Our mission comes to life through our associates. Meet the real people of Banfield and hear their stories.
This profession chose me. I chose Banfield.
Dr. Kirk Breuninger
Veterinary Research Associate
Dr. Molly McAllister
Director of Research
Dr. Lilian Wong
Dr. Mary Guerra
Dr. Nikki Wright
Dr. Rhesa Houston
Chief of Staff
I always knew I wanted to have a broader, bigger impact on the profession.
Kirk Breuninger, VMD, MPH, DACVPM Veterinary Research Associate
Dr. Kirk Breuninger was named Pennsylvania’s 2015 Veterinarian of the Year, but he didn’t always have the skills and confidence that ultimately earned him this top honor.
When he first started his career with Banfield he felt overwhelmed in the hospital and left after a year to pursue a master’s degree. He returned to Banfield in 2012 with a renewed commitment and a sharp focus on what he wanted from his career – the ability to impact other veterinarians and the profession as a whole.
Dr. Molly McAllister, Senior Manager, Research Programs
There is no question in my mind that we are making a difference and learning things that will make pets’ lives better in the long run.
Molly McAllister, DVM Research Programs Senior Manager
Molly’s career path has had its share of twists and turns. She worked in both small and large animal practices, did wildlife rehabilitation and worked in the pet food industry with Royal Canin before her journey led her to Banfield in 2012. Driven by her belief in evidence-based medicine and her dedication to knowledge sharing, she’s found a home on Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK) team.
Now, she lends her talent and expertise to determining what types of research her team will conduct, and how that information can be shared out with our practice and the profession at large.
Watch Molly’s video to learn more.
Dr. Lilian Wong, Associate Veterinarian
Being a veterinarian and a mom, it’s harder to find time to give back to the community. But it’s great to work for a company that encourages it.
Lilian Wong, DVM
Giving back to the community has always been a part of Dr. Lilian Wong’s life for as long as she can remember. As kids her age were saving their allowance to spend on themselves, Lilian was donating hers to animal organizations.
When Lilian graduated from vet school, became a new mom and returned to work, she wanted to continue being active in her community. While many people might give that up when life gets a little hectic, Lilian was determined to balance it all. Banfield gave her the flexibility to do everything she wanted. For Lilian, that’s a perfect fit.
Watch Lilian’s video to learn more.
Dr. Mary Guerra, Medical Director
I get to do what I do best and I get to have an impact on my profession and the veterinarians that are around me. And that is what I've always wanted.
Mary Guerra, DVM Medical Director
Dr. Mary Guerra believes it is her calling to develop people. If there’s anything she can do to help others, she considers it a privilege. It’s no surprise, then, that her commitment to her team earned her Banfield’s “Chief of Staff of the Year” award and then a promotion to Medical Director.
Mary knows that a team that works well together can always accomplish more than an individual. Her priority as a medical director is to get to know the associates in the hospitals she oversees—from their strengths and opportunities to their goals and aspirations—so she can provide the right coaching and support at the right time, every time.
Watch Mary’s video to learn more.
Dr. Nikki Wright, Associate Veterinarian
I had multiple mentors. That was completely invaluable. I don’t know if I would be here today still practicing if it weren’t for that.
Nikki Wright, DVM Associate Veterinarian
While in vet school, Dr. Nikki Wright co-founded a nonprofit in Haiti that combined clinical care with educational workshops for farmers and their cattle. After graduating, she joined Banfield and immersed herself in the mentorship program—a collaborative, knowledge sharing experience that she found invaluable for someone who’s always been an avid learner.
Along with her quest for knowledge, Nikki has a strong passion to teach others. Whether it’s new vet students in the hospital or yogis practicing in one of her classes, it's empowering for her to share what she loves with people who are just as excited about it as she is. Ultimately, she’d like to mentor other doctors, paying forward everything that she has been given.
Watch Nikki’s video to learn more.
Dr. Rhesa Houston, Chief of Staff
I think it’s important for veterinarians to join a practice that not only provides mentors and financial stability, but also one that encourages us to stay healthy inside and outside of work.
Rhesa Houston, DVM Chief of Staff
Dr. Rhesa Houston considers herself somewhat of a nomad, having started her Banfield career in Arizona, transferring between several states and then landing in Alabama. Banfield has been the one constant in her life, allowing her to make lateral career moves so she could get through challenges outside of work.
One of Rhesa’s personal struggles was compassion fatigue, something not often talked about but common in veterinary medicine. Banfield gave her personal time away from the hospital to get herself mentally healthy so she could return with a fresh outlook. None of this could have happened if Rhesa didn't feel cared about. Relationships like these are the glue that holds great workplaces together.
Watch Rhesa’s video to learn more.