Dr. Sherman Canapp completed his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in biochemistry, with a combined DVM/MS in clinical science in surgery at Kansas State University. He then completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri, followed by a three-year residency in small animal surgery at the University of Florida. Dr. Canapp is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. He also served as past president of the College.
Dr. Canapp is co-principal and Chief of Staff at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM), where he routinely receives referrals for sports-related injuries, arthroscopic procedures, and regenerative medicine treatments from domestic and international sources. Dr. Canapp is the President and CEO of Orthobiologic Innovations, LLC, where he is actively engaged in concept, product design, and development for orthopedic and arthroscopic devices, instrumentations, biologics and regenerative medicine technologies. Dr. Canapp established the VOSM Academy, LLC. international educational training program for veterinarians in the areas of sports medicine, regenerative medicine, rehabilitation therapy, diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound, and arthroscopic procedures.
Dr. Sherman Canapp lives in Howard County, Maryland, with his wife, Dr. Debra Canapp, their children, two dogs, a cat and several chickens.
Carin Lazarus founded a small promotions company, Media Star Promotions (MSP), sparked by an idea that she had in 1987. Her vision, business acumen and penchant for talent acquisition have led that small company through unparalleled, year-over-year growth. Over the past three decades, Carin has evolved her company’s offerings and expanded its core competencies, ultimately transforming MSP into a leading national marketing agency that provides strategic marketing services and advocacy building programming to Fortune 500 clients, NGOs, non-profit organizations and emerging brands. The agency, once just a thought written on a cocktail napkin, is now headquartered in the 30,000 square foot MSP HQ complex in Hunt Valley and supported by more than 2,000 team members across 32 additional offices around the country.
An avid animal lover, Carin has been a long-time supporter of organizations like the MD SPCA, the World Wildlife Fund, Big Cat Sanctuary and the National Zoo, volunteering both time resources to enrich the lives of animals in need. She is known to inspire love for all animals among her employee ranks by fostering a pet friendly workplace and inviting special guest animals (like lion clubs, camels, and grizzly bears) to her company’s annual National Manager Meetings. Carin has even traveled the world over to encounter species of personal interest like Pandas, Kangaroos and Snow Leopards.
When not at the office working, contributing her time to charitable organizations or traveling the world seeking her next bucket list animal encounter, Carin can be found at home enjoying the company of her husband, Brian, and their two beautiful Maine Coon Cats, Maxwell and Grace.
Dr. Yonette F. Thomas is a science advisor for urban health to the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of the Board of the International Society for Urban Health, and a senior research advisor to the Association of American Geographers. She is Vice President and a founding board member of the Interdisciplinary Association for the Population Health Science (IAPHS). Dr. Thomas is a faculty affiliate of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland College Park, and a voluntary associate professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she teaches social epidemiology.
She was formerly the associate vice president for research compliance at Howard University. Previously she served as the Chief of the Epidemiology Research Branch at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health. She has held faculty appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and in the School of Pharmacy at Howard University. She is a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations Advisory Committee and the Steering Committee of the National Hispanic Science Network. She served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Revisions to the Common Rule for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her primary research and publications have focused on the epidemiology of drug abuse and HIV/AIDS and the link with geography, including edited volumes: Geography and Drug Addiction; Crime, HIV, and Health: Intersections of Criminal Justice and Public Health Concerns; Trajectories of Drug Use Among Minority Youth.
Bonnie Benesch serves as the treasurer for Project Global Orthopedics. Ms. Benesch is a Maryland native, enjoying both suburban life and frequent trips to the beach with her family. She also currently serves as the staff accountant for a large veterinary specialty clinic in Maryland. Her favorite pastimes include spending time with her husband and two children, watching NASCAR, and traveling to new places.
Shirley lives in Foggy Bottom, Washington, DC with her husband Scott, and Yellow Labrador, “Madison”. Her educational and professional background is in “human” healthcare, and, as an RN/MBA, has worked in a variety of healthcare settings including the Military (U.S. Army Nurse Corps), Academia, Corporate, and the Department of State. Shirley Wayne has traveled extensively, both professionally and personally, and with the help of her husband, once “rescued” a hungry street puppy from a mountain top in Bosnia – “Billy of Bosnia” happily emigrated to NYC and became a star to loving Broadway musician “parents”! As a longtime client and advocate of VOSM, she is excited to be a part of Project GO, which will offer the miracles of VOSM’s advanced orthopedic care to animals throughout the world. Shirley currently works with her husband in their international economic development consulting practice, SW Associates, LLC.
Andrea Smith lives in Westminster, MD with her three cats – Goop, Gray and Leah. She graduated from James Madison University in 2011 with a business degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. After graduating she worked for several years in Human Resources on behalf of the American Red Cross. As much as she enjoyed her work, she knew something was missing. Andrea realized she wanted to pursue her passion for helping animals and acquired a job at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group (VOSM) in their rehabilitation department.
Andrea currently serves as the R&D and Educational Director of VOSM and Orthobiologic Innovations, LLC. VOSM was one of the first canine orthopedic sub-specialty groups in the world and focuses on providing high quality veterinary orthopedic surgery, as well as rehabilitation, neurologic, regenerative medicine, and sports medicine services. Orthobiologic Innovations is a research and development company for regenerative and sports medicine that promotes advancement in concept and product design for orthopedic and arthroscopic devices, as well as education and training of these concepts within the veterinary sector.
Dr. Debra Canapp’s exclusive areas of interest, clinical work, lecturing, and research have revolved around sports medicine and rehabilitation therapy, specifically canine sports-related injury, sport rehabilitation, and performance. She has completed advanced courses in canine rehabilitation, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, sports medicine, orthopedics, and stem cell therapy. Currently Dr. Canapp practices sports medicine, acupuncture, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and rehabilitation at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Dr. Canapp is active in teaching rehabilitation medicine, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and regenerative medicine to visiting veterinary students, rehabilitation therapy certification candidates, and veterinarians. Dr. Canapp’s current primary area of interest and research is small animal musculoskeletal ultrasound, and defining specific pathology and treatment options. Dr. Canapp currently also serves as the co-principal and medical director at Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group. Dr. Canapp currently lives in Howard County, Maryland with her husband, three children, Sphynx cat, Doberman Pinscher and Border Collie.
Josie Schaeffer joined the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1990 as the Executive Director of the Maryland Chapter and has been there ever since. During her tenure there, CFF has become one of the most visible and well-respected non-profits in the state. The critical element in this success has been collaboration between her outstanding team of professional colleagues, dedicated volunteers, and a board of active, influential business people that has grown four fold under her leadership. As a result, the chapter’s annual revenue has grown exponentially.
Josie is a life-long animal lover, probably because she grew up around her grandmother who raised German Shepherds. Her first personal rescue, Dusty, was a two year old shepherd who had been given early retirement from the Maryland State Police Department due to hip dysplasia. In the ensuing years Josie estimates that she has rescued and found loving homes for more than 35 dogs and cats, and has herself adopted 6 dogs and 5 cats. In her DC days, Josie was an active member of the National Zoo, and since coming to Baltimore has supported the Humane Society, the SPCA, and BARCS.
Outside the office Josie is involved with a number of charitable organizations relating to mental health, homelessness and childhood education. She’s resided in her Ruxton home for 20 years along with her husband, Rick, and the other furrier family members.
Dr. Victor Ibrahim is a board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation and serves as the director of the Performance and Musculoskeletal Regeneration Center (PMRCenter) and team physiatrist for DC United. He graduated medical school from Case Western Reserve University, where he developed an interest for regenerative medicine while participating in groundbreaking research through the Silver Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Jerry Silver. Dr. Ibrahim completed his residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine, where he was chief resident. As part of his training, he participated in diagnostic ultrasound and orthopedic interventions at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He eventually went on to complete formal advanced training in interventional sports and spine medicine at the Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital (NRH) in Washington, D.C., where he became the founding director of the Regeneration and Ultrasound Orthopedic Program, developing an entirely new clinical care line and establishing NRH’s first National Ultrasound Symposium. Dr. Ibrahim served as an assistant professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and mentors many residents and students in research and career development. He has also been selected to be an instructor at the Gulf Coast Ultrasound Institute.
In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Ibrahim has a dedicated research interest with novel publications in autologous stem cell therapies, receiving several research awards including the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation Young Investigator Award. He has published several peer reviewed articles, case reports and chapters on various musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Ibrahim also co-authored a manual on ultrasound guided interventions. He has served as a consultant to various sports organizations including the American College of Sports Medicine, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, and the DC and NY Roadrunners Clubs. He has also served as an expert consultant for the Federal Government Medicare Division and The United States Bone and Joint Initiative consensus statement team.
Lena Munther received her degree from London’s Chelsea School of Art and Design in 1984, and has 30 years of experience within the interior architectural field. She joined Platou Architects in Oslo, Norway 1986 where, for 6 years, she specialized in cruise ship design and was involved in many projects in Europe and North America while working with architects, construction teams and shipyards on various design projects.
In 1991, Lena founded Munther Design in Oslo which focused on large-scale commercial projects. Her clients included Levi Strauss, McCann Erickson and the Norwegian Military Services. She developed a concept for Levi Strauss Headquarters and Levi’s Stores which was implemented in several major cities in Scandinavia, and worked with executives to assure that her designs accurately represented the client’s image and substance. Consequently, she developed a deep understanding of branding, which significantly influences her design work to this day.
Since relocating to the US in 2000 from Europe, Lena quickly established Munther Design’s niche within the interior design industry. Her design work includes veterinary hospitals, medical clinics, retail stores, restaurants, training facilities, large office buildings and custom homes. Lena is relentless in her pursuit of innovative techniques in crafting new concepts that further enable production of complete and holistic solutions.
Lena’s passion and work ethic continues to drive her commitment to create unique environmental designs with enduring qualities that also meet her client’s future needs. She has many years of involvement with healthy lifestyles, and has a profound understanding and appreciation of how an integrative health approach considerably changes the well-being for humans as well as for animals. She works tirelessly to help provide better environments for everyone and is a Board Member of the Cystic Fibrosis Maryland Chapter, and a Board Member at Project-GO.
Lena has always surrounded herself with animals and when she was invited to create a unique design for VOSM, an orthopedic veterinary specialty hospital in 2008, she jumped at the challenge and develops new styles for human/veterinary hospitals and clinics utilizing an entirely new approach ever since.
Brian Lazarus has traveled the world to interact with endangered species and to support organizations dedicated to their survival. The longtime tour manger has spent time in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and Guam. Visits to habitats in China, Australia and Alaska have only served to sharpen his interest in helping animals. He is a graduate of the American University in Washington, DC and went on to Post Graduate studies at the University of Maryland. Brian is currently Vice President of Media Star Promotions, a national strategic and experiential marketing agency based in Hunt Valley, Maryland. His years in music and special event production resulted in the formation of MSP Lighting & Video along with creative agency MSP Design Studio. A longtime friend of cats in every form, Brian assists Project-GO in spreading their message and actively fulfilling their mission.
Beth Sokohl lives in Howard County, Maryland, with her husband, Golden Retrievers (Jazz, Joker, and Cinco), a German Shorthair Pointer (Axel), horses and cats. She has a background in law firm accounting, which she left to enjoy competing her horses in three day eventing, and her dogs in AKC field events, obedience trials and agility trials. She is also the President of the Potomac Valley Golden Retriever Club.
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