, RMT, Certified Psychic Medium – Juli is a certified Reiki Master Teacher, Animal Reiki Practitioner, and Animal Communicator. She received her Animal Reiki certifications from Kathleen Lester of Animal Reiki Alliance as well as from Angie Webster, RMT. Juli provides healing through the ancient method of Reiki and by communicating telepathically with animals. Animals respond very well to Reiki as they have an innate understanding of energy. Most animals find Reiki to be relaxing and can experience the same benefits as humans. Reiki is a wonderful compliment to other forms of holistic and conventional treatments. Juli believes that healing occurs when bodies are in a state of “ease” and that each animal is unique in their physical, emotional and spiritual make up. It is her goal to provide Reiki treatments that address the unique physical and emotional needs of each individual client. In doing work as an energetic healer, she discovered her ability to communicate with animals. She is able to receive messages about their physical and emotional states, as well as to connect with them to ask them for answers to your questions. Juli is the owner of Light Works, based in Manassas, VA, where she practices Reiki, teaches classes and conducts workshops.
For appointments with Juli Richardson, please call 703-926-4499 or send an email to email@example.com.
All About Dogs / Pam Nashman –
Since 1993, All About Dogs has been dedicated to providing the best possible counseling and training for you and your dog. Programs focus on teaching your dog to be a well-mannered dog, which the whole family can enjoy. We believe in the highest quality service for all our customers and are dedicated to teaching humane, dog-friendly training methods. Owner Pam Nashman is a certified professional dog trainer and has garnered a strong reputation for her work with reactive dogs and their owners. She and her team of trainers offer a full range of training services including private lessons, group classes, and behavior evaluations. Learn more about All About Dogs.
Dog Tranquility, LLC / Colleen Dermott –
Colleen Dermott has had a passion for animals since she was a little girl and was the neighborhood pet sitter. While living in Fort Bragg, N.C., she received her dog training certification from Animal Behavior College and volunteered as a trainer for the on-post shelter. She launched Dog Tranquility with her husband in 2012 after returning to Northern Virginia. Dermott holds numerous certifications and is affiliated with several professional groups. Her training methods include positive reinforcement, positive associations, bonding and leadership exercises, and fun games. Learn more about Dog Tranquility.
Canine Copilots, LLC / Jacy Kelly –
After a successful dog-handling career in the U.S. Air Force, Jacy Kelly decided he wanted to share his nearly 20 years of canine expertise with the public. Jacy became the first certified nose work instructor in the Mid-Atlantic region in 2010 and began instructing K-9 Nose Work classes in Maryland and Virginia. Canine Copilots started as only Jacy but has grown to include six additional trainers teaching classes at all levels around the D.C. metro area. Canine Copilots is conducting and hosting trials, workshops, and seminars nationwide. Learn more about Canine Copilots.
KissAble Canine, LLC / Lisa Colón Tudor –
KissAble Canine is an award-winning and veterinarian recommended company providing training and behavior coaching for the family dog. Our training programs are ideal for the new rescue dog or the brand-new puppy. Our goal is to provide families and their dogs with fun and effective training solutions. Learn more about KissAble Canine.