Dr. Omar Maher

Dover, NH/Wellington, FL

BOARD CERTIFIED IN SURGERY, ACVS

BOARD CERTIFIED IN SPORTS MEDICINE & REHABILITATION, ACVSMR

Dr. Maher graduated veterinary school in Morocco in 2002, and shortly after was recruited at the National Veterinary School of Lyon (FRANCE) for a year internship in equine medicine and surgery. He joined the previous Rochester Equine Clinic (NH USA) in 2003 as an intern for a year, then as a hospital clinician for another year. He was then selected to start a very competitive residency in Equine Surgery and Lameness at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis, CA, USA) for 3 more years.

He joined the New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center (NH USA) in 2008 and during his 5-year tenure developed a brilliant international reputation as a surgeon and lameness diagnostician.

He was the staff surgeon for the Pan-American games in Guadalajara Mexico in 2011 and is an FEI veterinarian for several competitions and Nations cup both in Dressage and Jumping.

Dr. Maher speaks regularly at veterinary conferences both nationally and internationally; he often consults on cases from several countries including Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, The Netherlands, France, and Morocco.

He enjoys show jumping and will often be seen in the ring showing his horses. He is always available for consultations by phone and email.


Dr. Heather Beach

Ashford, CT

VETERINARIAN – SPORTS MEDICINE

Dr. Heather Beach grew up on the south shore of Massachusetts riding horses and competing in a variety of disciplines including dressage, eventing and hunter/jumpers. She received her BA from Boston University in 2001. Following her undergraduate studies, Dr. Beach worked as a research assistant in a lab dedicated to stem cell research and regenerative therapies at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. This love of science and research, along with her lifelong love of horses, inspired her to pursue a career in veterinary medicine at Tufts Cumming’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in 2007. Following graduation, Dr. Beach completed a one year internship focusing on lameness and sport horse practice. She then went on to general equine practice in Connecticut for six years prior to joining Dr. Maher at Atlantic Equine Services in 2014. Dr. Beach became a partner in Atlantic Equine Services in 2016.

Dr. Beach enjoys all aspects of lameness diagnosis and treatment, but is especially interested in ultrasound and other diagnostic imaging modalities. She also has a special interest in the biomechanics of the foot, and enjoys collaborating with farriers and other professionals on difficult podiatry cases. Dr. Beach loves working on all types of sport horses, from the english sport horse to the standardbred racehorse. When she’s not working around a horse or riding her own horse, Dr. Beach enjoys hiking, playing guitar, photography, writing, and home improvement projects.

Dr. Beach is based in Northeast Connecticut but is available for appointments throughout New England.


Dr. Kate Britton

Dover, NH and Wellington, FL

VETERINARIAN – SPORTS MEDICINE

Dr. Britton graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and completed her internship at New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center.

She has spent the past 6 years working exclusively in the field of equine sports medicine, working under the legendary Dr. John Steele.

Dr. Britton brings to our team her experience in sports medicine and lameness, medicine, and acupuncture.


Dr. Jacqueline Bartol

Dover, NH

BOARD CERTIFIED IN INTERNAL MEDICINE, ACVIM

Dr. Jacqueline Bartol grew up on Long Island, NY, with a love of animals and a dream to become a veterinarian from a very young age. Horses were her passion and she became a horse owner at age 10. Jackie and Sunny made a great team, competing in equitation, hunter/jumpers, and fox hunting. Jackie’s dream of becoming a veterinarian was realized when she graduated with a DVM from Cornell University in 1996. An internship in equine medicine and surgery at Rochester Equine Clinic brought her to New Hampshire, which fostered her desire to ultimately live and practice in New England. After completing a residency at Cornell and receiving board certification in Large Animal Internal Medicine in 2000, Dr. Bartol returned to NH and Rochester Equine Clinic, where she spent 5 years as REC’s internal medicine specialist. In 2005, she left REC to help found and develop New England Equine Medical & Surgical Center in Dover, NH. There, she spent 10 years diagnosing and treating equine patients for conditions including colic, gastric ulcers, respiratory disease, dermatology problems and neurologic disorders. When not practicing veterinary medicine, she practices yoga and enjoys hiking, biking, and walking her dogs in the great outdoors of New England. Dr. Bartol now gratefully joins her colleagues at Atlantic Equine Services to take her expertise in internal medicine on the road in NH, ME, MA, CT and NY.


Christine Machin


VETERINARIAN – SPORTS MEDICINE FELLOW

Christine was born in Canada and moved to Michigan where she began riding at the age of just three years old. Throughout her life she has competed in three day eventing. She completed her undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and then attended Ross University for her veterinary degree. Christine completed her clinical year at Kansas State University. Following graduation, Christine completed a one year internship in Kentucky where she gained extensive training in all aspects of practice including ambulatory and hospitalized cases in a variety of fields including, lameness diagnosis and treatment, internal medicine, reproduction and neonatology. Christine joins us at Atlantic Equine Services as our 2016-2017 sports medicine fellow.


Kimberly Bodytko


Veterinary Technician / Physical Therapist
Kim has been a passionate member of our team since 2016. She travels with the practices to Wellington, FL in the winter and to multiple shows throughout the season. Kim has been a large animal veterinary technician for 8 years and has now stepped into the field of practice management. 
She loves every aspect of her job and can be found taking on multiple projects at a time. She is certified in Equine Sports Massage, RockTape application, and is currently finishing her degree at Albertus Magnus College. Kim has been riding since she was 13 and has a strong quarter horse background. These days she can be found doting over Dr. Maher’s horses and riding when she has the opportunity. She lives with her two road side rescue dogs Hope and Faith, and can be found most nights 
frolicking with them through the fields at the farm.


Andi Puls

Veterinary Technician / Physical Therapist

Andi Puls joined the AES Team in October 2017 and has been in the veterinary industry for 8 years. Andi has passion for the arts, with a BA in English Literature. She also has extensive Equine science experience through courses at the University of New Hampshire. Andi has been riding since she was 6 years old and has owned horses her entire life. Her current horse, Virgal, is a purebred Arabian mare that she foxhunts with the Wentworth Hunt. Andi lives on her own farm in Barrington with her husband and 3 legged dog, Gus.


Jackie Gilbert

Office Manager

Jackie is our Office Manager at AES. Jackie has a BS in Animal Science with a concentration in Equine, as well as a Masters Degree in Teaching from UNH. Jackie has been riding since she was 10, and has trained/owned many of her own horses over the last 20+ years. Jackie primarily competes in Eventing, and prides herself in bringing along young horses. Jackie currently has three of her own horses at her farm in Barrington and her 9 year old Pomeranian, Dori.


Brooke Pearson

Brooke is new to the AES Team and has been filling in as a technician and Physical Therapist where needed. She grew up in Southern New Hampshire and quickly became passionate about riding horses at a very young age. She primarily competed in the quarter horse circuit with her horse Lincoln, who she has had for over ten years. Brooke has worked in horse barns throughout her high school and undergraduate years. When her horse had several previous lameness misdiagnosis, the team at AES helped him tremendously to regain his performance. Through her experience with Lincoln and the Atlantic Equine team, Brooke decided to merge her passion for horses and medicine into her future career. She quickly changed her academic status from pre-med to pre-vet. Brooke recently graduated from Saint Anselm College in the spring of 2018 with a Natural Science degree and is applying to veterinary school for Fall 2019 matriculation. Brooke is incredibly grateful to be part of the Atlantic Equine team, to work with and help horses, while gaining experience in sports medicine as a specialty that she is very interested in.