New WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Class begins with participants from around the country

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The WSVMA is pleased to welcome the fifth class of qualified and impressive veterinarians that have been accepted to participate in the WSVMA leadership program. What is Power of Ten? It’s an initiative designed to help recent graduates develop foundational skills in leadership, communication and business. The year-long program begins in November and culminates with graduation at the 2020 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference. To date, thirty-nine veterinarians have graduated from WSVMA’s Academy.

Dr. Kristi Wubben, a graduate of the first Power of Ten class and recognized for her leadership within the veterinary profession, is the team coach. She’ll be assisted by subject matter experts, veterinary mentors, and certified facilitators in helping Power of Ten participants grow through in-depth, high-impact learning experiences.

Meet the Participants!

Dr. Bretta Bauman
University of Edinburgh, 2018
Horse Cart Small Animal Hospital, Roy

Dr. Bretta Bauman grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After completing her undergrad in veterinary science, she joined the Peace Corps and served in a bush village in Niger, West Africa for two years. She received her Masters in Animal Science from Tuskegee University and her veterinary degree from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Following graduation, Dr. Bauman initially moved to Yelm to accept an equine position but soon after landed another job at Horsecart Small Animal Hospital, where she’s been happily working for one year. Although she’s slow to learn how to stand up to bossy clients, she loves the variety of cases and the camaraderie she shares with her colleagues.

Dr. Jacob Fulcher
Washington State University, 2017
Ridgetop Animal Hospital, Silverdale

Dr. Jacob Fulcher graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017 and has been an associate at Ridgetop Animal Hospital in Silverdale, WA since graduation. He credits the team at Ridgetop in helping him become a well-rounded small animal veterinarian, especially in the areas of surgery, urgent care medicine, and team management. Dr. Fulcher is an active member of the WSVMA, AVMA, and the Kitsap Peninsula VMA (PVMA), and has had the opportunity to further his professional interests by attending major CE events held by AO Vet, AAHA Connexity, and WSVMA. Dr. Fulcher grew up in rural Southern Idaho and emigrated to the Pacific Northwest upon graduating from veterinary school. Prior to his professional training as a veterinarian, he studied classical vocal music extensively in both undergraduate and graduate school. When he’s not busy at the clinic, he can be found rehearsing with the Bremerton Symphony Chorale for their next concert season. He and his wife, Nicolle, are the proud pet parents of two very spoiled dogs, and are soon to become human parents with their first baby expected in November 2019.

Dr. Kerri Haider
Lincoln Memorial University, 2018
US Army, Fort Lewis – Kitsap Branch

CPT Kerri Haider was born and raised in the great state of 10,000 lakes. She gained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Minnesota and went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Lincoln Memorial University in TN. CPT Haider completed her First Year Graduation Veterinary Education Internship at Fort Hood, TX and recently took the position of Branch Chief at Public Health Activity – Fort Lewis, Kitsap Branch as the Officer in Charge of the Naval Base Kitsap Bangor Veterinary Treatment Facility.  She works with Military Working Dogs and privately-owned animals of service members. When not on the job, she enjoys trail running, mountaineering, skiing, climbing and hanging out with her fur babies, Cash and Boo.

Dr. Casey Johnson
Washington State University, 2016
Olympia Pet Emergency, Olympia

Dr. Casey Johnson is a WSU graduate (go Cougs!) and a small animal emergency practitioner in beautiful southwestern Washington. She loves the variety and excitement that emergency medicine provides. She is also proud to have completed a certification in canine rehabilitation through the University of Tennessee. Dr. Johnson’s life outside of veterinary medicine is full of horseback riding, hiking, camping, kayaking, and anything that gets her outdoors. Her husband and their black lab are her faithful partners in every adventure, while their four cats keep her company when enjoying time at home.

Dr. Kristin Kjellberg
Texas A&M University, 2013
Island Cats Veterinary Hospital, Mercer Island

Dr. Kristen Kjellberg was born in Houston, TX and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in marine biology and performed at football games as part of the Longhorn Band. She earned her veterinary degree at Texas A&M University in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Kjellberg worked in Austin in shelter and emergency medicine, as well as in general practice. She also served on the Animal Advisory Commission for the City of Austin, and maintains an interest in local, state and federal policies, especially those affecting veterinary medicine and the human-animal bond.  Dr. Kjellberg and her husband moved to Washington in 2017. She’s always had a strong interest in feline behavior and medicine and found her home at Island Cats Veterinary Hospital on Mercer Island. She loves working with owners to provide the best care for each cat, while recognizing that there is no “one size fits all” approach. When not working, Dr. Kjellberg enjoys live music, home improvement, video games, and various forms of cycling. She lives in south Seattle with her husband, three cats, and two dogs.

Dr. Katie Kuehl
University of Wisconsin, 2012
Washington State University (Seattle Humane Society), Bellevue

Dr. Katie Kuehl is a native of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin College of Veterinary Medicine. She followed her passion for shelter medicine as a veterinarian for a large humane society in Madison, Wisconsin and while there she trained veterinary students, shelter medicine interns and residents through a collaboration with her alma mater. In 2017 she joined Washington State University as the first remote clinical faculty member tasked with supervision of the clinical shelter medicine/primary care rotation created through a partnership with Seattle Humane Society. During this time Dr. Kuehl has been working to enhance student education by partnering with local organizations to create service-learning experiences that provide care for at-risk pet-owners in the community while helping students hone valuable primary care skills. In her free time she enjoys exploring the wonderland that is the Pacific Northwest through sailing, hiking, biking and skiing.

Dr. Danielle Mechur
Oregon State University, 2017
Spanaway Veterinary Clinic, Spanaway

Dr. Danielle Mechur graduated from Oregon State University in 2017. She’s loved working with animals from a young age; from walking neighborhood dogs in elementary school to working in several roles at veterinary hospitals during college. Dr. Mechur moved to Washington after graduation with her husband and their twin daughters and share their lives with a house full of pets. They have a “mutt-ley crew” of dogs that include Bellatrix, a Pomeranian mix, Herschel, a Boston/Pug cross, Luna, a Sheepdog mix, and Major Tom, a pit bull. They also have two cats, Juniper and Hunter, and three rats, Tripper, Janet and Chrissy. Dr. Mechur and her daughters are involved in the county 4-H Dog Project, where they train dogs in obedience, showmanship, and agility. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and crafting. Dr. Mechur enjoys providing medical care at Spanaway Veterinary Clinic for all kinds of critters. Her passion is nurturing the bond between people and their pets through preventative care and appropriate intervention of medical needs. Her professional interests include dermatology and surgery.

Dr. Laura Nelson
Kansas State University, 2017
Loyal Family Veterinary Hospital, Bellevue

Dr. Laura Nelson is from the San Francisco Bay Area and wanted to be a veterinarian from a very young age. She grew up volunteering in animal shelters and working in various veterinary clinics. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in animal science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and then moved to Manhattan (“the little apple”) to earn her veterinary degree from Kansas State University.  After graduation, Dr. Nelson moved back to the west coast to complete a one-year small animal rotating internship at Veterinary Specialty Center in Lynnwood, WA. She currently works at a five-doctor small animal practice in Bellevue and enjoys everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling and helping her pit bull mix, Harper, live her best life.

Dr. Meredith Sturges
University of Tennessee, 2010
Northwest Veterinary Clinic, Stanwood

Dr. Meredith Sturges was born in Dallas, Texas, and spent the majority of her childhood in Brentwood, Tennessee. She attended Auburn University for her undergraduate degree and graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Directly following graduation, she performed a rotating small animal internship in Austin, Texas at Central Texas Veterinary Specialty Center. While there, Dr. Sturges gained great knowledge of the different specialties and opportunities in small animal veterinary medicine and was determined to pursue general practice. While in Austin, she met her future husband, Joe, a soon-to-be Navy pilot. After their wedding in 2012, they moved to the Pacific Northwest and fell in the love with the area. She worked as an associate veterinarian at Advanced Care Animal Clinic in Arlington for three years. Her husband was transferred to Pensacola, Florida for six months followed by Kingsville, Texas for almost two years where she was an associate veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Pensacola and Animal Medical Clinic, respectively. Eventually, her husband’s job allowed them to return to the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Sturges currently works at Northwest Veterinary Clinic in Stanwood where she thoroughly enjoys small animal dermatology and soft tissue surgery. Over the years, she and her husband have acquired three dogs, Charlie, Sky, and Birdie. In her spare time, she loves watching Auburn football as well as the Seattle Seahawks, working out, relaxing, and listening to live music.

Dr. Katie Ann Turgeon
Auburn University, 2019
Shoreline Central Animal Hospital, Shoreline

Dr. Katie Ann Turgeon is a 2019 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her undergrad at University of Alabama (Roll Tide) and lived in Alabama most of her life until moving to Seattle with her fiancé in June 2019. Dr. Turgeon is a small animal practitioner in Shoreline with an interest in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, business/leadership, and mission work. She hopes to eventually manage and/or own a general practice and lead overseas mission trips to help communities in need. Outside of work, she loves hiking with her two dogs, skiing, traveling, and cooking. Dr. Turgeon loves exploring these interests in the Pacific Northwest.

For more information about the WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Academy, visit the WSVMA website.


Posted November 15, 2019