Leadership Academy Inaugural Class

WA Veterinarian Magazine


Nov/Dec 2015

On September 21, 2015, the WSVMA announced that ten qualified and impressive veterinarians have been accepted to participate in the new WSVMA leadership program. What is Power of Ten? It’s a new 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 2016 Pacific Northwest Veterinary Conference.
Dr. Heather Fowler, 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.

Introducing the WSVMA Power of Ten Leadership Academy Inaugural Class

Fowler_Heather squareDr. Heather Fowler
Team Leader

Heather Fowler, VMD, MPH has over a 10-year history in veterinary medicine, anatomy, and zoonotic diseases. She received her veterinary medicine degree from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to pursue a Master’s in Public Health, from Yale University, focusing on veterinary epidemiology with further training in the CDC Applied Epidemiology Fellowship Program. Currently, she is a doctoral student in the Environmental and Occupational Hygiene program in the University of Washington Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health.

Dr. Crystal McRae

Dr. Crystal McRae, equine veterinarian from California, has been an associate with Rocky Bay Equine in Gig Harbor Washington for the last two and a half years. Coming from California, she earned her veterinary degree at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 with a focus in equine surgery and medicine. During veterinary school, she gained an appreciation for integrative medicine during a summer spent in a Student Training in Advanced Research (STAR) program studying the influence of acupuncture on heart rate variability in the horse. Her mentor in the STAR program was an equine surgeon and lameness specialist who uses acupuncture and chiropractic in her sports medicine practice. Dr. McRae is now certified in chiropractic with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association through Options for Animals in Kansas and in acupuncture, through Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians in Colorado. She is passionate about delivering the best possible care to all of her clients and patients.

Dr. Shawn Thomas

Born and raised in Des Moines, IA, Dr. Shawn Thomas moved to Washington in the summer of 2012 after graduating from Iowa State University. As a small animal only clinician, he has a special interest in dentistry and small animal surgery. When not working, he spends his time with his family (wife Jacqueline and two young sons Ben and Sam) or devoted to his other great passion in life: Star Wars!

Dr. Christina Meyer

Dr. Christina Meyer graduated from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Soon after graduating she moved to New Zealand where she worked for seven years on companion animals and working dogs. Working farm dogs are an important part of the agriculture industry in New Zealand and Dr. Meyer played the role of keeping them in top performing condition. The dogs were injury prone and this was where Dr. Meyer developed her interest in orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. She has taken several continuing education courses on fracture repair, soft tissue surgery, ligament injuries and road traffic trauma. She returned to the Pacific Northwest in April of 2015 with her partner, Joe Powers, and they both accepted jobs at Chuckanut Valley Veterinary Clinic in Burlington, Washington.

Dr. Lindsey Hornickel

Although Dr. Hornickel is new to the Pacific Northwest, she says it already feels like home. She attended the University of Minnesota and completed her BS in biology in 2004, MPH in 2009, and DVM in 2012. Go Gophers! Her first three years were spent practicing mixed animal medicine in rural northwest Wisconsin until her husband’s job brought them to Seattle in May 2015. Currently, she practices exclusively small animal medicine in north Seattle.

Dr. Andrew Mcgraw

Dr. Andrew L. McGraw is a native of Louisiana, and has served in the United States Army for the past 13 years. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed his residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. His wife of 18 years is Rebecca, and they have two sons, Seth (15) and Jacob (13).

Dr. Joshua Kinder

Dr. Joshua Kinder is a Catholic, enthusiastic Veterinarian, and owner, with Dr. Sherri Kinder, of Clifton Hollow Animal Hospital in Poulsbo, Washington. After spending four years serving our country in the United States Navy, he was accepted into Washington State University to complete his undergraduate degree and eventually earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Joshua is a devoted husband and father to his three boys Joshua Jr., Elijah, and newborn son Noah. What Veterinarian’s house would be complete without mentioning his furry family members Molokai and Spoof (his dogs), and Joelle McHale, Tator, and Helen (his cats)? He hopes to take his passionate and purpose-driven focus to better serve his community, his profession, and the Power of 10 Leadership Academy.

Dr. Marla Blaney

Dr. Marla Blaney grew up as the child of a Foreign Service Officer, living at several different posts (e.g., the USSR, South Africa, Virginia, New York City). Prior to attending vet school at Oregon State University, she graduated from Reed College. Veterinary experiences included working for Luv My Pet mobile services, Arbor Pet Clinic, and Cedar Mill Veterinary Hospital. She is currently working as a general practice intern at Cascade Park Animal Hospital.

Dr. Brittney Dawson

Dr. Brittany Dawson is a 2015 WSU graduate now practicing small animal medicine in Burlington, Washington. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she could not be happier to be back amongst the mountains, water, and evergreen trees. During school, she constantly pursued ventures in business and leadership, being heavily involved in the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and the Veterinary Leadership Experience (VLE). Dr. Dawson believes leadership, both personal and professional, is integral to success as a veterinarian and an individual.

Dr. Liz Myers

Dr. Elizabeth Myers went to Washington State University for her undergraduate degree. She earned her Master’s degree at University of Arizona before returning to WSU for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include surgery, feline medicine, and fostering the human-animal bond. Dr. Myers calls Vancouver her home and practices at Columbia Veterinary Center. Outside of the clinic, Dr. Myers enjoys spending time with her husband, two sons, and their two special needs cats.

Dr. Cathy Ratcliff

Dr. Cathy Ratcliff is a 2012 graduate from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently enjoying life as a mixed-animal practicioner at Mount Spokane Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Ratcliff originally hails from the Midwest, and had a previous career as a geologist after obtaining degrees in that field from the University of Cincinnati and the University of New Mexico. In her spare time, Dr. Ratcliff enjoys yoga, cross-country skiing, New York Times crossword puzzles, and driving her Shire horse, Seamus. In addition to the Shire horse, Dr. Ratcliff and her husband care for two dogs, two cats, two guinea pigs, and an Amazon parrot.