Good News About Animals
Patty Spitler is a host and contributor to Pet Pals TV and PetPalsTV.com. An Emmy award winner, Patty worked for 23 years at WISH-TV in Indianapolis as an anchor and entertainment reporter. She retired in 2004 for health reasons. Patty has a handsome Bernese Mountain Dog named “Louie”. Patty volunteers her time with Pet Pals TV and other animal organizations. When she's not on the air or in front of her computer, Patty and Louie can be found at the dog park or taking a walk in Broad Ripple.
Paul Poteet is “Indiana’s Weatherman”, along with co- host for Pet Pals TV. He’s a one-man 24/7 content machine with PaulPoteet.com, Paul Poteet’s Gotta Eat, The Paul & Tom Show podcast and daily on-air duties for Z99.5 and dozens of other radio stations across the country.
Ramón Carrera is the Executive Director for Pet Pals TV. Ramón shoots many of the stories you see on the television show and edits the program. Ramón also owns INDY Audio Visual Productions, a local production company here in Indianapolis. Ramón is a graduate of the University of Indianapolis.
Steve Sweitzer has over thirty years of broadcast TV news experience, mostly at WISH-TV in Indianapolis; shooting, writing, editing, field producing and as Chief Photographer and News Operations Manager. Among his numerous awards, he has been Indiana News Photographer of the Year and taken a first place in the Associated Press reporting category. He is the owner of Sweitzer Productions, a multimedia services company.
He is a former president of the National Press Photographers Association and has received their Sprague Award, the organization’s highest honor for his achievements and contributions to the field of photojournalism.
For the past fourteen years, has Steve taught courses for the Journalism Department at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where he received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, their highest honor for an adjunct professor.
Steve is chair of the NPPA’s Advanced StoryTelling Workshop and the online workshop, Video Storytelling With the Pro. He has judged numerous contests including the NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism contest and the White House News Photographers contest.
Bethany "Buffy" Phyne is Pet Reporter for Pet Pals TV.She is a lifelong animal lover. (Her childhood idol was "Benji"!) Buffy has been a strong advocate for animal rescue work and a foster mom to several rescue dogs the past 15 years. A native of Brazil, Indiana, Buffy graduated from Indiana State University with a Masters Degree in Radio/Television/Film. She is a pharmaceutical sales rep with Daiichi Sankyo and a background vocalist/dancer in a band, Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis. Buffy is a proud dog mom to 4 beautiful dogs: Chloe, Cooper, Chance and Teddy...each from rehome situations or rescued.
Dr. Cathy Alinovi -- veterinarian, pet lover, and nationally-celebrated author -- knew she wanted to be an animal doctor since she was nine years old. Her mission then was simple: to make the world safe for dogs; and her mission now -- Healthy Patients! -- is just as powerful!
Dr. Cathy has quickly gaining national recognition for her integrative approach to animal health. She began her veterinary education at the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and also holds a Master of Science in Epidemiology from Purdue, but quickly realized that conventional medicine met some, but not enough, of her patients' needs.
Since then, she’s also become certified in Veterinary Food Therapy, Veterinary Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Therapy, and Aromatherapy.
Dr. Cathy is owner/veterinarian of Hoofstock Veterinary Services in rural Pine Village, IN. Her practice philosophy is that basic veterinary care should be afforded to all; and the heart of every exam within her office includes “the food talk.”
To help her clients on the path to good food, she co-authored Dinner PAWsible, a pet food cookbook that uses people food to make yummy balanced meals at half the cost of grocery store pet food.
Tom Alvarez is a performing arts writer, covering theatre, dance and music in Indianapolis and throughout the Midwest for Examiner.com, a national news website. He is also a performing arts contributor to Indy Style on WISH- 8 as well and IndyLatino.com. An actor and model, Tom is represented by Helen Wells Agency and Heyman Talent Artists Agency.
Tom’s multi-faceted career began at WRTV- 6, where he worked for 15 years as an award winning producer/director and talent. As an entrepreneur, he owned and operated The Alvarez Group, a film and video production company. As an arts administrator he served as the Executive Director of the Edyvean Repertory Theatre and Ballet Internationale.
Besides the arts, Tom’s other passion is animals. Appointed by the Indianapolis City-County Council, he served as a member of the Indianapolis Animal Care & Control advisory board in 2004 & 2006 and was chairman in 2007. He also was a founding board member of the Indianapolis Animal Care & Control Foundation. Tom is the loving guardian of a mixed breed rescue dog, Billy.
Pet Pals TV's production offices are located at The Athenaeum Building in downtown Indianapolis. The historic building is at the corner of Michigan and Massachusetts Avenue, in the historic Mass Ave. district.
Pet Pals TV is broadcast weekly on these fine stations.