WellHaven Pet Puts Women Leaders in the Spotlight

The northwestern hospital network sees the value of women in leadership positions.
Jennifer Nessel
Published: January 31, 2019
WellHaven Pet Health, a group of companion animal veterinary hospitals in Vancouver, Washington, has announced the hiring and promoting of 3 women into leadership positions. Jenni Jones has been hired as the new chief operating officer, and Jen Bruns, DVM, and Michelle Phuong have been promoted as the new chief veterinary officer and director of systems and projects, respectively.

Ms. Jones led a group of over 230 dental practices that included more than 800 dentists and hygienists during her 7 years as chief operating officer at Midwest Dental. “WellHaven set out to find the best leader in health care, one who understands the needs of a growing, relationship-based, largely women-led profession,” John Bork, CEO of WellHaven Pet Health, said. “We found the perfect person in Jenni.”

As chief veterinary officer, Dr. Bruns will work closely with Ms. Jones in promoting trusting relationships with doctors, teams, and professionals throughout the WellHaven network. “Jen and Jenni will make a powerful team in helping our practice reshape the profession,” said Bob Lester, DVM, WellHaven’s chief medical officer. “Both are proven, remarkable leaders who get our profession, and will help our practice continue to lead the industry into the future.”

As director of systems and projects. Ms. Phuong will work to “drive projects that support our teams and hospitals,” according to Dr. Lester.

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