The people behind REX
Dennis Hopkins: REX founder
I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion to create and solve problems…. especially solve problems that make peoples lives better.
After I obtained an Honors Degree in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario I moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where I continued my education, this time with a focus on business and entrepreneurship.
In 1999 I settled in Seattle, where I now live with my wife Sara, our young son, our cats Tallulah and Sushi and our dogs Roy and Tilley.
When I’m not “playing with REX”, I enjoy camping with the family, canoeing, kayaking and fine woodworking. Yoga and meditation are important parts of my life as well.
Dr. Sara Hopkins: REX founder
I was raised in Toronto, Canada and moved with my family to the United States in 1991. I’m happy to call Washington State my home, where I’ve lived since 1996.
For years I knew that I wanted to work with animals. I completed my veterinary education at Washington State University in 2000, and more recently, veterinary acupuncture through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).
I practiced at an Eastside small animal clinic for 11 years. I loved my work there, particularly my patients and their families. In the later years, I developed an interest in pain management and a passion for giving pets the dignified and loving end-of-life journey they deserved. In 2013, I felt the need to combine my acupuncture training with my love for compassionate care of animals in a home-based setting, and founded Compassion 4 Paws.
I’m so glad I did. I find nothing more fulfilling than offering pets the care and dignity they deserve in an environment where they’re completely comfortable.
In the fall of 2017, I became one of the first veterinarians to achieve certification in Animal Hospice and Palliative Care through the IAAHPC (International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care). The 16 month course furthered my knowledge to better support pets and their families during their end-of-life journey.
Phil Nelson: I.T. and Product Support
I joined the REX team in the summer of 2017. From the very start of my tenure here, I have had the privilege of wearing many hats. REX has provided me many interesting opportunities to be a problem solver. On a broader level, this includes being a planner and a project manager, while on a more micro level, this includes performing detailed data forensics and analysis. In my time here, I have seen REX develop into a mature and feature packed software offering that I believe the Mobile Vet community will embrace.
I earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics in German at the University of Utah and a Master’s Degree in Information Systems at Northwestern University. Prior to working for REX, I ran a trading desk for a major bank and before that I worked for Texas Instruments in Germany.
I live in the Seattle area with my wife and two young boys and two German Shepherds Inga and Greta. In my free time, I enjoy running, biking and traveling the world.
Eliza Berry: Customer Support
I have been dedicated to the care of pets and their human companions in Washington State for over 20 years, working in different clinic settings as a veterinary assistant, client service coordinator, and hospital manager.
I truly value the bond we have with our pets, and greatly appreciate the dedication of veterinarians to maintaining this bond. I am thankful to be a part of the Compassion 4 Paws and REX teams, applying my years of experience to helping pets and the veterinarians that care for them.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my cats Xena and Wombat, jogging, traveling with my husband, and being a devout Seattle Sounders soccer and Husky football fan.
Productive Computing is another very well recognized software development company. They are located in San Marcos, CA. Our Productive Computing team has been responsible for the graphical UI of REX, and the reporting module. They are also responsible for managing and maintaining the AWS servers that host REX.