Steinbeck County Equine Clinic, located in Salinas, CA, is a state-of-the-art equine hospital, fully staffed and open 24/7 for referral emergencies. The hospital surgical facilities, an in-house pharmacy, and an in-house laboratory, allowing for rapid turn-around of chemistry panels, bacterial cultures and sensitivities, CBCs, cytology, blood-gas analyses and fecal examinations for patients.
Steinbeck Equine also provides ambulatory services as far south as Big Sur, Cachagua and Lockwood; north to Woodside, Portola Valley and Pescadero; and as far east as Paicines. They always have two veterinarians on-call for mobile emergencies: one based in Woodside and one in the Salinas Valley.
Alex grew up in Hollywood, CA and spent weekends and summers in the Sierra Foothills on her family cattle ranch. She developed a love for horses and riding which took her and her horse to The Thacher School in Ojai, CA, where she rode and showed horses both in Western classes, gymkahana and 3-day events. She also took "intro to vet-med" a year-long elective which secured her interest in veterinary medicine. Alex met her husband Tim Eastman in veterinary school, and they were married in 1998. Today, Alex’s primary veterinary interests are Reproduction and Preventative Medicine. In addition to working together with Tim as co-owners of Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, serving on the boards of several organizations and raising four children, Alex enjoys riding her dressage horse Flori Joe and borrowing her daughter's 3-day eventing horse when she has the chance.
Alyssa Coulomb , DVM
Alyssa grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. She began riding at a young age through Pony Club and 4H before pursuing show jumping as her primary discipline and competing into her undergraduate years. She attended the University of Alberta for her undergraduate studies, majoring in companion and performance animals, and graduated with her veterinary degree from the University of Calgary in 2016. She completed a 6 month internship at an equine practice in Alberta before joining SCEC . She enjoys riding, hiking, and spending time with her puppy Nola and cat Finnegan.
Andrea Bledsoe , DVM
Andrea grew up in a small town in the Sierra Nevada Foothills. She developed a love for horses at a young age, while competing in three day eventing, which inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Sonoma State University and went on to complete her veterinary degree from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her veterinary interests include equine surgery, as well as sports medicine and rehabilitation. She also enjoys the outdoors, baking, painting and spending time with her three-legged dog
Kayla Dykstra , DVM
Kayla was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. During her summers she spent her time working on a horse and cattle ranch leading/organizing a summer riding camp along with general ranch and herd management. Basketball brought her to the University of Victoria for her undergraduate degree where she completed a bachelor of science in Kinesiology with a minor in neuro-psychology. She returned home to Calgary to complete her degree in veterinary medicine. Kayla grew up riding both English and western and spent time in multiple disciplines. Currently she enjoys spending time with her 27 year old gelding and mini pony. Her professional interests include equine sports medicine and rehabilitation as well as surgery.
Laramie Winfield , DVM, DACVIM
Laramie grew up in the Salinas Valley, riding horses with her mom and sisters. Although most of her family is involved in the art business, Laramie fell in love with veterinary medicine at the age of seven. Laramie’s professional interests are Equine Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Neonatology, Acupuncture, Sports Medicine, and Ophthalmology. Laramie enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. Nick Carlson (who also works at SCEC) and son Benjamin. She loves horseback riding and is currently 3-Day Eventing her horse Franky.
MacKenzie Adams , DVM
Mackenzie Adams is originally from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She grew up riding and showing Quarter Horses in English and western events which inspired her to seek out a career as an equine veterinarian. Mackenzie attended Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical sciences. After a one-year equine internship she started her three year Residency in Large Animal Surgery at Purdue University. Mackenzie moved to California last year to finish her surgical residency at Steinbeck. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, running, cycling, and riding when she is able.
Matt Durham , DVM, DACVSMR
Matt grew up with horses in Reno, Nevada. When he was 12, he decided to become an equine veterinarian. He spent 11 summers working as a back-country guide at McGee Creek and Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfits, where he met his wife Tiffany (who is now a hospital technician at SCEC). Matt enjoys the balance of time in the field seeing horses where they live, and the challenging lameness and diagnostic imaging cases he sees in the clinic. When he is not at work, Matt enjoys beekeeping, woodworking and reading.
Megan Eckert , DVM
Megan was born and raised in Austin, TX, where she trained and competed with Hunter/Jumper horses. She was always set on becoming an equine veterinarian. During her undergraduate years at Texas A&M (a devoted “Aggie”), Megan switched from English riding to Western, and began riding and training barrel horses. Currently, she is studying Equine Surgery at Steinbeck Country Equine
Nick Carlson , DVM, DACVS
Nick met his wife, Dr. Laramie Winfield, also an SCEC veterinarian, while they were both in the UC Davis veterinary program. They were married in Carmel Valley in 2009. Nick’s professional interests include Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, with specific interests in Advanced Equine Dentistry and Diseases of the Skull and Upper Airways.
Nora Grenager , VMD, DACVIM
Nora grew up on a small farm in central Pennsylvania and could always be found out in the barn with the horses. She knew she wanted to be an equine vet from a young age. She loves spending time with her husband, David, and daughter, Sally and doing almost anything outside (riding, hiking, running, snowboarding, kayaking) in beautiful CA as well as playing music. Nora’s professional interests include internal medicine (especially endocrine disease, neonatal medicine, ultrasound, and cardiology), laminitis, and preventive herd health. She has written and edited numerous peer-reviewed veterinary articles and contributed to—or edited—several veterinary text books and is an active volunteer in many veterinary organizations.
Sarah James , DVM, DABVP
Born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sarah grew up with a strong “nothing is for free” work ethic that resulted in the diligence with which she has pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Throughout her time in school, Sarah worked in the veterinary field, gaining diverse experience ranging from raising milk cows for an agricultural cooperative, to preparing research animals (pigs) for surgery, to working on treatment crews at both small and large animal hospitals. She was also the recipient of several academic research awards. Sarah has mucked, fed and managed a stable of horses, taught beginning equestrians, and competed on the University of Vermont Equestrian Team, riding hunt seat and dressage. She also enjoys snow boarding, hiking, lacrosse and salsa dancing. Sarah’s professional interests include Theriogenology, Ophthalmology, Diagnostic Imaging, Sports Medicine and Surgery.
Shelby Arrieta , DVM
Shelby was born and raised in Colorado. She completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Regis University in Denver, CO before receiving her veterinary degree from Colorado State University. Shelby grew up riding and showing horses in the local hunter/jumper circuit and has two horses of her own, a 29 year old off-the-track Thoroughbred named Soley and an 18 year old Oldenburg named Inferno. When not working or riding, Shelby enjoys being outdoors and going on adventures with her husband Aaron and their two dogs Lola and Ollie. Her professional interests include sports medicine, imaging, and acupuncture.
Stephanie Hibbits , DVM, DACVS
Stephanie was born and raised on her family’s cattle ranch, in the foothills outside of Yosemite. She grew up riding ranch horses, doing some barrel racing an team penning with her family. Growing up around animals, Stephanie decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age, even after watching a veterinarian do a C-section on one of her dad’s cows when she was only 5-years old. Stephanie’s professional interests and are lameness and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency/critical care medicine and surgery.
Tim G. Eastman , DVM, DACVS, MPVM
A native of Salinas, Tim was raised in Monterey County, California, where his family had deep roots in the local horse industry. Like many veterinarians, Tim decided to become an equine veterinarian at a very young age. Tim met his wife, Alexandra (Alex) in veterinary school; they were married during his surgical residency and are proud parents of four children. Tim joined the Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic (SCEC) practice in 2000, where he and Alex now work together as co-owners. Board certified in Equine Surgery, he is committed to ‘round-the-clock equine care, using the most advanced technology.