We are on a mission to help the industry, and specifically help veterinarians, reclaim their lives and passion.
Having worked in every aspect of the business, from veterinary assistant, to 24/7 Emergency Practice Owner, we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. We’re here to change the industry for the better, because we love vets.
Cindy Barnes, DVM, CVSMT
Co-Founder and CEODr. Barnes is the founder and CEO of Shepherd Software, Inc. She is also the Medical Director of the first 24/7 emergency animal hospital in Northern Arizona. After spending over two decades working in the veterinary field, Dr. Barnes knows what truly drives the industry, and it’s not mastering the practice’s internal problem of the week. It’s how well you connect with and are able to improve the lives of pets and their people, your team members and the veterinarians who have all dedicated their lives to the human-animal bond.
Co-Founder and Product Manager
Kirk is a design thinker turned entrepreneur with experience in both creative and business environments. Kirk has worked with brands such as Hurley, Oakley, Microsoft, and Nike. He is passionate about creating the most simple and effective experience for the veterinary industry.
Joy Fuhrman, DVM, MBA, CPA
Director of Finance and OperationsOriginally from South Africa, Dr. Fuhrman has more than a decade of experience in financial consulting and corporate accounting. A graduate of Colorado State University’s combined MBA/DVM program, she brings with her a combination of veterinary practice management, financial analysis, business valuation, professional development and leadership training skills.
Customer Care Manager
Amber spent 10+ years actively working in the veterinary field and is intimately familiar with the needs and flow of a practice. While she’s left daily practice, she’s still passionate about changing the vet industry—and as our Customer Care Manager, she’s able to do just that. Amber is also (slowly) learning more about computer programming and enjoys being able to combine her veterinary and technology passions here at Shepherd to help our users thrive. Outside of work, you can find her spending time doing anything outdoors with her son and dog.
Customer Care Associate
Kristine is originally from Central Valley, CA and currently lives in Prescott, AZ. She holds an Associates degree in Animal Science, and has 10 years experience in GP and Emergency Veterinary Medicine—along with 15 years experience in customer service.
Customer Care Associate
Cynthia worked as a veterinary technician for 15 years before joining Shepherd. She’s passionate about animal behavior and ensuring the best possible patient care.As one of Shepherd’s beta testers, she’s been with us since the beginning. With her experience in the industry, she’s keenly aware about how beneficial Shepherd is for practices (and patients!). When she’s not working, you’ll find Cynthia with her four children: one daughter and three others of the four-legged variety.
Originally hailing from the not-so-wilds of suburban Alaska, Michael has spent most of his career in travel/tech doing most things content related. He has a knack for making engaging content experiences and is always keen to find better words and ways to say them. When he’s not making Shepherd’s content, you’ll likely find him somewhere outside taking photos.