BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Timothy L. Kolb, D.V.M.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN THE BOARD?
I was honored to represent the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) with OhioPHP since I was on our Confidential Assistance Committee and helped establish the working relationship between OhioPHP and Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board that has existed since the late 1980’s. From the beginning I’ve advocated for the financial support the OVMA gives annually to OhioPHP. I’m very grateful that my veterinary colleagues have had the support, monitoring and advocacy of OhioPHP for the past 30 years; the need for OhioPHP’s services continues to grow in my profession as we confront well-being issues beyond addiction.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT BEING A VETERINARIAN?
In practice, I most enjoy surgery. With my clients, I enjoy helping families, especially with young children, experience a healthy human-animal bond and the unconditional love pets bring to our lives. With younger colleagues I enjoy mentoring and watching them grow professionally.
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I’m fortunate to have my two sons and their families nearby, so time with my four grandchildren is a true blessing. My wife, Denise, and I enjoy travel: we like history; so Presidential homes and libraries are favorites. I love to cook and feed friends from my Big Green Egg and I am proud to be an Egghead.
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
That I met my wife and we started dating in the 8th grade. We were voted the Class Couple of our High School. This year we celebrate 40 years of marriage. That is a miracle!
WHAT IS AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION THAT MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW?
With a DVM license I can legally treat every species on the planet except for one.
IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT MAKES OHIOPHP SPECIAL?
Without a doubt it’s the dedicated team of caring people that are in the office, helping people gain recovery. Helping folks in early recovery requires some special gifts, especially when your clients have letters after their name. As I was told: “We’ve never seen someone too dumb for recovery, but we’ve seen plenty of people too smart for recovery”. I knew which category applied to me (being too smart for my own good), so I took that warning to heart.