Know your 2019 Candidates for IVMA Office

President —2019 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

President —2019 Dr. Matt Cantrell (PU '10)

PRESIDENT—2019

Dr. Matt Cantrell completed his 8-year journey at Purdue University in 2010, obtaining his DVM from the College of Veterinary Medicine.  During his years at Purdue, he was often found in the veterinary school working in the kennels, the medical records department, or clinical pathology.  He was an active member of multiple student groups, gaining valuable experience as a group leader.

In the years following his graduation, Dr. Cantrell worked as an associate in a small animal practice.  He spent time volunteering for the IVMA on the Annual Meeting and Continuing Education Committees.  He was the recipient of the IVMA Achievement Award in 2013.  Matt was a graduate of IVMA’s first Power of 10 class, then went on to facilitate the group for a few years.  He recently completed his last of 3 years as an IVMA liaison to Purdue’s Veterinary Admissions Committee.

Dr. Cantrell owns and operates a small animal general practice, and has recently opened Indiana’s first stand-alone pet rehabilitation center.  He continually strives to make a positive and lasting impact on his community through the veterinary profession.  Mental health and physical fitness are very important to Matt, and as such he spends as much time as possible outside with his wife (Megan) and their two children (Israel and Ellie).  He is an ultra-marathon runner and whole-heartedly believes that all people are truly capable of extraordinary things.

President-elect - 2019 Dr. Aaron Smiley (UIL '07)

President-elect - 2019 Dr. Aaron Smiley (UIL '07)

PRESIDENT-Elect—2019 

Dr. Aaron Smiley serves as the Chief of Staff at Devonshire Veterinary Clinic and Geist Station Animal Hospital in central Indiana. In addition to managing two veterinary practices, he is a Chief of Staff Advisor for eight VetCor clinics throughout the Midwest. He was selected into the first Power of 10 class and then served as Treasurer for four years. He was elected Vice President in 2018. “Veterinary medicine is moving through a significant change due to consolidation and technology. I want to help IVMA become more relevant to our members as our industry changes.” Dr. Smiley achieved his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Illinois in 2007 and started his career in the western suburbs of Chicago as an equine practitioner. From there, he took a position at Dr. Weldy’s Associates in Wakarusa, IN before settling in the Indianapolis area. He co-founded VetMed2.0 and has a passion for bringing Design Thinking to veterinary problems. He and his wife, Kristin, are the proud parents of four daughters. They also have two dogs, Bon Bon and Elphie, and a cat, Gus Gus.

At Large Board Member - Dr. Lisa Hepworth (PU '12)

At Large Board Member - Dr. Lisa Hepworth (PU '12)

At Large Board Member  

Dr. Lisa Hepworth (PU’12) is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned her Animal Sciences Bachelors degree in 2008 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Hepworth started her career in equine practice, but found her home in small animal practice when she joined Paw Prints Animal Hospital in January of 2014. Her special interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Hepworth has enjoyed her time in the IVMA where she has participated in the Power of 10 program, the Annual Meeting Task Force Committee and the Surgery Suite at the Indiana State Fair. In 2018 Dr. Hepworth was awarded the Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting.  Dr. Hepworth looks forward to continuing her service with the IVMA.

When Dr. Hepworth is not doing all things Veterinary Medicine, she enjoys her own four legged friends.  She has a horse Murphy, dog Tux and cat Chanel. If she is not at the barn riding she is most likely gardening, traveling, cooking or doing something outside.

At Large Board Member - Dr. Kristi Kantz (MI'98)

At Large Board Member - Dr. Kristi Kantz (MI'98)

At Large Board Member 

Dr. Kantz grew up in Michigan north of Detroit and became interested in veterinary medicine through her work at a local riding stable.  She graduated from veterinary school at Michigan State University in 1998 with an emphasis in equine and small medicine. Dr. Kantz began her career as an ambulatory equine veterinarian but quickly realized small animal was a better fit for her.  She relocated to Indiana when her husband obtained a position that offered student loan forgiveness.  They have remained in Indiana because it is a great place to raise children.  Currently, Dr. Kantz is employed at Charlestown Veterinary Clinic as a small animal veterinarian.  She especially enjoys internal medicine cases.  She lives with her husband Dan and 3 children on a small 20 acre hobby farm with assorted pets.

At Large Board Member - Dr. Greg Kurtz (PU '82)

At Large Board Member - Dr. Greg Kurtz (PU '82)

At Large Board Member  

Dr.Greg Kurtz (PU’82) is a livestock veterinarian and co-owner of Kurtz Veterinary Clinic in Hagerstown, IN.  Greg and his wife Robyn, who also is a veterinarian, graduated from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and began practice in Hagerstown in 1983 after practicing one year in central Wisconsin.

Kurtz Veterinary Clinic is a four doctor practice serving the livestock and pet owners of east central Indiana.

Greg’s area of practice interest is cattle reproduction and dairy herd health consulting.  Greg services herds ranging in size from 40 to 5200 milking cows and herds that vary from grazing organic herds to confined herds milked by robotics.

Greg is an active member of Zions’ Lutheran Church, Pershing; serves on the Board of Directors of Wayne County Farm Bureau, Indiana Farm Bureau Animal Care Policy Advisory Group, and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council, and John Purdue Club.

At Large Board Member - Dr. Corey Swart (PU '08)

At Large Board Member - Dr. Corey Swart (PU '08)

At Large Board Member

Dr. Corey Swart (PU’08) is a native of Kokomo, Indiana.  He is a 2008 graduate of Purdue University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.  Upon graduation, Dr. Swart returned to Kokomo to practice small animal medicine at Jefferson Road Animal Hospital/Cat Clinic of Kokomo where he volunteered and worked while pursuing his education.  He enjoys treating dogs, cats, and pocket pets while also forming bonds with their owners.  Serving on various committees/boards has been valuable in helping him to serve his community and profession some of which currently include IU Kokomo Animal Care & Use Committee, Kokomo Humane Society Board of Directors, and holding the position of treasurer for the Wabash Valley Veterinary Medical Association.  He is also an active member of the IVMA, AVMA, and AAHA.  Hobbies include spending time with friends & family, reading, exercising, and attending car shows when he is not with his terrier mix sidekick, Rascal.