Whitney Woodward, Academy Director
As the Education Director for the Academy of Veterinary Imaging, Whitney Woodward ensures that weekly educational programs run smoothly. From student correspondence to the coordination and organization of course speakers, lab instructors and course materials, Whitney supports Academy customer service and course participant satisfaction. Whitney has been a part of the Academy since 2007. Whitney Woodward graduated from Texas Tech with a Bachelor’s of Science in ‘Human Development and Family Studies’. Staying close to Whitney’s Texas roots, she and her 11-year-old daughter stay busy with Taekwondo training along with studies in Spanish-English fluency. Whitney enjoys visiting museums, reading, being outdoors and playing with their Maltese rescue dog, Daisy.
Whitney Cryer, Academy Administrative Assistant
Whitney Cryer has been a part of the Academy team for 4 years, and recently took on a role working in an administrative capacity over last year. When not at the Academy, Whitney is often found working as a substitute teacher. She has two wonderful children, Parker and Brynlee, 2 dogs, and 2 guinea pigs. She helps to care for the Sound Hound cats, and admits that she would have a whole household if she could.
Desiree Poore, DVM, Academy Medical Advisor
Dr. Desiree Poore grew up in New Mexico, and has lived across the south prior to finally settling in North Texas. She obtained a BA in Wildlife Science and Agricultural Education at New Mexico State University before venturing to Oklahoma State (Go Pokes!) to finish her Masters and to earn her DVM in 2010. Aside from her interest in ultrasound education, Dr. Poore owns a mobile practice in the DFW area, and works as a relief doctor for hospitals during times of need. Professional interests include surgery, critical care, ultrasonography, and dentistry. Dr. Poore enjoys spending time in nature, and is an avid hiker, photographer, traveler, and kayaker. She is kept in line by her bossy Jack Russell Terrier, Beau, goofy Mastiff-Shepherd Mix, Roscoe, and the “baby” of the family, a Rottweiler puppy, Jackson.
Tracy Crawford, DVM, Staff Veterinarian
Dr. Tracy Crawford graduated with honors from Texas A&M University
with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Science in 1991. She continued her education at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine earning her doctorate in 1995. After completing an Internal Medicine internship in Ft. Worth, she has practiced small animal medicine in the DFW metroplex. Soft tissue surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, feline medicine, dermatology, and senior pet care are just some of her special interests.
Toby Copley, Academy Head Technician
Toby Copley has served the Academy as the Head Technician and all-around handyman for the last 4 years. When not at the Academy, Toby is busy as a Paramedic and Firefighter for the Bedford Fire Department. He and his wife, Mishell, enjoy traveling together where the highlight for Toby is visiting historical sites.
Angela Metcalf, LVT, Academy Technician
Angela is a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) and has worked for Sound since 2017 monitoring sedation on all the patients we see that require it. She graduated from Cedar Valley College in 2010 and honed her skills in emergency hospitals, working in lab animal medicine with pigs, running anesthesia for MRI and CT on all species including dogs, cats, horses, and exotic cats before coming to Sound. She is also currently working at Animal Imaging alongside multiple radiologists in assisting ultrasounds and performing anesthesia for MRI and CT. Angela has three dogs, Gio, Grace, and Gus, two frisky felines named Aphrodite and Spookie, two myotonic goats, Thelma and Louise, and more chickens than she needs. She has a passion for horses and all that is country. Angela LOVES the outdoors, going outside every chance she gets. She recently was married in June 2017 and has a beautiful stepdaughter.
Stephen Anthony, Academy Technician
Toby Copley has served the Academy as the Head Technician and all-around Stephen Anthony the Veterinary Technician, ensures that the patients used in the laboratory are comfortable and sedate at all times. He also confirms the instructors have all the tools necessary for successful customer engagement. He has been in the field of veterinary medicine for 14 years.
Stephen Anthony is currently completing his degree in veterinary technology at Cedar Valley College as well as studying for his teaching certificate. Once certified he would like to begin a career as a middle school science teacher.
In his free time, Stephen enjoys going to zoos and aquariums. His passion other than teaching is wildlife photography. He also dabbles in herpetology. His only pet Mowgli (pictured) is a 25 year old female ball python.
DVM, DVSC, DACVIM Cardiology
Dr. Sonya Gordon received her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Canada in 1994. She then completed a small animal internship at the Atlantic Veterinary College in Canada, and returned to the Ontario Veterinary College where she completed an advanced degree in cardiology (DVSc) and her cardiology residency training. Dr. Gordon is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology and has been on faculty at Texas A&M University since 1998. She teaches in all years of the DVM program and is the coordinator for a team-taught case-based critical thinking course. She is the cardiology residency program director and has participated in training 10 cardiology residents who are now board certified.
Dr. Gordon practices medicine 30%-50% of the time, which facilitates her research interests that are realized in large part through involvement in multicenter collaborative clinical trials and collaborative translational research. She was a lead investigator in the EPIC Clinical Trial, for which she received a 2017 CVM Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award. She has published original manuscripts, book chapters and a textbook.
Her interests and expertise in teaching have led to many invitations to organize and take part in continuing education events for veterinarians and veterinary cardiologists around the world. These opportunities, coupled with her involvement in multicenter international studies, have provided her with a global perspective with respect to veterinary cardiology. Dr. Gordon considers her home College Station, Texas where she shares her life with her husband, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
Matthew W. Miller,
DVM, MS, DACVIM Cardiology
Dr. Matthew Miller is currently Senior Cardiologist at VETMED in Phoenix Arizona. Additionally, he holds positions as an Adjunct Professor of Cardiology at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and a Senior Professor of Cardiology in the Department of Small Animal Veterinary Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University. He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1984 and his Master of Science degree from the same University in 1993. He became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Subspecialty Cardiology in 1988.
June was introduced to veterinary ultrasound in 1979 when she was looking for work at Colorado State University. She was given the opportunity to help a radiology resident develop scanning techniques in animals using a Bscan that had been donated to CSU by a human hospital. After about 6 months an m-mode machine was donated to CSU and she was asked to try obtaining m-mode images in animals. At the time there were only a handful of veterinary references in the literature, all very general or all m-mode only regarding the potential of diagnostic ultrasound. Eventually given the choice of developing either the abdominal or the cardiac ultrasound program, the choice was easy, the dynamic field of echocardiography won! Since 1980, she has continued to be challenged with new modalities and diagnostic information about two-dimensional imaging, spectral Doppler, color flow Doppler, tissue Doppler, etc. She developed normal reference ranges for the dog, the cat and llamas. She has helped hundreds of veterinarians learn the skill of echocardiography and its interpretation. Her published Veterinary Echocardiography – 2nd edition remains the only book dedicated completely to echocardiography and is an acclaimed resource used by both generalists and specialists. Echocardiography remains a passion of hers and she loves to teach others to learn and enjoy this diagnostic modality.
DVM, ABVP (Canine/Feline)
Dr. Seitz earned both his B.S. in biochemistry (‘03) and his DVM (‘07) from Mississippi State University (Hail STATE). After graduation, he spent three years in general practice (Atlanta, GA) followed by five years in private practice emergency and referral medicine (Cherry Hill, NJ). In 2014, he earned Diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine and Feline). Soon after, Dr. Seitz returned to Mississippi State University, where he currently works as an assistant clinical professor. In addition to clinical practice, he thoroughly enjoys teaching, with the ultimate goal of translating sound medical practices and current veterinary literature into useful clinical skills. His passion for teaching was recognized by the students at Mississippi State through the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teaching Award (2016). Dr. Seitz has been teaching at the Academy of Veterinary Imagine since 2014. Professional interests include ultrasonography, feline urethral obstruction, fluid therapy, and intravenous lipid therapy. Marc is happily married with one child and one Chocolate Labrador. Outside of veterinary medicine, he is an avid triathlete and reader.
Martha Larson, DVM, MS, DACVR
Dr. Martha Moon Larson received her DVM from Ohio State University. Dr. Moon Larson then completed an internship at Animal Medical Center, in addition to completing her MS and Radiology residency, also at Ohio State University. She has been ACVR board certified since 1987. She has been a practicing Radiologist at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech since 1986; where she is currently a Professor. Her interests include: abdominal ultrasound, especially feline biliary and pancreatic disease; thoracic radiology and ultrasound.
DVM, MVSc, DACVIM (SAIM)
Dr. Linda Luther received her DVM degree from the University of Minnesota in 1988. She worked in private practice for five years before completing a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She became board-certified in small animal internal medicine in 1996. She has been a consultant for Sound since 2001 in many different capacities, including ultrasound telemedicine consulting and teaching at ultrasound education courses. She is also the staff internist at a busy, 10-doctor, small animal practice in southern New Hampshire, and an internal medicine consultant for Antech Diagnostics. She lives in NH with her husband and best friend, Tom, as well as several brackish and fresh water aquarium fish, and 2 albino African Clawed frogs. Outside of work, she is an avid road bicyclist, and also enjoys weight training, yoga and traveling.
Michael R. Soltero,
Dr. Soltero started veterinary school in 1997 at CSU but took a hiatus to pursue other careers including fitness director/personal trainer and insurance planning for high net worth individuals. In 2003 he started learning veterinary ultrasound with Sound Technologies and took a full time position as an applications specialist/instructor in 2004. He has been a part time educational instructor for The Academy of Veterinary Imaging, formerly Sound Technologies, in 2005 when he decided to return to veterinary school. He graduated from Kansas State University in 2009 with his DVM. While in veterinary school he elected to take multiple rotations in radiology and cardiology to help him further his skills in veterinary ultrasound. Since graduating school he has been a private practitioner in the Phoenix area and continuing as an instructor for The Academy of Veterinary Imaging. In 2017 he started a mobile ultrasound company, Infinity Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound, providing advanced diagnostic ultrasound in Mesa, Arizona to local practitioners. Dr. Soltero is a member of ACVR, AHAA, AVMA and the AVMA. His philosophy on most things is to have fun and enjoy while trying to get those around him to do the same.
As an instructor for the Academy of Veterinary Imaging, Dr. Ken Waller provides didactic instruction for various ultrasound courses. Ken obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master’s of Science in Comparative Biosciences and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Kansas State University and diagnostic imaging residency at Iowa State University. Ken is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and serves at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Veterinary Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging and Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs. His ultrasound experience spans just over two decades of clinical research, clinical diagnostic ultrasound, resident, student and continuing education instruction in many species.
Keven P. Gulikers,
DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)
Dr. Gulikers received a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998 and completed a private practice internship in 1999 in south Florida. In 2002 he completed a residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine and earned a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Medical Sciences at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. After his residency he worked in Phoenix for four years before moving to Dallas as a partner at the Center for Veterinary Specialty Care. Dr. Gulikers has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards and grants, and has instructed and published on various subjects in his field. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and his interests include gastroenterology / nutrition, liver disease, endocrinology (especially thyroid-related diseases) and diagnostic procedures such as abdominal ultrasonography and endoscopy / laparoscopy. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Gulikers enjoys playing soccer and tennis, traveling and SCUBA diving.
Dr. Robert Cole is a graduate of Auburn University. After graduation, he was an associate in a mixed animal practice. After almost five years of general practice, he entered a residency in radiology at the University of Tennessee. After completion of his residency, he joined the faculty at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine where he was head of Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging. Dr. Cole then took a position as imaging director for an outpatient- imaging center in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. He is currently on faculty at Auburn University where he hopes to finish his career. When not being a radiologist or loyal Auburn Tiger fan, he prefers to be out on his motorcycle.
Dr. Neelis received her DVM from Michigan State University in 2006. After completing her radiology residency at Washington State University in 2011, she took a position as assistant professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia. She performed an equine ultrasound and cardiology fellowship with Dr. Virginia Reef at the University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, prior to her radiology training. She currently works for Dr. Neelis enjoys imaging all species and has extensive experience with the equine.
Dr. Strom completed his vet school and imaging residency at Michigan State University where he then stayed on as an Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging for several years. Over the years, Dr. Strom has worked in private practice, mobile ultrasound and currently works as a teleradiologist. He enjoys lecturing and teaching and has been teaching at the Academy of Veterinary Imaging for 8 years. Dr. Strom currently resided in southwest England with his wife and two children.
Bob Burroughs graduated from the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences, San Antonio, Texas in 1978 as a radiologic technologist. Bob was cross-trained in ultrasound in 1980 and became a nationally-registered sonographer by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers in Abdomen and OB/GYN sonography in 1984. Bob’s early career ranged from staff ultrasound technologist to managerial roles in private practice administration and mobile sonography program development. In 1998 he graduated from Averett University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1999 Bob became a veterinary sonography instructor and applications specialist with Sound Technologies (later Sound-Eklin®). In 2004 Bob went to work full-time in veterinary clinical imaging when he became the primary sonographer for the Veterinary Emergency Center in Richmond, Virginia. Bob is currently a lead sonographer for Sentara Healthcare in Southeastern Virginia and continues to enjoy being a part-time instructor in veterinary sonography for Sound.
Jeff Pearce, DVM, DAVBP
Dr. Jeff Pearce graduated from Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners specializing in Canine and Feline Practice. He and his wife Dr. Sue Pearce have been owners of a three-doctor small animal veterinary clinic in Memphis, TN since 1990. Dr. Pearce became interested in diagnostic ultrasound in 2000 and started a mobile veterinary service in 2009. He now dedicates his time exclusively to veterinary ultrasound. He was chosen as the 2010 Alumni Fellow for the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Pearce has four children and in his free time he enjoys playing guitar, astronomy and all things tech.
Kirsty Cerreti, DVM
Dr. Kirsty Cerreti is originally from the Midwest, growing up in the Chicago suburbs and then attending both university and veterinary school at Iowa State University. She graduated in 1997 and went into private practice where she discovered her talent and love for diagnostic ultrasound. In 1999, Dr. Cerreti began teaching veterinarians diagnostic ultrasound skills nationwide. It soon became apparent that not only was ultrasound her passion, but nothing beat the reward of teaching diagnostic ultrasound to veterinarians and technicians! Dr. Cerreti now resides in beautiful Seattle with her husband, son, and pets. There she works part-time for a 10-doctor, 24-hour ER/GP providing ultrasound services and seeing patients in the general practice. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her little boy, walks in the woods with her dog, and reading books.
Carmine Esposito DVM, Pharm D
Dr. Esposito graduated from St. Georges University in 2010. He has been in private practice since graduation. Dr. Esposito first discovered the benefits of ultrasound in private practice in 2011. At that time, he was fortunate to have an opportunity to work at a busy 5 doctor practice where ultrasound was extensively utilized. One of the doctors was an instructor for the Academy of Veterinary Imaging and mentored Dr. Esposito daily.
Dr. Esposito has completed over 200 hours of abdominal and cardiac ultrasound training at the Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Arlington, TX. His experience and training has allowed him to complete more than 3000 ultrasound studies.
Dr. Esposito has been providing mobile ultrasound consultations in New Jersey since 2015. He also owns and operates a busy mobile companion animal practice in Hunterdon County, NJ.
Don Sharp, DVM
Dr. Sharp’s journey to veterinary medicine was a circuitous one. He started his professional life as a Forensic Anthropologist and Scientist at the Smithsonian Institution, where he specialized in CT imaging and microradiography. After leaving the Smithsonian, he taught Gross Anatomy at two different veterinary schools. It was these teaching experiences that led him to pursue a doctorate in veterinary medicine. Dr. Sharp graduated from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. Since graduating from Tufts, Dr. Sharp has been working as a veterinarian and medical director at a small animal hospital. Dr. Sharp graduated from the AOVI DVM program in 2017 and currently runs an ultrasound referral out of his small animal practice. Dr. Sharp is passionate about ultrasound and imaging in general and is equally passionate about teaching these subjects.
Herb Leary, DVM
As a laboratory instructor, Herb Leary VMD enjoys helping people climb the learning curve of ultrasound. A graduate of the Academy of Veterinary Imaging’s Small Animal Veterinarian Ultrasound Imaging Program, he knows the challenges and rewards of learning ultrasound and adding it into clinical practice. Herb attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and is the Medical Director of Arlington Dog and Cat Hospital in Kearny New Jersey.
Jordan Vitt, DVM, DAVCIM Cardiology
An Ohio native, Dr. Jordan Vitt was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and went on to complete both his undergraduate and veterinary degrees at The Ohio State University. After graduation, he completed a Small Animal Rotating Internship in Medicine and Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and then worked as an emergency clinician in private practice for one year in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his three-year Cardiology Residency at Texas A&M University in College Station and then obtained his Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Cardiology in 2016. He is currently a clinical assistant professor at University of Illiniois in Urbana-Champaign. His research interests include imaging and clinical trials. In his spare time, Dr. Vitt enjoys traveling, going to the beach, developing his yoga practice and spending time with his Siberian Husky.
Paul Tackett, DVM
Dr. Paul Tackett graduated from CSU in 1986, and currently owns VetDms Mobile Ultrasound Service LLC in New Mexico. He graduated from the Academy of Veterinary Imaging Ultrasound program in 2001, and has been instructing at the Academy for the last 3 years.
Craig Sink, MA, RDCS, RVT
Craig is a graduate of East Carolina University where he obtained his undergraduate and graduate degrees in Sports Medicine/Athletic Trainer. After graduation Craig was an assistant trainer at Georgia Tech and then the Head Athletic Trainer at North Carolina State University. In 1987, Craig changed careers and entered the world of diagnostic ultrasound. Craig is a registered Cardiac and Vascular sonographer. He has extensive scanning experience, not only in the realm of cardiac and vascular medicine, but also with abdominal and small parts scanning. He worked on the human side of medicine until 1999 when he came on board with Sound Technologies. After a three year break as an Applications Specialist with Toshiba, Craig is now back with Sound as a Clinical Applications Specialist. Craig is an instructor for the courses and also performs system installs. Craig is an avid sailor and owns a 35’ Pearson named “Lemonade”. Not only does Craig sail on the local waters of coastal North Carolina, but has extensive offshore experience with several trips to and from the Bahamas and Bermuda.
Cassie Beck Murvay, BS, RDMS, RDCS, RVT
Cassie graduated from Seattle University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and worked as a human sonographer specializing in obstetrics/gynecology, abdomen, cardiac and vascular. She has been an instructor with Sound since 2000. Cassie is registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Taeva Beck Schuller, BS, RDMS, RVT
Taeva graduated from Seattle University in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography and worked as a human sonographer specializing in obstetrics/gynecology, abdomen, and vascular. Taeva has been with Sound since 2000 and continues to teach veterinary ultrasound with Sound® Academy of Veterinary Imaging. Taeva is registered by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS).
Clinical Education Specialists
Hagen Johnson, LVT
Hagen has been in the veterinary field since 2003. Prior to coming to Sound he spent four years in general practice and emergency medicine, then moved to a small animal internal medicine specialty practice. He developed his love for ultrasound while working for the specialty practice and eventually worked as a mobile sonographer for 3 years in the DFW area. He attended LSU where he studied Biological Sciences and sat for the VTNE exam in 2012 to become a licensed veterinary technician. He has special interest and many years of experience in echocardiography and abdominal ultrasound. Hagen lives in Shreveport, Louisiana and has a chihuahua named Mr. Chompers and a feline friend named Gloworm.
Jamie Simross, RDMS
Jamie graduated in 1998 from Central Ohio Technical College with a degree in Diagnostic Medical Sonography. She is registered with the ARDMS and is a member of the SDMS. She worked as a sonographer on the human side for 10 years focusing on abdomen, OB/GYN, small parts, and intraoperative procedures. In 2008 she moved to Texas and made the transition to the animal side by working as a veterinary technician. She has also worked as a mobile sonographer for DFW area veterinary hospitals. Jamie has been working for Sound since 2009 as a Lab Instructor at The Academy and as an Applications Specialist. Jamie has 1 Labrador, ‘Sophie’ and 2 cats, ‘Jasmine’ and ‘Willis’.
Jennifer Drabo, BS, RDMS
Jennifer has been working in veterinary ultrasound since 2004. She teaches at the Academy of Veterinary Imaging and is also an Applications Specialist with Sound. Jennifer is a 1999 graduate of Towson University with a degree in Health Science. She is a registered sonographer with the American Registry of Diagnostic Sonographers and has experience on the human side specializing in Abdominal and OB/GYN studies.
Leah Rose, RDMS
Leah graduated from the University of Tennessee. She has been with Sound since 2015, and joined the teaching staff at the Academy in 2018. Leah loves outdoor sports and traveling.