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Leadership 2017

Executive Board

Elise Gingrich, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM
President

Elise received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2005 and worked in general small animal/exotic practice immediately following graduation. She completed a Masters in Public Health in conjunction with her DVM. Elise was the second shelter medicine resident at Colorado State University during which time she earned a master’s degree (2010) in clinical sciences for her research on the prevalence of MRSA in shelter animals. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She is a member of the organizing committee and serves on the residency committee for the board specialty in shelter medicine practice. Following her residency, Elise worked at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) as their first staff veterinarian and Medical Director. She currently works at Larimer Humane Society in Colorado where she serves as the Supervising Veterinarian and has the opportunity to work with veterinary students from Colorado State University. Elise has a particular interest in public health an infectious disease. She joined the ASV board in 2013 and is the chair of the Nominations committee. 

 

Erin Doyle, DVM 
Vice President

Erin received her DVM from Tufts University in 2004. She worked in general small animal practice for three years in Worcester, MA immediately following graduation. Erin joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston in 2007 as the full time shelter veterinarian for the organization's Boston branch. She also acts as the Animal Rescue League of Boston's veterinary student liaison and lectures for the shelter medicine elective at Tufts Veterinary School. Erin joined the ASV board in 2014. She is the co-chair of the membership committee.

Holly Putnam, DVM 
Secretary
 

Holly Putnam is a 2003 graduate of The Ohio State University. After graduation she returned to her home state of New York where she practiced small animal medicine in the Albany region. In 2008 Holly relocated to Austin, TX where she worked for 3 years at Emancipet, a HVHQSN clinic providing spay/neuter/wellness services to low-income neighborhoods and area shelters. In 2013 Holly joined the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University as a faculty clinician. In addition to her work at Cornell, Holly works part-time with Shelter Outreach Services, a non-profit HQHVSN organization, which serves the Fingerlakes region of NY. Her primary interests are HQHVSN and preventive medicine. Holly joined the ASV in 2013 and serves on the Development Committee. 

Kelly Harrison, DVM, MS
Treasurer

Kelly received her DVM degree from the University of Florida in 2012. She received a Master of Science degree in 2008 and completed a shelter medicine internship in 2013 also at the University of Florida. Following her internship, Kelly served as the Veterinary Program Manager at PetSmart Charities and is currently a Clinical Instructor with the Veterinary Community Outreach Program at the University of Florida. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Her professional interests include improving the overall standards of care and well-being of shelter animals; high quality, high volume spay-neuter, and behavioral health strategies for animals living within shelter environments. Kelly has experience in small animal private practice and is also interested in small business development,

Jyothi V. Robertson, DVM
Assistant Treasurer

Jyothi received her DVM from UC-Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. Upon graduation, she worked in a private practice that contracted with a local animal shelter. She returned to UC-Davis to complete a three-year Residency in Shelter Medicine from the Koret Shelter Medicine Program in 2011. From 2007 to 2013, Jyothi served as Lead Veterinarian and Medical Director of the Oakland Animal Services, a municipal animal control facility. Jyothi is on the Advisory Board to Shelter Animals Count (SAC), the national shelter database project. Additionally, she is serving a three-year term on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. Jyothi is a Delegate in the House of Delegates for the California Veterinary Medical Association, representing shelter veterinarians state-wide. Jyothi is currently Owner and Principal Consultant at JVR Shelter Strategies where she consults with animal welfare organizations internationally. She is also a Shelter Medicine Consultant alumnus with the UC-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. Her primary interests are shelter statistics, animal cruelty issues, and infectious disease outbreaks. Jyothi joined the ASV board in 2013. She is the chair of the finance committee and the development committee.

Brian A. DiGangi, DVM, MS, DABVP (Canine/Feline, Shelter Medicine) 
Immediate Past President

Brian received his DVM from the University of Florida in 2006 and completed an internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care at Long Island Veterinary Specialists. He completed a residency in Shelter Animal Medicine, earned a MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences, and became board certified in Canine and Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2010. Brian became one of the first ABVP diplomates in Shelter Medicine Practice in 2016 and is currently a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine for the ASPCA. Prior to joining the ASPCA, he was a Clinical Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida. Brian joined the ASV board in 2011, served as Secretary in 2012, Vice President in 2013 and 2014, and President in 2015 and 2016. He chairs the Position Statement committee and is a member of the board of directors of the American Heartworm Society, also serving as the ASV’s liaison for the ASV-AHS joint task force.

 

Members-at-Large

Holly Anderson, DVM

Holly received her DVM from Cornell University in 2010. Following graduation, she worked for two years at Humane Ohio, a high-volume spay/neuter clinic that performs over 10,000 surgeries annually. She then returned to her hometown in Illinois and helped launch a new spay/neuter program run by the Humane Society Calumet Area. Holly is particularly interested in non-surgical sterilization methods for companion animals and community cat management. She also enjoys learning about best practices for spay/neuter clinics and advocating for the interests of spay/neuter surgeons and shelter veterinarians. Holly joined the ASV Board in 2014. She is a co-chair of the Membership Committee and the Student Chapter Committee.

Chumkee Aziz, DVM

Chumkee obtained her DVM degree at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She completed a rotating internship at the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in NYC in 2013 and a shelter medicine residency with the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California, Davis in 2016. She currently serves as the medical director of Austin Humane Society. Her areas of focus and interest include the role of community collaboration in mitigating pet homelessness, proactive shelter population management, and infectious disease prevention in shelters.

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline)

Elizabeth received her DVM from Cornell University in 2003. She worked in small animal and emergency practice immediately following graduation, and then became a medical director at a limited admission, no-kill shelter and spay/neuter clinic. She returned to Cornell University in 2010 to direct the clinical program in shelter medicine. Elizabeth is board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice and a member of the organizing committee for the shelter medicine board specialty. Elizabeth currently serves as the Janet L. Swanson Director of Shelter Medicine at Cornell University where she oversees student, internship and residency training programs. She also acts as a consultant and lead field veterinarian for the HSVMA’s Rural Area Veterinary Services program. She has particular interests in infectious disease, health outreach, animal welfare, and medical decision-making. Elizabeth joined the ASV board in 2013. She is a member of the position statement committee, the scholarships and awards committee, and the nominations committee.

Nancy Bradley, DVM

Nancy has been a veterinarian for 24 years. She started out in private practice and eventually ended up in emergency medicine. The majority of her career has been in shelter medicine working for both animal control agency and a nonprofit humane society. Nancy was the Chief veterinarian at Maricopa County Animal Care & Control for 2 years and the Chief Veterinarian and eventually the Medical Director for the Arizona Humane Society. During her years in Shelter medicine Nancy has been heavily involved in the investigation and expert witness testimony in animal abuse cases. She served as a reserve police officer for over 12 years, three of those years as a detective with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Animal Crimes Unit in the Phoenix area. She was an adjunct assistant clinical professor at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine for two years. This last year she has been a full time Assistant Clinical professor of Shelter Medicine at MWU, teaching in multiple classes but primarily 3rd year electives in shelter medicine and veterinary forensics and 4th year  shelter medicine rotations. She has a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and is finishing a second Master’s degree in Veterinary Forensics. Her next major goal is to become Boarded in Shelter Medicine. 

Amie Burling, DVM, DACVPM

Dr. Amie Burling is an Assistant Teaching Professor with the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Missouri. She completed a residency in shelter medicine with Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and is obtaining a Master’s in Public Health degree with a concentration in Epidemiology from the University of South Florida.  Following a small animal medicine and surgery internship in the Chicago suburbs, she worked in general practice in Michigan and later helped to establish the first Humane Alliance model, high-quality high-volume spay/neuter clinic in Missouri prior to beginning residency training. Her interests include veterinary education, infectious disease prevention, behavioral welfare, and public health.  

Staci Cannon, DVM

Staci received her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 and completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts. She worked for several shelter organizations and private practices in Massachusetts prior to completing the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Residency at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  Staci also completed her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Florida and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Staci is currently the medical director at Metro Animal Care and Control in Nashville, Tennessee. She enjoys working with dedicated shelter staff and volunteers to advance the medical and emotional wellbeing of shelter animals.  Staci joined the ASV board in 2016 and serves on the membership and website committees.

Amanda Dykstra, DVM

Amanda received her DVM from Iowa State University in 2003 and was the Koret Shelter Medicine Program Loren Eslinger Fellow from 2012-2013. She has experience working at the Humane Society of Missouri and as a city veterinarian in Jefferson City, Missouri. Amanda is currently an Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. She has a particular interest in infectious disease and population management. Amanda joined the ASV board in 2015 and serves as co-chair of the Student Chapter Committee. 

Zarah Hedge, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Zarah graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009 and moved to Portland, OR where she completed a one year shelter medicine internship. This was followed by a three-year shelter medicine residency program at the Oregon Humane Society in conjunction with Oregon State University, which she helped develop. During her residency, Zarah performed over 8,000 dog, cat and rabbit spay/neuter surgeries as well as other surgical procedures ranging from soft tissue surgery to orthopedic and dental procedures in canine, feline, small mammal and avian patients. She also taught surgery and medicine to fourth-year veterinary students from Oregon State, performed shelter consultations and was involved in several large-scale animal cruelty cases including treating animal victims, writing up medical investigations reports and testifying in court. Zarah received her Master's in Public Health with the University of Minnesota in 2013 and board certification in Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 2014. After completing her residency, she worked as a veterinarian at San Diego Humane Society for about two years before becoming an Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine and Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently working to develop shelter medicine training programs for veterinary students and veterinarians. Her professional interests include high quality, high volume spay/neuter (HQHVSN), veterinary forensic medicine, population management, community cat management, infectious disease prevention and control and public health. 

Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA

Cristie graduated from Colorado State University, College of Business with a Master of Business Administration degree in 1999, and then went on to receive a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2005. In 2013, Cristie completed a 3-year residency in shelter medicine with the University of California, Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, and is currently Vice President, Medical Operations and Chief of Shelter Medicine at Humane Society Silicon Valley. Prior to her residency, Cristie worked as a shelter veterinarian in humane societies, municipal shelters, High Quality High Volume Spay & Neuter clinics, and rescues in the Denver-Boulder areas of Colorado, the greater Phoenix metro area of Arizona, and the Sacramento and San Francisco Bay areas of Northern California. Her main interests include infectious diseases, shelter management, and surgery, and she enjoys traveling and volunteering with organizations that provide veterinary services to underserved areas in the U.S. and internationally. Cristie joined the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, Board of Directors in 2014.

Lesa Staubus, DVM

Lesa received her DVM from Oklahoma State University in 1990 and worked in small animal private practice in Florida following graduation. In 2008, she joined the faculty of Oklahoma State University. She currently is a Clinical Assistant Professor in shelter medicine and surgery there. She is the chairperson of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Committee. She is the founder and president of Operation Catnip Stillwater, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free trap-neuter-return services to community cats. She serves as the faculty advisor to the Student Chapter of the ASV at Oklahoma State University. She currently acts as the editor and spokesperson for Vet Med Moment, a public information radio program aired on the KOSU National Public Radio station in Oklahoma. She is a founding member of the Oklahoma National Link Coalition, with the mission of increasing awareness of the link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. She is the vice president of Parole a Pet, a prison program that utilizes the human-animal bond to improve the adoptability of shelter dogs and cats while serving as a correctional tool to improve the lives and outcomes of offenders. She is interested in surgical education and promoting the power of the human-animal bond. She joined the ASV board in 2014..

 

Board Liaisons


Brenda Griffin, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Brenda is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She also serves as the Shelter Medicine Regent for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

 

Advisory Panel
 

Emilia Gordon, DVM 

Emilia Gordon works as Senior Manager, Animal Health for the British Columbia SPCA, managing the shelter animal health program for the BC SPCA’s 37 sheltering facilities across BC. She is also Past President of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians. 

 

 

Susan Little, DVM, DABVP

Susan is a board-certified feline specialist in private practice. She is also the editor of two feline medicine textbooks, The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management, and August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine, volume 7.

 

Lila Miller, DVM

Lila is the Vice President of Shelter Medicine for the ASPCA. She is the co-editor of the first textbooks dedicated to shelter medicine: Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff and Infectious Disease Management for Animal Shelters. Lila served as President of the ASV Board of Directors from 2005-2006..

 

Association Management

 

Kathy Gloyd, DVM
Elevate DVM, Founder and President

Sonya Hennessy
Elevate DVM, Specialist