Our Team

At VPP, our team is the backbone to our hospitals’ success. Our culture is one of trust and respect, and if you pay attention, you’ll notice that the faces on this page don’t change very often. Get to know us a little better by checking out our bios and the core values that are the foundation of VPP.

Executive Team

The executive team at VPP brings years of knowledge and expertise in a diverse set of fields to veterinary hospitals around the country. The members of our team are true believers in our co-ownership model as well as dedicated to the growth and support of our partner hospitals.

Chairman & 
Chief Executive Office

Chief Veterinary Officer & Medical Advisory Board Chair

Chief Development Officer

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Information Technology

Vice President of Human Resources

Vice President of Operations

Regional Director of Operations

Regional Director of Operations

Partnership Development

Our Partnership Development team is on the front lines of ensuring veterinary ownership in a changing market. They are able to identify co-ownership opportunities through financial and analytic support while leading both VPP and veterinarians through the partnership process. 

Chief Development Officer

Acquisition Analytics Manager

Strategic Growth Manager

Business Analyst

Medical Advisory Board

The Medical Advisory Board brings individual histories of dedication to medical excellence, business success and deep experience in veterinary practice forward, to help VPP continue to build the premier model for veterinary practice ownership, thereby contributing to a sustaining culture of collaboration and service.

Chief Veterinary Officer & Medical Advisory Board Chair

Lakeland Veterinary Hospital – Baxter, MN

TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Davidson – Davidson, NC

Cainhoy Veterinary Hospital – Charleston, SC

Pound Ridge Veterinary Center – Pound Ridge, NY

Calusa Veterinary Center – Boca Raton, FL

Our Core Values

Ownership

Ensuring veterinary ownership in a changing market.

Individuality

Respecting the individuality of each practice.

People

Investing in our people—they are our best asset.

Integrity

Trust, integrity, & transparency.

Service

Providing best-in-class service and care.

Best Practices

Sharing best practices & a commitment to continuous improvement.

Recent Accolades

We’re proud of our hard-working team members and honored to be recognized, year after year, for our continued growth.

Join The Party

We are currently hiring veterinarians, technicians, receptionists,
and more at our 60+ partner hospitals across the United States. Join the team today!

Life at VPP

Life at VPP — Our 50th Hospital Party

Amira Barakat, Analytics, at our 50th hospital party.

Life at VPP — Our 50th Hospital Party

Celebrating our 50 partner hospitals!

Vanessa Werner accepting her "Happiness Engineer" award at the 2018 VPP Annual Meeting

VP of HR, Tricia Kinne, getting all the snuggles from Winnie, one of our office dogs, during a staff meeting.

The team at our annual holiday party.

The hospital marketing team on a retreat at the Jersey Shore.

Emily hard at work building hospital websites!

Senior Marketing Manager, Emily Buickerood, hard at work building our partner hospital websites.

VPP founder Rich Lester cheers-ing to 50 hospitals!

VPP Office Dog, Dayton, about to take a relaxing snooze.

Assistant Controller, Ken Stonaker, and Vice President of Finance, Christian DeChurch, chat with VPP's CEO John McDonough at the annual company BBQ.

Ops teams member Jenny Smith and Marketing team member Olivia Waite chillin' at the annual holiday party.

John McDonough

John McDonough

Chief Executive Officer

John McDonough brings 20+ years of human healthcare experience to VPP. He has focused his career on working with clinicians to deliver exceptional care to patients and an exceptional experience to clients – both hallmarks of VPP’s vision for becoming the premier employer of veterinary care professionals. John will focus on working with our current  practice partners, veterinarians, managers and staff members to make VPP’s hospitals the very best providers of veterinary care services. He believes in staying focused on VPP’s Core Values, which include preserving veterinarian ownership in a changing market; investing in our best asset – our people; focusing on delivering exceptional care and exceptional service; and always trying to be even better.

John most recently spent nearly three years as EVP and Chief Financial Officer at Pharmscript Holdings, a long-term care pharmacy organization helping nursing home administrators integrate pharmacies directly into their facilities. During his tenure, he helped Pharmscript double their pharmacies, and develop/complete 50 short-term objectives which led to increased revenue and EBITDA.

Before Joining Pharmscript, John worked for American Renal Associates, a healthcare service provider specializing in providing dialysis, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer. During John’s 13 years with the American Renal, the organization saw nearly 10x growth in centers, had outstanding physician satisfaction at 98%, and experienced a low 6% turnover rate.

Previous to American Renal Associates, Jonn served as Chief Accounting Officer for DaVita Inc. where he led a 700 person accounting team and championed efforts that led to a 550% increase in stock price over a single year. 

Earlier in his career, he held a variety of senior management positions including Chief Financial Officer for Palatin Technologies and CFO for MedChem products. John earned an MBA from the Harvard School of Business and Bachelor’s Degree from Bentley College. 

When he’s not working with his colleagues at the VPP office or visiting our hospitals, John splits his time between Maine and Florida with his wife, Jennifer, their 4 kids, and their beagle puppy, Monty. John has 23 year old twin boys, Michael and Ryan. Michael recently earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, and Ryan will graduate in the spring  with a degree in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. His Daughter, Meghan will be attending Clemson in the fall, is an avid equestrian rider, and currently works as a Vet Tech in MA. She has aspirations to one day be a veterinarian! His youngest daughter, Olivia, attends the Gould Academy in Bethel Maine. 

Doug Aspros

Doug Aspros, DVM

Chief Veterinary Officer & Medical Advisory Board Chair

Doug joined the VPP team in 2015 to help develop more successful practices and bring new partners into the VPP family. His extensive experience in practice and strong relationships in the wider veterinary community will help improve every aspect of our partnerships.

As the 2012-13 President of the AVMA, the largest member organization in veterinary medicine, he worked to make it more engaged and responsive to the profession and the needs of society. Respected by his peers, he chaired the Council on Education, was a member of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and is currently a member of the New York State Board for Veterinary Medicine.

Doug has been an owner of two AAHA-accredited general practices and the managing partner of a group-owned emergency practice in the NYC suburbs.

Most recently, he has been a determined voice in promoting women into leadership roles in veterinary medicine – including practice ownership- as a speaker and founding board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative.

He attended Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and received his DVM degree from their College of Veterinary Medicine. He and his wife are the proud pet parents of a Norfolk Terrier, an African Grey Parrot, and one awesome cat.

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Marcus Ricciani

Chief Development Officer

Marcus comes to VPP with over 20 years of strategic advisory, investment banking and business development experience, most recently as a Managing Director in healthcare investment banking, where he has built many relationships and partnerships with human healthcare doctors. Moving into veterinary medicine is a natural transition for Marcus, where he will lead VPP’s business development efforts that help to support and grow VPP’s hospital network.

Marcus lives in NJ with his family including his wife Jackie and three daughters Mira, Lottie and Maddie, as well as their two dogs, Cleo, a rescue mix, and Lizzie, a German Shorthaired Pointer. He graduated with his MBA from Indiana University, and attended Stetson University for his undergrad degree. In his spare time, Marcus spends most of his time being a dad to his three girls as well as working toward a private pilot license.

Chris Laws, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Laws

Chief Operating Office & Chief Financial Officer

Chris joined VPP in September 2018 as the company’s Chief Financial Officer and recently also took on the role of Chief Operating Officer. In his role, Chris leads all aspects of the finance and operations functions, including financial reporting, budgeting/analysis, and capital planning He also leads the operations team to ensure VPP hospitals run smoothly and profitably. In addition, he manages VPP’s capital raising activities and relationships with its lenders.

Most recently, Chris spent five years as the Chief Financial Officer for PetroChoice Holdings, Inc., one of the largest lubricant distributors in the United States. During his tenure, PetroChoice more than doubled in size through a combination of organic initiatives and acquisitions. Chris was responsible for building the finance and IT teams and processes to support the business during this rapid growth and for evaluating and integrating acquisitions. Prior to joining PetroChoice, Chris spent 12 years as an investment professional at Greenbriar Equity Group and Blue Point Capital Partners, where he focused on investments in the industrial and business service sectors. Chris started his career at Morgan Stanley working in the Real Estate Private Equity and Investment Banking groups.

Chris graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics and received his MBA from Harvard Business School.

Christian DeChurch

Christian DeChurch

Vice President of Finance

Christian serves as the Vice President of Finance at VPP and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.  In this role, he oversees the company’s operational accounting team, leads the production of financial reporting, planning and analysis and directs all treasury functions.

Prior to VPP, he was with two start-up trading organizations in the energy and resources industry where he served as the Director of Finance since 2010. Before that, he spent 9+ years with Big 4 accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte in their audit practice and Capital Markets group, respectively.

Christian earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Gene Goroschko

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Vice President of Information Technology

Gene Goroschko currently serves as VPP’s Vice President of Information Technology. In his role, he is responsible for ensuring that company technology enhances organization effectiveness and operational strategy. He works closely with our team members and partners to ensure the right technology is in place to provide the best experience for our clients and patients.

Gene joins us from Physicians Endoscopy, where he gained relevant experience as the SVP of Information Systems. In this position, Gene provided IT services and support for a nationwide network of single specialty ambulatory surgery centers. Gene is also a certified HIPAA Privacy and Security Expert, a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Information Systems Audit and Control Association and certified in ITIL v4 Gloabal IT Service Management.

A few fun facts about Gene are that he shares a home with his wife and two Chihuahua’s, Skippy and Rosie, he has been playing the guitar for 20 years and he is a fan of all Science Fiction.

Tricia Kinne

Tricia Kinne

Vice President of Human Resources

Tricia Kinne joined VPP’s Executive Management team in February 2019 as our Vice President of Human Resources. Tricia brings over 20 years of experience in all areas of human resources, the last 12 of which at Physicians Endoscopy as their head of HR. In her role at VPP, Tricia will be working closely with the VPP team in delivering HR support to our hospitals, particularly in the areas of talent acquisition, benefits and compensation, continuing education and training, performance management, employee engagement and much more. She has a MS in Organizational Development and Leadership from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a BA in Labor & Industrial Relations from Penn State University.

When Tricia’s not at the VPP offices, she enjoys going to her 4 kids sporting events, hiking and walking her dogs, gardening, and trying new restaurants. She has 2 rescue dogs, Breah, a pit bull mix, and Luke, a dachshund/beagle mix. She also has a rescue cat named Cooper, who is, of course, Bradley Cooper’s namesake.

Rich Pacheco

Richard Pacheco

Regional Director of Operations

Rich Pacheco joins us as Regional Director of Operations for our Northeast hospitals, and comes to VPP as an experienced professional with a wide range of experiences in many industries and disciplines. In his previous role, he served as Vice President of Administration at American Renal Associates with responsibilities over human resources, payroll, benefits, information technology, management reporting, and risk management.
 
Rich followed his passion for operations and process improvement to VPP and is excited to match it with his long history with animals. Rich comes from a long line of dairy farmers, with his father still running an active farm in Sao Miguel, Azores (Portugal). He shares a 1892 historic Arlington, MA home with his wife, Lindsay, and their four children, Dana, Anthony, Miriam, and Lydia. Rich’s pet family includes the family farm of 124 cows, 2 horses (Curly & Festival), and one standard poodle Logan. In his free time, he likes Formula Racing, is an avid weight lifter, and also holds a 4th degree blackbelt.

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Regional Director of Operations

Courtney Bryant joined VPP as Regional Director of Operations to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. She focuses on training and developing our regional managers, ensuring a smooth transition during the partnership and acquisition process, helping the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and partnering with finance to deliver high quality cost-effective care to our patients.

Courtney is uniquely qualified for her role as she is a licensed Occupational Therapist with 13 years of experience in health care. During this time, Courtney spent seven years in management, operating at each level of operational infrastructure, including two in practice management, five in multi-site regional management, and 18 months as a Regional Director for a rapidly growing post-acute healthcare network.

She received her bachelor’s degree as well as her master’s from the University of Scranton. When she’s not working with our hospitals, Courtney loves to spend time with her six-year-old son, Tyson, four-year-old daughter, Genevieve, husband, Todd, and black lab, Miles. She is also obsessed with making homemade bread and has been nursing her own sourdough starter for the past two years!

becky hubbard

Regional Director of Operations

Becky Hubbard joined VPP as Regional Director of Operations to provide direct support to our partner hospitals. She focuses on training and developing our regional managers, ensuring a smooth transition during the partnerships and acquisition process, helping the hospitals maintain a positive culture, and partnering with finance to deliver high quality, cost-effective care to our patients.

Becky has gained relevant experience as both an Operations Leader and Human Resources Leader in multi-unit, multi-state capacities such as Target Corporation, Burlington Stores, Amazon and Health Care organizations. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Business Management.

When she isn’t working with our hospitals, Becky enjoys doing projects around the house with her husband and spending time outdoors walking, hiking and paddleboarding. Becky and her husband, Carlton, live just outside Philadelphia in the mushroom capital of the world! Most of their time is spent catering and loving their eight-year-old chocolate lab, Miles, who rules the household.

Jonathan Karchner, Valuation Analyst

Jonathan Karchner

Acquisition Analytics Manager

Jonathan Karchner is VPP’s Acquisition Analytics Manager, working with the Business Development team creating financial models and conducting due diligence for prospective partner hospitals.

An avid Temple Owls fan, Jonathan holds a BBA in Finance from Temple University’s Fox School of Business.

In his free time, Jonathan enjoys fishing in the Pocono Mountains or at the Jersey Shore, attending Temple University sporting events, or making the rounds at Philadelphia’s hottest new restaurants. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and Long Haired German Shepard, Xena.

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Strategic Growth Manager

Cameron Stevens currently serves as VPP’s Strategic Growth Manager. In his role, he provides analytical support for the Marketing & Business Development teams to help identify new opportunities. Cameron joins us from Deloitte, as a Strategy & Operations Consultant. Cameron graduated Magna Cum Laude from Penn State University with Majors in Finance, Economics, and International Politics. 
 
When Cameron is not in the office, he enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and collecting and playing board games. A few fun facts about Cameron is he was once decently fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and hopes to one day convert his collection of high-quality board games into a vast library. 
Savanna Carroll, Business Analyst

Savanna Carroll

Business Analyst

Savanna Carroll serves as one of VPP’s Business Analysts. In her role, Savanna analyzes financial statements to ensure accurate reporting and makes necessary adjustments, as well as provides insights on how our hospitals can improve profitability. She earned a BA in Accounting, Finance and Economics from the California University of Pennsylvania. In her previous role she served as a Property Accounting Analyst for SandsPoint Capital Advisors.

When she’s not at the VPP offices, you can find Savanna hiking, taking spin classes and checking out new podcasts.

Dr. Deb Eberts, a Brainerd native, is the owner of Lakeland Veterinary Hospital in Baxter, MN. Dr. Eberts received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000 and began practicing veterinary medicine at Lakeland in June of that year. She is Fear Free Certified and her favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is the challenge of aiding sick and injured animals that cannot communicate their problems.

She shares her home with her husband, their two children, and their Long-haired Miniature Dachshunds, Arya and Oscar. Outside of the hospital, Dr. Eberts enjoys working in her many gardens, quilting, reading, camping, fishing, and enjoying the variety of outdoor activities the area has to offer.

Dr. Dick Hay is the co-owner and Medical Director at TotalBond Veterinary Hospital at Davidson. He was born and raised in Toccoa, Georgia, a small town in the Northeast corner of the state, and obtained his BS from Davidson College in 1977. He spent his junior year of college studying in France and considers it one of his defining college and life experiences. He continued his studies by earning a Masters of Science degree in Comparative Physiology and spent two years as a research assistant in the Small Animal Medicine Department at the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia. It was during his studies there that he fell in love with the profession and went on to obtain his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the same school in 1985. Dr. Hay became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 2000 as a specialist in canine and feline medicine and surgery. He enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially the relationships between pets and their owners.

In recent years, Dr. Hay has become interested in Integrative Medicine and has pursued his certification as a Veterinary Acupuncturist. His wife Pam is a retired college professor at Davidson College and they have two adult children. Dr. Hay is active in several community organizations including the Davidson Housing Coalition and the Davidson Lands Conservancy. When not at work, his favorite pastimes are hiking and traveling.

Dr. Marie Ingle is the founder, owner, and Medical Director at Cainhoy Veterinary Hospital. After spending the last six years as a partner and Medical Director at Sangaree Animal Hospital at Cane Bay in Summerville, SC, she found the opportunity to open a new hospital too enticing to resist. The Cainhoy area is an exciting, diverse and growing community, and not to mention, a shorter commute!

A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Dr. Ingle received both her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from North Carolina State University. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, Dr. Ingle worked as an equine veterinarian for seven years prior to transitioning to small animal general practice. Geriatric pets, cranky cats and itchy dogs have a special place in her heart. She enjoys the continual learning needed to stay current and provide excellent care and that veterinary medicine offers so many opportunities for medical and professional growth. Dr. Ingle is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, South Carolina Veterinary Association and Trident Veterinary Medical Association. Just recently, she stepped off the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative Board of Directors to focus on her new hospital.

Dr. Ingle and her family live in the Charleston area and enjoy the beaches, water ways and many family activities available. Her two cats, Martin and Margaret, are pandemic adoptees and have brought much joy into the household.

Dr. Hillary Schilke grew up in South Salem, New York, and Pound Ridge Veterinary Center was her family’s veterinarian when she was a child. She worked at Pound Ridge Vet as a veterinary assistant from 2000-2005 before becoming a veterinarian. Pound Ridge Veterinary Center is happy to welcome back Dr. Schilke as our new medical director and co-owner.

Dr. Schilke cannot think of a better way to spend her days than in the company of dogs and cats, especially when that means providing health and healing. She attended many schools around the globe while earning her degree in veterinary medicine. Dr. Schilke’s pre-veterinary course was attained at Fairfield University in Connecticut. The tropical region of Grenada, West Indies, was her home as she completed her first three years of veterinary school from 2000-2003 at St. George’s University. Dr. Schilke completed her final year of clinical rotations at the University of Minnesota. Since her graduation as a DVM, she has practiced veterinary medicine at several facilities in the United States prior to returning to Pound Ridge Veterinary Center.

Veterinary ophthalmology is an area of special interest for Dr. Schilke. In addition to attending several veterinary ophthalmology conferences, Dr. Schilke has worked with leading ophthalmologists across the country to expand her skill-set and is a published author in the Veterinary Ophthalmology Journal.

A lover of water sports, Dr. Schilke enjoys spending her free time paddle boarding, scuba diving, and boating, and has paddle boarded around Manhattan a few times to raise money for Autism and the environment. At home, Dr. Schilke’s colorful collection of furry children includes a Pothound named Callaloo (who was rescued from the West Indies), a French Bulldog named Jadot, a Belgian Malinois named Brugge, a black cat named Spoon, a grey kitty named Brixton Guillermo, and a rabbit named Joni Stubs.

Andrew Turkell,
DVM, CVA, CCRT, CHT-V

After graduating from Araneta University in the Philippines in 1979, Dr. Andrew Turkell chose South Florida as the place where he wanted to live and practice. He acquired Lake Worth Animal Hospital in 1980, where he practiced for over 20 years. Realizing the need for high quality/high touch veterinary medicine in other locales, Dr. Turkell opened Boynton Beach Animal Hospital in 1985, followed by Calusa Animal Hospital in Boca Raton in 1990 and Island Animal Hospital in Palm Beach in 1995. In September 2006, Dr. Turkell realized his 25-year dream by opening the Calusa Veterinary Center, a state-of-the-art facility that marks a move and expansion from the former Calusa Animal Hospital, which enjoyed 16 years of continuous growth.

Dr. Turkell is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, The International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and the prestigious American Animal Hospital Association, Council of 100. He has a special interest in internal medicine, dermatology, exotic animal care and holistic pet health.

Dr. Turkell’s growing interest in holistic and complementary medicine led him to return to class and acquire certification as a veterinary acupuncturist with a side interest in Tui Na, a type of Eastern massage. He has also recently completed course study leading to certification in veterinary rehabilitation.

Dr. Turkell was the host of the WPBR radio show “Pet Talk” and was the co-producer of the feature-length documentary “Why Do They Treat Them Like Animals?,” a film by Jane Louder.

Dr. Turkell lives in Delray Beach with his wife Penny, an interior designer, whom he credits with making the CVC the beautiful, modern and warm place that it is. Also residing at their Delray Beach home is Charlie Bunny, a red-headed, fun-loving Poodle, who took over son Jaret’s room after he moved to Miami to practice law, a silver red fox, two very large iguanas that live in the palm trees and all the other creatures that make living in old Delray Beach what Dr. Turkell calls “a wonderful nature trip.”

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