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our team

Karen Aiken, DVM


meet karen

Began her professional career as an equine practitioner at a referral hospital in Northern California. After leaving practice Karen joined Veterinary Learning Systems as a Project Manager, developed training materials for the international side of veterinary pharmaceuticals company, was the Director of Development and Public Relations at The Animal Medical Center (NYC), and the Director of Special Projects for ElevateDVM (Gloyd Group). Her diverse experience and passion for veterinary communications led her to founding Embark Consulting Group in 2020.

technical assistants

Millie - Cuddle-bug


Mabel - Crazy-cute BorDoodle


Running, skiing, reading, yoga, attempting some understanding of loveable doodles, friends/family

Laura Barton



meet laura

Kicked off her design career in the suburbs of Philadelphia working for an ad agency, a type house and the Franklin Mint. Soon she went out on her own as Barton Design creating branding, advertising and marketing for clients ranging in size from start-ups to international corporations. Balancing her graphic design career and her painting career has been professionally rewarding.

current favorite quotes

“Never hesitate to trade in your cow for a handful of magic beans.”

– Tom Robbins


“No mud, no lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hanh


“If you love it, do it.” – Laura Barton


Hiking, skiing, traveling, reading, hanging with friends

Robin Hipple


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meet robin

Worked in medical and veterinary publishing for more years than she cares to admit, starting with science/medical textbook and journal editing at Academic Press and WB Saunders. Made the moo-ve to veterinary medicine as a special projects editor at Veterinary Learning Systems, and, for the past 20+ years as a writer and editor at ElevateDVM/Gloyd Group. Known for her cool and calm demeanor under pressure, she enjoys seeing a project through from start to finish and exceeding client expectations.


technical assistants

Silk - sassy, totally spoiled Russian Blue


Skiing, being on or in the water, gardening, petting the cat, landscape photography

Sonya Hennessy


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meet sonya

Began her career in the veterinary industry in 1997 when Elevate DVM (Gloyd Group) was founded. Her In-depth computer savvy and strong people skills result in an adept ability to handle speaker presentation and web technology, as well as serving as a technology liaison in both text and graphic development, while seamlessly coordinating meeting details. Sonya also served as Association Manager for the Companion Animal Parasite Council for 10 years. Sonya is Partner of Sease Management and serves as Executive Director of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians as well as the Association Manager for the American Heartworm Society.

technical assistant

Tucker - Golden Retriever mix


Spending time with family & friends, cooking, games

Lisa Scott


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meet lisa

Prior to joining Elevate DVM (Gloyd Group) at its inception in 1997, Lisa’s various work experiences included Director of HR for a large commercial real estate firm in Dallas and a wedding planner!   As the Manager of the Meetings Division, Lisa planned meetings and events throughout the US, Canada and Europe.  For the past 10 years she also worked as the Association Manager and Triennial Symposium Coordinator for the American Heartworm Society.  Currently, Lisa is Partner of Sease Management, LLC and Executive Director of the American Heartworm Society.

technical assistants

Kai - Lab/Border Collie Granddog

Hank - Great Dane mix Granddog

Remi - Great Pyrenees/GS Granddog


Grandchildren, cooking, home décor, travel, friends

Steve Babbitt



meet steve

With over 20 years as a Web, Information Technology and Marketing Specialist, Steve has a wealth of experience. Since 1997 he has led Mile3, a web development, management and maintenance company that has been recognized for doing exceptional work and offering great support. With a mission to keep up with emerging technology, Steve is versed in Drupal, WordPress, Joomla!, Squarespace, Shopify, Wix and Weebly. 

best recommendation

Steve is an expert web developer who really knows what he is doing. He came through for me when the stakes were high and pressure was immense - he definitely has what it takes to get the job done.

-Tony Robbins

Internationally acclaimed speaker and author


Reading, writing, travel

Brent Altomare


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meet brent

Producer, editor, & colorist, Brent has been in the field of video production for over 20 years. As the founder of Groovy Like a Movie, and now 1Post, Brent has been working behind the scenes in veterinary communications and bringing projects to life, including virtual learning, marketing video, b-roll, KOL meetings, animation and more.

technical assistant

Jet - the Tortoise (enough said)


Movies, bouldering, video games, food

Kathy Gloyd, DVM


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meet kathy

A consultant who has been actively involved in planning and implementing veterinary continuing education and focused communications for more than 30 years, working with academics, professional organizations, and industry. Following private practice in central Florida, Kathy joined Hill's Pet Nutrition, prior to a move to Veterinary Learning Systems, where she served as vice president. Kathy was the founder of Elevate DVM (formerly The Gloyd Group), a company dedicated to all aspects of veterinary continuing education. She has a special interest in helping veterinary organizations with strategic and long-term planning.

technical assistants

Isabella, Marco Polo, and Phillip - sibling kitties raised by the Gloyd Family


Reading, church, community volunteerism, traveling for fun

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