October 20, 2017

Team

Dr. Andrew Loar, DVM, DACVIM (IM and Oncology) – Co-CMO, Co-Founder and ZNHub Lab Director

Andy was raised in a traveling military (USAF) family and moved nearly a dozen times before finishing high school in Atlanta Georgia. He attended McGill University, in Montreal, for his undergraduate studies and graduated from the University of Georgia with his DVM (1979). He completed an internship at Louisiana State University and his residency in oncology at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.

He has served on the clinical staffs at the veterinary schools of Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin, as well as the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Center. He received dual board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM: Internal Medicine {’84} and Oncology {‘94}). He was the first veterinary oncologist to practice in southern California and operated oncology referral clinics in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties from 1985-1995. Dr Loar completed additional training in clinical pathology at Oklahoma State University.

In 2000, after returning to the Animal Medical Center (NY) as staff clinical cytologist, he subsequently co-founded ALX Laboratory, a small, ambitious commercial reference pathology laboratory in Manhattan, which was purchased by IDEXX in 2011. From 2012 until 2017 he was the clinical laboratory director and consulting cytologist at STAT Veterinary Lab, a facility originally created as the in-clinic reference laboratory of the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. Veterinary Specialty Hospital merged with other specialty hospitals in 2015 to become Ethos Veterinary Health, with more than 17 clinics in 6 states and Hong Kong; Dr Loar became VP of Laboratories for Ethos Veterinary Health. In 2016 he implemented a second core veterinary reference laboratory for Ethos in the Boston area.

During his more than 30 years in various veterinary diagnostic spaces he has served as a cytologist and oncology/internal medicine consultant at Veterinary Reference Laboratories, Professional Animal Laboratory (now ANTECH), IDEXX Laboratories, Ethos Diagnostics and Animal Reference Pathology (ARP).  Andy recently moved to Louisville, KY to oversee all clinical operations of the ZNHub.  He is otherwise a frequent world traveler, has many fine leather-bound books and knows people you know.


Dr. David Gardiner, DVM, MS, DACVP – Co-CMO, Chief Pathology Officer and Co-Founder

Dr. Gardiner, AKA DG1, received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from Cornell University and completed his veterinary anatomic pathology residency and Masters of Science (MS) degree at Colorado State University and is board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. After pathology residency training, Dr Gardiner dove head first into surgical pathology at IDEXX Laboratories West Sacramento lab and eventually became the regional head of anatomic pathology for Canada and the western United States for IDEXX.  Wanting to try and do things a different way in the veterinary diagnostic lab industry, with Mr Smith (ZNLabs CFO), Dr. Gardiner and Mr. Smith purchased the Animal Reference Pathology (www.animalreferencepathology.com)  division of ARUP Laboratories.

The idea for ZNLabs developed out of running Animal Reference Pathology, interactions with Dr Loar (ZNLabs Co-CMO), Mr Gersholowitz (ZNLabs CEO) and a desire to offer veterinarians a viable 3rd option in the veterinary reference laboratory space. No one was doing anything about it and despite prior unsuccessful attempts (AVRL), we decided to make it happen.

A member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology, Dr Gardiner is particularly interested in pathology laboratory management, ocular pathology, dermatopathology, and oncologic pathology. Dr. Gardiner is an adjunct professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Utah State University where Animal Reference Pathology sponsors an annual veterinary spelling bee. Close your eyes and can you spell intussusception?


Sina Broadbent, MLT (ASCP) – Laboratory Technician, Louisville

Sina earned her A.A.S. in Medical Assisting in 2011 & her A.A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technology in 2017.  Prior to working in the lab, she spent three years as a Veterinary Assistant for a local animal hospital.  She started out in the lab as a Phlebotomist, eventually working her way up to Specimen Processor and then Send Outs Lab Technician for one of the largest hospitals in Kentucky.  Sina feels that working for ZNLabs is the perfect opportunity to merge her passion for animals with her love for laboratory science.

Sina was born & raised in Kentucky & currently resides just across the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, IN.  She’s a proud mom to two boys, 9 year old Drayton & 2 year old Oberyn.   In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, calligraphy, walking her two dogs, and wedding planning with her fiancé.


Tanner Backus, BS – Laboratory Technician, Boise

Tanner grew up in various cities between Utah and Idaho, but has lived in Boise for 9 years. He received his Bachelors degree in Biology from Boise State in 2016, and have been in the veterinary field for almost 6 years, one of which has been the lab.

He loves to get outdoors when He’s not working, with his goldens Sullivan and Willow as well as his family. Fishing is his favorite hobby, along with camping, hiking, and snowshoeing. If he’s not outside, you can find Tanner just hanging out at home playing guitar or watching Disney movies.

 


Morgan Forbess-Duby, MLT (AMT) – Laboratory Technician, Louisville

Morgan got her start in the medical field when she joined the US Army as a Combat Medic. She served eight years in the Army Reserves. She graduated in 2015 from Spencerian College with her A.A.S Medical Laboratory Technician. Her love for animals brought her to ZNLabs in 2018.

She is from Brighton, TN and moved to the Louisville, KY area in 2010. She is married with two stepsons, Dakota and Ethan. She currently lives in Shepherdsville, KY with her husband, Brandon, and their four dogs, Tweeter, Joules, Brutus, and Sadie. In her spare time, she teachs a night phlebotmy course at her alma mater. She enjoys doing anything outdoors, spending time with her family and dogs, and just relaxing when she has time.


Dave Gersholowitz, MBA – CEO and Co-Founder

Dave, AKA DG2, is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but has never been on a safari or in a single gold mine.  Rather, after a few attempts, his family moved to the US to pursue the American Dream.  Cue “Out Of Africa” Theme…

DG2 entered the veterinary field in 2005 when he joined BluePearl Veterinary Partners to launch a large practice in NYC.  Working with an amazing team of doctors and staff, DG2 grew the NY Region into one of the largest Specialty and Emergency practices in the country.  In 2011, DG2 transitioned into the COO role for BluePearl and was instrumental in BluePearl’s growth to over 60 locations in 20 states. Then Mars came knocking…

In early 2017, Dave joined Andy Loar, Dave Gardiner and Everett Smith to pursue the next great thing, which is of course veterinary diagnostics. The four musketeers came together to create ZNLabs Veterinary Diagnostics with a simple goal – revolutionize the veterinary laboratory field.  We’re working on it! 😊

DG2 is married and lives with his wife and two not-so-tiny kids in sunny Tampa, Florida. They share their place with their three dogs, Ollie, Fiona, and Kenny.  DG2 earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from USF and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.


Dr. Suzanne Whitaker, DVM, MS – Director of Veterinary Relationships

Dr. Suzanne Whitaker graduated with an undergraduate Biology degree.  For graduate school she attended The Ohio-State University where first she first completed a Masters Degree in Animal Science followed by a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.  After veterinary school she moved to Missouri to complete a one year small animal general practice internship at The University of Missouri.  After her internship was complete she stayed on staff as part of the general practice faculty. A few years later a move to Florida allowed her to practice general medicine in private practice for 13 years prior to joining the ZNLabs family.

In her free time, Dr. Whitaker spends time with her family and menagerie of pets.  She also enjoys spending time outdoors, running, and hiking.


Julie S. King, BS, CVT – Veterinary Technician, Boise

Julie is a certified veterinary technician who works at ZNLabs, Boise. She attended the College of Southern Idaho and graduated with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology in 2004.  She has held such titles as Lead Technician and Clinic Manager.  In 2008 she joined WestVet as an Emergency and Critical Care Technician and in 2010 joined the Brown Mackie College Veterinary Technology Program where she worked as the Laboratory Instructor for six years. She is excited to work for ZNLabs!

Her professional interests include hematology and dentistry.  She is a member of NAVTA and the ISVTA.  Future goals include working towards a VTS in clinical pathology and making the ZNLabs the best place to work.

She enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, singing her own words to songs and of course caring for her menagerie of pets which include: Her four cats named Poe, Annabelle Lee, Ink, and Olive, the family dog Leo, her beta fish Kevin, and assisting in the care of, but never handling the tarantula Sansa.


Dr. Amy Miller, DVM, MS, DACVP – Director of Cytology & Clinical Pathology, Dallas

Dr. Amy Miller grew up in Mandeville, Louisiana and received a BA in mass communications from LSU.  After working for a short time in local radio and management, Dr. Miller decided to pursue her lifetime passion for veterinary medicine. She graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004.  After veterinary school, she worked as a small and exotic animal veterinarian for 2 years in Fort Collins and Boulder Colorado.  During her time in general veterinary practice, she developed an interest in clinical pathology, especially diagnostic cytology.  She was accepted into a combined Clinical Pathology and master’s degree program at CSU in 2006 and completed the program in 2009.  Dr. Miller founded CytoVet in 2011 after recognizing a need for more comprehensive and personalized cytology services within the local veterinary community. CytoVet expanded to serve numerous veterinary hospitals in the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex as well as many other hospitals throughout the country.  Amy is thrilled to partner with ZNLabs to take the next step and launch a new, full service veterinary laboratory in Dallas, Texas!

While Dr. Miller enjoys all aspects of clinical pathology, diagnostic cytopathology is her area of specialty.  She also has an interest in hematology and diagnostic immunology. She has published several articles and case reports in the field of clinical pathology.  When she is not spending time with her family, you can find her running, cooking or curled up with a good book.


Megan Gonterman – Laboratory Support, Louisville

Megan earned her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015. She has two years of experience in the veterinary laboratory field, with prior experience working as a Veterinary Assistant for a local animal hospital. Prior to that, she spent seven years at UPS WorldPort as a package handler and ramp associate.
Megan was excited to join the ZNLabs crew stating, “Science has always been a passion of mine, along with animals. Being able to find the perfect balance between the two just makes my days worthwhile. I love coming in to work knowing I’m helping animals around the country.” Megan was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She’s a proud owner to her fur baby Alula, her three-year-old kitty. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, painting, exploring new places, going to the movies, trying new foods, and playing with her cat. She loves Disney, art, music, and desserts of all kinds.


Everett Smith, MBA – CFO and Co-Founder

Everett Smith is a business professional with more than 15 years experience in corporate accounting and finance working for Fortune 500 companies in the high tech and medical device industries. As a collaborative team member in a variety of leadership roles at health care products provider Covidien, Everett established an exemplary track record in forecasting, planning and analysis, acquisition integration, investment analysis, and pricing. Management responsibilities included financial reporting for Covidien’s Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions global business unit and the US Patient Monitoring division. Everett holds a B.S. in accounting from the University of Utah and earned an MBA at the University of Denver.


Monica Garcia, BSBA – Laboratory Technician, Dallas

Monica is a small-town Texas girl that graduated with her associates in science from Brookhaven College. After college Monica realized she had a passion for animals and decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. Within the eight years of assisting doctors and helping save animals Monica also graduated with her business degree from the University of North Texas. She’s excited to incorporate her business knowledge and love for animals to help revolutionize the Veterinary Diagnostic field for animals and people.

You can find Monica and her coydog Betsy hiking (backpacking) mountains across the US, and back in her home town running and enjoying “!!CROSSFIT!!”.   Boomer Sooner!!


 Juan Pablo Svencionis, MS – Manager, Molecular and Microbiology Services

Juan Pablo was born in Canton Ohio, but was raised in Argentina, hence the accent.  He started showing interest in Biology, particularly DNA, at a young age and that made him pursue a degree in the field.  He graduated in 2011 from the University of Buenos Aires, with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with an orientation in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.  With a degree and limited options in Argentina, he decided to come back to the US to pursue a Master’s Degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Southern Illinois University.  He was introduced to veterinary diagnostics at a large dairy farm where he developed a passion for fast and quality lab results. As soon as he learned about ZNLabs he jumped at the opportunity to join an awesome team and begin the revolution of veterinary diagnostics.  In fact, Juan is ZNLabs’ first employee and a proud shareholder 🙂

Juan is happily married to Ayelen and the proud dad of Oliver. When he gets time, he enjoys fly fishing (although it is generally less about catching fish and more about him looking sharp in a pair of waders).


  Sydney Partee-Bell – ZNMaster (AKA Customer Support Specialist)

Sydney earned her Associates Degree in Business Management in 2010.  She has over five years of experience in the veterinary field working as both a client service specialist and a veterinary assistant for a couple of animal hospitals in Louisville.  After working for both human and animal doctors, Sydney found her passion was in the veterinary world (the patients were generally much happier to see her!).

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Sydney is a big University of Louisville Cardinals fan, and enjoys watching her team play both football and basketball.  She enjoys spending time with her two children, Malachai and Mykah, and two dogs, Gus the Boxer and Blue the French Bulldog.


  Jorge Laffitte – Project Manager

Jorge moved to Florida from Puerto Rico (and Florida is about as far north as he can stand, since it gets so cold in Tampa!).  He studied business and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Management.  After graduation Jorge began his career in a leadership role for the retail industry and was known for his strong team building skills, get-it-done attitude and increasing sales in five stores in the Tampa area.  Eager to continue to learn he moved over to the medical field and obtained a degree in PST/Paramedic while working in a (human) emergency room.

In his free time, Jorge loves being with his wife and four kids who keep him busy.  He also enjoys four wheeling when he needs a little break from family time 😊.  Jorge follows a simple life philosophy, to quote Paul Walker:   “The journey is more important to me now.  There’s no guarantee, no matter what.  We get one run in life”


 Matt Schuman, BS, MBA, ASCP – VP, Lab Operations

Matt has more than 25 years of experience in the laboratory field serving in a variety of roles from technician to supervisor to president. He has worked in small and large hospitals and reference laboratories for both humans and our animal friends. Originally from Nebraska (and a Husker fan through and through), Matt received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1989 and a Medical Technology Degree from the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 1993.  He earned a Master of Business Administration in 2013 from Benedictine College.  Matt began his career in an Arizona hospital and proceeded to enjoy all the adventures the desert southwest had to offer, living in both Arizona and Nevada, for almost 20 years. In 2011, Matt moved to the Kansas City area where he lives now with his wife and grown children.

And one very cute, fluffy dog named Murphy 🙂


 Ashley Lee, BA – Marketing Manager

Ashley’s life started much like many other military brats; moving from city to city, never quite convincing her family to take the cool deployments overseas, and picking up an alarmingly robust collection of accents. Eventually her nomadic lifestyle landed her in California where she discovered her love for all things tea and beach related. Earning her Bachelor’s at California State University Chico in 2013 she dove head first into the wonderful world or marketing and graphic design and eventually settled down in Florida to be closer to her mother and their much loved dogs, Jack and Daisy.
With seven years of marketing and graphic design experience, and a love for animals that has spanned her entire life, Ashley is excited to bring her portfolio of (ninja) skills to the table and help the ZNLabs team reach new heights. When not hard at work masterminding marketing strategies Ashley can often be found eating her weight in tacos or chasing after other peoples dogs to the pet them.


Jeanette Abeyta-Pfaff, Implementation Specialist

Jeanette Abeyta-Pfaff has over 13 years of experience in the veterinary field, including the last three years managing ARP’s clinical lab in Salt Lake City (she currently splits her time :).  Prior to this she spent seven years with Antech Diagnostics, including running their Las Vegas lab and opening several Antech locations

A graduate of the University of Utah (B.A.) and the Utah Career College (A.S. in Veterinary Technology), Jeanette has a passion for animals that translates into a simple and friendly philosophy: “As ZNLabs grows to serve veterinarians nationwide, it’s imperative that we never forget what lies at the heart of our business – the animals for whom we provide care,” she said. “Our model is to ensure that we treat each and every sample with the same level of care we would if it came from our own pet.”

In her current role as Implementation SpecialistJeanette is responsible for ensuring a consistent standard of service and practice across all ZNLabs locations.  Jeanette currently resides in Salt Lake City with her husband, Marques, and their dachshund, Hefe.  Apart from animals, she maintains a passion for musical theater, and is an avid baseball fan.


 Paul Greenman, BA – ZNware Guru (AKA, Director of IT Systems)

Paul created (actually wrote) the DVMAX practice management system in the 1990’s and grew it into an installed base of over 1000 practices.  DVMAX was acquired by Idexx Labs, Inc., in 2012 and Paul worked with Idexx for two years to integrate the software and DVMAX team into the Corporate World.  We try not to hold this against him! 😉  Paul has since worked on a range of products and projects at the intersection of veterinary medicine and computer software, supporting the clinical practice, corporate vendor, and research realms of the profession.

Paul created the first automated lab integration in DVMAX the early 1990’s and has worked on a range of integration projects ever since. He is leading the ZNLabs integration work into most common PIMS along with newer online systems.  Paul is also supporting numerous other ZNLabs projects, with a focus on software and IT-related ways to make ZNLabs better (ie, simpler, friendlier and more fair!).

Paul holds a BA in Physics from Lafayette College and lived in New York City for most of his life. Several years ago Paul moved to San Diego where he enjoys the sunny climate, hikes in the nearby hills, and time with his wife & the kids who are still home (college age and older) and a furry stable of six dogs and cats.


Katherine Gailbreath DVM, PHD, Dipl. ACVP – Anatomic Pathologist, Boise

In 2004, Dr. Gailbreath graduated from Washington State University’s (WSU) Veterinary Medicine program. She then completed the combined Veterinary Anatomic Pathology Residency and Ph.D. program at WSU in 2010.  Her research focused on immunology and infectious disease, specifically on malignant catarrhal fever in American bison. In 2011, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists.  She has been active in a variety of professional organizations including the Idaho Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the Wildlife Disease Association, and the Western Conference of Veterinary Pathology Diagnostic Pathologists.

Dr. Gailbreath reviews a variety of surgical pathology cases but has a special interest in dermatohistopathology, hepatic pathology, and oncologic pathology.  With respect to dermatophistopathology, She has worked with Dr. Thelma Lee Gross on numerous challenging dermatology cases and is an active member of the International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology.  In addition to the learning opportunities provided by researching and discussing diagnostic cases withe clinical dermatologist and other pathologists, she also receives the Journal of Veterinary Dermatology and enjoys keeping current on new developments in the field.

Dr. Gailbreath enjoys living in the northwest and regularly hikes, skis, swims, and bikes with her family which includes (but is not limited to) two rowdy step-kids, one young daughter and one old cat.


 Adam Gersholowitz, BS (started…) – ZNintern

Adam is ZNLabs first intern.  We are still trying to figure out how he heard about ZNLabs (such a coincidence on the last name…😉).  Adam is a science and computer geek at heart, so has taken naturally to the lab environment.  He helps out wherever needed, including helping get new technology in place, solving technical and customer challenges and scavenging around the lab for stray candy.

Adam is working on a BS in Chemistry at the University of Florida.  He just started classes in Gainesville, but is excited to continue working with ZNLabs in a remote capacity (at least until we open a lab nearby).  In his spare time, Adam loves online gaming and skating (he’s working on his moving ollie).


Jessica Perry – Veterinary Technician, Boise

Jessica was born in Southern California and loves the beach and sunshine. Summer is here favorite time of year! She has a 4 year old son named Miles, who loves the beach and animals as much as she does. They have a cat, a turtle, and numerous wild creatures they feed. Chandler is her mischievous cat, Alex is Mile’s turtle, and they cant remember all the names they’ve given all the other wild creatures.

She has been a veterinary technician for 3 years and has been working in the laboratory at WestVet for 6 months. She’s a Leo, for all you fellow zodiac connoisseurs out there!

 


Michael Luna, MLT  – Veterinary Technician, Dallas

Michael earned his Associates in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology in 2013 and was certified in 2016. In 1996 he became a Registered Veterinary Technician.

He brings to ZNLabs 12 years of laboratory experience, as well as 12 years of Veterinary Technician experience. His love of animals has kept him in the Veterinary field in one aspect or the other for the last 24 years.

He has a teen-aged daughter, and a toddler son which keeps him very busy along with three dogs and two lizards and a fish. He’s been married for 20 years. He much prefers riding his motorcycle than driving in a car and he has lived in Texas all his life and in Dallas for the last 34 years. The time he’s spent with his family is usually outside where they are either bike riding, shooting, or enjoying nature.

 


Elizabeth Cienava, DVM, DACVP – Veterinary Clinical Pathologist & Laboratory Director, Boise

Elizabeth Cienava, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology (DACVP), serves as Director of the WestVet Diagnostic Laboratory. As a board certified veterinary pathologist, Dr. Cienava has the distinction of being one of only 1700 professionals worldwide.

As an upstate New York native, she completed a Bachelor of Science from State University of New York at Oswego. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida, followed by a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital and Referral Center in South Weymouth, MA. It was during this time that she met her future husband, Tad Squires, DVM. He works as a small animal practitioner at Hendricks Veterinary Hospital. In 2004 Dr. Cienava completed a three-year residency in Veterinary Clinical Pathology at Texas A&M University. Following residency, she worked as a clinical pathology instructor at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Georgia and served as a contract pathologist for IDEXX Laboratories in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Cienava has received a number of honors including the C.L. Davis, DVM Foundation Award for Scholarship in Veterinary Pathology, 2004, and the L.P. Jones Pathology Memorial Resident Award, 2004. As a pathologist, Dr. Cienava has the unique situation of interacting with veterinarians, specialists, and patients.

She and her husband have three amazing—and very busy—children and active dogs.


Greta Tollefson, MLS (ASCP) CM – Veterinary Technician, Boise

Greta has worked in the veterinary field since 2003. After graduating from the University of Idaho (B.S. Microbiology) she miraculously found a job in her field as a diagnostic microbiologist at the U of I Caine Veterinary Teaching Center, serving Idaho’s livestock industry and giving hands-on experience to large animal veterinary students.

Having discovered the joy of laboratory medicine, Greta got a degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Idaho State University and got her certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in 2011. Greta joined the laboratory team in 2012, and has enjoyed meeting the challenges of an emergency veterinary hospital.

Greta is an Idaho native and lives in Boise with her husband, Wes, and 3 cats: Isis, Newt and Quercus. You won’t find many pictures of all of them together, because herding cats is hard.