Our Veterinarians

Paul C. Mountan, D.V.M.

Paul C. Mountan, D.V.M.

Dr. Paul C. Mountan, one of the founders of Rhinebeck Equine, LLP, discovered his passion for horses during his early childhood; and was inspired to practice equine veterinary medicine by his older cousin, Robert E. Cornell, DVM. ...continue reading

James D. Mort, D.V.M.

James D. Mort, D.V.M.

Dr. Jim Mort grew up on a farm in Rhode Island where he developed a love for being around the entire spectrum of farm animals. Trail riding was one of his boyhood pleasures....continue reading

Jeffrey A. Williams, D.V.M.

Jeffrey A. Williams, D.V.M.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Williams joined Drs. Miller, Mountan and Mort in 1983 and became a partner in 1985. A native of Rhinebeck, NY, Dr. Williams grew up on a small horse farm there, and was active in 4-H and local horse shows in his youth....continue reading

Nina Deibel, D.V.M.

Nina Deibel, D.V.M.

Dr Deibel was born loving animals and developed a special interest in horses by the age of three. She grew up around Welsh ponies in Albany County, New York and owes much of her basic horse knowledge to these little beasties....continue reading

Andrea Sotela, D.V.M.

Andrea Sotela, D.V.M.

Dr. Sotela is a native of Potomac, Maryland. She grew up riding and showing hunters and jumpers, as well playing polo. As a young woman she also spent several years working as a veterinary assistant on the East coast show circuit....continue reading

Jim N.Nutt V.M.D., Diplomate ACVS

Jim N.Nutt V.M.D., Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Nutt grew up on a farm near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he first discovered his love for horses. He earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University where he majored in Natural Resources and Business. ...continue reading

Laura H. Javsicas, V.M.D, Diplomate ACVIM

Laura H. Javsicas, V.M.D, Diplomate ACVIM

Dr. Javsicas grew up riding hunters and jumpers outside of Philadelphia, PA. She received a BA in Biology from Cornell University, where she was co-captain of the varsity equestrian team. ...continue reading

Gus A. Abuja, D.V.M. Diplomate ACVS

Gus A. Abuja, D.V.M. Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Abuja grew up in Spain, and went to Veterinary School in Madrid (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). After earning his doctorate, he completed an internship in Belgium (Dierenkliniek de Morette), and then worked in equine referral hospitals in Madrid (Spain) and Sharjah (United Arab Emirates). Following a surgical internship and residency at Tufts University, he... continue reading

Cassandra Shores, D.V.M.

Cassandra Shores, D.V.M.

Dr. Cassandra Shores was born and raised in Columbia County and knew from a very young age that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She dedicated herself to acquiring experience with a variety of animal species. In addition to horseback riding, she participated in many activities including Girl Scouts, dance, volleyball, softball,... continue reading

Justin W. McNaughten, BVSc, Diplomate ACT

Justin W. McNaughten, BVSc, Diplomate ACT

Dr. Justin McNaughten received his BVSc in 2009 from the University of Glasgow, School of Veterinary Medicine in Glasgow, UK. Following veterinary school, he worked as the resident equine veterinarian at Tamarang Veterinary Breeding Services in Australia from 2009 to 2010. He then went on to work two more years as a Locum Small Animal... continue reading

Alison Clode, D.V.M, Diplomate ACVO

Alison Clode, D.V.M, Diplomate ACVO

Dr. Alison Clode is a native of Spokane, Washington, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. She obtained her veterinary degree from Washington State University in 2003, following which she completed a one year small animal medical and surgical internship at Colorado State University. Her residency training in... continue reading

Denise Branecky, D.V.M.

Denise Branecky, D.V.M.

Dr. Denise Branecky will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year from June 2016 –June 2017. She grew up in Newtown, Connecticut where she grew to love ambulatory medicine from shadowing equine veterinarians in the area. Dr. Branecky received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences from Clemson University, and... continue reading

Alicia Long, D.V.M.

Alicia Long, D.V.M.

Dr. Alicia Long will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year from June 2016 –June 2017. She grew up in Freeport, Maine where she began working with draft horses at a young age. Dr. Long received a Bachelors of Science in Biology from George Mason University, and after graduation worked for a year as... continue reading

Shannon Roska, D.V.M.

Shannon Roska, D.V.M.

Dr. Shannon Roska will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year from June 2016 –June 2017. She grew up in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Roska received a Bachelor of Science in Neurobiology and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a graduate of the UW Madison School of Veterinary Medicine.  Professionally, Dr.... continue reading

Amanda Watkins, V.M.D

Amanda Watkins, V.M.D

Dr. Amanda Watkins will be joining our veterinary team for her internship year from June 2015 –June 2016. She grew up in Rockville, Maryland where she was introduced to horses and riding.  Dr. Watkins received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Colgate University in 2012 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School... continue reading