Practice Management Weekend

Now On-Demand | 17 Hours of RACE & CVPM Approved CE

Keynote Speaker: Shawn Achor

Harvard Researcher | Bestselling Author of The Happiness Advantage

Is there a connection between happiness and success? Shawn Achor is the world’s leading expert on the topic. His acclaimed TED Talk, The Happy Secret to Better Work, has been seen by over 22,000 people around the world, and his two books, The Happiness Advantage and Before Happiness, took The New York Times bestseller list by storm. Having spent over a decade at Harvard University as the Head Teaching Fellow in Positive Psychology, Achor bridges the gap between happiness psychology research and what it means for the workforce and individuals alike.

Achor has spoken in dozens countries to a wide variety of audiences including a third of the Fortune 100 companies, the NFL, the Pentagon and the U.S. Treasury. In 2007, he founded Good Think Inc., an organization that believes “research should be lived.” His work has received attention from the likes of The Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR, and he was the subject of a two hour interview with Oprah Winfrey.


Dr. Dave Nicol

Dr Dave Nicol is the founder of VetX International where he spends most of his time teaching vets how to thrive in practice and practice owners how to lead teams effectively.

He is a veterinary business expert, author, award winning speaker and insanely prolific content producer! This content list includes, three books, most recently the best-selling, So You’re A Vet…Now What? - a manifesto on how to survive as a veterinarian after graduation.  Two podcasts and an IGTV show – The Freewheelin’ Vet Q&A Show and Blunt Dissection Podcast - a monthly conversation about success with the rock stars of veterinary medicine (which combined have been played or downloaded nearly quarter of a million times!)

He is also an occasional CEO having held senior leadership positions in veterinary and media organisations and now advises many of the vet worlds’ most successful organisations on how to manage their people.


To learn more about his work and access all of his content (the vast majority of which is free), or to get in touch visit

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Bash Halow

New York-based, Bash Halow is a graduate of the College of
William and Mary, a certified veterinary practice manager,
and a licensed veterinary technician. As a veterinary
business advisor and a veteran practice manager with more
than 20 years of experience, Mr. Halow has helped dozens of
veterinary hospitals understand how to build stronger teams
and responsibly and ethically grow their businesses. He is a
a frequent contributor to Veterinary Economics, DVM 360, and
AAHA Trends. He is a member of the American Animal
Hospital Association, the Pennsylvania VMA, founder and
member of the New Jersey Veterinary Hospital Management
Association, founder of the Big Apple Veterinary
Management Association in New York City, and proud
member of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association.
In addition to his phone- booth sized NYC apartment that he
uses to transform himself into Super Bash whenever peril in
the veterinary world strikes, he has a farm in Northeast Pa
that’s home to bugs, birds, chickens, and honey bees. A
question about any of these denizens is sure to delight him,
so start formulating your thoughts now.

Dr. Shirin Modaresi 

Shirin Modaresi is a small animal veterinarian, originally from Rock Hill, SC.  She graduated in 2010 from UGA CVM (Go Dawgs!) and worked in private practice for 4 years in GA before moving to an industry position in Charlotte, NC.  She and her husband, Gabriel, started her plant-based cooking channel on YouTube while in quarantine because they needed something fun to do together.  Gabriel is the videographer, sound-nazi, and editor while Shirin is the creator, dumpling-master, and vegan chef.  When they aren't cooking and editing silly videos, Shirin and Gabriel love to spend time with their two boys, Cyrus and Kai (12 and 10), and their menagerie, currently consisting of 3 cats and 1 dog plus or minus a few foster kittens.

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Michael T. Robbins, DVM

Michael T. Robbins, DVM received his veterinary medical degree in 2015 from the University of Tennessee and completed a rotating internship at the BluePearl Veterinary Hospital in Louisville, KY. This was followed by a residency in small animal clinical nutrition at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and he is currently waiting to sit his specialty board exam. He then stayed on with the Clinical Nutrition Service for 7 months following his residency to further hone his skills prior to accepting the position of Scientific Communications Specialist with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. His current responsibilities with Hill’s are to deliver education to veterinary staff, students, and those involved with Hill’s tours; provide technical support to Hill’s Veterinary Consultation Service; assist with review of technical documents; support the execution and development of digital education and social media strategy; and build relationships with Key Thought Leaders.


Eric D. Garcia

IT Expert. Digital Marketer. Industry Thought Leader. When it comes to helping veterinary practices streamline their technology and attract and retain clients, Eric Garcia has a proven track record of educating the industry and producing results. Eric is an IT and Digital Marketing consultant working exclusively with veterinary practices. In addition to a long list of satisfied clients, Garcia’s work has been recognized throughout the industry. Eric is an active advisory board member with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and marketing columnist for Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication. He speaks regularly at conferences all throughout the world. Eric was voted as VMX 2020 Speaker of the Year by attendees.

Denise Tumblin

Denise Tumblin

Denise Tumblin, owner of WTA Veterinary Consultants,
provides management, valuation, and transition services to
independently-owned veterinary practices across the U.S.
Her company co-authors the Well-Managed Practice®
Benchmarks Study, and Denise is the co-founder and
facilitator of the WellMP® Management Groups.
I grew up on a farm, where I learned the value of a strong work ethic, the importance of family and friends, awe for the beauty of Mother Nature, and a deep and abiding love and respect for animals. I have been blessed to find a career that gives me the opportunity to work with professionals who ensure the health and well-being of the animals so dear to me. I love helping practice owners identify their challenges and opportunities and create a plan to achieve their goals. It’s a privilege and gives me the satisfaction of knowing I’m helping the entire superhero veterinary team and the patients they serve. My current favorite quote: “No one is you and that is your superpower” -

Dr. Steve Noonan

Dr. Steve Noonan has worked with most of the multi-national pharmaceutical companies either as a key opinion leader or as a small contractor. He has lectured to veterinary students all over the world and coached over 100 hours in the veterinary student communication labs. Twenty-five years of clinical practice culminated in the formation of a 12 hospital partnership and the directorship of an ultramodern 15,000 square foot hospital in Nova Scotia. He started one of the first emergency clinics in Canada and was chairman of the board for 7 years. Steve has worked with dozens of clients as a management consultant involving on-going dialogue with veterinarians about their concerns and issues. In 2008 Noonan ‘burned out’. Suffering from a severe physical and mental breakdown, he left active practice. He sought strategies and tools to heal himself permanently and immersed himself in their study. He studied stress management extensively through Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) courses, completing 2 x 8 week courses and attending multiple workshops with other medical professionals in the US. He is a certified life and executive coach with the prestigious Coaches Training Institute ( ), a process that took 18 months. He is an avid student of positive psychology, a branch of the science that studies methodologies to improve the human condition and help people flourish.  He has taken online courses at Berkely and knows about the evidence behind the science of positivity and happiness and how this can be used to help the veterinary profession cope with the stresses that threaten our members.

Elaine Blythe, PharmD

Elaine Blythe completed coursework in animal science at Texas Tech University and then received her B.S. degree in pharmacy from Southwestern Oklahoma State University School of Pharmacy in 1992. She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2003 from Creighton University. Dr. Blythe’s area of expertise is educating pharmacy students and veterinary students in veterinary pharmacology. Elaine is an associate professor at St. Matthews University School of Veterinary Medicine on Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean and teaches pharmacology
to the veterinary students on the Island via distance education from her home in the New Mexico. Dr. Blythe is also adjunct faculty at University of Florida College of Pharmacy where she teaches online courses veterinary pharmacy to pharmacy students and pharmacists. In addition to her full-time teaching, Dr. Blythe has over 15 years’ experience in regulatory affairs consulting services for veterinary drug distributors focusing on wholesale drug distribution and state pharmacy licensing requirements.

Becky Blomenkamp

St. Louis, MO, born and raised, Becky is an Animal Science major and graduate of University of Missouri-Columbia.  Go Tigers! Her 16+ year career has been wearing many hats in animal health.  She spent the first decade or so in the roles of Technician,  Practice Manager,  Consultant and Hospital  Administrator for many practices.  Since then she’s had the pleasure of crossing over to the world of distribution and manufacturing.  Most recently in the role of Midwest Regional Sales Consultant for Clipper Distributing who resides in the KC Animal Health Corridor. 

I feel lucky every day to get to continue to work in animal health.  The relationships and lessons I’ve learned along the way have made me proud to be a part of such a unique industry and I cannot imagine life without it….or seem to get away.    My goal is to always be of service to this industry in whatever capacity I can help.

When I’m not elbow deep in the world of all things veterinary related I enjoy just doing life with my family.  My fun-loving husband Keith and I love to do anything outdoors with our children Ainsley(10) and Crosby(7).  Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my 2 hairy trouble makers……Rupert is my Frenchie that snores like a train and Riggins is my Boxer that will forever act like a puppy. 


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