Dr. Chuck Maker, DVMStaff Doctor
Dr. Maker is passionate about enriching the human-animal bond between horse and rider. Dr. Maker believes in life long learning to better enhance the care of his equine patients. He greatly enjoys mentoring veterinary students and recent graduates and interns for the betterment of our professions. He believes in the importance of keeping horses and our ranching heritage in the lives of local youth.
He and his family enjoy family travel and spending time in the great outdoors with their molly mule “Lilly”, reining mare Flicker and spoiled cat Bunny. Dr. Maker obtained his education at Penn State, the University of Tennessee and at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Minneapolis. Thereafter he practiced in a large equine and cattle practice in north central Minnesota for 3 years before joining Alpine in 1997.
He enjoys both patient-centered equine clinical practice and veterinary practice management. His areas of special clinical interest are sports horse lameness and preventive and emergency intensive care. While trail riding in the backcountry is where he likes to spend his time in the saddle, his wife Cheri spends time reining on the western slope in the NRHA. He and his family love the small town feel and connectedness they feel with a junior and sophomore at RFHS and living in the Carbondale community.
Dr. Jessie Gaik, DVMIntern
Dr. Jessie Gaik comes to Carbondale from the suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up riding hunter/jumpers and competing at horse shows throughout the country at a national level. Following obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Loyola in Chicago, she returned to the show jumping world and opened a hunter/jumper barn outside of Chicago. Jessie was a horse trainer and Grand Prix show jumping rider for many years before returning to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary medicine. Jessie recently graduated this past spring with a DVM and will be with us at Alpine Equine Hospital for one year completing her internship. She is also currently pursuing a master’s degree through the University of Florida in Veterinary Forensics and anti-cruelty, affiliated with the ASPCA. Due to her vast background in the sport horse industry, Jessie has an interest in equine sports medicine as well as small animal general practice. She has also been an active member of World Vets Foundation, providing spay and neuter surgeries, vaccinations and care to the animals of third world countries and communities in need.
Jessie has brought her Labrador “Sam I Am” and her retired Grand Prix horse “Pickle” up to the valley so they too can enjoy the beautiful views and fresh air. She is looking forward to joining the Carbondale community and exploring the beautiful area. You may find her on the polo fields this summer learning a new equine sport and perhaps snowboarding in the winter.