Our Leaders

We are proud to have been founded and to be owned by veterinarians and veterinary industry professionals who work at BluePearl. Our success and culture have been shaped by the hands-on experiences of these veterinary specialists and professionals who have built practices from the ground up, including those who serve in management positions for BluePearl.


BluePearl’s Executive Committee is integral to the continuing development of our company. Members of this committee advise on medical operations and clinical matters. Please click here for a list of members.

Darryl Shaw - MBA, CPA

Chief Executive Officer

A founder and the chief executive officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Darryl Shaw, MBA, CPA, is a BluePearl Veterinary Partners board member. He has served as CEO since the organization’s inception.

He has been at the helm of business operations since 1996 when he and his brother, Neil, opened their first veterinary hospital with three employees in Tampa. From those humble beginnings during which everything was, literally, within an arm’s reach to the sophisticated and comprehensive group of multi-disciplinary specialty and emergency hospitals that is BluePearl Veterinary Partners, the emphasis has been on providing excellent quality of care and service for referring veterinarians and pet owners, plus practical education for veterinary students, interns and residents. In 2010, Darryl and Neil were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year in Florida. Darryl earned a BS in international commerce from Brown University and an MBA in finance and marketing from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management from Northwestern University. Prior to attending business school, he worked as a certified public accountant at Deloitte & Touche, one of the four largest international accounting firms.

At home, Darryl’s family includes two energetic pups: a yellow lab and a Dalmatian.

Neil Shaw - DVM, DACVIM

Chief Cultural Officer

Dr. Neil Shaw is a founder of BluePearl Veterinary Partners and currently serves on its board. Growing up with a father who was a veterinarian, Neil was always passionate about helping animals, which led to a 10-year education commitment at the University of Florida where he completed an undergraduate degree, a doctoral degree in veterinary medicine, a veterinary internship and a residency in small animal internal medicine. The day after he completed his residency program in 1996, Neil and his brother, Darryl, opened the doors of their new pet hospital in Tampa.

Over time, the one-veterinarian practice grew into a the group of sophisticated, multi-disciplinary, 24-hour emergency and specialty pet hospitals now named BluePearl. Well recognized for their success, in 2010 Neil and Darryl were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year in Florida. Neil has received a number of other accolades including magazine’s “Hero in Hard Times”; Community Service Award by The Veterinary Medical Association of New York City; Distinguished Service Award by University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine; Gold Star Service Award by Florida Veterinary Medical Association; and Community Service Award by Hillsborough County Veterinary Medical Society. Neil spends his off-duty hours volunteering and spending time with his family, which includes four dogs, fish and leopard geckos.

Jennifer Welser - DVM, DAVCO

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jennifer Welser is chief medical officer for BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

Jen, a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, has been with BluePearl since the opening of the Manhattan hospital and has served as medical director of the three New York City specialty and emergency hospitals since they opened in 2006.

A Michigan native with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University, Jen is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She completed an internship at Auburn University; residency in ophthalmology at Animal Eye Associates of Chicago that involved a comparative medicine component at the University of Illinois; and first practiced as an ophthalmologist at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. Jen then started her own ophthalmology practice in California, treating patients in both San Francisco and Los Angeles. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.

Dave Gersholowitz - MBA

Chief Operating Officer

Dave serves as the chief operating officer of BluePearl Veterinary Partners. He joined BluePearl in 2005 to manage the launch and serve as hospital administrator of NYC Veterinary Specialists. After successfully opening the Midtown Manhattan location in 2006, he subsequently led the opening of hospitals in Queens and Brooklyn.  In 2011, Dave became BluePearl’s chief operations officer, responsible for managing and driving nationwide operations and growth.

Dave earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dave is married and lives with his wife, Mairim, and their children, Adam and Nadia, in South Tampa, Florida.  They share their home with Ollie, a Maltese mix, and Fiona, a wheaten mix.

Joo Sangrene - MBA

Chief Marketing Officer

Joo Sangrene is chief marketing officer for BluePearl Veterinary Partners. Joo joined BluePearl in 2015 and leads the organization’s marketing strategy, digital marketing, company analytics and insights, vet relations, media relations and creative services. Prior to joining BluePearl, she held leadership roles at various companies including Sleep Number and Caesar’s Entertainment, where she served as director of customer analytics and director of marketing, respectively.

Joo earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She resides in Tampa with her husband, two children and a long-haired cat named Grumpies.

Andy Anderson - DVM, DACVS

Director of Business Development

Dr. Andy Anderson is a BluePearl Veterinary Partners board member. He was co-founder and managing director of South Texas Veterinary Specialists and North Houston Veterinary Specialists, which are now a part of the BluePearl family of hospitals.

Dr. Anderson is a native Texan who earned two bachelor degrees from Texas A&M University – one in animal science and the other in biomedical science. Before embarking on his veterinary career, he took an ivy-covered detour to earn his MBA at Harvard and went on to work in the investment banking industry. His love of animals and regard for the human-animal bond never wavered though, and eventually, he returned to A&M for his doctor of veterinary medicine degree. After completing a residency at the University of Missouri and becoming a board-certified veterinary surgeon, Dr. Anderson co-founded South Texas Veterinary Specialists in 2000 and North Houston Veterinary Specialists in 2010. He also serves on the executive committee of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and is the organization’s treasurer.

When Dr. Anderson isn’t working on meeting the growing demand for specialty services in Texas, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kim, their son, Chase, and their dog, Kate. He can often be found snow skiing, fly fishing or sailing with his family.