THE PAW PROJECT TEAM
Jennifer Conrad, DVM – Founder and Director
Jim Jensvold – Assistant Director
Kirk Wendelburg, DVM – Chief of Surgery, Animal Specialty Group
Jean Hofve, DVM – Veterinary Science and Research Consultant
Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM – Colorado State Director
Kirsten Doub, DVM – Utah State Director
Nicole Martell-Moran, DVM, MPH – Indiana State Director
Susan Whittred, DVM – New York State Co-Director
Allan B. Simon, DVM – New York State Co-Director
Karen Woodward – Social Media
Michelle Naden – Digital Marketing
Jerry Gillaspie – Programmer
Bob Hershon – Animation and Video Editing
Jan Northrop – Video Producer
Lisbet Thoresen – Designer and Web Architecture
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, State 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, State 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, State 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, State Co-Directors, Paw Project-New York
In 1999, Susan Whittred graduated with special honors from Hunter College. In 2003 she graduated from Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the same year was presented with an award for outstanding interest and ability in feline medicine and surgery from the Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Whittred currently lives in Long Beach 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.