Katie Thompson, DVM, ABVP — Chief of Staff
Dr. Katie Thompson, our Chief of Staff, is responsible for all medical protocols at VCF. After graduating from Washington State University earning a DVM degree in 1996, she practiced small animal medicine in several clinics before opening VCF in 2007 with her husband Don. Most recently in 2012, Dr. Thompson became a diplomat of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Rachel Stading, DVM
Dr. Rachel Stading was born and raised in New-Brunswick, Canada in a french speaking town. She graduated from veterinary school in Montreal in 2007 and met her husband, Dr. Ben Stading through a summer veterinary student program. Dr. Rachel Stading has been practicing at preventative care focused clinics in Florida and Wisconsin ever since.
Dr. Rachel became a veterinarian because of her deep respect and love for the bond between humans and their pets. She loves partnering with pet parents to utilize various aspects of preventive medicine. Dr. Rachel has special veterinary interests in pet nutrition, behavior, fitness, and musculoskeletal issues.
Ben Stading, DVM, MPH, PhD
Dr. Ben was born and raised in the Midwest. Even as a child, he was an animal enthusiast, and could often be found covered in dog saliva or duckweed. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. After graduation, he completed a husbandry internship at the Minnesota Zoo, and the following year began veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
During vet school, Dr. Ben served two terms as president of the school’s Wildlife, Exotic, and Zoo Animal Medicine club, and one term as vice president of the local Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Following graduation, he went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Public Health to broaden his knowledge in the One Health concept of medicine, with a focus on infectious diseases and the wildlife-human interface.
Noel Berger, DVM, MS, DABLS
Dr. Berger is certified by the American Board of Laser Surgery in veterinary surgery, physics, and safety. He is well known for his leadership in veterinary laser surgery, and he has published a textbook on the subject as well as many peer reviewed papers and book chapters. He has also contributed to the improvement of patient care with practical advances in laboratory diagnostics and stem cell therapy.
After graduating from Cornell University in 1988, he owned and operated successful veterinary practices in Sutton, MA and Pawleys Island, SC for over twenty years. Later, he returned home to Florida with his family in search of a warmer climate. With strong interests in dentistry, ultrasound, and cardiology, he seeks to make comprehensive preventive care recommendations, accurate diagnoses, and relieve pain to ensure your pet enjoys a long and happy life.