Our dedicated team of veterinarians, technicians, rehabilitation specialists and support staff offers extensive experience and expertise. They provide dedicated care and deliver the latest in advanced veterinary medicine to help return your horse to health and soundness.
Doug Herthel, DVM
Born in Fort Lee, Virginia, Dr. Herthel completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California at Davis, where he met his wife, Sue. He remained at UC Davis to complete his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Returning from a trip to Los Angeles, they stumbled upon the then largely undiscovered Santa Ynez Valley and were stunned by its beauty and tranquility. They settled in Los Olivos where they founded the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in 1972. Dr. Herthel has since been at the forefront of veterinary medicine, contributing significant advancements to colic surgery techniques, regenerative medicine and equine nutrition. Dr. and Mrs. Herthel have two sons, Mark, who runs Platinum Performance®, and Troy, who is a boarded equine surgeon at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center.
Carter Judy, DVM, Dip. ACVS
Originally from Pasadena, California, Dr. Judy attended the University of California at San Diego for his undergraduate work in Animal Physiology and Neurosciences. He then attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. After achieving his veterinary degree, he completed an internship in large animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University and a residency in equine surgery and performance evaluation at UC Davis. Having successfully completed the strenuous board accreditation process, Dr. Judy is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Dr. Judy is an internationally celebrated equine surgeon and valued member of the veterinary team at Alamo Pintado. He resides in the town of Ballard with his family.
Erin Byrne, DVM, Dip. ACVIM
From her hometown of Sunol, CA, Dr. Byrne moved to Davis to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of California, where she continued on to achieve her DVM degree four years later. Following her veterinary education, she moved to College Station, Texas, to participate in the internship program at Texas A&M University, where she remained as a resident in large animal internal medicine. After successfully completing the strenuous board accreditation process, Dr. Byrne became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and brings her expertise in internal medicine to the patients of Alamo Pintado Equine.
Mark Rick, DVM
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Dr. Rick obtained his undergraduate degree at Montana State University, continuing on to Washington State University for his veterinary education. Following his doctorate degree, he completed the Surgical Intern/Residency Program at the University of California at Davis where he met his wife, Kathy. Together they moved to the Santa Ynez Valley and have been an integral part of Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center from its earliest years. Dr. Rick and Kathy live in the small town of Ballard where they have raised two sons, Jonathan and Carson.
Ed Hamer, DVM
Born in Yerington, Nevada, Dr. Hamer attended the University of Nevada at Reno, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He completed his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, coming to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center as an intern the following year. Dr. Hamer has remained as a staff veterinarian since then, settling in the town of Los Olivos with his wife Tina, daughters Hayley and Kassidy and son Hayden. Along with treating patients on clinic grounds, Dr. Hamer provides excellent ambulatory veterinary care to the farms and ranches throughout the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as expertise in reproduction and fertility.
Troy Herthel, DVM, Dip. ACVS-LA
Born and raised in Los Olivos, California, Troy obtained his undergraduate degree in Animal Science and Agricultural Business from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He then earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Oklahoma State College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Herthel completed a year-long internship at Weatherford Equine Medical Center in Weatherford, Texas, focusing primarily on lameness, surgery and reproduction in western performance horses. Dr. Herthel returned to Alamo Pintado, where he completed a surgical residency program and became certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is the youngest son of Alamo Pintado founders, Dr. Doug and Mrs. Sue Herthel. Dr. Troy Herthel lives in Los Olivos with his wife, Jacie, and daughter, Crosby.
Greg Parks, DVM
Born in Washington, DC, Dr. Parks moved to California to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, he went on to The Ohio State University for his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Parks participated in the internship program at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in 1988 and has stayed as a staff veterinarian ever since. Dr. Parks has significant expertise in equine reproduction and fertility, and spends significant time in the field, providing veterinary services to clients in the Santa Ynez Valley and throughout California's Central Coast. He now lives in the town of Los Olivos with his wife and two children.
Lisa Teske, DVM
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, Dr. Teske moved to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University as an undergraduate student in agricultural business. After completing her degree, she remained at CSU to participate in the veterinary program. Accomplishing her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Teske then moved to Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center where she took part in the internship program. Today, Dr. Teske remains a permanent staff veterinarian, providing ambulatory field services, as well as an expertise in equine acupuncture. Dr. Teske is an accomplished dressage rider.
Tyler Newton, DVM
Though born in Portland, Oregon, Dr. Newton spent the majority of his life in southern California. He attended the University of California at Santa Barbara where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology. Before Dr. Newton went on to veterinary school, he attended Cowtown Horseshoeing School in Miles City, Montana. He completed an internship and worked as a farrier for five years. Dr. Newton has trained and shown in the jumper circuit, also starting several young horses. He earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis. Dr. Newton now lives in the Santa Ynez Valley with his wife and three daughters, and enjoys photography, hiking and riding.
Hayley Rasmussen-Ball, DVM
Hayley grew up in Reno, Nevada. She earned her Bachelors of Science at the University of Nevada, Reno and then her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Washington State University. She is currently working on a year-long Fellowship at Alamo Pintado after having spent 2016-2017 as an Intern at the clinic. Hayley is now working under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Byrne in the Internal Medicine Division of Alamo Pintado. In her spare time Hayley enjoys riding her horse, "Moose", spending time with her cat, as well as trail running and road biking.