Speaker Bios for Midwest BunFest
Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA
Dr. Micah Kohles, DVM, MPA, earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2001 and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha in 2010. Dr. Kohles joined Oxbow Animal Health as Director of Veterinary Science and Outreach in 2006. Additionally, he is co-founder of Flatwater Veterinary Group which operates three small animal/exotic veterinary practices. He has an adjunct professor appointment at the University of Nebraska School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and routinely lectures domestically and internationally on a diversity of veterinary medicine topics. Dr. Kohles is an active member of many professional organizations, including: AVMA, AAV, NVMA, AAZV, ARAV and the AEMV (Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians), where he currently serves as immediate Past-President and Conference Chair. He also currently serves as vice-chair of the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery and in the past, he has served on the boards of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. Outside the office, Dr. Kohles enjoys the company of his wife, Ashley, and two boys, Tegan and Kai, and daughter Taiya.
Barbara Oglesbee, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Oglesbee has been an expert in exotic pet medicine for over 25 years. She is currently in private practice at Medvet Hillard, treating exclusively exotic pets and pet birds. Over 70% of her patients have been pet rabbits. In addition to private practice, she is an Associate Professor of Avian and Exotic Animal Medicine at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. At OSU, she served as head of the Companion Avian and Exotic Animal clinical services and has taught courses in avian, rabbit and ferret medicine for the past 29 years. She is board-certified in Avian Medicine and Surgery (Diplomate ABVP- Avian Practice). Dr. Oglesbee wrote the clinical textbook, The 5-Minute Veterinary Consult: Ferret and Rabbit; a reference book used by practicing veterinarians world-wide. She has also authored many book chapters in veterinary textbooks and clinical papers on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of birds, rabbits, ferrets and other small mammals. She has been an invited lecturer at veterinary conferences locally, nationally, and internationally.
Susan Borders, DVM
Dr. Susan Borders, owner and staff veterinarian at Norton Road Veterinary Hospital in Galloway, Ohio. Dr. Borders grew up in Medina, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. Prior to graduation from vet school, Dr. Borders spent four years working with exotic animals at the Columbus Zoo as a pooper scooper and an educational presenter. She has been part of the Norton Road Veterinary Hospital team since October 2000 and purchased it with Dr. Elizabeth Logan in 2004. Her special areas of interest include surgery and exotic companion animal medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and the House Rabbit Society. In her spare time, Dr. Borders enjoys exercising and playing outside with her family.
Tracy Wiczer is an OHRR volunteer. She is a designated litter box cleaner, bunny chauffeur, and expert stray rabbit wrangler. Tracy is a bunny mommy to more buns than she’d like to admit and has adopted several of the stray rabbits she caught herself (foster failures!). She has learned a lot while taking care of rabbits for almost 10 years and loves to share her passion for all things bunny with others.
Gary Riggs DVM, ABVP
Dr. Riggs has spent the last 35 years involved in the veterinary care of pet exotic animals, wildlife, and zoo animals. His veterinary practice, working with three other vets, serves domestic and exotic animals at several different locations 7 days a week. The locations he serves include: Barberton Veterinary Clinic-Animal Clinic; Wadsworth Bird & Exotic Specialty Hospital. www.exoticpetvets.com, Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital: 24 hour exotic animal emergency and referral practice, Stark Parks/Summit Parks: consulting wildlife veterinarian, Greater Cleveland Aquarium: veterinarian, Noah’s Lost Ark: Exotic Animal Rescue/Sanctuary consulting veterinarian. He is the co-founder and director of Wild4Ever: Wildlife Conservation Foundation, www.wild4ever.com.
Amanda Steinagel, DVM
Dr. Amanda Steinagel is an attending veterinarian in the avian and exotics department at MedVet Hilliard, in Hilliard, OH. Dr. Steinagel graduated with her DVM from The Ohio State University in 2015. She completed her exotics training at The Animal Medical Center in New York, NY. She has several publications in avian, exotic, and zoological species. Her special areas of interest include: small mammal medicine, reptile medicine, zoo and wildlife medicine, and conservation medicine. In her spare time, Dr. Steinagel enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and their crazy pug, Elvis.
Laurie Millward, DVM
Dr. Laurie Millward is a 2006 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a combined clinical pathology residency-MS graduate program in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences at OSU in 2010. She was employed by Capital Area Humane Society (CAHS) as Chief Veterinarian and by The Ohio State University as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine and Surgery. Her areas of special interest are in feline and exotic animal medicine and surgery as well as clinical pathology. She is the proud bunny parent of Hershey, a dwarf mix, who enjoys chewing cardboard, nibbling on books on the bookshelf, and chasing the cats.
Nina Wolf has been involved with animal rescue and care for 25 years. Along with this, she has been a lifelong writer and educator, and has also owned two animal businesses of her own (a special needs pet sitting company, and an animal nutrition store). She has specialized in the role of diet in pet health and has been involved in pet food oversight, fighting for product safety. She is currently Small Pet Select’s Brand Manager.
Karen Winstead & Ryan Terebesi
Karen Winstead is a House Rabbit Society Educator. She and Ryan Terebesi are senior volunteers for Rabbit Care at the Capital Area Humane Society. They have done numerous bondings for the "bunny dating service" at CAHS, which has been running successfully for nearly 10 years. Ryan and Karen both have bonded pairs of rabbits.
Mary Cvetan is a freelance marketing writer and co-founder of the Pittsburgh House Rabbit Club. She has written about rabbit care and advocacy for local, regional and national media, including Rabbits USA magazine and the former Pet Connection blog, owned by Dr. Marty Becker—“America’s Veterinarian.” In partnership with Rabbit Wranglers, a private rescue, and three Pittsburgh shelters—Animal Friends, Animal Rescue League and W. Pa. Humane Society—she has produced hundreds of seminars, special events and marketing campaigns for rabbits and those who love them. And she does it all for Zsa Zsa, the best girl ever.