About Dr. Holly Schmitt
Dr. Holly Schmitt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and decided at approximately age 5 that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Holly attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio and received a BS in biology while running varsity track and cross country. After graduating from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005, she completed an ambulatory internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky and was asked to stay at Hagyard to work in the Sport Horse department. In her first year as an associate, she attended the Chi Institute and became certified in veterinary acupuncture. While with Hagyard, Holly worked in Thermal, California, Traverse City, Michigan, and Lexington, Kentucky as the official horse show veterinarian for five years. She enjoyed the challenge of diagnosing lameness, and utilized acupuncture along with cutting edge therapies to help keep her high performance athletes in the ring. In December 2010, Holly began working for Farmvet.com, a company that sells veterinary pharmaceuticals and equine supplies, where she aided in prescription procurement, advised clients on utilization of therapy equipment and appropriate supplement administration, and continued her work as an acupuncturist. Holly decided to begin practicing on her own in the spring of 2012, focusing on acupuncture in performance horses. In 2014, she reunited with Dr. Heather Woodruff, one of her colleagues from Hagyard, and together they formed Foxwood Equine Sports Medicine. Their practice is based in Lexington, KY, with travel to Wellington and Ocala in the winter, and Tryon and Michigan in the summer.
Outside of work, Holly enjoys volunteering her time on the Advisory Council of PATH (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) International, and on the Board of Trustees for the Lexington Humane Society, competing her horse in the jumpers, doing yoga, and spending time with her family.
About Dr. Heather Woodruff
Dr. Heather Woodruff grew up in a small town in Central Vermont. She graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2002 with a B.S. of Zoology. She then moved to south Florida where she worked at an equine hospital in Wellington for 3 seasons as a technician. She was accepted to the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2009 with her DVM. After graduation she completed a 15-month Sport Horse internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. The internship focused on lameness diagnosis and treatment. She was then hired as an Associate in the Sport Horse Department. She completed her certification of Equine Acupuncture in 2011. She left Hagyard in 2013 and was very excited to be reunited with Dr. Schmitt when they created Foxwood Equine in 2014. She loves the challenge of lameness work and enjoys helping horses and clients their athletic goals.
Some career highlights have included working at the 2010 WEG in Lexington, Kentucky, and volunteering at Rolex, now Land Rover, each year. She enjoys traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends. She spends free time riding, gardening and playing with her spoiled golden retriever, Skye.
About Christine Parr, Practice Manager
Christine Parr grew up in Walkerton, IN and at an early age that she wanted to be in the horse industry. Christine attended Midway College and received a degree in Computer Information System.
While attending Midway College, she worked for AQHA Professional Horseman and Judge Bennie Sargent as well as for Narvick International Bloodstock at the Keeneland Sales. In January of 2002, she married the love of her life Chuck Parr and started working for WinStar Farm in A/R, Equine Records and Booking Stallions. In 2007, she wanted a change of pace and started working at Hagyard Pharmacy/Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. This is where she, Dr. Schmitt and Dr. Woodruff all met! In December of 2012 is when she started working for Holly Schmitt, DVM, PLLC, January 2014 Heather Woodruff, DVM, PLLC which all became Foxwood Equine Sports Medicine in April of 2014. The rest is now history!
Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, doing yoga and showing on the AQHA/APHA circuits.
About Mandi Clark, Administrative Assistant
Mandi Clark grew up in New Hampshire. She graduated from Suffolk University in 2007 with a B.S. in Communications. After graduation, she stayed in Boston working in finance and eventually development for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It wasn’t until a trip to the bluegrass in 2015 for Dr. Heather’s wedding that Mandi realized what she was missing from her life - horses! She moved down to Lexington the following year, got a retired racehorse of her own and eventually joined the Foxwood team.
Outside of work, Mandi and her husband Jeremy are working on visiting all the National Parks in the U.S., even taking a 4 month honeymoon road trip to knock a bunch off the list! When she isn’t dressing her TB up in ridiculous holiday costumes, she enjoys hiking, riding, watching Patriots football and spending all the time outdoors that she can.
About Megan Bertels, Tech
Megan from Lake Orion, MI and knew she wanted to get into equine rehab. In 2017, she became certified in equine sports message therapy. She graduated from Michigan State in December of 2018 with a Bachelors in Animal Science. While at MSU, she worked in the Equine Neuromuscular Diagnostic Lab at the vet school. After graduation she started working for a jumper farm based in Ocala and North Carolina but knew she wanted to get back into equine sports medicine. Megan joined Foxwood in July.