Meet Our Team
Our leadership team lives and breathes by our core values. Just to a name a few, we strive for excellence in everything we do, we are big on servant leadership and we always operate with integrity. This team brings an abundance of expertise to the table and we enjoy spending our days (and sometimes nights) supporting our team members who support our patients and their people. Most importantly, we are all about making bold decisions and having fun along the way.
Our Leadership Team
Mike Murphy, DVMChief Pet Officer
Chris StrongChief Executive Officer
Dallas LaRoseChief Operating Officer
Heather BernChief Marketing Officer
Rodger BacaChief Development Officer
Michele HiltonChief Financial Officer
Hayden MilliganDirector of HR
Garrett MillardDirector of Practice Acquisitions
Brett HallmanDirector of Practice Acquisitions
Mike HurtadoDirector of Practice Acquisitions
Dr. Mike Murphy opened the first veterinary hospital in Olympia, WA in 1992 and has grown the family of hospitals with a focus on practicing great medicine and building a fantastic culture. Prior to founding People, Pets & Vets, Dr. Murphy practiced veterinary medicine in Italy as a Captain in the US Army. Dr. Murphy has always been very involved in his community. He is a founding father at the Griffin School Foundation where his daughters went to school and has served on the board of the Humane Society and is very involved in the signature event, Run like a Dog. He is the international services committee co-chair for the South Puget Sound Rotary Club and has been a champion for clean water, goat and sheep projects in Uganda. He has served on two mission trips to Uganda. Dr. Murphy has also served as a member and term President of the St. Peter Hospital Foundation since 2006.
Dr. Murphy is excited to see People, Pets & Vets flourish with a new professional management team in place. He married his high school sweetheart, has 2 daughters, 4 grandkids and 3 dogs. He enjoys skiing, boating, cycling and family time. He’s follows football for University of WA, Auburn and the Seahawks.
BS, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas
DVM, Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine
Chris joined People, Pets & Vets in 2018 as CEO and brings over 10 years of executive-level experience to the table. Chris has extensive experience helping businesses with corporate strategy, growth, turn-around, new business development and acquisitions in a variety of industries. Previously, Chris served as CEO of Jefferson Dental, a leading dental support organization with over 65 affiliated offices in the state of Texas. Chris was responsible for all business operations at Jefferson and led significant growth over a 5-year period. Prior to Jefferson Dental, Chris was a Senior Vice President at DentalOne Partners, overseeing all corporate strategy and business development for the company. Chris has previously worked as a lead executive for an international chemical company. He also spent several years as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he led team members addressing issues in strategy, sales and marketing, operations, and organizational design.
Chris is ecstatic about joining the PPV family because of all the great team members and the excitement of working on something new every day. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball, running, hiking and he is a self-proclaimed ESPN addict. He has a Goldendoodle named Charlie.
BS Statistics, Brigham Young University – Graduated summa cum laude
MBA, Harvard Business School – Graduated Baker Scholar
Heather is a member of several charitable organizations that serve her local community. In her free time, she loves to host family and friends which makes her house seem like Grand Central Station. She also stays active with dog walks and taking her kids on new adventures. She is married with two kids and a Goldendoodle, Chewy.
BS Corporate Communication Studies, University of Texas at Austin
Business Foundations, McCombs School of Business
Rodger is the Chief Development Officer at People, Pets & Vets and leads a team focused on new practice acquisition. His team is focused on driving personalized interactions and a flexible process for our new hospitals. Rodger has more than 25 years of leadership experience, with the last 9 years in the healthcare industry. In previous roles, Rodger served as Chief Development Officer for Physicians Endoscopy and Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Ambulatory Surgical Centers of America (ASCOA), an ASC multi-specialty development and management company. His career has focused on increasing profitability, creating new revenue streams, building organizations, increasing operational efficiency and managing change in complex and high growth environments. Rodger is focused on the growth of our organization by bringing new hospitals into the People, Pets & Vets family.
Rodger is extremely excited about building an incredible team and organization. Rodger has been married for over 25 years, has two children and two Goldendoodles, Abby and Zoey.
BBA, The University of Texas at Austin, Red McCombs School of Business
MBA, The University of Texas at Dallas, School of Management
Michele joined People, Pets and Vets in 2018 as the Chief Financial Officer and brings 25 years of experience in Finance and Accounting in growth driven companies. Michele has a passion for joining companies who have a huge desire to go places they have never been and building the strategy, teams, systems and processes that will support increasingly complex organizations and decision making. Michele has spent the last 19 years in Healthcare; working in both the IT and Services verticals. Most recently Michele was the CFO at Imagine Health; attacking the status quo of healthcare delivery through high performance networks. Prior to that, Michele spent 15 years at AdvancedMD, a SaaS software company, joining the company pre-product, pre-revenue and driving the financial strategy and teams that created a Healthcare IT market leader resulting in three successful exits; for the Venture Capitalists, Private Equity owner and the Strategic owner. While at AdvancedMD, Michele also spent two years in Operations, incubating a new Services business line. Michele started her career with EY and is a Certified Public Accountant. Michele enjoys paying it forward in her community and currently serves on boards for the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, the University of Utah Executive MBA Advisory and the Judge Memorial Women’s Lacrosse Team.
Michele is so excited to roll up her sleeves at People Pets and Vets, joining an incredible team of people, who want to reach new heights and build a unique company that makes a difference. Michele has two children and a Miniature Goldendoodle; Penny. Michele’s favorite pastime is spending summers on the lake with her family.
BS Finance and Accounting, University of Arizona
MBA, University of Utah
Hayden joined People, Pets & Vets in 2014 to lead Human Resources for the service center and family of hospitals. Prior to PPV she has held various customer and employee centric roles including the American Cancer Society and Frito Lay. She was recognized as the 2014 Woman of the Year for Colorado Springs Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and was most recently recognized as a 2018 “40 under 40” winner of South Sound in Washington. She is also very active with Rotary International and other non-profit organizations, including Run like a Dog, Grand Club Fundraiser for Relay For Life and the Griffin School Foundation. Hayden is exceptional at supporting our awesome employees and passionate about recruitment of professionals that share a love for animal care and health.
Hayden is excited about the opportunity to serve more pets as we grow and especially loves seeing the collaboration across all the hospitals we support. She is married with 3 kids and 1 golden retriever rescue, Cameron (aka Camo). She loves musicals, down-hill skiing and spending time with family.
BA Speech Communications, Minor in Gender Studies, Oregon State
HR Certification, University of Washington Tacoma
Garrett has spent 8+ years in the animal health industry in various roles. He most recently held the role of Territory Business Manager at Zoetis and prior to this, spent 7 years at Eli Lilly in sales and marketing roles. Prior to his time in animal health, he spent 4 years in the real estate deal making world. He is excited to join the PPV family to continue working with veterinary practices and provide business solutions to increase their productivity and profitability.
He and his wife, Am, are high school sweethearts and have been married for 18 years. They have lived all around the country and now call the Olympia area home. His family is no stranger to animal health as his identical twin brother is a veterinarian in Idaho and he has a deep love for animals. He currently has 3 cat sons, Alby “Shmalby,” Bobbin “Wobs,” and Teddy and also cares for 2 strays Randy Serena and Eddy. In his spare time, Garrett enjoys spending time outside in the mountains, at the lake and sky diving.
BS Biochemistry, Washington State University
Masters Biotechnology, Washington State University
MBA, Washington State University
Brett is the Director of Practice Acquisitions in Texas and surrounding states for People, Pets & Vets. He is passionate about helping practice owners achieve their goals and making them feel like a part of the PPV family. Brett joined PPV in December 2018 after 11 years in the veterinary pharmaceutical industry where he developed strategic relationships that helped practices thrive and exceed their growth targets. He has been a part of numerous leadership teams throughout his career and couldn’t be more excited about the future growth of PPV.
Brett currently lives in Richardson, TX and has been married for 10 years to his amazing wife, Cindy. They have a fun, energetic 5-year-old named Hank and a very lucky goldendoodle they recently rescued named Hitch.
BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, Texas A&M University