Health & Nutrition | April 3, 2016

Meet Our Health & Nutrition Team

Petcurean’s focus on optimal health and nutrition for your pet means we must have the right staff in place not only to help with the formulation of our foods, but also to have people who can answer questions our consumers might have. We have assembled a top notch team of experts to help with both of those tasks.

Jennifer Adolphe, PhD (Companion Animal Nutrition), Registered Dietitian

Senior Nutritionist

Dr. Jennifer Adolphe is our Senior Nutritionist. As a registered dietitian, Jennifer began her career in human nutrition, but in 2009 she decided to combine her interest in nutrition with her love of animals and pursue a PhD in pet nutrition. She completed her PhD at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in 2013. She has performed research in various areas of human and pet nutrition, but most recently she has studied the effects of carbohydrates on metabolic and cardiovascular health in lean and obese dogs. In addition to research, Jennifer has experience working in clinical dietetics, consulting, post-secondary education, and pet food manufacturing. She has three Australian Shepherds; Roxi, Timber and Chip who all enjoy Jennifer’s active lifestyle.

Michele Dixon, Cert CN

Health & Nutrition Specialist

Michele Dixon is Petcurean’s Health and Nutrition Specialist and has studied animal nutrition through Colorado State University and the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She also studied (Equine) Nutrition through the Equine Research Center at the University of Guelph.  Petcurean is pleased to have the opportunity to apply Michele’s extensive background in both Companion Animal and Veterinary Nutrition (along with over 15 years of service at Petcurean) to help our customers find the food that’s right for their dog or cat. Michele shares her life with her little bichon cross, Jace, who rules the roost. Michele’s other interests include competitive Rally Obedience, gardening, singing and cooking.

Natalie Asaro, MSc

Nutrition Assistant

Natalie Asaro, Nutrition Assistant at Petcurean, received both her BSc in Honours Biological Science and MSc in Companion Animal Nutrition from the University of Guelph. Her MSc research focused on investigating energy and macronutrient metabolism in cats, resulting in multiple published peer-reviewed papers. She specializes in pet food formulation and has won awards for her academic work.

Val Culpin

Customer Care Representative

Val is on the front line of our Health and Nutrition inquiries and is one of two people customers will first encounter when calling or emailing our office. She’s been with Petcurean for 13 years and for 20 years was a breeder and exhibitor of golden retrievers. As a retired dogsport enthusiast with an also retired border collie, she has extensive knowledge of Petcurean’s products and can answer questions about many nutritional issues. Val enjoys spending time with family and friends and cheering on her favorite Seattle Seahawks.

Seanna Bergin

Customer Care Representative

Seanna is the other person customers will encounter first when they call our offices for Health and Nutrition enquiries. During her 3 years with Petcurean she has soaked up a huge pool of information and knowledge to facilitate her role as one of our Health and Nutrition experts. Seanna is a busy Mom who also shares her life with Sadie her pug, and Molly her bulldog. Seanna has developed her own line of natural skin care products which she makes herself and sells at local markets and fairs.