Welcome, I’m Terri.

I’ve spent 30 years in the pet industry, working with veterinarians, trainers, behaviorists and pet parents, all while digging into the inner-workings of the pet food industry and voraciously studying pet nutrition, health and behavior. And I know this…

  1. We need our pets; they are our gateway to humaneness!
  2. It’s our responsibility to give them the best shot at a long, happy, healthy life.
  3. Love is essential — but it will only get you so far. The most crucial element in supporting our pets’ longevity and life-quality? Nutrition.
  4. Cats — especially — are misunderstood and underrepresented.

Nutrition is the foundation for health and longevity.
The way we feed our pets affects the mind, body, and spirit! This inevitably impacts not just us humans, but the planet as a whole. Do I think the world can be a better place through animals? Absolutely. The way forward? Food! Food is not just about stopping hunger … it’s information for the body! Within the whole food matrix, each nutrient is a database that can nourish and heal.

I’m a feline expert and advocate, who cares a lot about dogs, too.
Over the years, I’ve gained a reputation as a feline expert. (I’m so proud and truly humbled by this!) I advocate daily for cats and dogs but have a special place in my heart for championing better dietary, health and welfare practices for cats, because they’re often regarded as the underdogs of the pet world. This doesn’t make dogs any less wonderful or deserving; they just don’t need as much of my help.

Certification & Training

My journey began with providing wellness counsel to thousands of clients through the internationally recognized, Alexandria, Virginia, pet store, PetSage®. For 25 years I provided solid, fact-based answers to the questions clients presented each day through dogged research, continuing education, and staying abreast of the increasing complexities of the global pet products industry.

While I have training in homeopathy, acupressure, and Western herbs, it was Traditional Chinese Medicine that captured me. And in 2006, I received my certification in Traditional Chinese Herbology with the CT Institute for Herbal Studies.

That same year, I leaped at the invitation to participate in the course Chinese Veterinary Medicine Advanced Herbal Studies in Sydney, Australia with Dr. Steve Marsden.

Since then, I’ve tallied multiple times over my course hours in continued education alongside veterinarians in seminars, conferences, webinars, and observation hours.

Following the closing of PetSage® in 2020, I fulfilled a passion and was certified in Natural Animal Nutrition through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies.

Additional Accreditations and Memberships

Certified in Natural Animal Nutrition

Certified in Traditional Chinese Herbology

Advanced studies in nutrition and complementary therapies for behavioral and chronic health issues.

Member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association

Member of and Lecturer for the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies

Member of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association

Member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants


I see Terri as a champion of whole health and integrative care – authentically recognizing and honoring the feline nature in her approach. She is a disruptor and leader of functional care in the animal health arena. Over the last decade we have seen an emerging renaissance in human health care acknowledging the criticality of a whole health approach that deeply addresses root causes of illness. The animal health and nutrition arenas are starting to follow this trend, and I believe Terri will emerge as a recognized early leader and champion for optimal feline health! Watch this space!


— Caitlin O


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