Joel was raised in Kailua-Kona, HI. He attended Northern Virginia Community College and Old Dominion University, where he received degrees in General Studies and Industrial Technology, with core focuses in professional ethics and administrative leadership.
Since 1995, Joel has dedicated himself to the veterinary industry gaining extensive knowledge in various positions and practice profiles, including multi-location general medicine and emergency/specialty hospitals. He considers his career within the veterinary profession to be a satisfying and rewarding service, driven by a deep appreciation for the human-animal bond. His professional interests are finance, marketing and human resource management/development.
Joel received the designation of CVPM (Certified Veterinary Practice Manager) in 2012. As a CVPM, he has achieved the industry’s highest credential for practice management professionals, demonstrating experience, knowledge, and commitment to the pursuit of veterinary excellence. He is active in a variety of industry associations, most recently serving on the VHMA Ethics Committee as a member and as the Chairman.
Joel spends his time with his fiancé at their farm in the Shenandoah Valley. Together they enjoy a country lifestyle while tending to the needs of their beef cattle herd. When not farming, he can be found tinkering on old tractors and farm equipment in the workshop or exploring the hillsides and backcountry on a variety of all-terrain vehicles.