Strengthen Your
Foundation For Success

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The Summit Difference

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Summit Veterinary Advisors specializes in meeting the business consulting needs of both general and specialty veterinary practices. When you work with us, it’s easy to see that we enjoy getting to know our clients. We provide you with practical, customized solutions to help you start or strengthen your business and ultimately create a succession plan that maximizes your practice value.

Our expertise allows us to offer you a wide range of consulting services. In addition to financial, accounting and customer service professionals, we also have the advantage that comes from having two practicing veterinarians on our team. This gives us critical insight regarding the challenges our clients face on a daily basis and allows us to help when and how we’re needed most. Our goal is to provide the types of services and solutions you need to meet your goals.

To learn more about the many other services we offer, contact us today. We welcome the chance to talk to you and learn how we can help you Strengthen Your Foundation for Success.

Our Process

At Summit Veterinary Advisors, we recognize that every veterinarian – and every practice is unique. That’s why when you choose to partner with us, you’ll receive personalized attention and personalized solutions that come as a result of the process we employ.

First, we take the time to get to know you and learn about any plans, concerns or questions you may have relating to your practice. This allows us to better understand your goals and how we can help you meet them.

After that initial consultation, we will provide information detailing our recommendations. We then begin the process of requesting and reviewing any background information needed. This may include, for example, historical financial information, descriptions of your HR system or process, or a sample appointment schedule. You can rest assured knowing that all of the information you provide will be held strictly confidential.

Depending on your needs, on-site visits may bring you the greatest benefit. This is particularly true if we are helping you address interpersonal concerns among your staff or doctors, and may also be needed if we’re helping to negotiate or facilitate the purchase, sale or merger of your practice.

Regardless of the type of services we provide, transparency and open communication are important to us because we believe strongly in its benefit to you as our client. If at any time you have a question about what we’re doing or feedback about how we’re doing it, we’re happy to talk to you about it. Doing so helps to ensure your ability to make informed decisions faster and be even more confident about the steps you are taking toward meeting your goals.

Let us tell you more about Summit Veterinary Advisors and our proven process for helping practices like yours. Contact us today.

...transparency and open communication are important to us because we believe strongly in its benefit to you as our client.

The Summit Team

Leslie

Leslie A. Mamalis, MBA, MSIT, CVA
Owner & Senior Consultant

Leslie has been a critical part of Summit Veterinary Advisors’ success since 2006, providing practice valuations, profitability assessments, feasibility analyses, and financial consulting to veterinary specialists and general practices alike.

Leslie has an MBA and an MS in Information Technology, and became a Certified Valuation Analyst in 2013. She worked for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) for seven years, beginning with management education seminars and then becoming involved with the accreditation program.

Leslie is an author and frequent speaker on practice management, profitability and budgeting topics. She is also a Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor with extensive experience helping veterinarians and managers understand financial reports so they can use that information to increase practice profitability and value.

Michael

Michael Hargrove, DVM, MBA, CVA
Valuation Analyst

Michael not only brings expertise in business valuation but also practical knowledge of veterinary medicine and practice ownership to the firm. Michael graduated from veterinary school at Colorado State University in 1991. He has been employed by North Shore Veterinary Hospital in Duluth, MN since 1993, first as an associate, then as a partner and now as the sole owner of this 5-doctor, AAHA-certified practice.

Michael completed his MBA in 2001 and has been actively involved in veterinary practice consulting since that time. He began completing veterinary practice valuations in 2003 and obtained accreditation through the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) in 2010.

A charter member of VetPartners, Michael has been a member of their Valuation Council since 2006. He is also a shareholder and serves on the Board of Governors of Affiliated Emergency Veterinary Services, a shareholder-owned corporation operating 7 veterinary emergency hospitals in Minnesota.

Joy

Joy Fuhrman, DVM, MBA
Consultant

Originally from South Africa, Joy has more than a decade of experience in financial consulting and corporate accounting. A graduate of Colorado State University’s combined MBA/DVM program. Joy has experience in both academia and small animal general practice and emergency medicine.

Joy serves on the Executive Committee the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and is the Co-Facilitator for their Power of Ten Leadership Academy. She brings with her a combination of veterinary clinical skills, practice management, financial analysis, accounting, business valuation, professional development and leadership training skills.

Lisa

Lisa Gibson
Office Manager

Lisa is responsible for the day-to-day operation and management of the office at Summit Veterinary Advisors. Prior to joining Summit, Lisa owned her own business for more than 10 years, which provided an excellent perspective and appreciation for the challenges that can come with managing a business.

Lisa works directly with clients on a number of projects, including payroll, accounts payable administration, bank and credit card reconciliations, as well as QuickBooks client training. Her outgoing personality, commitment to the highest levels of customer service and exceptional organizational skills make her an important part of the Summit team.

Anthony

Anthony C. Meis, CPA
Tax Accountant

As Summit’s in-house CPA, Anthony has a strong interest in tax planning and compliance, as well as business consulting for closely held businesses and their owners. He brings a broad range of experience working with small businesses on individual, trust, partnership, corporate taxation and business consultation.

Anthony graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 2009, he earned a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Colorado Denver and began working for a major accounting firm in the Denver area. Anthony passed his Certified Public Account exam in December of 2010.

He has served clients in a broad range of industries including veterinary practices, other professional practices, high net worth individuals, and other types of closely held businesses.

 

About Summit

Since 1998, Summit Veterinary Advisors has been providing exceptional consulting services to clients throughout the U.S. Recognizing the data we collect and share may be technical in nature and reveal areas in need of improvement, we communicate clearly and effectively while providing the insights and recommendations required for long-term success.

Headquartered in Colorado, Summit Veterinary Advisors is unique not only in what we do, but how we do it. Because we have served veterinary practices exclusively for over 15 years, we have become innovative leaders in our field. This means we are able to take a 360-degree view of each practice we work with and create customized solutions that will work best. Whether a specialty hospital requiring the most complex levels of service or a new general practitioner needing assistance launching your successful business, we provide critical insight into every aspect of a veterinary practice to allow you to make the right decisions at the right time.

The types of practices with which we consult include:

  • Companion animal practices
  • Specialty and emergency veterinary practices
  • Specialty referral centers
  • Equine practices
  • Mixed animal practices
  • Hospice care practices

Summit Veterinary Advisors not only works with established practices – we also work with new veterinary practices as well as those going through transition. We’re experts in every phase of the Practice Lifecycle©.

Contact us today to learn more.

...we are able to take a 360-degree view of each practice we work with and create customized solutions...

The Summit Promise to You:

We achieve greater success for our clients by fostering personal relationships, utilizing our diversity of experience to deliver a new perspective of practice management, and applying our commitment to innovation.