Medical Director/Managing Partner

Congratulations to SAGE Medical Director and Managing Partner Julie Smith for being named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal! We are proud to work side-by-side with Julie—a true leader whose compassionate and collaborative style has helped SAGE improve the lives of pets and people.

Julie Smith has served as a Managing Partner for SAGE Centers since August 2010. Highly respected, she was nominated by her peers to be the Medical Director for the entire organization in 2013. She works directly with the Partners, COO and Management Team as the clinical leader of this organization of four state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals with over 70 doctors and more than 300 employees. As the Medical Director and board certified Surgeon, Dr. Smith leads by example in setting the standards for a high level of veterinary medicine. She is responsible for recruiting and hiring highly skilled veterinary specialists to join the SAGE team and advocates for continual learning and training opportunities. Internally, she oversees the mentoring program within SAGE to support new doctors and externally, she leads and organizes the annual SAGE Symposium, the largest private continuing education event in the Bay area to support more than 700 primary veterinarians and their staff.

Prior to her current role at SAGE Centers, Julie started as an Associate Surgeon for VSA in August 1997. Through the years, she was instrumental in the direction and growth of the organization to include the merger of the practices formerly known as VSA (Veterinary Surgical Associates), VMS (Veterinary Medical Specialists) and TVAEC (Tri-Valley Animal Emergency Center) to become the single organization known today as SAGE. Dr. Smith also works with national veterinary groups to stay connected with the veterinary industry as a whole. She is the Past President of the Veterinary Specialist Awareness and Outreach Project (VetSOAP) and the Treasurer for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).  For more information regarding her extensive medical and educational background, please see her bio /julie-smith/.  

When Julie is not busy with work, she is either traveling the world, learning more about California wine appellations, playing soccer with the “Grasshoppers” on the Bay Area Women’s Soccer League or serving on the Leadership Council for the Positive Coaching Alliance!