Tamara Forand Crawford
© 2023 · Veterinary Cannabis Society
© 2023 · Veterinary Cannabis Society
Trina Hazzah was born and raised in Washington DC. She attended Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed her small animal internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey and a 3-year residency in medical oncology at the Veterinary Oncology and Hematology Center, in Connecticut. She has also completed the requirements to be a Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Hazzah developed an interest in cannabis medicine during her quest for finding effective integrative approaches for veterinary cancer patients. She has spent the last half a decade reading though available literature, attending multiple cannabis conferences and symposiums, while also learning from cannabis physicians. She has since given numerous lectures to veterinarians educating them on the topic of cannabis medicine. Dr. Hazzah is a founder and the co-president of Veterinary Cannabis Society and a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinician, Canadian Association of Veterinary Cannabinoid Medicine, Veterinary Cancer Society, American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and California Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Gary Richter is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is certified in acupuncture, chiropractic, and Western herbology. His book on integrative medicine, “The Ultimate Pet Health Guide” was released in 2017. In addition to full-time practice, Dr. Richter is a vocal advocate for the safe use of medical cannabis for animals including being involved with the passage of AB 2215 in California, which allows veterinarians to discuss cannabis with pet owners. Dr. Richter is also a sponsor of SB 627 in California which will further protect veterinarians and pet owners by allowing veterinary recommendation of cannabis. As a founding member and co-president of the Veterinary Cannabis Society, Dr. Richter is continuing his efforts to educate the veterinary profession, support safe cannabis products for animals, and advocate for regulatory and legislative change to protect animals and the veterinary profession.
Dr. Mironchik-Frankenberg is a veterinarian with 15 years combined experience in small animal practice and shelter medicine. She is also a passionate cannabis advocate. She first discovered the world of medical cannabis during a long battle with a career-ending injury. After achieving her own impressive results, she began investigating how to spread the word to others in need. She has since left clinical practice and immersed herself in the study of cannabis science. Since 2016, she has helped educate countless others on the healing benefits of this miraculous plant. In 2018, she founded Veterinary Cannabis Consultants and now focuses on providing educational resources for cannabis use in the veterinary world.
Dr. McGrath is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Sciences Department and head of the Neurology Service at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Columbia University, completed the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at Michigan State University, and did an internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Dr. McGrath completed the neurology residency program at Colorado State University and has been a faculty member there since 2012. She is board- certified in veterinary neurology and, for the past 13 years, has been working in the highly specialized field of medical and surgical neurology. Her responsibilities include clinical duties, didactic teaching for veterinary and post-graduate students, and research activities. Dr. McGrath’s research has been dedicated to finding novel treatments for canine epilepsy, canine brain tumors, cognitive dysfunction, and canine inflammatory central nervous system diseases. For the past six years, her research efforts have been primarily focused on cannabis, both in a laboratory setting and with clinical trials utilizing client-owned animals with naturally-occurring diseases. Her groundbreaking cannabis research and expertise is highly regarded and internationally recognized. She has been successful in generating and utilizing pre-clinical data to perform clinical trials in a variety of naturally-occurring canine and feline diseases, most of which serve as a strong translational model for humans. Most recently, Dr. McGrath was granted the 2020 Zoetis Award for Research Excellence, honoring her impactful, innovative, and successful research program.
Dr. Susan Trapp is a 20-year biotechnology expert with a vision to accelerate patient-centric cannabis and endocannabinoid discoveries through education and research. She attended the University of Maryland where she earned her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry with a focus on plant and fungal terpenoids. Dr. Trapp completed her 3-year postdoctoral educational training at the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University where she continued her research on terpenoid genomics and genetic engineering within a seminal terpenoid research laboratory. Prior to her graduate work in the early nineties, Susan had the opportunity to work directly with Dr. Craig Venter, on the human genome project which has definitely influenced her research fascination in genomics, personalized medicine, and computational biology. Susan has a number of peer-review publications, book chapters, podcasts, and presentations on terpenes, terpene genomics, human genomics, and canine, and breast cancer biomarker identification.
Dr. Trapp earned her nickname as the ‘Queen of Terpenes’ by serving as a scientific advisor and valued consultant for cannabis and hemp companies as they continue to navigate the function of terpenes in products. Motivated by her passion for education, Dr. Trapp utilizes her in-depth knowledge of terpenes to educate the cannabis community at conferences and conventions nationwide. Susan Trapp also serves as an instructor for the Cannabinoid Industry Association’s accredited courses.
Since making the shift to cannabis, Susan co-founded several ancillary cannabis companies and is a recent graduate of Canopy Boulder’s cannabis business accelerator program. Her current projects include launching two terpene and cannabinoid-focused startups: Terpedia and EndoSyn Biosciences. Dr. Trapp is a founder and CEO of Terpedia, a digital scientific terpene knowledge-base with curated data and terpene – cannabinoid consultancy. Terpedia provides recommendations, formulations, validation, and effectiveness studies. Susan is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians, International Society for Plant-Microbe Interactions, and Society for Computational Biology.
A native of Shepherdsville, KY, Dr. Joli Jarboe graduated from the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. After spending a year in private practice and two years in a 24-hr referral hospital as an emergency clinician in Ft. Pierce, FL, she began a three-year neurology residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia and stayed on as a Clinical Instructor for another 1.5 yrs. Private practice has taken her to Houston, TX; Las Vegas, NV; Cincinnati, OH; and Leesburg, VA. She has called Leesburg, VA and Bush Veterinary Neurology home since August 2009, serving as Medical Director for 5 years and continuing on as senior Neurologist/Neurosurgeon.
She has been actively involved with the training of neurology residents and interns since completing her Neurology Residency in 1999. She is past secretary of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society. Her clinical interests revolve around all aspects of neurosurgery with a passionate interest in brain and cervical neurosurgery. She has become renowned for her interest and support of cannabinoid therapy in veterinary medicine in the past 15 years and is a passionate proponent of this adjuvant therapy. In 2017, she aligned herself with Zilis, a cannabinoid science supplement company manufacturing Ultracell, a full spectrum water soluble phytocannabinoid supplement and currently serves on their Medical Advisory Board. She is also an active consultant for Veterinary Cannabis Education and Consulting and a member of Veterinary Cannabis Society. She is a contributing author in 2021 Springer edition of Veterinary Cannabis Therapy in Veterinary Medicine.
Holly Hommerding was born and raised in central Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Science in 2005 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2008. Holly spent an early and fulfilling career in small animal general practice in the northern suburbs of Minneapolis through 2016, where her love for life-long patient care and preventative medicine, elder-life care, and an early interest in the potential benefits of cannabis in veterinary patients began to harmonize.
Dr. Hommerding joined Pet Poison Helpline in 2014, through which she was afforded the opportunity to specialize in veterinary toxicology. Holly became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (ABT) in 2018 and a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology (ABVT) in 2022. Her work in clinical veterinary toxicology at Pet Poison Helpline has cultured and fostered an interest and appreciation for the complexities of the endocannabinoid system and the pharmacologic and clinical behavior of cannabis in companion animals. She most enjoys discussing the toxicological considerations of cannabis in pets with colleagues and animal guardians alike through consultation and lecture opportunities, and she continues to pursue knowledge in the ever growing and changing corner of this field. With gratitude to her mentors, Dr. Hommerding has most recently welcomed opportunities to share the toxicological considerations of cannabis in pets through contributions to several veterinary textbooks.
Holly lives in the Twin Cities area with her comical golden retrievers, her strong-willed cat, and her very geriatric small parrot.
Charles Lozow is a former farm kid with a love and passion for animals. He is a graduate of Cornell Law School with 30 years’ experience as litigator, transactional lawyer and executive and became involved in medical cannabinoid therapies for companion animals in 2016, following serving as a puppy raiser for Miracle III owned by Canine Companions for Independence. He has appeared before the California Veterinary Medical Board in support of AB 2215 and SB 627 and owns Stack Botanicals, LLC.
“VCS’s mission is critical now because more pet parents and veterinarians are seeking natural, efficacious and safe alternatives to big pharma, and what better plant is there than cannabis to set the standards? Consumers, the veterinary profession and producers of pet products using cannabis need VCS to lead the way.”
Dr. Pollard received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 from the University of Naples, Italy. Upon graduation, he worked in a mixed animal practice for several years before getting bit by the “ER bug.” Dr. Pollard has since practiced emergency/critical care medicine for the majority of his 25- year career.
In 2006, Dr. Pollard became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and is currently one of only eight veterinarians in San Diego County with this distinction! He has judged the Science & Engineering Fair for many years and served as a representative of the San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association.
When not pursuing his passion for veterinary medicine, Dr. Pollard is an inveterate gardener and a firm believer in the adage that gardening is cheaper than therapy; and you get tomatoes!
Dr. Jeffrey Powers earned his veterinary degree with Honors from Michigan State University in 1980. Powers began clinical practice in the 1980, practicing in rural southeastern Michigan in predominantly dairy and equine practice. He founded South Sanilac Veterinary Hospital in 1983 and has practiced in both large and small animal practice ever since. He is currently the owner of Veterinary Clinics North in Northern Michigan with practices in East Jordan and Beaver Island Michigan. Dr Powers also provides equine and small animal veterinary services to Mackinac Island, Michigan. Dr Powers was President of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association in 1997 and has served on numerous MVMA and AVMA Committees and Councils. Dr Powers is currently the Chairman of the AVMA’s Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents and was formerly Chairman of the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. He also helped to create the AVMA Working Group on Cannabis and formerly served as its chair. Dr Powers has a small hemp farm on Beaver Island in Northern Lake Michigan where he grows organically produced hemp in a unique Island climate environment. He is a frequent speaker on the practical use of Cannabis in Domestic Animals and has also led efforts in his home state of Michigan to develop legislation that will allow the veterinarian to legally discuss cannabis use in animals with their owners. Dr Powers also recently served on an ASPCA Think Tank on the Access to Basic Veterinary Care, with a focus on providing veterinary care to all income demographics in the United States.
Andy Fleming is a native of New York City. He earned his Bachelors Degree in Biology from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1977. He earned a Masters Degree in Public Health and Microbiology from Wagner College in 1978. Andy attended the University for Foreigners in Perugia, Italy and finished a course in Italian language and culture in that same year. He was admitted to the University of Parma, Italy to study Veterinary Medicine in autumn 1978. He earned his veterinary degree in 1985.
He returned to the United States in 1985 completing post-graduate clinical training at the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan that same year. Dr Fleming purchased Cats Exclusively Veterinary Hospital in 1993. He managed Cats Exclusively until 2015.
With a keen interest in traditional and herbal therapy Andy graduated from the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in fall 2015 after completing acupuncture training. He finished an additional course in advanced acupuncture technique in January 2019.
He has served on the Board of the Genesee Valley Veterinary Medical Association as Treasurer, President, and State representative to NYSVMS. He has been active in the New York State Veterinary Medical Society for most of his career and is currently President of NYSVMS (2020). Andy has also served on the Board of Directors of local humane organizations over the last 25 years.
Currently Dr Fleming studies the biology and pharmacology of cannabis and the potential applications of cannabis in Veterinary Medicine.
Michel Shane has spent 30 years as a venerable entrepreneur. He is founder of Shane Gang Pictures, developing, creating, and executive producing blockbuster films, including Catch Me If You Can and I, Robot. He is co-founder and Co-CEO of Infinite Percent Partners, a natural products pharmaceutical company. He serves as Chair of The Emily Shane Foundation, which he co-founded to honor the memory of his daughter Emily by mentoring and tutoring to struggling middle school students through its Successful Educational Achievement program. Michel received a Lifelong Achievement Award in 2015 from President Barack Obama. He has taught Film Finance and Production at UCLA Extension and has served on the program’s Advisory Board. Michel earned his Bachelor of Communications and Marketing from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He resides in Southern California.
Kim has volunteered and led fundraising programs mainly with Golden Rescue organizations for over 20 years. This included planning and coordinating the annual charity golf tournament for Rescue a Golden of Arizona which raised more than $500k over the span of nine years. During her tenure with Rescue a Golden of Arizona, she also coordinated fundraising efforts for rescuing Golden Retrievers from Puppy Mill Operations in Arkansas and Iowa. And she acted as the organizations Behavior & Training Liaison where she was able to network with and coordinated behavior rehabilitation modification for dogs that came into the rescue system. Kim worked with local trainers to evaluate behaviorally challenged dogs to determine if they could be rehabilitated and adopted out to loving families.
Kim has played an active role with the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study since 2012. She is a member and participant of the volunteer committee whereby she helped recruit dogs to join the study when enrollment was open and also assisted in organizing the 5th year anniversary celebration in Denver, CO. She enrolled her own Golden, Indy in the study known as Hero #123.
Currently, Kim is a member of the Valle del Sol Golden Retriever club. She has been a member of the club since 2011. Kim has served in various roles on the board during her tenure with Valle del Sol Golden Retriever club including club Secretary, President and Vice President. As of 2020, Kim acts as an advisor to the current Board and secures funding for trophies by soliciting donations for trophy sponsorships for the Club’s annual Specialty show.
Kim volunteers with Oakton Community college. On an annual basis she has been asked to review scholarship applications from students requesting funding from the school to assist and offset their education expenses.
Kim graduated from Roosevelt University with a BA in Economics. She is currently employed with Charles Schwab & Co. as a risk manager.