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

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

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.

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 Pope, V.M.D.

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

Lauren Holley, BVSc (Hons)

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

Megan Palmisano, D.V.M.

Dr. Megan Palmisano has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Palmisano grew up in Chatham, NJ where she always dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, and after her first riding camp in elementary school never looked back...continue reading

Bree Kennedy, D.V.M.

Dr. Bree Kennedy has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Kennedy grew up in New Jersey working at a local stable and riding in local shows and hunter paces...continue reading

Allison Thriffiley, D.V.M.

Dr. Allison Thriffiley has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Thriffiley grew up in Thomasville, GA where she spent the majority of her free time working her way through the ranks of Pony Club with her paint horse Joe...continue reading

Sara Stewart, D.V.M.

Dr. Sara Stewart has joined our veterinary team for her internship year. Dr. Stewart grew up in Ontario, Canada. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Florida International University in Miami, where she played NCAA Division I soccer...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