Meet our National Board 2020 – 2021

Past President: Gabrielle Pagana, Western University, California, USA

Contact: Gabrielle.pagana@westernu.edu

My lifelong dream of becoming a veterinarian has finally blossomed into a reality this year after graduating in May 2020 from Western University of Health Sciences. During veterinary school I pursued my CVA (acupuncture) and CVFT (food therapy) through The Chi Institute of TCVM, and have hopes of continuing my education in integrative modalities so that I can best benefit my patients health as a whole. After graduation, I accepted a position in Los Angeles at both Green Dog Dental and Wellness, and My Pet Mobile Vet where I will be mentored and able to practice integrative medicine. My other interests include wildlife and exotic medicine, brachycephalic health, orthopedic disease care, geriatric and end-of-life care, dental health, vet mission work (nationally and internationally), animal behavior, veterinary business and leadership, and overall (human and animal) mental health. I have passed the baton down to a wonderful set of new officers and am excited to see what they will bring to this coming year. Thank you AHVMA for welcoming me and nurturing my growth, now onto experiencing it as a DOCTOR!

 


 


President: Alexis Awrey, Western University, California, USA

Contact: alexis.awrey@westernu.edu or SAHVMABoard@ahvma.org

Alexis is a 4th year veterinary 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 served as WesternU’s chapter president during her 2nd year and president-elect on the national student AHVMA board during her 3rd 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: Glee Anderson, Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, Tennessee, USA

Contact: angelica.anderson@lmunet.edu

 

Glee Anderson is a student at Lincoln Memorial University CVM, Class of 2022. To summarize Glee’s personality – Gregarious, Passionate, Effervescent, Determined, Resilient, and, of course, always Gleeful! A true zoophilist at heart, she spends almost all of her free time cuddling with her dogs, Loki and Freyja, and her 3 cats – Süne, Darcy, and Biscuit. She has a background in Religious Studies – particularly East Asian and World Religious Traditions. When she discovered TCVM, it was as if two passions converged into one path made especially for her! She embraced this gift and has been involved with AHVMA and Chi Institute ever since! She believes her purpose and direction in this life is to bridge the perceived gap between the art of healing and the science of medicine. She hopes to pave the way for future generations of veterinarians to embrace integrative modalities – allowing them to treat the patient as a whole. She served as Ross University SAHVMA Chapter President and Delegate for a year, and upon transferring to LMU, she pioneered the Integrative Medicine Club/ SAHVMA Chapter. She currently is the President of LMU’s chapter and serves as the TCVM Ambassador for Chi Institute. She is very grateful for this position and is honored to be a part of this organization. Together, we can change the world!

 


 

Secretary: Kristina Hugel, Louisiana State University, USA

Contact: ahugel@vetmail.lsu.edu

Hi! My name is Kristina and I was born and raised in New Orleans. The second word out of my mouth was ‘dog’ and my earliest memory is horseback riding. Not surprisingly, I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian as a young girl. That dream took me to Loyola University, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and am currently a member of Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2022. I am the Integrative Medicine Club President at LSU and am currently working on my certification in small animal veterinary acupuncture (the first of several certifications!). In my free time, I enjoy reading, working out, and spending time with my fiancé. I am super excited to be a member of the National SAHVMA board and look forward to helping others learn more about holistic veterinary medicine.

 


 

Treasurer: Isabella Robert, Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Contact: iarobert@upei.ca

Hi! My name is Isabella Robert and I am going into my 2nd year of veterinary school at Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I was born in Calgary, Alberta, but when I am not attending veterinary school in PEI, I am living in New York with my sister and my sassy cockapoo, Sparta. Due to my father living in multiple countries throughout my life, I have developed a love for traveling that continues to grow. Besides my love for travel, I also enjoy playing the piano, cooking (mostly eating), and running!
My passion for holistic medicine began five years ago when I started working as a veterinary assistant at an integrative veterinary hospital, where I had the opportunity to see the benefits of incorporating both holistic and conventional medicine. I hope to pursue my acupuncture license and further my education in nutrition and herbal medicine. I am super excited to be a part of the SAHVMA team! I hope to learn from other fellow students and practicing veterinarians about their involvement in holistic medicine and discover new opportunities so that, as a veterinarian, I can improve the quality of life of our animals.

 


 

Chapter Liaison: Katie McQueen, Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Contact: kmcqueen@upei.ca

Hi! My name is Katie McQueen and I am a part of the Class of 2023 at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. I am super excited to be joining the SAHVMA team as the Chapter Liaison for the 2020/21 year. I grew up in Ontario, Canada and moved to Nova Scotia to complete my undergraduate degree in Animal Science at Dalhousie University. As a current weightlifter and a past varsity rugby player, I have grown to appreciate the benefits of holistic medicine such as acupuncture and chiropractic modalities in my own body. My hope is to one day, be able to integrate these modalities into my own practice and share their benefits with the animals I work on. I own two rescue dogs named Saige and Darby that I absolutely adore. In my spare time, I enjoy riding horses, spending time at the barn, working out at my CrossFit gym and going for adventures with my dogs and fiancé.

 


 

Conference Liaison: Grant Garvey, University of Illinois , USA

Contact: ggarvey2@illinois.edu

My name is Grant, and I’m a rising third year at University of Illinois. I want to pursue veterinary rehabilitation as my main career goal with a special interest in neurological disorders as I am a neuroscience major. Although I have no pets of my own, I have four family dogs back home in the suburbs of Chicago that I love to go visit. Outside of vet med, you can find me playing volleyball, going for a run, or hanging out with many friends.

 


 

Webmaster: Kristy Herman, Michigan State University, USA

Contact: hermank7@msu.edu

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. At MSU she has been delighted to learn more about rehabilitative therapy and stay involved with the Integrative Medicine Club. Ideally, she would like to find solutions to gastrointestinal, neurological, and orthopedic diseases to enhance quality of life. She is looking forward to acupuncture certification prior to receiving her DVM and looks forward to incorporating integrative medicine wherever she goes. 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.