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.

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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

KELSEY HOWARD DC, CAc

Dr. Kelsey Howard is a Human and Equine Chiropractor, as well as acupuncturist servicing the North Texas and Southeast Oklahoma areas. She completed her first Bachelor's Degree of Science in Health Sciences in May 2010. She was on the fast track for vet school when a personal experience turned her towards Chiropractic and Holistic Healing. She then applied to Parker University and after 9 years of school obtained two more BA Degrees in Anatomy and Health and Wellness, along with her Doctorate of Chiropractic. In 2016-2017 Dr. Kelsey also completed her training as a Certified Acupuncturist recognizing the need for it in the area. She is now one of the few practicing Acupuncture in the Texoma Area. She currently practices utilizing alternative methods of healing and rehabilitation in Whitesboro, TX for humans and animals making her the perfect fit for the only Human and Horse spa in the world!

 

Dr. Kelsey's equine and animal experience includes five years under Dr. Anna Katherine Hayes at multiple racehorse training facilities and tracks and three years under Bryan County Animal Hospital with multiple veterinarians. She also graduated top of her American Veterinary Chiropractic Association courses class and completed the program while finishing her Doctorates of Chiropractic in the fall of 2013. She spent 2 years in a human high volume family practice, while maintaining her mobile animal practice in the evenings and on the weekends. Dr. Kelsey has since maintained a successful wellness practice for humans and animals from 2015 that includes alternative, non-invasive treatments and rehabilitation. She continues to work with numerous veterinarians and medical doctors to enhance treatment protocols and to integrate holistic techniques. 

 

Dr. Kelsey wants to help you achieve your wellness goals by using basic principles of chiropractic philosophy and eastern medicine. Her treatments include therapy and manipulation of the human and animal body to establish a functional connection of the brain to the body and activating your natural ability to heal. She also wants to use the treatment process to educate her patients and clients on the opportunities that alternative medicine has to offer in creating a pain free and healthy lifestyle.

Flatrock Chiropractic offers, Chiropractic (Human & Animal), Acupuncture, Cupping, Electro-Acupuncture, Rehabilitation, Trigger Point Techniques (Human & Animal), Massage Therapy & Body work (Human & Animal), and Kinesio-taping. See our services page for pricing. Multiple service discounts available! Flatrock Chiropractic is a cash practice, however we do offer superbills for client reimbursement from their primary insurance. 

RESIDENT CHIROPRACTOR & ACUPUNCTURIST

CHRISTINE SMOTHERMON

Christine Smothermon has an avid love for both horses and people. Christine holds a Bachelor of Science in Equine Studies from Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana. She possesses a well-rounded education from Rocky focusing on Equitation and Training, Preventive Medicine, Reproduction and Equine Business

Management. During her education at Rocky, Christine also participated on the Equine Judging Team and IHSA show team, winning in team events and individually at their Regional's in Sacramento, California.

 

Christine grew up in northern California but has planted her roots in Texas. After riding Reining horses post college graduation in 2007, Christine married and now has two wonderful boys! She enjoys showing her halter horses, riding horses and dirt bikes when she can find time, playing co-ed sports, coaching and cheering her oldest at his sporting events and caring for her family’s menagerie of animals.​ Her past work experience has given her the opportunities to have worked in the equine/equestrian field’s of riding pleasure, cutting and reining horses, preventive care, sales, fitting/show preparation and administration at an equine breeding and reproduction clinic.

GENERAL MANAGER

MELISSA PATTERSON, LMT

Melissa was born and raised on a small farm in North Alabama.  Her passion for horses began at an early age- she is a twin and while her mother was pregnant, she fell off and “split-the-egg”, and has been riding ever since.  She began competing in local shows, NBHA, 4-H, and rodeos.  To help fund her habit, she began working when she was 15 years old at a vet clinic, and continued through high school, until she left for college in 2006.  She attended the University of West Alabama where she was a collegiate athlete for the rodeo team.  She continued working at vet clinics and a local feed store, and realized the business degree wasn’t for her. 

 

In 2011, she packed up, moved to North Texas, and attended North Central Texas College’s equine program.  She graduated with honors from NCTC with her Associates in Equine Science, Associates in Farm & Ranch Management, and completed her Agricultural Management, Horse Training and Behavior, and Equine Breeding Certificates. She then went on to the Institute of Bodywork Studies for massage therapy and became a licensed massage therapist in 2014, and has taken continuing education in equine bodywork and acupressure, equine bio-mechanics, and equine myofascial release. 

 

During her time in school, she stayed working in the veterinary and chiropractic fields as well as working for individuals starting colts and attending to cattle. Melissa began her journey at EAST in November 2015 as the massage therapist and then as a spa tech in February 2016. Today, Melissa is the floor supervisor at EAST and continues to see human, equine, bovine and canine patients for massage and or bodywork.

FLOOR SUPERVISOR & LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPIST

CORY JONES

Cory was born in Nevada and shortly after her family moved to Washington State. Cory has always had a passion for horses and grew up trail riding. At age 19 she moved to Colorado to work for horse trainer, Shane Kelley. Shortly after she packed up and moved to Texas. Here Cory worked for Jeff Petska where she

assisted in starting colts and helped putting horses on the Aqua-tred and in the Cold tank. She started her venture with Equine Aqua Spa Center in May of 2016 and absolutely loves it! Cory says “I have learned so much about maintaining and rehabbing our Equine friends here. We all love and care about the horses!” In

her spare time Cory helps an Equine Dentist, rides her own horses and raises two beautiful girls with her husband.

SPA TECHNICIAN

ANNA FINKINBINDER

Anna began practicing yoga in 2000 and instantly knew this was what she was seeking. It was amazing how headaches were gone and stress was dealt with in a completely different manner, and with each class she grew deeper from within and found PEACE. After many hours of practice, she decided she wanted to become an Instructor. In 2003 she did just that. She wanted to help others also experience all these wonderful things yoga has to offer. "Yoga is for ALL who seek it," Anna says. Teaching Yoga is her passion! Anna is an Experienced Registered Yoga Instructor (E-RYT) as well as a Reiki Master.

She received her first certification in Vinyasa Yoga from YogaFIT in Minneapolis, MN and

continued her training at Green Lotus Yoga and Healing Center of Lakeville MN where

she became RYT-200 hour Yoga Alliance certified. She continued her education and is

now E-RYT. Anna holds certifications in YIN yoga, Yoga for Senior’s, Chakra Healing,

Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Partner Yoga.

 

She also has certifications in TRX Suspension Training, Flirty Girl Fitness, T’ai Chi & Qi Gong. She is Owner, Director and lead trainer in the Teacher Training Program of Euphoric Yoga. She has studied with Ana Forrest, Lawerence Biscontini and many more. She started the Corporate Wellness classes at The Toro Company and they are still going strong today. She has her Mechanical Drafting and Design degree in Engineering, A.A.S. Degree in Applied Science and Supervisory and Management. She also is an

active REALTOR with GRI, ABR & SRES designations. Living in North Texas on a Horse Ranch with her husband, Tim who is a Horse Trainer and AQHA Judge.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR

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. 

SPA TECHNICIAN

AMANDA KATZMAN

COMING SOON!

SPA TECHNICIAN

JESSICA MITCHELL

Jessica Mitchell is the owner and hairstylist of Twisted Roots Salon.  She has been in the industry since 2012, gaining friends, colleagues and new experiences each day.  She loves what she does because she is able to help each person in her chair to feel more confident about themselves.  Every person has a their own story and a different look that she says she is lucky to be able to help them achieve. 

 

She enjoys continuing education and learning the latest trends and styles to bring back to her clients.  Jessica is certified in Mermaid Hair extensions, Brazilian Blowouts and has her own line of extensions called Twisted Roots extensions.  She also specializes in cuts, colors and styling!  Come to Twisted Roots Salon so Jessica can help you to be your own kind of beautiful.

Twisted Roots Salon - Owner/Operator

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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