Holistic Veterinarians


W. Jean Dodds, DVM became a veterinarian in 1964 after graduating from the Ontario Veterinary College, and has spent more than five decades as a clinical research veterinarian. From 1965 to 1986, she was a member of many national and international committees on hematology, animal models of human disease, veterinary medicine, and laboratory animal science. Dr. Dodds was a grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and has over 150 research publications.

She started Hemopet in 1986, the first nonprofit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include: providing canine blood components and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions; and the Hemolife diagnostic division focused on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

In 2011, Dr. Dodds released NutriScan, a food sensitivity and intolerance diagnostic test for dogs, cats and horses. NutriScan, the new gold standard for pets, tests for 24 of the most commonly ingested foods.

Dr. Dodds is also Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund, a nonprofit project to assess the duration of immunity and safety of current rabies vaccines for animals.

Dr. Dodds actively participates in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation. She co-authored two books with Diana Laverdure, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog, which was rewarded the Dog Writers Association of America, Best Care and Health Book for 2011 and the Eukanuba Maxwell Canine Health Award. Her second book, Canine Nutrigenomics: Foods that Heal Your Dog, was published in January 2015. Dr. Dodds also holds 25 patents.

Dr. Daniela Leumer completed her doctorate in veterinary medicine at Western University in Pomona, California. That’s only part of her educational journey. Dr. Leumer also has a Masters of Science in microbiology (Probiotics) from California Polytechnic University in Pomona, as well as certificates in Chinese herbal medicine and Acupuncture. She has worked as a research associate at Allergan, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and the Center for Antimicrobial Research, as well as at several veterinary clinics and as a relief veterinarian. She and her son, Luke, have several rescued companion pets including three dogs, a cat, a corn snake and an opossum. In her free time, she pursues Iyengar and Hatha Yoga.

Dr. Miwa Kanbe is a seasoned veterinarian of more than 15 years of experience. She excels in providing high standard veterinary medicine with compassion and care. She is passionate about acupuncture, nutrition and integrative/holistic medicine.

Dr. Natalia Nesterenko graduated from Novosibirsk State Agrarian University in Russia in 1999. After an internship in a private clinic she moved to the United States with her husband in 2001.

Her veterinary career started in New York where she initially worked as a veterinary tech while taking all of the extensive, difficult tests necessary to practice veterinary medicine in the United States. Once she received her license, she began working as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

In 2010, she and her family decided to make the move to CA. She worked in a few busy small animal clinics before joining the Hemopet in December 2018.

Dr. Natalia believes in offering the best medical care and more importantly, educating the clients so that they can make the best decisions for both their pet and themselves. Dr. Natalia is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and TCVM practitioner.