Andrea is from Granville, Ohio. She was introduced to horses by her parents at a very young age. She immediately recognized her love for the sport and started riding at the age of 6. She later joined 4-H and then began competing on the Quarter Horse circuit, showing alongside her mom shortly after. Her two QH geldings enjoyed their hard earned retirement at her parent's farm until late in their 20s.
Andrea graduated from The Ohio State University in 2013 with a B.S. Degree, majoring In Animal Sciences and minoring in Biosciences with a focus in Equine Science. She completed a 2 year undergraduate clinical internship in the Equine Medicine Department at The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine, where she was then published as a coauthor in the American Journal of Veterinary Research helping develop ProStride. Shortly after graduation, she completed her pharmacology/pharmaceutical sales certification through the National Association of Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives.
Andrea more recently has been taking jumping lessons on her favorite grey warmblood mare, Stella. When Andrea is not at the barn she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, teaching and practicing yoga and hiking with her & Peter's multiple dogs.
Andrea was introduced to the Bella Vista team in 2011. She thoroughly enjoys working at this practice and loves the enthusiasm each doctor has for the equine field. She appreciates the varied and valuable aspects the six veterinarians bring to the clinic and is proud to be part of the excellent medicine they're able to provide to their valued clients and patients.
Emily grew up in Iowa with a passion to work with horses. She bought her first horse, Sasha Bonanza, and learned to train and ride with her. They showed in 4-H and FFA as well as open shows. She graduated Ellsworth Community College with an Equine Management degree. Emily moved to Ohio shortly after graduating where she has worked at various equine facilities before coming to join the Bella Vista Equine team. In Emily’s spare time, she enjoys training and showing her three Australian Shepherds, King, Zeus and Baker in agility.
Brittanie grew up in Johnstown, Ohio, and has always had a great love of horses. Brittanie began riding at the age of 12 and a few years later she owned and trained her own horse. Brittanie has experience in jumping and dressage, but really enjoys trail riding and natural horsemanship.
Brittanie has experience managing boarding facilities and enjoys caring for horses and learning about them while working as a veterinary technician with Bella Vista Equine.
In her spare time, Brittanie enjoys spending time with her mare, Cali, and her family.
Stacey grew up in Granville, Ohio, on a small family farm and learned how to ride on a Shetland pony. At the age of 5, Stacey would go on all day trail rides with her father. At age 8, Stacey joined a local 4-H club and soon after became involved with the horse judging and hippology teams as well. By the time Stacey's 4-H years were over, she had won two state titles in equitation, had placed in the top ten at the Quarter Horse Congress, and was on a judging team which won a national championship title.
After graduating from Central Ohio Technical College, Stacey soon decided to try her hand at raising and breeding her own Quarter Horses. Throughout the years, the foals resulting from her breeding program have won several Ohio futurity titles as well as Congress top 10 placings. Her current show gelding, "The Master of DeSkys", who is also a result of her breeding program, won the Tom Powers Futurity in 2013, and together in 2018 they won the OQHA L1 high point amateur title and finished second in the nation in equitation. Her most recent foal, "Certified Invitation" was top 5 at the 2015 Quarter Horse Congress.
Stacey joined Bella Vista Equine in 2007 when she began working for Dr. Martinsen and then began working for Dr. Meuse when he joined the practice in 2010.
Besides showing horses, Stacey enjoys watching comedy movies and Columbus Blue Jackets hockey. Stacey also enjoys obedience training her two dogs, Blue, a pit bull terrier, and Petra, a pit bull mix.
Stacey resides in Thornville, Ohio, with her husband of 19 years, Chris, two horses and two dogs.
Rachel Kelly Slingsby
Rachel is from Kathleen, Georgia. She grew up with a natural passion for horses and began riding at the age of 8. After taking many years of western lessons, she began competing in many small saddle club shows as well as 4-H and other state shows. Rachel was also growing her horsemanship skills outside of the saddle by shadowing farriers and participating in horse judging clubs. In 2015, Rachel and her parents moved to Maineville, Ohio, where Rachel would finish her high school career. Here, Rachel began taking English hunter-jumper lessons and soon found appreciation and love for all equestrian disciplines.
After high school, Rachel began attending The Ohio State University where she focused on her passion for animals. She is looking forward to graduating in 2021 with a B.S. in Animal Sciences, specialized in the Animal Industries. With an additional double minor in Farm Business Management and Equine Science, Rachel is interested in how to improve the health and welfare of performance and sport horses. In addition to her studies, she has studied internationally at famous stables and estates, worked as a groom for nationally ranked schools and riders in the hunter-jumper circuit, and has participated in research submitted to the Equine Science Society. After graduation, Rachel intends on continuing her education in the veterinary field, in addition to pursuing a masters degree pertaining to equine welfare.
Payton is from Pataskala, Ohio. Her interest in horses was peaked when she received riding lessons one year for Christmas. During her high school years, Payton began working for a barn and started taking her riding more seriously. She competed in IEA hunt seat and dressage. Payton also has competed in local hunt seat shows and wishes to pursue a more competitive career in eventing.
Payton started working with Bella Vista Equine Veterinary Services in the fall of 2020 in hopes of acquiring more knowledge about the equine industry as well as equine health and wellness. She loves working with Bella Vista and feels so blessed to be a part of this amazing team.
During her free time Payton enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys being outside, hiking and camping with her two dogs, cooking new recipes, and an occasional night out on the town.
Katie came to us all the way from Michigan. She has shown quarter horses all her life. Katie has extensive experience as a veterinary assistant and loves working with each individual patient. She also has many years of experience on and off the track working with Standardbreds. Katie's smile and passion are a great benefit to Bella Vista Equine.
Katie is our lead veterinary technician and enjoys teaching new skills to our assistants and students. You will usually find Katie working with Dr. Oehrig, helping her see patients and work with clients.
Kendall joined the office staff of Bella Vista Equine Veterinary Services in September 2022. Kendall moved from Arizona to Ohio in 2020 with her Saddlebred training program. Her passion for horses started at the age of two. Kendall earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Veterinary Medicine and has her Master’s in Business Administration.
Sam was born and raised in Vermont. Her love of horses started at a very young age and has grown throughout the years. Sam was always that girl in the barn who would do anything, ride anything, and learn anything . Over the years, Sam gained valuable experience with training, riding, and barn management.
Sam has always sought out education in the equine industry. When the opportunity to work with Bella Vista as a veterinary assistant arose, she couldn't turn it down.
Sam lives, breathes, and sleeps horses. In her spare time, she competes on her Mustang mare and rides horses for others. Sam also has two German Shepherds she loves dearly.