Board of Directors

2015-16 American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians Officers & Board of Directors

President (2014-2016):  Dr. Gregg Takashima
The Parkway Veterinary Hospital
35 W. Monroe Parkway, Suite Y
Lake Oswego, OR 97035

Takashima_20Gregg Takashima, DVM, is a small animal companion practitioner and human-animal bond advocate who is currently President of GKT Enterprises, PC, which operates Parkway Veterinary Hospital (nine-doctor practice) in Lake Oswego, OR. Dr. Takashima is also Past President of AAHA.

Dr. Takashima has been active in Pet Partners for many years and is Past President of Pet Partners/Delta Society. He is also Past President of the Portland VMA and Dove Lewis Emergency and Critical Care Hospital. In 2011, Dr. Takashima received the 2011 Oregon Veterinary Practitioner of the Year award.

His personal statement includes the following: “We are in interesting times, where the importance of collaboration and the “world view” are more important than ever.  We can no longer act alone as veterinarians, an association or as a profession… What we do impacts many, as we are impacted by what others do.” Dr. Takashima has traveled extensively, especially in Asia and North America, giving presentations on the human-animal bond and standards of care.

President-Elect (2014-2016):  G. Timothy Lee, DVM
27 S. Creedmoor Way
Anderson, Indiana 46011
P: 765-621-0830

timTimothy Lee, DVM, is a 1964 graduate of Purdue University. After graduation he spent two years in the Air Force as a base veterinarian before returning to Indiana to practice for the next 47 years.  He retired from the practice he started in 1971 in March of 2013 but then returned to practice part time in Indianapolis.  His personal practice has been limited to surgery since 1984, focusing on orthopedics and neurosurgery.He has served on civic boards and the board of a local hospital in addition to serving AAHA as treasurer for 5 years.Interests outside of veterinary medicine include travel in Europe and the Caribbean and photography.


Treasurer (2014-2016):  Rod Jouppi, DVM
Walden Animal Hospital
11 White Road
Lively, Ontario
Canada, P3Y 1M4


Rod Jouppi, DVM, graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 1978. He is co-owner of a five veterinarian small animal hospital in Northern Ontario, Canada and is also the founder and president of Wild at Heart, a wildlife refuge center, which treats all indigenous wildlife of northern Ontario. Dr. Jouppi is the Director of the Animal Research Facility and University veterinarian at Laurentian University in Sudbury Ontario and is assistant professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine where he focuses on zoonotic disease.

Dr. Jouppi is very involved with animal welfare issues. His clinic works very closely with all animal charities in the Sudbury area and he works with remote fly-in First Nation communities on James Bay setting up spay/neuter clinics as well as consulting in areas of animal care and control and related public health issues. Rod is the current chair of the Animal Ethics and Welfare committee at the American Animal Hospital Association,  a member of the Animal Welfare Committee at the American Veterinary medical Association and a member of the WSAVA Animal Welfare & Wellness Committee.  “I may wear many hats but really, my main job is being an animal advocate”

Secretary (2014-2016):  Shea Cox, DVM
Bridge Veterinary Services @ PETS Referral Center
1048 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
510-779-2744 (“BRIG”)

shea.aahabvShea Cox, DVM, began her career by pursuing degrees in Fine Arts as well as Registered Nursing.  She later shifted from the human side of medicine and obtained her Veterinary Medical degree from Michigan State University in 2001. After spending over a decade in an emergency and critical care setting, she felt a pull back to her nursing roots, and began providing in home hospice care and end of life services for pets.  This metamorphosis and growth in her career has been the most personally and professionally rewarding experience as it enables her to fully support the human-animal bond during one of the most important times in the relationship with our pets.

Immediate Past President (2014-2016): Dr. Emilia Wong Gordon
Columbia SPCA Manager, Animal Health for the British 
Vancouver, BC, Canada

EmiliaandSoloEmilia Gordon, DVM, currently serves as Manager, Animal Health for the British Columbia SPCA. In addition to operating animal shelters and facilities across the province that rescue nearly 30,000 animals per year, the BC SPCA runs a number of programs that improve the health of domestic, farm, and wild animals in BC. Dr. Gordon has been on the AAH-ABV Board since 2008 and served as President since 2012.

Dr. Gordon previously worked as Medical Director of the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (BEBHS). BEBHS runs an animal shelter and also offers other community support services. She currently volunteers at Charlie’s (operated by the BC SPCA), a veterinary clinic and pet food bank for homeless and low-income clients of Vancouver’s Downtown East Side.  She also served for seven years on the Advisory Committee for Veterinary Street Outreach Services, a mobile veterinary outreach project supporting homeless San Franciscans.

Dr. Gordon’s clinical interests include shelter medicine, infectious disease, internal medicine, and behaviour.  She is very interested in human-animal bond research, especially concerning the health benefits of pets and role of pets in disadvantaged families/ stigmatized populations.   Dr. Gordon believes that veterinarians serve a key role as stewards of and advocates for the human-animal bond.

Director at Large/ Ex-Officio Newsletter Editor (2013-2016):  Laura Baltodano, DVM
Easley Animal Hospital
8741 Loop 171
Pampa, TX 79065
O: 806-665-7188

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALaura Baltodano, DVM, graduated from Washington State University in May of 2013. During her first semester of veterinary school, she took the Pet Loss and Human Bereavement course and was a volunteer for the WSU Pet Loss Hotline. She was invited to become a weekly coordinator for the Pet Loss Hotline and ultimately became the manager. Throughout her entire career as a veterinary student, she had the opportunity to gain insight into pet owner’s needs through her extensive communications with them via the Pet Loss Hotline and in a clinical setting.  Additionally, Dr. Baltodano was very active in her AAHA chapter as president-elect and president. During that time, she developed and instituted a Clinical Skills Training program to help her colleagues get more hands-on experience prior to their clinical year. Because of her efforts, she was awarded the AAHA Anna E. Worth Student Leadership Award in April of 2013.

Dr. Baltodano is currently working as an Associate Veterinarian at Easley Animal Hospital in Pampa, TX. She is a huge proponent of the human-animal bond. In August 2013, she recorded an End-of-Life webinar series that discusses the human-animal bond and end-of-life care. Additionally, she will be speaking on this topic at the AVMA Conference in Denver in July 2014.

Dr. Baltodano serves on the AAH-ABV board of directors and is the editor-in-chief of the newsletter.

Director at Large (2013-2016):  Mary Craig, DVM, MBA
Founder, President
Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice
& At-home Euthanasia
65 High Ridge Rd, #183
Stamford, CT 06905

HS w Guinness 5Mary Craig, DVM, is the owner of Gentle Goodbye Veterinary Hospice & At-home Euthanasia. She founded this innovative practice to help people say goodbye to their pets in a way that honors the relationship, commitment and amazing bond clients have, often making the loss easier and providing space to grieve.

Prior to starting her practice, Dr. Craig worked for nearly ten years at Pfizer Animal Health in Marketing and Strategy.  She also founded a management firm, CraigWorks Consulting, where she consulted with hundreds of veterinary practices to help them grow.  She has contributed to Veterinary Economics, the British journal In Practice, and other publications and has lectured nationally to veterinarians and students.

Dr. Craig is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.  In addition she earned an MBA in Marketing & Strategy and a BS in Animal Science. After graduation from veterinary school she worked in private practice in Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin and now New England.

Mary is also on the boards of Pet Partners, an organization that helps people live healthier, happier lives through human-animal interactions as well as board member for the non-profit Fidelco Foundation, New England’s only guide dog school. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband, Michael Moore, dog Guinness and cat Pixel.

Director at Large (2012-2015):  Laird Goodman, DVM
Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital
14831 SW Teal Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97007
503-579-3300 (W)

Goodman-16Laird M. Goodman, DVM, CVA, is owner and director of Murrayhill Veterinary Hospital (MVH) in Beaverton, Oregon.  Dr. Goodman received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1983 and a year later was among the first veterinarians in the Pacific Northwest to receive accreditation from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.

In addition to his commitment to the human-animal bond, Dr. Goodman is an active national speaker and participates on numerous prominent advisory and non-profit boards, including Pet Partners. He is a Past President of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association, Portland Veterinary Medical Association, and Oregon Humane Society.  Dr. Goodman was a veterinary consultant and caregiver during the filming of Disney’s Homeward Bound and has been a frequent guest expert on “Good Day Oregon” and other Portland-area radio and television programs. In 1999, Dr. Goodman was recognized as the AAHA Pacific Northwest’s Practitioner of the Year and received the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association Animal Welfare Award.


Director at Large (2015-2018): Beth Boynten, DVM, Professor
Western University of Health Sciences
Pomona, CA

vm11Beth Boynton, DVM, Professor, is a 1980 graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 1990, after 10 years in private practice, she was selected to create a new service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital called “Community Practice”. This service was for primary care, non-referral cases with fourth year students.  Areas emphasized in teaching were communication, human-animal bond, preventative behavior, parasite prevention, and immunizations. She lectured in diverse areas such as pediatrics, geriatrics, canine/feline vaccinations, interview skills, pet selection, and pet loss.  She designed a course called Practice Readiness where third year students were prepped for clinical work with lectures and exercises in teamwork, business economics, communications, resumes, and interviews.  Part of a faculty creative team, she wrote cases that integrated clinical studies with non-technical competencies.  She served on numerous Strategic Planning, Search, Clinical Directorship, and curricular committees in various leadership positions.

In 2003 she was hired as Professor of Wellness and Director of the Hill’s Wellness Center of Western University of Health Sciences (WU) in Pomona, CA.  She saw canine and feline patients with first and second year students, guiding them in skills of bond-centered care in wellness practice. She taught skills for obtaining a thorough history, low-stress animal handling, physical examinations, laboratory diagnostics, record keeping, and client education.  She received the Bayer Veterinary Communication training in 2004, and directs the communication curriculum. In addition she facilitates problem based learning and was Director of the Clinical Skills course for several years.

Her primary research is in measuring changes in student empathy and attitudes towards the underserved across professions and year of study.  She has served on numerous committees including Faculty Advisor for several years on the award winning Humanism Magazine.  She was active on the Board of WU’s Phi Zeta for 6 years.  Since 2009 she has been a developer and liaison for Interprofessional Education where students work collaboratively in One Health and shared competencies such as teamwork, communication, cultural concerns, patient safety and errors, end of life care, and scope of practice.

Dr. Boynton is active in leadership positions for furthering the profession:  She was inducted in 2014 as a Fellow in the National Academies of Practice. She recently served on the AAHA Task Force authoring Canine Lifestage Guidelines, and served/chaired on   AAHA’s Leadership Identification Committee; California Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates, Treasurer of Association of Women Veterinarians Foundation (6 years), and was a founding board member of the Association of Veterinary Family Practice and Primary Care Veterinary Educators (PCVE).  She has continued as Vice Chair of the PCVE and served on AAVMC’s Partners for Healthy Pets task force.   She has served on the California Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates for 8 years. In Minnesota, she served as President-Elect of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), President of the Alumni and Friends Society, and President of the Board of the Academy of Medical Practice, board of Public Health Committee, and Secretary of the Minnesota Veterinary Historical Museum.  She was presented with MVMA’s Outstanding Faculty Award in 2000.


Advisor: Alice Villalobos DVM, DPNAP
President, Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics,
Director, Animal Oncology Consultation Service
Director, Pawspice

Alice&NeoAAlice Villalobos, DVM, won the 2013 California Veterinary Medical Association’s Outstanding Service Award and the renowned Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian Award for her pioneering role in bringing oncology (cancer care) services to companion animals. She is President Emeritus of the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics, Past President of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, the Sierra VMA and Chair of the Veterinary Academy for the National Academies of Practice. She is author of the textbook, Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond, along with numerous articles, papers and chapters. She lectures worldwide on quality of life palliative oncology, end of life care, the human-animal bond and bioethics. She introduced Pawspice which is an end of life care program that embraces kinder, gentler standard cancer care with palliative medicine and transitions to hospice as patients decline. She is Director of Pawspice at VCA Coast Animal Hospital in Hermosa Beach & Animal Oncology Consultation Service at ACCESS in Woodland Hills, CA. Her concierge referral practices provide consultations; integrative cancer therapy and nursing home care services for end-of-life care patients. Go to:,

Advisor:  Dr. John Wright
College of Veterinary medicine
U. of Minnesota, Dept. VCS
C339 Veterinary Hospital
1352 Boyd Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Office: 406.587.2946
M: 651-769-3883

Wright portoraitJohn Wright, DVM, experiences and orientation is that of a general practitioner of dogs, and cats, and he is a former practice owner. Dr. Wright is presently retired from active practice and splits his time between Saint Paul, MN and Ely, MN.  Dr. Wright has been  an adjunct faculty, and visiting veterinarian at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine where he has helped to facilitate student learning on aspects of history taking, physical diagnosis, communication skills  (particularly at the time of death or anticipated death of companion animals), animal behavior, and ethical decision making, among other areas of veterinary practice.  Dr. Wright has been the treasurer of The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics since July of 2003.  Dr. Wright is a member of several veterinary organizations including the AVMA, AAHA,  Minnesota VMA. AVSAB, and ASV.

Dr. Wright has been involved with the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians since becoming a board member in 1997.  He has also served as president and interim executive director.

Student Director at Large (2015-2018):  Rachel McNatt
The Ohio State University

Student Director at Large (2015-2018):  Josie Noah
University of California, Davis

josieJosie Noah is a veterinary student in the UC Davis Class of 2017. Before pursuing veterinary medicine, she had careers as a high school math teacher, and math curriculum publisher. At UC Davis, she founded the Human-Animal Bond Club, bringing supplemental education to her fellow students. She also runs free monthly vaccine and  wellness clinics for companion animals of low-income clients in Berkeley. Her interests include improving veterinary health in underserved populations, and geriatric/hospice care and in-home euthanasia.


Executive Offices:  Megan Miller
618 Church Street, Suite 220
Nashville, TN 37219
O: 615-301-3048
Fax:  615-254-7047

All Members of the Board of Directors are committed to the the AAH-ABV Responsibilities and Expectations.