Stephen's focus is designed about refining opportunities in the veterinary field. Focused on real life solutions to common and core problems we walk you through the transition periods. Small project or long term culture change? He is with you every step of the way.
Owners, management, supervisors, front office staff, technicians. We have it all and everyone works for the one common goal of empowering each other to produce the very best in veterinary care and service to our clients and patients alike.
Like many veterinary professionals, Steve had a life-changing moment while studying business at Pennsylvania State University when his family dog Joey became ill. Rather than partying with his friends during spring break, he traveled back and forth with Joey to the University of Pennsylvania for treatment. This solidified his interest in the field and began his career in veterinary medicine.
Steve’s dreams originally included becoming a veterinarian, but when he started working for a growing animal hospital in 2000, his interests quickly turned to management. Within his first year, he moved from a veterinary assistant with little experience to one of the head surgery technicians. He grew from there, moving into the role of technician supervisor, then hospital manager, and then General Manager, finding himself in charge of 50+ employees.
Steve’s interests were predominately in team building, personnel development and patient care. With these focuses, his teams were able to produce excellent patient and client care. Along with a proficient understanding of the financial aspects of running multiple businesses, has found the synergistic blending of expertise that has produced successful hospital teams resulting in successful hospitals. Steve believes that much of his success is dedicated to hard work and surrounding himself with excellent individuals. Over this time, Steve has been involved in many groups such as the American Animal Hospital Association, New Jersey Veterinary Hospital Managers Associate (founding and board member), and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association. Steve has also written articles which have been published in Veterinary Economics and various other forums.
After 13 years, in 2012 Steve moved to Progressive Veterinary Care, aka The Animal Hospital at Kingston and Blawenburg, and started the next chapter in his career. Steve has also partnered with Dr Michael Tokiwa, creating “Progressive Veterinary Solutions”, a think tank of services that aim to help hospitals in the industry reach their goals.
Ultimately, life switches gears and once again Steve found himself on the move and in 2014, joined VetCor as a Regional Operations Manager overseeing 15+ hospitals. During this time he enjoyed continuing his passion for developing practices and leaders.
In 2016, Stephen stepped out of the corporate roll and into practice consulting, working with an excellent team at AVCSuccess where he can continue helping practice while spending more time with his family.
While not working, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. In the very little spare time he has, Steve can be found training at MPR Endurance with the Tourney Team.
Sept 19, 2013 was elected to the position of Vice President for NJVHMA.
Years in Practice: 21
Education: Pennsylvania State University in Business