2023 IVMA Officers

Dr. Greg Kurtz
President 2023

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. Lindsey Hedges – Geisking
President – Elect

Dr. Lindsey Hedges is the Director of Veterinary Mentorship at Mission Veterinary Partners. A 2011 graduate of Purdue CVM, she worked as an associate veterinarian for three years before opening her own denovo small animal clinic. In creating her practice, she was guided by her passions for fostering leadership in all employees, promoting Fear Free practices, & forming strong bonds in the community. She has facilitated the Indiana VMA Power of 10 Leadership program since 2015 and currently sits on the IVMA Executive Board as the Region 2 Representative. Lindsey is an avid board game geek and hosts monthly Dungeons & Dragons sessions with her friends. She lives in Lebanon, IN with her husband, two cats, and two dogs.

Dr. Aaron Johnson
Immediate Past President

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. 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.