THE PAW PROJECT TEAM
Jennifer Conrad, DVM – Founder and Director
Hugh Chisholm, DVM – Atlantic Canada Director
Nicholas Dodman, BVMS DVA DACVA DACVB – Director, Animal Behavior
Kirsten Doub, DVM – Utah Director
Stephanie Globerman, DVM – Georgia Director
Ingrid Johnson, CCBC – Georgia Assistant Director
Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM – Colorado Director
Danya Linehan, DVM – Ohio Director
Nicole Martell-Moran, DVM MPH – Indiana Director
Margie Scherk DVM DipABVP – British Columbia Director
Allan B. Simon, DVM – New York Co-Director
Susan Whittred, DVM – New York Co-Director
Jim Jensvold – Paw Project Assistant Director
Jean Hofve, DVM – Consultant, Veterinary Science and Research
Kirk Wendelburg, DVM – Chief of Surgery, Animal Specialty Group
Michelle Naden – Digital Marketing
Alex Ford – Website Project Manager
Bob Hershon – Animation and Video Editing
Nikki Ford, Karen Woodward and Priscilla Roche Mutharasan – Social Media Producers
Lisbet Thoresen – Art Direction
About Jennifer Conrad, DVM – Founder and Director, Paw Project
Dr. Jennifer Conrad has cared for wildlife on six continents for over two decades. She is an impassioned advocate for animal welfare, who has seen first-hand the suffering and exploitation of animals, destruction of habitat, and gratuitous hunting—all of which threaten the welfare and very survival of many species. Dr. Conrad has participated in many programs to protect and improve the lives of wild animals. She has traveled to Namibia to de-horn rhinos, making them unattractive targets for slaughter by poachers who prize the horns for ornamental uses. While in Africa, she worked with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, collecting information to help fortify the dwindling numbers of this species. In Nepal, Dr. Conrad treated endangered Asian elephants, and in the Galapagos Islands, she joined government scientists treating a threatened population of sea lions.
Dr. Conrad is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians (AAZV), and the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians (EAZWV).
Currently, Dr. Conrad's professional responsibilities are divided between working with nonprofit wildlife sanctuaries for unwanted and abused animals in southern California and administering her own company, Vet to the (Real) Stars, which provides humane veterinary care to animals appearing in television and movies. Some of her animal actors have appeared in The Life of Pi, Transformers II, The Hangover, Zoo Keeper, Doctor Doolittle 2 and The Planet of the Apes.
In her former role as head veterinarian at a wildlife sanctuary, Dr. Conrad founded The Paw Project, which rehabilitates big cats, such as lions, tigers, cougars and jaguars maimed by declawing. Actually an amputation of the last bone in the cat's toe, declawing often cripples these magnificent creatures, both from the pain caused by the bone fragments left behind, and from the progressively debilitating arthritis produced by abnormal stress on other joints as the cats try to avoid walking on their painful, amputated toes.
About Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM – Director, Paw Project-Colorado
Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo recently retired from private practice in Denver, his home for over 40 years. He is a member of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Lavizzo also serves on the faculty of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences.
Dr. Lavizzo joined Dr. Conrad in her efforts to end declawing when he allowed himself to see the harsh reality of the cruelty he himself had committed for many year by declawing cats. The cutting realization awakened in him the courage to speak out against cruelty of all kinds wherever it occurs, and specifically declawing. His efforts now are particularly focused on establishing Colorado as the first state in the US to ban declawing."
Dr. Lavizzo has been recognized in the profession for his mentorship and work in leadership and interpersonal skills development among veterinary students and recent grads through his role on the board of the Veterinary Leadership Institute's Veterinary Leadership Experience. His service to the Denver and greater Colorado community is well known through his development of the Home Outreach program of PetAid Colorado and his service on the board of philanthropic animal welfare organization, the Animal Assistance Foundation.
In 2011, Dr. Lavizzo was honored by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association as the Colorado Veterinarian of the Year.
About Kirsten Doub, DVM – Director, Paw Project-Utah
Dr. Kirsten Doub is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 2002 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. Dr. Doub specializes in surgery, dentistry, and preventative medicine. Dr. Doub has her own practice, Union Park Veterinary Hospital, in Salt Lake City, Utah where the motto is "to treat your pets like members of our family". Her patients receive the most progressive ethical and medical care. Dr. Doub is a member of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Doub joined the Paw Project's efforts to end declawing when she realized that there were other veterinarians like her who were pushing to end the inhumane practice of declawing. Dr. Doub is proud that she has never declawed and never will. Dr. Doub established the Utah chapter of the Paw Project with the goal to use evidence-based medicine to change professional veterinary standards. Paw Project-Utah has garnered support in the Salt Lake community and has connected with ethically-minded veterinary professionals nationwide. Dr. Doub is excited to work with the Paw Project team to form a growing group of veterinarians and animal advocates who are leading their communities toward more ethical treatment of animals, including an end to declawing.
About Nicole Martell-Moran, DVM, MPH – Director, Paw Project-Indiana
Dr. Moran graduated with honors from Central Michigan University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Chemistry minor. She then went on to graduate from the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009 while simultaneously earning a Master's degree in Veterinary Public Health through the University of Minnesota. Dr. Moran is also a Veterinary Medical Officer in the USDA's National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps, responding to national and international emergencies and disease outbreaks that involve companion animals and livestock. She is an active member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association. She has a special interest in nutrition, pain management, dentistry, and infectious diseases.
Dr. Moran grew up in Northeastern Michigan and has practiced small animal medicine in the Indianapolis area since 2009 and feline-only medicine since 2012 at the Cat Care Clinic of Indianapolis. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, genealogy research, traveling with her husband, and spoiling her cats Ricky, Randy, Salma, Sylvia, Alton, and Velveteen.
Dr. Moran will be an active participant in the Paw Project movement and hopes to help cats in the Midwest live a healthier more stress and pain-free life.
About Susan Whittred, DVM and Allan B. Simon, DVM – Co-Directors, Paw Project-New York
Susan Whittred graduated with special honors from Hunter College in 1999. In 2003, she graduated from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving a special award for outstanding interest and ability in feline medicine and surgery from the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Whittred currently lives in Long Beach, NY with a parcel of furry "kids" and practices veterinary medicine at Animal Hospital of the Rockaways. Dr. Whittred is Director of Veterinary Medicine of the Patricia H Ladew Foundation, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) orgnization that provides housing and medical treatment for unowned cats. Dr. Whittred is a member of the Cornell Feline Health Center, The Association of Feline Practitioners, The Association of Shelter Veterinarians, The Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, The New York State Veterinary Medical Society, The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Humane Association.
Dr. Allan Simon is a co-founder of the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways, established in 1977. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate and also received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine there in 1973. He is a member of the the Long Island Veterinary Medical Association, the New York State Veterinary Medical Society, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the New York City Veterinary Medical Association, Cornell Feline Health Center and the New York City Medical Reserve Corps. He enjoys his two children, sailing and tennis. In his off-time he volunteers with The Habitat for Humanity helping to rebuild Breezy Point NY, an area hard hit by super storm Sandy. He also volunteers at an animal shelter in Queens, NY.
About Dr. Stephanie Globerman and Ingrid Johnson, CCBC – Paw Project-Georgia
Dr. Stephanie Globerman was born and raised on Long Island in New York. She attended the State University of New York at Albany where she obtained an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. After undergrad, she moved to Florida to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. Dr. Globerman graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After graduation, Dr. Globerman did an internship with Veterinary Specialists of South Florida, after which she worked as a small animal practitioner in the Vinings area of Georiga. It was not until working with both cats and dogs that Dr. Globerman realized her passion was in the practice of feline medicine. Dr. Globerman worked at the Cat Clinic of Roswell for over 4 years, specializing in the care of feline companion animals. In 2006, she opened Paws Whiskers & Claws, The Feline Hospital in Marietta, Ga. where she works today with her co-director, Ingrid Johnson, IAABC cat consultant. Together they work to better the lives of their patients through education of each kitty's parent.
Dr. Globerman and her husband Kyle have two sons, Ben and Zak. They share their home with two rescued dogs, six rescued cats, a bearded dragon and some fish!
Ingrid Johnson is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is also employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws as a veterinary technician and feline groomer. Ingrid has been working exclusively with cats since 1999. Animal welfare and has been her passion since her early teens and she has been working toward societal change in this arena ever since, encompassing all areas of animal exploitation including domestic cruelty, animals in research, factory farming and the like.
Ingrid operates Fundamentally Feline, providing both in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cats. Fundamentally Feline publishes educational blog content for clients as well as managing Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid also makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes. Ingrid and her husband Jake will also design and install custom built vertical space installations for families with cats. Ingrid currently shares her home with husband Jake, twelve cats, and Elsa, a rescued Burnese Mountain Dog.
About Hugh Chisholm, DVM – Director, Paw Project-Atlantic Canada
Dr. Hugh Chisholm is the Director of Paw Project-Atlantic Canada, which includes the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. In 1987, Dr. Hugh Chisholm and his wife, Kathy, opened Atlantic Cat Hospital, the first veterinary hospital in Atlantic Canada devoted exclusively to cats and their owners, which he operated until 2010.
Dr. Chisholm is currently agent/publisher at Ailurophile Publishing, which has produced Kathy Chisholm's books: "Urban Tigers - Tales of a Cat Vet", "Urban Tigers Two - More Tales of a Cat Vet", and "ME: A Memoir by Tuxedo Stan". He continues to work as a part-time feline practitioner for the PetFocus Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Dr. Chisholm also works with local cat rescue groups in Halifax, NS. He manages the Tuxedo Party Facebook Page, the @TuxedoParty & @TuxedoEarlGrey Twitter accounts, as well as the website www.tuxedostan.com.
Dr. Chisholm recently asked the Nova Scotia Veterinary Medical Association to ban declawing surgery in the province. The declaw ban was voted down, but Dr. Chisholm says banning the surgery is long overdue and says it's already banned in over 22 countries. "It's a barbaric mutilation that does nothing to benefit the cat," Dr. Chisholm says. "It's something that should become history. It's an embarrassment to our profession."
About Danya Linehan, DVM – Director, Paw Project-Ohio
Born and raised in New England, Dr. Danya Linehan has worked in the veterinary field since 1983 and has been a practicing veterinarian since 1993. She obtained a BS in animal science at the University of New Hampshire and her veterinary degree at Ohio State University.
Danya met her first pony in her 5th year on the planet. This being northern New Hampshire in the middle of February, the ground was covered with snow and ice. Still, this kid asked the farmer if she could please feed his pony some of the grass she had been stuffing in her pockets all summer and fall in anticipation that someday she might meet a pony. And that's how it started. Her first job at 15 years of age was as 'The kennel girl' and sometimes veterinary assistant for mentor, Dr. David Berliner in Concord, NH. In addition to small animal medicine, her career has included wildlife rehabilitation, shelter work for both large and small animals, and outreach education with the Massachusetts Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Dr. Linehan spent 11 years learning from Dr. Donn Griffith and, thanks to Dr. Donn, earned her veterinary acupuncture certification in 1997 from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
Dr. Linehan is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Ohio Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Veterinary Technician Educators. She began teaching at Stautzenberger College in 2006. Working with future veterinary technicians, developing curriculum, writing and teaching classes on campus and now online, became her more than full-time job. Teaching has become yet another passion and huge learning experience.
Other animal-focused waking hours are spent doing volunteer shelter work, serving on the Ohio Pet Fund Board and helping provide TNR, food and shelters for local feral colonies. Dr. Linehan spreads the word about animal issues - physical, societal and behavioral - through radio and webinar appearances and at seminars for the pet-owning public and for shelter staff and volunteers. She also participates in big cat rescue operations with The Exotic Feline Rescue Center in Indiana.
Dr. Linehan's interest in all things feline behavior evolved in an effort to make her own super-multi-cat family as happy, enriched and harmonious as possible. It also became a necessity in response to an ever-growing influx of feral kittens in need of socialization before placement, and to the needs of our fearful and displaced shelter animals. Danya lives with her husband Mike Parks, a musician and sculptor by trade and dedicated animal advocate by nature, and over a dozen animal friends.
About Margie Scherk, DVM – Director, Paw Project-British Columbia
Dr. Margie Scherk graduated from the University of Guelph in 1982 with a DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College. She founded the Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, BC in 1986. In 1995 she became board certified in the specialty of Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). One of the things she is most proud of is her pioneering the use of the Transdermal Fentanyl Patch for the alleviation of pain in companion animals. She has collaborated and co-authored several other papers; she has written a chapter for two editions of Ettinger and Feldman's "Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine," numerous chapters in Little's "The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management" as well as several other chapters in other texts.
She has served on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and was 2007 President of the organization. She has the privilege of being on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Recommendations Panel since 1995. She has volunteered also on the ABVP exam committee and the CE committee and has served on the scientific advisory committee for the World Small Animal Veterinary Congress and been the editor of the WSAVA Proceedings for the Vancouver 2001 meeting. As a participant on the North American Veterinary Licensing Exam Committee (NAVLE), she interacts with top teachers and practitioners to create a fair way of assessing the competence of new graduates. She founded the Feline Internal Medicine folder on Veterinary Information Network (VIN), and through many opportunities on the online medium, has grown to love teaching veterinarians, vet students and veterinary care providers both online and around the world. She is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
In "real life", she shares her home with her husband Jim, misses her adult children, loves to cook and is allowed to serve four cats: Nimitz, Jules, Monty and James.
Professor Nicholas Dodman, BVMS DVA DACVA DACVB – Director, Animal Behavior
Nicholas Dodman, Professor, Section Head and Program Director of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, North Grafton, Massachusetts, is one of the world's most noted and celebrated veterinary behaviorists. He grew up in England and trained to be a vet in Scotland. He attended Glasgow University Veterinary School in Scotland where he received a BVMS (equivalent to the US degree DVM). He was a surgical intern at the Glasgow Veterinary School before joining the faculty. It was at this time that Dr. Dodman began specializing in surgery and anesthesia. He received a specialty qualification, the Diploma in Veterinary Anesthesia, from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1975.
In 1981, Doctor Dodman immigrated to the United States where he became a faculty member of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. He became board certified in anesthesiology by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists in 1982. Shortly after his arrival in the US, Dodman became interested in the field of animal behavior. After spending several years in this area of research, most importantly pioneering equine research, he founded the Animal Behavior Clinic - one of the first of its kind - at Tufts in 1986. Dodman began to see clinical cases in 1987 and since 1990 has devoted all of his time to his specialty practice of animal behavior. In 1995, he received an additional board certification in animal behavior from the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists.
Dr. Dodman is internationally recognized and sought after as a leader in his field. He has had published five trade books, two textbooks and more than 100 scientific articles and contributions to scientific books and journals. He also holds 10 US Patents for various inventions related to the control of animal behavior. Dr. Dodman appears regularly on radio and television, including 20/20, Oprah, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, Dateline, World News with Peter Jennings, Discovery Channel, NOVA, Animal Planet, Fox TV, the BBC, and CBS, CNN's Headline News, Inside Edition, MSNBC, , NPR's "Fresh Air," and A&E. He is an ad hoc guest on WBUR's "Here & Now." Good Morning America's senior producer, Patty Nager, has dubbed Dr. Dodman GMA's ad hoc pet behavioral expert. Nicholas Dodman is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He is also a member of the Leadership Council of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. He lives near Tufts University with his wife, Dr. Linda Breitman, a veterinarian who specializes in small animals, and their children.