Loren T. Nations

Nations Nobg

Loren Nations DVM, DABVP, is the founder and CEO of Veterinary Healthcare Associates and AscendVets, a combined group of six small animal veterinary practices encompassing all aspects of companion animal wellness, 24/7 emergency and critical care and referral specialty practice in central Florida. After completing his degree in Microbiology and Veterinary Medicine at the University…

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Brad Runge

Brad Runge New

Brad is focused on growing financially sound healthcare operations through strong dyadic relationships between clinicians and business professionals. As a pet parent himself, he is inspired to leverage his past successes to foster the type of practice that offers the compassion and quality of medicine his pets deserve. He considers his position as Chief Operating…

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Brian E. Harnish

Brian H

Brian’s father trained military dogs when Brian was young and as a result, he developed a deep appreciation for the pets in our lives. His journey to serve clinical teams in veterinary medicine took a long and winding path through his own military career, after which he immediately began working in a veterinary practice. His…

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Rachel Wells


Rachel is your first contact at VHA in the recruiting process and if you join our tribe, she’ll also be your onboarding and training coordinator. Rachel spent about 11 years in the cosmetology industry, and also served as a corporate recruiter for finding talented stylists. However, it has always been her passion to work with…

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Jim Nash

Jim Nash 2023

Jim started his leadership career a long way from veterinary medicine. He served as a Warrant Officer and Aviator during Desert Storm where he flew OH-58 Scout helicopters in an armored cavalry squadron. Jim believes that being a good leader is about being a great team member first. He also feels that the loyalty, dedication,…

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Carrie-Ann Lukas-Brady


As a child, Carrie-Ann wanted to be a lawyer or a veterinarian so she could make enough money to have a big farm to home all the stray dogs she found. But when she realized how much time and money it would cost to become a vet, Carrie-Ann had to put her dream on hold…

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Andrew Ireland

Drew Ireland

Drew joined VHA when the opportunity for him to be a part of something bigger presented itself. Since beginning his journey with us, he has enjoyed watching VHA grow and embrace the community. One of Drew’s favorite things about working at VHA is getting to experience something new every day. Drew has one 4-legged family…

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Brooke Clark


Brooke previously worked in the fitness industry for 6 years, and that’s where she found her passion for people, health, and longevity. One day the stars aligned for her and Dr. Nations to meet. She learned about his vision, his passion, and his love for what he does and how VHA will change the world.…

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Hope Reed


As far back as she can remember, Hope has had a special bond with animals. In 1997, she landed the dream job of working with animals and keeping them healthy. However, she soon realized that animals do not bring themselves to the hospital, and so she began working on building another bond–with their people. Being…

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Stephanie Harnish

Stephanie Harnish New

Stephanie always had a passion for animals, and wanted to be a marine biologist while she was growing up. After being discharged from the Navy, she started working in the veterinary field as a kennel assistant and worked her way up to Registered Veterinary Technician. She enjoys the family atmosphere at VHA and is excited…

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