Steve Dale to Keynote Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Event


Chicago’s Respected Pet Journalist, Steve Dale, Introduces The Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization’s Newest Veterinary Outreach Program Member         


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Saturday, August 27, 2016


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WHO:           Integrative Pet Care, Veterinary Rehabilitation, Fitness and Wellness will join the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization’s (OCSA) Veterinary Outreach Program (VOP) during a public inaugural reception scheduled Saturday, August 27, 2016. OCSA. Ed Heil, principal owner and Megan Ridley, DVM, owner and medical director welcome OCSA, in partnership with the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association (ISVMA), at a ceremony marking their membership in a unique awareness campaign surrounding the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer. The VOP is a collaborative effort with a One Health approach, designed to open new channels of communication about ovarian cancer by educating veterinary clinic teams how to share the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer with their pet-owning clients.

Steve Dale, certified animal behavior consultant (CABC) and nationally recognized pet journalist, will keynote the event welcoming the new member. He will also share his work with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the StopLyme campaign, another One Health initiative raising awareness around Lyme Disease in both pets and humans.

WHAT:         According to Debbie Lakamp, CAE, acting executive director of the ISVMA, a general observation in the veterinary medical community is that pet owners who discuss their pets’ health often feel comfortable talking about their own health concerns with their veterinarians. Veterinary professionals tend to form trusting, long-term professional relationships with their clients, who often disclose personal information about their own health concerns.

Integrative Pet Care is unique because it is dedicated to the rehabilitation, weight loss, holistic and sports medicine care of our pets. The veterinary clinic’s outreach will help educate a different segment of the community. Notable veterinary community leaders and members attending the event include:

  • Ron DeHaven, DVM, executive vice president of AVMA
  • Rosemary LoGiudice, DVM, rehabilitation veterinarian at Integrative Pet Care
  • Kristin L. Junkas, DVM, chief of staff at Wright Animal Hospital
  • Alexis Newman, DVM, Owner of Partners & Paws veterinary Services
  • Peter Weber, MS, CAE, Chief Products & Service Officer at the AVMA

Veterinarians and clinics can join the program for a nominal fee of $75 which covers the costs for a start-up kit including educational displays and brochures regarding the silent symptoms and where to find more information.

WHERE:      Integrative Pet Care

2520 W. Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
WHEN:         Saturday, August 27, 2016

Public Reception – 12:00-3:30pm

WHY:           Each year, over 20,000 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with ovarian cancer and approximately 14,000 women die from the disease. There is an urgent need to share the silent symptoms so early detection and treatment are achieved, and lives are saved. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, over 80 percent of veterinarians graduating today are female. This increases the possibility of a personal connection to the disease and a viable tie to the purpose of the VOP.


Roger Mahr, DVM – OCSA Advisory Board Member and past CEO of the One Health Commission whose mission is dedicated to informing all audiences about the importance of transcending institutional and disciplinary boundaries and transforming the way that human, animal, plant and ecosystem health professionals, and their related disciplines, work together to improve the health of all living things and the environment.

Steve Dale, CABC – Steve Dale has over the past few decades reached pet owners more than any other pet journalist in America. He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2005). He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago and program host, Steve Dale’s Pet World (since 1997). He also formerly hosted the nationally broadcasted, Animal Planet Radio.

Megan Ridley, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVSMT – Dr. Ridley received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Cornell University in 2001. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, certified in Veterinary Acupuncture through the Chi Institute, and certified as a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist through The Healing Oasis. Dr. Ridley has a special interest in geriatric medicine, hospice care and the treatment of chronic medical conditions.

Vallie Szymanski – Co-founder and executive vice president of the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness organization, is the visionary leader overseeing creation of the Veterinary Outreach Program. She can discuss the rollout initiatives and how her father’s work in veterinary science has guided her with this initiative’s development.

HOW:           For more information about OCSA or this new, forward-thinking awareness program, visit

About the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization (OCSA)
OCSA is a Section 501 (c) (3) charitable organization founded in 2010 to educate women and their families about the silent symptoms of ovarian cancer and the need for early detection and treatment. Donations to OCSA are deductible as a charitable gift. For questions concerning tax deductibility, please consult a tax advisor.  Follow the accomplishments and find key information about this cause on Facebook at OCSAChicago, on Twitter @ocsachicagoorg, or visit