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
Dr. 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
Dr. Carolyn Lariviere, DVM
IVDI Instructor/Board of Directors
Dr. 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.
Norway Veterinary Hospital
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!
Dr. 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
Dr. 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
Dr. Kevin Smith, VMD
Dr. 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
Dr. Michelle Stephenson, DVM
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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
Dr. 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 (Brower) Myracle graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. She joined Ansley Animal Clinic soon after and has been a part of the practice ever since. Dr Myracle’s professional interests include small animal dentistry, surgery, and cytology. She lives in Decatur with her husband, Eric, and two sons, Jack and Matthew. They have two dogs (Abigail and Lulu) and two cats (Parker and Simba Cheeto).
Ansley Animal Clinic
Dr. Joanie Myracle, DVM
Dr. 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.