Our Veterinarians

Paul C. Mountan, D.V.M.

Dr. Paul C. Mountan

Dr. Paul C. Mountan, one of the founders of Rhinebeck Equine, LLP, discovered his passion for horses during his early childhood; and was inspired to practice equine veterinary medicine by his older cousin, Robert E. Cornell, DVM. ...continue reading




James D. Mort, D.V.M.

James D. Mort, D.V.M.

Dr. Jim Mort grew up on a farm in Rhode Island where he developed a love for being around the entire spectrum of farm animals. Trail riding was one of his boyhood pleasures....continue reading




Jeffrey A. Williams, D.V.M.

Dr. Jeffery A. Williams

Dr. Jeffrey A. Williams joined Drs. Miller, Mountan and Mort in 1983 and became a partner in 1985. A native of Rhinebeck, NY, Dr. Williams grew up on a small horse farm there, and was active in 4-H and local horse shows in his youth....continue reading




Nina Deibel, D.V.M.

Dr. Nina Deibel

Dr. Deibel was born loving animals and developed a special interest in horses by the age of three. She grew up around Welsh ponies in Albany County, New York and owes much of her basic horse knowledge to these little beasties....continue reading



Jim N. Nutt V.M.D., Diplomate ACVS

Jim N. Nutt V.M.D., Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Nutt grew up on a farm near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he first discovered his love for horses. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University where he majored in Natural Resources and Business. ...continue reading



Laura H. Javsicas, V.M.D, Diplomate ACVIM

Laura H. Javsicas, V.M.D, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Javsicas grew up riding hunters and jumpers outside of Philadelphia, PA. She received a BA in Biology from Cornell University, where she was co-captain of the varsity equestrian team. ...continue reading




Gus A. Abuja, D.V.M. Diplomate ACVS

Gus A. Abuja, D.V.M. Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Abuja grew up in Spain and went to Veterinary School in Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). After earning his doctorate, he completed an internship in Belgium (Dierenkliniek de Morette) and then worked in equine referral hospitals in Madrid (Spain) and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Following a surgical internship and residency at Tufts University, he... continue reading



Cassandra Shores, D.V.M.

Cassandra Shores, D.V.M.

Dr. Cassandra Shores was born and raised in Columbia County and knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She dedicated herself to acquiring experience with a variety of animal species. In addition to horseback riding, she participated in many activities including Girl Scouts, dance, volleyball, softball,... continue reading



Alison Clode, D.V.M, Diplomate ACVO

Alison Clode, D.V.M, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Alison Clode is a native of Spokane, Washington, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She obtained her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2003, following which she completed a one-year small animal medical and surgical internship at Colorado State University. Her residency training in comparative... continue reading


Lindsay Dykstra, D.V.M.

Lindsay Dykstra, D.V.M.

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Lindsay Dykstra received her bachelors degree from New York University in business and economics. After graduation, she worked in finance in New York then attended Columbia University for a postbaccalaureate degree. Dr. Dykstra earned her DVM from Colorado State University in 2016, where she also enjoyed playing polo... continue reading




Courtney Pope, V.M.D.

Courtney

Dr. Courtney Pope is originally from Concord, Massachusetts where she grew up with horses in her backyard. As a kid, she sometimes even rode her pony to school! She is a graduate of the United States Pony Club and competed actively in eventing... continue reading



Lauren Pasch, D.V.M., D.A.C.T.

Lauren Pasch, D.V.M., D.A.C.T.

Dr. Pasch was raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI where her involvement with horses started at a young age. She received a BA in Fine Arts from Brandeis University and remained in the Boston area following graduation. Ultimately Dr. Pasch returned to her home state to attend veterinary school at the  University of Wisconsin... continue reading



Cara Rosenbaum, D.V.M.

Dr. Cara Rosenbaum DVM

Dr. Cara Rosenbaum is a native to Westchester, NY, where she was surrounded by horses from an early age. Dr. Rosenbaum graduated from Brown University in 2012 with a degree in Psychology and then spent a year working for a high level sports medicine practice in the northeast where her passion for show horses and general well being of the horse flourished....continue reading



Lara Tomich, MS, D.V.M., Diplomate ACVD

Lara

Dr. Tomich grew up surrounded by horses, dogs, cats, chickens, pigeons, lizards, and fish in Warwick, NY and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cornell University in 2011. She completed her veterinary degree at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2015 where she originally aimed to become an equine veterinarian before falling in love with dermatology during her dermatology course. Continue Reading.




Dr. Kayla Kownurko

Dr. Kayla Kownurko

Dr. Kayla Kownurko has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Kownurko grew up in a Philadelphia suburb where she rode and worked at a local hunter barn. She graduated from Temple University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Spanish and Women’s Studies. Dr. Kownurko obtained her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Continue Reading.



Dr. Benjamin Flakoll

Dr. Benjamin Flakoll

Dr. Benjamin Flakoll has joined our veterinary team for his internship year. Dr. Flakoll was born and raised in Managua, Nicaragua. He grew up riding and training horses in show jumping and classical dressage and discovered his love of veterinary medicine while assisting veterinarians from the United Sates on Rural Area Veterinary Services trips to Nicaragua. Continue Reading.



Dr. Jessica Frank

Jess

Dr. Jessica Frank has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Frank grew up in Santa Barbara, CA where she tried to spend all her free time in the barn, participated in the local Pony Club, and competed in Eventing. She completed her undergraduate degree in Business at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. Following graduation, Dr. Frank worked in non-profit and hospitality industries in Washington, DC and Santa Monica, CA before finding her way to veterinary medicine. Continue Reading.



Dr. Gabi Piquini

Gabi

Dr. Gabi Piquini has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Piquini grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, where she completed one year veterinary school at Anhembi Morumbi before moving to the United States. She graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2017 with a B.S. in Animal Science and where she rode competitively for their equestrian team in IHSA shows. Continue Reading.



Dr. Kylie White

Kylie

Dr. Kylie White has joined Rhinebeck Equine for her veterinary internship year. Kylie graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s degree in Assisted Reproductive Technology, followed  by a DVM with a focus on large animal medicine. Her primary interests include ambulatory practice, Internal Medicine and Sports Medicine. Continue Reading.


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Ambulatory and hospital emergency service is provided 24 hours a day.

Rhinebeck Equine

Monday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

Closed

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "Dr. Sotela is fantastic and has always been incredibly kind and patient with my mare, Mira. In May, Mira had to have surgery at the clinic for a soft tissue sequestrum. Dr Gus and the staff were wonderful to deal with."
    Danielle Meenan Heaney
  • "We love Rhinebeck Equine and their vets and staff. They've been our equine vets for about 30 years and we love working with them."
    Thorunn Kristjansdottir
  • "Amazing facility with awesome staff. My friend had a horse who needed surgery and they were awesome the entire time. We hung out in their waiting room. Staff was friendly and talkative, and let us play with their dog. Dr. Gus is a great surgeon!"
    Hanna Gavel