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 has recently earned his DVM from the University of Melbourne as completing an internship in Florida. 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.

 

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 is currently enrolled in the Alternative Residency Training program to obtain 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.

 

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.

 

Liz OdyniecDr. Elizabeth Odyniec: Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Dr. Liz Odyniec (pronounced oh-din- yets) first became interested in horses when she was 8 years old and saw a group of riders and their ponies dressed up as ballerinas in a local parade. Since then she has been riding, training, and showing horses on the Midwest hunter/jumper circuit, including riding on her college’s IHSA team. Dr. Odyniec obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota prior to earning her DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. Having completed her internship in 2017, she has remained on to work as an associate in the practice. Dr. Odyniec’s professional interests primarily include lameness, poor performance, and rehabilitation. She especially enjoys the challenge and excitement of veterinary medicine on an international scale, and has spent time working under Canadian, German, Irish and United States Equestrian Team veterinarians. She hopes to continue working with top level equine athletes and one day wants to be a Team Veterinarian for the US Show Jumping Team. In her spare time, Dr. Odyniec enjoys riding her Zangersheide gelding named Stanley, traveling, and participating in all outdoor activities, especially hiking with her dog, Odie. She is also a huge Chicago sports fan and an especially avid hockey enthusiast – go Blackhawks!

 

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.

 

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.

Interns

Dr. Gillian Duca Cora: Dr. Gillian Duca Cora is a 2015 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her arrival at the B.W. Furlong and Associates she completed a rotating medicine and surgery internship at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center that focused heavily on the upper level equine athlete.  A native of Arlington, Virginia, she grew up competing in the A Circuit hunter/jumpers and continued riding through undergraduate school as captain of the IHSA team at Bridgewater College in Virginia. She spent several years working for a professional rider before attending vet school on the gorgeous island of St. Kitts.  While she loves all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, her main interests are sports medicine, rehabilitation, podiatry, complex dentistry and integrative medicine.  In her free time she enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors whenever possible.  She is joined in New Jersey by her island cat, Lafayette and her puggle, Jude.

 

Dr. Rachelle Thompson: Dr. Rachelle Thompson was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia where she began riding at a young age.  She went on to compete in the sport of three-day eventing throughout her teenage years.  She received her undergraduate education at Marshall University where she received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in psychology in 2013.  She continued her education receiving her DVM from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017.  She was honored to be inducted into the Phi Zeta Honor Society by graduating in the top of her class.  Rachelle enjoys all aspects of equine medicine, especially lameness and internal medicine.  In her spare time, she enjoys riding, hiking, and spending time with her family.

 

 

Dr. Shannon Wilson: Dr. Shannon Wilson was born and raised in Suffield, Connecticut where she fell in love with horses at a young age often spending hours a day visiting with the neighbor’s horses. She received her Bachelor’s of Animal Science from the University of Connecticut in 2013 (Go Huskies!). During her time at UConn, she rode jumpers as part of  the school’s riding program. Also during college, she began working with Standardbred racehorses and absolutely fell in love with the breed and the sport.  In 2013, she began attending the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and received her VMD in 2017.  She is interested in all aspects of sports medicine, including lameness, upper airway abnormalities and cardiology.  In her spare time, Shannon enjoys riding, traveling, and spending time with her family, friends and her German Shepherd, Daisy.