Our Instructors

VetMedTeam is privileged to have on board some of the best CE instructors. Experts in their fields, each feels a strong commitment to providing educational opportunities for all members of the practice team.


  Kim Albin, LVT, VTS (Oncology)

After gaining a strong foundation as a Licensed Technician, Kim became a VTS (oncology). She has worked with the Oncology Unit at Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital 6 years, focusing on animal and handler safety. She has published several articles in Veterinary Technician magazine, the Canadian Veterinary Technician magazine, and is currently working on a Chemotherapy Safety Book.

Kim is Past President of the Veterinary Technician Cancer Society and is the Safety Coordinator for many Veterinary Oncology clinics.

In her spare time, Kim is a mother, wife, and a sponsored amateur triathlete on the Lansing Triathlon Team, as well as a fitness instructor at the YMCA.


  Robert Cruz, DVM, MSc. Dipl. ACVR

Dr. Cruz completed his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Zulia, Venezuela. He completed a combined residency/master of science program in Veterinary Radiology/Radiological Health Sciences, respectively, at Colorado State University. He then obtained the diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Radiology(ACVR). Dr. Cruz was a visiting assistant professor at Oklahoma State University and an assistant professor of veterinary radiology at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He then decided to go into private practice. He is currently a consultant/staff radiologist at Antech Imaging Services.

Dr. Cruz has multiple publications in indexed scientific journals. In addition he has had research papers/abstracts, from previous university work, presented, in oral and poster format, at scientific meetings in America and Europe.


  Lauren R. Eichstadt Forsythe, PharmD, FSVHP

Dr. Lauren Eichstadt Forsythe is a graduate of the University of Findlay, College of Pharmacy. After completing her Doctor of Pharmacy Degree, Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe completed a veterinary pharmacy residency at the Purdue Veterinary Teaching Hospital. As Purdue's first Veterinary Pharmacy Resident, she was one of only 4 pharmacy residents in the country specializing in veterinary pharmacy. During her residency she developed, coordinated, and taught Purdue College of Pharmacy's first veterinary pharmacy elective course.

Dr. Eichstadt Forsythe is Veterinary Clinical Pharmacist at the University of Illinois. She is also an Associate Editor for Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook, and enjoys writing and presenting continuing education for veterinarians and pharmacists. Research interests include transdermal therapy for feline patients, behavior medications and compounding. In her spare time, she enjoys running and competing in hunter and equitation events with her Quarter Horse, Banjo.


  Mary Ellen Goldberg LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRVN, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation, VTS-H (anesthesia/analgesia)

Mary Ellen Goldberg is a graduate of Harcum College and the University of Pennsylvania. She worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Division of Animal Resources and for Research Scientists advising on their choices for anesthesia and pain management on their protocols. She was a member of VCU’s IACUC for 10 years.

She has been an instructor of Anesthesia and Pain Management at VetMedTeam since 2003. She is the Exam Chair for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM). She is a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner through IVAPM. Mary Ellen is also a Surgical Research Anesthetist certified through the Academy of Surgical Research. She is on the Exam Chair for APRVT (Academy of Physical Rehabilitation Veterinary Technicians). She is Exam Chair for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses (APRVT). Currently, she is a staff member at the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, as a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinary Nurse. (CCRVN). She is a member of the IACUC at the Manheimmer Foundation, Ins and teaches their residents and interns about non-human primate anesthesia/analgesia.

Mary Ellen was chosen NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year 2017. In 2019, Mary Ellen received the VTS-anesthesia, analgesia from the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthesia and Analgesia. Mary Ellen has written several books, and contributed to numerous chapters regarding anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation. She speaks at national meetings on these topics and gives private CE to organizational groups. She has worked in various aspects of veterinary medicine from small animal and equine to mixed practice, coccidiosis research for a pharmaceutical company, zoo animal medicine and laboratory animal medicine.


  Chery Kendrick, DVM, MPVM, MLT, ASCP, CFS

Dr. Kendrick, a former large animal veterinarian, is a holistic practitioner, specializing in energy and herbal medicine modalities.

She currently is a regulatory specialist, (OSHA, DEA, EPA, etc.). Her company, VetOSHA.com, provides consulting and OSHA management services to clinicians and practice managers nationwide. She and her team are focused on helping practices become, and remain, current and compliant.

Dr. Kendrick is an award-winning speaker. Her presentations include topics such as:

  • OSHA Compliance in the Veterinary Practice
  • Zoonotics: The Epidemiological Crisis
  • Let's Try Life Balance! Preventing Job Burnout
  • Holistic Medicine and Your Practice: The Art of Integrative Medicine
  • Maintaining Control in Your Practice: The Art of Management
  • The Complete Life: The Path to Wellness and Mindfulness

Dr. Kendrick is a certified Mastermind Group Facilitator and Conducts OSHA Mastermind groups monthly for her clients, helping them to stay current on OSHA regulations, get the required paperwork completed, And network with other Practice Managers nationwide.

She makes her home in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of Eastern TN, and the coastal mountains of Northern California, where she enjoys habitat restoration with her dog Aggy. She also is a hiker of the Smoky Mountains and the Pacific Coast Trail. She is an active member of the Smoky Mountain Green Team and Earth Justice Habitat Restoration Project. Nature and teaching keep her centered.


  Kris Kruse-Elliott, DVM, PhD, DACVAA

Dr. Kruse received her DVM from Oregon State University in 1984. The following year was spent in mixed animal practice in Seattle, WA before moving on to advanced specialty training in anesthesiology. She completed her anesthesia residency at North Carolina State University from 1985-1988, becoming board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia in 1989. Dr. Kruse received her PhD in pulmonary physiology from North Carolina State University in 1992 and joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison the same year. Dr. Kruse was a member of the UW faculty for 15 years and then she moved to California with her husband and their various bird and cat family members.

Since 2006 she has worked as an anesthesiologist in private specialty practice and is currently the anesthesiologist for Sage Veterinary Centers in the San Francisco Bay area and AnimalScan MRI Centers. She also consults on anesthesia and analgesia in a wide variety of species in private practice and research settings and is a frequent speaker at continuing education events. Dr. Kruse is currently the President of the newly formed North American Veterinary Anesthesia Society (NAVAS). In her spare time she can be found outdoors biking, hiking, and most especially skiing down whatever slopes she can find.


  Shana Lemmenes, CVT, VTS-EVN

Shana has worked as a technician since 2011, both in small animal and academia. She is a surgery technician and senior veterinary technician at the University of Minnesota Large Animal Veterinary Medical Center. Shana has also co-edited a textbook for Elsevier: Mosby's Comprehensive Review for Veterinary Technicians, 5th edition.


  Rachel Lees, RVT, KPA-CPT, VTS (Behavior)

Rachel Lees is a Registered Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior and she is also a Certified Training Partner through Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional Academy. She is one of the veterinary behavior technicians at The Behavior Clinic in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. Her interest in animal behavior sparked when her parents purchased a “bargain” Newfoundland in the fall of 2006. Yogi, a very nervous and fearful puppy at 8 weeks of age, had many behavioral diagnoses of his own. Working through puppy socialization and behavioral therapy with Yogi made Rachel want to help other families that may have the same issues.

Rachel graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. Immediately after graduation, Rachel was employed at a multi doctor practice. She began running puppy socialization classes, seeing private training appointments, and teaching basic obedience. Rachel also became the behavior advocate within the practice, conducting happy visits and working with all the veterinary related aggression cases. In June of 2013 Rachel accepted her current position at The Behavior Clinic.

Rachel is proud to be a VTS-Behavior and looks forward in continuing to aide owners in creating and maintaining a strong human animal bond. Rachel holds a special interest in puppy/kitten socialization and development and enjoys teaching cooperative care techniques for veterinary protocols to small animals.

In her personal time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her Miniature Pincher Mix, Connor and her Orange Tabby Cat, Ernie.


  Juliann London RVT, VTS Dermatology

Juliann started her career in the veterinary field in 2010 in general practice, obtained her Registered Veterinary Technician license in 2012 and transitioned over to dermatology full time in 2013. Juliann received her VTS in Dermatology in July 2017.

Juliann enjoys working with her clients and patients on a daily basis in helping to manage chronic skin and ear diseases and improve the quality of life of not only her patients, but her clients as well. She is passionate about client education and enjoys the area of immune mediated skin diseases.

Juliann lives with her husband, 3 children, Chihuahua, and Bernese Mountain Dog in Rocklin, CA.


  Erin Macdonald, CVT, CVPM

Erin Macdonald is currently employed at Haines Road Animal Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida and holds the position of Hospital Administrator. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1999, her first position as a receptionist.

In 2006, she received an Associate in Arts Degree in General Studies and an Associate's in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. That year, she became a Certified Veterinary Technician. After receiving a Certificate in Hospital Management and a Bachelor's Degree in Veterinary Technology Management, she achieved the designation of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2009.

Erin is a member of both the Florida Veterinary Technician Association and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Erin lives in Palm Harbor, Florida with her fiance and their three sons, Kingston, Isaac, and Jordan. They also share their home with their dog, Gemma; two cats, Gia and Roxanne; and lovebird, Nash.


  Cassandra Meitner, LVMT

Cassie started her career in veterinary medicine as a veterinary assistant in a small private practice. From there she went on to complete her A.A.S and started in Emergency Medicine after graduation. She currently works as an LVMT in a Veterinary Teaching Hospital Small Animal ICU, where she’s been teaching assistants, technicians, and veterinary students applied nursing care for the last 14 years. Cassie enjoys seeing the progression and confidence grow with a student’s understanding, while also learning new ways of thinking and doing things herself. In her free time, she is a mountain biker and a hiker, taking her 2 terriers out to explore the wilderness whenever possible.


  Linda Merrill, LVT, VTS (SAIM), VTS (AVTCP)

Linda received her AS degree in veterinary technology and an AA degree, both from Pierce College in Washington State. She has worked in specialty practice (cardio-pulmonary and oncology) and is currently working in a small animal practice. She is an author and editor, her most recent work is as an author for the Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

Linda is the former President of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians and former President of the National Association of Veterinary Technicians of America (NAVTA). Linda has achieved two Veterinary Technician Specialists credentials. Her first is the Academy of Internal Medicine for Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), she was the Founding Chair and is the current Executive Director. Her second specialty is a Canine & Feline Veterinary Technician Specialist in Clinical Practice (AVTCP).

In her spare time, Linda is an avid scuba diver and has traveled the 7 continents. Her husband, Jeff, is employed in the Alaskan seafood industry. They enjoy the company of their rescue cat, an adorable but clueless Persian named "The Cat Formerly Known as Philbert." Her household is also the home to 2 rescue dogs. Linda loves Corgis and currently has the sweetest boys named Bill and Jake.


  Jody Nugent-Deal, RVT, VTS (Anesthesia), VTS (Clinical Practice-Exotic Companion Animal)

Jody Nugent-Deal is a Registered Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia and in Clinical Practice - Exotic Companion Animal. Jody has worked for the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 1999, working in the Companion Exotics Department for 10 years and currently the Small Animal Anesthesia Department where she is the supervisor.

She is a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and is the executive secretary for the group as well as the appeals committee chair. Jody is an active member with the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Anesthesia and Analgesia having served on the nominations, credentials and appeals committees. Jody is currently a Member At Large for the AVTAA. Jody also serves on the board for CaRVTA.

She has lectured throughout North America since 2000 on anesthesia and various exotic animal topics. Jody has published numerous articles and book chapters for both canine/feline and exotic animal medicine and anesthesia topics. Jody is an instructor for both VSPN and VetMedTeam and she has a special interest in anesthesia, analgesia, pain management and critical care in exotics and dogs and cats.

In Jody's spare time, she loves to read, visit the ocean, run, road and mountain bike.


  Jeanne Perrone, CVT, VTS (Dentistry)

Jeanne received her degree in veterinary technology from Parkland College in Champaign, IL. She earned her credentialing as a VTS (Dentistry) in 2006. Currently, she is self-employed as a consultant, trainer, and educator for technicians in veterinary dentistry. Jeanne instructs for the BAS VT program in dentistry at St. Petersburg College. She edited and published the book Small Animal Dental Procedures for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, published by Wiley-Blackwell.

Jeanne is a founding member and former president of the Academy of Veterinary Dental Technicians, a NAVTA Specialty Group which mentors, trains and certifies credentialed technicians to be specialists in dentistry.


  Brandy Tabor, BS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

A native of Colorado, Brandy graduated from Colorado State University in the spring of 2003 with a BS in Equine Sciences. While attending CSU, she worked as a nurse's assistant in the Critical Care Unit at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Here, she learned just how far you can go with a career as a veterinary technician. She enrolled in Front Range Community College in Loveland, CO, graduating in 2005. Brandy then moved to Parker, CO where she currently works as a senior emergency and critical care technician. She had the honor of becoming a member of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Technicians in 2008.

Brandy has a passion for writing and has written several papers for Today's Veterinary Practice, Veterinary Nursing Journal, Today's Veterinary Technician, and Veterinary Technician. She is also a contributor in the 5th edition of Review Questions and Answers for Veterinary Technicians. In addition she is the current chair of the AVECCT Credentials Committee.

Brandy currently lives with two birds, two cats, and two dogs.


  Deena Tiches, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Tiches is a northern Virginia native, but currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, dog, two cats, a donkey, and a horse. She received her veterinary degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. Her small animal internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists was followed by a neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She remained there as a clinical instructor until achieving board certification.

Dr. Tiches was in private practice in Maryland and Virginia for 16 years before forming Neurowebvet.com, an online consulting website for general practitioners. She enjoys training veterinary students, interns, and residents as well as educating veterinarians and pet owners. Her areas of interest are epilepsy and encephalitis. In her free time, she does eventing with her Thoroughbred mare.


  Cathy Trebold, CVT, LVT

Cathy graduated from Bel- Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. She started her career with Banfield as a technician, then a Hospital Director, and finally as Field Trainer. The family relocated and she started a new career path, entering the world of Vet Tech education.

She taught for 5 years at an onsite Vet Tech program in Omaha, NE and 3 years with a Distance Learning Program in Dallas. She is very passionate about this field and loves sharing that passion and knowledge with her students. Training and educating have always been in her blood.

Cathy went back to small animal medicine with Banfield Pet Hospital in 2012 as a Practice Manager. She currently runs two hospitals and does extensive training and development for her market in Colorado

Cathy is married to an Air Force officer and moves around quite a bit. She currently lives outside of Colorado Springs, CO. Cathy, and her husband Brian, have three daughters that keep them quite busy. She also has 3 Labrador Retrievers- Buddy, Dexter and Penny.


  Rebeccah Vaughan, CVT, VTS (Anesthesia) (Clinical Practice- canine/feline)

Becky Vaughan is a Certified Veterinary Technician and a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Anesthesia/Analgesia and in Clinical Practice - Canine/Feline. After graduating from Manor College in Jenkintown, PA in 2002, Becky's career has taken her to General Practice and Specialty Surgery, Radiology and Dentistry services in Philadelphia, Vermont, and the Chicagoland area in a variety of patient care and leadership roles.

Becky is currently the Technical Supervisor of VCA Aurora Animal Hospital, a 27-doctor teaching hospital comprised of 24-hr Emergency/Critical Care, Specialty Referral Services, and General Practice. She also serves on the Credentials Committee for both the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice and the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists, in addition to being the past Credentials Committee Chair.

Becky has lectured on anesthesia and dentistry topics throughout the US since 2006. She has contributed to magazines and VSPN on a number of topics, as well as being an instructor for VetMedTeam courses. Becky also is part of a Technician and Assistant Task Force for the VCA corporate Medical Operations division in an effort to improve and standardize support staff education nationwide.

Becky has a special interest in critical anesthesia, dentistry, and feline pain management. She shares her home in Downers Grove, IL with her family and pets.


  Liza Wysong Rudolph, BAS, CVT, VTS (CP-Canine/Feline, SAIM)

Liza is a graduate of the Bachelors program in Veterinary Technology at St. Petersburg College and has a special interest in internal medicine, especially regarding patient care, immune mediated diseases, and oncology. She is currently employed as Education and Compliance Coordinator at Saint Francis Veterinary Center in Woolwich Township, New Jersey.

Liza is an active member of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Clinical Practice (AVTCP), Academy of Internal Medicine Veterinary Technicians (AIMVT), and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA). She enjoys providing education and training to veterinary technicians by traditional lecturing, online continuing education opportunities, and publishing informational articles.

She likes to spend her spare time gardening, reading, or watching films. Liza also has an Australian Cattle Dog to keep her busy at home.