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Veterinary Leadership

BluePearl Veterinary Partners’ Medical Operations Advisory Board (MOAB) advises on medical operations for the company. The members of the board are below.

Chairperson

Jennifer Welser
Jennifer Welser, DVM, DACVO
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Jennifer Welser is Chief Medical Officer for BluePearl Veterinary Partners. A board-certified ophthalmologist, Jen has been with BluePearl since the opening of the Manhattan hospital and served as medical director of the three New York City specialty hospitals when they opened in 2006.

Jen is a Michigan native with a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. She is also a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She completed an internship at Auburn University and a residency in ophthalmology at Animal Eye Associates that involved a comparative medicine component at the University of Illinois. She also has an undergraduate degree from the University of Vermont.

Before joining BluePearl, Jen first practiced as an ophthalmologist at MSPCA’s Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston. She then started her own practice in California, treating patients in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Balal Bazzi
Bilal Bazzi
Chief Operations Officer

Bilal Bazzi is Chief Operations Officer for BluePearl Veterinary Partners and oversees operations for all of the organization’s hospitals. He comes to BluePearl from CVS Health, where he worked since 2002, starting as a pharmacist and advancing into leadership roles.

As Region Sales Manager for the Long Island and Queens, NY markets of CVS, he led 5,100 Associates at 144 CVS pharmacies. He brings with him a history of building a culture of responsibility and accountability and is adept at developing talent, motivating teams and focusing on customer service.

Bilal is a registered pharmacist and earned a bachelor’s of science degree from Wayne State University College of Pharmacy. When he’s not working, Bilal enjoys reading, running and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Lauren Boyd, DVM, DACVIM
Medical Director - Detroit

Dr. Lauren Boyd joined BluePearl in 2011 and works in our Michigan hospitals. She is board certified in internal medicine.

Lauren completed her residency in internal medicine at Animal Medical Center in New York City and her internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut. She earned her DVM from The Ohio State University in Columbus.

When she’s not working, Lauren enjoys reading, cooking, horseback riding and hanging out with her husband, son, two cats named Cody and Clancy, and her Jack Russell terrier named Tucker.

Meredith Daly
Meredith Daly, DVM, DACVECC
Director Medical Quality - NYC

Meredith Daly is the Director of Medical Quality for BluePearl Veterinary Partners. She has been the co-director of critical care at BluePearl’s Midtown hospital in New York since 2007. Meredith served as internship director, and currently serves as residency director for small animal emergency and critical care. Her disciplinary interests include hemodynamics, mechanical ventilation, and sepsis. She has performed research in a variety of topics including mechanical ventilation and glycemic control in critical illness. She has published and lectured extensively both locally and nationally since her board-certification.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Meredith completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. Following her internship, she completed a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care in 2007.

Mark Dorfman, DVM, DACVIM
Group Medical Director

Dr. Mark Dorfman is one of the founding partners of Georgia Veterinary Specialists, which merged with BluePearl in 2010. He serves on BluePearl’s board of directors and continues to act as medical director of BluePearl in Georgia. Mark’s clinical interests include gastroenterology, feline hyperthyroidism and urology.

Board certified in internal medicine, Mark completed his residency at the University of Georgia in Athens and his internship at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He earned a master’s degree from University of Georgia and his DVM and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Mark loves spending time with his family and his dog, Titan. He also enjoys traveling, sampling the many fine restaurants around Atlanta and exercising/weight training.

Rita Hanel, DVM, DACVIM (Int Med), DACVECC
VP, Clinical Operations and Recruiting

Rita graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998, after which she was part of the second rotating small animal internship class at Florida Veterinary Specialists (FVS), now known as BluePearl in Tampa. She then completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Florida with a successive fellowship in emergency and critical care at Blue Pearl in Tampa. Rita joined the faculty of the North Carolina State University (NSCU) College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and was Director of Emergency Services for six years. Over the past 10 years, she pursued her academic interests in the fields of traumatic and hemostatic disorders. She has published more than 20 manuscripts, book chapters and, recently, best practice guidelines for prehospital care of dogs and cats. Rita enjoys first responder training, which she continues to pursue. Through these experiences she developed a passion for the advancement of small animal specialty medicine. In her new role with BluePearl, she plans to continue the tradition of helping clinicians achieve the highest levels of professional and personal accomplishment.

Rita currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her husband, Chris Mariani, and their two children (Sofia and Nate). They share their home with a mixed breed dog (Dori) and a former blood donor cat (Curacao), who believes she is a dog. Their family enjoys time at the beach, pool, hiking...anything outdoors and anything involving UF football. Go Gators!

Laura Hinton
Laura Hinton, DVM, DACVS - Spring

Dr. Laura Hinton works in BluePearl’s Houston hospitals. Board certified in surgery, she is particularly interested in surgical oncology, thoracoscopy, laparoscopy and orthopedic conditions such as fractures, stifle disease, hip dysplasia and total hip replacements.

Laura completed her residency at The Ohio State University in Columbus and her intership at Auburn University in Alabama. She earned her DVM and undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M University in College Station.

A frequent volunteer at her church, Laura also enjoys reading fiction and spending time with her family, including her husband, son and daughter. They share their home with a disabled, but determined, long-haired cat and an Australian shepherd who carries around Laura’s shoes when they don’t go running.

Karena Joung, VMD
Medical Director - Washington DC

After graduating pre-med from Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Karena Joung knew her passion for medicine combined with a deep affection for animals would suit a veterinary career. She received her veterinary doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. Her interest in emergency medicine was cultivated during her internship at Michigan State University where she received recognition as Intern of the Year.

After spending 10 happy years at Hope Advanced Veterinary Center in Vienna, Virginia, she now serves as Medical Director of BluePearl's Rockville hospital. A self proclaimed foodie of the D.C. area, Karena spends her spare time with her husband, their Chihuahua and the two best cats in the world.

Erick Mears
Erick Mears, DVM, DACVIM
Medical Director - Tampa Bay

Dr. Erick Mears has been with BluePearl and its predecessor, Florida Veterinary Specialists, since 1997. Board certified in veterinary internal medicine, Erick completed his residency and his internship at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He earned his DVM from Tuskegee University in Alabama and his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Palo Alto CA.

Erick enjoys spending time with his family and Bosco, the family cat.

Anthony Pardo, MS, DVM, DACVS - Pittsburgh

Dr. Anthony Pardo is the Medical Director at Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (PVSEC), which became a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in 2017. He earned his master’s degree and his DVM from the University of California, Davis. After a year-long internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City, he completed a three-year residency program in small animal surgery at the University of Tennessee.

Anthony joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee in 1988 and earned Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1990. In 1993, he moved to Pittsburgh and established Pittsburgh Veterinary Surgery P.C., which has evolved into PVSEC.

Anthony has authored more than 20 articles and veterinary textbook chapters and lectured extensively on various topics related to small animal surgery at national and local veterinary conferences. In 2011, he accepted an adjunct faculty appointment with the University of Pittsburgh College of Medicine. He continues to work as a veterinary surgeon at PVSEC in addition to his duties as an adjunct assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at University of Pittsburgh.

Anthony also serves on the board of directors of Humane Animal Rescue and the advisory board of Veterinary Technician Institute, both in Pittsburgh.

In his spare time, Anthony enjoys the outdoors, fly fishing, biking and is an avid bowler.

Laura Tseng DVM, DACVECC
Medical Director - Philadelphia

Dr. Laura Tseng was an owner and co-hospital director of Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center (VSEC) in Pennsylvania, which became a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in 2015. Board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine, she is particularly interested in blood coagulation and management of shock and trauma patients.

Laura completed her internship, fellowship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her DVM at Tufts University in Medford MA and her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College.

When she’s not working, Laura enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, hiking, reading, traveling and spending time with her dog, Ginger Snap, and cat, Perry.

Erick Mears
Kent Vince, DVM, MSpVM, DACVS-SA
Medical Director – Kirkland

Dr. Kent Vince joined Seattle Veterinary Specialists, a BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital, after spending 12 years as a Veterinary Corps Officer in the U.S. Army. Originally from Michigan, Kent received his officer commission through the Army ROTC program. He earned his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and his DVM from Michigan State University. After completing a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, he entered active duty military service at Fort Hood, Texas, where he served as veterinary treatment facility officer in charge. Kent deployed to the Middle East in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was then selected to complete a small animal surgical residency at North Carolina State University, where he also earned a Master’s of Specialized Veterinary Medicine degree. Kent became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010. He also served as the Chief of Veterinary Services in Okinawa, Japan and most recently Director of Dog Center Europe, the Army’s premier veterinary referral hospital in Germany, supporting military working dogs throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. While no longer his primary job, he continues to serve as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Kent’s clinical interests include orthopedic surgery and treating traumatic injuries in dogs. He has presented at numerous national and international veterinary meetings and won research awards from both the Veterinary Orthopedic Society and American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Veterinary Orthopedic Society and Veterans of Foreign Wars. An avid world traveler, food lover, mountain biker and skier, he enjoys his free time with his wife, daughter and three dogs.

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