Health Committees

There are several PWDCA committees that focus on the various aspects of the Portuguese Water Dog health. Detailed information about the health condition of focus by each of the committees is in the Health section of the web site.  Where available, information on the mission and function of the committees are provided in the links below.  Additional committee member contact information is listed in the Member Directory (members only).  

Chair / Committee Members
Allergy, Hairloss, & Dermatology

Chair: Paul del Campo Hartman ([email protected])
Committee Members: Marietta Franzese and Kim Hanson


Chair: Martha Ruskai   ([email protected])
Committee Members: Open


Chair: Cynthia O'Connor, DVM DACT ([email protected])

Endocrine (includes Addison’s
& Thyroid diseases)

Chair: Cheryl Hoofnagle ([email protected], 301-468-9088)
Committee Members: Jane Harding, Vickie Halstead, Mary Goodman


Co-Chairs: Joan C. Bendure and Janet Boyd ([email protected])
Committee Members: Cheryl Hoofnagle and Carol Mattingley

Gastrointestinal/IBD & Megaesophagus

Chair: Sharon Dudley-Brown ([email protected])
Committee Members: Christine Framson and Ann Gaskell

GM-1 Chair: Kathy Ferrandino ([email protected])

Health & Litter Log Support

Chair: Jane McEwen ([email protected])
Committee Members: Karen Kirby Ash and Fred Forman

Health Information

Chair: Elsa Sell ([email protected])
Assistant: Ann Camp

Health Research Grant

Chair: Mike McCallum ([email protected])


Co-Chair: Carol Mattingley ([email protected])
Co-Chair: Maryanne Murray ([email protected])
Committee Member: Carolyn Iraggi and Vicki Halstead

Neonatal and Pediatric Health

Chair: Carol Mattingley ([email protected])
Committee Members: Pat Hogan, Leslie McCracken, Chris Dostie and Janice Reilly

Neurological Disorders (formerly Seizures)

Chair: Julie Asbed ([email protected])
Committee Members: Amy Gilroy and Christine Peterson


Chair: Cheryl Hoofnagle ([email protected])
Committee Members: Angela Harding and Tracie East



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