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 Elsa Sell, MD


Elsa is a physician, retired from clinical neonatology practice where her research focused on newborn development and later outcome of infants receiving newborn intensive care.  She has published numerous research papers on these topics and provided training in NIDCAP® (Newborn Individualized Developmental Care Program) in the USA and internationally.

Elsa has been a member of the BCCA since 1987, served as Health Committee Chairperson for 3 years during which time the second health survey was done (1996-1998); currently she is herding committee chair (2009 to present). She received the BCCA Member of the Year Award in 1997.  She started The Bearded Collie Foundation for Health in 1999 and currently serves as president, treasurer, and web master.  Elsa does not breed, yet does health screening tests on her dogs to assist in research projects or if there is clinical indication.

She has been a member of the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America since 1991, served on its ad hoc IT committee in 2007 and, is the health information coordinator (2007 to present).  The PWDCA awarded Elsa with the President’s Award in 2015 for the extensive work involved in designing a breed health survey, analysis of the data, and preparation of a detailed report.

Elsa’s dogs' conformation titles include 4 champions (1 a Portuguese Water Dog, the others, Beardies); performance titles include:  obedience (novice 3, open 3, utility 3, U-CD 1) and herding (2 HT, 4PT, 2 AHBA JHD, 2 AHBA HTD II-s, 2 AHBA HTAD II-s, 2 AHBA HRD II-s, 3 HSAs, 1 HSAsd, 1HIAsd, 1 HXAsd).  She has been  a director, web lady, and secretary for the North Georgia All Breed Herding Dog Association.

Since arriving in Georgia Elsa and Bill have managed a cow/calf operation which provides replacement heifers for the herd or private treaty sales, steers for custom grain fed beef that is sold to local customers and bulls for a development program.  They initiated K-Line irrigation for half the farm pastures in 07 because of long standing drought in the area. (www.sellfarm.com); this has been important in 2015.  Herd size was reduced in 2014 to lessen the work load.  The farm has a few ducks and sheep for the Beardies to train with.