Our Veterinarians

Paul C. Mountan, D.V.M.

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.

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. 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 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

Andrea Sotela, D.V.M.

Dr. Sotela is a native of Potomac, Maryland. She grew up riding and showing hunters and jumpers, as well playing polo. As a young woman she also spent several years working as a veterinary assistant on the East coast show circuit....continue reading

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

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

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.

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

Justin W. McNaughten, BVMS, Diplomate ACT

Dr. Justin McNaughten received his BVMS in 2009 from the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine in Glasgow, UK. Following veterinary school, he worked as the resident equine veterinarian at Tamarang Veterinary Breeding Services in Australia from 2009 to 2010. After completing a NICU Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, he continued equine reproduction work in Turkey... continue reading

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

Alex Catalano, DVM

Dr. Catalano

Dr. Alex Catalano will be joining our team for her internship year. Dr. Catalano grew up in New Hampshire and was a working student at a dressage facility in Massachusetts for most of her teenage years. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Dairy Cow Management from the University of New Hampshire, and then went on to earn her DVM from the Cummings School of ... continue reading

Emily Berman, DVM

Dr. Berman

Dr. Emily Berman will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Berman grew up in a small town in Connecticut on a small hobby farm. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Animal Science. She received her D.V.M. from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2019...continue reading

Kendra Fake, DVM

Dr. Fake

Dr. Kendra Fake will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Fake grew up in Maine trail riding Appaloosas on her family’s 200+ acre farm. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Animal & Veterinary Sciences from the University of Maine and then earned her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania College of Veterinary Medicine. Her areas of interest are surgery, reproduction, and ambulatory practice. In her spare time, Dr. Fake enjoys hiking with her husband Adam and their dog Kaiser... continue reading

Lauren Holley, BVSc (Hons)

Dr. Holley

Dr. Lauren Holley will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Holley grew up in Brisbane, Australia. She graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (with Honours) in 2019. Her main area of interest is Internal Medicine, particularly neonatology... continue reading


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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