Amy Grice VMD, MBA
Amy Grice VMD, MBA and Andy Clark DVM,MBA were the initial facilitators of the Decade One groups. More recently, a group of talented (mostly Decade One graduates) veterinarians help Dr. Grice facilitate both Decade One and Starting Gate groups. They facilitate meaningful exchange between the members, and provide ongoing support between meetings. Dr. Grice will continue to curate and present the majority of the business content.
Dr. Grice was an ambulatory equine practitioner in New York’s Hudson Valley for 25 years. She served as the managing partner of Rhinebeck Equine LLP, a large equine referral practice, until 2015, when she opened the veterinary business consulting firm, Amy Grice VMD, MBA, LLC.
Dr. Grice received her BA in biology from Wellesley College, completed her veterinary education at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine, and earned her MBA from Marist College School of Management in 2014. Dr. Grice’s areas of special interest are retention of equine veterinarians , transitions of ownership, communication, leadership, and business strategies.
She served on the Board of Directors of the AAEP from 2016-2018, and is the AAEP Treasurer for the 2021-2023 term. She also serves on several committees for the organization. In addition, Dr. Grice serves on the AVMA Economics Strategy Committee, where she is completing her second term. She provides business consulting services to private practitioners, works closely with industry partners, and speaks on business topics in many venues.
Our 2023 Facilitators
Dr. Liz Fish is a 2008 Cornell graduate who completed an internship before starting her practice, Shadowrock Equine Veterinary Services, PPLC. She then completed acupuncture and chiropractic training. Dr. Fish has transitioned from general equine practice to complementary medicine with a focus on performance care, splitting her time between NY/CT and FL during the winter circuit. She served for 3 years on the Foundation for the Horse Council and after that term has continued work on the Coyote Rock Ranch Scholarship Committee, Benevolence Committee as well as in service to the recently announced fundraising campaign. Dr. Fish joined Decade One in 2015.
Additionally, Dr. Fish has served in the Army Reserve since 2017 as a Veterinary Corps Officer, attaining the rank of Major. She deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel from late 2019 into 2020 and was awarded the Bronze Star for exceptionally meritorious service. She enjoys spending down time with her family and friends as well as with her horses and retired working dog Charon.
Dr.Gard is originally from the Midwest, but has spent the last 16 years on the East Coast with her USMC husband. In 2016, they decided to plant roots in Hampton Roads, VA . Dr. Gard worked at The Oaks Equine and Farm Services through early 2023. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic and the Chi Institute for acupuncture. She is a board member for the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and the Virginia Association of Equine Practitioners, as well as an active member of the AAEP and several other state/national veterinary organizations.
Dr. Gard enjoys ambulatory equine practice, has a strong interest in the business side of practice, and is passionate about mentoring students and new graduates. In her spare time, she can be found with a good book and a cold beer at the beach.
Dr. Jones is a native of Coldwater, Michigan. She attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed her clinical rotations at Oklahoma State University. After an internship in lameness and surgery in Texas, Dr. Jones undertook an emergency and critical care fellowship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute.
Dr. Jones is currently the managing partner at Premier Equine Veterinary Services in Whitesboro, TX. Prior to moving to Texas, she owned a solo ambulatory practice in Bend, Oregon. She has a special interest in rehabilitation, internal medicine and dentistry, and also enjoys blending alternative therapies into her patients’ care regimen utilizing acupuncture, herbal therapy and class IV laser therapy.
In what little spare time is left, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time with her horses and in the great outdoors. She can also be found serving at endurance rides and volunteering her time with international equitarian programs.
Dr. Fred Nostrant grew up on a farm in northern California and became interested in equine veterinary medicine during his college years at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Dr. Nostrant graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and opened North Bridge Equine in 2011. North Bridge Equine is a two doctor ambulatory practice based outside Boston, MA focused on creating a positive practice culture and collaborative work environment for all employees.
Outside of daily practice, Dr Nostrant serves as one of the team veterinarians for the United States Dressage Team. He has traveled with the US Team to shows including the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany and the Young Riders Nations Cup in Hagen, Germany.
Dr Nostrant joined Decade One in 2015 as part of the very first Decade One group. The knowledge he has gained and connections he has made from Decade One have been vital to the success of his practice. He has mentored many fellow veterinarians as they started their own practices and navigated challenges in their professional lives.
Dr. Nostrant lives on a farm in Concord, Massachusetts with his wife, Erin Renfroe, who is an accomplished upper level Eventing rider and trainer. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Nostrant enjoys working on his small collection of vintage Volkswagens. He is currently restoring a 1972 Super Beetle.
Dr. Katy Sullivan is currently an associate professor in the section of equine field service at the University of Pennsylvania- New Bolton Center. Prior to returning to her alma mater in 2022, Katy participated in an internship in Virginia and then practiced ambulatory medicine in private practice in New Jersey.
Katy joined Decade One in 2020 and found that the content and community helped her work toward building a career that is sustainable and aligns with her values. She’s passionate about sharing her experiences and helping veterinary students build skills like resiliency and boundary setting, in additional to clinical skills.
Katy lives in Landenberg, Pennsylvania with her two cats and corgi, Ruthie. She enjoys working in the garden, cooking, weightlifting, and traveling.
Dr. Stacey Cordivano, a graduate of Penn State University and the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, is the founder of Clay Creek Equine Veterinary Services in Chester County, Pennsylvania. The aspects of ambulatory practice that she enjoys most include emergency medicine and chiropractic care. She became a Decade One member in 2019. Based on her experiences in equine practice over the past 13 years, Stacey is passionate about personal development and financial education topics. In May of 2020, she started production of The Whole Veterinarian Podcast as a way to share these topics with her veterinary colleagues. Stacey is a co-founder of The Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminar series and is also excited to bring her knowledge to the AAEP Wellness Committee for the 2022-2025 term.
Dr. Ruthie Lindberg (UPenn ‘14) is the owner of Pinewood Equine, a small ambulatory practice based in Southern New Jersey. She worked in practices of varying sizes before opening her own solo practice which has now grown to two and a half doctors. Dr. Lindberg joined Decade One in 2015. She is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of her patients and establishing strong relationships with her clients. She is passionate about making equine practice a feasible option for young veterinarians, where they can thrive as both doctors and as people.
Dr. Nadine Salomon is a partner and veterinarian at Allegheny Equine Associates outside Pittsburgh, PA. She became a member of Decade One in 2018. As part of a large equine practice, Dr. Salomon enjoys mentoring young veterinarians and working to improve equine veterinary medicine while helping the horse. Out of the clinic, Nadine is a wife, mother of two boys, a runner, lover of snow sports, hiker and loves to tag along for the ride with her endurance horse, Essence.
Dr. Misty Gray is a 2007 graduate of Louisiana State University SVM and has been a practicing equine veterinarian in New Jersey ever since. As an associate at a busy referral practice for over ten years, Dr. Gray led the reproduction department, in addition to providing sports medicine and general care in both the ambulatory and hospital setting. As a member of the Strategic Leadership Team, she gained valuable leadership training and experience. She became a Decade One member in 2019.
Currently, Dr. Gray is the owner of Rose Point Veterinary Services, offering chiropractic and acupuncture care in addition to regulatory services for the PA State Horse Racing Commission. She is also a co-founder of the Sustainability In Equine Practice Seminar and Retreat offering wellbeing, personal development, and sustainable practice solutions for the hard-working equine veterinarians she and her co-founders so admire. She is a wife and working mom in the trenches of navigating how to embrace an authentic, values-driven life that accommodates both high-quality practice and a connected, fulfilling family life.
Dr. Allen is a solo equine practitioner at Allen Equine Veterinary Services based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She earned her veterinary degree from Michigan State in 2012, completed her internship in Wisconsin, and worked as an associate vet for five years before starting her own practice in 2019. She is also certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Veterinary Acupuncture. Her practice now provides general equine medicine but focuses on performance, chiropractic, acupuncture, and dentistry. Outside of the practice, Dr. Allen enjoys spending time with her horses and family as well as hiking and traveling with her husband.
Dr. Allen joined Decade One in 2016. The education, peer support, and self-reflection that she received as part of this group was integral in the process of starting her own practice. This group helped her to realize the importance of building a practice that supports the professional and personal goals and values for both herself and her staff to create a more fulfilled lifestyle. After experiencing a transformation from burnout and frustration as an associate to renewed confidence and happiness as a practice owner, Dr Allen feels a purpose to share her story and help others find their path to strengthen the equine veterinary profession.
Dr. Ann-Marie Aumann is an equine sports medicine veterinarian specializing in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She grew up in Massachusetts, obtained her BA in Economics from Calvin College in Michigan, and worked in market consulting before attending Western University of Health Sciences for her DVM. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture at the Chi Institute/ University of Florida as a fourth-year student, completed an equine hospital internship, and worked as an associate for several years before. establishing Del Dios Veterinary Acupuncture as a specialty practice. She became a Decade One member in 2019, is active in AAVA/IVAS, and currently serves on the AAVA Board of Directors.
Her practice is located primarily in California, with satellite practices in Florida and Michigan. Her practice philosophy includes the belief that equine practice can be a sustainable and fulfilling career with a bit of flexibility and creativity. In her free time, she enjoys flying, hiking, and spending time near the water.
Dr. Lisa Kivett is a 2007 graduate of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine and received a Masters in Biomedical Sciences from Auburn University, where she also completed an equine internal medicine residency. Dr. Kivett is board-certified large animal internal medicine specialist and the owner of Foundation Equine Clinic, a 3.5 doctor equine practice in Southern Pines, NC. She became a Decade One member in 2018. She is also an adjunct professor at NC State University and is passionate about teaching veterinary students and helping elevate the quality of life provided to young equine veterinarians.
In addition to being a veterinarian and practice owner, Dr. Kivett is a joyful mom of two small children and is trying to introduce them to riding!
Kelly Zeytoonian (VMRCVM ’09) established an equine ambulatory practice in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2013, and has since grown the business to include five associates and two locations. As a veterinarian and practice owner, Dr. Zeytoonian experiences the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of veterinary medicine. She became a Decade One member in 2019, and completed her M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business in 2020.
Now, she uses her experience in veterinary medicine and business administration to empower veterinarians and technicians to create or maintain a career and culture tailored to their individual needs. Her latest project is the co-founding of Sustainability in Equine Practice Seminars – focusing on personal and professional development for Equine Veterinarians.
Dr. Jesse Tyma is currently an associate surgeon at The Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, NJ. She grew up in New Hope, Pennsylvania, attended Amherst College for her undergraduate education, and then moved onto Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2014. After the internship, she completed a large animal surgical residency at the University of Georgia and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Tyma is also certified in veterinary acupuncture. Her clinical interests include the acute abdomen, wound management, and back disorders and she is passionate about providing dedicated mentorship for intern veterinarians through her practice. She joined Decade One in 2020.
Outside of work Dr. Tyma stays active with long-distance running and CrossFit and enjoys hiking, skiing, and exploring new mountainous regions with her partner, friends, and family. She is an avid baker and loves doting on her ridiculously handsome cats, Henry and Duncan, naughty but perfect miniature horses, Thunderbolt and Winnie, and her growing indoor plant collection.
Dr. Ginger Reed is an ambulatory equine practitioner in the Austin, TX area. Dr. Reed grew up in eastern Pennsylvania and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. She completed an internship and yearlong resident vet position in Lexington, KY before relocating and establishing Austin, TX as home in 2014. There she started her solo ambulatory equine practice, Equipuncture Integrative Veterinary Services. In an effort to support her practice with a strong business foundation, she enrolled in Decade One in early 2016 — and was so inspired, she decided to continue her business education at Texas State University. Dr. Reed currently lives just north of Austin and shares her 5 acre ranchette with her husband, daughter, mother, paternal centenarian grandmother, dogs, cats, horse, mini donkey, and a small herd of goats.
Dr. Chrissie Schneider is a Senior Equine Professional Services Veterinarian at Merck Animal Health. Prior to joining Merck Animal Health Dr. Schneider was in clinical equine practice for 11 years – including an equine internship, an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners residency at The Ohio State University, and six years as an associate at an equine-exclusive ambulatory practice in central Ohio. Dr. Schneider is board certified in equine practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.
Outside of work, Dr. Schneider enjoys horseback riding, traveling, and hiking and she is passionate about helping practicing equine veterinarians navigate their career journeys.
Dr. Cara Wright (VMRCVM ’09) is currently an associate at Starwood Equine Veterinary Services in the Bay area of California. Before landing there, she practiced for several years in Florida where she served as adjunct faculty at UF for students on clinical rotations. The opportunity to live overseas arose, so she pivoted to running a successful equine veterinary relief practice. This gave her the opportunity to work in a variety of different practice settings in the U.S. and Australia, exposing similar frustrations and challenges from veterinarians across the industry.
She became a Decade One member in 2019.
Outside of daily practice, Dr. Wright teaches sessions at the Options for Animals chiropractic school in the U.K. location. Dr. Wright is active in the AAEP and has served on several committees and task forces. Things that bring her joy outside of work include triathlons, volunteer coaching swimming and running, and weiner dogs.
Dr. Caitlin Daly, a 2011 graduate of The Ohio State University, has always been a diehard equine veterinarian. Instead of changing herself to fit into the current paradigm, she chose to first live the life she wanted, and then build a professional life around her personal life. She has been a solo ambulatory general practitioner in midcoast Maine since 2013. Her practice offers her patients a complete portfolio of healthcare services that is centralized around a strong veterinarian-client relationship. She joined Decade One in 2015.
Dr. Daly has an immense passion for helping other equine practitioners develop a healthier relationship with the equine veterinary profession and live a fulfilling life. Dr. Daly balances out her professional life with a list of personal passions that includes her friends and family, hiking, camping, running, weight lifting and home renovations! Her children include two moderately high maintenance dogs and two cats.
Dr. Becky Ruemmler has been providing health care to horses in New England since 2007. After graduating in 2006 from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, she completed an internship. She was an associate for ten years before opening her own practice, Commonwealth Equine, in 2017. She joined Decade One in 2018.
Dr. Ruemmler began riding as a youngster and has dabbled in many equestrian sports including endurance, cross-country, saddleseat, and has even sat on a reiner! She currently (occasionally) competes at the local level in the hunters/equitation with her Oldenburg gelding, Scooby! She enjoys spending her free time with her husband, who is a farrier, as well as gardening and baking!