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RAMONA CALDWELL

As a longtime fixture on the horse show scene, Ramona recognized the need for a quality facility that would both rehab and fit horses for competition.  She decided the best person to put something of that nature together would be herself. Her passion for the industry and horses set things in motion to become what we now know as Equine Aqua Spa Center.

 

Ramona knows firsthand what it takes to keep a horse fresh for competition, as well as what they need to bring them back after an injury or illness.  From her real-world experience in both the corporate and equestrian world, Ramona sought out the best equipment for the job and then staffed the state-of- the-art facility with the ideal team of professionals to get the job done.The idea for the human side of things took shape half way through the building process while recognizing the skills of multiple staff members to service both human and animals.

 

This state of the art facility she designed herself not only represents multiple businesses that come together to service the community, but also allows for other professionals in the area to have access to and utilize for their patients as well. 

Generally on hand most days, Ramona can be found working alongside the rest of the team at

the facility.

OWNER

JJ CALDWELL

 JJ is the owner and operator of Elite Enterprises, a partner of the Equine Aqua Spa Center. Elite Enterprises offers both PEMF and Laser services at the Whitesboro location, as well as their primary location in Arkansas and multiple horse shows across the Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas area.

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REBEKAH MARTIN

Rebekah was born in Houston, Texas and grew up in Fort Worth. She made her way to Whitesboro, Texas in 1999.

When Rebekah was nine, her family got back into horses and from then on, she has been a horse lover and owner!

In 2005, Rebekah married and is now a mother to three beautiful children. She is a dedicated show mom to her youngest daughter. Her daughter shows in Western Pleasure, Trail, Showmanship, and is wanting to move more into the Ranch Horse events.

Rebekah started working for Dr. Ray L. Stuckey, DVM at Stuckey Animal Hospital in 2009 and proceeded to work there for 10 years. While working with Dr. Stuckey, Rebekah worked as the vet’s assistant and helped with all aspects of the animal hospital.

“I don’t have any other hobbies; it is all horses all the time!” she admits with a smile.

“While working at the Spa, you never know what is going to walk through the door! It keeps everyone on their toes. I like seeing everyone work together in order to treat our patients the best we can.”

General Manager

JACI MARLEY

Jaci was born and raised in Plainview, Texas and moved to Whitesboro, Texas in July of 2019.

Jaci’s family was never involved with horses but she was very active in livestock starting at a young age. She showed pigs for 8 years, steers for 4 years and goats for 3 years through her local 4-H and FFA. Even though she loved working with livestock, she always longed for a horse. At the age of nine she talked her dad into getting her a pony and from then on, she was hooked. When she was old enough her dad finally got her a show horse. She then started showing Horsemanship, Showmanship, and Western Pleasure. After attending a horse clinic that was reining focused, she was bound and determined to get into reining. After a year of persuasion, with the help of her mom, she got her first reiner.

A brief rundown of accomplishments in the show industry include, 2011 NRHA youth Non-Pro Futurity champion, 2012 NRHA youth Non-Pro Derby champion and reserve champion, 2013 NRHA Derby Non-Pro Level 2 Champion, Level 3 Champion, and Level 4 Reserve Champion. After competing in Reining for 10 years, Jaci decided to switch over to Reined Cowhorse in 2018.

Jaci attended Texas A&M University to further her education and compete on the NCEA Collegiate Equestrian team where she helped the team in winning the 2017 NCEA National Championship. Jaci graduated in 2018 and majored in Agricultural Leadership with a minor in Recreational Parks and Tourism Management.

“Working at the Spa amazes me every day. We have so many treatments available to help horses, as well as, dogs and cattle. It is more than just rehab! It is the overall wellbeing of these animals.

“There is endless ways of getting involved in this industry. I mean, RFDTV was my go-to when I was young and didn’t have horses. But I would say get in contact with your local 4-H and FFA programs and NEVER be scared to ask as many questions as you want!”

Office Manager

ROY FERRO

Roy grew up in Northwest Connecticut, and now lives in Pilot Point, Texas.

He grew up with parents that were involved with breeding and showing in the horse industry.

A brief rundown of accomplishments in the show industry include, 2 AQHA High Point Reining horses, 1 High Point Working Cowhorse, 1 High Point Western Riding Horse, and 2 High Point Halter Horses. Roy owned and operated an equine rehab center in Pilot Point, Texas for 10 years. In 1984-1986 Roy put on the very first judging seminar under the new system. He has many years of experience as an NRHA judge.

Equine rehab and reining horses are his passion and hobby.

His grandfather had a ‘Livery’ Stable (Where people would board and leave their horses in training) His father started out showing gaited horses and then he decided he wanted to be a cowboy in the 50’s and changed his whole herd from gaited horses to Quarter horses to compete in the ranch horse events.

Roy then mentioned something that was the whole reason he is involved with equine therapy today. Roy said, “Once I got hurt and was not able to train and compete anymore, I wanted to give back to these animals that gave me everything, essentially my life!”

“The Nautilus Cold and Hot Saltwater spa is my favorite. Since I had the first Cold Saltwater Spa in the United States, approximately 15 years ago I have had plenty of time to see its benefits and how much it can do for these athletes.”

“There are many schools today that teach young people the equine industry in various disciplines. That is one of the best ways to become knowledgeable in our industry, so they know which route they want to take when getting involved! Or just tell your family or parents you want horses!”

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Technician

MARY ANN COOPER

Mary Ann has been a longtime supporter of the Equine Aqua Spa. As a registered nurse of 30+ years, she recently joined the team as a Technician for the newly added Biofeedback Therapy Center! We are excited to add her experience and dedication to EASC.

BIOFEEDBACK TECHNICIAN

AMY TAYLOR

Amy Taylor is the owner and Naturopathic Doctor/Esthetician of Amy’s Faces. With several locations in Texas, Amy decided to join the EASC team to offer an array of services to our clients. With over 40 yrs of experience, Amy combines anti aging and spa therapies, as well as aromatherapy, lash extensions, multiple options for facials, and most recently, Zyto Compass! Check out her website in the link below to find out more about what she offers and to book an appointment.

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CATHY PACE

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MASSAGE THERAPIST

KATIE KELCH

Katie was born and raised in Urbana, Ohio and received a Bachelors degree in Human Services Communications as well as an Associates degree in Equine Studies from Ohio University Southern. She has been involved with horses from day one, competing in 4-H and IHSA competition. After college, she was honored to work with some of the best trainers in the NRHA industry including Sam Smith and Fred Thomsson.

 

Before joining the team at EAST, she was the ranch manager for a breeding and training operation in Stephenville, Texas for 5 years.  She has a passion for the care and rehabilitation of performance horses as well as the breeding horse industry. Katie has a Border Collie cross named Shelby and enjoys traveling, reading and watching college football. 

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BRIDGET HEILSBERG, DVM

Dr. Bridget Heilsberg was born and raised in rural upstate New York, and was bitten by the horse bug at the early age of 8.  She actively rode and competed in the Hunter/Jumper circuit before moving to Ithaca, New York in 1999 for college.  She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science, with a focus on reproduction and genetics, at Cornell University in January 2003. Shortly after, she enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve and moved to California. In addition to her Reserve training and duties, she worked with horses and cattle throughout the Central Valley, teaching riding lessons and breaking and training horses for all levels and disciplines. In 2006, Bridget was activated with the Navy in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She spent time in both Kuwait and Iraq with a small boat unit, doing shallow water, high value asset, and anti-terrorism force protection.

 

Dr. Bridget moved to Phoenix, Arizona upon returning home, and worked as a veterinary technician at Animal Medical and Surgical Center of Scottsdale as well as teaching at Kaplan College in the Veterinary Technician and Respiratory Technician programs. She moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2009 for veterinary school and is incredibly proud of her time spent as a Colorado State University Ram.

While in veterinary school, Dr. Bridget channeled the leadership skills that she gained in the Navy and was elected as the Student Delegate from CSU to the Student AVMA.  While a delegate, she continued to push for excellence in the organization, and continued her service as the National Student AVMA President from 2102-2013.

 

Dr. Bridget is a 2013 graduate of Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences. After graduation, she completed an internship at JEH Equine Reproduction Services and Hospital, and was welcomed on as an associate once the internship concluded. Dr. Bridget focused on emergency medicine and critical care as well as general practice and reproductive management while at JEH. 

 

In May 2016, Dr. Bridget left JEH Equine to start her own ambulatory practice in the North Texas and Texoma area.  She continues her focus on overall wellness, therapeutic nutrition, and preventive sports medicine.  She is incredibly grateful for the support of the community, and hopes to continue to give back to the local area by hosting client education seminars and continuing her work with NCTC’s Equine Program.

In her limited spare time, Dr. Bridget enjoys riding her Harley-Davidson FatBoy motorcycle, working with the Crown 3 Ranch horses, and volunteering with the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative.  She routinely travels and speaks at regional and national veterinary conventions on leadership, mentorship, and the challenges facing today’s veterinary professionals.  She currently lives in Whitesboro, TX, with her other half, Dr. John Middleton, three cats, and her constant canine companion Lucy.

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Any diagnosing or prescribing of Therapy or Rehabilitation must be by a Veterinarian.  Equine Aqua Spa Center, LLC will advise clients as to the best of their knowledge but will not and can not in any way diagnose injury or illness.  

Equine Aqua Spa Center, LLC requires a Veterinary sign off for any animals coming to the facility for post injury conditioning.  

 

Our on call Veterinarian can see any horses needing approval for treatments.