Veterinarians

Veterinarians

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 premiere 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 runs Furlong’s Healthy Horse, and Jonathan, who graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013 and is now pursuing veterinary school. Brendan and Wendy breed and train sport horses on the farms in Pittstown, NJ. In his spare time, Dr. Furlong is a Joint Master of the Amwell Valley Hounds and a member of the Essex Fox Hounds, and also enjoys farming.

 

Rachel GardnerDr. Rachel Gardner: After graduating from Cornell with her veterinary degree in 2001, Dr. Rachel Gardner then 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 internal medicine and received her ACVIM board certification in 2005. She joined B.W. Furlong and Associates that same year as an internal medicine specialist. As the medicine specialist, Dr. Gardner provides specialized diagnostic and therapeutic expertise to horses and foals with complex or uncommon disorders. Some of the common types of cases Dr. Gardner evaluates include respiratory diseases, neurologic diseases, weight loss, gastrointestinal disorders, fevers, cardiac diseases and poor performance. When she is not working, Dr. Gardner can usually be found training for half or full marathons with her dog Stella, working on her house with her husband Jason, or riding her horse.

 

Sarah Gold

Dr. Sarah Gold: Born in Nuremburg, Germany, Dr. Sarah Gold grew up in Suffern, NY and got involved with horses at age nine, when she began riding with Mindy Minetto at Stonehedge Farm. Through her involvement with the training and grooming of horses, she developed a strong background in horsemanship, and decided pursue a career in equine medicine. Sarah graduated cum laude from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 2000 with a degree in Animal Science. While there she was also the captain of the Women’s Varsity Equestrian Team. Dr. Gold was then accepted directly into veterinary school at Cornell University, where her primary interests were sports medicine, reproduction, and pathology, and she graduated there in 2003. 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. More recently, she has developed a strong interest in imaging, and now manages the Equine MRI of New Jersey, as well as the newly opened Advanced Equine Imaging center in Wellington, FL.

 

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. In addition to the lameness, sport horse care, and emergency field medicine skills acquired during the internship, Dr. Gray developed special interests and skills 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 son, Jesse, in November of 2014. In her spare time, Misty enjoys riding and spending as much time with her family as possible.

 

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, 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 whom 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. His primary areas of interest are lameness, imaging, and performance horse medicine. Away from work, Dr. Henriksen enjoys golf, wood working, and spending time with his black Labrador Retriever, Raven.

 

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 LevitianDr. 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 new 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.

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

Lauren BookbinderDr. Lauren Bookbinder: The daughter of a veterinary surgeon and veterinary technician, Dr. Lauren Bookbinder’s love of animals and veterinary medicine started early! She grew up on a small horse farm in upstate New York and showed hunters and jumpers throughout the northeast. Lauren attended Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for her undergraduate education, and completed her veterinary degree at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her main interests of veterinary practice are equine internal medicine and emergency/critical care, specifically neonates, high-risk pregnant mares, gastrointestinal disorders, and immunology. She plans to complete internal medicine and emergency/critical care residency programs following her internship. Aside from work, Lauren enjoys riding, and spending time with her two dogs, Finn and Georgia, her boyfriend, and friends.

 

Beatrice Gates-HardimanDr. Beatrice Gates-Hardiman: Born in Ireland, Dr. Beatrice Gates-Hardiman has loved, ridden, and competed ponies and horses since childhood. She performed at Ireland’s prestigious Royal Dublin Horse Show and has competed for Ireland as a veterinary student on the Irish Universities’ Equestrian Nations Cup Teams throughout Europe, winning medals in both show jumping and dressage. Beatrice graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland, at University College Dublin, in 2016, having won her faculty’s sports award for her equestrian achievements. She comes to the practice as an intern to share its unique reputation and expertise in equine medicine. She has a deep interest in the horse as a performance athlete and in the various injuries which can affect it’s sporting ability. Beatrice has started her own breeding programme back home in Ireland, from leading European show jumping stallions with her own proven jumping mares. In her spare time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, music, and baking.

Tim ManziDr. Timothy Manzi: Dr. Tim Manzi was born and raised in Freehold, NJ, and graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2012, where he obtained a B.S. in Biology with minors in Spanish and Psychology. He then went on to earn his VMD in 2016 from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. During his time at UPenn, Dr. Manzi spent his “free” summers at New Bolton Center, shadowing clinical rotations and developing his passion and love for the equine athlete. At graduation, he was honored to receive both the Charles F. Reid Clinical Excellence Award in Sports Medicine and Imaging, and the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) Award. After Tim’s internship with B.W. Furlong and Associates ,he hopes to pursue a residency in radiology with an eventual focus on advanced imaging in horses. In his free time, he enjoys running, tennis, volleyball, and has even been known to get lost in a video game from time to time.

 

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. Dr. Odyniec’s professional interests primarily include sports medicine and lameness, as well as surgery and ophthalmology. 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, 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!