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Our Team Of Experts
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Perfectly-Balanced Nutrition For Dogs

Whole Earth Farms Dog Food - Developed with our Veterinarian and Nutrition Expert Seal

Our Team Is The Best In The Industry

Whole Earth Farms® is backed by nutritional pioneers in the pet food industry. As a brand within the Merrick Pet Care and Nestlé Purina PetCare family, Whole Earth Farms has access to more than 500 veterinarians, nutrition experts, and pet behaviorists world-wide. They work to develop the best nutrition and high-quality recipes for your pets, because we want to provide the best food for your pets.

Meet Our Experts - RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, CCRT, CVAT

RuthAnn Lobos, DVM, CCRT, CVAT

Team Position: Lead Veterinarian

Dogs: Rigolets, Stella & Finn

With 15+ years in the pet food industry, Dr. RuthAnn knows how important quality nutrition is for dogs and cats. As an undergraduate, she pursued a degree in animal science. She went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) from Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers!). She pursued additional training to become a certified therapist in both canine rehabilitation and veterinary acupuncture. Her years of experience have taught her that good nutrition not only keeps pets feeling and looking good, it also helps us strengthen our bonds with them. She is happy to share that knowledge with pet owners everywhere. You can follow her at @VetLobos

Meet Our Experts - Kevin Wise

Kevin Wise

Team Position: Director of Research & Development

Dogs: Jasper (pictured) & Nikki

Before joining our team, Kevin managed product development for multiple Nestlé Purina brands and was a production manager at various manufacturing facilities within the Purina network. He now leads our team for product research and development, using his 21 years of experience formulating and testing pet food recipes to help make sure each one has the perfectly-balanced nutrition pets need. Kevin has a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in agriculture engineering, food processing specialty, and biochemistry.

Meet Our Experts - Janika Hull

Janika Hull

Team Position: Research & Development Manager

Dogs: Cookie & Roscoe (pictured)

Janika brings to the team a unique background in the human food industry. She holds a Master of Science (M.S.) in nutritional biochemistry with a concentration in functional food product development and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in food science and technology with minors in animal science and chemistry. She brings her vast knowledge to the table, along with her passion for animals.

Meet our Experts - Morgan Waites

Morgan Waites

Team Position: Research & Development Manager

2 Cats: Waylon & Jolene (pictured)

Morgan has a background in providing direction on nutrition for hundreds of quality pet foods and treats. She’s our resident cat-lover, but with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in animal science from California State Polytechnic University Pomona, she shares our passion for finding the best recipes to meet every pet’s nutritional needs.

Meet Our Experts - Katie Tuttle

Katie Tuttle

Team Position: Senior Quality Assurance Manager

Dogs: Hondo & Dally

With a passion for food safety and a sharp eye for details, Katie has 12+ years of pet food industry experience. She helps ensure that our recipes look and taste the same across every batch. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in animal sciences, as well as a variety of industry-related certifications that make her a great asset to our team.

Meet our Experts - Nathan A. Elam, PH.D.

Nathan A. Elam, PH.D.

Team Position: Nutrition Consultant

Dogs: 6 English Pointers; Chief & Skip are pictured
Cats: A sweet working family of farm cats

Dr. Elam’s expertise includes consulting with us to create highly-digestible diets for dogs and cats. He also helps us ensure that the vitamins and minerals that create the foundation for every recipe we make are at the optimum levels for the perfectly-balanced nutrition your pet needs. Dr. Elam holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in nutrition and Master of Science (M.S.) in meat science.

Meet Our Experts - Melissa Brookeshire, DVM

Melissa Brookeshire, DVM

Team Position: Veterinary Consultant

Dog: Eric

Dr. Brookshire, a pet industry expert, has been working together with our team since 2012. Not only does she consult with us to help with training and educational support, she also assists us with nutrition and regulatory compliance. Dr. Brookshire holds a DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri. After working at her own veterinary practice, she started her own company in 2007 to provide the pet food industry with veterinary and regulatory compliance services.

Working Together For Your Pets

When it comes to choosing your pet’s food, we know that the science-based nutrition behind every recipe is just as important to you as the list of natural ingredients that go into every bag or can. We’ve assembled a team of veterinarians and pet nutrition experts so that you can feel confident when choosing Whole Earth Farms® for your pets. From formulating recipes, to reviewing the nutritional values—our team works diligently to create each recipe with your pet’s health and well-being in mind.