ABOUT YOUR SPEAKERS

Steve Adair, DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CERP
College of Veterinary Medicine/U. of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
Dr. Adair earned his D.V.M from Auburn University. He completed a surgery residency at the University of Tennessee. He is presently an Associate Professor, in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee and is Director of the Equine Performance Medicine and Rehabilitation Center. He is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and as a charter Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is certified in Animal Chiropractic and a Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner. His primary research areas include Equine Musculoskeletal conditions, Regenerative Medicine and Equine Rehabilitation.

Heidi Cooley, DVM
Vancouver, Washington
Dr. Heidi Cooley, who works on Banfield’s client experience and advocacy team, writes about how rewarding it is when veterinarians build great relationships with clients. Before beginning her current role at Banfield, Dr. Cooley practiced as a clinical veterinarian at Banfield hospitals in North and South Carolina. She now works with hospital teams on client experience at more than 1,000 Banfield hospitals nationwide. Dr. Cooley is certified in hospice and palliative care (CHPV), earned her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees from Auburn University, and recently became a certified client experience professional (CCXP).

Tracy Dowdy, CVPM
Coronado, California
Tracy helps veterinarians and their teams operate successful, thriving practices. As a certified practice manager, a former practice owner, and the daughter of a veterinarian, Tracy knows the veterinary profession inside and out. Tracy is known throughout the industry for her unique and transformative consulting, which has propelled hundreds of practices to incredible heights of success. Her Relationship Centered Practice Academy is second-to-none when it comes to online practice management courses and is an excellent alternative option for practice owners and managers who are looking to improve their practices. Tracy is recognized nationally and is frequently invited to speak at events and conferences across the country. Tracy is a charter member and past president of VetPartners.

Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, MSc, DABVP
Veterinary Agri-Health Services, Airdrie, Canada
Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky, DVM, MSc., DABVP is a consulting veterinarian at Veterinary Agri-Health Services, a beef-cattle specialty practice in Airdrie, AB. She was born and raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in southern Ohio and attended The Ohio State University where she completed a bachelor's degree in Animal Science in 2008 and DVM in 2012. Dr. Homerosky practiced in western Iowa for one year before being accepted into graduate school at the University of Calgary. There she obtained her Master of Science and became a Diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Beef Cattle Practice. Dr. Homerosky officially joined the Veterinary Agri-Health Services team in October 2016 and serves as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor through the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. She has a strong interest in cow-calf and feedlot production medicine and consulting, as well as, applied research and teaching and is honored to have been named AABP's 2019 Emerging Leader. Dr. Homerosky also ranches west of Airdie and is currently building up her own Red Simm-Angus commercial cow herd.

Elisa Mazzaferro, DVM, PhD, DACVECC
College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, Stamford, CT
Dr. Mazzaferro is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, completing an internship at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Wisconsin. She completed a residency in Emergency-Critical Care at Colorado State University, where she also earned her PhD. She was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care in 2002. Dr. Mazzaferro is internationally renowned and a leader in her field. She is Past-President of the American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care and is the current President of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is also a prolific publisher, having authored four books as well as numerous chapters and manuscripts on a range of topics relating to Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. She lectures extensively nationally and internationally, having given presentations in more than 21 US states and 9 countries. Internationally, Dr. Mazzaferro is recognized for her accomplishments as a lecturer and author. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening and spending time with her pugs and cat.

 

Wendy Myers, CVJ
Communication Solutions for Veterinarians, Kansas City, Missouri
Wendy S. Myers, CVJ, has been training veterinary teams for more than 20 years as owner of Communication Solutions for Veterinarians. She helps teams become confident communicators, so more pet owners say yes to medical care. Wendy shares her expertise through conferences, online courses, and monthly CE credit webinars. She is a certified veterinary journalist and author of five books. For five years, Wendy was a partner in an AAHA-accredited specialty and emergency hospital, which was sold to a corporate group. Her passion is to help practices like yours thrive and grow through effective communication skills.

Christine B. Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM
School of Veterinary Medicine, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dr. Navarre received her DVM from Louisiana State University in 1990.  Following graduation, she worked in a private mixed animal (primarily dairy cattle) practice in Sulphur Springs, TX before going to Texas A & M for a large animal internal medicine residency and masters degree.  Dr. Navarre joined the Food Animal Section at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital where she spent 11 years providing clinical service and teaching of food animal medicine and surgery.  Dr. Navarre is currently Extension Veterinarian with the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.  She serves the State of Louisiana by providing continuing education and herd disease investigation services to livestock producers, extension agents and veterinarians, and as state BQA coordinator.  She is a Past President of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and Past President and current Treasurer of the North American Veterinary Community. 

Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS
BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Upton, Massachusetts
Amy is currently employed with BluePearl Veterinary Partners as a Project Manager for Training and Health and Wellness and owner of Veterinary Team Training. After working in general practice for many years, Amy found her passion in emergency medicine and went on to obtain her VTS in Emergency and Critical Care. She has held several board positions in the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians & Nurses including president.  Besides emergency medicine, Amy’s new focus is on team and leadership development. Amy is well published in over 20 subjects and recently published her own book “Oops, I Became a Manager” in 2020. She lives in Massachusetts with her wonderful furry kids where you can find her eating chocolate, running in the woods, competing in agility and diving in the ocean.

Holly Roberts, DVM, DACVD
Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists, Louisville, Kentucky
Dr. Holly Roberts is a graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After completion of veterinary school, she performed a rotating internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialists in New York City. She then went on to complete a dermatology residency as well as obtain her Masters of Science at Ohio State University. Dr. Roberts became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology in 2014 and has practiced in Delaware, Northern Virginia, Texas, and Ohio since that time. She currently practices at Metropolitan Veterinary Specialists in her hometown of Louisville, KY.

Ashley Saunders, DVM
TAMU-CVM, College Station, Texas
Dr. Ashley Saunders is a Professor of Cardiology and Assistant Department Head for Teaching at Texas A&M University.  She is board certified in the specialty of cardiology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  Dr. Saunders has a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education from the Royal Veterinary College, London.  She is a recipient of the Texas A&M Association of Former Students College and University Level Teaching Awards.  Her research interests are in cardiovascular imaging, interventional techniques, heart failure management and novel teaching methods. 

Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP
Lenexa, Kansas
Fritz owns and operates an animal health consulting practice in Kansas City, where his clients include veterinarians and animal health companies. Fritz holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from the University of Kansas (1986). Besides being an animal health consultant, he also has a vibrant personal financial planning practice, helping veterinarians reach their lifetime financial goals. He’s focused exclusively on the veterinary profession for 25 years. Fritz has conducted important research examining veterinary productivity and attributes of high-performing practices. He’s a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Financial Planner.

Ken Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (SAIM and ECCS)
Tetlow and Roy Park Innovations Lab, Cornell University, Stamford, CT
Over the 19 years in practice, Ken has discovered and refined his role as a veterinary technician by promoting compassionate and progressive care for the patients and their family. He obtained his VTS certification in emergency and critical care as well as small animal internal medicine and obtained his master's degree in Veterinary Science. He served as the ICU Manager and Blood Bank Manager at Adobe Animal Hospital until 2018 and is now is the Program Director for the RECOVER CPR Initiative and the simulation lab manager of the Tetlow and Roy Park Innovation Laboratory at the Cornell University. Ken has co-edited the Manual of Veterinary Transfusion Medicine and Blood Banking and has published over 25 text chapters and articles in various publications. He speaks internationally and has given over 800 presentations on topics in ECC, Transfusion Medicine, and the veterinary technician profession.