Reynolds Cowles, DVM, founder of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, is a 1967 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been in Albemarle County since graduation. He is involved in the day to day activities of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, and provides farm calls and clinic services to clients throughout the practice. The bulk of his practice concerns lameness in performance and racing horses. His hobbies include foxhunting, bird shooting and fly-fishing.
Reynolds has been deeply involved with the Virginia horse industry for 25 years and has served in many capacities. He is Vice President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP),a past board member of the AAEP and served as Treasurer from 2005-2008. He has also served on the Advisory Board of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation and the Advisory Committee for the Marion Dupont Scott Equine Center. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (which awarded him the Distinguished Veterinarian Award in 2009), the Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners, and is a past president of the Virginia Thoroughbred Association. He currently serves as president of the Farmington Hunt Club. Reynolds, his wife Evelyn, and a host of horses and dogs live in Albemarle County at Yadkin Farm.
Donovan Dagner, DVM, managing partner of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, grew up on a training farm in New Jersey where he gained an appreciation for horses and the people who work with them. He graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995 and completed an internship at Apex Veterinary Hospital in North Carolina before joining Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in 1996.
His current interests include dentistry, lameness and reproductive services, such as embryo transfer. He provides these services as well as all routine health care to the clients of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic at their farms as well as at the clinic. His wife Anne is also a veterinarian. They live in Crozet with their daughters, Cecelia and Calla. They all enjoy hiking and camping as well as any excuse to go to the beach.
Steve Trostle, DVM, ACVS, ACVMR was born and raised on a dairy and livestock farm in York, Pennsylvania. He received his DVM from the University of Tennessee in 1990. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Wisconsin and achieved board certification in surgery in 1996, and diplomate status in American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (Equine) in 2013. After a year as a clinical instructor in surgery and nuclear medicine at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, he returned to Wisconsin to assume a faculty position at the veterinary teaching hospital in 1995.
In 2001 he decided to leave academia, and joined the San Diego based referral practice, San Luis Rey Equine Hospital. In 2004 he returned to the East Coast to join the staff at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic. Steve will serve on the Board of Directors for the American Associate of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) from 2012 – 2014 and sits on various committees and sub-committees. He and his wife Cheryl, a small animal veterinarian, live in Earlysville with their son, Justin, and their daughter, Kelsey. They enjoy all forms of outdoor activities.
Kelly Giunta, VMD, is originally from southern New Jersey where she grew up riding hunters and jumpers. Prior to attending veterinary school, she obtained a Master’s degree in Genetics and performed biomedical research. Her passion for horses led her to pursue a veterinary degree at the University of Pennsylvania. Following graduation, she completed an internship at Southwest Equine Medical and Surgical Center in Scottsdale, AZ. Next, she joined Equine Sports Medicine in Texas, where she focused on sports medicine and lameness and followed the AQHA and NRHA circuits as a horse show veterinarian. She joined Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in 2010.
Dr. Giunta’s professional interests include lameness, sports medicine, and diagnostic imaging. She also practices acupuncture and completed her training at the Chi Institute in Florida. Her personal interests include travel, hiking, foxhunting and eventing.
Tabby Moore, DVM, a native of the Shenandoah Valley, joined Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in October 2007 to head up our Valley Division. She is a 1996 graduate of VMRCVM at Virginia Tech. She is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and has special interests in biomechanics and lameness. Tabby has been practicing in the Valley area for over 15 years treating performance horses of many breeds and disciplines.
Her practice focus is on lameness, sports medicine, and chiropractic therapy. Dr. Moore is currently serving on the board of the Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners and donates services to local therapeutic riding centers and enjoys mentoring students interested in her area of expertise. She enjoys spending time with her family on their farm near Raphine, VA.
Julia Hecking, DVM, CVA, is originally from Richmond, VA but has lived and worked in the Valley for many years at a busy breeding farm. She completed her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech and then received her DVM from the University of Minnesota. After graduation she completed an equine internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic. After finishing her internship, she was thrilled to be coming back to the Valley and working with Dr. Tabby Moore. She enjoys working on a variety of breeds and disciplines of all different levels.
Her special interests include reproductive work, lameness/sports medicine, dentistry and preventative medicine. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and completed her training at the Chi Institute in Florida. She is a member of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Hecking lives in Goshen, and in her free time she enjoys foxhunting and working cattle, along with anything outdoors.
Tracy Norman, VMD, ACVIM, CVA grew up in Pennsylvania, where she enjoyed foxhunting. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and completed an internship at Blue Ridge Equine in 2003. She completed an internal medicine residency at Texas A&M University, and is board certified in large animal internal medicine (equine focus). She has completed training in veterinary acupuncture at the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. She has spent 6 years as an academic veterinarian at Texas A&M focusing on internal medicine and advanced ultrasound techniques. While there, she acted as the service chief for internal medicine and ultrasound and authored a number of scientific papers on internal medicine and ultrasound. Dr. Norman’s professional interests include diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, sports medicine, and internal medicine. She is very active in the American Association of Equine Practitioners.
Jennifer LaPlume, VMD, a native of Washington DC and lifelong horse person, grew up riding, showing and caring for horses since the age of eight. Her riding background is primarily in the hunter jumper world, and has recently expanded into the exciting world of eventing. Dr. LaPlume received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Upon completing an Internship at Fox Run Equine Hospital in Pittsburg PA, she joined Middleburg Equine Clinic in Middleburg VA for seven years, where she worked primarily on hunters, foxhunters and eventers. She eventually moved south to Albemarle County to be closer to her and her husband’s families. She owned Ragged Mountain Equine Services for eight years before merging practices with Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in 2015.
Marcos Santos, DVM, MS, was interested in horses even before he considered becoming a veterinarian, participating in both rodeos and show jumping in his native country of Brazil. He received his DVM degree in 2008 from the Federal University of Viçosa, Brazil. Following graduation, Dr. Santos completed an equine medicine and surgery internship at The Equine Center (2008-2009), then finished two concurrent specialty internships in equine surgery; Hagyard (2009-2010) and University of Illinois (2010-2011), prior to his surgical residency and Master’s program at the University of Illinois. After 4 years in Illinois, Dr. Santos and his wife moved to Virginia, where he assumed a faculty position at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg as a Clinical Instructor in Large Animal Surgery, prior to joining the team at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in 2016. He will be sitting for surgical boards in 2017. He specializes in lameness and equine emergency services. His current professional interests include sport horse medicine, lameness, saddle fitting, diagnostic imaging, and surgery. He and his wife Kristin, a small animal veterinarian, live in Charlottesville, and enjoy outdoor activities, including showing in Dressage and Show Jumping.
Dr. Jessica Gould is originally from Hanover, Virginia, where she grew up riding hunt seat. Jessica rode for the Virginia Tech hunt seat intercollegiate horse show association (IHSA) team during her undergraduate studies where she earned a B.S. in Animal & Poultry Sciences and B.S. in Biology. From there, Jessica attended graduate school at the University of Kentucky where she studied equine parasitology. Jessica completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine this past May. During veterinary school, Jessica was an active member in the student chapters of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). As a member of AAEP, Jessica served as the mare palpation coordinator and organized opportunities for students to have hands-on learning. Jessica was also a member of the veterinary service fraternity (Omega Tau Sigma) and the veterinary social-professional fraternity (Alpha Psi).
Professionally, Jessica has strong interests in general wellness and preventative medicine, internal medicine, theriogenology, and sports medicine. In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her two dogs, Nelson and Penelope, riding her off-the-track Thoroughbred (Manny), running, starting craft projects she inevitably never finishes, and sleeping. She is incredibly excited to begin this next chapter of her career at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest in equine veterinary medicine.
Dr. Molly Muedeking is originally from Baltimore, Maryland where she grew up riding and playing polo. Molly continued playing polo for the University of Virginia, while completing her undergraduate degree in Art History. She earned her veterinary degree at the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. While across the pond she enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and establishing a polo program for at risk London elementary students. While attending RVC, Molly was an active founding member of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She is very excited to return to Charlottesville and take advantage of all the hiking the Blue Ridge has to offer.
Malorie Kemmerer, LVT began riding at the age of 5, worked on an Arabian farm through high school, and worked for a hunter/jumper operation during college, at which time she retired her Arabian mare from competitive riding. She graduated in ’08 from BRCC with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology, and began working at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic that year. She enjoys everything about Veterinary medicine, but mostly helping the hard-working horses. Her favorite thing about work is experiencing firsthand the bond between a good horse and a good owner, and also getting to be part of some pretty miraculous medical and surgical interventions. Malorie’s hobbies include running, camping, sailing, waterskiing, and spending time with her husband and family.
Jaime Newbill Hicks, LVT, VTS-EVN, is originally from Mechanicsville, Virginia. She enjoyed showing hunter/jumpers while completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Environmental Management at James Madison University, GO DUKES! In 2008, she received her Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Blue Ridge Community College. She has been working at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic ever since! In December 2013, she met all of the criteria and was inducted into the Academy of Equine Veterinary Nursing Technicians, a recognized veterinary technician specialty. Her veterinary interests include diagnostic imaging, anesthesia, patient care and teaching. She now resides in Bumpass, Virginia with her husband, Joe, two dogs, horse and brood of chickens. They enjoy kayaking, hiking and going to music festivals.