Ed Branam, DVM
Column: Protect and Defend
Dr. Ed Branam is the veterinary and animal services program manager at Safehold Special Risk Inc. A 1977 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, he has worked in the insurance industry for the past 20 years. He is a former Sacramento, California, veterinarian and a former veterinary affairs manager with Hill’s Pet Nutrition.
Bob Crew, CFP, CFA, MBA, CKA
Column: Financial Wellness
Bob Crew is a financial life planner with Triune Financial Partners.
Mark Cushing, JD
Column: Politics and Policy
Mark Cushing is a political strategist, lawyer, founding partner of the Animal Policy Group and founding member of the Veterinary Virtual Care Association. Since 2004, he has specialized in animal health, animal welfare, and veterinary educational issues and accreditation. He is the author of “Pet Nation: The Inside Story of How Companion Animals Are Transforming Our Homes, Culture and Economy.”
Trey Cutler, JD
Column: Go With the Flow
Trey Cutler has a law practice focused exclusively on veterinary transactions and veterinary business law matters.
Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
Column: Socially Acceptable
Dr. Caitlin DeWilde is the founder of The Social DVM, which trains veterinary professionals to better use social media and marketing to connect with clients. She is a practicing veterinarian, a former medical director, a lover of shorty dogs and orange cats, and an all-around marketing geek.
Amanda Donnelly, DVM, MBA
Column: Talk the Talk
Dr. Amanda L. Donnelly is a speaker, business consultant and second-generation veterinarian. She combines her practice experience and business expertise to help veterinarians communicate better with their teams and clients. She is the author of “Leading and Managing Veterinary Teams: The Definitive Guide to Veterinary Practice Management.”
Kellie G. Olah, CVPM, SPHR
Column: HR Huddle
Kellie G. Olah is the practice management and human resources consultant at Veterinary Business Advisors. The company provides legal, human resources and practice management services to veterinarians nationwide. Olah is a certified veterinary practice manager, a certified veterinary business leader and a nationally certified senior professional in human resources.
Column: Practice Smarter
Mark Opperman is the president and founder of Veterinary Management Consultation Inc., director of veterinary practice management at Mission Veterinary Partners, and founder of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. His column won first place in the Florida Magazine Association’s 2020 Charlie Awards.
Column: Talent Territory
Stacy Pursell is the founder and CEO of The Vet Recruiter. She is a workplace and workforce expert who has served the animal health industry and veterinary profession for nearly 25 years.
Peter H. Tanella, Esq.
Column: Legal Lingo
Peter H. Tanella chairs Mandelbaum Barrett’s National Veterinary Law Group. He has advised hundreds of veterinarians on practice acquisitions, sales, mergers, partnerships, joint ventures and associate buy-ins, the structuring of management service organizations, and the development of practice succession strategies.
Geoff Huber, CFP, CKA
Column: Financial Wellness
Geoff Huber is a retirement plans partner with Triune Financial Partners.
Natalie L. Marks, DVM, CVJ
Dr. Natalie L. Marks is an educator, consultant and practicing Chicago veterinarian. She is a leader within the Fear Free movement, was a member of the original Fear Free advisory board and is Fear Free Certified Elite.
Bob Lester, DVM
Column: Creative Disruption
Dr. Bob Lester is president of the North American Veterinary Community, the chief medical officer at WellHaven Pet Health, a former practice owner, and a founding member of Banfield Pet Hospital and the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine. His column won first place in the Florida Magazine Association’s 2022 Charlie Awards.
Leslie A. Mamalis, MBA, MSIT, CVA
Column: Money Matters
Leslie A. Mamalis is the owner and senior consultant at Summit Veterinary Advisors. She is co-chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council. Learn more at summitveterinaryadvisors.com.
Editor, Today's Veterinary Business
Ken Niedziela is the editor of Today’s Veterinary Business. He is a longtime journalist and editor who started his professional career at The Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, before he moved to Southern California for an array of assignments at The Orange County Register. He entered magazine journalism in 2008 with Veterinary Practice News and Pet Product News International. He joined the North American Veterinary Community in January 2017 to help launch Today’s Veterinary Business. The Rochester, New York, native earned his journalism degree from Michigan State University.