Facilitating Excellence in Sports Medicine.
There would be no Energy Equine without Dr. Chad Hewlett who founded the practice in 2006. Dr. Hewlett was born and raised in Iowa and graduated from Iowa's Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science with Honours and then followed with his DVM in Iowa State University. His post-graduate internship was spent at the Ontario Veterinary College where he specialized in Equine Surgery Medicine, and was encouraged to concentrate on large animals, particularly horses. His next move was to Calgary, Alberta, where he worked in the ambulatory practice for Moore Equine Veterinary Centre. Here he gained an incredible knowledge of the equine athlete, and began to focus on lameness. Chad's interest brought him to famous lameness veterinarian, David McCarrol, at Interstate Equine in Goldsby, Oklahoma. Once again returning to Calgary in 2006, and after the successful completion of a post-doctorate IVAS certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chad started his own ambulatory practice, Energy Equine. Dr. Hewlett has a special interest in performance horse soundness and locomotion, Energy Equine has grown from a one-man show to a group of stand-out veterinary practitioners, utilizing prolotherapy, stem cells, IRAP, acupuncture, sports therapy and traditional western medicine to treat and maintain top performance horse clients.
Energy Equine welcomed Dr. Kasara Toth to the team in spring of 2017. Dr. Toth originally hails from the lower mainland of British Columbia and has always had a passion for horses, coming from a family of equine enthusiasts. Dr. Toth completed her DVM at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon and holds IVCA certification in equine chiropractic and also is trained in equine physical therapy through the University of Tennessee CERP program. Dr. Toth’s passion in veterinary care includes sports medicine, conditioning and rehabilitation making her a true asset to the performance horses that she diligently cares for.
Dr. Travis Kelter was born and raised in Cochrane, Alberta, and comes from a family of animal-lovers and outdoorsmen. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017 and first joined the Energy Equine team as a final year student. In 2019, Energy Equine officially welcomed Dr. Kelter onto the team as a veterinarian. Dr. Kelter is passionate about developing his veterinary career, and is well-known for his infectious enthusiasm and deep level of care for both his clients and their horses.
Dr. Becky Tees grew up outside of Cranbrook, BC, and is a fifth-generation rancher. Prior to entering veterinary school she worked in the feedlot industry, and spent a year in Australia on a cattle station. Dr. Tees first joined Energy Equine on her final-year rotation in 2017, and then graduated from the University of Calgary in 2018. Following graduation, she joined the team at Pioneer Equine Hospital in a one year surgical internship, with a focus on surgery, lameness and advanced imaging. Now with Energy Equine, Dr. Tees has already hit the ground running, and is actively taking clients out of clinic, and on-farm, but is also currently under-going her licensing in British Columbia so that she can treat our clients to the West as well! Her special interests include lameness, as well as surgery and diagnostic imaging.
Registered Veterinary Technician
Julie graduated from Fairview College in 2009 and is a designated Equine RVT. Coming from a family that was heavily involved in the equine industry its natural that Julie would excel in an area that is her passion. Her experience comes from working in multi discipline practices and she brings invaluable experience to our practice because of it. Julie joined the Energy Equine team in 2016 and lives in the Cochrane area with her son and enjoys volunteer work with several societies.
RVT, Rehabilitation Technician
Coming to Energy Equine early in 2017, Megan quickly found herself the perfect fit as part of the team. Megan worked at an equine breeding clinic as a tech student. After graduating from Lakeland College in 2013, she moved onto an equine surgical referral practice near Edmonton. Her interest in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation led Megan to Energy Equine, thus a move to Southern Alberta with her 2 horses, Pre and Candi. In 2019 Megan obtained her Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner certification (CERP) through the University of Tennessee and is actively involved in rehabilitation cases alongside the veterinary team. She looks forward to expanding in this role and being part of a team that strives to make each athlete feel their best in every aspect.
Client Care Specialist
Keiana has been with Energy Equine since August of 2018. She has a Diploma in Equine Science from Olds College, and a Bachelor in Science in Equine Management from Hartpury University. Prior to becoming a member of our team, she was working as a receptionist at a small animal clinic in Calgary. She has a deep passion for horses, which is what drew her to Energy Equine, and in her spare time she competes in hunter jumper classes in Calgary and surrounding areas.
Keiana is exceptionally detail orientated and focused on customer service, and is an incredible asset to our team.
Client Care Specialist
Kelsey has been with Energy Equine since October of 2018. She has a Diploma in Equine Science from Olds College, and has a long history with Energy Equine - she has been one of Dr. Hewlett's clients since she was a very young girl! Kelsey's passion is in the western performance horse industry, she actively competes in reined cow horse events with her beloved gelding, Moose.
Kelsey has a wealth of equine knowledge, with a special interest in nutrition, which makes her a truly valuable asset to our team and clients.
Nikala joined the Energy Equine team in January of 2019 managing the pharmacy, along with the clinic's inventory. She was drawn to Energy Equine because of the integrative and collaborative mindset of the veterinary team and support staff. Day-to-day you can find Nikala mastering paperwork, pharmacy counts and inventory control, plus she always lends a helping hand on the operations side when needed. Nikala is motivated each day by the never-ending opportunity to learn more about veterinary medicine and sports medicine. When Nikala is not filling her role at our clinic, you can find her training and teaching hunter/jumper lesson while developing horses and riders alike. Nikala lives in Airdrie with her husband, her dog-child Ellie and Quando her 6 year old Canadian Warmblood.
Associate - Farrier
Matt Humpage, CF, of Iron Force Farrier Services, has been an associate of Energy Equine for the last two years. Matt’s passion for podiatry, working alongside veterinarians and owners, and tackling hard-to-diagnose cases has made him an incredible asset to our team. As of 2019, Matt has transitioned into the role of in-house farrier, and is available to assist Energy Equine veterinarians on podiatry cases, as well as work on client horses at the clinic.
Associate - Equine Massage Therapist
Brigitte Meyer of Vitality Equine has been the in-house massage therapist for Energy Equine since the fall of 2018. Brigitte has successfully collaborated with Energy Equine on numerous cases. Brigitte is a talented massage therapist, with a strong background rooted in science and a passion for the horses she works on. Brigitte holds a B.Sc in Biology, is a certified EEBWA (Equinology equinebody worker), sits on the executive board of the IEBWA (International Equine Body Workers Association), is a FEI permitted equine therapist and is fully insured.
Associate - Lait Dentistry
Allie works alongside our veterinarians to perform her equine dentistry services. She is a graduate of the Animal Health Technology program through Olds College, and is a graduate of the Texas Institute of Equine Dentistry in Weatherford, TX. She was instructed by Master Certified Equine Dentist, Randy Reidinger. Allie uses a combination of manual and power tools to achieve dental equilibration. All horses are sedated to minimize stress.