Ed Branam, DVM

Column:Protect and Defend

Protect & Defend columnist 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.

Jason Castner, CPA, CVA

Column: Financial Wellness

Jason Castner is the managing shareholder at Lacher McDonald & Co., CPAs & Consultants.

Brian Conrad, CVPM

Column: Selling Points

Brian Conrad is practice manager at Meadow Hills Veterinary Center in Kennewick, Washington, and immediate past president of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.

Bob Crew, CFP, CFA, MBA, CKA

Column: Financial Wellness

Bob Crew is a financial life planner with Triune Financial Partners. Learn more at www.triunefp.com.

Mark Cushing, JD

Column: Politics and Policy

Mark Cushing is a political strategist, lawyer and founding partner of the Animal Policy Group. 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

Socially Acceptable columnist 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. Learn more at thesocialdvm.com.

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 “101 Practice Management Questions Answered.” Learn more at amandadonnellydvm.com.

Eric D. Garcia

Column: Socially Acceptable

Socially Acceptable columnist Eric D. Garcia is an IT and digital consultant who works exclusively with veterinary practices and speaks at veterinary conferences around the world. Learn more at www.ericgarciafl.com. He was named Practice Management Speaker of the Year at VMX 2020.

Paul Gladysz, AIA, NCARB, CSI, ICC

Column: Constructive Criticism

Paul Gladysz is the principal architect at BDA Architecture. The firm specializes in the planning, design and construction of animal care facilities.

Lisa Greenhill, MPA, EdD

Column: Diversity Toolbox

Dr. Lisa M. Greenhill is senior director for institutional research and diversity at the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges. Her work focuses on managing the DiVersity Matters initiative at the national and local levels as well as promoting the veterinary medical profession within underrepresented and marginalized communities.

Bryan Gum, CFP, CKA

Column: Financial Wellness

Bryan Gum is a financial life planner with Triune Financial Partners. Learn more at www.triunefp.com.

Peter H. Tanella, Esq.

Column: Legal Lingo

Peter H. Tanella is nationally recognized as a transactional lawyer in veterinary practice acquisitions, sales, mergers, private equity and joint ventures. He chairs Mandelbaum Barrett’s National Veterinary Law Practice Group which represents clients nationwide. He can be emailed at ptanella@mblawfirm.com.

Geoff Huber, CFP, CKA

Column: Financial Wellness

Geoff Huber is a retirement plans partner with Triune Financial Partners.

Natalie L. Marks, DVM, CVJ

Column: Fearless

Dr. Natalie L. Marks is an educator, consultant, and practicing Chicago veterinarian. Dr. Marks is a leader within the Fear Free movement, was a member of the original Fear Free advisory board, and is Fear Free Certified Elite.

Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD

Column: H.R. Huddle

Dr. Charlotte Lacroix is the founder and CEO of Veterinary Business Advisors Inc.

Bob Lester, DVM

Column: Creative Disruption

Creative Disruption columnist Dr. Bob Lester is 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. He serves on the boards of Pet Peace of Mind, WellHaven Pet Health, and the Lincoln Memorial veterinary college. He is vice president of the North American Veterinary Community.

Adam Little, DVM

Column: Innovation Station

Dr. Adam Little is the co-founder and chief medical officer of Future Pet and the president of Exponential Vet. He is an associate professor of practice at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

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.

Aaron Massecar, MA, Ph.D.

Column: Innovation Station

Dr. Aaron Massecar is the vice president of VEGucation at Veterinary Emergency Group and the former assistant director of continuing education at Colorado State University’s Translational Medicine Institute. Since completing his Ph.D. in philosophy and habit development, he has focused on bringing evidence-based practices to veterinary education.

Ken Niedziela

Editor, Today's Veterinary Business

Ken Niedziela 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 as managing editor of Veterinary Practice News and later as special projects editor and news editor at Pet Product News International. He was editor of Veterinary Practice News until January 2017, when he joined the North American Veterinary Community to help launch Today’s Veterinary Business. The Rochester, New York, native earned his journalism degree from Michigan State University. He lives in San Clemente, California, with his wife, Deanne; son, Alex; and daughter, Alyssa. He can be reached at kniedziela@navc.com.