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
Brett HallmanVP of Practice Acquisitions
Garrett MillardDirector of Practice Acquisitions
Emma BrockDirector of Practice Acquisitions
Mike HurtadoDirector of Practice Acquisitions
Jennifer Koenig, DVMRegional Medical Director
Michelle Shoemaker, DVMRegional Medical Director
John Calhoun, DVMRegional Medical Director
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. 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
BS Statistics, Brigham Young University
MBA, Harvard Business School
BS Accounting and Information Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
- Graduated cum laude
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 growing our family of clinics. 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 be a part of an incredible team of people, who want to reach new heights and make a difference in the communities we serve. 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
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 over10 years to his amazing wife, Cindy. They have a fun, energetic 7-year-old named Hank and a very lucky goldendoodle they rescued named Hitch.
BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, Texas A&M University
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
Emma currently resides in Magnolia, Texas with her menagerie of misfit animals which include Cooper the accident-prone pointer, Lizzie the deaf cattle dog, Hope the sassy Aussie mix, Reid the Napoleon-esque Jack Russell mix, plus 3 aloof cats and a wily ferret named Scarlett. Outside of that she enjoys reading historical fiction and hitting the tennis courts.
B.S. in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University
BS Pre-Veterinary Science, University of Nevada, Reno
DVM, Oregon State University and Washington State University
1990 DVM graduate of Texas A&M University