Veterinarians

President & Owner

Brendan Furlong

Dr. Brendan Furlong: Dr. Brendan Furlong has served as the Team Veterinarian for the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team since 1994. He is one of the foremost sport horse experts in the United States. An Irish horseman, Dr. Brendan Furlong was born and raised on a farm in Adamstown, county Wexford of Ireland. His father was an exceptional horseman, and Dr. Furlong’s passion for sport horses was developed from a very young age. He graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland with honors in 1976, and in 1977 came to the United States for a two-year internship. He never left. In 1980 he founded the practice that bears his name, and over 30+ years has built it into one of the premier equine clinics in the nation. His passion has always been sport horses; because of his experience and expertise Dr. Furlong has been highly sought after for pre-purchase exams and has traveled around the world to perform exams on behalf of his clients. He has been part of the careers of some of the world’s most prolific sport horses. Due to his experience and expertise, he has been apart of numerous United States teams since 1990. From 1994-2012, he has served the Three Day Eventing Team as team veterinarian at every Olympic Games, Pan American Games, and World Championship Games. In this role, he has provided the necessary support to the horses and riders to allow them to bring home numerous gold, silver, and bronze medals. Additionally, he has accompanied the Show Jumping Team to Europe and Mexico for World Cups, cared for horses at the Combined Driving World Championships, and in 2010 he was one of the team veterinarians attending to 80 U.S. Driving horses at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky. Brendan is married to Dr. Wendy Leich, who is also a vet in the practice. They have two sons: Adam, who is the Project Manager at the practice, and Jonathan, who recently earned his DVM from the University of Melbourne and has recently joined the practice as an associate. Brendan and Wendy breed and train sport horses on the farms in Pittstown, NJ. In his spare time, Dr. Furlong is a member of the Essex Fox Hounds and also enjoys farming.

Associates

Dr. Petrisor Baia: A native of Romania, Dr. Baia was born and raised in the city of Severin.  He obtained his DVM degree in 2004 from Banat’s University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine – Timisoara, Romania. He then came to the United States to pursue a career in equine medicine and surgery. He spent two years working in private practice, and then began his first private practice equine internship at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in Southern California in 2007 followed by a second sports medicine/surgery internship at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Texas in 2008. In 2009, Dr. Baia enrolled at Louisiana State University to complete an Equine Medicine/Surgery Internship, followed by a combined large animal surgery residency and a M.S. in Biomedical Sciences, which he completed in 2013. After completing his residency at LSU, Dr. Baia joined a practice in Louisiana, where he worked for 5 years as the primary surgeon. His primary interests are orthopedics/minimally invasive procedures as well as sports medicine and diagnostic imaging. When Dr. Baia is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children. Some of his interests outside of work include outdoors activities, cycling, tennis, and traveling.

Jonny FurlongDr. Jonathan Furlong: Between the last name, the parents, and the upbringing, Dr. Jonny Furlong was always destined to become an equine veterinarian. He tried to pursue a different path, which lead to him studying Exercise Physiology at the University of Virginia, where he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As part of his master’s degree, Jonny spent a year working at UVA’s SPEED Lab, a world-class [human] gait analysis facility, focused on running performance and injury rehabilitation. The experience was immediately familiar, as analyzing athletes’ jogging is basically a Furlong family pastime. After that lightbulb moment, Jonny accepted his fate, and decided to follow his parents footsteps. He attended veterinary school at the University of Melbourne (Australia), graduating with first class honors in 2017.  After graduating, Jonny spent the next year and a half in Ocala, FL, completing an ambulatory internship at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital. While there, he had the opportunity to work with horses from many different disciplines and industries, including: thoroughbred training, racing, breeding, and sales; eventing, Western pleasure, dressage, and driving. Jonny returned home to join the practice in June 2019. He has served as the official US Team Veterinarian for US Driving. When not working, Jonny can usually be found on a bike or visiting his old college rowing buddies.

Dr. Rachel Gardner: Dr. Rachel Gardner earned both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees from Cornell University.  During her undergraduate years she played polo for Cornell University and then helped to coach the JV team during her early years of veterinary school.  After earning her DVM degree in 2001, she completed a rotating internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Earleysville, VA. She then returned to Cornell University to complete a three year residency in large animal internal medicine and received her ACVIM board certification in 2005. She joined B.W. Furlong and Associates that same year as the internal medicine specialist and has worked to expand the hospital services since that time. Her primary interests include gastrointestinal disorders of horses, ophthalmology and foals.  When she is not working, Dr. Gardner can usually be found training for marathons with her dog Stella, riding her horse Stetson, or spending time with her husband Jason.

Sarah Gold

Dr. Sarah Gold: Born in Nuremburg, Germany, Dr. Sarah Gold grew up in Suffern, NY.  Dr. Gold graduated cum laude from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 2000 with a degree in Animal Science. Dr. Gold was then accepted directly into veterinary school at Cornell University and graduated there in 2004. She completed a one-year internship at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in the Santa Ynez Valley in California. Upon completion of her internship in 2005, she then joined B.W. Furlong & Associates with a special interest in regenerative medicine (stem cell, PRP), lameness, and diagnostic imaging. During her time at the practice, she has served as assistant team veterinarian to the United States Eventing Team in numerous national and international competitions, including the 2008 Olympics and 2010 World Equestrian Games. Given her experience and strong interest in imaging, she manages both Equine MRI of New Jersey and Advanced Equine Imaging of Wellington. She is based in Wellington for most of the winter season. Dr. Gold is the medical director of Furlong’s Soundness Center, and has achieved board certification in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Misty GrayDr. Misty Gray: Dr. Misty Gray grew up in north Louisiana spending all of her spare time at a local hunter/jumper barn. Misty attended Louisiana State University for undergraduate work, where she rode on the equestrian team, and graduated from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Following an internship at B.W. Furlong and Associates in 2007-2008, Dr. Gray remained at the practice as an Associate. Dr. Gray’s special interests lie in reproduction, broodmare management, and newborn foal care. She has also attended the Options For Animals College of Animal Chiropractic where she became certified by the IVCA, and The Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She now offers chiropractic evaluations and adjustments in addition to acupuncture as integrative therapy options for the equine athletes of the practice. Dr. Gray and her husband, David, welcomed their first son, Jesse, in November of 2014 and their second son, Tyler, in June 2017.  They also have a furry family consisting of a rescue pup named Penny, two high maintenance cats named Casper and Linus, and a sweet old retired thoroughbred named Luke.  

Megan haysDr. Megan Hays: Born in rural Berks County, Pennsylvania, Dr. Megan Hays developed a love for horses at a very early age. She spent most of her younger years riding and competing in local hunter/jumper shows. Her passion for horses evolved into a love for veterinary medicine as she continued to play an active role in the equestrian community throughout college. Dr. Hays attended Franklin & Marshall College where she earned a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology prior to earning her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. After graduation, she moved to New Jersey to complete a one-year internship at B.W. Furlong & Associates. She now serves as an Associate at the practice with special interests in emergency medicine, gastroenterology, dentistry, reproduction, and ophthalmology. In her free time, she enjoys riding, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.

Jan HenriksenDr. Jan Henriksen: Originally born in Norway, Dr. Henriksen came to the U.S. at the age of three, along with his father who was pursuing his dream of training Standardbred race horses. While learning horsemanship through working in his father’s successful stable through the years, Dr. Henriksen took a strong interest in observing and assisting the veterinarians who worked on his father’s horses. This interest lead him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine; he graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, while spending his clinical year at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he joined Walnridge Equine Clinic, where he focused primarily on the standardbred race horse practice. After seven years, he decided he wanted to work with sport horses, and joined the practice in 2013. Since joining the practice he has developed many areas of focus. His primary areas of interest are lameness, imaging, and performance horse medicine; additionally he has become increasingly interested in chiropractic work after completing his chiropractic certification in 2017. Away from work, Dr. Henriksen enjoys golf, wood-working, and spending time with his three Labrador Retrievers, Raven, Ottis, and Heidi. Dr. Henriksen can be found in Wellington, FL from late December until late March with the occasional trip to Ocala and NJ during the winter.

Wendy LeichDr. Wendy Leich: After graduating from the University of Cambridge Veterinary School in 1983, Dr. Leich came to the United States, where she met Dr. Furlong. In one summer, she graduated, got married, and emigrated. Since that time, she has been involved in many different aspects of the practice and its development, however, since 2000 she has been concentrated primarily on integrating alternative therapies into the practice. Dr. Leich is a certified Acupuncturist and licensed Chiropractor, and practices using Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation, Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal remedies as an adjunct to conventional veterinary medicine. As an Acupuncturist, Dr. Leich has served the United States Three Day Eventing team at the past 3 Olympic Games as well as numerous major championships, along side Dr. Furlong. The 2012 London Olympics was their last competition serving as team vets. In her spare time, Dr. Leich is an avid equestrian, competing in eventing and dressage, and also involved in fox-hunting and breeding. She rides home-bred and home-produced horses, and in 2010 was the USEA Master Amateur Preliminary Rider and in 2012 earned bronze and silver medals.

Dr. Ellen Levitian: Dr. Ellen Levitian was originally born in Russia and came to the US at the age of 5 years old. At a young age, Ellen developed a passion for horses and knew she wanted to pursue veterinary medicine as a future career. She grew up riding at a local riding stable in NJ and then went on to compete her horse Franky in local hunter/jumper shows. Ellen went on to do her undergraduate education at Rutgers University where she was also an avid member and leader on the Rutgers University Equestrian Team. Ellen began volunteering at B.W. Furlong and Associates throughout her undergraduate years and went on to work as a full time technician for several years prior to veterinary school. She moved to an island named St. Kitts where she received her veterinary degree at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and did her clinical year at North Carolina State. After graduating in 2013, she completed a one year internship at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Stephenville, Texas. Prior to joining the Furlong’s team she worked at a private practice in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Her interests include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, neonatology, and ophthalmology. She is very excited to be back in NJ working for the practice and seeing a lot of familiar faces! In her spare time, Ellen enjoys spending time with her friends, family, her cat Morgan Mufasa, her horse Franzia, as well as reading, traveling, pool and beach lounging and exploring new foods.

Dr. LintonDr. Jennifer Linton: Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Jennifer Linton grew up riding horses, in addition to playing basketball and volleyball, and always knew she wanted to be an equine veterinarian. Dr Linton earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Bates College (Lewiston, Maine), where she was a member of the varsity volleyball team and captain her senior year. Though she loved the cold New England winters, Dr. Linton chose to move “south” to Philadelphia, where she attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Linton’s interest in reproduction was piqued during a first year mare palpation lab, and she never looked back.  Dr. Linton graduated from PennVet in 2012 and then completed a one year rotating equine internship at Rhinebeck Equine, LLC before heading back to PennVet’s New Bolton Center to complete a residency in reproduction at the Hofmann Center. During her residency, Dr. Linton focused mainly on equine reproduction, including mare infertility, late gestation disturbances, pregnancy termination, and mare and stallion behavior. Dr. Linton then transitioned to the ambulatory department, where she worked first as a fellow then as an Assistant Professor to build a dynamic field reproductive practice. Dr. Linton is now an Associate at the practice with a focus on mare and stallion reproduction. In her spare time, Dr. Linton loves to read, hike, bake, and spend time exploring with her dog, Hercules Mulligan, and especially enjoys these things when shared with friends.

Meg MullinDr. Margaret Mullin: Dr. Mullin has held a significant role as a sports medicine clinician at B.W. Furlong and Associates since 1998. She grew up riding, training hunters, jumpers, and equestrian horses, and her enjoyment of that led her to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and after completing an internship, she joined the practice in 1998. Since 1999, she has represented the practice in Wellington, Florida during the winter months, serving the practice clients who make the trip south. While down there, she has served as an FEI veterinarian at the Winter Equestrian Festival show jumping and dressage competitions. She has also been a USET team veterinarian at world championships for Dressage and Vaulting, treating veterinarian at the Festival of Champions and the dressage selection trials for the Olympics, and numerous other international events in show jumping. In her spare time, she is an avid Eagles fan and has had season tickets for years.

Dr. PetersonDr. Julia Peterson: Dr. Julia Petersen grew up riding and competing in Pony Club and eventing in Louisiana and Texas before finding her true passion for dressage. She graduated summa cum laude with a BS in Nutritional Sciences from Texas A&M University in 2007. However rather than pursuing a graduate degree at that time, she decided to pursue her passion of horses and training by being a working student for a couple prominent dressage trainers in Germany and Maryland, as well as a young horse trainer and barn manager at a breeding farm in Pennsylvania before moving to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to family. While riding and training continued to be a large part of her life, Julia felt that something was missing. She began shadowing an alternative therapy equine veterinarian that encouraged her to get certified in equine massage. She became certified as an Equinology Equine Body Worker. This led to further equine courses and eventually to vet school. She graduated with both her DVM and MBA from Colorado State University in 2019. During her 4th year of vet school she also became certified in Equine Acupuncture by CuraCore. She continued her passion with sport horses by doing a one year sport medicine internship at Virginia Equine Imaging in Middleburg, VA and Wellington, FL in the winter before joining the Furlong team in NJ and FL for the winter season. Her interests are sports medicine, advanced imaging, and rehabilitation. In her spare time, she trains her warmblood gelding, Don, in dressage and spends time with her husband and 2 cats, Pablo and Georgia. Additionally, she enjoys all things outdoors and water related! 

Dr. Carolyn SmithDr. Carolyn Smith: Dr. Smith grew up in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, and started riding at local hunter/jumper barns during elementary school. Her early passion for horses and science led her to pursue a degree in pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences at the University of Delaware. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. She completed a one year internship at Cleveland Equine Clinic following veterinary school, which had a heavy emphasis on sports medicine and emergency management. Her medical interests include emergency medicine, field surgery, and diagnostic imaging. In her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys riding, baking, and reading. She is excited to be back on the East Coast and explore the beautiful hiking with her dog Elphaba.

Dr. Courtney Wittich: Courtney grew up around horses, and spent all of her free time in high school and college riding and showing on the hunter/jumper A circuit in equitation and jumpers along the east coast, including New York, Kentucky, and Florida. She went to University of Findlay in Ohio to get a bachelors degree in Equestrian studies and pre veterinary medicine, and then obtained a Masters Degree in Veterinary Epidemiology from Texas A&M, followed by a DVM from The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. After graduating, Dr. Wittich completed a 15 month Sport Horse internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY. Courtney then took an associate position at Merritt and Associates Equine Hospital outside of Chicago, IL where she spent 2 years working. During her time she covered the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. She then returned to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute as a Sport Horse Associate in 2014 before joining B.W. Furlong and Associates in December 2016. Throughout her career she has worked as an official horse show veterinarian for several events including Horse Shows by the Bay in Michigan, the Kentucky Horse Park show circuit, and the Desert HITS circuit in Thermal CA and continues to follow the horse show circuit today. Courtney has taken the opportunity to attend several continuing education seminars in advanced lameness imaging and techniques with both Vet Imaging and ISELP (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology). She has also attended the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine for equine acupuncture. Her areas of interest are sports medicine, emergency work, and infectious diseases. She spends her spare time running, boxing, and hanging out with her chihuahua mix named Dori.

Interns

Dr. AnnisDr. Lindsay Annis: Originally from Alberta, Canada, Dr. Lindsay Annis has been around horses from a very young age, as her grandparents bred Standardbreds in Ontario. She quickly became an avid horsewoman and has a particular interest in jumping and eventing. After graduating from the University of Alberta with a Master of Arts in 2006, Dr. Annis moved to Switzerland to do her MBA and afterwards to work in the pharmaceutical industry for several years. In 2014, she decided to quit her job and pursue her childhood dream of being an equine veterinarian. Dr. Annis graduated from the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich in December 2019 and has spent the first half of 2020 obtaining her accreditation as a veterinarian in the United States. Her areas of interest are sports medicine and rehabilitation, emergency medicine and neonatal critical care and she is also interested in acupuncture and chiropractic as integrative care. Her husband and colt D’Incanto are currently still in Europe so Dr. Annis is looking forward to getting to know the area and meet new people. In her free time, she prefers to be in the saddle but also loves traveling, reading, outdoor sports (especially with friends) and spending time cooking and baking.

On-Call Surgeon

FugaroDr. Michael Fugaro owns and operates Mountain Pointe Equine Veterinary Services in addition to providing his surgical expertise at B.W. Furlong & Associates. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Animal Science and is an alumnus from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Class of 1997). Dr. Fugaro completed a large animal internship at University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada and a large animal surgical residency at Purdue University. He received his board certification in large animal surgery with the ACVS in 2003.

Previously, Dr. Fugaro was the resident veterinarian and a tenured Full Professor at Centenary College (now Centenary University) having affiliations in the Equine Studies and Math & Natural Sciences Departments. Dr. Fugaro has also taught adjunctively at Rutgers University in the Animal Science Department. Additionally, he has held full and part-time veterinary positions with the NJ Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health and the NJ Racing Commission, respectively. Dr. Fugaro holds a multitude of surgical interests from abdominal/intestinal to foot related surgeries, however, his strong interests are related to orthopedic surgeries for the performance horse. When not performing surgeries, Dr. Fugaro enjoys golfing and going to the gym. He resides in Morris County with his wife and dog.