2017 Speakers

Christina Naomi Allala, DVM (translator)

Mie Aoki, DVM, Aoki Pet Clinic, Fukuoka, Japan (translator)

Michelle Barbieri, DVM, MS

Michelle Barbieri is the Veterinary Medical Officer for the Protected Species Division at the NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center in Honolulu. As such, she oversees population health monitoring and provides veterinary support for the research and recovery activities of the Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program. Michelle and her colleagues provide veterinary care to sick or otherwise stranded wild monk seals across the archipelago, including in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. She provides veterinary support for stranding response and research in other regions as well, including large whale disentanglement, health assessment of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico and pinnipeds in Alaska and California. She has also recently begun providing vet care for stranded green sea turtles in Hawaii.

Christie Balcomb, BVSc, DACVIM (Large Animal)

Christie Balcomb received her graduated with distinction from Massey University in New Zealand in 2011 and completed an internship in Ruminant Health and Reproduction from North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. In 2016, she completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine with an emphasis on Livestock from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. In September 2016, she moved to Maui to start YourVet Farm Services, a mobile livestock veterinary service offering routine and preventative medicine, as well as advanced imaging, surgical and medical procedures to clients. In addition to private practice, Dr. Balcomb also offers educational workshops for the community regarding animal health and husbandry topics. She is a member of the Hawaii Cattlemen’s Council and the Hawaii Sheep and Goat Association and hopes to be able to enhance the health and welfare of the commercial and companion livestock in Hawaii.

Ihor J. Basko, DVM, CVA
All Creatures Great and Small Veterinary Services
Kauai, HI
Vet Classics / NaturVet Medical Director
Temecula, CA

Brian S. Beale, DVM, DACVS
Surgeon- Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists
Head of Education, Training and Research
Compassion First Pet Hospitals
Houston, TX

Laura J. Black, DVM, DACVP (Clinical)
Clinical Pathologist
Specialty VETPATH
Seattle, WA

Bonnie G. Campbell, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Don A. Hulse, DVM, DACVS
Professor
Texas A & M University
College of Veterinary Medicine
Surgeon- Austin Veterinary Emergency and Specialty
College Station, TX

Kazunari Ibaraki, DVM
Ibaraki Animal Clinic
Kanagawa, Japan

Katie Kangas, DVM, CVA, CVCP
Integrative Veterinary Care
San Diego, CA

Gia Klaus, DVM, DACVO
Columbia River Veterinary Specialists
Vancouver, WA

Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT
CEO, VETgirl, LLC
Saint Paul, MN

David Liss, BA, RVT, VTS (ECC, SAIM) CVPM
Los Angeles, CA

Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, Fellow AVD
Veterinary Dental Specialties and Oral Surgery
San Diego, CA

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)
Chief of Staff
Alamo Feline Health Center
San Antonio, TX

William Rausch DVM, Diplomate ACVIM-Cardiology
Portland Veterinary Cardiology
Portland, OR

Andrew Evan Schreibman, DVM
Senior Technical Service Veterinarian
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Kevin Stepaniuk, B. Sc., DVM, FAVD
Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College
Columbia River Veterinary Specialists
Veterinary Dentistry Education and Consulting Services, LLC

Jennifer G. Ward, DVM, DACVP
Laboratory Director
Specialty VETPATH
Seattle, WA