Meet Our Team of Practice Coaches
Rachel Teichberg has worked in both general and specialty practices and though she has a deep love for pets, she has found her true passion is working with the people in veterinary medicine. With hands-on experience at all levels of veterinary practice, as well as management in small animal/exotic and specialty practices, Rachel brings over a decade of industry experience to her current position. With a constant thirst for knowledge, she is always trying to find new ideas and innovative solutions that can help practice teams communicate effectively and run most efficiently.
Her passion for helping veterinary practices thrive is what brought her to VGP as well as the national and international stage working with teams to better manage their finances, improve practice culture, promote team engagement, and improve overall communication. She loves building training programs that help leadership teams grow and achieve their long-term vision.
Rachel graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Biology. In 2019, she became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and achieved her Certified Veterinary Business Leader in 2021. She is also a Certified Workplace Mediator and a Certified Trainer in Workplace Conflict Resolution.
Rachel lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and pet trio, Meatball, Kiwi, and Ruby. Outside of work, she spends as much time as she can outdoors enjoying the weather and culture of Miami. Rachel loves quiet mornings with a delicious cup of coffee, a good book, and a Doodle curled at her feet.
Julia Behr, CVPM, CVBL, CCFP, is the Director of Coaching Operations for VGP and has been working with VGP since April 2015 when she joined as the first practice coach. Since then, her team has grown to 9 practice coaches. She is passionate about providing support, tools, and resources to help veterinary hospitals thrive!
Julia has over 25 years of experience in the veterinary industry including 18 years of experience in veterinary practice management. She has a Bachelors’ degree in Biology with minors in Psychology and Music History from Indiana University. She attended AAHA’s Veterinary Management School in 2003 where she first saw Shawn McVey speak. She is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, the industry’s highest distinction for veterinary managers. She has also become a Certified Veterinary Business Leader through NAVC and is a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.
Julia has managed both small animal general practices and emergency and specialty practices. She worked with Shawn McVey to implement Pathway Planning in two of the first practices it was utilized in. After seeing the success of this process along with improved leadership and communication training, she was thrilled to work with VGP to share resources and practice management support in an effort to elevate the veterinary industry.
She currently resides in the house she grew up in in New Albany, IN, with her husband and their children, Amelia and Ethan, their golden retriever, Sadie, and their Labrador retriever, Sgt. Pepper. She enjoys gardening, cooking, traveling, watching the kids play sports and listening to music.
Leather Morgan Brice has always enjoyed working and being around animals. She began riding horses at the tender age of two and raced barrels thereafter well into her teens. Leather’s passion for horsemanship and rodeo continues as she is presently barrel racing again and learning the art of team roping with her husband of 18 years. Together they have three horses, six chickens, one dog and four cats. They bought a ranchette together in the summer of 2017 in Pipe Creek, Texas and have been loving the country lifestyle ever since.
Leather Brice began her journey in the veterinary world while living in the Caribbean with her husband. Only one resident in a foreign household may hold a work permit to gain employment with a Caribbean company. Her husband had been contracted to work in the islands thus Leather, as an active individual, sought out activities to keep her busy. Her search landed her first, at the Ardastra Botanical Gardens and Zoo in Nassau, Bahamas, where she volunteered and quickly became a member of the veterinary team. Her fire for the veterinary industry was lit and she went on to hold positions in many other organizations throughout the Caribbean all as a volunteer. Upon reaching the island of St. Thomas she was given the opportunity to work for a terrific hospital. St. Thomas is a U.S. territory and therefore allowed Leather to work as an employee rather than a volunteer. She honed her skills as a receptionist, technician and inventory manager. Upon returning to the continental U.S. she gained employment with Northern Oaks Bird & Animal Hospital where she quickly rose through the ranks to become the Practice Manager. It was after attending her first Pathway Planning seminar in 2015 that she felt confident in accepting the role as Practice Manager for Northern Oaks.
Leather was not always in the veterinary world. Her first career was in the world of law. She worked as a legal secretary and later gained her Paralegal Certificate and worked in two prestigious law firms in Austin, Texas as both Secretary and Paralegal. The skills she gained through her time as a paralegal have been beneficial in managing the business of a veterinary hospital.
In the summer of 2018 Leather accepted an offer to become a Practice Coach with VGP. She loves her career as a Coach with VGP and the opportunity to share her knowledge and skillset with practices across the nation. Leather is certified in Inventory Management and studying to become a Certified Veterinary Business Leader.
Jamie Davis, CVPM joined the field of veterinary medicine while in high school with the goal of becoming a veterinarian. Shortly after graduating from her undergraduate program, her passion for business and management was fully discovered, and she jumped in with both feet and never looked back. She is proud to have held all the support teams roles within a clinic and views management as the ideal way to blend her love for animals and people. Over the last five years, Jamie has focused on supporting teams in building a culture around wellbeing and establishing healthy sustainable careers in veterinary medicine.
In 2008 she earned the distinction of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) and has remained an active member since. Jamie served on the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) board of directors as the Practice Manager. She also enjoys writing, vlogging, and presenting on variety of veterinary topics.
Jamie was deeply impressed with her own VGP coaching experience, and after her first coaching call was intrigued by this role that can bring about positive change on a larger scale. She is thrilled to be a part of the VGP Practice Coach team and looks forward to sharing her 20+ years of veterinary management experience with VGP members. Jamie currently lives in southern Missouri with her husband and 3 daughters. In her free time she enjoys exploring and adding new things to her new 5 acre homestead, spending time with family, working out, and listening to true crime podcasts.
Jodi Johnson has been in the veterinary field for 14 years. She worked many positions including Customer Service Representative to Hospital Administrator. Jodi has experience in General Practice, Specialty and Emergency Medicine. She has worked with VGP while working in the hospital setting and is excited to begin this new journey.
Jodi lives in Texas with her partner, Andrew, three stepchildren, 7 fish and a dog. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, reading books and attending the children’s sporting events.
Kyle Vanderwerf joined the VGP team in February 2022! He got his start in the veterinary field in high school as a volunteer at a wildlife sanctuary. While most of his career has been in animal care, Kyle also has experience in both the finance and medical industries, both affording him unique perspectives that play into veterinary practice operations. He has had the unique opportunity to successfully rebuild a struggling practice by focusing on how culture impacts the overall operations of a clinic; working to build a passionate and empathetic team and instill a culture of teamwork where there previously was none.
Originally from South Florida, he currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with his partner, Tim, and his two lab mixes, Beau and Aero. Outside of work, he enjoys adding stamps to his passport, spending time outdoors and working on his photography skills.
Lauren has held many roles in the veterinary field from veterinary assistant to Practice Manager. She has over 10 years of experience in the veterinary industry with a variety of practices from general mixed practice to large animal ambulatory. During her tenure as a Practice Manager she excelled in business management and realized her passion for transforming practice culture and improving the wellbeing of those working in the veterinary industry.
Lauren graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Animal Science with an Equine Emphasis. Lauren lives in North Texas with her husband, William, son, J.R., a very spoiled Dachshund named Lily and a sweet Poodle mix named Gibbs. In her free time, she enjoys taking her American Quarter Horse, Remington, out on the trails, spending time with her family, working on home remodeling, and cheering on local sports teams. She is ecstatic to join the VGP Practice Coach team and looks forward to working with VGP members.
Jessica Strohecker has over 10 years of experience in veterinary practice management and 15 years in the veterinary industry. A creative nerd at heart, she started her career as a client relations specialist in 2006 and quickly identified that veterinary practices needed help with marketing. She put her foundation skills to work and went from a client relations specialist to business manager in 2 years. She is a firm believer that any practice can create a unique legacy to reach financial, inventory and career goals by using creativity. In her career, she managed 2 small animal AAHA accredited practices and a 24-hour general/emergency practice with resort services.
Jessica graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2004. She is a Certified Veterinary Business Leader and is dual certified in Marketing, as a Professional Certified Marketer through the American Marketing Association and Certified Digital Marketing Specialist through DMI. She is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and is Fear Free Certified. She is currently working on her Facebook Blueprint Certifications in Science and Development.
She lives in historic York, Pennsylvania with her husband and an incredibly talkative Kentucky squirrel dog, Quincy.