Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC), located in Wellington, Florida, is fully-staffed with fourteen veterinarians that specialize in performance horses, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging equipment, an on-site hospital with surgical facilities, pharmancy, and an in-house laboratory. They provide emergency care for horses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their imaging equipment includes a standing equine MRI unit, a Nuclear Scintigraphy gamma ray camera, ultrasonography and digital radiography.
Dr. Alex Emerson grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada playing hockey and showing horses at the local shows. He attended the University of Kentucky for undergraduate studies while working in the thoroughbred industry. Dr. Emerson graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 after completing a preceptorship at Palm Beach Equine Clinic. After developing a sports medicine practice in Kentucky and the Midwest, Dr. Emerson decided to join his friends at Palm Beach Equine Clinic in 2015. He is a proud member of the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP), which celebrated its 10 year anniversary in 2016.
Bryan Dubynsky , DVM
Dr. Dubynsky attended Indiana University for his undergraduate studies and attained a B.S. degree in biology. He continued his education at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and finished his clinical training at Purdue University. While in school, he achieved top honors and earned the Excellence in Equine Medicine and Surgery award. After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Dubynsky practiced medicine in the Saratoga, NY area where he began his veterinary career.
Dr. Dubynsky spent most of his life breeding, raising, training, and showing horses. Prior to veterinary school, he had the opportunity to work with some of the premier trainers and horsemen in central Kentucky. Dr. Dubynsky has worked in the Hamptons doing sport horse medicine for 5 years and is the show vet for the Hampton Classic. His interests include sports medicine and lameness.
Daren Tamplin , DVM
Dr. Daren Tamplin graduated from Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine and began his veterinary career practicing sports medicine on thoroughbred racehorses in the mid-atlantic and in Louisiana. Upon graduation from veterinary school he received awards for demonstrating proficiency in equine medicine and large animal surgery. Dr. Tamplin did his undergraduate work at Texas A&M University where he was involved in the Texas A&M polo club serving as a club officer and as a member of the 1998 National Intercollegiate Championship team. His main interests within veterinary medicine are lameness and diagnostic imaging in the equine athlete.
Gary Priest , DVM, DACVS
Dr. Priest joins Palm Beach Equine Clinic during the winter seasons as
a surgeon and diagnostician. His areas of expertise in diagnostics include Lameness Evaluations and Upper Airway Function. He has spent a lot of time
at PBEC in the past 2 years with prototypes of the new Dynamic Respiratory Endoscope developed in France by Optomed. This technology is now available at PBE and gives a new way to accurately evaluate the function and performance of the horse’s Upper Airway in the horse’s discipline. Dr. Priest has now over 200 cases done with the DRS Scope over the USA and Canada. Gary T. Priest, DVM graduation in 1976 from Auburn University he first joined M. B. Teigland and Associates in Miami, Fla. , working as a ambulatory vet and in their surgery. In 1977 he joined Woodford Veterinary Clinic in Kentucky as a surgeon and developed a very successful farm and racetrack practice. During his time there he introduced ultrasound technology to Kentucky and was one of the first to perform arthroscopic surgery in the horse.
Janet Greenfield-Davis , DVM
Janet Greenfield grew up in Northern California showing hunters on the “A” circuit. A passion for horses led Janet to a passion in veterinary medicine. She finished her undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic State University in 2005. She continued to veterinary school graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2010. Dr. Greenfield has specialized in equine acupuncture and herbal medicine since 2010 and hopes to further her holistic medicine through food therapy.
Jordan Lewis , DVM
Dr. Jordan Lewis is a 2004 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship in equine medicine and surgery at the Equine Medical Center in Ocala. Growing up in south Florida, she began her relationship with horses as a young teenager and competed on the Arabian circuit.
Jorge Gomez , DVM, DACVS
Dr. Gomez graduated from the University of Caldas in Colombia. He practiced in Colombia for 14 years before completing his Masters Degree and Surgical Residency in Biomedical Sciences and Surgery at Auburn University. After completing his Residency, Dr. Gomez became a Clinical Instructor in Equine Surgery. In 2004 he received Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Dr. Gomez joined Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky in July of 2005 as a staff Surgeon and Sport Horse Veterinarian. Dr Gomez authored two book chapters and several papers on lameness and surgery that have been published in equine veterinary journals.
Kathleen Timmins , DVM
Dr. Timmins is a 1993 graduate of the Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship in equine medicine and surgery at the Illinois Equine Hospital near Chicago.
Natalia Novoa , DVM
Dr. Novoa was born in Nashville, Tennessee and raised in Colombia. She is a graduate of the University of La Salle in Colombia. Dr. Novoa received her education in Chiropractic at Options for Animals in Kansas City. She has been a practicing veterinarian in Florida and Ontario-Canada. Her main focus is on sports medicine, lameness exams, prepurchase exams, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture as well as preventive health care. Dr. Novoa is fluent in both english and spanish
Paul Wollenman , DVM, DACVS
Dr. Wollenman graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1972. After three years of private practice in Texas, he opened an equine practice in Palm Beach, Florida. In 1981, he founded and built Palm Beach Equine Clinic at Palm Beach Polo and Country Club. Dr. Wollenman’s ambulatory practice focuses on polo ponies.
Richard Wheeler , DVM
Dr. Wheeler is a native of the UK and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 2002. Following graduation he completed a two year internship at Greenwood, Ellis and Partners in Newmarket (now Newmarket Equine Hospital). While in the UK Dr. Wheeler competed in a variety of equine sports, most extensively eventing and while at the RVC was captain of the University of London Polo Club.Dr. Wheeler moved to the USA and joined PBEC in 2005 and became a partner in 2009. Dr. Wheeler’s primary focus is sports medicine and he frequently travels throughout the USA and to Europe for clients. Dr Wheeler is an FEI Veterinary Delegate for Show Jumping and Dressage, has authored several articles regarding equine sports medicine and previously sat on the USHJA Horse and Rider Advocates Committee.
Robert Brusie , DVM, DACVS
Dr. Brusie graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed his surgical residency at the Marion DuPont Scott Equine Center in 1989 and joined Palm Beach Equine Clinic in 1996. Dr. Brusie is a Board Certified Surgeon who is recognized for his expertise in colic surgery, as well as for his skill in arthroscopic surgery. His surgical experience expands the clinic’s progressive care in both emergency and elective procedures. He has published articles on numerous topics, including the equine intestinal tract and septic arthritis in horses.
Ryan Lukens , DVM
Dr. Lukens became interested in horses at an early age growing up on a 30 acre horse farm in Lebanon, Ohio. He performed his undergraduate studies and earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. After graduating with his DVM in June of 2012, he became the 4th generation veterinarian in the Lukens’ family, dating back to his great-grandfather’s graduation from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1912. Dr. Lukens interests include sports medicine, lameness, and ultrasound.
Samantha Miles , DVM
Dr. Samantha Miles is originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She moved to Kansas as a child and completed her undergraduate studies at Kansas State University. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Edinburgh School of Veterinary Studies in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is now a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her main interests within veterinary medicine are diagnostic imaging, lameness, rehabilitation and alternative therapies.
Sarah Puchalski , DVM
Dr. Puchalski is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology whose specialty includes the interpretation of radiographs in addition to other diagnostic imaging techniques. Dr. Puchalski is from Davis, CA, where she was an associate professor at the University of California in their Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences. In 1995, she received her BSc in biology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and in 1999 earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, where she received the ACVS Outstanding Large Animal Surgery Student award that same year. Dr. Puchalski interned in Field Service and Sports Medicine at New Bolton Center at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001, and completed her residency in radiology at UC Davis in 2005.
Selina Passante , DVM
Dr. Selina Passante graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK in June 2012. After graduation Selina moved west to Calgary, Alberta and completed an internship in equine medicine and surgery at Moore Equine Veterinary Centre. She is also certified in equine acupuncture and chiropractic. Selina and her husband Walker Watt, who is also an equine veterinarian, own an ambulatory equine practice in Southern Alberta where Selina works in the summer and fall. She then goes to Wellington to work with Palm Beach Equine for the winter and spring months. Selina has a variety of interests including ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, lameness, emergency medicine and general equine medicine.
Stephen Soule , DVM
Dr. Soule graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1973. He interned at the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Dr. Soule has served as a state veterinarian in Pennsylvania and has been in private practice since then. He has also served as a United States Equestrian Team Veterinarian since 1978. He is widely published in industry journals and has lectured at numerous events and conferences.
Steve O’Grady , DVM
Dr. Steve O’Grady is both a veterinarian and a professional farrier. He learned the farrier trade through a formal three year apprenticeship under “Hall of Fame” farrier, Joseph M. Pierce, of West Chester, Pennsylvania and then practiced as a professional farrier for 10 years. He then returned to school, attended Haverford College and went on to graduate from the University of Pretoria, Faculty of Veterinary Science in South Africa with a DVM Degree. He currently operates Virginia Therapeutic Farriery in Keswick, Virginia which is a referral practice devoted to equine foot disease and therapeutic farriery. Here he combines his skills as a veterinarian and a farrier to better understand and treat problems of the foot. He also operates a consulting service where he travels worldwide to treat complicated podiatry cases. He has published 33 peer-reviewed papers in the veterinary literature, numerous papers in the farrier literature, written 18 book chapters and edited two editions of Veterinary Clinics of North America on equine podiatry and therapeutic farriery – all resulting from his extensive work in equine podiatry. He is currently in the process of editing a textbook on Farriery to be published in 2017. In 2003, he was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarians Hall of Fame and in 2009; he received the AAEP President’s Award for his work in farrier education.
Tyler Davis , DVM
Dr. Tyler Davis graduated from the University of Glasgow School of Veterinary Medicine in Glasgow, Scotland, and performed his undergraduate studies at Pennsylvania State University. He then became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Davis’ practice focuses on Equine Dentistry. Dr. Davis was born in Linesville, Pennsylvania.
Weston Davis , DVM, DACVS
Dr. Davis is a second-generation veterinarian from South Florida. His father is recently retired from veterinary medicine and his family raises beef cattle in Clewiston, FL. Dr. Davis graduated from the University of Florida College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduation, Dr. Davis completed his internship in Sports Medicine and Surgery at Oakridge Equine Hospital, followed by a residency in Equine Surgery at NC State University. In 2012, he became board certified in Large Animal Surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Before joining Palm Beach Equine Clinic, Dr. Davis spent 1.5 years as a staff surgeon at a private practice referral center in Texas, and has authored and co-authored publications on topics including colic surgery in performance horses, MRI diagnosis of tendon lesions, and novel imaging and surgical techniques. He has spoken at several national and state meetings.
William Patterson , DVM
Dr. William Patterson received his undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Cornell University in 1980, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University in 1984. He completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Tennessee in 1985. After two years in private practice in Ohio, he attended the University of Wisconsin for a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine. After completion of the residency, Dr, Patterson founded Good Thunder Veterinary Service in New Carlisle, Ohio, where he remains the principal. His principal interests are lameness associated with the neck and axial spine.