Veterinary Management Groups (VMG)

Staff Directory

Dr. Link Welborn

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Link Welborn, owner of five AAHA Accredited small animal hospitals in Tampa, Florida, is a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association and a member of Veterinary Management Group 1. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline practice, he earned his...

Matthew Salois, PhD


Matthew Salois, PhD is currently the President of the Veterinary Study Groups, Inc. (VSG), where he is responsible for enhancing the economic and cultural success of more than 1,800 veterinary member practices. Most recently, Matt was the chief economist and head of the veterinary economics division at the AVMA between...

Dr. Mike Thomas

Vice President

Dr. Thomas lives in Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with honors from Auburn University. After owning a small animal practice in Miami and practicing there for several years, he moved back to his native Indiana roots, where he was born in Shelbyville. Over the years he...

Melissa Hynson

Senior Director of Commercial Development

Melissa Hynson, CVT is the Senior Director of Commercial Development at Veterinary Study Groups. Most recently, Melissa was the National Account Director for Elanco Animal Health for the past 11 years. She brings over 25 years of experience in veterinary medicine and animal health. Prior to joining veterinary pharmaceutical sales...

Rebecca Kilmartin

Senior Director of Operations

Rebecca Kilmartin began her career at Veterinary Study Groups in 2009 and is the Director of Operations. Prior to joining the company, Rebecca worked at a large residential real estate company in their corporate office for over thirteen years and served as Director of Marketing. Her first experience in the...

Carl Earl

Senior Marketing Manager

Carl joined the VMG team after 7 years leading the creative team and digital marketing efforts at Vetoquinol USA. Carl began his career at Vetoquinol as a Digital Marketing Associate before becoming the Associate Marketing Manager. Prior to joining Vetoquinol, he worked as a freelance graphic designer and web developer....

Dr. Chloe Magaldino

Director of Group Development

Dr. Chloe Magaldino graduated from the University Of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She joined the team of Sanlando Springs Animal Hospital in Longwood, FL in 1993 and within 7 years she was 1 of 4 partners of 3 companion animal hospitals in central FL. In 2007, Dr....

Sarina Petroni-Miday

Director of Commercial Development

Sarina joined the VSG/VMG team as Director of Commercial Development in July 2019. Sarina was previously Director of Strategic Accounts at Henry Schein/Covetrus liaison for the last 3 years. Prior to joining Schein, she worked with Nestle Purina and Cintas. Sarina attended the University of Kentucky and holds a Bachelor’s...

Megan McDaniel

Director of Member Services

Megan McDaniel joined Veterinary Study Groups in 2012. As the Director of Member Services, she assists members with all aspects of their VMG membership including group formation, onboarding, data compilation and Preferred Partner communications. Megan is a graduate of Georgetown University (Go Hoyas!). Prior to joining VSG, Megan’s work experience...

Allison Sirna

Partner Account Lead

Alli joined the VSG team in May 2023 as the Partner Account Lead. Most recently, Alli was an Inside Sales Representative at Zoetis. Prior to joining Zoetis, she spent seven years in poultry research and development as a Pedigree Production Manager at Cobb-Vantress, Inc. She also spent time at the...

Erica Amrane

Member Services Lead

Erica joined Veterinary Study Groups in 2023 as Member Services Lead. Erica received her BA in Advertising and PR from Loyola University Chicago and her MBA, specializing in Project Management from the University of Phoenix. Erica's past experience includes 10 years in association management, including membership services, committee and volunteer...

Dr. Dan Brod

Senior Advisor

Dr. Dan Brod graduated from Kansas State in 1983and cofounded Deer Creek Animal Hospital in Littleton, Colorado in 1984. The hospital grew to the largest general veterinary hospital in Colorado with 20 veterinarians and a staff of 100. He retired from clinal practice in 2017. He was a founding member...

Dr. Tom Carpenter


Dr. Carpenter grew up in rural upstate New York. His life long passion for animals originated growing up in a family with farming roots and a house full of pets. He grew up with a beagle named Adam and a calico cat named Peanuts. Adam was his constant companion as...

Abigail Goodrich

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Abigail joined the VSG team in May 2023 as an Event Planner/Member Services Coordinator. Prior to joining VMG, Abigail worked at a luxury hotel and wedding venue in Estes Park, CO as an Event Manager/Operations and Facility Manager. In that role she was responsible for the planning and execution of...

Jill Boyle

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Jillian (Jill) Boyle joined the VSG team in May of 2023 as a Member Services Coordinator/Event Planner. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, she moved to Georgia in 2013 with her family who purchased and began running an Assisted Living Home. This jump-started her passion for business, planning and caring for others....

Nikki Griffin

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Nikki joined the VSG team in September 2020 as Member Services Coordinator/Event Planner. With more than 20 years of experience in the event planning industry, Nikki has previously served as Special Events Associate at Affairs to Remember, and as Sales Manager and Events Coordinator for the private events department of...

Sarita Herndon

Sr. Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Sarita Herndon started working at VSG in 2009 and is a Senior Event Planner. Sarita has over a decade of experience in event planning, marketing, training coordination and communications. Through the years she has worked for several large fortune 500 companies in Atlanta where she gained much of her experience...

Cindy Huang

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Cindy joined the VSG team in August 2019 as Member Services Coordinator/Event Planner. Prior to joining VSG, Cindy was the Events Coordinator then Private Events Consultant at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA for over 10 years. In that role, she worked with clients on booking spaces at the historic...

Jillian Jackman

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Jillian Jackman joined the VSG team in 2017 as a member service coordinator and event planner. She grew up in the Atlanta area and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. Jillian previously planned events for the Asian American Hotel Owners Association as well as First Financial Security.

Andrea Langley

Marketing and Digital Media Lead

Andrea Langley joined the VSG team in January of 2011. Her experience in the veterinary industry began in the front office of an animal hospital in southern New England as a college student. Currently, Andrea manages digital and social media, works on marketing projects and VMG meeting planning. Over the...

Rachel Lea

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Rachel joined the VSG team in August 2018. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Georgia in the summer of 2018. Prior to VSG, Rachel worked for Starwood Hotels for five years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in Hospitality Management with a concentration...

Patti Mahl

Bookkeeper/Financial Analyst

Patti Mahl has been with VSG since 2009 and has over 25 years experience as a Bookkeeper. A Long Island native, she now lives in a suburb of Buffalo, New York. Patti received her B.S. from Oswego State College in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. When not working,...

Kelly Guthrie

Member Services Specialist

Kelly grew up in the Atlanta area and graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s of Science from the College of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture in 2020. After graduation she worked as a veterinary technician before joining Covetrus as an inside sales representative. In her free time, Kelly loves...

Gabrielle Arnold

Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Gabrielle joined the VSG team in June 2022 as a Member Services Coordinator/Event Planner. She grew up in Miami, FL and moved to Georgia in the spring of 2022. Prior to joining VSG, Gabrielle worked for Royal Caribbean Cruises for five years as a Corporate Event Planner. In that role,...

Amanda Smith

Sr. Event Planner, Member Services Coordinator

Amanda Smith has been a member service coordinator with VSG since 2014. Growing up in Michigan she gained a true-blue passion for sports and the outdoors. While in college Amanda played on the softball team and earned her degree in Business Administration. In 2009 she packed her bags and headed...

Dr. John Tait


Dr. John Tait is an Assistant Professor at the Ontario Veterinary College where he currently teaches personal financial planning, career planning, and practice economics and management to veterinary students. In addition to his work at the University of Guelph, John is also a Practice Management and General Consultant to the...

Taña Welch

Operations Specialist

Taña Welch joined Veterinary Study Groups as a full time Events and Operational Specialist in 2022 after previously working with us as an administrative assistant for six years. She brings strong administrative, customer service and leadership skills gained from past experiences including serving on boards for local schools and churches,...

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