Dr. Kevin Pflaum, DVM, Fear Free Elite Certified Professional
Dr. Kevin Pflaum was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Grinnell College, in Iowa. He developed a passion for veterinary medicine through volunteer work with the local animal shelter in Iowa, and is inspired by the remarkable quality of cats and dogs to forgive humans and love, to help them every day. He graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017, and after spending a year in Portland, Oregon, was drawn to the mountains of Asheville.
Through his veterinary practice he has developed a passion for practicing high-quality medicine, behavior, and animal-welfare concerns. He is currently completing residency training to become a Board-Certified Veterinary Behaviorist under the mentorship and supervision of Dr. Julie Albright, Veterinary Behaviorist at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
He moved to Asheville with 1 dog and 1 cat, and enjoys hiking, reading, film, sports, and eating local food. He is sincerely passionate about providing the highest quality care and strengthening the human-animal bond.
April Kormanec, RVT, KPA-CTP
April is a North Carolina native and is so grateful to have resided in Asheville for the last decade. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician. (2011). Previously she worked and grew as a Veterinary Technician in the Emergency Department while focusing on providing low stress veterinary visits and educating staff and clients on behavior, and teaching proper handling skills while providing compassionate medical care. She has her Sophia Yin’s Low Stress Handling Certification. (2015). She was lucky to receive a scholarship from the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians to attend the Karen Pryor Academy. (2020).
She has several years of continuing education specifically in animal behavior management and modification. April is working towards becoming a Specialist in Behavior. She would like to continue educating and teaching the community on how to make behavior training, education, and veterinary visits fun and safe for everyone involved.
April’s goals are to effectively teach, encourage, and help clients provide their animals with love, compassion, and relief. She hopes to create a home where humans and animals live happily and harmoniously.
She shares her life with two dogs, Little Bud and Binney. They spend their free time with great friends, hiking, camping and exploring the wilderness.
Dr. Ellen Lindell
Though Dr. Ellen Lindell is not directly aﬃliated with Blue Ridge Veterinary Behavior, we include her here on our team page as she recently moved to North Carolina and is now a member of the Asheville community of professionals devoted to animal behavior. She and Dr. Pﬂaum plan to take advantage of their proximity and look forward to sharing many conversations about veterinary behavior.
Dr. Lindell is a board certiﬁed veterinary behaviorist. She established the ﬁrst private behavior specialty practice in the New York / Connecticut area and has had more than 20 years of experience improving the lives of dogs and cats with behavioral concerns.
Dr. Lindell has served as President of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, written chapters for text books, and contributed to professional journals. Dr. Lindell travels to conferences around the country to teach veterinarians, nurses, trainers, and pet lovers about veterinary behavior.
Dr. Lindell is currently oﬀering behavior consultations at the WagHab Canine Physical Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. For more details about Dr. Lindell and her behavior practice, Veterinary Behavior Consultations, please visit her website, www.lindellvetbehavior.com.