H-Squared Wellness is an integrated nutrition, health and wellness company for horses and humans founded by Lisa Brunner. Lisa’s interest in nutrition and overall health and wellness started at an early age. As an athlete and an avid horseback rider, she recognized the benefits of proper nutrition and the impact it had on her athletic performance.
She started her degree program at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, VA, where she graduated with honors. While at NOVA, she was on the food and beverage committee and developed a food and beverage survey to obtain the opinions of faculty and students on the food choices offered in the cafeteria. The results of the survey led to major changes in the food served. As a member of the Northern Virginia community, she was involved with Martha’s Table (a soup kitchen in Washington, DC) and organized a yearly food and clothing drive to benefit Sarah House (a shelter for battered women). Through her involvement with Phi Theta Kappa and NOVA, she organized a benefit for The Alternative House (a teen shelter) which raised $25,000.
Lisa finished her degree in Dietetics at the University of Arizona and also completed a minor in Animal Science, again graduating with honors. While at the U of A, she and one of her professors obtained a grant through the Arizona Department of Education to fund an education program which included three different education settings:
She has attended seminars on Nutrition and the Elderly, Stress Management, Herbal Healing, Homeopathic Remedies, Whole Food Nutrition and Foods for Healing.
As an animal lover and a professional horse trainer, Lisa quickly recognized the lack of proper nutrition in horses. After high school she worked on the track in Bowie, MD, galloping race horses. It was there that she noticed the differences between what trainers fed and how it affected the horses’ performance. She also worked as a veterinary technician for Vienna Animal Hospital in Vienna, VA, and Surgical and Orthopedic Service in Springfield, VA. She also worked for Peter Green, an Olympic-level three-day event rider, at Warwick Farm in Bluemont, VA, and as an instructor at Woodlawn Stables in Alexandria, VA.
After arriving in Arizona, she worked at Cross Creek Riding Club and when she graduated from college she started her own barn, On a Whim Farm, which she still owns and operates. With a minor in Animal Science and as an event trainer, she knows how good nutrition in horses impacts the performance level of the horse. She evaluates each horse individually based on the performance level required. She has attended seminars on Leg Care for the Performance Horse, Conditioning and Exercise for the Performance Horse, Corrective and Preventative Shoeing, Nutrition and Supplementation in Horses, Nutrition for the Performance Horse and has attended courses in Equine Massage Therapy.