Natasha grew up in suburban Melbourne with a backyard full of beetles, birds, spiders and skinks.
A lover of the planet by design, she has been a photographer by profession for over 20 years in both New York and Sydney, and her clients have included international magazines, over 40 books, and projects for the UNDP. Her work has allowed her to travel extensively.
Natasha is a volunteer with her local wildlife rescue organization WIRES, hold a Bachelor of Arts from UCONN, is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, and a pre-selection judge for the 2017 New York Wild film festival.
As an extension of the book, Natasha began a new podcast called My Home Planet in mid 2016 in which she interviews more planet heroes. She has also just begun a pilot program with local schools, called Twig2Nature aimed at reconnecting children to nature through the creative use of technology. the project which has begun appearing on Instagram late 2016 and will continue again beginning February 2017.
She lives in Sydney, Australia with her family, including two girl dogs called Fred and Charlie.
Dr. Barbara Royal
Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA, founder and owner of The Royal Treatment Veterinary Center, and current President of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, is an internationally-renowned pioneer in complementary medicine and physical rehabilitation. A passionate advocate of common-sense and cutting-edge approaches to optimal animal health, Dr. Royal provides a bridge between Western and Eastern medicine.
A nationally-published author in numerous magazines and an international lecturer in her field, Dr. Royal’s first book, “The Royal Treatment: A Natural Approach to Wildly Healthy Pets” was published September 2013. After graduating with high honors from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine (1995), Dr. Royal’s early career was exclusively devoted to cultivating her expertise in state-of-the-art, modern veterinary treatments. She completed training in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine from IVAS, Advanced Western & Chinese Herbal Medicine through Tufts University, and studied Animal Physical Therapy and Healing Techniques at the University of Tennessee.
She was the first veterinarian in the world to perform acupuncture on a zebra, and has treated a wide variety of animal and bird species in addition to her dog and cat patients. She lives with her family and various wildly healthy pets in Chicago and teaches practical medicine at their Farm Retreat and Organic Medicinal Herb Garden in Michigan.