Mark R. Baus, DVM
Dr. Baus is the son and grandson of large animal veterinarians in South Dakota. Although this experience shaped his decision to become a veterinarian, the desire and inspiration to provide care exclusively to horses occurred during veterinary school. Upon graduation from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, Dr. Baus joined a veterinary practice in Fairfield, Connecticut with Drs. Howard Raven and Rick Mitchell.
Dr. Baus and Dr. Mitchell founded Fairfield Equine Associates in 1989 where Dr. Baus practiced until he started Grand Prix Equine in 2009. He has provided care to horses in the same region and for many of the same clients for over thirty years.
The Fairfield and Westchester county region has a long tradition of supporting the show horse industry. Many of the finest horses, riders and trainers in the country have started their careers in this region and Dr. Baus has had the privilege to work on many of those great horses and with many great trainers and riders.
In addition to memberships in the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners, Dr. Baus is on the veterinary committee for the United States Equestrian Federation and the Horse and Rider Advocates Committee for the United States Hunter Jumper Association. He is on the board of directors for the AAEP and is a past member of the AAEP Ethics Committee. Dr. Baus is a past president of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners.
In his off time, Dr. Baus teaches a course in life skills at a local prison. He also enjoys auto racing as a fan and a driver.
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Johanna R. Kremberg, DVM
Dr. Kremberg grew up in Brunswick, Maine, riding horses at every opportunity. She majored in English Literature and Spanish at Middlebury College, where she was the captain of the varsity lacrosse team. After her time in Vermont, she worked in botulinum research at Tufts University while she applied to veterinary school.
In 2010, Dr. Kremberg graduated from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and spent the following year in a rotating large animal internship at the University of Georgia. At Ohio State, she received the "Excellence in Equine Surgery" award and was chosen as the 2009 AAEP/Hiscox Insurance scholarship recipient.
Dr. Kremberg appreciates all aspects of maintaining the equine athlete and excels in endoscopy, ultrasound guided injection techniques, and preventive medicine. Beyond work, Johanna enjoys time in the outdoors with her husband, two children, and hound dog as well as visiting friends and family in New York City. She lives in Bedford, NY and continues to ride her Hanoverian Gideon at every opportunity.
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Luvie L. Abell, DVM
Dr. Abell grew up in New Hampshire and, after several years in Virginia, is thrilled to be back in New England with her husband, Andrew, and their dogs, Philo and Maple. Her love for horses started before she can remember on her grandparents’ farm in Maryland. As she continued riding and competing in hunters, jumpers, and equitation, her passion to pursue equine medicine grew alongside her appreciation for the equine athlete.
Dr. Abell earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont and went on to Virginia Tech for veterinary school. During veterinary school, she spent every opportunity visiting a variety of phenomenal equine practices, including Grand Prix Equine.
Following veterinary school, Dr. Abell pursued additional training at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Virginia. In her rigorous internship year, she furthered her clinical competency in sports medicine, emergency and critical care, ophthalmology, surgery, and internal medicine. Dr. Abell appreciates all aspects of equine practice and has a keen eye for lameness diagnosis. She also excels in podiatry and emergency medicine.
Aside from work and riding, Luvie loves hiking with her dogs, cooking with her husband, yoga, and reading.
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Caitlin C. Rothacker, DVM, DABVP
Dr. Rothacker's passion for horses started on a quarter horse ranch in Idaho where she initially grew up. After moving to Putnam County, NY, she continued riding as a working student in a hunter/jumper barn.
She graduated from Bucknell University in 2005, where she studied biology and gender studies. In 2010 Dr. Rothacker earned her DVM from the University of Illinois. Following graduation, she moved to New Zealand for a one-year internship at a Standardbred racetrack practice. Upon her return to the US she completed a large animal rotating surgical and medical internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. Here Dr. Rothacker stayed on as a resident in Ambulatory and Sports Medicine. She became board certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Equine Practice in 2014.
Dr. Rothacker’s interests include lameness and diagnostic imaging, purchase exams as well as routine preventative care. In warmer months, Dr. Rothacker can be found tinkering in her garden, often with a headlamp into the evening hours. She enjoys sharing her love of all things wild with her husband, two children and dog Robin.
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Harry W. Werner, VMD
Following his lifelong passion for animal care and welfare, Dr. Harry Werner attended the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. While attending Penn, he also worked at racetracks and horse shows along the Eastern U.S. coast.
In 1979, he created Werner Equine to offer skilled veterinary care for horses in southern New England & eastern New York. Dr. Werner’s career has focused on lameness, Pre-purchase examination, diagnostic imaging, equine welfare issues, wellness care. and consulting on cases referred by veterinarians, trainers and farriers.
Serving the American Association of Equine Practitioners in numerous positions over 30 years, Dr. Werner was the 2009 President of AAEP. Dr. Werner is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association Welfare Committee. He serves on the board of the World Equine Veterinary Association and is AVMA Liaison to the Unwanted Horse Coalition. He participates in Project Samana, a working equid (horses, donkeys, mules) welfare project in the Dominican Republic.
Dr. Werner speaks internationally and has authored many articles on Lameness, Pre-purchase Examination, Equine Welfare, Farrier-Veterinarian Relationships, Veterinary Ethics and Lyme disease. Dr. Werner works as a consultant for difficult equine medical cases and for pre-purchase examinations.
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Lexi Gallina, DVM - Intern Veterinarian 2019/2020
Dr. Gallina is originally from Long Island, NY, where she quickly realized her love for all animals. After one summer at a horseback riding camp, she was hooked. Her passion for horses continued to grow as she competed in equitation and jumpers on her Holsteiner gelding, Jimmy.
Dr. Gallina attended the University of Connecticut, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. She went on to earn her D.V.M. from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. While in veterinary school, she developed a special interest in sport horse medicine and preventative wellness care. She is excited to work as an intern veterinarian with Grand Prix Equine and further hone her veterinary skills.
In her free time, Dr. Gallina enjoys photography, hiking and traveling with her fiancé, Kevin. She also regularly visits her senior horse, Jimmy, who is now happily retired nearby in Connecticut.
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Ella Littlefield, Veterinary Technician
Ella grew up in New Hampshire where her life-long passion for horses began. From a young age, she rode whenever possible, spent long hours at the barn, participated in 4-H and competed at local horse shows. Ella attended Morrisville State College and majored in Equine Science and Management with a western training concentration. During that time, she competed on the western IHSA team for four years. After that, she pursued her dream of showing at AQHA shows nationally, traveling and mentoring with some of the industry’s top trainers.
Since then, she has worked for a respected equine sports medicine practice as an equine veterinary technician traveling to the Winter Equestrian Festival and Spruce Meadows. She gained invaluable experience and knowledge in lameness, surgery and urgent care. In addition, she has worked as underwriter for an equine insurance company.
When Ella is not at the barn, she enjoys cooking, gardening, CrossFit and spending time with family and friends.
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Heidi Burrows, Veterinary Technician
Heidi grew up in northern New Jersey, where her love for horses started at a young age. She spent every spare minute working and riding at the barn and competed locally on her off-the-track Thoroughbred in the jumpers.
Heidi then attended Cazenovia College with a focus on Equine Business Management. After college, Heidi worked for a large show barn in New Jersey and later worked for a small animal veterinarian when she moved to Connecticut. Heidi found her way back to her passion with horses when she joined Grand Prix Equine.
When Heidi is not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs, cooking, and still loves spending time at the barn where she rides in Norwalk.
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Kacey Buckley, Veterinary Technician
Following in her mother’s shoes, Kacey fell in love with horses as a young girl. Growing up in Connecticut she became a well-rounded and versatile rider as a member of Connecticut Valley Pony Club. She discovered her primary passion to be for dressage in which she has continued to ride and compete.
Kacey earned her Bachelor's Degree from Delaware Valley College where she majored in Animal Science and Equine Business, with a minor in Environmental Science. During her four years there Kacey competed and acted as secretary of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team and earned second individually in the nation for 2013 in her division.
After graduating Kacey worked as an animal control officer for several years before joining GE. In her free time Kacey enjoys riding her pony, Jack and caring for her other three horses. She also volunteers at a local horse rescue and at local horse clubs, and appreciates hiking and nature. Kacey now loves her career as a vet tech and especially enjoys the horses, the clients, and learning and working with the veterinarians.
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Melissa Finn, Veterinary Technician
Melissa originally hails from Massachusetts where her passion for all animals developed at an early age. She raised goats, worked as a farm-hand on a dairy and was an avid Pony Clubber. She took one of her first horses, Odie, through training level eventing.
Melissa attended Holyoke Community College and graduated with an Associates Degree in Veterinary and Animal Science. She spent many years as a large animal technician in northern CT and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue providing exceptional care to the equine patients at Grand Prix Equine.
In her spare time, Melissa and her husband operate a small family farm in Litchfield, CT where she produces beef, maple syrup and attends numerous farmers markets during the summer months.
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Jill Masten-Urbain, Practice Coordinator
Jill grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Colby Sawyer College. She studied business and competed on the intercollegiate equestrian team. While growing up, Jill rode and competed with Peter Lutz and Peter Wylde in the local horse show scene. She also had the opportunity to work with Olympic Gold Medalist Melanie Smith and Grand Prix rider Jeffrey Welles.
After considering a career in marketing, Jill decided to continue riding and working full time with horses. She joined Dr. Baus and Fairfield Equine in 1989, eventually managing the ambulatory technicians in this large and successful equine practice. She has continued working with Dr. Baus during the creation of Grand Prix Equine in 2009.
Jill’s other interests include Bikram Yoga and traveling to unusual places throughout the world. She occasionally rides horses when time allows and is always interested in nature and the outdoors.
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Sandy Leslie, Account Manager
Sandy grew up in Stratford, Connecticut and attended the University of Connecticut where she earned her BS in Animal Science. She started riding at the age of 15 and during her time at UConn was a member of the intercollegiate riding and drill teams.
After graduating Sandy worked for a large equine practice recognized throughout the nation as one of the top practices in its field. During her 23 years there, she gained a vast array of experience while serving in various roles; including as a technician, a front office manager, a manager of operations, and a client services coordinator.
Sandys expertise includes knowledge and skills in lameness, assisting in surgery, providing emergency care, practice management, and customer service.
In her spare time, Sandy likes to spend time with her horse Avy, and her American bulldog Meaty, as well as her family and friends. She enjoys the outdoors and especially enjoys time at the beach in Maine, where she travels every summer.
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