Meet our National Board 2019 – 2020

Past President: Carrie Kurtz, Ross University, St. Kitts


Dr. Carrie Kurtz is a 2019 graduate from Ross University SVM, and she was involved in her schools student chapter of SAHVMA starting her second year until she left for her clinical training. She has been an executive officer of SAHVMA for the past 2 years, and is also a new chair for AHVMF’s yearly silent auction. Her interests in integrative medicine include acupuncture, rehabilitation & physical therapy, and herbal medicine. Dr. Kurtz is currently working on her acupuncture certification. She is currently practicing in the Chicagoland area at a small animal hospital that practices general practice and emergency medicine. In her spare time she enjoys reading and traveling.




President: Gabrielle Pagana, Western University, California, USA

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Hi! My name is Gabby and I am a fourth-year student at Western University of Health Sciences. I am from a small town in Pennsylvania and attended Penn State University for my undergraduate studies, majoring in animal science and minoring in avian science. I was transplanted across the country for vet school, where I am currently calling Orange County, California my home. My roommates consist of 3 bully breed pups aged 2, 8 and 10, a rabbit named Pepper and a beehive. My hobbies consist of gardening, beekeeping, kombucha brewing, yoga and hiking,  traveling, and spending time at the dog beach with my pups.
My interests in the vet world include small and exotic animal medicine, wildlife (especially raptors), and last but not least integrative medicine. I also have interests in emergency medicine, behavior, nutrition, dermatology, end-of-life care, and mission work. I am also obtaining a Masters in Public Health through a dual degree program with The University of Minnesota.
I cannot pinpoint the time I became interested in integrative medicine, rather it was a growing process beginning with essential oils, and progressing to loose leaf tea, herbals, and most recently food therapy. I received the honorable “CVA letters” in June 2018 from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and plan to continue learning more modalities throughout the years.
This year the officer team is working hard to continue establishing a strong foundation for years of student holistic education and awareness. I am excited to be apart of this team and have high hopes of success. Thanks for supporting and believing in us! 

President Elect: Alexis Awrey, Western University, California, USA


Alexis is a 3rd year student at Western University of Health Sciences. She is from Ramona, CA and attended Colorado State University for undergrad majoring in Equine Sciences. During her time in CO she gained interest in holistic medicine when she worked at CSU’s Equine Orthopedic Research Center and went on to intern with an equine sports medicine veterinarian. To further her knowledge in alternative medicine, she was WesternU’s chapter president during her 2nd year of veterinary school. Shortly after graduation  she plans to open her own large animal practice using alternative medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys competing on her horses in barrel racing.

Vice President: TBD

Contact: TBD

Secretary: Alison Mikes, Louisiana State University, USA


My name is Alison Mikes, and I am honored to be a member of the national SAHVMA board! I am a 3rd year student at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge.  I’m originally from New Orleans and attended LSU for my undergraduate degree in animal science.

I am extremely interested in all the AHVMA has to offer and especially love learning about food therapy and TCVM. I am currently enrolled in the mixed animal acupuncture course at the Chi Institute.

Outside of veterinary medicine, I enjoy doing anything outside—either gardening, kayaking, hiking, or just hanging out with my dog by the bayou. I hope to explore all aspects of holistic medicine and can’t wait to practice it one day and share its beauty with many patients and their owners.



Treasurer: Jessica Robinson, Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Chapter Liasion: Shekinah Morris, St. George’s University, Grenada


I am a fourth year Veterinary student currently attending St. George’s University. I attended Prairie View AM University and completed my Bachelor’ in Arts and science majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. During my time in Prairie view, TX, I gained interest in holistic practices and where I first saw the benefits of acupuncture in equine patients and laser therapy in small animal patients.

Currently I am the head of the SGU Community garden on campus where we host over 40 different plants as well as a water filtration system and composting bin. I also served as a board member of the SGU Integrative Veterinary Medicine Club where I was afforded the opportunity to gain more information about the possibilities of integrative medicine.

To further my knowledge in plant-based medicine, I am also pursuing my Master of Science with a concentration in Pharmacology. In addition, I am also enrolled into the Acupuncture course offered through the Chi institute. My other interest includes: Chinese herbal therapy, chiropractic medicine, nutrition formulation, and other alternative medicine methods.

Conference Liaison: Kristy Herman, Michigan State University, USA


Kristy is a proud member of Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2021. Prior to starting vet school, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from St. Thomas Aquinas College and jumped right into Westchester Community College’s Veterinary Technology program.

She enjoyed working as an LVT for several years and felt herself growing more passionate towards alleviating pain in geriatric patients and improving the human-animal bond. Ideally, she would like to find solutions to gastrointestinal and neurological diseases to enhance quality of life. She hopes to be certified in acupuncture before receiving her DVM and looks forward to incorporating integrative medicine wherever she goes.

At school, she stays busy as Co-president of the Integrative Medicine Club, Secretary of the Veterinary Business Management Association, as a student mentor in This is How We Role, and as a part-time sterile OR assistant. Outside of school, traveling, photography, and writing are her three passions.  She is grateful for everyone who helped her work towards achieving her dreams, and while she misses her family and friends back in New York, has found a second home in Michigan.

Webmaster: Briana Domenegato, Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island, Canada


Hello, my name is Briana Domenegato and I am honoured to be the webmaster of the SAHVMA 2019- 2020. I am going into my third year at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

I was raised with non-allopathic medical modalities and I am excited to discover and learn what alternative methods work on animals and what new information is on the horizon. I am excited to learn and grow through being part of the SAHVMA and helping it blossom. I am intrigued with many holistic modalities especially the component that nutrition plays in wellness and healing of animals, laser therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic and Chinese medicine.

I have the pleasure of living with a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever named Maple and a Siamese cat, Emir. I love the outdoors, travelling and exploring new places. I enjoy hiking, beach walks and playing with my dog Maple, highland dancing, mountain biking through the mountains, skating on frozen ponds, snowshoeing and downhill skiing. The beaches of Prince Edward Island are truly gorgeous but the Rocky Mountains have my heart! I am thrilled to be joining the SAHVMA.