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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Debbie Cort

Debbie (1)

Debbie Cort brings over three decades of expertise in human healthcare to her role at Veterinary Healthcare Associates (VHA). Transitioning from a seasoned background in nursing leadership, where she ascended from charge nurse to Chief Nursing Officer, Debbie chose to join VHA driven by its mission and vision. Her vast experience in healthcare administration is…

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Shannon Lynn Kesl

Shannon Kesl (1)

Shannon Lynn Kesl’s journey to becoming the Chief Scientific Officer at Veterinary Healthcare Associates (VHA) began with a passion ignited during her time studying under Dr. Dom D’Agostino at the University of South Florida. There, she explored the potential of the ketogenic diet and exogenous ketones in wound healing. After earning her Ph.D., an unexpected…

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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

Carrie Ann 1.2024

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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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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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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