The Dairy Health Team

Meet our Professionals

Dr. Matthew Curler, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Services Veterinarian

Biography

Professional Interests: Animal health management, Pathology, Epidemiology, Economic modeling, Statistics, Applied Research, Data management, Software development, Reporting

Location: New York, USA

Education: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science (2007); Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2011); Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

Biography: Dr. Curler attended Cornell University for both his undergraduate and veterinary degrees, where he participated in the Cornell Dairy Fellows and Farm Credit Fellows programs as an undergraduate. He continued his commitment to dairy production medicine during his veterinary training, receiving the Clinical Proficiency Award in Dairy Production Medicine from Pfizer Animal Health during his final year.
After graduating in 2011, Dr. Curler moved to Alberta, Canada, taking a position as a Professional Services Veterinarian with Feedlot Health Management Services. Although he enjoyed working with beef, Dr. Curler’s passion for dairy brought him back to the States as a founding partner of Dairy Health & Management Services in 2012.

Dr. Mark Thomas, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Services Veterinarian

Biography

Professional Interests: Applied research, animal health management, milk quality, reproduction, employee management, bilingual training support.

Location: New York, USA

Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in 1997 – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and Penn State Dairy Production Medicine Certificate Program in 2001.

Biography: Dr. Mark Thomas is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) certified in dairy practice. Dr. Thomas enjoys lecturing at meetings and is also active in teaching through the Cornell Pro Dairy program, the Summer Dairy Institute at Cornell, the Cornell-China Dairy Institute. He has served as an active member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and is currently in the position of president-elect. In 2011 he received the AABP Merial Excellence in Preventive Medicine- Dairy Award.

Dr. Peter Ostrum, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Services Veterinarian

Biography

Professional Interests: Animal Health, specific interests in bovine reproduction including embryo transfer/IVF and nutrition.

Location: New York, USA

Education: Dr. Ostrum graduated from Cornell University in 1984 with a doctorate degree in Veterinary Medicine and then completed a one year food animal internship from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985.

Biography: Dr. Ostrum has been a partner at Countryside Veterinary Clinic in Lowville for the past 27 years and has a special interest in training farm employees.

Frans Vokey, M.S., P.A.S.

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Services Nutrition Consultant

Biography

Professional Interests: Dairy cattle nutrition, feeding management, facility design, data analysis, applied research, economic modeling

Location: Lowville, New York, USA

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Physics (1996), Middlebury College; Master of Science in Animal Science (2000), Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Biography:  Following his graduate research at Cornell, Frans led an education program in commercial dairy production and collaborated in applied research for Cornell Cooperative Extension in northern New York for 11 years. He is a member of the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. In 2012 Frans became a founding partner in Dairy Health & Management Services.

Dr. Calvin Booker, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Research and Development

Biography

Professional Interests: Animal health management, pathology, epidemiology, statistics, applied research, economic modeling

Location: Okotoks, AB, Canada

Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in 1989 and Master of Veterinary Science (M.Vet.Sc.) in 1992 – Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Biography: Dr. Booker completed an internship at the Ambulatory Clinic, New York State College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University, in 1990 and a residency at the Field Service Clinic, Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992.

From 1990 to 1992, Dr. Booker collaborated on research efforts with Feedlot Health and became part of the team in 1992 as an epidemiologist, data analyst and production consultant. In addition, Dr. Booker is an Affiliate Faculty Member in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University and the AABP 2006 Merial Preventative Medicine Beef Award Recipient.

Along with Dr. Kee Jim, Dr. Booker was selected by his peers and recognized by the Bovine Veterinarian magazine as one of six VIPs of Feedlot Medicine in North America.

Dr. Tye Perrett, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Administrative and Professional Consultant

Biography

Professional Interests: Animal health management, pathology, animal production, applied research, economic modeling

Location: Okotoks, AB, Canada

Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) in 1999 – Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (B.Sc.Agr.) in 1995 – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Biography: Dr. Perrett became associated with Feedlot Health in 2004. He also acted as president of the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians – 2007-2009; and president of the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners – 2007-2008.

Dr. Bob Ceglowski, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Services Veterinarian

Biography

Professional Interests: Milk quality, reproduction, employee management, bilingual training support, facilities design, applied research, economic modeling

Location: New York, USA

Education: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) and Bachelor of Science – Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Biography:  Dr. Ceglowski studied Agricultural Engineering, Ruminant Nutrition, and Veterinary Medicine, all at Cornell University.  His Spanish language and inter-cultural expertise were gained while studying, living, and working in agricultural extension in Latin America, and while performing research in Kenya, East Africa.  Dr. Ceglowski enjoys guest lecturing to veterinary and dairy science students at Cornell University and S.U.N.Y. Cobleskill.  He was a founding partner in Dairy Health and Management Services in 2012.  When not working Dr. Ceglowski spends time with his wife and two sons and serves on the local school board.

Stuart Hall, DVM

Title: Managing Partner, Professional Services Veterinarian

Biography

Professional Interests: Animal health management, pathology, applied research

Education: Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (M.R.C.V.S.) in 2005 – Royal Veterinary College, London, UK

Location: California, USA

Biography: Upon graduating, Dr. Hall received the Royal Agricultural Society Prize for Food Animal Production Medicine. Between 2005 and 2012 he spent three years as an associate veterinarian at Valley Veterinarians Inc. in Tulare, California for, followed by four years at the Lone Oak Large Animal Veterinary Clinic in Visalia, California. At both clinics he focused on dairy cattle herd health, reproduction management, calf ranch management, and research. In 2010, Dr. Hall formed Herd Management Resources, which focused on calf ranch consulting in central California. Feedlot Health and Dr. Hall have a professional, joint venture business relationship focused on enhancing services to calf ranch operations. He is currently a partner in the firm and resides in central California, providing services to calf ranch clients and large dairy herds.

Heidi Lehmann

Title: Office Administration

Biography

Location: New York, USA

Professional Interests: Office Administration

Biography: Heidi Lehmann earned her undergraduate degree from SUNY Potsdam in 1999, graduating as Summa Cum Laude. She then attended Florida State University to obtain her Master’s Degree. As a small business entrepreneur herself, Ms. Lehmann brings valuable organization and administrative skills to Dairy Health. In 2010, she was asked to serve as Music Braille Chariman of the National Braille Association, Secretary in 2012 and President in 2017. Ms. Lehmann currently resides in Castorland, NY with her husband and four children.

 

Lauren Pitman

Title: Consultant Assistant

Biography

Professional Interests:  Ms. Pitman provides services as a Field and Laboratory Technician through her role as the Consultants’ Assistant at DHMS. She also provides bilingual support on and off the farm in addition to oversight of the various research studies that DHMS participates in throughout the year.

Location: New York, USA

Biography:  Ms. Pitman earned her AAS Degree in Veterinary Science Technology from SUNY Canton and her BT in Animal Science from SUNY Cobleskill.  She also has practical experience working both in small animal practice and free-stall dairy herd management.

Nathan Thompson, DVM

Title: Animal Health & Production Consultant

Biography

Professional Interests:  Animal Health Management and Protocol Development, Animal Reproduction

Location: New York USA

Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology (2010), Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Science; Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (2015), St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine

Biography: Originally from upstate New York, Dr. Thompson completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. He then went on to St. George’s University for the first 3 years of veterinary school and completed his 4th year clinical training at the University of Wisconsin Madison, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015. He then returned to upstate NY and attended the Summer Dairy Institute at Cornell University in 2015. Dr. Thompson joined Countryside Veterinary Clinic as an associate veterinarian in May 2015, specializing in mixed animal practice. Realizing his true passion for dairy cattle, Dr. Thompson joined DHMS in July of 2016 as an Animal Health and Production Consultant. His professional interests include calf rearing and heifer replacement programs, milk quality and mastitis prevention, as well as reproductive performance and protocol development.

 

Cheyenne Steria

Title: Research Project Manager

Biography

Professional Interests:  Project Management and Process Development

Location: New York USA

Biography:  Cheyenne earned her undergraduate degree in Business Management and Mathematics from Hartwick College, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 2006.  She is active in her community and enjoys spending her free time traveling and seeking outdoor adventure with her husband and daughter, friends and family.  Her professional background touches on estimating, analytics, engineering and sales, but her experience developing processes and managing projects across a variety of industries brings value to her work at DHMS.

 

CheyAnne Record

Title: Research Project Manager

Biography

Professional Interests: Animal health, Animal Reproduction

Location: California USA

Biography: Ms. Record received her B.S. Degree in Animal Science, Livestock Production Management, with an emphasis in Dairy Science from California State University, Fresno. Immediately upon graduating, she accepted a full time position with Dairy Health. She provides support to our West Coast clients in the areas of milk quality evaluation, feeds and feeding evaluation, animal reproduction evaluation, and oversight on various research projects. She currently resides in Kingsburg, CA with her husband.

 

 

 

 

Salvador Ordaz

Title: Research and Consultant Assistant

Biography

Professional Interests: Dairy nutrition and forage conservation

Location: Torreon, Mexico

Biography: Salvador obtained his undergraduate degree as a Veterinarian (MVZ: Medico Veterinario Zootecnista) at the Universidad Autonoma Agraria Antonio Narro in 2014. Following graduation, he was invited to be part of the Lallemand Animal Nutrition Silage Center of Excellence located at the Miner Institute in Chazy, NY where he worked as a research assistant for 5 months. He then obtained his masters degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont in 2017. He currently resides in Torreon, Mexico where he is an independent contractor with Dairy Health, servicing our clients in northern Mexico.

 

 

 

 

Nathan Xiong

Title: Consultant Assistant

Biography

Professional Interests: Data management, data analysis, software

Location: Beijing, China

Biography: Nathan obtained his Master of Engineering degree at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. In 2007, he started his dairy career at Huaxia Dairy China where he gained practical on-farm dairy management experience. Nathan then joined Alta to provide technical software support and on-farm data analysis as he pioneered the use of Dairy Comp 305 in China. During those years, Nathan also worked to provide technical support and sales with Livestock Improvement (LIC, NZ) and SCR.