Thrive Pet Healthcare Appoints Tad Stahel as CEO

Published: may. 18, 2023 at 9:15 AM CDT

Stahel brings proven track record of leading healthcare and technology companies

AUSTIN, Texas, May 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Thrive Pet Healthcare (Thrive), a leading national network of 400 veterinary hospitals, announced that it has appointed Tad Stahel as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective june 12th. Stahel brings over 20 years of business experience in healthcare and technology, which will help Thrive deliver on its mission to build the most connected, innovative, and trusted pet healthcare ecosystem.

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Thrive Pet Healthcare, a leading national network of 400 veterinary hospitals, has been appointed Tad Stahel as CEO

Stahel joins Thrive from DaVita, one of the largest providers of kidney care services in the US, where he most recently served as Group Vice President. In this role, Stahel built strong partnerships with C-suite medical leaders to solve complex business issues and drive successful outcomes, including growing the business to 1,000 locations across the US, increasing teammate retention rates, and improving clinical outcomes for patients.

“Tad is a dynamic, values-driven business leader with an excellent track record of delivering best-in-class care in the healthcare space,” said Dr. Jason Trautwein, Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Thrive. “We are thrilled to welcome Tad, and I’m confident his collaborative nature and commitment to providing exceptional care make him a strong fit to lead Thrive.”

“I am inspired by Thrive’s commitment to nurturing people and pets through meaningful relationships and exceptional pet care,” stated Stahel. “I am looking forward to working side-by-side with a dedicated team of veterinary professionals and hospital teams who genuinely care about pets and the people who love them. Together, we’ll continue building the most connected pet healthcare ecosystem to serve more people and pets.”

“Following an extensive selection process, we are confident that Tad’s commitment to medical excellence, strong team building skills, and well-honed strategic and operational know how make him a great fit to lead Thrive into its next phase of growth,” said Hadley Mullin, Chairwoman of the Board and Senior Managing Director at TSG Consumer Partners. “We are excited to welcome Tad and are confident he is well positioned to further grow Thrive’s connected and trusted veterinary network.”

Stachel succeeds Odis Pirtlewho has decided to step down from his role to pursue personal passions after more than 20 years in the veterinary industry.

Tad Stahel’s Biography

Over the last 15 years, Tad Stahel has held a dual role at DaVita, one of the largest providers of kidney care services in the US, leading the company’s home care and hospital business as Group Vice President, where he focused on home dialysis, nocturnal dialysis, and pediatrics.

Prior to DaVita, Stahel served as Senior Vice President of Matria Healthcare (now Optum Care Management Solutions), where he was responsible for field leadership supporting patients with complex diseases, including diabetes, heart failure, and pain management.

Stahel has also held leadership positions at technology startups, overseeing the development of product management, operations, and client services functions.

After graduating from Harvard Business SchoolStahel started his career in consulting for McKinsey, where he was responsible for leading multiple teams addressing strategic, organizational, and operational performance across financial and information services, among others.

To learn more about Thrive Pet Healthcare and its leadership team, please visit

About Thrive Pet Healthcare:
Thrive Pet Healthcare is a leading veterinary service network that uniquely delivers a continuum of care to pet families and services to veterinary hospitals. With an industry-first membership program and 400 acute, primary, and specialty providers, Thrive Pet Healthcare offers personalized, accessible care through every stage of a pet’s life and health. The veterinarian-founded organization provides premier benefits for practice staff while elevating privately held veterinary hospitals with innovative services and technology solutions. By focusing on the needs and aspirations of veterinary care providers, Thrive Pet Healthcare is supporting the well-being of the industry and raising the national bar for veterinary excellence. To learn more about Thrive Pet Healthcare, please visit

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