Team

Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team.

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of The Piedmont Equine Practice in The Plains. We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your horses!

Please call us at 540-364-4950 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members.

Associate Veterinarians

Alexis Theiss

Alexis was born and raised in the McLean/Great Falls area with three sisters and a…

Christina Moore

Christy Moore grew up in Fairfax, VA and began riding horses at the age of…

Christine Dainis-Adams

Dr. Chris Dainis-Adams received her DVM degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in…

David Johnson (Dentistry Focus)

Dr. David Johnson has been associated with The Piedmont Equine Practice since 2002. He earned…

Jena Porto

Dr. Jena Porto grew up in a small town outside Pittsburgh, PA. She obtained her…

Stephanie Wilkinson

Dr. Stephanie Wilkinson was born and raised on the small Island of Bermuda. She has…

Paul Diehl

Dr. Paul Diehl grew up in Strasburg, Virginia where he acquired his first horse at…

Clinical Administrator

Ann Pawlak

Ann was born in Easton, Maryland and there her love of riding began at the…

Fellowship

Lizzy Aksten

Lizzy has had a passion for horses that began at a young age. As an…

Graduated Interns

Alicia Yocom

Dr. Alicia Yocom grew up in San Francisco, CA where she learned to ride at…

Alisa Corser

Dr. Alisa Corser grew up in the small town of Clermont, Florida, where she began…

Anna Allen

Dr. Anna Allen grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and began riding horses at the…

Annie Chavent

Dr. Annie Chavent was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She first discovered her love…

Ashley Hamilton

Fellowship 2011-2012

Ashley Hamilton grew up on a small farm in Florida where she began riding before…

Carianne Jones

Cari Jones grew up in Falls Church, VA and began riding horses at the age…

Chelsea Luedke

Chelsea grew up in Texas and the suburbs of Chicago where she started showing hunters…

Eleanor Sokolow

Ellie Sokolow grew up in Rochester, NY and first became interested in horses when she…

Emily Nutt

Dr. Emily Nutt grew up in Davidson, NC in an animal loving household with cats,…

Erin Davis

Dr. Erin Davis was raised in Clarke County, Virginia on her family’s horse and cattle…

Erin Kinney

Dr. Erin Kinney grew up in the small coastal town of Cumberland, Maine. She received…

Erin McDougall

Erin grew up in Falls Church, VA and graduated pre-school knowing she wanted to be…

Gretchen Verheggen

Dr. Gretchen Verheggen was born and raised in an historic farmhouse in Zionsville, PA. While…

Heather Damico

Heather has successfully graduated from the PEP internship program and gone to Buffalo Equine and…

Jen Lowry

Dr. Jen Lowry attended veterinary school at NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She…

Jesha Marcy-Quay

Jesha started riding horses at age 5, competing in eventing at age 7, and bought…

Joe Wagner

Dr. Joseph Wagner grew up in northern Vermont. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science in…
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Katharine Sharon

Dr. Katharine Sharon grew up in a horse-oriented family in Landenberg, PA. She was an…

Kristina Peacock

Kristina Peacock grew up right next door in Haymarket, VA. She began riding horses at…

Leslie Reyes-Espinosa

Dr. Leslie Reyes-Espinosa grew up in Miami, FL where she learned to ride horses as…

Mallory Willkom

Dr. Mallory Willkom is originally from Chippewa Falls, WI, where she grew up showing in…

Moira Nusbaum

Dr. Moira Nusbaum grew up in Maryland on a small horse farm. Throughout high school…

Rebecca Bacon

Dr. Rebecca Bacon was born in Portsmouth, VA and lived in the DC metro area…

Shannon Donoho

Dr. Shannon “Boo” Donoho grew up in Raleigh, NC, where her family enjoyed foxhunting and…

Shelly Whitehurst

Dr. Shelly Whitehurst grew up in Roanoke, VA. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology…

Shireen Zolghadri

Shireen Zolghadri was born and raised in Alpharetta, Georgia.  She grew up barrel racing and riding…

In Memoriam

Cindy Suhonen

Born and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, Cindy was a horse lover from the start. She…

Kathryn Krista

All of us at the Piedmont Equine family are heartbroken to tell you that Dr.…

Interns

Cheyenne Sams

Cheyenne was born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia and has been an extern on…

Kris Valerio

Dr. Kris Valerio was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Her love for…

Meredith Frey

Meredith Frey spent her time riding horses from a young age in both New Jersey and…

Jack of all Trades

Juliet Graham

Juliet was born in England and raised in Calgary, Alberta. She was sent from the…

Maintenance

Lalo Gaeta

Lalo has worked at Piedmont Equine since May of '07. He is our true jack…

Office Administrators

Elaine Brissette

Elaine grew up in Ellsworth, Maine where she actively competed in both english and western…

Sandy Cole

Sandy grew up horse crazy in a non-horsey family in South Bend, Indiana. She got…

Sophie Sites

Sophie Sites was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. Following high school, Sophie attended the…

Pharmacy Technician

Alexandra Tatham (Po)

Nicknamed Po because as a young child she would repeatedly ask to ride Po when…

Mary Ficklin

Mary was born in the true horse country of Fauquier County, Virginia. Growing up in…

Pharmacy Technicians

Alexandra Tatham (Po)

Nicknamed Po because as a young child she would repeatedly ask to ride Po when…

Mary Ficklin

Mary was born in the true horse country of Fauquier County, Virginia. Growing up in…

Practice Manager

Mandy Steinhoff

Mandy was born and raised in Thomson, GA home of the Pine Top Event and…

Referral Specialists

Amy Polkes

Internal Medicine Specialist

From Dr. Polkes' website- hudsonvalleyequineinternalmedicine.com/ I am a board certified equine internal medicine specialist. My…

Catherine Nunnery

Consulting Ophthamologist

Catherine Nunnery joins us as a consulting ophthalmologist on a regular basis. She served as…

Relief Surgeon

Courtney Bolam

Courtney Bolam, DVM, DVSc, DACVS-LA has joined Piedmont Equine Practice to provide regular in-hospital emergency…

Staff Surgeon

Courtney Bolam

Courtney Bolam, DVM, DVSc, DACVS-LA has joined Piedmont Equine Practice to provide regular in-hospital emergency…

Staff Surgeon

Courtney Bolam

Courtney Bolam, DVM, DVSc, DACVS-LA has joined Piedmont Equine Practice to provide regular in-hospital emergency…

Veterinarian and Staff Surgeon

Courtney Bolam

Courtney Bolam, DVM, DVSc, DACVS-LA has joined Piedmont Equine Practice to provide regular in-hospital emergency…

Veterinarian & Partners

John Nolan

Dr. Nolan grew up in northern Virginia. His love of horses began as a young…

Joe Davis

At the age of six, Dr. Davis was put up on his first horse and…

Sean Bowman

Dr. Bowman was born and raised in Loudoun County, Virginia. He continues to live there…

Paul Anikis

Dr. Anikis grew up in Howard County, Maryland with an interest in animals of all…

Veterinary Surgeon & Critical Care Specialist

Sarah Dukti

Dr. Sarah Dukti DACVS, DACVECC joined The Piedmont Equine Practice on June 1, 2011. Dr.…

Veterinary Technicians

Casey Curtis

Casey graduated from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC in 2012 with a BA in…

Gretchen Hummer

Gretchen’s parents are originally from PA but moved south in the '60s. She grew up…

Jill Sites

Jill was born in South Carolina and moved multiple times since her dad was in…

Lindsey Phifer

Lindsey grew up in Richmond, Virginia and started riding when she was 14. She showed…