Dr. TED P. VLAHOS
D.V.M., M.S., A.B.V.P.
Dr. Claire Summers
DIPLOMATE, AMERICAN BOARD OF VETERINARY PRACTITIONERS
BOARD CERTIFIED SPECIALIST IN EQUINE PRACTICE
Welcome to Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital 2016! We are excited to announce several new updates this year!
First, Dr. Vlahos has assumed his new position as Chief Medical Officer of Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital. As founder of the practice, Dr. Vlahos will be responsible for overseeing all stallion services, major medical care, and surgical procedures performed at all of our RMEH locations.
In addition, congratulations to Dr. Claire Summers, who recently became our new company president! We are very pleased to have her experience, vision and commitment to excellence, as well as her outstanding medical and surgical skills; all prerequisites required to take over the day-to-day operations at Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital.
Finally, RMEH is pleased to announce the upcoming opening of our new state-of-the-art surgical facility in Cody, Wyoming. Located at 356 West Yellowstone Avenue directly across from Cody Stampede Park, the 6000-square foot facility offers the same advanced diagnostic and surgical services that we have offered since 1999 in our Sheridan facility. The growth of our practice over the past decade has allowed this vision to be completed and both facilities will serve clients and veterinarians throughout the Rocky Mountain region. Stay tuned for more information about our grand opening event, coming soon…
MEET OUR TEAM
Dr. Ted Vlahos
Dr. Vlahos grew up in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Master of Science in Animal Science (Equine Nutrition), and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (1988) from the Ohio State University. Following an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Vlahos started an equine practice in Southern Pines, N.C. He then built an equine hospital and a surgery facility in Central Virginia, where he practiced for 9 years. In 1997, he moved to Sheridan, Wyoming where the present day hospital is located. Dr. Vlahos was certified as an equine specialist by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1997. He has received advanced training in equine fracture repair and arthroscopic surgery. Dr. Vlahos has published numerous articles and has lectured across the country on equine amputation and prosthetics. He has made numerous appearances on national television featuring his work. He has performed surgery across the globe, and has earned respect among his peers as a passionate advocate for advancing treatment options for the most severely injured equine patients.
Dr. Vlahos is deeply devoted to his wife, Cathy, and their five beautiful children Andrew, Colton, Walker, Jenna and Lexie. He enjoys trail riding, big game hunting, fly fishing, and as a life-long guitar player, playing worship music with his church.
Dr. Claire Summers
Welcome Dr. Claire Summers!
Dr. Claire Summers is a graduate of the College of Veterinary Science, Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia, where she served as the Western Australian Student Representative for Equine Veterinarians of Australia. During her time in this role, she was also active in pursuing research involving equine assisted reproductive technology, and was honored to receive several awards including the Murdoch University Summer Research Scholarship, the Bain Fallon Young Member Scholarship, and the EVA Young Members Group Scientific Poster Award, for the poster she presented at the EVA Bain Fallon Memorial Conference.
Originally from West Virginia, Claire completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia University, where she was captain of the equine judging team. Following graduation, she worked as a vet tech at several small animal and equine clinics, including Virginia Tech’s Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center, before moving to Australia.
Dr. Summers has a special interest in surgery and podiatry. She also loves to travel and enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, snorkeling, and fishing. She is excited to now call beautiful Wyoming her home.
Cathy is the Office Manager of Rocky Mountain Equine Hospital, P.C. Cathy brings extensive labor relations knowledge to the office following a 12-year management career with the USPS. With a medical background, she assists with surgery, anesthesia and office procedures.
In addition, Cathy has been a licensed insurance agent since 2005. She owned an insurance agency in California for 5 years and currently runs her own Wyoming insurance agency, Trusted Partners Insurance, to assist clients in insuring their horses.
Cathy is also a Christian author and has two Christian children’s books published by Tate Publishing. The book titles are “A Snowman’s Gift” and “Adopted – One and All”.
Cathy enjoys being the wife of the love of her life and being a mother of five wonderful children. For fun, Cathy enjoys day rides on her horse with a stop in the meadows for fly fishing. She loves to dance and write.
We are happy to have Shanna join us as the veterinary assistant and operating room technician at our Sheridan location, where she is responsible for maintaining the cleanliness and sterility of the surgical suite and instruments. She also plays an integral role in patient care, and assists with minor procedures as well as major surgeries. Shanna grew up in Casper, Wyoming, and is a graduate of the University of Wyoming, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and Management. She enjoys riding her horses, working on the family ranch, and cross country skiing. While she has many years of experience working with horses, she is eager to further her knowledge here at RMEH.
One of the most important positions in any equine hospital is that of caretaker. Kristin fills that vital daily role superbly as our primary caretaker and barn staff supervisor. Kristin grew up in Goshen, Kentucky, where she worked with her father, Dr. Roger Magnusson, an equine practitioner. Kristin worked at Three Chimney’s Farm as the filly barn foreman in their yearling division. Kristin has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration through the Equine Industry Program at the University of Louisville, and a Bachelor’s in Multimedia Studies from the University of Colorado, Denver. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys landscape painting, and working as a video producer and website designer.