Dr.Chuck MakerDVMStaff Doctor/owner
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. To that end he has enjoyed mentoring and assisting with the professional development of equine interns and externs since 2009. He believes in the importance of keeping horses and our ranching heritage in the lives of local youth.
Dr.Tim RogersDVMAssociate veterinarian/Doctor of chiropractic
Dr Tim graduated CSU veterinary college in 2012 with one goal in mind. That goal was to treat the whole horse. What that means to me is that every isolated pathology has a bigger picture than the broken part the veterinarian is trying to heal. I believe we have to be willing to step back and consider the whole horse. Tendon and ligament injuries don't occur in isolation. We have to consider the horse's feet, his movement quality, the health of his back and neck and pelvis, and even nutrition. Before veterinary college I trained as a Rolfer and a Pilates instructor. I've tried to bring that same mindset to treating horses. As a result, I've continued my education by completing the animal chiropractic program at Parker Chiropractic College in 2013, multiple courses in equine osteopathy at the Vluggen Institute, and I have studied extensively with the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology and Mission Farrier school and Dr Rick Redden's podiatry course in Kentucky. In the center of all of this, I am passionate about hooves. They teach us in veterinary school that 90% of lameness starts in the feet. After veterinary college, the first thing I did was attend Mission Farrier school, a special place that focuses the learning around foot function and balance rather than shoemaking and craftsmanship. Every day in school we had to watch each horse go at a walk or trot and evaluate the whole horse, not simply what size shoe the horse might need. Likewise, no horse went home at the end of the day without a second look to make sure he was moving better. If not, then the podiatry plan had to be reevaluated. It's the inspiration from that experience that keeps me searching for more knowledge, to be able to consider more and more of the horse in each evaluation. Sure it's very important to diagnose the current injuries and treat them successfully, but to me the greatest challenge is looking from a whole horse perspective and trying to figure out how the horse got injured in the first place, and how we can best prevent further problems. I hope this approach one day will be the standard by which equine veterinarians practice.