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.
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.
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.
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.
Maribeth Decker, MS, MGA –Maribeth Decker pursued intuitive animal communication when her dogs started communicating with her after she became a Reiki master around 2009. She works with people who love their animals as much as their humans. Maribeth uses her intuitive abilities to address animals’ behavioral, emotional or physical issues. People often see improvements in animals’ behavior and in their relationship with their animals after working with Maribeth.
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. 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. Terri’s interest in nutrition and the use of foods as therapy began with her studies and certification in Traditional Chinese Herbology at the Connecticut Institute for Herbal Studies. She furthered her training with advanced studies in nutrition and the affects of diet on behavioral and chronic health issues through the Sydney Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. Terri’s ongoing passion for advancing feline health care is built on decades of experience successfully developing diets, employing herbal and nutritional supplements, and nourishing healthy feline lifestyles. Terri is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association.
For Appointments with Terri Grow call 703.299.5044
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.
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.
The Mount Vernon Dog Training Club, Inc., is a Northern Virginia hobby organization whose members are dedicated to the sport of dog obedience training. We offer dog training classes to the public teaching basic obedience for pet dogs through advanced competition obedience. All of our instructors have trained and shown their dogs in AKC Obedience and Rally Trials earning multiple titles on a wide variety of breeds and all american dogs. We hold an AKC obedience trial every October in Point of Rocks, Maryland . Learn more about Mount Vernon Dog Training Club