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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).

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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 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 five 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 six-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.

You may contact Dr. Kuebelbeck at lkuebelbeck@brandonequine.com.

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

Surgeon

Dr. Richter received her veterinary degree from the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada in 1995 after finishing a Bachelor of Science (Hon) degree. Dr. Richter did an equine internship at Mississippi State University, and following a year in private practice, she began a surgical residency at the University of Illinois. She completed her surgical residency and concurrent Master of Science degree in 2000. Since then, Dr. Richter has worked as a staff surgeon at Reid and Associates in West Palm Beach, the Equine Specialty Hospital in Ohio, and East End Equine in Long Island, New York. Dr. Richter joined Brandon Equine Medical Center in 2005 as a staff surgeon. Prior to attending veterinary school, Dr. Richter was farm manager for Christilot Hanson-Boylen, a member of Canada’s Dressage Team. Dr. Richter’s specialties include equine sports medicine, diagnostic imaging⁠—particularly ultrasound⁠—lameness, and surgery.

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She also has an interest in regenerative medicine techniques (stem cells, platelet-rich plasma, and interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein), and is certified by Vet-Stem®. Dr. Richter recently wrote a book chapter for Current Therapy in Equine Practice, 7th Edition on the use of therapeutic shoes in horses with tendon and ligament injuries.

Dr. Richter is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, AAEP, ISELP (International Society for Equine Locomotor Pathology), and NAVRMA (North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association). Dr. Richter is also a member of the FVMA’s FAEP board of directors. She is certified by Vet-Stem® and is a member of the Vet Stem advisory committee.

You may contact Dr. Richter at rrichter@brandonequine.com.

Michael Maher, DVM, DACVS-LA, CVMMP

Surgeon and Certified Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner

Dr. Michael Maher is a native Floridian who grew up with his three sisters on a small hobby farm in Plantation, Florida. The joys of farm life and growing up with horses left him with no doubt that veterinary medicine was the only path he wanted to travel.

And travel he did! He left the warmth of Florida for Colorado where he earned his bachelor’s degree in animal science and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University.

From Colorado, Dr. Maher went to California to intern with Pioneer Equine in Oakdale, California, a practice with a predominantly performance horse clientele that sees approximately 5,700 horses annually. There, he honed his veterinary skills and took a particular interest in surgery, which led him to pursue a surgical residency.

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Adding to his travels and returning to cold winters, Dr. Maher went on to do a three-year surgical residency at Cornell University in upstate Ithaca, NY. While at Cornell, he was a co-investigator looking at the correlation between transesophageal ultrasound findings and recurrent laryngeal neuropathy, and he became proficient at performing transesophageal ultrasound examination of the equine larynx.

Following his residency and not yet deterred by the harsh winters, Dr. Maher accepted a position at the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul as a surgeon and clinical instructor of large animal surgery. During his tenure at U.M., he earned the university’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching as well as becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons – Large Animal.

In 2016, after having experienced life in the United States’ central, western, and farthest northern reaches, Dr. Maher joined the Brandon Equine Medical Center team and happily planted his roots back in the warmth of Florida. He continues to add to his skillset, and in 2018, he earned his certification as a Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner licensed to perform Spinal Manipulative Therapy.

Outside of equine veterinary medicine, Dr. Maher enjoys fishing, hiking, and being out on the water.

Dr. Maher can be contacted at mmaher@brandonequine.com.

Melissa Restifo, DVM, DACVIM

Internal Medicine Specialist

Dr. Restifo is a self-proclaimed “barn rat” and has been surrounded by horses since long before she could walk. After spending much of her childhood with her grandparents on the back stretch of a Standardbred race track, in middle school, a move to the country found her neighbors with a herd of Shire draft horses. It wasn’t long before she jumped elbow deep into helping with breeding, showing, and training the Shires, in addition to unknowingly having her love of veterinary medicine cultivated by their owners, a wildlife biologist and a small animal veterinarian.

After completing her undergraduate training at Cornell University, Dr. Restifo completed her veterinary degree, internship, and internal medicine residency at the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. During this time, her love of horses kept her anchored firmly in the barn when she wasn’t in the classroom.

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As a student and intern, she took lessons and kept a job as a groom at a busy Morgan show barn, and then as a resident finally found her home (and her heart horse) at three-day eventing stable nearby to the hospital. Because a residency wasn’t enough to keep her busy, Dr. Restifo kept a part time job as night manager of the facility, helping look after the almost 40 show horses that called it home.

Throughout her veterinary training, Dr. Restifo took a keen interest in equine endocrinology, and in addition to making it the focus of her resident research, has also published several articles on the topic, and has been invited to lecture on metabolic diseases of the horse at regional and national meetings. Tufts is also well known for it’s cutting edge research and treatment of horses with equine asthma, which fostered a love of respiratory medicine. Her passion for veterinary medicine has always motivated her to share her knowledge through teaching, and she is well known for her propensity to talk at length about topics like nutrition, exercise physiology, and neonatology, in addition to endocrinology and asthma, with anyone that will listen. For her, client education is among the most rewarding parts of being a veterinarian.

Outside of work, Dr. Restifo still enjoys spending her free time in the saddle, or out on the water boating or fishing with her family. Mostly however, she loves spending time with her daughter, Ruby, who has already caught the horse bug in the form of a pony names Elvis.

Dr. Restifo is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Restifo’s exemplary knowledge, internal medicine training, amazing work ethic, and dedication to the horse make her a gifted veterinarian who understands and appreciates her clients, their equine partners, and each teams unique needs in veterinary care. Dr. Restifo sees patients in the clinic and on the farm and can be contacted by calling 813-643-7177 or emailing mrestifo@brandonequine.com.

Alexandra Young, DVM

Alexandra Young, DVM

Ambulatory Clinician

Dr. Alexandra “Alex” Young received her undergraduate degree from the University of South Florida and continued her education to obtain her veterinary degree from the University of Florida. As an undergraduate, she conducted a research project on the immune system of house sparrows and took riding lessons in her spare time. While in veterinary school, Dr. Young was an active member of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), attending educational lectures and participating in many hands-on labs. Her areas of interest include internal medicine and reproduction.

Dr. Young completed her internship at Brandon Equine Medical Center and, impressed by her medical talents and her enthusiasm for her profession and her patients, was hired permanently to focus on our northern service area, which includes Brooksville, Dade City, and other locations within Pasco, Hernando, and Sumter counties.

Dr. Young’s love of horses first began as a young girl when she took riding lessons at a discounted rate in exchange for arriving early to groom and tack up lesson horses and muck stalls. Born in Florida, she enjoys jogging, hiking, reading, snuggling her two dogs and time on the beach and on boats.

You may contact Dr. Young directly at ayoung@brandonequine.com.

Michelle Krotec, DVM

Michelle Krotec, DVM

Ambulatory Clinician

Dr. Krotec received her undergraduate degree from Florida State University and obtained her veterinary degree from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, ranking third in a class of 111.

After obtaining her veterinary degree, Dr. Krotec furthered her medical knowledge and skills while completing an internship at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Krotec’s areas of special interest are diverse and include complicated medicine cases and challenging surgical problems. She enjoys working with performance horses.

A native of the west coast of Florida, Dr. Krotec is thrilled to be able to serve the people and horses of the greater Tampa/Sarasota area that she calls home. Dr. Krotec loves the outdoors and all the activities it brings such as hiking, scuba diving, landscape photography, and spending as much time as she can on adventures with her horse and 3 dogs.

You may contact Dr. Krotec directly at mkrotec@brandonequine.com.

Leanne Fowler, DVM, CVA

Leanne Fowler, DVM, CVA

Ambulatory Clinician and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist

Dr. Leanne Fowler was educated at the University of Tennessee, where she received both her Bachelor of Science in animal science and her veterinary degree. Graduating at the top 20% of her class, Dr. Fowler strengthened her veterinary skills by completing a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Wellington.

In addition to her veterinary degree, Dr. Fowler is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist through the renowned Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in Reddick, FL. She also traveled to Guangzhou, China for her equine-specific acupuncture training.

Dr. Fowler is a Certified FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian. She enjoys international travel and interacting with diverse populations, and she has a working knowledge of Spanish. Dr. Fowler’s special interests include equine musculoskeletal disease, integrative modalities, and ophthalmology.

You may contact Dr. Fowler directly at lfowler@brandonequine.com.

Trinity Scanlon, VMD

Trinity Scanlon, VMD

Junior Associate

Dr. Scanlon attended the University of New Hampshire and Quinnipiac University obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and psychology. She went on to obtain a VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine graduating at the top of her class ranking 17 out of 117. During her undergraduate schooling Dr. Scanlon played on the NCAA Division 1 Women’s lacrosse team. Dr. Scanlon completed the VBMA Business Certificate Honors Program and is a member of the Phi Zeta Veterinary Honors Society. A native of Upton, Massachusetts, Dr. Scanlon is looking forward to warm winters and exploring Florida’s coffee shops and beaches, hiking with her dog Ezra, and curling up with her cat Armani.

Michael Canfield, Diplomate ACVD

Michael Canfield, Diplomate ACVD

Consulting Dermatologist

Dr. Canfield graduated from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After a number of years in practice, Dr. Canfield’s interests in dermatology flourished, ultimately leading him to accept an American College of Veterinary Dermatology approved dermatology residency with Animal Dermatology Clinic in Tustin, California. Following two years of intense training, Dr. Canfield completed his residency with Animal Dermatology Clinic. Dr. Canfield continued with Animal Dermatology Clinic in Marietta, Georgia on a regular basis until March 2008. when he relocated to Tampa. Dr. Canfield is a member of the AAEP and is excited to have the opportunity to work in equine dermatology at Brandon Equine Medical Center.

Expert equine care in Brandon, FL.

From our board-certified horse surgeons and board-certified internists to our professional and courteous staff, at Brandon Equine Medical Center, we are committed to the health and well-being of all breeds and sizes of horses. In the field, as an outpatient, or when admitted to the horse hospital, we treat every horse like our own and every client as the most important.

Contact Info

Phone: 813-643-7177
Fax: 
813-643-5877
Email: info@brandonequine.com

Hours

Monday – Friday: 8AM-5PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Emergency care available: 24/7/365

Location

605 E Bloomingdale Ave
Brandon, FL 33511
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