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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Senior Vice President of Operations
Marty is the Senior Vice President of Operations at VPP. Working within the Operations team, Marty will help provide tactical and strategic operational support and be a partner to our hospitals.
Before joining VPP, Marty spent the last several years working in veterinary operations leadership roles at Innovetive Petcare and National Veterinary Associates (NVA). Marty has also worked in human healthcare for an urgent care company and management consulting with The Boston Consulting Group.
He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He spent several years as an infantry officer with four deployments before leaving active duty to earn his MBA from Harvard Business School. He continues to serve as a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves leading a railroad unit.
Marty lives in Austin, TX, with his wife, Megan, and the Wolfpack (rescue puppers Sully, Katia, and Freya). During his spare time, he enjoys long-distance running, bareboat sailboat chartering, hiking/backpacking, and helping veterans with applications to higher-ed schools with an organization called Service 2 School.
Vice President of Partnership Integrations
Courtney Bryant provides 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!
Ken brings over 10 years of accounting and finance management experience with a focus in the high growth, multi-entity management services model. Joining VPP from a large public REIT in 2018, Ken has continued to drive success for partnership hospitals by serving as a collaborative lens into the financial intricacies of veterinary practice management. Ken is a licensed CPA in the state of Pennsylvania and earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Rowan University.
Ken lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Allie, and dog, Winnie. In his spare time, Ken enjoys hiking, exercising, and perfecting his buffalo chicken dip recipe.
Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis
Ryan joined VPP in 2022 as the Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis. In his role, Ryan supports VPP’s continued growth and strategic goals in leading financial planning, modeling, and analysis to positively impact our existing hospitals, new partnerships, and de novo development.
Prior to VPP, Ryan spent over 10 years in various finance, corporate development, and investment banking roles with experience focused in healthcare, business services, and food and agriculture.
Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern California. He lives in Wilmington, DE, with his wife, Kelsey, and their two dogs (Finley, a Corgi, and Isla, a rescue mix). During his spare time, he enjoys traveling, movies, and college sports.
Rubin joined VPP as its first General Counsel and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team. As General Counsel, Rubin oversees the company’s legal affairs relating to corporate governance, operations, real estate, and partnerships.
He brings extensive experience across various businesses and industries. Most recently, he was an attorney with another veterinary organization where he focused on a broad range of business, legal and regulatory issues.
Rubin lives in California with his wife and daughter. He graduated with his law degrees from Georgetown University Law Center and Whittier Law School, and attended Washington University in St. Louis for his undergraduate degree. He enjoys wine, coffee, traveling, and meeting new people.
Vice President of Marketing
Elena joined VPP in the summer of 2022 as the Vice President of Marketing. Elena leads the strategy and execution of marketing initiatives, focusing on the optimization of veterinary tools and resources that help general practice hospitals attract new clients and retain existing ones.
Prior to VPP, Elena spent over five years in the veterinary space, overseeing marketing strategy and campaign implementation for a large group of hospitals, dedicating time elevating the client experience and increasing the engaging with the pet parent community. Additionally, Elena has years of experience managing print and digital campaigns, for both acquisition and retention.
Elena earned her master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles with a joint focus on finance and marketing. When she isn’t working with our operation leaders or hospitals, Elena enjoys spending time with her life partner, Kirk, and their three rescue cats: Perry, Penny, and Peaches.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives
Max joined VPP in 2022 as the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives. In his role, Max supports VPP’s continued growth by driving organizational strategy and related business initiatives.
Prior to VPP, Max spent 10 years as a consultant helping companies solve strategic issues across a variety of industries, most recently at Bain and Company where he was a Senior Manager in the Boston office.
Max earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and an MBA from MIT. He lives in Boston, MA, with his wife Caitlin. He is the family chef and a huge fan of road trips (big and small).
Chief Financial Officer
Tom joined VPP in 2022 as the Chief Financial Officer. In his role, Tom provides financial and strategic leadership to VPP to support its continued growth and exceptional experiences across its hospitals.
He has over 20 years of financial management experience across various company stages and industries. Most recently, Tom served as the Chief Financial Officer at Penn Foster Education, a national leader in training and credentialing individuals in several industries, including veterinary medicine.
Tom earned a bachelor’s degree from Providence College and an MBA from MIT. He currently resides in MA with his wife, their two daughters, and their dog, Winnie. In his spare time, Tom enjoys staying active through soccer, golf, and skiing.
Chief Information Officer
Bernard is a dynamic technology executive with extensive experience leading enterprise-wide efforts to establish IT as an invaluable partner in optimizing operational performance and transforming multiple private equity-backed organizations. Throughout his career, Bernard has leveraged his blend of technical, financial, and business acumen to elevate the IT function across organizations, realize significant cost savings, and generate new revenue through enhancing technology.
At the start of his career, Bernard gained hands-on technical experience while serving in the United States Army Air Defense/NATO. Bernard has led the optimization of IT teams at Blue Cross Blue Shield and Advanced Patient Advocacy, leveraging his ability to build and scale teams and enabling significant growth and development. Most recently, Bernard has held Chief Information Officer roles within the healthcare industry, blending his strengths to contain costs, consolidate vendors, and realize economy of scale to create a meaningful impact companywide.
Bernard possesses a BS and MS in Computer Science from Boston University. He enjoys traveling internationally and extreme hiking, skiing, and scuba diving. Bernard has four grown daughters and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Director of Business Development
Jonathan Karchner is VPP’s Director of Business Development, 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.
Senior Analyst, Business Development
Savanna Carroll serves VPP’s Senior Analyst, Business Development. 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.
Senior Analyst, Business Development
Ron Barossi serves VPP’s Senior Analyst, Business Development. In his role, Ron analyzes financial statements to ensure accurate reporting and makes necessary adjustments, as well as provides insights on how our hospitals can improve profitability. He earned a BA in Accounting from Penn State University.
Ron lives in PA with his wife and Labradoodle named Dood. He enjoys cooking in his free time.
Partnership Intergrations Coordinator
Stevie Sprouse serves VPP’s Partnership Integrations Coordinator, Business Development. In her role, Stevie is the primary contact for each step of the integrations process, coordinating each aspect of becoming a member of the VPP Family.
Stevie lives in PA with her husband, daughter, and their dog, Shep. She enjoys cake decorating and spending time with family.
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.
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.”