Dr. Fernando Cardenas — Fernando came to the US from Colombia, South America in 1987. He has lived and worked on a horse farm all his life and still maintains a strong connection to his family's breeding and training operation in Florida. Always having an intense interest in sport horse performance, he and his wife show competitively, as well as maintaining a full-scale equine veterinary practice.
He received his doctoral degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and has a special interest in lameness and podiatry with certification in acupuncture.
Dr. Elaine Means — Elaine joined 3H Veterinary Services in 2002 upon her graduation from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her B.S. in Animal Science from Colorado State University in 1998.
She has always been interested in sport horse performance, growing up and continuing to compete in the hunters. Elaine has a special interest in horse dentistry and is certified in Equine Vertebral Manipulation.
Dr. Shanna Baker — Shanna received her B.S. in Biology from ECU in 1993. She graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997 and continued her education as a intern resident in equine medicine at Mississippi State from 1997 to 2000. Upon completion of her intern residency, she began working at Deer Creek Equine Clinic in Powhatan, Va. Shanna is a mother to a wide range of animals in need - from rehabbing a foundered horse to taking in a sick chameleon.
Dr. Tracy Tinsley —Tracy joined 3H Vet in July 2007. She received her B.S. in Equine Science at Colorado State University in 2000. She graduated from the University Of Illinois College Of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. She continued her education as an intern at the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine. Upon finishing her internship she began working for a private practice, Safe and Sound Vet Services, in Newnan, Georgia.
Tracy grew up showing Morgan horses in dressage and eventing.
Lynn Gomes, D.V.M. — Lynn grew up in Nova Scotia Canada. She attended the Nova Scotia Agricultural College where she completed a B.S. in Animal Science and went on to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 2008 she completed a surgical and ambulatory internship at Ocala Equine Hospital. In 2012 Dr. Gomes complete Equine Vertebral Manipulation (AKA equine chiropractor) at PELI in Ocala Florida.
Dr. Gomes enjoys working on horses of all disciplines. Her professional interests are lameness and poor performance (feet, soft tissue and joint injuries), equine vertebral manipulation and preventative health care. When not spending time with her husband and dogs Winston and Sammie, Dr. Gomes enjoys riding her horse Hantz and going to hockey games.
Dr. Kate Echeverria — Kate grew up in western Massachusetts competing event horses. She came south for college, graduating from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2002. She then spent the next two
years as a working student for an upper level event rider. It was during that time her interest in equine
veterinary medicine, especially lameness and rehabilitation, grew. Kate received her doctoral degree
from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. While at NCSU CVM, Kate spent time working and
conducting research with Dr. Mansmann. She completed a one year internship at Southern Equine
Service in Aiken, SC and then stayed on for another year as an associate.
Kate joined 3H Vet in August
2012. Kate's interests are equine emergency medicine, lameness and podiatry.
Dr. Ashley Banes - Ashley grew up on a horse farm in Hillsborough, NC showing hunter/jumpers. She earned her B.A. at the University of Virginia in 1999 where she played varsity volleyball and was a college radio DJ. She was a computer programmer and analyst for a financial software firm for several years in NY before taking a sabbatical to groom for an Irish Olympic showjumper. Her interest in equine medicine piqued, she returned to NC as a technician for 3H, worked for a veterinary non-profit in India treating labor horses, and then completed her doctorate at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013.
Ashley has a special interest in preventative health, tendon healing, diagnostics and community outreach.