Our Leadership

As a world leader in veterinary care, we foster an unparalleled support structure from our top leaders to each associate at every hospital.

  • Veterinary Leadership

    Daniel Aja, DVM

    Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Daniel Aja leads Banfield’s internal and external veterinary medicine initiatives. Prior to joining Banfield in 2014, Dr. Aja served as director of professional and veterinary affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition. He brings 26 years of experience in private practice, including 22 years as owner of the Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in Traverse City, Michigan. Dr. Aja earned his veterinary medical degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. Dr. Aja and his wife are the proud owners of three Cavalier King Charles Spaniels named Bayley, Thyme and Troy.

    Karen K. Faunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM

    Vice President of Medical Quality Advancement

    Dr. Karen Faunt is responsible for leading Banfield’s veterinary medical quality advancement while developing a system that supports the quality goals of the practice. Dr. Faunt joined Banfield in 2002 as a medical advisor. She earned her veterinary medical degree from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is board certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Dr. Faunt resides in Portland, Oregon, with her partner, Robert, their two dogs and two cats.

    Elizabeth Lund, DVM, MPH, Ph.D.

    Senior Director of Research

    Elizabeth is a 1986 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was drawn to veterinary medicine because of her desire to work in evidence‐based medicine. Elizabeth joined Banfield in 2006 to be able to perform clinical research and help standardize veterinary medicine. Her areas of special interest include research and epidemiology. She and her husband have four children and four pets.

  • Executive Leadership

      Brian Garish

      President

      As president of Banfield Pet Hospital, Brian Garish leads the vision and strategic direction of the practice. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Indiana University in Indianapolis, and serves on the board of the Banfield Foundation. Brian resides in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys reading, as well as playing tennis and basketball.

      David Diekmann

      Chief Financial Officer

      David oversees Banfield’s finance division. He is responsible for providing custodial and co-piloting leadership for various functions including finance, reporting, planning and analysis, operational finance, asset protection and commercial functions. He is a certified public accountant and graduate of Indiana University with degrees in accounting and finance. David and his wife have four children and a Golden Retriever puppy named Archie. The family recently relocated to Camas, Washington.

      Marta Monetti

      Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

      Marta Monetti leads internal and external communications, events and meetings, public affairs, community affairs, key stakeholder engagement, and strategic planning and alignment for the practice. She also serves as chair of the Banfield Foundation. Marta is responsible for driving strategic business communications and stakeholder engagement initiatives that positively impact corporate and brand reputation. Marta earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Oregon State University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son, and traveling to Tuscany to visit relatives.

      Jeannine Taaffe

      Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing

      Jeannine Taaffe is responsible for managing Banfield’s marketing and sales functions, call center and wellness plan offerings. With the practice for 15 years, Jeannine played an integral role in the rebranding of Banfield as a full-service hospital. She has a bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from Cornell University. She and her husband reside in Portland, Oregon, with their two cats, Tigger and Rudy. Jeannine enjoys watching movies, reading and cooking.

Our Support Structure

Each hospital team has the support of medical and business professionals dedicated to keeping the hospital running smoothly, so the team can focus on quality pet health care and partnering with pet owners.

Pet Owners

From our Ask-a-Vet feature to a wealth of free pet health resources, we provide the latest pet health information to help owners take the best care of their furry friends.

Hospital Teams

Each Banfield hospital team has the backing of hundreds of professionals, including internal and external medical specialists, medical directors and field directors.

Field Support

Each hospital draws on the expertise of dedicated medical and business professionals to keep their hospital running smoothly, including a medical director, a field director for business support and learning managers.

Central Team Support

Banfield veterinarians also have the backing of hundreds of professionals at our practice headquarters in Portland who help each practice stay at the forefront of evidence-based veterinary medicine.