Nicole Adams: Nicole was born and raised in New Jersey and quickly developed a passion for horses through her mother. She began showing hunter horses at age 10 and immediately fell in love with the sport. In 2013, Nicole first joined the B.W. Furlong & Associates team as a summer horse holder for the MRI. She went to school at Rutgers University and majored in Microbiology. She was able to complete multiple years of research, including phase 2 drug trials to benefit race horses and researching deep sea hydrothermal vent microbiota. While at Rutgers, she competed on the IHSA hunt seat equestrian team and was even able to compete at nationals in 2016. In 2017, Nicole re-joined the team as a hospital technician, and then transitioned into a role as laboratory technician in the summer of 2017. In Nicole’s spare time, she helps to organize a charity horse show that benefits children with cancer and blood disorders, rides and shows her horse, Po, and spends time playing with her Dobermans, Kennedy and Moose.
Jessica Anderson: Jessica was born and raised in New Jersey, and developed a passion for horses at an early age, buying her first horse, Skip at age 9. She graduated from Centenary College in May of 2013 with a BS in Equine Studies and a concentration in Equine Science. While at Centenary, Jess competed on both the English and Western IHSA teams. During her Junior and Senior year, Jess was given the opportunity to work under Dr. Michael Fugaro, assisting in medical and surgical procedures, lameness evaluations, and treatments at the Centenary College Equestrian Center. She also completed an internship at Califon Animal Hospital under Dr. Christina Wilson, where she assisted with ambulatory calls, minor equine medical and surgical procedures. In the spring of 2013, Jess joined the B.W. Furlong & Associates team as a technician working beside Dr. Misty Gray. She then transitioned over to working with Dr. Sarah Gold as the MRI technician and was certified to operate the standing MRI scanner by Hallmarq in September 2013. She was promoted to the title of Hospital Technician Director in the spring of 2017 and now manages the deployment of the entire technician team. In her spare time, she enjoys competing and riding her horse, Willow, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Julie Cesari: Julie Cesari was born and raised in central New Jersey. She grew up riding hunt seat and had two horses of her own. After graduating she moved to New York City to pursue a higher education. After exploring a variety of majors and career options, Julie moved back to New Jersey where she began riding again. She found herself back where she started, and decided to become a vet tech. She graduated from Centenary College in May of 2015 with a Bachelors Degree in Equine Studies with an emphasis on Equine Science. Upon graduation, Julie begin working at B.W. Furlong and Associates. She is an ambulatory technician who rides alongside Drs. Mullin and Henriksen. In her free time, Julie enjoys riding her favorite mare Dezi and spending time with her husband Matt. In the warmer months she can be found in the garden tending to her flowers and honeybees.
Sarah Frank: Sarah has and does move around quite a bit, but has considered Ohio home for a little over 10 years now. She grew up in a very business oriented and urban family, but one that tolerated wild herds of Breyer models roaming the house, and then pony rides at every fair, and then eventually some lessons. She never out grew the horse bug she had as a child, so she went to college at The Ohio State University – Agricultural Technical Institute in the heart of Amish country. There, Sarah earned Associate degrees in Equine Science and Livestock Science by May of 2016. Originally pairing her majors by working on ranches in the west in the summer during school, she came back to exclusively horses in 2017. By working for BMQ Quarter Horses in Minnesota as a foaling and training intern, and then for LMN Standardbreds as an assistant barn manager; Sarah has been expanding her skills in handling, treating, and working with horses of all ages. She recently joined the B. W. Furlong & Associates team in Wellington as Dr. Mullin’s technician. She enjoys spending her time with her two hounds Ruby and Lottie, trap shooting, and watching Food Network hoping to improve her current skills at burning toast.
Marissa Gallaway: Marissa was born and raised in New Jersey where she developed her love for horses at a very young age on her parent’s horse farm in Frenchtown, NJ. She grew up successfully competing in the hunter/jumper circuit with her horse Colosso. Marissa began working part time with our team in May 2011, while attending Mercy College to earn her B.S. in Veterinary Technology, and has continued ever since in a variety of roles. While in college Marissa also worked part time at the Animal Specialty Center in Yonkers, NY. After graduating in May 2016 and after passing her VTNE to become a licensed technician, Marissa joined the team as a technician to Dr. Furlong. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She can also be found enjoying the day at the barn and horse showing.
Alexandra Innella: Alex was born and raised in Pittstown, New Jersey. Her passion for horses began when she started riding lessons at the early age of 7. In addition to owning her own horses, she has competed in the hunter jumper ring and worked with multiple trainers assisting in equine care and exercise riding. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, photography, and travel; she also works as a flight attendant. She has worked in many roles in her time at B.W. Furlong & Associates. She started as a volunteer at the Soundness Center, then moved over to work as an assistant at the MRI, and currently is working as a hospital assistant.
Megan Maeder: Megan was born and raised in northern New Jersey, and inherited her mother’s love for horses at an early age. She began riding at age five, and owned her first horse by age 11. Since then, Megan decided to pursue her passion as a career; she attended Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and graduated in May 2016 with a BS in Equine Science and Management, along with a minor in Psychology. During her time at the university, she gained a great deal of experience in the field of equine reproduction, working at the campus breeding center and assisting with procedures such as stallion collections and handling of mares and foals. In addition, she worked as an intern at East Coast Equine Veterinary Services during the summer following her junior year. She then began working at B. W. Furlong & Associates in May of 2016 as an ambulatory technician alongside Dr. Misty Gray, eventually transitioning to weekend hospital technician, and then back to working along side Dr. Gray as an ambulatory technician for the 2017 breeding season. In her free time, Megan enjoys spending time with friends and family, and working with her horses at her home farm with her mother, along with training and re-homing off the track Thoroughbreds.
Megan Norton: Meg was born and raised in northern New Jersey on a property nestled right between a dairy farm and a sheep farm. Her passion for veterinary medicine stemmed from working with the farm animals and riding horses at an early age. Meg attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a B.S. in Animal Science and a Masters in Animal and Dairy Science. While there, Meg competed as a member of the IHSA Equestrian Team and volunteered at the UGA Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the Large Animal Emergency Critical Care Team, where she gained much of her large animal hospital experience. During her Masters work, Meg focused her studies in theriogenology by assisting in research of equine fetal sex determination using circulating cell-free fetal DNA. Meg first joined the team at B.W. Furlong & Associates as a seasonal ambulatory technician with Dr. Misty Gray, and in 2017 she came back to the practice full time as a hospital technician. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, photography, and shooting sporting clays with her dad.
Michael Owen: Michael grew up in Alabama and developed a love for horses on his family’s farm. He graduated from Snead State College in 2002 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology. Upon graduation he received his Veterinary Technician license and began work at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as an equine technician. He joined the clinic in 2009 as a technician. He is now in charge of the Nuclear Scinitgraphy, and also assists with appointments, hospitalized cases, surgery, and emergency duty. He enjoys playing the guitar and spending time in the outdoors. Every year, his family in Alabama hosts a trail ride at their farm which benefits St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Brianna Spitler: Brianna was born and raised in Pennsylvania and grew up with three other sisters. If it was not for a friend in Elementary School, she would have never found her interest in horses. From there, she got involved in the local 4-H club and enjoyed showing. In her sophomore year of high school, she got her first horse, Luke, an off the track Thoroughbred. After high school, she took a scholarship to play Division 1 soccer at the University of New Hampshire and to study Equine Science. She finished school at Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Equine Science. While at Penn State, she interned at Carousel Farm and learned how to manage a show barn, and she was the manager of the Sponsorship Committee for the annual Penn State Quarter Horse Sale. After graduation, she took a job at Pin Oak Lane Farm and gained experience in AI, live breeding, delivering newborns, foal care, and breaking and training standardbred and thoroughbreds. In the summer of 2017, she moved to New Jersey and became a part of the B.W. Furlong team as a Hospital Technician. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two German Shepherds, family, and friends.
Jessica Yuritch: Born in Cherry Hill, NJ, Jessica developed a love for horses at an early age while attending summer camps and taking riding lessons at Flora Lea Farm. She attended college at Centenary and graduated in 2003 with a BS in Equine Studies. While there, she was a member of the Intercollegiate Dressage Team. She joined the practice upon graduation, and worked for four years as a technician before taking time off for the birth of her daughter. She returned in 2009, and after several years of running the lab and pharmacy, transitioned to Pharmacy Technician in the summer of 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her daughter, Meghan, and watching her grow up.