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 Clinical Nutrition 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 Clinical Nutrition 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 Nutritionist
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.
Territory: Central Ontario from Cobourg to Vaughan
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.
Territory: Eastern Ontario
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!
Territory: Atlantic provinces: NB, NS, PE, NL
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.
Territory: Vancouver Island, BC
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.
Territory: Alberta, NWT, YT
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.
Territory: Grey/Bruce, Owen Sound, Georgetown, Brampton
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.
Territory: British Columbia
KIM ROWLAND | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Kim is a veterinary technician with 25 years of experience working in small animal practices. Having spent 10 of those years as a hospital manager, Kim has always had a special interest in both customer service and pet nutrition. Living a healthy lifestyle, complete with a nutritious diet, has always been a priority for Kim. She is thrilled to now be a part of Rayne Canada, covering the Toronto area, where she’ll have the opportunity to take her passion for optimal pet nutrition to the forefront of her career!
Proud parents to two amazing girls Kim and her husband also share their home with two dogs (Rosie and Stella) and two cats (Jack and Jesse). When she is not working, Kim enjoys long walks with her 2 legged and 4 legged family, reading, and spending quality time at her family’s cottage.
Territory: Downton Toronto, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, East York, Georgina, & Keswick.
SEAN MARRIN | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
After spending a number of years as a pharmaceutical rep, Sean is thrilled to be joining the Rayne team where he visits clinics in the Mississauga/Hamilton/Niagara region.
Working at Rayne is the perfect fit for Sean, as he has always been passionate about animals. In fact, not only has he been owned by a number of dogs and cats over the years, he has shared his home with hamsters, fish, and a soft-shell turtle as well! Sean has a keen interest in fitness and nutrition. He understands that eating well is key for him and his family to remain fit, healthy, and active.
Sean and his wife has 2 great kids, and their 3 dogs Patches, Brutus, and Tucker. In addition to keeping up with his 3 very active canines, Sean enjoys all sports (particularly hockey, which he plays twice per week, year round)!
Territory: Mississauga, Hamilton, Oakville, Burlington, Niagara Peninsula
CONNOR MCCARTHY | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Working as an Animal Care Attendant in clinic for the past four years, Connor was determined to bring nutrition awareness and education to the clients coming into the practice. In fact, Connor is so passionate about it, that he spearheaded a nutrition program at clinic level, with a strong emphasis on allergy and weight management.
When not working, Connor spends his time reading, writing, running, and canoeing. He shares his home with some tropical fish, a crested gecko, and a lionhead rabbit who keeps him quite busy!
Territory: South Western Ontario: Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener-Waterloo, London, Chatham, Windsor
WANDA KOPEC | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Wanda brings a wealth of veterinary experience to Rayne. She is an experienced AHT who has spent more than 10 years dedicated to veterinary nutrition. She is a passionate pet lover. She and her husband, and their two children, share their home with Pele, a very active Viszla, 4 cats, 3 bunnies, and many sh. She is eager to call on Veterinary practices across Manitoba and Saskatchewan and share the great success she has had with Rayne in her own pets.
Territory: Manitoba and Saskatchewan
SANDIE WAND | TECHNICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVE
With over 18 years’ experience working with animals of all sorts (yes, including wildlife!) as well as managing my own business, I am thrilled to be part of the Rayne team.
My veterinary technician career started in 1999 and I developed my craft at various vet clinics. In 2002, I was privileged to further my career by doing an internship at the Toronto zoo working with all kinds of animals. I have also completed courses in canine behaviour, animal nutrition, and pet grooming.
In 2008, after many years of practising my skills, I opened my own boarding centre where we offered: dog, cat, and exotic animal boarding, doggy daycare, grooming, and multiple canine courses and sports. I have experience with domestic, exotic animals and wildlife. But more importantly I learned every aspect of managing a business from scratch
Having said that I’m not just all about the numbers. I had wonderful clients (both human and animal) that I am still friends with to this day and I learned how to balance excellent animal care with business needs and built an excellent rapport with the community.
In 2014, I engaged in a major life change and adopted my son. As a single Mom, this beautiful and challenging experience has led me to reflect deeply regarding my life and what I want from it. My priorities have changed to meet the needs of my son, so I have turned the page on owning my own business and have found a new career where I am able to apply everything I have learned and utilize those skills.
I take pride in doing an excellent job that will exceed your expectations. As the only French speaking member (for now…we are growing, or haven’t you heard) I am very proud to represent ‘French Canada’
I look forward to meeting with you
TERRITORY: Montreal and Western Quebec
Avec plus de 18 ans d'expérience de travail avec des animaux de toutes sortes (oui, y compris la faune !) Ainsi que la gestion de ma propre entreprise, je suis ravi de faire partie de l'équipe Rayne.
Ma carrière de technicienne en santé animal a débuté en 1999 et j'ai développé mon métier dans diverses cliniques vétérinaires. En 2002, j'ai eu le privilège de poursuivre ma carrière en effectuant un stage au zoo de Toronto où je travaillais avec toutes sortes d'animaux. J'ai également suivi des cours de nutrition animale, de comportement canin, et de toilettage pour animaux de compagnie.
En 2008, après de nombreuses années de pratique, j'ai ouvert mon propre centre d'hébergement où nous avons offert : pension pour chiens, chats et animaux exotiques, garderie de jour pour chiens, toilettage et plusieurs cours et sports canins. J'ai de l'expérience avec les animaux domestiques, exotiques et la faune. Mais plus important encore, j'ai appris tous les aspects de la gestion d'une entreprise à partir de zéro
Cela dit, je ne parle pas seulement des chiffres. J'ai eu de merveilleux clients (humains et animaux) avec lesquels je suis encore ami jusqu'à aujourd'hui et j'ai appris à équilibrer l'excellence des soins aux animaux avec les besoins de l’entreprise et à établir d'excellents rapports avec la communauté.
En 2014, j'ai entrepris un changement de vie majeur et adopté mon fils. En tant que mère célibataire, cette expérience belle et stimulante m'a conduit à réfléchir profondément sur ma vie et ce que je veux. Mes priorités ont changé pour répondre aux besoins de mon fils, alors j'ai tourné la page et j'ai trouvé une nouvelle carrière où je peux appliquer tout ce que j'ai appris et utiliser ces compétences.
Je suis fier de faire un excellent travail qui dépassera vos attentes. En tant que la seule membre francophone (pour l'instant ... nous grandissons ou n'avez pas entendu), je suis très fier de représenter le « Canada français »
Au plaisir de vous rencontrer.
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.
TOSHA | GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Tosha is responsible for refining and maintaining the look and feel of Rayne. She works hard behind the scenes to make everything Rayne produces to have that extra polished look. She's passionate about all she does and it's obvious! Tosha is a designer, dreamy idealist, proud country girl, and sock and sandals enthusiast. She has 10 years experience as a professional designer with a heavily weighted background in the pet food industry. She has an incredibly skilled eye with her work behind the lens, a master in photoshop, and layout enthusiast! When not touching up photos or #MakingItRayne Tosha can be found spending time with her young family.