Divergent Thinking in Veterinary Medicine

Brooke Fowler, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Brooke Fowler grew up in Northbrook, Il. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan. She then pursued a ski-year in vail where she met her husband, Jason. She went to the University of Illinois where she received her DVM. She then spent another year pursing a rotating internship at a private practice outside Chicago. Afterwards, an oncology internship and an oncology residency was completed at the University of Missouri. During that time she completed a masters degree with her thesis based on the immune system as it relates to cancer. She has 3 little girls and 2 dogs. She loves to hike, mountain bike, and compete in triathlons. She eats all her snack at snack time and never misses the opportunity for a nap.



Aaron Smiley, DVM

Dr. Aaron Smiley serves as the Chief of Staff at Devonshire Veterinary Clinic and Geist Station Animal Hospital in central Indiana.  In addition to managing two veterinary practices, he is a Chief of Staff Advisor for eight VetCor clinics throughout the Midwest.  He recently presented on the topic of telemedicine integration at the Veterinary Innovation Summit at Texas A&M and at the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association’s Annual Meeting.  He has had the pleasure of being invited to speak on multiple occasions to Purdue and University of Illinois veterinary students on topics of management and wellness.  Dr. Smiley has been a repeat presenter at the University of Illinois Fall Conference and serves on the University of Illinois Veterinary Alumni Board.  He was elected Vice President of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association in 2018.  Dr. Smiley achieved his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the University of Illinois in 2007 and started his career in the western suburbs of Chicago as an equine practitioner. From there, he took a position at a mixed animal clinic in Goshen, IN before settling in the Indianapolis area. He and his wife, Kristin, are the proud parents of four daughters.  They also have two dogs, Bon Bon and Elphie, and a cat, Gus Gus.

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Faith Ramsey

Faith Ramsey is a fourth-year veterinary student at the University of Illinois. She is interested in practicing with zoo/wildlife or exotics and has a huge passion for conservation and teaching those around her about why zoos are necessary as long as they are well-run. During her time in veterinary school, she has taken part in recreational volleyball, started running half marathons as time allows, and community theater at a small theater in town. Faith is originally from Colorado and did her undergrad studies at a small university in the state of Kansas, where she was on the university volleyball team. She then had an amazing opportunity to do a Disney College Program at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. After her CP, Faith moved to Illinois to work at a small practice in Charleston, IL before gaining admittance into Illinois’ veterinary program. Faith is currently the Marketing Director for the National Veterinary Business Management Association Board, which she enjoys immensely. She hopes to help make The Hack a huge success at Illinois, potentially to open the doors for this to grow and continue in the future.