DR. KAREN LYNN C. SUEDA - BEHAVIORIST
Dr. Karen Sueda is the only veterinarian who specializes in animal behavior in Los Angeles. Dr. Sueda uses her medical knowledge and advanced training to help people understand their pet’s actions and teaches them to communicate with their companion pets in a safe and effective manner. Dr. Sueda received her DVM degree from the University of California at Davis and completed a one-year internship at the Veterinarian Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California. She completed her residency in Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis before joining the VCA West Los Angeles in August of 2006. Dr Sueda’s special interests include feline behavior, canine anxiety disorders and the humananimal bond.
DR TRACY MCFARLAND - “THE CAT DOCTOR”
Dr. Tracy McFarland decided she wanted to specialize in feline medicine in the 1980’s while she was studying at the University of California at Davis. She opened her cat-only veterinary clinic, The Cat Doctor Inc., in Santa Clarita, California, in 1994. While at Davis, Dr. McFarland founded the Feline Medicine Club which sponsors yearly continuing education symposia for veterinarians and veterinary students. She is a fellow of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and became a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2004. She continues to be active in various national feline organizations, speaks at local functions and participates frequently in civic activities.
DR. MEGAN BAMFORD - HOLISITC VETERNARIAN
Dr. Megan Bamford is a holistic veterinarian who believes in treating the whole animal rather than the disease. Dr. Bamford practices veterinary homeopathy, veterinary chiropractic, preventative medicine, nutrition, supplementation and behavior management. She received her degree in veterinary medicine from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Then in 1997 she completed the Veterinary course in Classical Homeopathy offered by Dr. Richard Pitcairn, followed by the first advanced course in Veterinary Homeopathy, again offered by Dr. Pitcairn. Since graduation she has been an associate in several small animal practices and animal emergency facilities in the Los Angeles area. In April of 2000, Dr. Bamford opened her own practice, RED ROWEN, in Shadow Hills, California.
JOAN RANQUET - ANIMAL COMMUNICATOR
Joan Ranquet is an Animal Communicator (pet psychic) and Energy Healer who has been in independent practice for several years. She is also the author of “Communication with all Life, Revelations of an Animal Communicator” published by Hay House. Joan has worked with thousands of individual pet owners and vets. She troubleshoots medical issues, helps stimulate healing in conjunction with conventional treatment, and helps clients to deepen their ability to care for and understand their animals. Joan was featured in Pet Nation on Dateline NBC. She has also been seen on “The Today Show”, “Good Morning America”, and she is the “celebrity animal communicator” in a short documentary on the AMC Channel.
BOB FERBER ANIMAL RIGHTS ATTORNEY
Bob Ferber graduated from Columbia Law School in 1977, and has served as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office for 24 years. In 2001, Mr. Ferber created what he believes to be the first specialized animal welfare prosecution unit in the nation, the L.A. City Attorney Animal Protection Unit, making him the only prosecutor to exclusively prosecute animal cruelty cases. In addition, Mr. Ferber implements a wide range of animal welfare projects, including humane education programs, legislation, service-animal protection programs, and major systemic changes in law enforcement to vigorously and successfully enforce animal welfare laws. In his free time, he rescues special-needs and so-called unadoptable dogs and cats, including a three-legged shepherd named Trapper who lost his leg in an animal trap, a three-legged cat and a cat with epilepsy. With his pets, he goes to elementary schools to teach reverence for all life.
JEAN MILL - FOUNDER OF THE BENGAL CAT BREED
Jean Mill is the renowned cat breeder who founded the Bengal breed. After college, Jean Mill took several graduate classes in genetics at UC Davis. By 1948 she was one of three breeders in the United States and Canada who were working to develop the Himalayan cat. Then, on trip to India in 1982, Jean Mill found a beautifully spotted, tailless, Felis Bengalensis kitten (or Asian Leopard Cat) under a sick rhinoceros (the kitten has lost her tail when she was stepped on by a rhino). Jean brought the kitten back to the US, named her Millwood Tory of Delhi, and bred her to an ordinary domestic tomcat she bought at the pound. Soon, thereafter, the first Bengal kittens were born. Then in 1993, Sho-zen, a forth-generation snow Bengal, was born.
SABINA MAGLIOCCO, Ph.D. - FERAL CAT RESCUER
Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, has a strong interest in animal welfare. She is Faculty Advisor of the California State University Northridge Cat People, a group dedicated to humane population control and maintenance of campus feral cats .She has published on religion, folklore, witchcraft and Neo-Paganism in Europe and the United States. Ms. Magiliocco is a recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore Society, and serves as editor of Western Folklore, which is why she was asked to discuss the origins and meaning of the name Pyewackett in Psycho Kitties.
DAN MAC CANNELL - COMMENTARTOR
Dan MacCannell the Psycho Kitties’ hilarious OPINIONATED FRIEND, was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine in 1971. After leaving school at fifteen, he studied modern history at Birmingham University, England, Cornell University, and the University of California. In 1995, he enrolled in UCLA’s Graduate Screenwriting Program. MacCannell’s screenplays have won the Jack Nicholson Screenwriting Prize, the national Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Screenwriting Fellowship, and the Harmony Gold Award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Aberdeen University Scotland.