Power of Ten Class of 2018

Power of Ten Class of 2018


What is Power of Ten?
The Power of Ten Program will offer ten early-career veterinarians the opportunity to complete a personal and professional development program comprised of in-person educational opportunities and activities over a 12 month period.

The PVMA will provide topic experts, meals, and meeting expenses at no charge to the participant. Modules will be held at locations around the Portland area and mid-Willamette Valley with the exception of attendance at the AVMA’s Veterinary Leadership Conference in Chicago.


Our 2017-18 participants will be:

Dr. Ben Carter, VCA North Portland Veterianry Hospital- The Ohio State University 2016
Dr. Nicole Froelich, Willowbrook Veterinary Hospital – Washington State University 2014
Dr. Ariel Grubb, VCA Raleigh Hills Animal Hospital- Washington State University 2013
Dr. Kate Hooper, VCA East Mill Plain Animal Hospital- Oregon State University 2012
Dr. Connie Lo, VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital- UC Davis 2014
Dr. Jessica Nelson, Forever Pet Dental- Oregon State university 2012
Dr. Marissa Rothenbaum, Banfield Central Team Support- UC Davis 2011
Dr. Margaret Wixson, Oregon Humane Society- UC Davis 2014
Dr. Carl Winch, Banfield Pet Hospital- Hillsboro- Glasgow University 2008
Dr. Sonja Lapinski, Carlton Veterinary Hospital- Oregon State University 2011 Facilitator

Key Benefits

Through the Power of Ten, you will:

  • Develop fundamental understanding of leadership skills, personal and professional goal setting, and emotional intelligence
  • Deepen understanding of communication styles and skills
  • Heighten awareness of yourself and better understand how to maximize interactions with those around you
  • Gain the competency to utilize these skills within your life, practice, and community
  • Experience a supportive environment that fosters meaningful interpersonal relationships and collaborative, lifelong interactions


The real backbone of this program is the time spent together and with guest speakers during the sessions.Because of this time commitment, particularly on some weekdays, it is imperative that participants’ employers are aware of and supportive of  participation in this program. The PVMA executive director and the facilitator would be happy to support/participate in any conversations with employers or managers to help convey the benefits of your participation in this program.

Absences – A maximum of one absence from a required module will be allowed for legitimate causes only, at the discretion of the program leaders.

Program eligibility:  PVMA member veterinarians who have graduated from an accredited college of veterinary medicine between 2011-2017. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


The application period for the 2018-19 class will take place in July 2018!