Director of Ambulatory Services, Technician, Leadership Team
Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in August of 2007.
Loretta North grew up riding and caring for horses in Michigan and showed for years on the hunter/jumper circuit. She has fond memories of riding her first pony Becky while wearing a dress--something that she doesn't now often wear. In 2005, she graduated from Bel-Rae Institute in Denver, CO as a Certified Veterinary Technician. Loretta worked for, following her internship, Littleton Large Animal Hospital in Littleton, CO before relocating to Florida. She is experienced in ICU care, emergencies, radiology and anesthesia and greatly enjoys patient care. Following the birth of her son Henry, Loretta focused on administrative work leading to her current role as Director of Ambulatory Services. Loretta lives in Lithia with her husband Will (an awesome chef); son Henry; two thoroughbreds, Cherokee and Flash (aka "the boys"); and two dogs, Banshee and Cheeba.
Director of Marketing & Client Relations, Leadership Team
Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in September of 2007
Pam joined Brandon Equine as an office assistant and shortly thereafter stepped into the role of office manager. In 2009, she took on the task of marketing for the clinic as well as maintaining the website, social networking, client relations and a variety of project work. Pam is a Florida transplant who lived in Connecticut, Virginia, New Hampshire and Massachusetts before putting down roots in Tampa in 1997. She and her husband Dennis have three adult children: Michael, John and Rachel.
Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in May of 2015.
Originally from Long Island, NY, Nancy moved to Florida in January, 1990. She attended College for Dental Assisting upon graduating high school. In 1992, she began working for Chiropractors who did structural correction and is a believer in natural healing and has worked in the health field since then. In December of 2011 her husband Terry, an "awesome" landscaper, discovered RVR Horse Rescue online. They became very involved with the organization and eventually adopted 2 horses who they love more than words could ever express. In February of 2015, they moved from Largo, Florida right to become next-door neighbors to RVR making it possible for them to volunteer at any time of the day without the long drive. Nancy and Terry also make their home with 3 dogs: Sweety, a 16 year old Border Collie, Lab, Pitbull, and Chow mix; Jesse James, a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Shepherd mix; and Sheba, an energetic, German Shepherd.
Bio coming soon
Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in August of 2010
Trinity Shepherd has been around horses her whole life and can't imagine her life without them, so joining the Brandon Equine team was a natural fit. She considers it a true honor to help alleviate the suffering of horses. One of those horses literally became her own--her pride and joy Captain, an off the track thoroughbred that despite having only one eye, she has successfully turned into a "western horse." Besides Captain, Trinity owns Tater Tot, a miniature horse; BoCfus, a black Labrador; Molly, an heeler mix; and last but not least Rico, a chinchilla. This year Trinity will be returning to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Until the, she enjoys riding, hunting and just hanging out with family and friends.
Mary Ann Zwirko
Technician Assistant & Client Care Coordinator
Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in January of 2014
Mary Ann grew up in a small town in New Jersey just a few miles north of Princeton surrounded by horse farms. Her best friend's farm was the meeting place to practice for gymkhanas, play bareback tag, and chase down escape artists because someone inevitably left the gate open. One particular summer was more serious. Words such as Coggins, EIA and quarantine where more than she understood, but she did understand the emotional meetings between the horse owners and their veterinarian. The fear was unmistakable.It was then that she began to understand the special nature of the bond between horses, their owners, and the veterinarians who care for them. She admired the veterinarian's knowledge, dedication, and compassion and their ability to temper the fears of the owners, reassuring them that their beloved horses would be ok. Mary Ann recently retired from a rewarding teaching career and fulfilled a childhood dream by moving to Florida to enjoy the warm waters of the gulf. During a visit to Brandon Equine Medical Center, she was introduced to Dr. Kuebelbeck and Dr. Richter and saw that special bond once again. She wanted to become of part of it, so she became a technician. Mary Ann does not view being a technician as "work" but rather a privilege to play a role in what she considers an incredible and inspiring place to be; another childhood dream come true.
Joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in February of 2015
Mariah has had horses ever since she was eight years old and began riding even before then. Being a Navy brat, she traveled around the country her young life and finally settled in Florida after high school. Mariah attended school to become a medical assistant but her love of horses brought her to Brandon Equine Medical Center as a veterinary technician. Mariah, her husband Yuni and their daughter Allonah make their home in Valrico along with Mariah’s mustang Bentley and numerous other farm animals. She and her family enjoy hunting, fishing and introducing young Allonah to the joys of horseback riding and caring for the many critters that “Ellie Mae” Mariah brings home.