Horse Veterinarians in Brandon

Our Veterinarians


Leann Kuebelbeck, DVM, Diplomate ACVS
Surgeon and Practice Owner

Dr. Leann Kuebelbeck, Board Certified Surgeon, received her veterinary degree from Kansas State University and completed her internship and surgical residency at Peterson and Smith Equine Hospital in Ocala, Florida. She then came to Brandon, Florida to co-found Brandon Equine Medical Center, then known as Surgi-Care Center for Horses, in 1995. She became the sole-owner of the practice in March 2009. In 2014 she changed the name of the practice to Brandon Equine Medical Center to fully encompass all of the services the practice has to offer. Dr. Kuebelbeck's professional interests include both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Kuebelbeck was the 2009 President of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners (FAEP) and serves on the Symposium Committee for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS). Dr. Kuebelbeck is also serving a three-year term on the North American Veterinary Conference's (NAVC) Board of Directors. The NAVC promotes intensive continuing education for veterinarians.  In December of 2016, Dr. Kuebelbeck was presented with Kansas State University's Alumni Recognition Award "in recognition of her time and effort devoted to advancing veterinary medicine and for being an exemplary role model for future alumni in a professional and community setting."

Dr. Kuebelbeck is a self-professed "equine geek" who knew by the age of 5 that she wanted to become a horse veterinarian and she never wavered from that goal. She grew up riding in Kansas so of course she rode Western and quickly fell in love with barrel racing and pole bending. Family economics did not afford the opportunity for extensive showing, but she competed locally as often as possible and 4-H was an important part of her formative years. Now, a mother herself, Dr. Kuebelbeck gets tremendous joy watching Grace, her 6 year old daughter, ride Lightning, the saintly pony, around the home property. She is hoping to foster a love for barrel racing with Grace, but for now Cinderella and Rapunzel are winning out! Dr. Kuebelbeck enjoys spending time with her family and participating in outdoor sports. She has completed two Ironman triathlons (Louisville and Kona) and achieved a personal best in the Ironman 70.3 in Lawrence, Kansas in 2010.

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We would love for you to get to know the team at Brandon Equine Medical Center. Click on each team member below to learn more about them!

Ruth-Anne Richter, BSc (Hon), DVM, MS


Michelle Twilla, DVM, CVSMT

Ambulatory Clinician


Michael Maher, DVM, DACVS-LA


Melissa Restifo, DVM, DACVIM 

Internal Medicine Specialist


Alexandra Urban, DVM

Ambulatory Clinician


Kelly Stewart, DVM

Ambulatory Clinician


Nicole Taurisano, DVM

Intern 2017/2018

Brigitte Gravitt, DVM

Intern 2016/2017

To be announced

Intern 2016/2017



Consulting Specialists

Jennifer Brown, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, ACVSMR


Tammy Miller Michau, DVM, MS, MSpVM, DACVO

Consulting Ophthalmologist


Michele Stengard, DVM, DACVO

Consulting Ophthalmologist

Michael Canfield, Diplomate ACVD

Consulting Dermatologist