Speaker Bios

(alphabetical)

Rain Hummingbird

As an animal communicator, Rain is dedicated to helping people deepen their connection and understanding of their animal companions by fostering appreciation and mutual respect among all species. With the soul journey work that she facilitates for people, Rain’s desire is to assist people to connect more deeply with their Spiritual Guides and realize their soul’s purpose. With integrity, heart and humor, Rain strives to live her life in alignRain Hummingbird and Syra Angel Petsment with her spiritual practice and to be grateful for the beauty and joy of life. Rain is guided by her connection with Spirit in all of her work.

She has studied with Penelope Smith, a prominent pioneer in the field of animal communication for over three decades, as well as Native American elders and other spiritual teachers. Her spiritual path has included energetic healing work for decades. Rain is a Reiki Master and has been trained in Tellington Touch for Animals as well as Healing Touch. She has also participated in various healing modalities including Heart Opening Meditations, Native American ceremonies, healing circles, journeying, drumming, expressive dance, and other spiritual practices

Rain supports animal welfare organizations and is a member of ACCAW, Animal Communicators Coalition for Animal Welfare. She has a BA in Communication and Marketing. Rain lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and offers Animal Communication, Soul Journey consultations and Reiki distance healing nationally and internationally. Her website is www.RainHummingbird.com

Nancy Kay, DVM
Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and published in several professional journals and textbooks. Her veterinary degree is from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, with her residency at the University of California-Davis Veterinary School.

She lectures professionally to regional and national audiences, and one of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Dr. Kay has had extensivNancyKay Angel Pets Conferencee experience facilitating a client support group for people struggling emotionally with the illness or loss of a pet.

Since the release of her book, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy and veterinarian/client communication. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s newest book is called, Your Dog’s Best Health: A Dozen Reasonable Things to Expect From Your Vet.Speaking for Spot

Awards: 2009 Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award from American Animal Hospital Association and the 2011 Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an awarded by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Multiple awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America.

Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or riding atop her favorite horse. Dr. Kay and her husband reside in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Her website is www.SpeakingForSpot.com

Polly Lazaron

Photo of Polly 4 JPEGAs principle of Energy Arts, LLC, Polly offers a constellation of services and products internationally for humans and other animals. She’s a registered International Association of Reiki Professionals Master Teacher, certified teacher/practitioner of sixteen energy practices, animal communication and spiritual counseling. Polly teaches workshops in Reiki, other energy methods, essences and at home holistic care for pets. Trained in sacred plant medicine, shamanic practices and aromatherapy, Polly’s greatest teachers are the plants, animals and nature.

For over thirty years, Polly’s engaged co-creatively, energetically and spiritually with bio-intelligence. Polly researched and train extensively in holistic, complimentary practices supporting well-being, dignity and quality of life. Since 1998, she’s integrated animal communication and energy harmonizing with the use of essential oils, flower, gem and other essences.

She lives in Keswick, VA with three gorgeous black cats. Polly’s deeply honored and dedicated to encouraging well-being and harmony with companion animals, livestock, the wilds, plants and you. www.PollyLazaron.com

Beth Marchitelli, DVM

Dr. Marchitelli received her degree from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Shortly after graduating from veterinary school, she practiced small animal medicine in Huntington, New York for ten years. She currently practices small animal medicine in Asheville, North Carolina and has done so for thBeth-Marchitelli Angel Petse last three years. She has provided veterinary care for companion animals at several animal hospitals in the Asheville area, including the Humane Alliance Spay/Neuter Clinic, Haw Creek Animal Hospital and Noah’s Arc Spay/Neuter Clinic of Brevard.

She is especially interested in providing high quality compassionate care for pets during the end of their lives as well as the families who care for them. In addition to being a certified veterinary acupuncturist she has a special interest in advanced veterinary pain management.  She is also passionate about promoting wellness care in the hopes to prevent illness in our companion animals whenever possible before it occurs.

When she is not caring for pets or the families who care for them she enjoys mountain biking, and hiking with her husband and her three dogs in beautiful Western North Carolina. Her website is www.4pawsfarewell.com

L. Leigh Meriweather

Leigh began her career in traditional medicine  practicing as a Physician Assistant in Emergency Medicine and ENT. Her immense interest in healing and spirituality lead her to become a Reiki Master Teacher, Advanced Pranic Healer and ordained non-denominational reverend. She has worked for the past 8 years as a healer, spiritual anw-picturecounselor and teacher helping people and pets with healing, end-of-life transition and grief healing. She provides workshops on learning self healing techniques as well as other spiritual topics. Her client base spans internationally. Her books ‘A Pet Comfort Book’ and ‘The Value of Honoring in Healing Grief” are currently in the process of publication. She resides in Asheville, NC with her animal companion, Mattie-noo. Her websites are www.SpiritHonoring.com and www.PetHonoring.com

Mark Neville, M.Div. Mark Neville Angel Pets

Mark W. Neville, the Four Seasons CFL Coordinator of Bereavement, Music Therapy and CAM services, brings to his position over thirty years of experience in music, counseling, spiritual care, and leadership. He graduated cum laude from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a Bachelor of Music degree in 1979 and completed two years in post-graduate study in music at the same institution. In 1989 Mark earned his Master of Divinity degree and served for twelve years as a pastor and community leader.

In 2005, Mark joined Four Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. At Four Seasons he has provided direct patient and family care as a spiritual care professional and clinical leadership as the director of the ALF hospice, Spiritual Care, Music Therapy, Bereavement , and Complementary and Alternative Medicine programs. He also provides leadership training in Situational Leadership, Managing Change and Transitions, and Appalachian Culture. Mark is a Reiki Master Teacher, student of Healing Touch, and herbal medicine and aromatherapy amateur.

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