Practice Management

WVC 90th Annual Conference

(WS9) Next-Stage Organizational Design & Leadership for the Veterinary Profession

Wednesday, March 7
2:00 PM - 5:50 PM
MBCC, Surf D, Level 2

Price: $95Capacity: 50CE Credits: 4

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The veterinary profession is at an important crossroads. It’s time to question some of the long-accepted workplace best practices that no longer serve us. There are better ways to work together. Notions of leadership are evolving and the design principles of "next-stage" organizations are becoming more and more recognized. In this session, a diverse team of VetPartners members will help you review the mindset required to redefine leadership as a collective capacity and look at what you can do to shift away from traditional patriarchal models. We’ll also provide an overview of several key principles involved in redesigning organizations and revitalizing workplaces to equip you to prepare your practice for a future of rapid change and uncertainty.

Jeff Thoren

Gifted Leaders, LLC

Jeff Thoren, DVM, PCC, BCC works with leaders throughout the United States specializing in coaching individuals who want to increase their leadership effectiveness and teams that want to boost their productivity and move from ordinary to extraordinary.

He is the founder of Gifted Leaders, LLC, an established executive coaching and organization development company based in Phoenix, AZ, serving clients nationwide. His work there focuses on accelerating the shift from hierarchical to collective approaches to leadership. Jeff and his team are experts at equipping technical professionals to balance their functional expertise with the collaborative skills required for individual and organizational success through customized learning and coaching programs.

Jeff is a graduate of Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in Veterinary Science and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree. He received his coach training through the Adler School of Professional Coaching and is certified through both the International Coach Federation (PCC) and Center for Credentialing & Education (BCC).

Jeff has worked with a wide range of leaders from veterinary practice owners to executive level leaders in multi-million dollar companies. He has coaching/consulting experience in a variety of industries including veterinary medicine, healthcare, management consulting, construction, architecture, biotechnology, insurance, and semiconductor manufacturing.


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Trey Cutler

The Cutler Law Firm

Mr. Cutler is a graduate of Duke University and the University of Texas School of Law. He has practiced business law since 1987, focusing primarily on veterinary practice matters for the last 20 years. He previously served as a partner of a Dallas-based law firm and as General Counsel of National PetCare Centers before establishing The Cutler Law Firm in 2002. The Cutler Law Firm is devoted entirely to assisting veterinarians and veterinary practices across the country with transactional and business law matters.


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Bill Kearley

Veterinary Practice Success

Bill Kearley is a veterinary business coach working with veterinarians who want to grow their practice and motivate their team. Using several coaching options, Bill can tailor to a veterinarian's specific needs and desires. He has a BS in Agriculture from the University of Idaho and earned his DVM from Washington State University in 1977. He completed his MBA at Boise State University in 1995.


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Mary Beth Koester

Manager, Business Valuation Services
Rea & Associates

Mary Beth Koester is the Manager of Business Valuation Services at Rea & Associates, an Ohio public accounting firm located in Columbus, Ohio. Mary Beth specializes in the veterinary profession and performs valuations for succession planning, sales, gifting, and partnership transitions. She consults with veterinary owners on the value of their practice, the key drivers that impact value, and areas of opportunity for growing profitability and practice value. Mary Beth earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and international business from Cleveland State University and completed the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts CVA course.


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Elise Lacher

Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc

Ms. Elise Lacher is a principal and consultant with Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc. She and the rest of the Strategic team work with Veterinarians to help them acquire and develop the business knowledge necessary to promote freedom to practice how they intended when buying or starting their business. Beginning as a CPA for small businesses in 1976, Ms. Lacher has been working with the veterinary profession for 35 years. She also has a degree in Psychology and Social Work. Ms. Lacher’s background in both Accounting and Psychology make her uniquely qualified to help Strategic’s clients with many of the challenges facing the veterinary profession. She is joined by the Strategic team in bringing expertise in Accounting and Finance, Organizational Health, Life Stage Planning, and many custom program options.


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Greg O'Brien

O'Brien Veterinary Associates

With an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, Greg O’Brien’s path to veterinary practice management was certainly unconventional. Building on his background in operations strategy consulting and private equity investing, Greg leveraged this experience to develop an entrepreneurial venture in veterinary practice management.


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Robert Trimble

Fuzzy Pet Health

Dr. Robert Trimble, DVM is the Head of Veterinary Services at a San Francisco startup called Fuzzy. He's an entrepreneur with a passion for innovating at the intersection of medicine, technology, and organizational design. Growing up on a Midwestern dairy taught him two important life lessons: 1- Treat people like they’re your neighbors (because they are) and 2- Treat animals like your livelihood depends on their well-being (because it does).
He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. He likes small towns, big waves, genuine Mexican food, and authentic conversation.


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