Equine Sports Medicine

The People Serving You

Michelle Alexander

Equine Sports Medicine Administrative Assistant

Contact Information

Email: michelle.e.alexander@colostate.edu

Biography

Michelle is the wife of a retired U.S. Marine and has spent about half of her life in Texas and the other half living across the U.S. and beyond, including six years in Okinawa, Japan. Moving often, Michelle realized her administrative and customer service skill set would serve well wherever she lived. Her favorite position was with a small rural Veterinary Clinic where she learned to love large animals. As a support member of the Equine Sports Medicine team, she takes pleasure in helping clients, enjoys providing administrative support to the entire team, and appreciates the challenges of the specialty office. Michelle relishes learning about services such as regenerative therapies, rehabilitation, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. During her free time, Michelle enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, exploring Colorado, and all things Disney.

Sandro Colla

Veterinary Resident, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Email: sandro.colla@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Sandro Colla is originally from Brazil where he developed an interest in horses at a young age while taking horse riding lessons. He obtained his DVM at Paulista State University in 2005. Following this, he completed an equine rotating internship at University of Sao Paulo in 2006, his master’s degree at the same university in 2014, and an equine internship at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital in Navasota, TX in 2018. Since becoming a DVM, he has worked extensively in the field, including three years for the Brazilian Olympic Team and seven years as a professor of equine services at the Paulista University. In 2019 he joined Colorado State University where he completed a large animal imaging internship and started his equine sports medicine and rehabilitation residency in 2020. He is very grateful and inspired to learn with a such qualified and talented team and believes this experience will be extremely important to achieve the high level care that the equine patients deserve. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, biking, and riding horses.

Erin Contino

Assistant Professor, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4507

Email: erin.contino@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Erin Contino is a native of Northern California, life-long three-day event rider, and a graduate "A" rated member of the United States Pony Club. She started her undergraduate education at the University of California, San Diego prior to transferring to Colorado State University (CSU) where she completed a B.S in equine sciences in 1999. She then spent many years on the East Coast as a professional equestrian and manager of a large three-day eventing barn prior to returning to CSU, where she earned a master's degree in clinical sciences in 2009 and her DVM in 2010. After completing a one-year internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California, Dr. Contino returned to CSU for a three-year residency in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation followed by a one-year fellowship in equine musculoskeletal ultrasound before joining CSU faculty as an assistant professor in equine sports medicine. Her clinical and research interests include diagnosis and treatment of lameness and poor performance in equine athletes. She is very involved in the local three-day eventing community, the American College of Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

Kevin Haussler

Associate Professor, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-1262

Office: 970-297-1262

Email: kevin.haussler@colostate.edu

Biography

I graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1988 and completed a small animal internship in Sacramento, CA. To further my training in the conservative management of spinal-related disorders, I pursued human training at Palmer College of Chiropractic-West and completed a veterinary chiropractic certification program in 1993. I attended the University of California-Davis to attain a PhD focusing on spinal pathology and pelvic biomechanics in Thoroughbred racehorses. Post-doctorate training involved evaluation of in-vivo spinal kinematics in horses at Cornell University. While at Cornell, I directed the newly formed Integrative Medicine Service which provided chiropractic, acupuncture, and physical therapy services to both small and large animals. Currently, I am an Associate Professor at the Orthopaedic Research Center at Colorado State University and am involved in teaching, clinical duties, and research into the objective assessment of musculoskeletal pain, spinal dysfunction, and the application of physical therapy and rehabilitation. I am a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and am currently a course instructor for the Equine Rehabilitation Certification course, co-branded by the University of Tennessee and Colorado State University.

Christopher Kawcak

Director, Equine Clinical Services; Professor, Equine Surgery

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4139

Email: christopher.kawcak@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Kawcak is Professor of Orthopedics. Dr. Kawcak is one of a team of researchers working to find ways to prevent and treat catastrophic injuries in equine athletes. Kawcak is assessing three-dimensional imaging techniques, MRI and CT to diagnose early joint disease and microscopic joint injuries before these develop into serious injuries. Working with researchers in biomedical engineering the team has developed biomechanical models to assess risk factors specific to each individual athlete with implications for human bone and joint disease.

Melissa King

Associate Professor, Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact Information

Office: 970-556-3931

Office: 970-297-4165

Email: melissa.king@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Melissa King is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and is an associate professor in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. Melissa is a Colorado native from the Western Slope and grew up rodeoing and skiing. She had the honor of representing Colorado and the sport of rodeo, serving as Miss Rodeo Colorado in 1993. Dr. King earned her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1997; following graduation she completed a one-year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Following her internship, Dr. King returned to northern Colorado as an equine private practitioner focusing on orthopedics and sports medicine. After practicing for 10 years, Dr. King returned to CSU to pursue a PhD in equine orthopedics and rehabilitation at the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. The focus of her research was to investigate the physiologic, biomechanical, and histologic effects of aquatic therapy on diminishing the progression of osteoarthritis within the equine middle carpal joint. Dr. King’s current research interests involve the objective assessment of underwater treadmill exercise for the management of equine musculoskeletal injuries, validation of rehabilitation modalites, as well as the biomechanical assessment of compensatory gait adaptations.

Britt Mactavish

Equine Operations Manager

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-5311

Email: britt.mactavish@colostate.edu

Biography

Britt is a Colorado native and graduated from CSU in 2002 with a B.S. in equine science. She took on her current role within the equine hospital in 2013. She has personal horse experience in a variety of disciplines including Pony Club, eventing, dressage, and cutting. Britt brings a balance of equine industry connections, customer service, as well as veterinary hospital experience to her position. Previously she managed several equine operations in the area, including Chatellen Farm and Double Dove Ranch. In addition, she worked as a technician for Pilchuck Animal Hospital in Snohomish, WA and CSU’s equine sports medicine service, and was a representative in the HR department of Starbucks Coffee Co. before joining the team as the equine operations manager. She is passionate about our clients, her colleagues, and of course, horses.

Colton McInturff

Veterinary Resident, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-3720

Email: colton.mcinturff@colostate.edu

Biography

Growing up in a family of veterinarians and sharing a passion for care of the athlete with both his father and brother, Dr. Colton McInturff is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to studying veterinary medicine, he received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Abilene Christian University in 2013. Following his undergraduate studies, Dr. McInturff attended the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee, and graduated in 2017. Upon completion, Colton moved to Colorado where he underwent a one-year internship in musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging at Colorado State University. He then transitioned to participate in the equine sports medicine and rehabilitation residency program at CSU in partnership with Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, LLC in Pilot Point, TX. This mobile practice caters primarily to caring for the western performance horse, with a focus on lameness diagnostics, treatment, and rehabilitation at some of the largest horse shows across the country. In his free time, Colton enjoys running, hiking, and fishing the mountain lakes of Colorado.

Heather Ordonez

Equine Sports Medicine Veterinary Technician

Contact Information

Email: heather.ordonez@colostate.edu

Biography

Heather grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico where she developed a love for horses and the outdoors. After graduation, she moved to Fort Collins where she studied equine sciences and microbiology at Colorado State University. Once receiving her bachelor's degree, she spent several years working as a veterinary technician in a variety of industries, ranging from shelter medicine to equine medicine and surgery. Heather returned to CSU where she received a Master of Biomedical Sciences with a specialization in Animal Anatomical and Physiological Studies in 2020. She joined the CSU Equine Sports Medicine team as a technician. In her free time, Heather is an avid three-day event rider and enjoys photography and hiking with her border collie.

Meredith Park

Equine Sports Medicine Veterinary Technician

Contact Information

Email: meredith.park@colostate.edu

Biography

Meredith spent most of her formative years in Middleburg, Virginia where she immersed herself in both the foxhunting and thoroughbred racing communities. She left Middleburg to attend Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), where she received her bachelor's degree in animal and poultry sciences in 2010. After graduation, she returned to Northern Virginia and worked at Spring Hill Farm, a large thoroughbred breeding operation, where she foaled out mares, prepped young horses for sales, and rehabbed layups home from the track. From there, she took a barn management/veterinary assistant position at Virginia Equine Imaging where her interest in equine sports medicine grew. Following a move to Colorado, Meredith joined CSU's equine sports medicine team in 2015 as a technician. She currently spends her free time riding the occasional project horse and hiking around the mountains of Colorado.

Shelby Roberts

Equine Sports Medicine Veterinary Technician

Contact Information

Email: shelby.roberts@colostate.edu

Biography

Shelby grew up on a small farm in San Diego, CA. Sparked by her passion for animals, she joined 4-H and later FFA, where she raised and showed numerous species of livestock and small animals. Additionally, Shelby competed in western performance events with her horses and became heavily involved in the sport of polo in high school. While attending California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA (Cal Poly SLO), Shelby continued to play polo on the university's team, and groomed for multiple clubs and players across the state. In 2016 she graduated with a bachelor's degree in dairy science, and then joined the equine spectacle Cavalia Odysseo. After touring North America as a veterinary technician for a year, Shelby left the show to join the CSU equine sports medicine team. In her free time, she enjoys riding and caring for her horses and hanging out with her two labradors.

Katie Seabaugh

Assistant Professor, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4584

Email: katie.seabaugh@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Katie Seabaugh grew up in NW Montana. Her love of horses began at a young age. She progressed from hacks through the fields to 4-H to three-day eventing and when her competitive days as a youngster were over she continued to enjoy leisure horseback riding. She obtained her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Washington State University. The following year she completed an internship at a specialty equine referral practice in Oakdale, California. Following the path she set for herself she obtained and complete a large animal surgical residency at Colorado State University and subsequent board certification in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. In 2013 she took a faculty position at the University of Georgia and began pursuing board certification in the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She achieved this certification in January 2015. Fortunately, in 2016, Dr. Seabaugh had the opportunity to move back to Fort Collins with her husband and equine radiologist, Dr. Kurt Selberg. Her goal is to provide expertise in lameness diagnosis and treatment to all horses from the back yard pony to the Olympic hopeful. Her clinical and research interests include biologic therapies and lameness diagnosis. Her personal interests include casual competitions on her 10-year-old thoroughbred, skiing and the daily antics of her two children, Beckett and Calder.

Melinda Story

Equine Sports Medicine Veterinarian

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4196

Email: melinda.story@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Story is a Colorado native and grew up in Fort Collins riding and showing in 4-H and eventing. She received her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University. During veterinary school, Mindy enjoyed research activities in Ithaca, NY and Sydney, Australia. After an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky and surgical residency at Kansas State University, she returned to Colorado and worked in a private equine referral hospital as a staff surgeon for nine years. In 2013 Dr. Story returned to CSU and joined the equine sports medicine team. Dr. Story is board certified in surgery as well as in equine sports medicine and rehabilitation with a clinical and research focus in axial skeleton dysfunction and chronic pain.

Hayley Sullivan

Veterinary Resident, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Email: hayley.sullivan@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Hayley Sullivan grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles, California where she developed a love of horses at a young age through the United States Pony Clubs Inc. Dr. Sullivan attended the University of California, Davis where she was a member of the three-day eventing team and studied animal science with an emphasis in equine science. After graduating from UC Davis, Dr. Sullivan moved back to Southern California to attend the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona. She graduated with her DVM in 2018 before moving to Ocala, FL to complete a one-year internship at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital. In Ocala, she most enjoyed working on thoroughbred racehorses and orthopedic cases. In 2019 she joined the equine sports medicine and rehabilitation team at Colorado State University to start her residency. She is very grateful to be gaining specialized skills for taking care of the equine athlete. In her free time, Dr. Sullivan enjoys three-day eventing, skiing, and live music.

Alicia Yocom

Veterinary Resident, Equine Sports Medicine

Contact Information

Office: 970-297-4483

Email: alicia.yocom@colostate.edu

Biography

Dr. Alicia Yocom grew up in San Francisco, California where she developed a love for horses at an early age. Dr. Yocom attended California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA where she studied Animal Science, with a minor in Equine Science. After graduating from Cal Poly, Dr. Yocom attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis where she graduated in 2013. Following this, she completed a one year internship at The Piedmont Equine Practice, Inc., in The Plains, VA where she was able to work with many kinds of horses and was exposed to a diverse caseload. In June of 2014, Dr. Yocom joined the Equine Field Service team here at Colorado State University, where she is excited to continue her education. In her free time, Dr. Yocom enjoys exploring the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.