Dr. Wallace was born in Nova Scotia, Canada and completed his veterinary degree at the near-by University of Prince Edward Island in 1993. After graduation, he pursued a large animal internship in medicine, surgery and reproduction at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He remained at VA Tech from 1994-1997 to pursue an internal medicine residency and a Masters degree in research related to colic in horses. In 1997 he became a board certified specialist in large animal internal medicine by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Dr. Wallace has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals relating to various aspects of large animal medicine.
Dr. Wallace began working in the Piedmont Triad in 1997. His special veterinary interests are equine lameness, colic and neurologic conditions but he practices and enjoys all areas of equine medicine. He is also an adjunct professor in the Equestrian Studies Department at Averett University in Danville, VA where he teaches courses in Lameness and Equine Nutrition. He is also an adjunct assistant professor at North Carolina State University in Equine Primary Care. Dr. Wallace performs consultation work for a number of pharmaceutical companies and has participated in clinical trials for a variety of new equine drugs that are currently on the market. He also finds the time to speak at a number of meetings including the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association annual convention. He also is a lecturer in the Basic and Advanced Equine Feedmaster educational programs and is on the faculty of the Equine Management Training Center in Axton, Virginia.
In his spare time Dr. Wallace enjoys spending time with his wife, three small children and a variety of horses, ponies, donkeys, chickens and other critters that call the Wallace household home. He also is an avid runner, completing the Boston Marathon in 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Boyer is a native of Pennsylvania but has lived in Illinois and Ohio as well. She graduated from the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992 and joined a mixed animal practice in Randolph County North Carolina. Although Dr. Boyer enjoyed the variety of a mixed animal practice her true passion is for horses.
In 1998 she joined an equine veterinary practice where she was able to concentrate on equine medicine and reproduction. In 2002 she ventured out on her own and began Cedar Hill Mobile Equine Service where she could ensure a high quality of customer service and patient care. Dr. Boyer joined Carolina Equine Hospital at it’s inception in 2009.
Dr. Boyer’s interests include equine reproduction, internal medicine, and general practice. In her spare time Anne enjoys trail riding and spending time with her daughter.
Dr. Talbot was born and raised in southeastern Louisiana just outside of New Orleans. He spent his early years growing up on a small, family operated boarding stable in Algiers, LA. Dr. Talbot and his family both raised and competed American Quarter Horses and were heavily involved in the Palomino Horse Breeder’s Association. During high school he traveled to Tulsa, OK to compete in the PHBA world show with 2 of the family’s horses. He attended Louisiana State University and achieved a B.S. in Animal, Dairy and Poultry Sciences. He enrolled in LSU School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in May, 2003 with a focus on Equine Medicine.
Dr. Talbot joined Reidsville Veterinary Hospital in June of 2003 as one of 3 full time Large Animal Veterinarians. His primary areas of interest include internal medicine, dentistry, reproduction and neonatology. He also enjoys working on various types of livestock including cattle and goats. His interest in reproduction and neonatology stem from his experiences working at A&I Stallion Station in Covington, LA and through his senior veterinary externship at Haygard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky. His professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Society for Theriogenology.
While not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Talbot enjoys most outdoor activities. He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing and the occasional trail ride. Dr. Talbot also enjoys spending time in outdoor pursuits with his wife Sara, two children and their dogs.
Dr. Julia Dietz joined Carolina Equine Hospital in January, 2017 after practicing for several years in Jacksonville, Florida. She completed her bachelors degree at the University of South Florida and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with a special award for Excellence in Equine Medicine. Her special interests include equine dentistry, lameness evaluation, spinal manipulation and acupuncture. Dr. Dietz’s chiropractic training was performed at the Integrated Veterinary Medical Institute in Reddick, Florida where she attained certification as an Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner. She enjoys incorporating chiropractic therapy into her total body approach to horse health and wellness. Her acupuncture training was performed at the Chi Institute of Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. Dietz enjoys an active lifestyle and is excited to explore all the North Carolina has to offer. She also enjoys running with her dog Tessa and riding her 2 horses. She finds great rewards in her yearly medical mission trips to Cambodia.
Dr. Rebecca Stinson began riding horses at the age of 8 while living in Phoenix, Arizona. Her family then relocated to the east coast and her passion for horses took off. Dr. Stinson competed in 4-H and Virginia Arabian Horse Association shows. During her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech, Dr. Stinson discovered dressage and began working with a trainer in Blacksburg. After moving to Georgia, she attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia. Dr. Stinson graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Dr. Stinson then joined Genessee Valley Equine Clinic in Rochester, New York. While at GVEC, Dr. Stinson honed her skills as an equine veterinarian.
Dr. Stinson’s veterinary interests include equine lameness and performance medicine, ophthalmology, and complimentary medicine including acupuncture. Dr. Stinson completed the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society certification class in 2006 and enjoys using acupuncture and herbal therapy to enhance the response to traditional western medicine. Dr. Stinson is also very active in the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association where she is the chair of the Large Animal Medicine Committee, and has served on many committees and councils of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Stinson moved to Reidsville in 2003 and has a small farm which she shares with her husband, son, two dogs, two cats and her Oldenburg cross, Reno. Dr. Stinson and Reno look forward to the day when they can spend more time together.
Dr. Melissa Sheppard grew up in Trinidad and Tobago and has since moved to Reidsville while completing her internship. She attended vet school at the University of Florida in Gainsville, GO GATORS! When she has free time she loves spending time outdoors hiking or near the ocean. Her favorite people to spend time with are her family, friends, boyfriend, and dog. She started riding at the age of 10 and never looked back. Dr. Sheppard spent a lot of time at the barns and the racetrack with the equine vet at home. Dr. Sheppard doesn’t currently have a horse but says she will definitely get one once she has settled down!
Dr. Mielnicki grew up in Lebanon, Ohio and attended vet school at Ohio State, GO BUCKS! When she isn’t working she loves to travel, experience new foods, spend quality time with my family, work out, and snuggle up on the couch with 1 of her 3 cats and a Netflix show! Dr. Mielnicki first fell in love with horses as a child at a summer camp in Kentucky where she first learned basic horsemanship and riding skills. She has never owned a horse of her own but plans to change that once she gets settled down. Dr. Mielnicki’s favorite part of her job is solving the puzzles that her patients often present her with. She also loves having the opportunity to send a patient home, especially if it’s been a long, hard road back to wellness.
Kit was born in Tightsqueeze, Va. She grew up on a farm raising and showing American Saddlebreds. She worked for White Oak Animal Clinic for 10 years and then transitioned to barn manager for Averett University Equestrian Studies program for 21 years. She joined Carolina Equine Hospital in 2014 and is an invaluable member of our staff.
She is married to her husband Johnny and shares her home with 2 horses, 11 cats, 2 parrots and various wildlife on their farm. While not working Kit continues to provide a loving, nuturing environment for all animals she comes in contact with.
Ashley came to the Carolina Equine Hospital team in November, 2015 after working in retail and delivering mail for the United States Postal Service. She has lived in North Carolina her entire life. Ashley lived in Graham as a child until her family moved to a house in Elon that would allow her to have a pony and riding lessons nearby. Twenty years later she still has her pony, Alfie and his best friend Charlie who is a BLM mustang. They have all grown up together and are enjoying their late twenties. Ashley earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Design in 2013, with a focus in Fine Arts at Lee’s-McRae College in Banner Elk. She has since left the mountains and moved back to Elon to be with her family, equines and Australian Shepherd, Denver. When she is not working, Ashley enjoys zumba classes, spending time with her boyfriend, and doing pet portraits for friends.
Joan joined the team at Carolina Equine Hospital in February, 2011 after a long sales career in the steel industry. She is a native of the piedmont region of North Carolina and has an associates degree in Business Administration.
Joan’s family operated Pine Hill Dairy in Reidsville, NC where she grew up riding horses on the family farm. Joan enjoys gardening, decorating, remodeling and antiquing. She is currently in the process of remodeling and decorating her childhood home.
Joan looks forward to providing a new, loving home for a dog through one of the many adoption programs in the area.