Dr. 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 a past board member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Paul Stephens, DVM, ACVS, a 1979 graduate of the veterinary school at Ohio State University, spent his first six years in practice in California with Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center. He then returned east to do a residency at New Bolton Center (University of Pennsylvania) and became board certified in large animal surgery in 1989. After a short stint in practice in Charlottesville, VA, Paul moved to Oklahoma City to be hospital director at a large referral clinic.
His family’s love of Albemarle County enticed him to join forces with Dr. Cowles in 1996 to establish a premier referral center for equine medicine and surgery in central Virginia. Dr. Stephens volunteers as a court appointed advocate for children (Piedmont CASA). His wife, Brenda, is an occupational therapist, a certified hippotherapist and runs her own hippotherapy program for children with disabilities. He enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons and a menagerie of animals.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Tracy Norman, VMID, ACVIM 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.
Dr. Abby Sage, VMD, ACVIM, obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, where she also remained for her internship. She then completed an internal medicine residency at New Bolton Center. Dr. Sage became board certified in large animal internal medicine in 1995 and is an active member of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine where she serves on various committees. Dr. Sage pursued her passion for diagnostic ultrasound and cardiology as an assistant professor of sports medicine at New Bolton Center and then as an associate professor in the section of large animal medicine at the University of Minnesota. While at the University of Minnesota, she was the head of the large animal internal medicine section and director of large animal ultrasound.
Dr. Sage has been an author of numerous scientific papers on equine internal medicine, ultrasound and cardiology. She is a reviewer of articles in several scientific journals and teaches continuing education seminars throughout the country. She and her husband, Steve have two children, Adeline and Nathaniel.
Dr. Meredith Phillips, DVM is originally from Westfield, Massachusetts, where she grew up riding and showing. Meredith received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina, then received her DVM from The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. While in veterinary school, Meredith served as Vice President of the Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Equine ICU Co-captain, and the Colic Team point person. Her areas of interest within veterinary medicine include sports medicine, dentistry, and surgery. She has an Appaloosa/TB gelding, Native Witness, and two cats named Moe and Sable. In addition to spending time with her animals, Meredith likes fishing, hiking, crafting, and doing puzzles.
Ellis Traywick,DVM is originally from Richmond, Virginia, but started taking riding lessons at an early age and later joined Pony Club in Manakin-Sabot where she started eventing. She did her undergraduate work at Virginia Tech and received her DVM from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. During veterinary school, she spent two summers working at Virginia Equine Clinic, where she realized she loved ambulatory work, particularly responding to emergencies. The level of patient and client dedication is what excites her most about being at Blue Ridge. In her free time, her favorite thing to do is ride her eventing partner of eight years, Ellie. She is looking forward to getting back into the sport. She also likes running, going to the beach, and eating shrimp tacos.