Dr. Kates grew up in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State riding and showing Quarter Horses before attending Cornell University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1978 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1981. In 1983 he became owner and managing partner of the practice with the goal of growing it into an exceptional group of dedicated equine veterinarians committed to customer service in all equine disciplines. His practice consists mainly of race horses in NJ and Pennsylvania in the Spring and Summer and Florida in the winter with a focus on lameness and other performance related problems. He is also available on a consultation basis for hunter/jumper and other performance horse lameness problems within the practice. He currently serves on the Racing Committee of the AAEP, is a former executive board member and treasurer of the NJVMA, past president of the NJAEP, and the steering committee of the NAARV. With his wife Shari, a practicing attorney, he has 3 grown children and 3 rescue cats named Mr. Big, Sequel and Sammi. In his spare time he enjoys golf, skiing, and watching, coaching and playing basketball.
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Dr. Nagle grew up in a small town in southeastern Pennsylvania. The son of a physician, his initial interest in human medicine changed to Veterinary medicine as he spent time working with horses. Dr. Nagle attended college at Colorado State University, graduating in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology. He then returned to his home state to attend the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1986. Dr. Nagle joined the practice that summer. His concentration is harness and sport horses. His primary areas of practice interest are sports medicine and lameness in the high performance horses. He enjoys the collaborative effort among all parties involved in the health and success of the equine athlete. In his spare time, Dr. Nagle enjoys spending time with friends and enjoying a good round of golf.
Dr. Miller is a native of Morris Plains, N.J. After attaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science at Ohio State Dr. Miller remained there to complete her veterinary training, graduating in 1998. After graduation, she completed a post doctoral internship at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Washington State and spent two additional years in private practice just north of Seattle. Dr. Miller joined Colts Neck Equine in 2002 and continued her post doctoral education with a course in chiropractic therapy at Tufts University in 2003. In 2007, Dr. Miller also completed a course in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at The Chi Institute and now offers acupuncture as alternative treatment. Although she works primarily with the hunter/jumper and pleasure horse clients, Dr. Miller enjoys the standardbred racetrack portion of the practice as well. Her special interests lie in physiology and the integration of alternative care with traditional medicine to keep her patients performing and feeling their best. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband Mark, her dog Chuck and horse Luke.
Dr. Gabrielle Rivest was raised in southeastern Pennsylvania. She grew up riding in the pony hunters and transitioned into working with thoroughbreds both and and off the racetrack. She completed her undergraduate degree at Roanoke College earning a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology. She then headed to the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her DVM. Dr. Rivest is interested in sports medicine and working with high performance horses. Outside the clinic she can be found hiking, playing video games, or enjoying the sunshine with her dog Kirby and horse Rory.
Dr. Nicole Logan was raised in Colorado Springs, CO. She grew up riding in the hunters, evening and dressage. She also spent 11 years participating in English foxhunting with Bijoa Springs Hunt and earned her colors and buttons. She completed her undergraduate at the University of Colorado, earning a bachelor of art in biology with pre-med emphasis. She then headed to the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine to earn her DVM. Following vet school, Dr. Logan started her career with an internship at Reid and Associates in Wellington, FL. Immediately after she joined Southeast Veterinary Associates in south Florida; where she worked on standardbred race horses, high performance horses and backyard horses. Dr. Logan's main interests are equine medicine including lameness and sports medicine. In her spare time Dr. Logan enjoys body building and spending time with her dog Aurora and horse Gilly.
Dr. Robert 'Skip' Bende grew up in Medford Lakes, New Jersey, a small community where twenty-one lakes existed in the one square mile town. Dr. Bende became quite a swimmer. He attended college at The Ohio State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 and then advanced to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the same university. A true 'Buckeye'. His parents had Tennessee walking horses and that is where he learned his love of horses at an early age. He is currently on the Board of Education at Lenape Regional High School District and was the past president of the board. He is a member of the New Jersey Veterinary Medicine Association and honor roll member of the American Veterinary Medicine Association. Bende Equine has existed for 44 years and now is a proud member of the Colts Neck Equine Team. In his spare time he enjoys time with his five children and eleven grand children. His practice covered Burlington County as well as parts of Atlantic, Camden and Monmouth counties and is pleased to do race, show and pleasure horses.
Dr. Ball grew up in a small town in Union County NJ where she helped take care of horses and ponies on one of the last farms in her town and rode at Watching Stables. Dr. Ball graduated from Cook College, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Lettered in Swimming. At Rutgers Graduated School Dr. Ball received a Master’s degree in Physiology. Dr. Ball attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 1986. Dr. Ball worked at the NYRA surgical hospital at Belmont Park, NY for 2 years and then came back to NJ as an examining veterinarian for the NJRC for thoroughbred and harness racing. During that time Dr. Ball started her own practice for pleasure and companion horses. Dr. Ball moved to Monmouth County in 1991 and established Cranberry Woods Equine Veterinary Service. In 2000 Dr. Ball entered the Veterinary Pharmaceutical industry and continues to this day. In this role, Dr. Ball has performed studies in horses, cattle, and small ruminants. Dr. Ball has drug product registrations in FDA/CVM, USDA, EPA and EMEA (in the EU). Dr. Ball has joined Colts Neck Equine Associates and looks forward to collaborating with the veterinarians in the practice, working with the performance horses and adding her expertise in ruminant medicine to the practice. In her spare time, Dr. Ball enjoys biking, hiking, kayaking and in the winter months skiing. Dr. Ball is active in the lives of her 8 nephews and nieces and 3 great-nephews and 2 great nieces.