Meet Our New SAB Representatives

Three NVA Compassion-First doctors have been named Specialty Advisory Board representatives. Each will contribute to medical initiatives and projects, drive team engagement, and liaise between their specialty network and the SAB.

Our SAB is a group of medical leaders that supports our foundational principle of providing world-class medicine. The SAB accomplishes this through medical innovation, cross-functional collaboration, strengthening relationships with partners in academia and industry, and developing resources for the hospitals. And the group is committed to ensuring broad participation to achieve diversity in perspective and experiences.

The SAB is still seeking a Nutrition Representative. Apply now.

ABVP Representative

Matt Booth, DVM, DABVP (canine and feline), will serve as the ABVP Representative, a previously vacant position.

After receiving his degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia, Dr. Booth began working in Augusta. Through mentorship, he chose to become a primary emergency clinician. In 1999, he moved to Boulder County, where he has continued to practice critical care, emergency medicine, and surgery at Colorado Animal Specialty & Emergency. He became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practice in 2011.

He and his spouse have two children and a cat, Bob.

Cardiology Representative

Courtney Smith, DVM, MS, DACVIM (cardiology), will serve as the Cardiology Representative, a previously vacant position.

After receiving her degree in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University (OSU), Dr. Smith completed a rotating internship with Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego. She then returned to Oregon State University, where she completed her three-year cardiology residency and obtained a master’s degree in veterinary science. Following her residency, Dr. Smith practiced cardiology in southern California. She recently established the cardiology department at Metropolitan Animal Specialty Hospital in Los Angeles. She enjoys managing all types of heart disease and working closely with families to provide the best care for her patients.

She and her husband have three children, a French bulldog, Ruby, and two sphynx cats, Minion and Blue.

Emergency Representative

Marilyn Brink, DVM, will serve as the Emergency Representative, replacing Dr. Dean Severidt, who stepped down last month.

After receiving her degree in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University in 2008, Dr. Brink joined Animal Emergency Hospitals (AEH) of Grand Rapids, Mich., as an ER veterinarian. She began serving as the hospital’s medical director in 2018. Last year, she assisted with the design and opening of AEH’s second location in Byron Center, where she also serves as medical director.

Dr. Brink is passionate about veterinary student and new graduate veterinarian mentorship. She oversees a mentorship program for aspiring ER veterinarians and an externship program for veterinary students.

She and her husband have two children and a wirehaired terrier, Mike.



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