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. Her passion lies in pet food formulation and keeping up to date with research in pet nutrition. Growing up, she had many different pets including fish, frogs, and birds. Today, she loves spending time with her cat Zelda, whose feisty personality keeps Natalie on her toes.

Niina Niemi

Customer Experience Manager

Niina focuses on enhancing the customer experience of our beloved pet-parents and guiding our knowledgeable Customer Care team. She has an extensive background in international business relations, and her knowledge is invaluable in supporting our export partners in their diverse inquiries. Niina has always loved animals and in her childhood, she enjoyed riding horses and actively volunteering to help in dog shows. German Shepherds have a special place in her heart and currently she owns an 11 year young dog, Candy (who is also featured on the bag for our GO! SOLUTIONS CARNIVORE Grain Free Salmon + Cod recipe). Niina loves the outdoors and rain or shine, you can find her hiking or running the BC trails with her husband and adorable pup Candy.

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 favourite 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.