Justin was raised on a small fruit farm in Biglerville, Pennsylvania where he developed his love of the outdoors and the agricultural community. He attended Penn State University for undergraduate studies (Animal Bioscience) and developed a passion for horses while working at a local hunter farm. He then traveled to Colorado State University to study additional horse course work. Justin then moved to the East Moreno Ranch in New Mexico and spent time as a wrangler. Afterwards, he attended the University of Florida for graduate school and earned degrees in both animal nutrition and business where he developed a desire to teach. After graduate school, he worked for Buckeye Nutrition and Progressive Nutrition as a nutrition consultant. He then returned to the University of Florida for veterinary school and afterwards completed an internship at Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland, VA prior to starting his ambulatory practice, South Mountain Equine in Middletown, MD. He has also been a testing veterinarian for the USEF and FEI. Socially, he has enjoyed organized veterinary medicine and is the current President of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. He is married to a small animal veterinarian and have two young boys named Connor and Samuel, two goldfish from the fair, a half dozen chickens, and two shaggy dogs.