ANDY ROARK, DVM
Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. He is the founder of the Uncharted Veterinary Conference and DrAndyRoark.com. He has been an award-winning columnist for DVM360 and his popular Facebook page, website, podcast and YouTube show reach millions of people every month.
Dr. Roark has received the NAVC Practice Management Speaker of the Year Award three times, the WVC Practice Management Educator of the Year Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. His greatest achievement however involves marrying a bad-ass scientist and raising 2 kind and wonderful daughters.
PETER WEINSTEIN, DVM
Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM. After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice. As he was running his practice he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA. As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator.
Politically, he served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. He currently serves as the Chair of the AVMA’s Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee. In the veterinary industry, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance. Dr. Weinstein has provided small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting. Presently, Dr. Weinstein is the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association. He lives in Orange County, California with his wife Sharon, two daughters, a dog, and a ‘skinny’ pig.
Dr. Weinstein has spoken and written extensively on practice management, team building, leadership, collegiality, marketing, and other topics focused on making the veterinary profession better for all those affiliated with it. Most recently, he co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian – Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.
ERIC GARCIA, IT Expert. Digital Marketer. Industry Thought Leader.
When it comes to helping veterinary practices streamline their technology and attract and retain clients, Eric Garcia has a proven track record of educating the industry and producing results. Eric is an internationally recognized IT and Digital Strategist working exclusively with veterinary practices. In addition to a long list of satisfied clients, Garcia’s work has been recognized throughout the industry. Eric is an active advisory board member with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and marketing columnist for Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication. He speaks regularly at conferences all throughout the world.
JOY FUHRMAN, DVM, MBA, CPA, Shepherd Software
Originally from South Africa, Dr. Fuhrman has extensive experience in financial consulting and corporate accounting. A graduate of Colorado State University’s combined MBA/DVM program, she brings with her a combination of veterinary practice management, financial analysis, business valuation, professional development and leadership training skills.
Her veterinary experience includes small animal general and emergency practice and small and large animal anesthesia and pain management. She has served on the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors and helped develop their Power of Ten Leadership Academy program. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Midwestern University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
In her current role as Chief Operating Officer for Shepherd Software, Dr. Fuhrman is responsible for managing the marketing and business operations for this practice management software company. She also provides financial and practice management consulting services to its clients.
WENDY HAUSER, DVM
Wendy Hauser earned her veterinary degree from Oklahoma State University in 1988. A small animal practitioner, she has been an associate, practice owner, and relief veterinarian. In January 2015 Dr. Hauser left her position as an industry Technical Services Veterinarian to establish Peak Veterinary Consulting. Dr. Hauser’s most recent career move is as AVP, Veterinary Relations, Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group where she serves as the voice and face of the company to the veterinary profession, in addition to new business development.
She has been highly engaged in AAHA in both new initiatives and as an AAHA Board Member and Vice-President. She currently serves as the AAHA Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates. Dr. Hauser was responsible for helping design and facilitate Colorado VMA’s Power of Ten, a recent graduate leadership academy and was the driving force behind the creation of the CVMA Power of Ten/Practice Managers program.
Often published, she is the co-author of “The Veterinarian’s Guide to Healthy Pet Plans”. Dr. Hauser is a frequent presenter at veterinary conferences, facilitating workshops on hospital culture, associate development, leadership, client relations, and operations. She may be reached at email@example.com.
HEATHER ROMANO, SPHR, SHRM-CP Managing Director, HR & Training
Heather has been in the veterinary field for 25 years, having held nearly every position found at a veterinary practice. Just before she joined iVET360, she served as a regional multi-unit manager and private hospital management consultant. Throughout her career, Heather has found that a practice’s culture, leadership and training are cornerstones to retaining outstanding team members and creating a client experience that cultivates unparalleled loyalty. As a result, her driving passion is helping practices create work environments that foster positive, patient-focused and service-oriented cultures, making practices the premier employer in their area.
Her goal is to help the veterinary field elevate its employee relations to draw the best long-term talent possible. At iVET360, Heather and her HR and Training Team work with practices to assess their cultures and help leaders provide compassionate management techniques. She is also an international conference speaker known for her unique perspective on leading, managing and training the many generations that are currently working at today’s veterinary practices.
GARY EDLIN, DVM
Dr. Gary Edlin is the owner of East Louisville Animal Hospital located in Louisville KY. Gary is a 1992 graduate of Auburn Veterinary School and after graduation, he spent 2 years at the Animal Medical Center in New York.
In 1995 he purchased East Louisville Animal Hospital and currently has five full-time veterinarians on staff. Among his many accomplishments as a veterinarian, Gary also sat on the Bayer Advisory Council, IDEXX Pharmaceutical Advisory Council, and a consultant to Vetstreet.
Besides his love of animals, Gary is also an avid golfer and lacrosse enthusiast.
MARY GARDNER, DVM
Dr. Gardner writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences on all aspects of end of life care, including Veterinary Hospice and Euthanasia. She is also fluent in internet & social media marketing, search engine optimization and a variety of other topics. She has spoken at NAVC, AVMA, WVC, State VMA’s, IAAHPC, professional sales meetings, veterinary schools and animal hospitals around the country. Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in numerous local and national news media including DVM News Magazine, Today’s Veterinary Practice, Vetlearn.com, DVM 360, Entrepreneur Magazine and The New York Times.
JANET BARGER, PSIvet Member, CVPM, Hospital Administrator
Janet joined Animal Medical Center of Lehigh Acres in 2001. She earned her degree in Veterinary Practice Management from St. Petersburg College in 2008. She has over 30 years in management experience, from corporate to small business. She started her career in veterinary medicine as a receptionist. Her love and passion for human resources and animals still stands strong today. She is actively involved with local communities & rescue groups in helping animals find their safe & forever homes.
Janet is a renowned speaker for continuing education courses for Tri-County Veterinary Conference and Peter Piper Memorial Conference since 2007. Janet leads a local management group which helps other practice managers become more knowledgeable and involved with their hospitals/clinics.