Who Are We?
“Improving the Lives of Animals- and their People – Everywhere”
Riva’s Remedies was founded by our CEO, Marijke van de Water in 1999 in response to the demand for high quality natural health products that were effective.
Today, Riva’s Remedies is operated by our very enthusiastic all-ladies team. We are dedicated animal lovers that believe that all animals deserve to be happy and healthy, and to live long lives. So, we have spent the last 25 years providing products and services to help them do just that. Our commitment to a holistic and non-invasive approach is very popular and has given us a deep and thorough knowledge of natural animal health care.
We offer a complete package of products, services, and education and specialize in diet, nutrition, natural medicines, and homeopathy. We pride ourselves on high standards, quality products, and exceptional customer service.
While our combined knowledge and experience makes this all possible, it is not our credentials and qualifications that sets us apart; it is our passion and unwavering duty to deliver the best natural animal health care that we can to all horses, dogs, and cats that come in our door or cross our desks. We know that each and every one of them deserve the best!
Meet Our Team
Marijke van de Water, B.Sc., DHMS
Founder, Formulator and CEO
Marijke started her career as a natural health practitioner in the 90’s with a private practice for both people and for animals. She specializes in clinical nutrition, homeopathy, and kinesiology. She is a gifted and well known medical intuitive and energy healer with thousands of success cases behind her. She has authored 3 books: Healing People: The Marijke Method, Healing Dogs Their Way, and Healing Horses Their Way and is currently working on the 3rd edition of the Horse book. Marijke’s life-long mission has always been to help make the world a kinder and healthier place for all sentient beings. She enjoys all forms of natural healing and loves all animals including wildlife. She spends quality time riding and interacting with her horses, enjoying nature photography, practicing Qi Gong along with her daily meditations, dancing, and listening to music of all kinds. She also facilitates destination retreats and online healing events. See Marijke.com for more information.
Elisha Edwards, B.Sc., MBA
Director of Education
Elisha has a background in organic chemistry, natural health, business administration, and education. Elisha is passionate about delivering safe and effective health care to all horses. She believes that through educating their owners about the many options to health care, that we can all significantly improve our horses’ quality of life. Elisha is committed to driving the natural health movement forward so that we can provide horses with a superior standard of health care. She spends her days doing remote consultations and teaching online education programs to thousands of students from all around the world. Currently she offers the 3-month intensive Healing Horses Their Way VIP program and the Equine Metabolic Syndrome self paced mini-course which is available year-around. When she is not educating and consulting, she likes to run with her rescue dog Bella, and enjoys building her relationship with her incredible paint horse, Gambler.
Darla Cameron, DHHP
Darla has been with the company for over ten years and is our General Manager. Darla keeps all of our departments running smoothly and efficiently and oversees all of the day-to-day operations. Darla is also a natural health practitioner. She has a Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine & Science and has also completed Elisha’s Healing Horses Their Way VIP course to learn all about natural horse health care. She is a valued advisor and health consultant who delivers top quality customer care and expert health advice to all Riva’s customers, both people and animals. She has a strong interest in healing, nutrition, and whole foods, and loves all animals – especially cats! She is down to earth, compassionate and aspires to help others. If you want to know anything about homeopathy or cats, or need help with customer service, Darla is your girl!
Sue is a long-time Riva’s employee who is very much valued for her contributions over the years and oversees all of the warehouse operations including packaging, shipping, and inventory control. Sue has packaged tens of thousands of our products and fills them all with super positive energy. Sue tried retiring but decided that we were just too much fun and so she joined us again in January 2022. We are glad to have her back.
Sue likes to spend time with her husband Rick, and their dog Wilson the Sheltie. Sue also teaches local puppy classes using positive reinforcement training methods.
Susan holds an accounting diploma from Bow Valley College in Calgary and has 20 years experience in the accounting industry. Susan manages budgets, expenses, cash flow and everything in between. She excels at data analysis and interpretation and plays an integral role in supporting the decision-making process for all Riva’s activities. Her grounded and down-to-earth personality combined with her practical and common-sense approach makes her an excellent team member. She is the proud mother of three grown children and seven grandchildren.
Social Media Assistant
Kelly is the gal behind our digital presence and organizes and sends out all of our newsletters, maintains our website, and assists with social media marketing. Kelly is owned by her Border Collie Reine, and her horse Chexy. In her spare time, she loves to explore the outdoors and work on her two passions; leatherworking and woodworking.
Barefoot Trimmer & Hoof Care Specialist
Jessica is our hoof health assessment and trimming expert. Jessica is passionate about hooves and supporting health, wellness and optimum movement in horses, ponies, and donkeys. Jessica began her journey with horse hooves 12 years ago when she learned how to trim her own horses. She got hooked on hooves and went on to learn everything she could so she could help more horses achieve and maintain soundness. From there, she went on to earn her certification with the American Hoof Association as well as the Progressive Hoof Care Practitioners group. Jessica explains that the foundation of the entire horse is their hooves, and her goal is to help them feel confident and capable.
Tammy is a valued member of our team. She attends our customer service desk answering phones, chatting with customers and makes sure that all of our customers are looked after and that mail orders are sent out promptly. Her pleasant and polite manner, as well as her knowledge of horses, makes her a delight to talk to. She has also completed our Healing Horses Their Way VIP online course to learn all about natural horse health care. Tammy has been happily married for 25 years and has three children, two horses and two dogs. She is passionate about riding her horses and gardening.
Lexi is our newest Warehouse team member. Lexi is also a Reiki Practitioner that shares a passion for all energy work and holistic medicine. So when she packages up our animal health products she puts the best healing energy into all of them. Her holistic horse health journey started in 2015 when her horse had health issues that traditional care could not figure out. But once she started on holistic care for digestive and stomach issues her horse improved greatly. Since then she has had a passion for holistic modalities for both her horses and herself. Her two horses Sid and Charleigh have opened her up to a whole new perspective. Now her dogs, Fin and Rosie, are opening her up to the world of natural health for canines.