Julie Antonellis, LVT, VTS(ECC) received her bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Technology from Quinnipiac University in 1998. Since then she has been working in the field of emergency and critical care.  She became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in emergency and critical care in 2001. She is passionate about her field and enjoys speaking about what she has learned through her experiences. She currently works at VCA Animal Emergency and Critical Care in Leesburg, Virginia and teaches in the veterinary technician program at Northern Virginia Community College. She also owns her own consulting business where she provides training and education to technicians who share her devotion to the field. Julie is grateful to be able to give back to the veterinary community through teaching, training and lecturing. She is devoted to helping veterinary technicians recognize their potential and elevate the level of nursing care they provide

 Robert L. Bergman, DVM, MS Diplomate, ACVIM (Neurology) received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1997. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. Following internship, he pursued a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Concurrently, he completed a Master’s Degree at Virginia Tech with a focus on neuroscience and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. He became a diplomate of ACVIM specialty of neurology in 2001. Following residency, he was a clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Texas A&M for 2 years. At present, he is a staff neurologist and serves as medical director at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Bergman has lectured at multiple specialty meetings including ACVIM and ACVS. He has also given numerous lectures on neurology and neurosurgery nationally and internationally. He has been an author on many articles and book chapters related to neurology and neurosurgery. Currently he serves as faculty on multiple teaching committees related to veterinary neurosurgery. He has been involved with the newly established AO Vet Spine course, as well as being a member Veterinary Neurosurgery Education Committee and an instructor of the ACVIM Advanced Techniques Course Neurosurgery. Dr. Bergman recently served 5 years and was chair of the ACVIM Neurology Certification Exam Committee. While busy in private practice, he enjoys teaching neurosurgery to residents, neurologists and those interested in the advancement of veterinary neurosurgery around the world. He has a particular interest in neurosurgery including spinal fusion, spinal trauma and neurosurgical oncology. Conditions treated surgically include intervertebral disc disease, spinal fractures, cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobbler’s syndrome), congenital malformations, spinal tumors, lumbosacral stenosis, brain tumors, head trauma, skull malformations (COMs) and hydrocephalus.

Marcy A. Bliss, B.S. Business/Marketing and Management Studies from the University of Maryland.  A life-long learner, she has continued her education at The Wharton School for Executive Education (University of Pennsylvania), the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (California) and as an Executive Mastery client of Gap International.  Marcy is the president and chief executive officer of Wedgewood Pharmacy. Formerly the executive vice president of Business Operations and Marketing, Bliss began her career with Wedgewood Pharmacy in early 1999.

Joan S. Bowen, DVM, following graduation from Colorado State University in 1976, I opened a mobile small ruminant veterinary practice in Weld and Larimer Counties in northeastern Colorado. Part of those duties included herd health services for the Colorado State University Bovine Embryo Transfer Program from 1978-1980 and the American Breeders Service Artificial Insemination Facility from 1980 to 1996. Over the years, the majority of my clients have been small farm flock sheep and goat producers, and while on farm calls, I provide a variety of small animal services as requested by my clients. I have raised Saanen dairy goats, lambs and calves for 45 years.
As an active member of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners since 1975, I have served in multiple positions on the Board of Directors including two terms as President from 2005-2007 and 2011-2013. I represented AASRP in the AVMA House of Delegates from 2009 through 2019, and on the AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee from 2012 through 2018. I have participated in and provided program planning for several large national conventions and was honored as the NAVC Food Animal Speaker of the Year in 2005 and 2015.

Joshua Broadwater, DVM, DACVO, was born and raised in the small coal mining town of Lonaconing, Maryland. He attended the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he studied biology and graduated with highest honors. Dr. Broadwater then attended veterinary medical school at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, Dr. Broadwater completed a one- year rotating medicine/surgery internship at Florida Veterinary Specialist in Tampa, FL. He then completed his 3-year ophthalmology residency at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics of South Florida. Broadwater is an ophthalmologist at the Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency, where he has a special interest in cornea disease and surgery, cataract surgery and glaucoma surgery

 Michael Dent, MILGA



 Heather Duncan, DVM, DAVDC received her DVM from Purdue University. She completed a veterinary dentistry and oral surgery residency at the Animal Dental Center of Baltimore. She achieved her Diplomate status from the College of Veterinary Dentistry and practices at Upstate Veterinary Specialists in Greenville.

Christie Frick, RPh, is the Director of the SC Prescription Monitoring Program. Prior to that she worked as a retail pharmacist for more than 10 years. After completing basic law enforcement training at the SC Criminal Justice Academy, she spent eight years as an Inspector for the Bureau of Drug Control. Ms. Frick is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Pharmacy. 


Dan Hall, VMD, DACVIM (Cardiology) is with the South Carolina Veterinary Specialist & Emergency Care. He grew up in Kent Lakes, N.Y. and received his BA degree in biology (1998) and his V.M.D. degree (2003) from the University of Pennsylvania. During his time at Penn, he also competed on the varsity Track & Field team (Pole Vault and Decathlon). Dr. Hall worked in general practice for 5 years in Pennsylvania before returning to Tufts University to complete a 3 -year residency in cardiology. Dr. Hall’s professional interests include interventional cardiology, early screening methods for acquired cardiac disease, and the use of advanced echocardiographic applications for staging cardiac disease. 

Dr. Carla Huston, DVM obtained her DVM from the Ohio State University in 1994 and spent several years in private mixed animal practice before completing her PhD in Veterinary Preventive Medicine.  She joined the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU CVM) in 2001 and currently teaches veterinary preventive medicine, epidemiology, beef health management, and animal disaster management.  She serves as the state Beef Cattle Extension Veterinarian and was recently named Director of the new Enhanced Clinical Education program at the MSU CVM.  As a member of several federal and state disaster management organizations, she provides training to veterinarians, first responders, and pet owners on disaster management and serves as the state lead for veterinary services during disaster events.  She has deployed to several foreign animal disease outbreaks within and outside of the US and spent 3 months in Rome with the Emergency Management Center for Animal Health office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.  She was named Veterinarian of the Year by the MS Veterinary Medical Association in 2012 and by the American Association of Extension Veterinarians (AAEV) in 2019.  Most recently, Carla was appointed to represent the AAEV on the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria.   In her free time Carla enjoys kayaking, hiking, and spending time on her small beef cattle operation.  

Hilary Jones, DVM, graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and completed a small animal rotating internship at Fifth Avenue Veterinary Specialist, now BluePearl Downtown. During her time as a primary care and emergency clinician in New York City she was inspired to look for a better way to connect with her clients and their pets leading to the development of TeleTails. Since its launch, Hilary has been working daily with veterinary teams across the country and thought leaders such as the AVMA, AAVSB, and state associations to help veterinary medicine safely evolve digitally. She speaks on the benefits, opportunities, and economics of implementing telemedicine in veterinary practice.

Shirin Modaresi, DVM, MS, is the Hill's Professional Consulting Veterinarian for the Carolinas. She received her BS in Biology from USC Honor's College, with a minor in Spanish, before getting a MS in Biology from Winthrop University. Shirin attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia and graduated cum laude in 2010.  Afterwards, she practiced small animal medicine for four years in Georgia before moving to Charlotte, NC for her position with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. She also practices part-time in Rock Hill, SC as a relief veterinarian.  Her special interests in veterinary medicine are nutrition, feline medicine, clinical pathology, and behavior.  

Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP is a clinical assistant professor of the Community Practice Service at the University of Tennessee. He received his DVM from Cornell University; then completed an internship at the ASPCA, and an ABVP residency combined with a master’s degree in human-animal bond studies at Virginia Tech. His interests span all aspects of the human-animal bond including the effect of human-animal interaction on both humans and animals, the veterinary-client relationship, animal welfare, and stress reduction in veterinary settings as well as animal-assisted interventions. 

Lidia Pallo, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), works at CVETS in Internal Medicine. She graduated from Cornell University in 1998, then earned her DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. She completed her internship in small animal medicine and veterinary Surgery at VCA Berwyn and Aurora Animal Hospitals from 2004 to 2005. Finally, she completed her residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine from 2006 to 2008, and she was board certified by the American College in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009. Dr. Pallo practiced both equine and emergency medicine before completing her Internal Medicine residency. She enjoys all aspects of Internal medicine, but she has a particular interest in geriatric cats, liver disease and endocrinology

Boyd Parr, DVM, B.S. Pre-Professional Studies earned his DVM at the University of Georgia in 1978. He is the director of Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health. He oversees the state agency responsible for protecting the health of animals and consumers through control of disease and inspection of meat and poultry products.  



Jamie Pribyl, DVM, received her undergraduate degree from Lake Superior State University and then attended the University of Minnesota where she obtained her DVM.  After completing an equine internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Washington, Dr. Pribyl joined Buffalo Equine in Buffalo, Minnesota.  She practiced at Buffalo Equine for 13 years and was a managing partner for 12 years.  In January of 2020, she joined Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health as a Professional Services Veterinarian.  Dr. Pribyl’s professional interests include asthma, geriatric medicine, reproduction, and gastrointestinal disease.  She is a member of the AAEP’s Wellness Committee and is passionate about professional wellness and leadership.  Outside of work, Dr. Pribyl and her family raise racing Quarter Horses and barrel horses and enjoy weekend competitions and horse camping.

Charles Rosenkrans, Jr. Ph.D. Animal Science/Reproductive Physiology, M.S. Animal Science/Swine Management, B.S. Animal Science. Dr. Rosenkrans is the chair at the Clemson University Animal and Veterinary Sciences Department. He is a Missouri native that trained at University of Missouri, Kansas State University, and University of Wisconsin. He started his academic career at University of Arkansas in 1991 before moving to Clemson in August 2019. His research interests target the discovery of scientific, fact-based understanding of animal growth and development from gamete formation to animal expiration. 

Tracy Schlicksup, DVM, DABVP is the Co-Owner and Director of Emergency and Client Services at CVETS, Columbia Veterinary Emergency Trauma & Specialty. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007. Prior to that, she worked as an emergency doctor at a 25-doctor specialty hospital in Philadelphia, PA. During this time, she received rigorous additional training in emergency medicine and surgery. In 2018 Dr. Schlicksup became a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. She has experience in the creation and implementation of technician training programs and educational rounds.  

Julie McGhee Settlage, DVM, MSc Vet Ed, DACVS-LA, serves as an Equine Professional Services Veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health. Julie attended The College of William & Mary for her undergraduate degree and obtained her DVM from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After an internship at Equine Medical Associates in Edmond, OK, she next completed an equine surgical residency at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA, obtaining board certification in 2005. Dr. Settlage pursued a certificate in veterinary acupuncture with Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians through Colorado State University. Pursuing her love of teaching, she joined the faculty at her alma mater in 2009 serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor and Chief of the Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Service. Dr. Settlage also served Virginia Tech as the University Attending Veterinarian, overseeing the provision of veterinary care for the research and teaching animals owned by the University. Dr. Settlage transitioned to industry with Boehringer Ingelheim in 2020 as a Professional Services Veterinarian. She is also active in organized veterinary medicine, currently serving as the President of the Southwest Virginia Veterinary Medical Association in addition to volunteer roles in the ACVS and the Veterinary Leadership Institute. In her free time, Dr. Settlage enjoys traveling, running, HIIT workouts, hiking with her family, and her hobby farm. 

Susan M. Simmerson, DACVIM (SAIM) is a board certified internal medicine specialist at Carolina Veterinary Specialists. She has an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from North Carolina State University and earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Ross University, St. Kitts, West Indies. In addition to enjoying all aspects of practice within internal medicine, Dr. Simmerson holds special interest in kidney disease, hepato-biliary disease, gastrointestinal disease and critical care. Dr. Simmerson has published in the scientific literature on the topic of protein losing enteropathy in Yorkshire terrier dogs and she lectures regularly at continuing education meetings on many various internal medicine topics. 

John Thomason, DVM, MS, DACVIM, is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University (MSU). He received his DVM in 2006 from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his M.S. in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from Mississippi State University. He completed his residency in small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University prior to joining the faculty in 2010. Dr. Thomason’s research interests are in the field of hematology and hemostasis.