Quick Cup of Knowledge – Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk – Dentistry

Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) and owner of Pacific Northwest Veterinary Dentistry and Oral Surgery. On this week’s Quick Cup of Knowledge, he tells our host, Dr. Natalie Marks, about the financial benefits of being able to perform dentistry work within a practice. He also gives tips on how practices can do a better job of conveying the benefits and costs of oral care to their clients.

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**About the Guest – Kevin S. Stepaniuk, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC:**

Dr. Kevin Stepaniuk is a renowned speaker and educator. He is a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College and is a fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry. He has experience in general practice, emergency practice, academic clinical specialty practice, and private specialty practice which serves as a foundation for his practical, evidence-based approach to patient care and client services as well as his education style during seminars. He has been lecturing and teaching seminars to veterinarians, veterinary students, and veterinary technicians for over 15 years.

**About the Interviewer – Natalie Marks, DVM:**

Dr. Marks is the previous co-owner and current Medical Director of Blum Animal Hospital in Chicago. She grew up in rural Sterling, Illinois, and received her DVM degree from the University of Illinois in 2002 with high honors. Additionally, during veterinary school, she was awarded a position in the Cornell University Summer Leadership Program as a Summer Fellow. After graduation, Dr. Marks moved to North Atlanta for five years to practice small animal medicine at Allatoona Animal Hospital. She was the Veterinary Leadership Conference New Graduate Representative, president of the Greater Atlanta Veterinary Medical Society, and public relations chairperson for the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Marks has interests in internal medicine, oncology, and ultrasound. She also is a firm believer in the power of the human-animal bond and finds helping families manage and care for their geriatric pets most rewarding and satisfying. She was recently awarded Petplan’s 2013 Veterinarian of the Year Award. Dr. Marks also received the prestigious Dr. Erwin Small First Decade Award, presented to a recent graduate who has given significant contributions and service to the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. In 2015, Dr. Marks was awarded America’s Favorite Veterinarian honor from the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). Dr. Marks is very active in all aspects of media, both locally and nationally. She has appeared on Good Day Chicago, WGN-Pet Central, NBC Morning News, ABC, CBS, NPR, WBBM, and many local websites. Dr. Marks was featured nationally on the Today Show and CBS Nightly News during the canine influenza epidemic of 2015 and in multiple issues of JAVMA. Additionally, Dr. Marks has been published in Veterinary Medicine magazine, DVM magazine, and was a reporter for Veterinary News Network where she completed intensive media training. In 2018, Dr. Marks became a certified Veterinary Journalist.

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