Technicians

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.

 

Kristie AdornettoKristie Adornetto: Kristie is a native of Long Island, NY, but she has called the Lehigh Valley in PA home for most of her life. Her love of horses began when she was 6 years old when her mother rescued a Saddlebred mare in foal. Kristie has spent the last few years working at several of the top equine competition facilities in the area, with a keen focus on training, nutrition, and overall care of performance horses. Kristie further developed an interest in performance and sports medicine after she rehabilitated her own competition horse Avant Garde, also known as Lady. Kristie and Lady achieved their Bronze Medal in 2017, and are currently pursuing the Silver Medal which includes competing at Fourth Level and FEI Prix St Georges. She joined the practice in the summer of 2018 as an Ambulatory Technician with Dr. Gray.

 


Jess AndersonJessica 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 Tech Team Leader in the spring of 2017 and now manages the deployment of the entire hospital technician team. In her spare time, she enjoys competing and riding her horse, Willow, as well as spending time with family and friends.

 

Sarah CrottySarah Crotty: Sarah Crotty was born in Kilkenny, the medieval capital of Ireland. She grew up not far from the Warrington Equestrian Centre and, according to legend, moved there at age twelve. She has spent the last twenty years developing, schooling and caring for show-jumping ponies and horses. She had success in competition in Ireland and England before moving to New Jersey in 2007. After spending five years working at, and managing, a professional farm in Princeton, she joined Dr. Furlong & Dr. Leich at their farm, where she looked after all the animals. She joined the team in the practice in 2018 as a hospital technician and works closely with Dr. Furlong. Sarah spends her spare time in the gym, working on her fitness and assisting with personal training, or buying shoes.

 

Marissa GallawayMarissa 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.

 

Lynn GarvinLynn Garvin: Lynn is originally from Mount Laurel, NJ. When she was 11, she got a riding lesson for her birthday, and she has been around horses ever since. After graduating college, she spent a few years working with eventing horses, and prior to joining B.W. Furlong & Associates groomed for an Fei level 3 day event rider in Ocala. She has been a life-long boxer owner; her current boxer, Pasque, is 3 years old and they go everywhere together. In her spare time, Lynn is interested in retraining OTTBs and hopes one day to take one to the Retired Racehorse Project in Kentucky. Lynn joined the practice in 2018 to serve as an ambulatory associate to Dr. Henriksen.

 

 

Carolyn HallCarolyn Hall: Carolyn was born in Newburgh, New York, in the beautiful Hudson Valley region. Since the time that she could talk, she had a huge love and passion for horses. After begging her mother for years to let her have riding lessons, Carolyn saved up enough money of her own, at the age of 12, to let her do a week summer camp at Gardnertown Farms. She fell in love immediately with the sport, and was forever dedicated to it. Within a few years she was working at the barn in exchange for lessons and showing. While Carolyn never owned her own horse, she had the opportunity to train and work on sale horses at the various barns she has worked at over the years. Her favorite horse was a 7 year old dappled grey thoroughbred named Jay. She has held numerous positions at different barns, and has traveled all over the east coast as an assistant trainer. Her favorite places she has been are Wellington, FL at the Winter Equestrian Festival and Lexington, KY for the USEF Pony Finals. She joined the practice in the summer of 2018 and is very excited to continue working around horses every day, alongside Drs. Levitian and Hays as their ambulatory technician. In Carolyn’s spare time, her hobbies include photography, working out, and going on adventures with her husband.

 

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.

 

 

 

Kristy MatarazzoKristy Matarazzo: Kristy is a native of Hunterdon County, NJ. Growing up on a small family farm, she was hooked on horses since early childhood. On her 4th birthday she got her first pony, Captain America, and fell in love with taking care of him as much as riding him. Through the years she progressed from showing in 4-H to competing in the Marshall & Sterling Child Jumper League, while still having a special love for trail rides and hunter paces with her mom. The desire for a career in equine veterinary medicine started as a young adult after watching a veterinarian perform a major field surgery on her beloved Quarter Horse, Hank, and being responsible for his wound care and antibiotic injections afterwards. After high school, she brought her Thoroughbred Red to college with her in Ohio where she received a B.S. in Equine Health Technology as well as Equine Facility Management from Otterbein College and an A.A.S. in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State. While completing rotations at the Ohio State Vet school, she took a strong interest in equine anesthesia, which she has been performing ever since. Upon graduating college, she passed the VTNE to become a credentialled technician and has worked in the industry since 2001. Outside of work, Kristy is an active volunteer, including Co-Directing the Hunterdon County Animal Response Team and serving as a Regional Contact for the American Association of Equine Veterinary Technicians. In her free time she loves cooking and entertaining, riding and caring for her 3 horses and spending time with her dog Sammie.

Emily MeadeEmily Meade: Emily was born and raised in Farmingdale, Long Island. She began riding at a summer camp when she was 5 years old, and her love for horses continued to develop as she got older and started taking lessons at a local barn. Emily is currently enrolled at Centenary University studying Pre Veterinary Sciences; she originally applied to Centenary because of her passion for teaching therapeutic riding. After two semesters studying general Equine Studies, she soon realized the medical aspect was far more interesting to her and switched to Pre-vet. She joined the practice as a Hospital Assistant in the summer of 2018. She is very excited to further her knowledge of equine medicine and cannot wait to gain more experience at B.W. Furlong! In her spare time, you can find her catching up on school work or exercising her school’s rehabilitation horses.

Michael OwenMichael 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.

 

Elizabeth RuckElizabeth Ruck: Elizabeth was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, with her two sisters. She got her first pet, a dog named Snickers, while she was in kindergarten, and her love of animals took off from there. In fifth grade, she started taking riding lessons and soon after began working in order to pay for her lesson fees. While working to take care of the lesson horses, she became dedicated to providing the best quality of care possible. Through various internships and part time jobs with local veterinarians, she worked to gain knowledge in the veterinary field. After her graduation from Delaware Valley University, she accepted a full time position as an ambulatory technician with Dr. Mullin, and is very excited to grow in the field! In her spare time, you will find her riding her horse, reading any book she can get her hands on, or playing with her pup, Remmy!

 

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.

Danielle YevchakDanielle Yevchak: Danielle was born and raised in NJ with her 2 siblings.  Her love for animals stemmed from her family home, where they always had various types of pets, from iguanas, to birds, to cats and dogs. Her love for horses came from her father; she spent many weekends with him in upstate New York. Soon, she found herself spending every free chance she had at the ranch working, riding, and enjoying summer camps. After high school she put her horse dreams aside and pursued a career in human resources. After the birth of her daughter, Danielle started working and teaching riding lessons closer to home, happy to be back in the horse world. While continuing to teach, she decided to expand her education by attending Centenary University, where she developed a great interest in the medical side of horse care. She joined the practice in 2018 as a hospital technician, and is very excited to start her career at B.W. Furlong! In her spare time, you can find Danielle with her family or at the barn riding and teaching.

Jess YuritchJessica 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.