→ Certified Canine Massage Therapist
→ Certified Canine Kinesiology Taping Practitioner
→ Certified Canine Nutrition Coach
→ Certified Canine & Equine Aromatherapist
→ Certified Canine Herbalist
→ Most recently completed the Pet Nutrition Coach Certification with the North American Veterinary Community
→ Nutrition & medical consultant for various rescue groups
→ Full list of certifications & credentials at the bottom of this page
I’m Alicia, a city dweller turned country dog mom who is passionate about giving dog parents tools and resources to be proactive and feel reassured in their dog’s health journey. My favorite things include my dogs (obvi), tacos, being lakeside, at a concert, or getting my hands dirty in the garden.
I’ve been working with dogs for over ten years in various ways from shelter director to vet assistant and along the way adopted my own dogs. My husband and I have four dogs total – Izzy, Hudson, Mylah and Jayne – and the occasional foster dog graces our house, too. When Mylah was 10 months-old she was diagnosed with diabetes. This changed my entire life and is the reason I ended up starting my own business.
Mylah taught me to be proactive and not reactive when it comes to a dog’s health and wellness. If we can be proactive in our dog’s health journey we can avoid a health crisis and being reactive as a result. More on Mylah’s story below.
That’s why I took my dog’s health into my own hands. I began taking courses, reading books and becoming certified in order to help my dogs, and now I pass this knowledge on to other dog parents. I help pet parents all over the United States and across the world. I’ve helped pet parents as far as South Africa and India!
Why did I go down this path and why holistic health?
A traditional veterinarian took it upon herself to make a detrimental decision regarding Mylah’s health. When this happened my world stopped and changed. Mylah almost died at the hands of a veterinarian who didn’t take Mylah’s complete health and wellbeing into consideration. That’s when I was introduced to the world of integrative and holistic medicine and modalities. My life and Mylah’s life changed for the better.
Resources & Services I Provide
I’m on a mission to share my expertise and first-hand experiences with others.
I am not on a mission to replace veterinary care in any way. I love my veterinarian and she is irreplaceable. Unfortunately, that is not the reality for everyone and there is often a gap between veterinarian and pet parent. I am here to help bridge that gap by teaching pet parents what they can do at home and to provide services to further give proactive home health care to dogs.
I specialize in diabetic dogs, seniors and proactive dog care:
- Nutrition counseling and custom recipe formulation
- Custom aromatherapy products and counseling for use with a specific medical condition
- Canine bodywork and massage services
- Reiki, one-on-one coaching, and guidance
I know you’re here because you want the best for your dog(s), so let’s get going! Take advantage of the free resources in the blog, podcast episodes, and free courses or reach out to me for services by filling out a new client form.
Please note I am not a veterinarian, veterinary group, or veterinary nutritionist. I’m an independent canine nutrition coach, a certified canine massage therapist, and certified animal aromatherapist and herbalist. Always consult with your veterinarian when making changes that affect your dog’s health. Information on this website and given through services is not intended to diagnose, prognose, treat, correct, change, alleviate, or prevent animal disease, illness, pain, deformity, defect, injury, or other physical, dental, or mental conditions.
Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself
My background and training in animal welfare, nutrition and holistic modalities is diverse and allows me to approach holistic pet wellness and parenting from an integrative standpoint. In addition to my pursued education in the fields of animal nutrition, bodywork, aromatherapy, herbs and energy work, I have spent countless hours researching and reading on these topics I am so passionate about. I am a lifelong and continued student; there is not a day I don’t spend some of my time in a virtual classroom learning more about these subjects I am so passionate about.
- Pet Nutrition Coach Certification, North American Veterinary Community
- Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist
- Certified Animal Aromatherapist, National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
- Certified Canine Myo-manipulative Functional Therapist (massage)
- Canine Kinesiology Taping Practitioner
- Certified Acute Herbalist
- Usui Animal Reiki Master
Completed Continuing Educationing Courses
- Practical Herbalism for Common Canine Conditions
- Canine Diet Formulation Tutorial
- Nutrition & Herbs for Canine Conditions
- Animal Emergency Course
- Dog CPR, First Aid & Safety
- How Food Can Affect Health Issues
- Jess Lively’s Consciousness School
- Canine Diet Formulation Certificate
- Lewis University, Master’s Organizational Leadership, 2014
- Drake University, Dual Bachelor’s Degree, 2008
Meet My Kids
From left to right: Izzy, Hudson, Mylah, Jayne
I call Izzy my ‘best girl’ because she is my best friend and the minute I laid eyes on her I knew we were meant to be together. I can’t even begin to count how many ways she has changed my life. I got Izzy right after college at 22 years old and we have been through so much together. My first city apartment, breakups, roommates, family deaths, celebrations – she has always been there. Izzy is eight years old, but basically going on one year old; she is a giant puppy at heart! She also loves to be in nature and at the lake. She is my adventure dog and soul mate.
My middle kid, Hudson: big, goofy and lovable. The moment I met eyes with Hudson I knew he was a dog I wouldn’t be able to live without. Hudson came from a puppy mill, was brought to a pet store and purchased at the pet store as a “bullador” at three months old. His owners had a lot of young kids and he wasn’t mixing well with them so they were going to either euthanize him or give him up. They claimed Hudson was ‘unpredictable’. Well, he is the most predictable dog I know, a dog that thrives from routine and familiarity. Hudson is a big lug, not the brightest, but would protect me and his sisters from anything. Hudson is seven years old.
Mylah is the baby and was the final addition to the family. I rescued Mylah’s mom and seven siblings who were confiscated from a dog fighting and breeding operation and were going to be euthanized due to space at animal control. Mylah and her siblings were only four weeks old. Mylah was the runt of the litter and I fell in love with her. Mylah is our special needs baby. She was diagnosed with diabetes at 10 months old. She is now six years old and over the last year was diagnosed with protein losing nephropathy, inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic enzyme insufficiency. It has been a rough year for her, and us, but we are managing and are so thankful for every day we get to spend with her.
My husband and I swore we would never adopt another puppy… and then along came Jayne. Funny how that happens! I met Jayne at Chicago Animal Control when I went to do transport dogs to rescue. Jayne was a last minute addition to the transport. We believe she was hit by a car – she was brought in as a stray with her right hind leg dangling from her body. The rescue tried to fix her leg but the surgery didn’t work so it was amputated. We were asked to foster Jayne after her first surgery because of my medical care experience. My husband and I both knew she was never leaving once we began fostering her. She is almost 1 years old and living the good life as a tripod, she is super fast and gets around great!