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Katie Henrich

Katie Heinrich
Dr. Katie Heinrich has been a member of the Silver Spring Animal Wellness Center team since June of 2006.  A local, she grew up in Greendale, Wisconsin and now resides in Wauwatosa. Dr. Heinrich received her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Marquette University in 2002 and her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2006. 

Dr. Heinrich’s medical interests include internal medicine, holistic medicine, dermatology and behavior.  Besides being trained in traditional Western medicine, Dr. Heinrich is certified in small animal acupuncture and stem cell therapy.  She is excited to share the latest, cutting-edge knowledge to help pets live full, happy and healthy lives. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, running and training for half marathons, reading, traveling, and is an avid sport bike rider.  The furry members of her family include a cat named Willow, a hound mix named J.J. and a ferret named Fiona.  Dr. Heinrich enjoys listening to her clients, being able to answer their questions and is excited to be answering your questions on
“Ask an Expert.”

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Laurie Meyer

Laurie Meyer, MS, RD, CD
Laurie Meyer is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian in the state of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Weight Management Specialist, Metabolic Typing Advisor, Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Body Ecology Diet Coach.  Meyer earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Dietetics and Food Service Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Stout, completed a Dietetic Internship at Milwaukee County Medical Complex and the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from Finch University and Chicago Medical School.  Meyer received the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award in 1986 and was selected as one of the eighty-eight most interesting people in Milwaukee in 1988 by Milwaukee Magazine.  Meyer is the president of her own nutrition consulting firm, Laurie Meyer Nutrition, and works with business & industry, the media and private individuals. She counsels people, teaches classes, develops nutrition materials, menus and recipes, educates consumers, lectures groups & organizations and is a spokesperson on nutrition.  Meyer served as spokesperson for the American Heart Association of Wisconsin and as National Spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.  She has contributed to hundreds of published articles on nutrition and has authored nutrition chapters for several books.  She is currently collaborating on a 5-ingredient healthy cookbook.

Craig Mellendorf

Craig Mellendorf
Degree: B.S. Education - Concordia Univ. Seward, NE
M.S. Education - Concordia Univ., Mequon, WI
Professional Health Coach - Health Coaching Univ.
Background information: (such as years you have been training, why you got into this field) I have taught and coached at the Elementary, Secondary and Colligate Levels. Coached Boys & Girls Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Softball, Track and Volleyball. 
Sport Specific Training
Weight Loss
Interval Training
Resistance/Strength Training
Speed & Agility Training
Nutrition/Nutritional Supplements
Coaching Individuals to Healthy Habits
First Aid 
ACE Personal Trainer
Professional Health Coach
Interests: Spending time with family, anything outdoors, court sports, golf and going to the movies.
Philosophy: Simple changes over time have serendiptious benefits and effects on a person's health and wellness. If a person makes a healthy change (eating more fruit/veggies, not eating late in the evening, cut down on smoking/eliminate it, walking more, etc.) every three months or so in a couple short years their life will alter into an incredible healthy lifestyle. In a society where 50% of the people in each state are considered obese and diabetes and heart disease are the leading causes of death we need people to take on this challenge now.