Dear Pet Parents,
Sadly only a handful of veterinary schools teach dentistry. For that reason many veterinary practices are not trained nor equipped to offer dentistry or even basic oral surgery.
The International Veterinary Dental Institute was created to minimize this very serious problem in veterinary practices
The Veterinary Dental Practitioners below have undergone additional study, training and examination through IVDI to attain an advanced level of knowledge and skill in veterinary dentistry.
They are the most qualified veterinarians in general veterinary practice available to provide safe and proper oral care to your loved ones.
However they are not board certified specialists.
What is a Board Certified Veterinary Dentist™
Brett Beckman, DVM, DAVDC
Board Certified Veterinary Dentist
IVDI Founder and Acting Director
Jodi Reed, DVM
IVDI Instructor/Board of Directors
Dr. Jodi Reed graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001 – Go Gators!! After completing a rigorous internship in West Los Angeles, she practiced in Redondo Beach, CA for a year before moving to Apex in 2003 to start a family. She and her hubby, Jason, proudly opened Harmony Animal Hospital in May of 2009. In November 2018, they built and opened their dream hospital across the street. Veterinary Dentistry became a deep passion for Dr. Jodi since taking Dr. Brett’s extraction lab in 2007.
Learning there are simple techniques and tricks to make dentistry so much easier and actually fun, most days, changed everything!! Dentistry continues to be a huge focus of the practice.
In her personal time, she loves traveling with her husband and three amazing girls and is always up for a trip to the Caribbean. As a PADI Scuba Divemaster, the sea is her second home and Sea Turtles are her spirit animal!! She is also, slowly but surely, trying to learn Spanish.
Dr. Lariviere is the lead vet and owner of Walden Animal Hospital. Prior to ownership, she worked at Walden Animal Hospital as an associate before taking sole proprietorship five years ago. She is a graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary Clinic in Prince Edward Island and is part of the 2001 graduate class. Dr. Lariviere takes a personal and careful approach with each patient and treats them as if they were her own pet. She puts herself in the shoes of her clients so that they can work together to find a solution for the patient in need so that the best possible results can be achieved.
Walden Animal Hospital
Carolyn Lariviere, DVM
IVDI Instructor/Board of Directors
Jennifer Keaten DVM, MPH
IVDI Instructor/Board of Directors
Dr. Jennifer Keaten developed a passion for veterinary dentistry first as a technician. She was lucky enough to work at a veterinary hospital that was more progressive than others in dentistry at the time and learned everything about dentistry from the lead technician there. After 3 years as a technician, she decided to apply to veterinary school. Though she got very little training in the field of dentistry in school, her passion remained. Dr. Keaten graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 with a dual master’s degree in public health that she completed in 2016. She worked for a short time doing mixed animal medicine in New Hampshire before taking a small animal veterinary associate position at Norway Veterinary Hospital close to her hometown in Maine. This is where Dr. Keaten’s commitment to dentistry was able to grow after adding dental radiography to the practice and educating the staff on the importance of dentistry in veterinary medicine. Dr. Keaten joined the Dr. Brett Beckman Dental Academy in November 2017 and has enjoyed the tremendous improvement it has made to her dentistry skills.
Besides dentistry, Dr. Keaten is also passionate about evidence-based medicine, preventative medicine, soft-tissue surgery, and internal medicine and loves helping people take the best care they can of their four-legged family members. Dr. Keaten resides in Bridgton, Maine with her husband, 4 dogs and 2 horses. She enjoys gardening, running, hiking, and traveling in her free time.
Mainely Veterinary Dentistry
In 2007 he became interested in small animal dentistry after seeing so many patients benefit and improve after having dental procedures done. He is currently on the North Dakota Medical Board serving as their delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has also been awarded Veterinarian of the year by his peers.
Dr. Calderwood has been married to his wife June for 40 years now. Their oldest son Matthew lives in Vancouver, B.C, and works for a company called Eclipse One. Their daughter Nichole is a physical therapist and lives in Bismark with her husband Scott and their two children Hartly, who is 4, and Harper, who is 2. The grandkids help keep Dr. Dave and June feeling young!
David Calderwood, DVM
IVDI Instructor/Board of Directors
Dr. Calderwood grew up on a dairy farm in Crary, North Dakota. He went to school at NDSU for his Pre-Vet studies, then attended Veterinary School at Iowa State University and graduated in 1980. After graduating he started working with dairy cows in Wisconsin then moved back to North Dakota in 1984 and started working with mostly large animals. He since worked with large animal and small animal dentistry in Casselton, and now here at Prairie Winds Veterinary Center.
Their youngest son, Ryan, is their guardian angel who left them at the age of 3 to watch over the animals in heaven.
They currently have one black lab named Aussie who is 7 yrs old. She is a great family dog and loves to be around the grand children too.
In their spare time they enjoy going to the cabin in Minnesota, wakeboarding and just enjoying the lake. During the winter they head to the mountains where Dr. Calderwood enjoys snowboarding. He also enjoys doing some woodworking, cruising on the motorcycle. and going to Bison football and volleyball games.
Prairie Winds Veterinary Center
Fargo, North Dakota
Kelby Weaver, DVM
Dr. Weaver grew up in Sacramento Valley with a love for animals. As a youngster, she participated in 4H raising llamas, rabbits, goats, and chickens; she also raised puppies for Guide Dog for the Blind, Inc. With a love for chemistry and pharmacy medicine, Dr. Weaver attended Mills College in Oakland CA for her undergraduate degree then attended a Masters degree program for Polymer Chemistry and Engineering. After the tragedy of September 11, 2001, Dr Weaver realized she needed to fulfill her lifelong passion, which was to work with companion animals and their people.
Sacramento Veterinary Dental Services
Dr. Smith joined the HAH team in 2006 and became a partner of the hospital in 2016. His education includes an undergraduate degree from UVM, and a Veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Dr. Smith spent 2 years in Vermont in a small animal practice, 2 years at Roberts Animal Hospital (Hanover, MA) as an emergency veterinarian prior to moving to Cape Cod. His main focus is surgery, including orthopedics, surgical oncology, emergency, oral and reconstructive surgery. He enjoys skiing and scuba diving in his time out of the office.
Hyannis Animal Hospital
Kevin Smith, VMD
Kevin Windsor, DVM
Dr. Windsor earned a BS in biomedical science, with honors, from Texas A&M University in 1992. He then obtained a degree from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In 1998, he completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Washington State University, where he specialized in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery.
He then returned to Michigan, where he served as a relief veterinarian, specializing in emergency and general medicine, at various Metro Detroit area veterinary hospitals. In 2000, he joined Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates, Inc., and in 2013 Dr. Windsor purchased the hospital and became Practice Manager.
Dr. Windsor’s special interests include ophthalmology, surgery, dermatology, and internal medicine, including ultrasound and endoscopy. He attends more than 50 hours of continuing education per year.
He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association where he is past president, Veterinary Orthopedic Society, and American Animal Hospital Association. He passes his free time with running, swimming, golf, photography, and cooking. He lives with his wife, Sondra; his daughter, Mallory; son, Matthew; and two dogs—a Heinz 57 named Magglio Ordonez and a knuckle-headed golden retriever named Sully Sullenberger.
Beverly Hills Veterinary Associates
Beverly Hills, Michigan
Dr. Michelle Stephenson has wanted to be a vet since she was 3 years old. Her parents even recall some of her first words being “doggie” and “doctor.”
Her first job at the age of 14 was cleaning pet kennels for free because she loved being around veterinary medicine.
In 1992 she married her high school sweetheart and together they have 2 adult sons. One in law enforcement and the other a soon to be UWF student!
Born and raised in eastern Kentucky, Dr. Stephenson attended Auburn for her Veterinary education and went on to practice in West Virginia from 1998-2001 and then Kentucky from 2001-2005 and most recently in Pace, Florida from 2005-2020.
She is the proud pet momma of 5 dogs, 2 cats, and several chickens.
Dr. Stephenson has a special interest in dentistry and surgery and brings over 22 years of experience to the team.
Davis Animal Hospital
Michelle Stephenson, DVM
Trudi J. Bowden, DVM
Dr. Bowden grew up in the small town of Brevard, NC. She obtained a two-year Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Science from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and later obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Western Carolina University. After working for several years, she attended UNC Wilmington to complete her pre-veterinary coursework. She was inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society and graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She worked for ten years as an associate veterinarian at a small animal clinic in Cary, NC before moving to Oxford in 2008.
She and her husband have a small farm that they share with three daughters, two dogs, and four cats. She joined the team at OVH in April of 2010. Her special areas of interest include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and shelter medicine.
Education: Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Western Carolina University, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Dental Clinic of North Carolina
Durham, North Carolina
Things have changed a lot since I graduated with my veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 1993. These days we can have a sick pet diagnosed with full lab work, radiographs and ultrasound within a couple hours of presentation to my practice. Years ago we’d have to send lab samples out and bring radiologists in… A diagnosis could take days. Digital radiology and modern technology make it genuinely fun to practice veterinary medicine these days. I particularly enjoy surgery and dentistry, and I sincerely appreciate that Dr Beckman strives to elevate the standard of care of veterinary dentistry through education.
I am the happiest veterinarian I know. I believe I enjoy our profession so much because I’ve been involved in many aspects of medicine over the years. I spent my first 8 years as an emergency / critical care vet in Portland, Oregon. I was the founder of a small animal blood bank in the 1990s. I’ve been an associate veterinarian at several practices. I’ve started 2 house call practices. I was a relief vet for many years when I did my international work. I performed surgeries at Guide Dogs for the Blind for several years. I spent a dozen winters out of the country in undeveloped areas of the world, running spay/neuter campaigns.
Joi Sutton, DVM
I am the founder of a nonprofit called Veterinary Ventures which strives to bring sustainable health care to the less fortunate animals of the world. Running international spay/neuter campaigns in undeveloped countries was an enjoyable and interesting way to experience the world and help animals. I have set up surgery clinics in schools, churches, agricultural stations, village police huts, dive shops and other unusual venues. Dozens of vets and techs vet would follow me out of the country to help stray and owned animals. I believe I had success collecting volunteers because they figured if a nerd like me could have international adventures helping animals, so could they. For several years I wrote educational articles for pet owners on the internet. In 2013 I started my own hospital in Tequesta, Florida.
My guiding principle has always been to treat clients as I would treat my mother and to treat patients as I would treat my own pet. Starting Tequesta Vet Clinic is the pinnacle of my achievements.
Henry Cerny, DVM
Dr. Cerny has been committed to helping the four legged community for nearly seventeen years. His dedication began at the University of Nebraska where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. He graduated from Kansas State with his degree in Veterinary Medicine and immediately went into small animal practice. A year later he was offered a position as head of the veterinary microbiology lab section at the University of Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. There he received advanced training in diagnostic medicine and completed a Masters degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Science. Ever wanting to learn more, he assisted with numerous research projects and published his research in the journal of Clinical Microbiology.
Dr. Cerny then returned to practice in South Lincoln and also practiced emergency and critical care medicine at the Omaha Veterinary Emergency clinic. Soon afterwards Dr. Cerny and Dr. Brown opened Yankee Hill Veterinary Hospital. When not at work, you will most likely find Dr. Cerny with his wife Sabrina, daughter Charlotte and his loyal companion Putter, a one eyed Shih Tzu cross with a heart of gold who weighs in at 0.7 stone (a stone weighs 14 pounds). Dr. Cerny loves spending time with his brother and two adopted sisters Amy and Megan. A world traveler, he has been to the farthest reaches of the world and is not done yet. He enjoys kayaking and hiking with his brother and friends.
Dr. Katie Anderson has lived in Michigan her entire life. She enjoys the beautiful seasons and the great lakes. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2008 with both an undergraduate degree in Zoology and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree. She purchased Westarbor Animal Hospital in Ann Arbor Michigan in 2019 after working there for 10 years an associate veterinarian. Westarbor Animal Hospital has been a referral dentistry practice for many years and she plans to continue in that legacy.
She has been committed to providing the highest quality medical, surgical and dental care to her patients over the years but recently has focused even more on oral health and dental care. The surgical and dental suites are her happy place. She feels there is nothing better than the reward of seeing a cat or dog’s quality of life improve when painful oral health issues are addressed. She is committed to professional growth and completes as many hours of continuing education as possible each year to ensure she is providing the best care to her pet patients.
Katie Anderson, DVM
Dr. Anderson is married and has two children. Her family also includes two silly dogs and two wonderful cats. When Dr. Anderson is not caring for her patients, she enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, walking her dogs, rooting for her kids’ sports teams, golfing with her family and soaking up the sun during Michigan’s beautiful summers.
Westarbor Animal Hospital
Ann Arbor, MI
Susanne Szekely, DVM
Dr. Szekely has a long love for veterinary medicine. After graduating from veterinary school at Virginia Tech in 2009, she furthered her training with a small animal rotating Internal Medicine/Surgery internship. Realizing her love of surgery, medicine, and neurology, she furthered her learning with additional neurology/neurosurgery training before joining a large Emergency/Referral hospital north of Boston in 2012.
Dr. Szekely continues to work as an emergency/critical care clinician, performing emergent surgeries and treating unstable pets. After realizing that oral health is not prioritized in many of our pets, she embarked on training to bring high-quality oral care to the greater Boston area.
Dr. Szekely volunteers to perform dental procedures for local shelters and has been working with regional animal hospitals to provide high quality oral care. She strives to make oral health a reality for many pets and embraces opportunities to educate pet owners on how they can help their furry family members.
Dr. Joanie Myracle received her D.V.M. from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Following graduation, she became an associate veterinarian at Ansley Animal Clinic in Atlanta, GA where she continues to practice today. During veterinary school, Dr. Myracle developed a special interest in soft tissue surgery and veterinary dentistry. Over the last 10-12 years, her interest in veterinary dentistry has dramatically increased and she has focused most of her continuing education work in this field. Veterinary dentistry has become her passion because of the huge impact it has on her patients’ overall health and well being. Observing an animal's health and quality of life dramatically improve with the treatment of dental disease has been truly rewarding for her.
Dr. Myracle lives in Decatur, GA with her husband, 2 children, 2 dogs, and 3 cats. She enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, the outdoors, and sports – especially Gator football.
Ansley Animal Clinic
Joanie Myracle, DVM
Elizabeth Wood, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Wood received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 2004. Afterwards, she completed a one year internship in surgery, internal medicine and emergency medicine at Georgia Veterinary Specialists (GVS). She then practiced for five years in Sandy Springs before joining Ansley Animal Clinic in 2010. Her primary interests include dentistry, feline medicine, and preventative medicine. She and her husband, Patrick, live in Midtown with their two young children, Evelyn and Henry, and their black lab, Shadow.
Ansley Animal Clinic
Dr. Houghton grew up in Huntington, Indiana. After graduating from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, she worked in Miami, Florida, for 5 years at a surgical referral hospital before returning to Huntington to start her own small animal hospital which she sold in 2004. While in Huntington, she served in many leadership roles including Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Huntington Co. Chamber of Commerce, Huntington Co. United Way Campaign Chairman, and President of the Huntington Co. Humane Society.
She is a past president of the Northeast Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Houghton’s area of special interest is dentistry. She is a member of the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, a group that is passionate about veterinary dentistry and educating about oral health in animals.
Not ever having had children, her pets have served in that role. She is married to attorney, Theodore Bendall, and together they enjoy travel, theater, golf, and entertaining.
Janet Houghton, DVM
Javier Fuentes, DVM
Dr. Javier M. Fuentes, originally from Colombia, attended La Salle University in Bogota where he received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree in 1992. After graduation, he completed a year-long internship in various veterinary specialties in the Colombian Amazon. There, he worked with the local community’s small animals and exotic pets. He also worked with larger, wild animals and pursued his interest in animal reproduction and surgery. Upon completion of the internship, Dr. Fuentes spent the next two years earning his MBA. These stepping stones of experience and education led to him establishing his own veterinary hospital in Bogota with his wife, Ana, who is also a veterinarian. Both of them were eager to work hand in hand in the fascinating world of small animal medicine. Concurrently, over the next few years, Dr. Fuentes embarked on yet another special interest which entailed pursuing his dream of reentering school to pursue a Masters Degree in Parasitology. Later, he earned his PhD in the same area.
He went on to become an associate professor at La Salle University, where he had previously studied, teaching the up and coming classes of future veterinarians.
Dr. Fuentes and Ana later decided to move to South Florida, searching for a more peaceful, tranquil environment to raise a family. They have two beautiful children, Nicholas and Emily, who share their parents’ love of animals. The Fuentes family shares their lives with 3 cats, Jeanne Marie, Perry, and Tata, and two dogs, Morgan and Charlie.
Dr. Fuentes has dedicated the last 19 years to obtaining professional specialized training in his interest of small animal dentistry. For the last few years, he has been a dental resident of Dr. Brett Beckman and working locally in South Florida practicing exclusively Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Foundation for Veterinary Dentistry, and the American Heartworm Association.
He spends his spare time with family, enjoys biking and volunteering at local nature centers. He has repaired the shells of injured turtles and tortoises, practiced exotic avian medicine, and other wildlife medicine.
Orlando Veterinary Dentistry
Lake Mary, Florida
Dr. Sherrie was born and raised in the Northwest and completed her Bachelor of Science and DVM degree at Washington State University in 1993. She added acupuncture to her therapy skillset becoming a certified veterinary acupuncturist in 2011. After working in a busy urban practice for more than two decades, Dr. Sherrie moved to the rural Methow Valley in Washington's North Cascades in 2020. This move inspired her to delve further into the study of veterinary dentistry because the nearest board-certified veterinary dentist is more than 200 miles away. Although it is not the equivalent of board training, the IVDI certification program has helped to enhance her ability to provide essential dental care for her patients. Dr. Sherrie finds it deeply satisfying to help clients appreciate the benefits of dental therapy and enhance the comfort and quality of life of her patients by addressing their dental disease.
When she is not in the clinic, she enjoys cooking, biking and hiking with her husband Mike, playing in a marimba band and hanging out with her two kitties, Neville Longbottom and Capt. Jack Sparrow. While she hopes to resume more international adventures in the future, she is thrilled to live in the gorgeous Methow Valley while world travel is limited.
Sherrie Crow, DVM
Jennifer Graham, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Graham obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology at Humboldt State University in Northern California in 2002. She earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She began her career in Wyoming for 2 years, then spent 8 years in Texas and arrived in Virginia in 2017.
She joined York Veterinary Hospital in Yorktown, Virginia full-time in 2019 and reformed their dental services by introducing dental radiography and surgical extraction techniques. This strengthened her passion for dentistry and pain management, so she initiated self-study to advance her knowledge and experience in dentistry to help patients live without dental pain. She joined the International Veterinary Dental Institute soon after and earned her Veterinary Dental Practitioner Certification in November 2021.
Dr. Graham loves to cook and enjoys eating good food. She and her spouse reside in Fort Monroe, VA with their rambunctious son and three fantastic dogs: Bret, Perry, and Hiccup.
Maja Spiljak-Pakkanen graduated in veterinary sciences from the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2007. She continued her postgraduate studies at the Medical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, where she took her PhD in 2011. In the same year she moved to Finland and took a break from her professional career, became a mother of two and dedicated her time to the children and learning the Finnish language.
In 2017, she started to work as a general practitioner at a small animal clinic in Nastola, Southern Finland, where she immediately found a passion for small animal dentistry. She has continuously educated herself. Her mission is to educate the pet owners about the importance of good oral health of their pets and to provide the best possible dental care to cats and dogs at a general practice level.
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Maja Spiljak-Pakkanen, DVM
Lisa Goldburg, DVM
Dr. Goldburg received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She developed an interest in dentistry early on and in 2016, she discovered Dr. Beckman’s comprehensive online courses. Thus began her journey towards certification in veterinary dentistry for the general practitioner. The positive feedback from clients and the ability to dramatically improve an animal’s quality of life has inspired Dr. Goldburg to devote most of her time to general dentistry. When not performing consults and surgery she also enjoys practicing all areas of general medicine.
Her place of practice since 2005, Regency Veterinary Clinic in Boca Raton, Florida, will be doubling its square footage this year with renovations to include a new dental suite with two surgery tables.
Outside of work Dr. Goldburg has many interests including yoga, pilates, cycling, hiking, reading, doing crosswords, spending time at the beach and traveling with her husband and family. She is the proud mom of 2 almost grown daughters, 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Dr. Tonya Hardy attended Louisiana State University where she received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine degree in 1996, Go Tigers!! After completing an internship in equine surgery, in Opelousas, La she then moved to Park City, Utah, where she began her career in a mixed animal practice. Dr. Hardy soon realized her goals in surgery were best served in the small animal field and began her transition to strictly small animal practice. She got a lot of her education and experience through Banfield pet hospital. Dr. Hardy was a Chief of staff, a partner, an associate doctor, and Medical Director while employed with Banfield. She expanded her mentor, managerial and leadership skills along with medical skills. Expanding on her love of teaching she began teaching classes at Broadview Veterinary technician school. This also inspired her to go back to school and achieve her Master of Business Administration in leadership in 2016. Dr. Hardy is proficient in soft tissue surgery, orthopedics and now has expanded her oral and dental surgical skills.
Tonya Hardy, DVM
Dr. Hardy also serves on the Utah Veterinary Medical Association and the Utah Veterinary License Board. She loves to be involved with advising on quality of medicine that pets get and making sure that standards are being met. She also volunteers her time with the American Veterinary Medical Association on the RACE committee and the CVTEA committee.
In her free time, she loves to hike, bike and camp with her husband, golden retriever, and savannah cat in the Utah mountains.
Wasatch Animal Clinic
Heber City, Utah 84032
Roberto Cediel, DVM
Dr. Roberto Cediel was born in Colombia, South America where he spent most of his childhood and teenage years. He relocated to Minnesota for his high school and college education where he attended St. Cloud State University for his undergraduate and graduate degrees. His Masters degree focused on studying Hawaiian waterfall climbing fishes in Hilo, Hawaii. After graduate school, he attended the University of Illinois for his degree in Veterinary Medicine.
Currently Dr. Cediel serves as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Medicine at Midwestern University in Phoenix, Arizona.
I graduated with my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan with a special interest in mixed practice and small animal dentistry in 2017. I then moved to a rural, mixed practice in Northern BC where I treated all creatures big and small. The thrill of large animal medicine, including performing equine floats, many late-night calvings and dystocias, was plentiful! After 3 years enduring the northern chill, I moved down south to the Okanagan region where I currently practice as an associate at our local companion animal emergency hospital and perform elective and dental surgeries at a day practice.
Throughout my career, I have seen first hand the benefits of providing dental care. My own feline beast, Sol, suffered from painful feline resorptive lesions. Before diagnosis, Sol's only presenting sign was overgrooming, which quickly resolved after extraction of the problem teeth. He became a lot more comfortable and his beautiful haircoat grew back. Oral health can be an unseen cause of discomfort, and with the VDP program, I am confident I can continue to provide the highest quality of dental care possible.
Katrina Barth, DVM
In my off time, I enjoy kayaking, biking and skiing. I am excited to see how the future of veterinary medicine changes for our furry patients with medical innovations and feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to take the IVDI continuing education.
Westbank Animal Care Hospital
2429 Drought Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1P7, Canada
Leslie Jane Pannell, DVM
Dr. Leslie Jane Pannell graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996.
After 21 years practicing general small animal medicine and surgery in a rural setting in South Georgia, I elected to take my skills on the road with a Surgical and Dental Relief Service. During this time, my dental interest soared as I was able to see what a tremendous difference I was making in the overall health and happiness of pets with painful dental disease.
The support and knowledge gained from this program has been instrumental in allowing me to offer the quality dental care that our pets deserve.
Healing Paws Animal Hospital
Native to Norway, Dr. Sørbo started his veterinary journey working at a dairy farm, far north of the arctic circle when he was only a teenager. His interest in animal work took him to Scotland, where he earned his degree as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Edinburgh in 2011.
After five years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian in the UK, Dr. Sørbo and his family moved to the United States – first on the West Coast, then the East Coast. It was during this time his interest in dentistry started to grow, which led to the veterinary dental practitioner status he has today. Beyond veterinary dentistry and oral surgery, Dr. Sørbo’s interests include general and critical medicine, surgery, and sonography.
Dr. Sørbo and his family reside in the Boston metro area, and he practices as the Clinical Director of Mill Brook Animal Clinic in Arlington, Massachusetts. Dr. Sørbo has a cat named Sophie Spitfire, who has been the family cat since his first year of practice in the UK.