HEATHER PARSONS | President
Heather Parsons’ 20 years of experience in the pet care industry began as a volunteer at the local humane society. This started her life long passion for pet nutrition when she saw first hand both the devastating impact of a lack of nutrition, and the dramatic recovery when pets are fed properly. Her years in veterinary clinics gave her an added deep respect for the role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of disease, and the importance of an expert diet prescription from the veterinary team. A passionate pet owner, she has participated in many sports with her dogs, and has seen first hand how ensuring they had optimal nutrition allowed them to perform at their peak potential. Heather has spent the last 10 years dedicated to pet nutrition. She was thrilled to join Rayne and be part of bringing a more natural approach to veterinary nutrition.
HEATHER LOWE | Mentor & Advisor
With over 30 years in the pet care business, including 20 years dedicated to veterinary nutrition, Heather has a deep understanding of the role of the veterinary team in the health of dogs and cats. She is a passionate pet owner who firmly believes that nutrition has been an important aspect of her own pets’ overall health, longevity, and quality of life. Her time spent in the pet nutrition field has helped her understand what a dynamic and evolving area it is, and she felt a growing intrigue with pet owner and veterinarian interest in diets designed to prevent or manage disease conditions that were more natural, whole food based. She sees the Rayne diets as more in tune with what pet owners are looking for, and something completely unique that veterinarians have not been able to offer their clients before. Heather returned to the veterinary nutrition world to seize the opportunity to serve pets, pet owners, and the veterinary community. She set out to build a team of philosophically aligned people to bring Rayne to veterinary clinics in Canada.
Nutrition Consultation Team
SANDY VALVERDE DVM, CCRT
Upon graduation from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, Sandy dedicated 5 years to a small animal practice in her hometown of Edmonton. In 2008 Sandy pursued her interest in Veterinary Rehabilitation and became a Certificated Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) in 2009. Sandy has over 12 years of experience in the nutrition industry. She has extensively developed individualized nutritional plans for dogs and cats with unique nutritional requirements and multiple disease conditions.
Sandy is passionate about providing exceptional patient care and helping pets live longer and healthier lives. She believes that proper and individualized nutritional management can make a significant and positive difference for pets.
Sandy’s areas of interest include: rehabilitation, weight loss, lower urinary tract disease, and osteoarthritis.
Sandy is delighted to be consulting for Rayne and share in their dedication to helping pets enjoy and long and happy life.
JULIE ARMSTRONG DVM, MVSc, Dip ACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine
Julie was born and raised in Victoria, BC. Following graduation at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon in 1996, she joined Veterinary Specialists of Hartford, Connecticut for a one-year internship followed by a three-year residency and MVSc in small animal internal medicine back at WCVM. She readily became a board-certified internal medicine specialist in 2000. Shortly after finishing her residency she became a staff clinician within the small animal medicine department at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph.
She is keenly aware and reminded daily of the joy and love our canine and feline family members bring to our lives. She is thrilled to be part of Rayne as it allows her to apply her philosophy of tailoring medicine and nutritional needs to each pet’s unique situation by working as a team with their family’s veterinarians. Julie can sincerely say she has seen the benefit of Rayne’s whole food work in her own patients.
EXPERTS BEHIND RAYNE
MICHELLE EVASON BSc DVM DACVIM
(Small Animal Internal Medicine) PhD Hopeful
Medical Advisor, R & D
Michelle is a native ‘Winnipegger’, and completed her veterinary training (DVM DACVIM) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK. She has worked in general practice, academia, large private referral centres and in industry at Royal Canin Canada and with Rayne Clinical Nutrition.
Currently, Michelle is at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph where she is a PhD candidate within the Department of Pathobiology. She also works as an independent medical and nutrition consultant through her business: Michelle Evason Veterinary Internal Medicine and Nutrition Consultations.
Michelle believes that every pet (and every creature) is a unique individual with a defined personality. It is her philosophy that pet-owner and veterinary team work in concert to provide the very best care, through an integrated whole-pet approach. She supports Rayne’s philosophy of transparency, and their dedication to pets and the people who adore them.
DR. REBECCA REMILLARD PhD, DVM, Dipl ACVN
Dr. Remillard is the Founder and President of Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, inc. that specializes in formulating strategically appropriate dietary recommendations for dogs and cats with medical conditions and provides independent consulting to pet owners and veterinarians through www.PetDiets.com.
Purdue University, B.S., 1976
University of Maine, M.S., 1978
Colorado State University, Ph.D., 1983
Tufts University, D.V.M., 1987
Specialty Training |
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, Internship and Residency in Nutrition, 1987 – 1990
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Nutritional Research Fellowship, 1991 – 1993
Diplomate American College of Veterinary Nutrition, 1991
MARK FINKE | PhD Nutrtionist
A true expert in pet nutrition! Mark Finke holds a PhD in nutrition with his entire career dedicated to the nutritional health of pets. Mark has been researching their role in animal diets since graduate school His experience is abundant and has been extensively published.
CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM
JENNIFER TUACH | Technical Sales Representative
Jennifer is thrilled to be part of the Rayne Clinical Nutrition team. She has always had a passion for animals and a calling to work with them. After attending St. Lawrence College and graduating with honours, Jennifer has been a part of veterinary field for the past 11 years.
She has seen first hand how important nutrition is for our furry families and how dedicated the veterinary community is to bringing products that offer the best results to pets.
In her spare time she loves to horse back ride and spend time with her wonderful husband, children, dog, and two cats in a small town in the country.
NICOLE FERRON | Technical Sales Representative
Nicole has had the good fortune to spend a third of her life working inanimal health. Nicole realized how much she enjoyed working with companion animals, so much so her receptionist postition at a veterinary clinic carried her through completing her Bachelor of Social Science from the University of Ottawa.
After 7 wonderful years working in a busy and growing hospital, Nicole moved to Vancouver and fell in love with all the wonders and beauty that surround it. This active lifestyle sparked a passion towards wellness, nutrition and a less processed whole food approach to fuel her sea-to-sky adventures.
She is honoured to be offered a chance to represent Rayne Clinical Nutrition. This position allowed her to combine her love of companion animals and contribute to their wellbeing while being at the forefront of the evolution of nutrition.
LINDSAY WILSON | Technical Sales Representative
Lindsay, a native of Fredericton NB, has a love of animals -- from garden snakes to neighbourhood dogs-- and after years of volunteering at local shelters and horse barns, it was no surprise she chose a career in the animal health profession. She attended Oulton College in Moncton, NB and graduated a Register Veterinary Technician in 2012. Her on the job training was completed in New Zealand. After working in a clinical setting for several years she has recently made the switch to sales, looking to improve the lives of animals through nutrition. She is currently owned by 2 cats and a pug named Frank. Enjoys off-roading, camping, fishing and gardening. Thrilled to be part of this wonderful team of Rayne and all that it offers!
HEATHER ALEXANDER | Technical Sales Representative
With a strong background in veterinary nutrition, Heather is a passionate pet owner and dedicated parent, who believes in the value of nutrition for overall health.
Mark Greyeyes | Technical Sales Representative
Mark believes that good nutrition equals a happy pet! He sees a great change in pets’ appearance and health with a healthy diet.
CARRIE SKEELS | Technical Sales Representative
Carrie is a Veterinary Technician with over 15 years of experience.
Carrie has been with Rayne Clinical Nutrition Canada since our launch in 2013, working behind the scenes doing administrative tasks, and participating in many veterinary conferences and seminars.
Carrie and her husband are proud parents to 2 lovely girls, as well as pet parents to their 2 dogs, Lexi and Jersey, 2 cats, and 2 lion head bunnies.
Her experiences and abilities perfectly position her to be an integral part in the growth and success of nutritional products within veterinary practices.
Trevor McBratney | Technical Sales Representative
Trevor is the perfect ft for Rayne. Trevor sees the importance of optimal nutrition in his daily life to keep up with his active lifestyle and fuel his performance in sports. That importance carries over to how he views nutrition in our pets.
Better nutrition, better lives. Period.
MAGGIE LAURIN | MARKETING MANAGER
You have seen Maggie quite a bit without noticing it! Working what would appear to be behind the scenes, Maggie has been instrumental in Rayne's branding and imaging. Maggie has worked with online, digital, and traditional marketing campaigns. A background in graphic design, and a history of work including the veterinary field, she is highly creative and passionate about making the connection for pet owners to Rayne.
When not working on marketing campaigns, Maggie can be found playing pretend with her two small children, working on DIY design projects on her house, or relaxing on her front porch with her dog at her feet.
GREG BELLEFONTAINE | SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Everyday Greg works hard to connect Rayne Clinical Nutrition to the great veterinary hospitals and pet owners that it supports. Greg has been #makingitrayne as our Social Media Manager for the past 3 years. He spends his time communicating with pet owners and veterinary clinics across Canada via social media, spreading the word about the benefits of whole food pet nutrition. After graduating as a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2002, Greg enjoyed working in hospital for almost 15 years. It was there that he became interested in building the bond between veterinary hospitals and their pets owners through social media interactions. In 2012 Greg furthered his education, by taking social media marketing courses and transitioned from technical clinical work to managing social media accounts for small business including local veterinary hospitals. It was a natural fit for Greg to come on board with Rayne and develop a significant social media presence on multiple platforms.
When not in front of a computer screen, Greg enjoys spending quality time with his 4 legged children – 2 cats and 2 dogs, who all keep him on his toes. Passionate about travel and tourism, Greg and his husband Nick, love spending as much of their free time embarking on wild adventures experiencing new destinations, great food, and offbeat attractions.