Equine Advisory Board
Kent Allen, DVM
Dr. Allen opened Virginia Equine Imaging in 1996 as the first privately owned and operated equine diagnostic imaging specialty clinic in the world. His vision was to establish a practice that provides advanced diagnostic and sports medicine catered to the equine athlete in a way that had never been done before.
Dr. Allen received his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1979 and, prior to moving to Virginia, owned a practice in Arizona (Arizona Equine Medical and Surgical Center). During his transition from Arizona to Virginia, Dr. Allen served as the head veterinary services coordinator at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, and was named Arizona Equine Practitioner of the Year.
Dr. Allen has served as Chairman of the USEF Veterinary Committee, the USEF Drug and Medications Committee, and the Medication Sub-Committee for the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). He also served as the FEI Foreign Veterinary Delegate for the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, the 2000 Olympic Games at Sydney, the 2010 World Equestrian Games Official Veterinary Coordinator, and the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Dr. Allen is currently certified by the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) and serves as its Vice President and Executive Director. He also serves as the volunteer Chairman of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Veterinary, Drug, and Medications Committees and on the FEI Veterinary and List Committees.
Rob Boswell, DVM
Dr. Rob Boswell is a 1985 graduate of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. His practice, based in Wellington, Florida, home to the Winter Equestrian Festival, is devoted exclusively to sport horse medicine and surgery, lameness, and advanced diagnostic imaging. With over 35 years in practice, he has extensive knowledge of ultrasound, digital radiology, nuclear scintigraphy, and MRI, and a keen interest in laminitis and regenerative therapies such as stem cells, PRP, and IRAP.
Dr. Boswell is the founder and First President of the Florida Association of Equine Practitioners. He is also a founding member of the International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, an organization dedicated to scientific research and development of a cure for equine laminitis.
Dr. Boswell’s expertise has taken him to international competitions including the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, the 1994 World Equestrian Games in Den Hague, the Netherlands, and he accompanied the USEF’s 2009 Developing Rider team to the CSI** in Linz, Austria.
In January 2018, Dr. Boswell was inducted into the International Equine Veterinarian Hall of Fame. This award honors veterinarians who have contributed to the knowledge and recognition of proper hoof care for horses.
Dr. Boswell is licensed to practice in Florida and Montana and provides veterinary services to both seasonal equestrians and those based in Florida year-round.
David Frisbie, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
Dr. Frisbie is a Professor of Equine Surgery at the Colorado State University Orthopedic Research Center and has a referral practice that specializes in orthopedics and sports medicine. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS) and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR). Dr. Frisbie specializes in equine orthopedic research, intra-articular therapeutics, new methods of cartilage repair, equine lameness, orthopedic surgery, biologics for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries (emphasis on stem cells), and gene therapy. Dr. Frisbie is currently (2020) the President of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP).
Dr. Frisbie earned an undergraduate biochemistry degree at the University of Wisconsin as well as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He completed a Surgical Internship at Cornell University, and completed a Surgical Residency in Large Animal Surgery and a Masters Degree in Joint Pathobiology and a PhD in Molecular Biology at Colorado State University, where he began his work on a novel way to treat joint disease using gene therapy. He also has faculty appointments in Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering as well as in Bioengineering.
Susan Johns, DVM
Dr. Susan Johns joined Virginia Equine Imaging as an intern in the
spring of 2002, following graduation from Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her internship in sports medicine and diagnostic imaging with VEI and continued on as a Senior Associate Veterinarian.
Dr. Johns works extensively with National and International competition horses. Since 2015, she has served as the Land Rover US Event Team Head Veterinarian. She travels the globe with the US high performance event horses and oversees their care at the Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, FEI Eventing Nations Cup and Olympic Games.
Sherry A. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACVSMR
Dr. Sherry Johnson attended veterinary school at Iowa State University, completed an equine internship at Equine Medical Center of Ocala and then completed a one-year equine diagnostic imaging fellowship at Colorado State University where she gained advanced, specialized training in equine imaging (radiography, ultrasonography and MRI). She then transitioned into the collaborative Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation residency program through Colorado State University and Equine Sports Medicine, LLC.
Following her residency training, Dr. Johnson became a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (DACVSMR) in 2019. She then transitioned into a PhD program at Colorado State University with specific research focus on novel rehabilitation modalities related to tendon healing. Starting with naturally occurring disease in the horse and moving forward with translational murine models with applicability to both the horse and human, she seeks to improve rehabilitation strategies in all species. Her ultimate professional goal is to identify, validate and implement clinical usage of novel rehabilitation strategies for horses of all ages and various morbidities.
Dr. Johnson is the recipient of the American Quarter Horse Foundation Young Investigator Award (2018), named the EQUUS Foundation Research Fellow (2019), and was most recently granted the Storm Cat Career Development Award (2020) and Iowa State University’s 2020 Young Alumni Award. Additionally, she is a co-founder of Equine CORE, Inc. (eCORE, specialist equine telerehabilitation) and a partner & managing rehabilitation veterinarian of Equine Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, LLC (ESMR). In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband Tyler and their two dogs.
Scott McClure, DVM, PhD, DACVS, DACVSMR
After a long tenure in Veterinary Teaching Hospitals, Dr. McClure returned to private practice in 2016 and established Midwest Equine, a surgery and sports medicine facility in Central Iowa. Prior to that, Dr. McClure was on the faculty at Iowa State University from 2000 to 2016, specializing in equine lameness and surgery, and had previously been on the faculty at Purdue University and in private practice in Oklahoma.
Dr. McClure received his veterinary degree from Iowa State University in 1990. He then completed an internship and surgery residency at Texas A&M. Dr. McClure became certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1995 and received his PhD from Texas A&M in 1996. Dr. McClure became an American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation diplomate in 2015. He has published extensively on the use of shock wave therapy to treat various equine indications and has presented scientific and continuing education seminars nationally and internationally.
C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc (DVM), PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DACVS
An internationally-recognized leader in the field of equine orthopedic research and surgery, Dr. McIlwraith is a University Distinguished Professor, the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Orthopaedics, the Founding Director of the Colorado State University Orthopaedic Research Center, and a member of the Executive Advisory Board Member of Colorado State University’s Translational Medicine Institute, where he has been further honored by being the namesake of that Institute’s facility.
Dr. McIlwraith is a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), as well as the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). He is a Past-President of the ACVS, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), and the Veterinary Orthopedic Society (VOS).
Dr. Wayne McIlwraith’s research interests include equine orthopaedic surgery, joint disease research, as well as osteoarthritis therapy (including gene therapy and stem cell therapies), articular cartilage repair, early diagnosis in osteoarthritis, and pre-fracture disease using imaging and fluid biomarkers.
Dr. McIlwraith obtained his veterinary degree from Massey University, New Zealand, was in practice in New Zealand and the UK followed by an internship at the University of Guelph, Canada and a surgical residency at Purdue University. He also obtained MS and PhD degrees from Purdue University. Since 1979 he has been a faculty member at Colorado State University. He also has a referral equine orthopaedic surgical practice based in Southern California and is a consultant and surgeon for clients elsewhere in the US and Ireland, England, France and New Zealand.
Tim Ober, DVM
Dr. Ober graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Following four years practicing at New Jersey Equine Clinic, followed by seven years working with Dr. Dan Flynn in Charlottesville, Virginia, he joined Steele and Associates in 2001 and currently practices in Gordonsville, Virginia and Wellington, Florida. Dr. Ober has served as the US Equestrian Showjumping team veterinarian since 2000. During this time he has had the opportunity to support many US teams and experience multiple Olympic and World Championship medal wins.
Dr. Ober initially travelled to Europe with the US Equestrian Team Developing Riders Tour. Since then, he’s accompanied horses to competitions around the world, traveling to Greece, Argentina, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Hungary, Brazil and the Netherlands, among other places, to keep U.S. horses at the top of their game during team competition.
James A. Orsini, DVM, DACVS
James A. Orsini is an Associate Professor of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Orsini received his DVM from Cornell University in 1977 and completed his internship and surgery residency training at Penn’s New Bolton Center campus and a two-year fellowship/lectureship before becoming a member of the standing faculty. He is board certified in surgery by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons with a special interest and expertise in orthopedics, clinical pharmacology, reconstructive surgery and laminitis. Dr. Orsini has published extensively on multiple equine subjects including pediatric surgery, antimicrobials, laminitis, gastric ulcers, pain and anti-inflammatory medications and related fields, with more than 400 original research, book chapters, abstracts and proceedings publications. He is co-editor of Equine Emergencies: Treatment and Procedures, with Dr. Thomas Divers, in its fourth edition and published in seven languages, and currently co-editor on a book soon to be published entitled: Comparative Veterinary Anatomy: A Clinical Approach, with Drs. Nora Grenager and Alexander de Lahunta. Dr. Orsini’s current research interests are in pain management, understanding the pathophysiology of laminitis – prevention and treatments, pharmacokinetics and sports medicine related problems.