2022 IVMA Officers

Dr. Aaron Johnson
IVMA President 2022

Dr. Aaron Johnson (PU’05) is an industry veterinarian who works as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at Argenta. He was born and raised in southeastern Connecticut before moving to Indiana to attend Purdue University. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in animal science (’99) and a Master of Science degree in beef cattle reproductive physiology (‘01) at Purdue before graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2005.

Upon graduation from Purdue, Dr. Johnson worked as a small animal practitioner in Fishers and Westfield for 6 ½ years. Following his transition to industry, Dr. Johnson took a role in U.S. Regulatory Affairs at Elanco where he supported new drug development in R&D for both companion and food animal products. He was involved in interacting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to advance projects in Elanco’s R&D pipeline and was directly involved in the U.S. approval of two companion animal products and one swine product. He was also involved in numerous regulatory strategy initiatives, including FDA’s compounding of veterinary pharmaceuticals, FDA’s veterinary feed directive (VFD) modernization, and EPA’s reporting of adverse events for companion animal spot-on products. Dr. Johnson also spent 3 years working as a research scientist in Elanco’s R&D organization, where he was responsible for helping identify and advance new companion animal therapeutic molecules in Elanco’s early R&D pipeline.

Currently Dr. Johnson works as a Senior Regulatory Affairs Manager at Argenta, a global animal health company based out of New Zealand that conducts clinical field trials and manufactures drugs for many animal health companies around the world. What Dr. Johnson loves most about this role is working with different animal health companies to help them through the FDA approval process, which can ultimately benefit thousands of veterinarians and millions of pets by bringing new therapies to market. During his 10 years at industry, Dr. Johnson has also continued to practice as a weekend relief veterinarian, and currently works Saturdays at South Anderson Veterinary Clinic. He says relief work helps keep him apprised of the challenges that practitioners are currently facing.

Dr. Johnson served on the Executive Board of the Central Indiana Veterinary Medical Association from 2009-2013, including two terms as President in 2010 and 2012. During that time, he was chosen as Indiana’s representative for the AVMA Emerging Leaders Program at the 2012 annual AVMA leadership meeting in Schaumburg, IL. Most recently, Dr. Johnson served on the IVMA Board of Directors from 2017-2020 as the District 11 (Central Indiana) representative. Dr. Johnson currently lives in Fishers with his wife Amber and two children. Their pets include one dog, two cats, two Guinea pigs, and a hermit crab. In his spare time, Dr. Johnson enjoys home brewing, golfing, camping, and men’s and high school ministry programs at his church

Dr. Greg Kurtz
President-elect 2022

Greg Kurtz, DVM is a livestock veterinarian and co-owner of Kurtz Veterinary Clinic in Hagerstown, IN.  Greg and his wife Robyn, who also is a veterinarian, graduated from Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine in 1982 and began practice in Hagerstown in 1983 after practicing one year in central Wisconsin.

Kurtz Veterinary Clinic is a four doctor practice serving the livestock and pet owners of east central Indiana.

Greg’s area of practice interest is cattle reproduction and dairy herd health consulting.  Greg services herds ranging in size from 40 to 6500 milking cows and herds that vary from grazing organic herds to confined herds milked by robotics.  Kurtz Veterinary Clinic also services several beef cattle elite genetic herds.

Greg serves as an At Large Member to the IVMA Board of Directors since 2019 and serves on several task forces.  “I look forward to continuing the work of the IVMA in building relationships among all segments of the veterinary profession and strengthening our advocacy with the statehouse and government agencies.  We need to listen to the needs of our members and continue to provide services that meet those needs.”

Greg is an active member of Zions’ Lutheran Church, Pershing; serves on the Board of Directors of Wayne County Farm Bureau, Indiana Farm Bureau Animal Care Policy Advisory Group, and is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council, and John Purdue Club.

Dr. Hilary Christner
Immediate Past President 2022

Dr. Hilary Christner was raised in Northeast Indiana. After graduating with her DVM at Ross University in 2006, she joined her father (Dr. Rob Bollinger) at Lagrange Veterinary clinic, where she is now the owner. Dr. Christner received her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Purdue University in 2003 and continues to support her alma mater by participating in programs affiliated with the university and by hosting externs at her clinic.
Dr. Christner was a participant in the inaugural class of the Power of 10 through the IVMA. Since participating in the Power of 10, she has served on several committees and participated in task force groups put together by the IVMA. She has also been active with the USDA and the State Board of Animal Health in developing guidelines for dealing with canine brucellosis, co-authoring the “Best Practices for Brucella Canis Prevention and Control in Dog Breeding Facilities” publication.
In her free time, Dr. Christner enjoys running and horseback riding with her husband Tim, and attending her children’s activities in LaGrange, Indiana. They enjoy spending time with their family on the lake during the summer.

Dr. Corey Swart
IVMA Treasurer 2022 – 2024

Dr. Corey Swart is a native of Kokomo and is now the Managing DVM at Jefferson Road Animal Hospital/Cat Clinic of Kokomo where he grew up volunteering/working while pursuing his education.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Indiana University Kokomo then continued on to earn his DVM degree from Purdue University in 2008.  He enjoys treating dogs, cats, and pocket pets while also forming bonds with their owners.  Serving on various committees/boards has been valuable in helping him to serve his community and profession, some of which currently include IU Kokomo Animal Care & Use Committee, At Large Board Member of the IVMA, and treasurer for the Wabash Valley Veterinary Medical Association.  Dr. Swart participated in the IVMA Power of You program and outside of veterinary medicine he enjoys spending time with friends/family, exercising, attending car shows, and hanging with his Mini Bernedoodle, Oscar 🐾.  He looks forward to continuing to serve the IVMA and the veterinary community.

Dr. Philip Borst
AVMA Alternate Delegate 2022 – 2026

After graduating from Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine in 1975, Borst joined his father (Past IVMA President) Dr. Larry Borst at Shelby Street Animal Clinic, where he has practiced small animal medicine for 46 years. He recently sold the clinic and now practices part-time.

Dr. Borst has been very active in organized veterinary medicine throughout his career and has served in all of the association’s offices.

His alma mater is equally important to him as he has served on various boards and committees at Purdue. He has received the Purdue Alumni Association’s National Citizenship Award and the Diamond P Award, the highest honor given by the athletic department.

Dr. Borst has been and is currently involved in many political, civic and sports activities. He was appointed by Governor Holcomb as the chairman of the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. He retired after 28 years on the Indianapolis City-County Council where he has served as president and sponsored many major projects in Indianapolis. He served four years as a board member of the Indianapolis Airport Authority. He is co-chairman of the Big Ten men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame board of directors. He was a member of the 2012 Super Bowl bid committee.

He is currently a member of the executive committee for the 2022 College Football Championship game in Indianapolis in January 2022. He has worked on 7 NCAA Final Four tournaments in Indianapolis, including as co-chairman of Game Management and Assistant Tournament Director for the entire 2021 Men’s NCAA Tournament.

Dr. Jim Weisman
AVMA Delegate

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Clinical Associate Professor at Purdue College Of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Kristy Kantz
IVMA At-Large Board Member 2022-2025

Dr. Kantz grew up in Troy Michigan and became interested in veterinary medicine through her work at a local riding stable.  She graduated from MSU with an emphasis on small animal and equine medicine.  She began her career in equine ambulatory medicine but quickly realized small animal medicine was a better fit for her. She relocated to Indiana with her husband Dr. Daniel Kantz an osteopathic family physician in 2002 when her husband was offered a position with student loan forgiveness.  They fell in love with the area and decided to stay and raise their family.  She lives on a small farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, children, and an assortment of pets.

Currently, she is employed at Especially Pets as a small animal veterinarian.  She has been working with the IVMA for a few years and is constantly inspired by her fellow colleagues.

Dr. Matthew Hobson
At-Large Board Member – 2022 – 2023

Dr. Matt Hobson received his DVM from Kansas State University in 2010. He’s practiced small animal medicine in central Indiana for 11 years. Although he’s not native to Indiana, he’s come to call Indiana home.

Dr. Hobson’s first position was as associate veterinarian at Care Animal Hospital in Muncie, IN and in 2017, he became a practice owner. In late 2020, he partnered with Mission Veterinary Partners and serves as a Medical Director for 3 small animal practices in central Indiana.

Dr. Hobson has been a member of the IVMA since the start of his career and is excited to expand his veterinary service as a board member for the IVMA. When he’s not at work, Dr. Hobson enjoys spending time with his wife, Libby, and their 3 daughters: Piper, Perry, and Josephine.

Dr. Lisa Hepworth
At-Large Board Member

At Large Board Member — Dr. Lisa Hepworth (PU’12) is a graduate of Purdue University where she earned her Animal Sciences Bachelors degree in 2008 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Dr. Hepworth started her career in equine practice, but found her home in small animal practice
when she joined Paw Prints Animal Hospital in
January of 2014. Her special interests include ophthalmology, internal medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Hepworth has enjoyed her time in the
IVMA where she has participated in the Power of 10 program, the Annual Meeting Task Force Committee and the Surgery Suite at the Indiana State Fair. In 2018 Dr. Hepworth was awarded the Achievement Award at the Annual Meeting. Dr. Hepworth looks forward to continuing her service with the IVMA. When Dr. Hepworth is
not doing all things Veterinary Medicine, she
enjoys her own four legged friends. She has a horse Murphy, dog Tux and cat Chanel. If she is not at the barn riding, she is most likely gardening, traveling, cooking or doing something outside.