Honest Paws Veterinary Writing Team

Comprised of Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, medical professionals, health and wellness experts, and veterinary writers, editors, and reviewers who have partnered with Honest Paws to share their expertise and knowledge around the subject of animal health and wellness.

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At Honest Paws, we're committed to supporting the health and happiness of pets everywhere. That's why we're continuously building a team of respected authorities in the field of veterinary medicine and pharmacology.

Our team of distinguished experts are regularly featured in high-traffic online publications and media outlets that elevate their platform and further position them as authorities in the animal wellness space.

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Honest Paws Special Reports

The Honest Paws Special Reports Team produces informative and engaging content pieces that span a variety of topics, from investigative reports and whistle-blowing exposés to entertaining listicles and educational infographics.

Stephanie Austin, DVM
Reviewer, Medical writer and Editor

Dr. Austin received her Bachelor of Science (Maj. Vet tech) from the University of Queensland, Australia, in 2006. After her graduation, Dr. Austin moved to the other side of her beautiful, sunny country, to the most isolated city in the world (Perth, Australia), to begin her veterinary degree at Murdoch University. 5 years later, she received a dual degree in Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Medicine and Surgery in 2011. After a total of 8 years of schooling, Dr. Austin packed her things, her beloved labrador & fluffy cat, and made the big move to the USA, first settling in the beautiful Hudson Valley New York to work as a mixed animal veterinarian and later as an emergency clinician. After 3 years upstate, Dr. Austin moved to the big apple to continue her veterinary education. After completing a rotating small animal internship in Brooklyn, NY, she continued to pursue her passion for Emergency and general medicine working in the New York City area In her spare time, Dr. Austin fosters dogs for a local NYC rescue (she’s up to number 18!) And she finally caved and adopted the oldest one a 13-year-old toothless, hairless (not anymore!) little lady chihuahua 11 months ago! She also tries to get in some time riding horses, hike, at the beach, snowboarding, or going for a long run. Along with her foster dogs Dr. Austin shares her NYC apartment with her fluffy ragdoll cat Audrey. Her professional interests include; Emergency and critical care, Dentistry, aged care, analgesia, and physical therapy.

Jamie Freyer, DVM
Medical writer and Reviewer

Jamie Freyer is a veterinarian with a wide range of experience, from small animal clinical practice to working in industry roles. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Portland and her Doctorate of Medicine from Oregon State University. Her interests include exotic animals (especially rabbits), animal behavior, and genetics. She has two Shetland Sheepdogs named Reggie (F) and Ailean (M), and enjoys participating in dog sports, including conformation, agility, and fast CAT.

Suzanne Gray, DVM
Medical writer and Reviewer

Suzanne is a small animal internal medicine specialist, which means that she takes care of dogs and cats with complicated medical problems. She loves working with pet parents to find the best way to manage difficult diseases. She grew up on the English-Welsh border, and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in London in 2000. She crossed the pond to complete an internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialty of small animal internal medicine in 2004. In 2005 she moved to San Diego, and has worked in clinical practice since that time. She holds a Master of Fine Art degree in creative writing, and her memoir, My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss and Hope was published by Spiegel and Grau in April, 2018. When she’s not writing or caring for her patients and their families, she enjoys spending time with her human and animal family, naturally the animals outnumber the people.

Natalie H Ragland, DVM
Reviewer, Medical writer and Editor

Natalie H. Ragland, DVM is a board certified veterinarian, professor and freelance medical and devotional writer. She completed her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and achieved Diplomate status within the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine. In her spare time, Natalie is currently pursuing an MBA and writes various scientific and encouragement publications. She currently serves on two mentoring committees and has recently launched a non-profit mentorship organization. She currently lives with her husband and her rescued tripod Dieppe in Florida.

Lily Velez, Blog Manager
Reviewer and Editor

Lily Velez is a holistic pet wellness expert and the Blog Manager for Honest Paws, a company that specializes in CBD for dogs and cats. A lifelong animal lover, she's volunteered with numerous dog rescues and animal shelters over the years and is passionate about educating pet parents on holistic options that support their companion animal's health and happiness. When she's not creating content for Honest Paws, you can find her lost in a novel, trying out new food recipes, or enjoying the outdoors with her dogs, Noah and Luna.

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM
Reviewer, Medical writer and Editor

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM is a veterinarian and freelance medical writer in Atlanta, GA. After earning her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, she pursued a non-traditional career path as a veterinarian. JoAnna completed a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship in neuroscience at Emory University’s Yerkes National Primate Research Center, then became a medical writer. As founder and owner of JPen Communications, a medical communications company, JoAnna is passionate about educating pet parents about pet care and responsible pet ownership. Although she does not currently have any pets to call her own, she loves living vicariously through other pet parents and watching Nat Geo!

Jennifer Dempsey, DVM

Dr. Jennifer Dempsey is a small animal veterinarian and freelance medical writer. She received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Florida and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) She has resided in the Orlando area since graduation and has gained years of experience helping cats and dogs live happier and longer lives. As a general practitioner, she has found client education to be one of the most important aspects of day to day life in veterinary medicine. Medical writing has helped her to connect with a larger audience and make sure that pet owners are fully aware of their loved one’s medical condition. She currently shares her home with two rescued mixed breed dogs named Primo and Morgan.

Chelsea Rivera

Chelsea Rivera is a holistic pet wellness expert and writer. She manages written content for Honest Paws - a company that specializes in CBD oil for dogs and cats. Additionally, she is the founder and lead writer for SimpleWag, which focuses on holistic wellness and natural alternatives for dogs. She spends her days creating content, catching up on emails, and being bossed around by her 5 lb. Maltipoo, Baby Rose.

Petal Smart, DVM
Medical writer, Reviewer and Editor

Petal Smart is a veterinarian who, after a brief stint in clinical practice, has been a medical, veterinary, and science editor for the past four years. She has edited hundreds of research studies that have been published in various academic journals, and more recently, she has been editing blog articles on pet health. She holds a DVM (Hons) from the University of the West Indies - St. Augustine. Her pets in the past have included dogs, fish, birds, and a turtle. At times, she also likes to think of herself as a horse whisperer. You can connect with her on LinkedIn.

Ivana Crnec, DVM
Medical writer, Reviewer and Editor

Ivana Crnec got her veterinary degree at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bitola. She then continued her education at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb, Croatia, where she specialized in domestic carnivores. During the faculty years, she participated in several international Zoo and Wildlife preservation projects and wrote research papers published in international journals. She spent the faculty summer breaks volunteering in two veterinary clinics – Fiziovet and Kreszinger in Zagreb, Croatia. Additionally, she is a certified nutritionist and is certified in HAACP food safety system implementation. Now, Ivana is a licensed doctor of veterinary medicine, a passionate writer, and a devoted pet parent. She has actively worked in the veterinary industry for seven years, gaining experience in various fields – from preventative medicine and wellness through diagnosing and treating conditions to emergency and specialty care. Today, she is a board member of the Bibevski Foundation, and her primary focus is advancing animal healthcare through research and education.

Katelyn Son, Assistant Blog Manager
Reviewer and Editor

Katelyn Son is a holistic pet wellness expert and the Assistant Blog Manager for Honest Paws, a company that specializes in CBD for dogs and cats. Not only does she have 3 furbabies of her own, but she also fosters dogs and helps them find their perfect furever home. Katelyn is passionate about helping pet parents find holistic solutions for their furry companions.