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.



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 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


Katrina was born and raised in Ocala, Florida. Her family left Florida after 9 years and moved around for a couple of years before she ended up in the great state of Texas in 2012. She moved to Sadler, Texas in 2013.

Katrina got her first pony named Buttermilk in 2013 from a neighbor in Sadler. Her pony was 30 and not in the best shape. With lots of love and TLC she cleaned her up and gave her a great retirement before passing due to old age.

After losing the pony, Katrina decided she was going to pursue the horse industry! She then proceeded to rescue and work with horses. She now has 3 horses at home, two that are retired and are used for trail riding and then her main horse, Dirk The Sailor Aka Spoon, that she uses as a hunter jumper.

When she turned 18, some unexpected events happened, and she worked up a pretty hefty vet bill with Crown3Equine. In order to pay off the bill she started working as a vet’s assistant for Crown3Equine and that is when she was introduced to Equine Aqua Spa!

“There is not much more I do outside of horses!” she says with a laugh!

Katrina plans to further her education at NCTC (North Central Texas College) to study Equine Science.

“The best part of The Equine Aqua Spa is watching the recovery process and seeing the results. Being able to give the owners a well recovered, sound horse that can go back to work is very rewarding.”

“Being in the horse world, I have learned to never stop asking questions! Even if it is something you “should” know, just ask anyway. You will never know everything, and you can’t know too much!”.

Spa Technician


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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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.


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. 

Flatrock Chiropractic Human services are located in town at 501 N. Union St. Whitesboro, TX 76273


Dr. Kelsey accepts large animal haul-in appointments at the Equine Aqua Spa Center, along with a mobile service. 



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.

Melissa Patterson, LMT accepts human patients at her office in town at 501 N. Union St. Whitesboro, TX 76273, along with seeing haul-in appointments at the spa and has a mobile service




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.



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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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.