Advisory Council

Stokes Pharmacy is excited to have formed our very first advisory council which includes some of the most forward-thinking leaders in the veterinary industry. With their advice and expertise, we look forward to taking Stokes to the next level.

Stacy Andrew, DVM, DACVO

Stacy Andrew, DVM, DACVO

Ophthalmology Specialist, BluePearl – Sandy Springs, GA

Prior to joining BluePearl in Georgia, Dr. Andrew served as a faculty member at the University of Florida. Her special interests are corneal diseases, ocular manifestations of systemic disease and eyelid surgery.

Dr. Andrew is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Vermont. After finishing veterinary school at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Andrew completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at MSPCA Angell Memorial Hospital in Boston, MA as well as a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Florida. To read Dr. Andrew’s full professional biography, click here.

When not working, Dr. Andrew enjoys traveling, reading and horse-related activities. She and husband, Dr. Alan Cross, have three active French bulldogs.

Philip J. Bergman, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM

Philip J. Bergman, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACVIM

Director, Clinical Studies, VCA                                                                          Oncologist at VCA Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center – Bedford Hills, NY

Dr. Bergman is the Director of Clinical Studies for VCA. He is the principal veterinary investigator for the recently fully licensed canine melanoma vaccine (Oncept). Dr. Bergman is an adjunct faculty member of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Prior to Dr. Bergman joining VCA, he served as the Chief Medical Officer for BrightHeart Veterinary Centers from July 2007 to August 2011; from 1999 to June 2007 he was the head of the Donaldson-Atwood Cancer Center at AMC. After finishing veterinary school from Colorado State in 1990, he was an intern at Kansas State (90-91) and returned to CSU for his medical oncology residency (91-94) and then completed a PhD Fellowship in human cancer biology from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston (94-99). He was previously Chair of the ACVIM Board of Regents and President of the Veterinary Cancer Society.

Dr. Bergman has been a veterinary oncologist at Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center since 2007.

Bob Murtaugh, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC Chief Medical Officer, Pathway – Austin, TX


Chief Medical Officer, Pathway – Austin, TX

Dr. Murtaugh earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. In 1984, he completed a Residency in Veterinary Internal Medicine and MS at Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and in 1985 he became Diplomate of ACVIM. From 1984 to 1998 Dr. Murtaugh was a Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital, and the Assistant Dean of Curriculum at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. From 1986 to 1989, Dr. Murtaugh served as Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (became AVMA recognized specialty in 1989). After serving as Chief of Staff at Dove Lewis Emergency Animal Hospital, Portland OR from 1998 to 2000, Dr. Murtaugh joined VCA as the Northeast Regional Medical Director from 2000 to 2010 and as Medical Director and ACVIM/ACVECC Specialist at VCA All Care Animal Referral Center in Orange County, CA from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, Dr. Murtaugh joined Pathway as Chief Medical Officer and is serving as Chairman of American Board of Veterinary Specialties (AVMA).

Donna Steckley

Donna Steckley

Hospital Administrator, CARES – Langhorne, PA                                     Area Leader, Pet Partners

Donna has been part of the veterinary community since, 1983. Her knowledge began to grow when she started as a kennel attendant in a busy general practice. She not only became a skilled veterinary technician, but also developed a unique expertise in pigeon racing. Donna also spent a portion of her career as an animal lab technician.  As she reached each level, her desire to grow brought her into the world of veterinary emergency and specialty services. In 2000, she joined CARES as an overnight ER nurse. As the practice expanded, a leader was needed to support the team. Donna was the perfect candidate to fulfill the Practice Management position. Donna is not only an amazing Practice Manager, but a true team player. It is not unusual for her to step into any of the roles in the hospital. She will show up in the middle of the night to deliver puppies, pick up the phone to help the CSR’s or be found with some tool in her hand doing building maintenance. Donna also makes the team feel like a family, she will strike up a barbeque for those working on a summer holiday or pick up team members when they can’t get there in the winter snow. Donna has been a strong role model to a current CARES team of over 100.  She is able to balance business with compassion, which allows her to develop a progressive clinic and team. Her sense of humor promotes a positive atmosphere. The team often jokes that she has her own language, referred to as “Donna-isms”.

Ashley Wiese, DVM, MS, DACVAA

Ashley Wiese, DVM, MS, DACVAA

Veterinary Anesthesiologist, Regional Medical Director, MedVet Medical & Cancer Center for Pets – Fairfax, OH

Ashley J. Wiese, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA is the Regional Medical Director at MedVet CincinnatiMedVet Dayton, and MedVet Lexington, as well as a board-certified Veterinary Anesthesia Specialist. She has been part of the medical team since 2012. Dr. Wiese attended The Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Science degree, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Following her graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Wiese completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at MedVet Columbus and a three-year small animal anesthesia and critical care residency at the University of California, Davis, Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.  She also completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego.

After becoming a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists, Dr. Wiese returned to MedVet and has become a well-known leader in veterinary anesthesiology. She has received multiple awards for her research presented at national conferences including the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists (ACVA) and the Veterinary Midwest Anesthesia and Analgesia Conference. Dr. Wiese was also awarded a travel grant by the ACVA Foundation.

Dr. Wiese has authored numerous manuscripts that have been published in books and peer reviewed journals including Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Journal of Veterinary Research, Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, The Textbook of Small Animal Emergency Medicine, Veterinary Centers of America: Anesthesia Manual, Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, Handbook of Veterinary Pain Management, Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional, and Integrative Approaches.

She is also an active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals and has lectured on various small animal anesthesiology topics including anesthesia, anesthetic monitoring, mechanical ventilation and pain management.

In addition to her interests in anesthetic management of clinical patients, Dr. Wiese has focused on investigating and developing new and improved anesthetic techniques for elective and high risk animals requiring surgery, objective monitoring methodologies, and the clinical application of mechanism based therapies for treating pain. Her research interests include the translation of basic neurobiological and pharmacokinetic principles to the treatment of clinical pain, anesthesia for animals with cardiovascular disease, and perioperative monitoring and fluid balance. When not treating patients, Dr. Wiese enjoys running, swimming, cycling, reading, and gardening.