We are thrilled to announce that 8 new members have recently joined our editorial advisory board. These members will use their areas of specialty to contribute content to our family of publications, including dvm360® and Firstline, as well as current and future multimedia opportunities.

Following are our new board members, including their areas of specialty and a few fun facts about them.

Kelly Cairns, DVM, MS, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr Kelly Cairns graduated veterinary school from Colorado State University in 2004, completed a small animal rotating internship at Cornell University in 2005, and a small animal internal medicine residency with a master's degree at Ohio State University in 2008, at which time she obtained diplomate status. She enjoyed a rewarding career working at a clinical practice as an internist and medical director of a multi-specialty/ER hospital until joining Pathway Vet Alliance in January of 2018. Cairns currently serves as vice president of medical excellence and education for the 400 plus hospitals in the Pathway Vet Alliance family. She lives in the Chicagoland area with her 3 children (7, 9, and 11 years old), husband, 2 cats, and a very sweet but poorly mannered Great Dane/Lab mix!

Fun fact: Cairns is ridiculously afraid of heights to the point where she can’t go more than a couple of steps up on a ladder before having a panic attack and being paralyzed with fear. One time, she nearly got stuck near the top of the Eiffel tower when her husband suggested that they walk the outer stairs from the top elevator platform back down to the middle elevator platform.

Jaclyn Dueñas, DVM

Dr Jaclyn Dueñas is a small animal general practitioner in Miami, Florida. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. She also attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of St. Kitts and graduated in August 2017. Following graduation, Dueñas returned to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Florida where she completed her clinical studies. Upon graduation, there was no doubt that Dueñas would return home to practice in Miami.

While being a veterinarian is a big part of her life, there is so much more to her! Dueñas is passionate about her family and her role as a new mom. She believes that you can have it all: a successful veterinary career and a flourishing home life. Her goal is to inspire and empower fellow veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians to find balance and happiness in their work and personal lives.

Fun fact: Dueñas is of Cuban-American descent. Both sets of her grandparents fled Cuba and immigrated to the United States to pursue the American Dream.

Amanda Dykstra, DVM, MPH, DABVP

Dr Amanda Dykstra completed her veterinary degree at Iowa State University in 2003. She practiced in Missouri as a shelter veterinarian and a city veterinarian before completing a Shelter Medicine Fellowship with the University of California, Davis, in 2013. While a faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, Dykstra completed her MPH with a concentration in veterinary public health and now works primarily as a shelter consultant. She is also the owner of a low-cost veterinary clinic with a mission to improve access to care in Appalachia. Additionally, Dykstra is certified as a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, specializing in shelter medicine practice.

Fun fact: Dykstra was an army medic before attending veterinary school. There she learned suture patterns from her field medical commander who was a plastic surgeon in civilian life. Twenty years later, people are still impressed that her incision closures don't leave visible scars.

Ryan Frazier, BS, LVT

Ryan Frazier has been a credentialed veterinary technician since 2004. He has worked in general practice, emergency, and specialty medicine throughout his career. He also received his BS in marketing in 2019 and is working as a marketing and outreach coordinator at a specialty clinic in the Seattle area.

Frazier is dedicated to advancing veterinary technology through his work with professional associations, his Facebook group, Veterinary Support Staff Career Group, and planning continuing education that elevates veterinary technicians. He is currently the program chair for the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians, member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technician in America, and a committee member of Education and Events for PrideVMC.

Fun fact: Fraizer has well over 50 plants in his house (many in his office at work too) and wants that many yaks too!

Boaz Man, DVM

Dr Boaz Man is the owner and medical director of Boca Midtowne Animal Hospital (BMAH), an AAHA accredited facility. He is a Fear Free certified professional, which allows his team to prioritize a pet’s emotional well-being. He grew up surrounded by medicine, with his father and both grandfathers being well-respected doctors. Man has 17 years of experience in private practice and opened BMAH in 2013. Being the sole practitioner, he often involves veterinary experts to help provide the most thorough veterinary care available.

Man was the only veterinarian in Florida to be selected as a Trademark Top Doctor in 2020. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of Miami and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University. He also enjoys using his Instagram page (@bocamidtownevet) as an education platform for pet owners. You can check it out here.

Fun fact: Man started volunteering at a veterinary clinic at age 12. The back story is quite unique, to say the least. The veterinarian at the clinic was bitten in the face by a dog during an exam. Man's father, a plastic surgeon, just so happened to be the doctor who repaired his nose! This dog bite, although unfortunate for the veterinarian at that time, helped Man get his first experience in veterinary medicine at a very early age!

Charles McMillan, DVM

Dr Charles McMillan received his BS degree in pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in biology from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware, and later earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine (TUCVM) in 2012. McMillan served as TUCVM’s human-animal bond/animal behavior president and has a keen interest in the likeness and differences between human and nonhuman animal behavior. Shortly after graduating from TUCVM, McMillan earned a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists and went on to spend 4 years practicing both emergency and general veterinary medicine at 2 large referral hospitals in New Jersey. He later relocated to Georgia where he currently practices small animal medicine in Atlanta.

McMillan and his wife Tara, a corporate attorney, share their home with their 2 sons, Luke and Isaiah, and their 2 puppies, Milo and Hugo. You can also find McMillan on Instagram @yourfavoritepetdoc.

Fun fact: McMillan is a habitue of movie theaters and fancies himself a huge movie buff and sports fan.

Tina Tran, DVM

Dr Christina V. Tran is a first-generation Filipino-American raised outside of Chicago, Illinois. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Davis, Tran received her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has spent most of her professional career in small animal private practice, as a full-time associate, relief veterinarian, and house-call practice owner. Additionally, Tran has worked in shelter medicine and academia. She served as veterinary technology faculty at Portland Community College and as veterinary technology program director at Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Tran is on faculty at the University of Arizona College of Veterinary Medicine as associate professor and clinical relations lead veterinarian. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Rarebreed Veterinary Partners.

Fun fact: Tran is the immediate past president of the Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association. She was also offered a job to become a Blackjack dealer in Lake Tahoe but turned it down to pursue a career in veterinary medicine.

Fred Wininger, VMD, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)

New Jersey native Dr Fred Wininger earned his veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After completing a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia, he finished his neurology/neurosurgery residency at Washington State University. It was there where he developed a love for neuroimaging and the development of a novel neuronavigation device. After joining the faculty at the University of Missouri, he applied these interests to develop therapies for both animals and children with the rare neurodegenerative disorder known as Batten disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis) and was awarded the young investigator award by the Batten Disease Support & Research Association for his work. He then moved to St Louis, Missouri, where he practiced for several years and developed the first hybrid private practice/academic neurology residency program, which continues today.

Wininger currently practices at Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency in North Carolina. In addition to his clinical and teaching responsibilities, Wininger owns and operates 3D Veterinary Printing, LLC, which creates anatomic models and customized surgical tools to aid veterinary surgeons and neurosurgeons around the world. He also is the founding treasurer of the Veterinary Neurosurgical Society, an active member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri. In his spare time, Wininger enjoys scuba diving, endurance sports, and exploring new places through their food.

Fun fact: Wininger is a cyclist, diver, and chef. He has a standard poodle named Brae that opens up doors to their condo so he can spend time with Wininger’s neighbors!

To learn more about the rest of our advisory board members, go here.