2017 Speakers

Christina Naomi Allala, DVM (translator)

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

Kazunari Ibaraki, DVM, Ibaraki Animal Clinic, Kanagawa, Japan (translator)

Masayuki Naoi, DVM, Naoi Animal Hospital, Saitama, 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

Ihor Basko practices on Kauai and Oahu using acupuncture, cold laser, nutrition, supplements, and Western and Asian herbs for treating pets and horses. He is currently exploring plants and medicinal mushrooms for use in veterinary practice and working as a consultant to pet product and veterinary product companies. He is President of the American College of Veterinary Botanical Medicine and President-Elect of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association. Dr. Basko is the author of Fresh Food Ancient Wisdom: Preparing Healthy and Balanced Meals for Your Dogs.


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)

Laura Black is the clinical pathologist at an innovative private diagnostic laboratory (Specialty VETPATH) in Seattle, Washington. She is originally from Indiana and graduated with her DVM from Purdue University before working in small animal general practice in a small town outside Phoenix, Arizona. After nearly a decade of practicing, she was urged by her mentors to pursue a residency in veterinary clinical pathology because of her fascination with understanding disease and wanting to be a veterinarian for all species. Dr. Black completed a three year residency at the University of Florida and moved to the Pacific Northwest in July of 2016. Her professional interests include education, efficiency in laboratory procedures and management, and avian/herptile hematology. She shares her home in Seattle with her husband Daniel, a pack of elderly dachshunds (Oliver, Presley, and Elwood), and a loveable orange cat, Fusa.

Bonnie Grambow Campbell, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Bonnie Grambow Campbell received her DVM and PhD degrees from Cornell University. After completing a small animal surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Campbell is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Small Animal Surgery at Washington State University, where she is a soft tissue surgeon in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and director of the small animal surgery and applied anatomy courses. Dr. Campbell has received a number of teaching awards. She gives continuing education programs nationally and internationally and has served as president of the Society of Veterinary Soft Tissue Surgery and the Veterinary Wound Management Society. Special clinical interests include wound healing and oncologic and reconstructive surgery.

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

Katie Kangas, DVM, CVA, CVCP

Katie Kangas owns and operates Integrative Veterinary Care, a private practice in San Diego, California, offering holistic and integrative health care options for pets. Dr. Kangas achieved her CVA certification at the Chi Institute in 2008, followed by additional training in Advanced Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM). Her areas of special interest in clinical practice include nutrition/food medicine, dental health, and pain management. Dr. Kangas has authored several articles published in veterinary journals and also enjoys sharing her passion for pet wellness education by lecturing and presenting locally, nationally and internationally. Additionally, Dr. Kangas has a background in shelter medicine, with more than 15 years of contribution to the homeless pets in her community. She spent many years working with the San Diego County Department of Animal Services and also served as the medical director of the San Diego Humane Society & SPCA from 2002-2007.

Gia Klauss, DVM, DACVO

Gia Klauss graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She completed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. She returned to the University of Wisconsin for a Fellowship in Ocular Pathology. She then completed a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at the University of Missouri. She was an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine from 2005-2010, where she was head of the Ophthalmology service in the teaching hospital, and course coordinator of didactic and clinical teaching in Comparative Ophthalmology. Dr. Klauss is a dynamic and engaging lecturer, and has received an award for excellence in clinical teaching at the University of Minnesota. She currently works in a private referral practice, Columbia River Veterinary Specialists, in Vancouver, WA. Dr. Klauss has lectured extensively in the academic setting and at national meetings. She enjoys sewing most of her clothes, reading all manner of genres, and athletic endeavors in cycling and running in the woods.

Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT

Justine Lee is a board-certified veterinary specialist in both emergency critical care (DACVECC) and toxicology (DABT). Dr. Lee attended veterinary school at Cornell University and completed her internship at Angell (Boston, MA). She completed her fellowship and residency in emergency and critical care at University of Pennsylvania. Previously, she was on faculty at University of Minnesota (2008-2008) and the head of an animal poison control center (2008-2013). She is the founder and CEO of VETgirl, a subscription-based podcast and webinar service offering RACE-approved, online veterinary continuing education.

Dr. Lee has been published in numerous veterinary journals, including JAVMA, JVECC, JVIM, and JAAHA. Dr. Lee also co-edited and co-authored Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Small Animal Toxicology (Wiley-Blackwell 2011). She is also one of the editors for the Veterinary Clinics of North America Small Animal: Emergency Medicine textbook (Elsevier 2013). Dr. Lee is the author of two humorous pet reference books entitled It’s a Dog’s Life… but It’s Your Carpet and It’s a Cat’s World… You Just Live In It. She has also published several veterinary textbooks along with book chapters, and has been aired on radio and television to promote preventative medicine, animal health, and the overall well being of pets. Dr. Lee lectures throughout the world on emergency and critical care, and recently was honored with “Speaker of the Year” at the North American Veterinary Conference (2011, 2015, 2016) and Association des Médecines Vétérinaires du Québec (2012). Dr. Lee is the former contributor/blogger to Prevention magazine, PetMD: The Daily Vet, Pet Health Network and Voyce. She has been featured on NBC Weekend Today, Rachael Ray, WCCO, MPR, and various other TV and radio engagements. Dr. Lee is a part-time criticalist at Animal Emergency & Referral Center, a specialty referral hospital in the Twin Cities, MN. More information can be found at www.drjustinelee.com and www.vetgirlontherun.com.


David Liss has an incredibly rich and diverse background in the field of veterinary technology. He worked for many years in general practice and emergency facilities and has been technician manager at two different twenty-four hour referral/specialty facilities in the Los Angeles area. He also holds double board-certifications as a veterinary technician specialist in emergency/critical care and small animal internal medicine and is a certified veterinary practice manager (CVPM). He has contributed to numerous veterinary texts and was awarded the Veterinary Technician Educator of the Year award in 2012 by Western Veterinary Conference. David currently directs the veterinary technology program at Platt College in Los Angeles, works as an ICU technician part-time, runs his own consulting business, and lectures worldwide.

Brook Niemiec, DVM, DAVDC, DEVDC, FAVD

Brook Niemiec is a 1994 graduate of the University of California, Davis. He is a Board Certified specialist in Veterinary Dentistry by the American Veterinary Dental College as well as the European Veterinary Dental College. Further, he is a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He is Chief of Staff of Veterinary Dental Specialties & Oral Surgery with 14 offices throughout the US. He is a regular speaker on the local, national, and international levels, and was elected as the Clinical Instructor of the Year for the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference. In addition, he has authored many articles, chapters, and books including oral pathology, periodontology, extractions, and feline dentistry. Dr. Niemiec founded the premier veterinary dental telemedicine website vetdentalrad.com. Finally, he coordinates the San Diego Vet Dental Training Center, which holds 3-4 meetings a year covering basic and intermediate veterinary dentistry.

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Gary D. Norsworthy has been in private practice for 45 years, 25 in small animal practice and 20 in feline practice. He is the owner of Alamo Feline Health Center in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to practice, he lectures frequently on feline diseases and is the editor and major author of seven feline textbooks, the most recent being The Feline Patient, 5th Edition. His practice hosts externs from veterinary schools across North America and from other countries. He is a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the Feline Practice Category and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University and the Western University of Health Sciences. He was chosen for the 2009 Practitioner of the Year Award in the Medical Specialist category by the Texas VMA and has received Speaker of the Year at several conferences. He is the only person to be Speaker of the Year two times each at the North American Veterinary Conference and the Western Veterinary Conference.

William Rausch DVM, Diplomate ACVIM-Cardiology

After receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida, William Rausch received his DVM from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. He then completed a one year internship in Medicine and Surgery at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. He went on to a residency program in Small Animal Cardiology at North Carolina State University and became board-certified in Cardiology in 2003. He currently works in a referral practice in Portland, Oregon and remains active in clinical research. He has authored and co-authored clinical research in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, JAVMA, Veterinary Pharmacology and Journal of Veterinary Cardiology. He has a passion for teaching and lectures extensively at local, regional and national meetings. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, playing music, eating and playing fetch.

Andrew Evan Schreibman, DVM

Andrew Evan Schreibman attended Columbia University in the City of New York prior to graduating from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University in 1994. He completed an internship in Small Animal Medicine & Surgery at the University of Illinois in 1995. Following two years in private practice in New Jersey and California, Dr. Schreibman served as a resident/assistant professor in anatomic pathology at the University of Missouri from 1996-1998. He serves on the Licensing Examination Committee of the California Veterinary Medical Board. Dr. Schreibman is currently Senior Technical Service Veterinarian for Boehringer-Ingelheim Animal Health in the Southern California & Hawaii district with 18+ years experience in Industrial Medicine spanning Research & Development, International Affairs, Marketing, and Sales. He is passionate about education and evidence-based medicine.

Kevin Stepaniuk, B. Sc., DVM, DAVDC, FAVD

Kevin S. Stepaniuk DVM, FAVD, DAVDC is a renowned speaker and educator. He is Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and a Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He has experience in general practice, emergency practice, academic clinical specialty practice, and private specialty practice which serves as a foundation to his
practical, yet evidence based approached to patient care and client services as well as his education style during seminars. He has been lecturing and teaching seminars to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians for over 10+ years.

Dr. Stepaniuk was an educator at the University of Minnesota College of Medicine as an assistant clinical professor and serving as section chief of veterinary dentistry and oral surgery prior to leaving for private specialty practice in 2014. He was awarded the UMN Veterinary Clinical Sciences Teaching Award (2012-2013) selected by the veterinary students for the most outstanding teacher during their first 3 years of veterinary college. In addition to his clinical teaching award he has received the American Veterinary Dental Society Presidents Award (2009) and Inaugural American Veterinary Dental Society Student Chapter Mentor Award (2011) in recognition for his establishment and contributions to the Student Chapters of the American Veterinary Dental Society. Recently, he has served as a visiting lecturer at Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine (2016) as a laboratory and didactic instructor in dentistry and oral surgery. He is a current board member of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC).

Dr. Stepaniuk is a dynamic and enthusiastic speaker who has a passion to educate in order to
improve each veterinarian and veterinary technician’s knowledge and clinical skill in
veterinary dentistry. He believes every veterinarian should be able to recognize and
diagnose common dental and oral pathology and provide services to alleviate the insidious
pain and suffering in the pet population.

Jennifer G. Ward, DVM, DACVP

Jennifer Ward grew up on the windward side of O’ahu and graduated from Kahuku High School. She then moved to Pennsylvania to attend college, and received her BA in English Literature from Bryn Mawr College in 1989. In 1990 she returned to O’ahu with her Old English sheepdog, Abraham, and they spent the next 7 years hiking in the Ko’olaus and at the beach swimming, chasing sticks and coconuts and digging for crabs, as well as struggling with Abraham’s severe allergic dermatitis. Dr. Ward was working towards an MA in English Literature, but found her attention increasingly drawn to the study of immunology and immunopathology as she tried to understand her best friend’s disease. Ultimately she was inspired to pursue a career as a veterinary pathologist, and so once again she left Hawaii, this time to attend veterinary school at Washington State University. After earning her DVM in 2002, Dr. Ward practiced small animal and emergency medicine in Washington and California for 2 years, then moved to Gainesville, FL to complete a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the University of Florida. Following her residency she spent an additional year at UF as a Dermatopathology Fellow. She achieved board certification in Anatomic Pathology in 2007. In 2009 she founded SpecialtyVETPATH, a private diagnostic pathology laboratory based in Seattle, Washington. Her areas of special professional interest and expertise are dermatopathology, immunopathology and oncopathology.