Veterinarians


Dr. Donovan DagnerDonovan DagnerDVM, 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. Steve TrostleSteve Trostle, DVM, ACVS, ACVSMR 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 GiuntaKelly 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 MooreTabby 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. HeckingJulia 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.


Susanna Charland, DVM grew up in Sunshine, Louisiana and was always surrounded by animals. She attended UVA for her undergraduate degree and enjoyed riding and competing her horse Hank in the area during that time. She received her veterinary degree from Ross University and completed her clinical year at UC Davis. Following school she completed an equine internship at Ocean State Equine Associates in Rhode Island before joining the team at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.

Dr. Charland’s professional interests include emergency work, lameness, and wellness. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Lucien and her dog Beast, doing anything outdoors and cooking.


Marissa Bennett, DVM, grew up on a small family farm in Northern New Hampshire. She spent her time showing her All-Around pleasure horse on the APHA circuit. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science at the University of Findlay in Ohio and then moved to Alabama for veterinary school. After obtaining her DVM from Auburn University in 2018, she traveled to Washington to complete a year-long equine internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Bennett is thrilled to join the Valley Division of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic as an associate veterinarian. She has special interests in reproduction, sports medicine, and general preventative medicine. She is looking forward to making the beautiful Shenandoah Valley her home with her husband Sam and their pets. Both Dr. Snelling and her fiance are outdoor enthusiasts and are excited to explore all that the Valley has to offer.

Interns


Dr. Kellsie Mullikin grew up in Warrenton, Virginia.  She discovered her love of horses when she began riding at 8 years old and continued riding and competing through 4-H and the Intercollegiate Dressage Association team. Kellsie has a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Animal Science and a BS in Agribusiness from Virginia Tech. After graduation, she stayed in Blacksburg and attended the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine with a focus in equine medicine. While in veterinary school, Kellsie served as Vice President of the Veterinary Imaging Club and served as her class historian. Kellsie’s veterinary interests include diagnostic imaging, sports medicine, and preventative medicine. In her free time, Kellsie enjoys riding her horse, Xman, and spending time with her yellow lab, Nala.  Kellsie is looking forward to living in Earlysville and is very excited to be a part of the Blue Ridge Equine Clinic team!


Dr. Christy Haines grew up on the island of Maui, and when she was not on a sandy beach, she was at the barn, riding hunter/jumpers. She continued riding at the University of Virginia on the intercollegiate equitation team while completing a Bachelor’s degree in Biology. Christy furthered her education at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2020. During her time in Colorado, she served as the horse manager for the CSU Polo Club and enjoyed playing polo with the team. Christy’s long-term goal is to return to Maui to practice equine medicine, but for now, she is excited about moving back to the Charlottesville area with her horse, Gavin, and her little dog, Dash, and about interning at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic.


Our Staff

Malorie Angier, LVT

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.


April Shultz title

April Truxell was raised in a very small town called Doe Hill, barely within the Virginia line. She was fortunate to begin riding when she was eight years old at Rocking A Ranch, 3 miles from her home. There, she learned to start young horses and engaged in working cattle on horseback for ten years. After graduation, she completed basic training in the Virginia Army National Guard, then studied Business Management at Blue Ridge Community College. In 2006, she began an eight year stint as Head Trainer at Cedar Creek Stables in Staunton, where she started countless young horses, and managed broodmares and stallions. Her employment there was briefly interrupted when she was deployed to Iraq as a truck driver. She’s been fortunate to work with great trainers such as Allison Brock, Matt McGlaughlin, Jim Kofford, Scott Hassler and Peter Atkins. April has trained horses up to Fourth Level, competed through PSG, and presented many mares and stallions for  inspections and performance tests. After 20 years of starting horses, she made the much needed decision to step down from training young horses and join the BREC team. She lives in Staunton with her husband, farrier Brandon Shultz and their multiple animals.


Anne Merritt, LVT

Anne Merritt, LVT grew up in Indiana, just south of Indianapolis. Riding sporadically as a kid, she was always animal crazy. This eventually led her to Purdue University to pursue a degree in Animal Sciences. It was at Purdue that she started riding regularly with the equestrian team and then the Polo club, as well as working for local barns. She found a new passion in eventing, and dabbled around in it when possible. Following graduation, she worked with Ossabaw Swine at a research facility in northwestern Indiana. After several years, she made the decision to go back to school for her veterinary technology degree. It was at the end of her schooling that she heard of Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, and was luckily accepted to do her externship here. She fell in love with the area, making the decision to move to Virginia after graduation. Anne worked in northern Virginia for a year before a position became available in the Valley division of BREC. She was very lucky to be able to balance work with riding, and thoroughly enjoyed getting out in to the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley with the wonderful vets she worked with. She now works in the Earlysville hospital, has her old man horse nearby, and loves hiking and running with her dog.


Kenzie Smith, LVT

Kenzie Williams, LVT grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts where she was a working student at a dressage barn. In 2011 she moved to Denver, CO. for some new scenery and enrolled in the vet tech. program at Bel-rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2013. She completed her technical internship at the Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton, CO and graduated in 2015. She moved to Virginia and started at BREC in 2016. She enjoys making farm calls in the beautiful Charlottesville area and caring for patients at the clinic. Outside of work Kenzie enjoys hiking, cooking and hanging out at home with her dogs Romey and Zissou.


Jessica Cash, LVT grew up in Augusta County where she began riding at two years old with her mother. Jessi participated in her local 4-H, pony club and Interscholastic Equestrian team. While in college she worked at numerous Hunter/Jumper barns where she helped prepare for shows. She graduated in 2017 with her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. Jessi completed her externship here at BREC prior to graduating and is excited to be a part of our technician team. She enjoys all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, but especially sports medicine. During her free time Jessi enjoys spending time with the horses on their farm, her fiancé John, and being with family and friends.


Sabino Garcia, Facilities Manager

Sabino Dedios, Facilities Management


Dana Kline, Front Desk/ Office Support


Brooke Sigrist, Front Desk/ Office support


 

 Cheyenne Ferrier, Front desk/ Office support


  Alice Phinizy, Office Manager