Krista Martin, Director
Krista Martin received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Sciences from East Texas Baptist University and her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. During these years, she developed a love for program development and an unfortunate addiction to Tex-Mex. Krista completed the Post Graduate Veterinary Social Work Certificate Program through the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2024.
Krista has 20 years of practice experience in both micro and macro environments. She initially joined Veterinary Hope Foundation in 2022 to develop and implement support groups for veterinarians. Krista is passionate about walking with veterinary professionals as they develop the skills necessary to prioritize their own wellbeing and then leverage those skills to build a better system for all veterinary professionals.
Krista currently serves as the Director for Veterinary Hope Foundation and operates M3 Counseling, a private social work practice specializing in veterinary social work.
Board of Directors
With decades of combined experience in mental health and veterinary medicine, our leadership team meets as partners to create hope and extend support to veterinary professionals experiencing struggle and challenge in a complex and ever changing world.
Blair McConnel, VMD, MBA
Blair has spent her career building new businesses and leading marketing teams in the pet care and livestock space. She is committed to using her skills, network and energy to help veterinarians and their teams.
Dr. Elizabeth Chosa, DVM
Dr. Elizabeth Chosa graduated from The University of Georgia in 2005 and has enjoyed a diverse career. She spent five years on active duty in the US Army Veterinary Corps, two years as an associate veterinarian, ten years as a small animal practice owner, and now enjoys working as a relief vet for both ER and GP practices. Dr. Chosa loves being a veterinarian and is passionate about giving back to the profession, both as a cofounder of Veterinary Hope Foundation and a mentor to DVMoms.
Heather Owen, DVM, MAV, CCRP, CCFT
After practicing emergency and critical care medicine, Heather became focused on animal acupuncture. Certified in canine rehabilitation, Heather has made a career rooted in sports medicine, rehabilitation and animal acupuncture.
Dr. Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA
Roger is the former chief medical officer of Zoetis with over 33 years of experience in the animal health and pharmaceuticals industries. Today, Roger owns a consulting firm specializing in animal health and management, career coaching and financial planning.
Dr. Mike Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP (C/F)
Mike has enjoyed a long career in veterinary medicine, including nearly 15 years in private practice, 14 years in the animal health industry and 10½ years as CEO of the American Animal Hospital Association. Mike now consults with veterinarians and animal health companies to help them achieve their goals.
Dr. Laurie Fonken, L.P.C.
Laurie has been a counselor and consultant in the area of health and wellbeing for 35 years. The owner of Whole Vets LLC, she offers educational training and consultation to veterinary professionals to strengthen their wellbeing through healthy resilience, engagement and compassion tactics.