PsyMed™ Scientific Advisory Board

Rolan Tripp, DVM, CABC

Veterinary Telecommunications founder and principal investigator Rolan Tripp, DVM, CABC, is a UC Davis-trained veterinarian and internationally certified animal behavior consultant (CABC). He is the founder of the Veterinary Future Society, the Animal Behavior Network and, a televeterinary consulting platform that uses artificial intelligence to measure and treat pet behavioral conditions.

Dr. Tripp has spent over 20 years developing specific behavior profile definitions to assess animal behavior qualities. His experience and expertise in the areas of veterinary behavior and AI-enabled veterinary diagnostics will be instrumental to the design and implementation of the proposed diagnostic software platform.

Joby Morrow, MD

Dr. Joby Morrow is PsyMed’s human medical and behavioral consultant. Dr. Morrow completed medical school at the University of California, Davis, and trained simultaneously in mental health treatment and primary medical care through UC Davis’s five-year Combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency, where he was the winner of the Outstanding Teaching Award. His training focused specifically on understanding the complex relationship between psychological and medical aspects of chronic disease. He has helped design several behavioral intervention techniques and technologies that promote the integration of mental health and primary medical care.

Dr. Morrow’s particular clinical interest is in how people develop coping mechanisms for stress and trauma , fostering this expertise as he navigated his own personal and professional consequences from addiction. Now sober for over 10 years, Dr. Morrow regularly speaks to audiences about assessing their vulnerability to problematic behavior patterns. He also acts as the full-time medical editor for the medical communications agency SIRO, and has been a consultant for digital health companies across the globe.

Stephen D. White, DVM, DACVD

Stephen White, DVM, DACVD, is the team’s veterinary dermatologist, with a strong interest in psychodermatology. He is Chief of the Veterinary Dermatology service at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine and has been a Professor of Dermatology at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine since 1998. He has also held faculty positions at Tufts’ School of Veterinary Medicine and Colorado State’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. White has thrice been a sabbatical professor at the National School of Veterinary Medicine in Nantes, France. His areas of interests include food allergy, cutaneous manifestations of systemic disease, rabbit/rodent dermatology, and equine dermatology. Dr. White has published over 100 scientific papers in refereed journals.

Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, DACAW

The team’s veterinary behavior and product commercialization expert is Valarie Tynes, DVM, DACVB, DACAW. Dr. Tynes is board certified in both veterinary behavior and animal welfare. She was the behavior specialist for the multinational veterinary health products company Ceva Animal Health, one of the world’s largest animal health product corporations. She is currently the veterinary behaviorist and chief of behavior services for the Texas SPCA.

Dr. Tynes graduated from Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a three-year residency in Clinical Animal Behavior at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Ty Vachon, MD

Ty Vachon, M.D is the director of artificial intelligence and machine learning integration for the team. Dr. Vachon is a radiologist who has pioneered the use of informatics in both medical and veterinary AI imaging, and he has authored two books on this subject.

A machine learning expert, he serves as a medical advisor for several informatics companies and for the University of California, San Francisco.

Allison Spengler Foster

Allison Spengler Foster is an Award-Winning Executive Leader with over 17 years of experience driving business goals and growth through team leadership, strategic planning, and relationship development. She has proven successes in the fast-paced, highly competitive diagnostic technology industry. She is currently consulting as VP of Commercial Development and B2B Sales with Affordable Pet Labs, an emerging diagnostic company in the veterinary space. Her 17 years of veterinary sales experience has been with IDEXX Labs, the global leader for companion animal diagnostic analyzers and lab services. She has excelled at IDEXX in capital equipment sales and corporate account management roles. She was awarded Veterinary Diagnostic Specialist of the year in 2017 and consistently exceeded sales goals by an average of 129% while in sales roles at IDEXX. She maintains close relationships with several consolidators in the veterinary industry and consulted with Galaxy Vets as Director of Integrations, creating process improvement for their stabilization value stream.

She drives the success of individuals and teams by inspiring joy and recognizing the talents of unique individuals. She has a solid ability to convey complex concepts in easy-to-understand terms and has demonstrated successes in leading teams to excel in high-stress, matrixed environments.

Allison lives in the north Texas area, close to Dallas, with her husband and spends her spare time volunteering as a career coach and mentor for Dress for Success Dallas. She recently completed Cornell’s course for financial management and has been awarded a scholarship from Girls Who Sell Academy, sponsored by Frost & Sullivan. She has completed training courses in Action Selling, Kanban, and Stanford’s Design Thinking. Allison is passionate about innovation in animal healthcare and believes that pets bring out the best in people. She strives to find and commercialize solutions that expand the veterinary practice’s ability to meet the needs of pet owners.

Claudia Sihler, CPDT-KSA

Dr. Claudia Sihler is a world-class expert in canine behavior modification and owner-operator of the Regine Dog Training Facility in Wasilla, Alaska. Dr. Sihler received her doctorate in veterinary medicine in Germany and is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA).

She has been using behavior modification software developed by Dr. Tripp for over ten years for her own clients with pets that developed behavioral problems.