About this Episode
Welcome to the third season of the WholisticMatters Podcast Series, “The Wholistic Approach to Pet Care.” This series guides the listener through the world of nutritional support for pets, the importance of the endocannabinoid system for animals, and the unique components of the veterinary profession.
If you are a veterinarian, this podcast will provide insights on how to better support your pet patients and pet parents with wholistic care. Plus, we’ll talk about the unique ups and downs of the veterinary profession that you likely experience every day in your practice.
And if you’re not a veterinarian, this podcast still offers a unique perspective on the wholistic approach to caring for that special furry friend in your life! That friend may not have opposable thumbs, but they DO have unique dietary needs that you can fulfill for them. You are your pet’s biggest advocate, and we want to help you both live the fullest lives possible with the right lifestyle choices.
Meet the hosts:
Kara Credle is a clinical nutrition communication specialist passionate about bringing accessible health and wellness information to the masses – healthcare professionals and health enthusiasts alike! Kara has a five-year old Chow-Chow mix named Bingley who loves cuddles and shedding.
Jody Griffiths, CVT, brings 11 years of mixed animal practice experience to this podcast season as well as 12 years of educating veterinarians and technicians on the benefits of whole food nutrition for animals. Jody has two crazy Labs, a chocolate named Kona and a black named Echo that keep her on her toes and love belly rubs and their tennis balls.
Meet the special guests:
Dr. Sue Howell first started integrating whole food therapies with conventional medicine over 15 years ago. Dr. Howell is passionate about utilizing multiple modalities in a clinical setting, such as acupuncture and food therapy, as well as educating veterinarians about the power of whole foods for their pet patients.
Dr. Ann-Margret Morgan has been in the veterinary profession since 1992. Dr. Morgan specializes in canine rehabilitation, complementary therapies, and holistic medicine for animals, including modalities such as veterinary acupuncture, veterinary spinal manipulation, herbal medicine, and nutrition.
Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky is an integrative biologist from the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis, North Carolina. His expertise comes from how dietary bioactive components prevent chronic metabolic diseases and inflammation, with a specific emphasis on the pathological mechanisms of insulin resistance and muscle loss. Dr. Komarnytsky also specializes in the endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors, which is what we discuss with him in episode two.
Dr. Sheila Dodson has been a veterinarian since 1999. Dr. Dodson owns her own practice in Kansas City, Kansas, the Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center. Her vision for animals and pet parents is to provide the BEST in integrated medicine, with a special emphasis on preventative wellness care.
Dr. Patrick Mahaney has been a veterinarian since 1999. Dr. Mahaney is an advocate for whole food nutrition and the wholistic approach to veterinary care, which he provides in his unique house call – based California practice.