Meet Dr. Sarah Cohen
Dr. Sarah Cohen grew up in New Jersey showing in the hunters and equitation before attending Purdue University for her undergraduate training. She graduated from Ross University in June of 2007, having completed her clinical training at Iowa State University. Sarah then joined Merritt and Associates Equine Hospital outside of Chicago for a one year intensive internship then joining Miller & Associates in 2008 and finally launched Equity Performance Equine in the fall of 2020. Over her decade plus in practice, Dr. Cohen has developed a client base consisting of some the most well regarded in the hunter and show jumping community in the country. Dr. Cohen believes passionately in evidence based medicine and putting the horse’s needs at the fore of all decisions. Since 2010 she has been a regular on the international scene serving as the USEF show jumping team veterinarian in competitions in Spain, Slovakia, Belgium, France, Wellington and other international competition locales. Sarah is a past President of the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, having served on the Board of Directors for six years. She is a member of the USHJA’s Horse and Riders Advocates Committee and speaks regularly at conferences on her favorite topic, equine sports medicine. She lives in Wellington, Florida and spends her summers in Traverse City, Michigan with her husband Lance, two young daughters Evelyn and June and three crazy dogs Puck, Pony and Applesauce.
Meet Stephannie Gibson, DVM
Dr. Stephannie Gibson joined Equity Performance Equine in the summer of 2022 and will divide her time between Wellington, FL, Traverse City, MI and be the primary representative of Equity Performance Equine in Ocala as well as the busy horse show circuit throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Stephannie grew up in Illinois showing in the hunters and equitation classes and then turned her passion for horses into a career path pursuing her undergraduate studies at St. Andrew’s University followed by North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She interned at Kendall Road Equine Hospital before beginning her professional career at Brazos Valley Equine Hospital followed by service at Rabanal Equine 2018-2020 and Kentucky Equine Hospital 2021-2022 and then finding her permanent home working with Dr. Cohen here at Equity Performance Equine.
Stephanie is married to the well known farrier Ian Curry and while they have a busy household with two successful equine careers she’s hoping to find more time to ride soon and continue to spend quality time with their two squish faced dogs, Mighty Mouse and Heifer.
Meet Sara Cole
Sara Cole is Equity Performance Equine’s Practice Manager. She has spent her life caring for the equine athlete in various capacities. She has worked with many top tier trainers and riders and has followed the United States Equestrian Team and Saudi Arabian Team on international competitions. For more than a decade Sara worked for Dr John Steele as his veterinary technician.
Sara began riding as a child in Des Moines Iowa doing the hunters and equitation before wanting to expand her world a little bit by joining the grooming side of things with many international competitors.
In her off time you will find her behind the camera at various sporting events, polo matches and Grand Prix classes around the Wellington area.
Meet Carlos A. Montoya
Carlos A. Montoya is from Colombia where he attended Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics School at la Universidad Technologica de Pereira, Risaralda Colombia, He completed one year of Clinical training at the large animal clinic San Luis located in Medellin, Colombia and graduated in 2019. From there, Carlos A. Montoya joined Equity Performance Equine in 2020 as a Veterinary Technician.
He is studying to obtain his Doctor in Veterinary Medicine in the United states at the ECFVG (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates) to achieve his goal and practice as a DVM in the USA. Meanwhile, he is working as a Veterinary technician to maintain his knowledge, keep up to date and learn more techniques.
In his free time Carlos enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and doing BBQs. He has always been passionate about horses and working with large animals.
Meet Stephanie Rodriguez
Stephanie was born in Mexico where she lived until she was 11 and her family moved to the United States. Growing up, her dream was to become a veterinarian and Joining Equity is a step in her development to make that dream a reality. Stephanie joined Equity Performance Equine in 2021 serving as admin support for the entire team. In the role she holds numerous strands of the practice together with a focus on inventory management. Stephanie is multilingual, gifted with humans and animals and a master multitasker and admin whiz. Her husband Juan works with one of the most prestigious sport horse operations and has known Dr. Cohen for over a decade.
Meet Tiffany Mathews
Tiffany’s love of horses began as a working student at a local stable when she was 13 years old. Here is where she learned to ride and horse fundamentals. She was first introduced to veterinary medicine while grooming for a jumper rider, and this piqued her interest as a way to provide better care for the horses in her charge. Not long after she went to work for John R. Steele and Associates as a vet assistant. It became clear to her that she needed to become a certified Veterinary technician if this was going to be her career path. She enrolled in Manor College to earn her associates degree in veterinary technology. She grew her skills with Steele and Associates for a decade. In that time, she was aware of a need to give the equine athlete some much needed relief after they had given their all in the show ring so she enrolled in an equine massage course at Animal Rehab Institute to become a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. Currently, she has branched out on my own, using the knowledge she’s learned over the years to create an equine massage business and assist veterinarians as a freelance certified vet tech. At Equity Performance Equine She is in charge of running the laser and Functional Electrical Stimulation treatments as well as providing equine body work.
Meet Laura Elser
Laura Elser joined the Equity Performance team in December 2022 as an experienced technician having worked for 4 years at a large equine practice based in both New York and Florida.
Laura was born and raised in New Hampshire and graduated from the University of Findlay in 2016. She worked as a wrangler in Wyoming at a working guest ranch for 3 years before returning to Florida to work with us here at EPE.
In her free time Laura enjoys rock climbing, photography and spending time with her dog Tessa.
Meet Laura Sheridan
Laura Sheridan began working for Equity Performance as an administrator in the summer of 2022. She hails from central New Jersey and continues to divide her time between New Jersey and South Florida.
She attended Lehigh University where she graduated with a degree in Accounting. She has worked in multiple fields, including small animal veterinary offices and doctors offices performing bookkeeping and management tasks.
Laura has a deep passion for all animals, nature and her adorable Miniature Dachshund, Poitier (Potter). If her face is familiar to you that’s because she may also remember your favorite coffee drink from her stint at Starbucks.
Meet Jo Tyrrell
Proud Brit Jo grew up in the United Kingdom riding ponies, field hunters and point to pointers. A job in polo with and up and coming young player, Carlos Gracida resulted in a partnership that lasted many years and brought her to Palm Beach. Eventually moving on from the constant travel Jo worked at a local equine veterinary surgical clinic as a hospital nurse, ambulatory technician and surgical anesthetist. She did this for 10 years before her love of hands on care of the horse took her back to the world of grooming, this time in the realm of Eventing.
She joined the EPE team in the winter of 2023 and will provide both technical assistance along with operating the FES, lasers. Jo is certified equine massage therapist along with a LANTRA accredited/HBFA certified bit and bridle fitter and holds a certificate of Equine Welfare from the University of Guelph.
Jo is happiest when she is learning new things and with her well trained (is that a thing?) Jack Russell Zoey.
Meet Lance Fensterman
Lance has been Dr. Sarah Cohen’s partner and life tech since meeting her in 2012. Lance’s background is in launching and leading businesses; he currently serves as the President of ReedPop, a live event and multimedia global pop culture brand he conceived and developed. Lance has steadily increased his knowledge of the equine world and is proud to partner with Sarah to develop Equity into a practice with sound business principles, a culture of respect, equality and collaboration that puts the horse, rider and teammates at the center of all decisions. Lance & Sarah split time between Wellington Florida and summers in Traverse City, Michigan with their two daughters, Evelyn and June and three crazy dogs Puck, Pony and Applesauce.