Linda Balot, DVM
Born and raised in New Jersey, Linda Balot headed south to Clemson University for her Animal Science pre-vet degree and has never left. After spending three years at Clemson, she was accepted into the veterinary program at North Carolina State University and graduated in 1996. Her first year of practice was spent just outside Charlotte, NC at a large animal practice. She then came to Greenville and started Greenville Mobile Equine in 1997. The rest, shall we say, is history.
Personally, Linda has been around horses since attending riding camp at the age of 13. By 16 she was the head camp counselor. During her days a Clemson, she lived on a horse farm and was responsible for the care of 25 plus horses, besides being able to ride whenever she wanted. While showing is not her “main thing”, she competed successfully at intercollegiate horse shows for Clemson, and locally at combined events and hunter shows.
These days Linda lives in Simpson with her 3 cats and husband, Bob. While working and running the practice has taken up much of her time in the past years, she still finds time to play volleyball, golf, and travel often. This year she will add being an advisor for ECU's Pre-Vet program to her activities.
Lauren Taylor, DVM
Dr. Lauren Taylor was born and raised in New Bern, NC, where she began trail riding with her father on their American Saddlebreds at the age of 8. She had the opportunity to show both huntseat and saddleseat while attending high school at Chatham Hall in Virginia and graduated from there in 2000. After graduating from Meredith College in 2004 she spent a year working at Cool Breeze Stables in Zebulon, NC helping train and exercise Thoroughbred racehorses under the supervision of professional trainer, Lawson Walston. She graduated from NCSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011, and went on to complete an internship at Equine Services in Simpsonville, KY, where she worked under Dr Scott Bennett and Dr Richard Griffin pursuing her interests in lameness, medicine, and surgery. After completing her internship, she jumped at the opportunity to come back home and work here at GMES. When she’s not busy at work, she still enjoys riding and showing her family’s Saddlebreds.
Candace Thrift, DVM
Candace was born and raised in the town of Westminster, SC. Candace was drawn to horses at a very early age and her father purchased her first horse, April, at the age of 8. She began taking riding lessons in the English discipline during her middle school years and her passion for horses only grew stronger as the years passed. Candace attended Clemson University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences; and she attended veterinary school at the University of Georgia. Upon completion of veterinary school in 2012 Candace went on to a year-long private practice internship at Carolina Equine Hospital in Gibsonville, NC. While there she further developed and pursued her interests in preventative and emergency medicine, ophthalmology, and lameness.
Candace is active in organized veterinary medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She is excited to join the practice at GMES and looks forward to meeting and building a relationship with the clients and patients.
When not working, Candace enjoys cooking, trail-riding, and spending time with her dog, Rhett.
Ann-Marie Hancock, DVMam.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Ann-Marie Hancock has been an Associate Veterinarian at Greenville Mobile Equine since 2003. She grew up near San Francisco, California. After numerous lessons and camps, she finally got her first horse when she was in high school and competed in three day event horse trials and pony club rallies. She competed in Western Championships (US Pony Club) for Dressage and received her C-3 rating before going to college. Ann-Marie went to Colorado State University for all of her upper level education. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Equine Science, a Masters of Science in Anatomy and Neurobiology and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. After 9 long years in Colorado and LOTS of snow, Ann-Marie and her husband, John, decided to venture towards warmer climates and eastern shores. She and her husband recently welcomed twins (boy and girl) to their already busy household of 3 cats and 1 dog. She also rides Dressage on her horse Phoenix.
In the years that Ann-Marie has been here, she has been working towards expanding the options in sports medicine in Eastern NC. She is currently trained in Acupuncture and has received her Diplomate in Equine Osteopathy. She is continuing her education in Osteopathy and strives to provide a more holistic treatment option for our patients. Even though she has moved to Rectortown Equine Clinic in Virginia, she will be returning periodically to handle our osteopathic needs.
Lisa Martin, Barn Manager
Lisa has been with GMES since 2006. Working with horses most of her life she has trained and taught riders to many local, state and national titles. Originally beginning her veterinary assistant career in a small animal practice she enjoys being in a horse only practice. She currently resides in Bethel with her husband, Tony, and 3 daughters where she operates Messenger Brook Farm a family oriented lesson facility and is currently starting Trotting Forward, a life coaching program.
Katie Cox, Office Manager
Katie is originally from Washington, NC and has been involved with horses since she was 10 years old. Her love of horses has taken her many places. In the spring of 2003 she graduated from Meredith Manor with honors and became a certified riding instructor. From there she moved to San Antonio, TX where she rode and taught for Russell Equestrian Center. Her experiences brought her back to Washington where she ran a small lesson and boarding stable until 2008.
Now you can find her at GMES dividing her knowledge between assisting the Doctors and working in the office.
Nancy Long, Office Assistant
Nancy moved to Greenville, North Carolina 8 years ago with her husband, Kraig and 2 daughters; orginally from Farmingdale, New Jersey. As a child Nancy rode western and showed in local back yard shows, then as a teenager she learned the "OTHER WORLD", English and fell in love with Hunter Paces! Currently, Nancy & her family run Longview Farm, which is a private family oriented farm, here in Greenville!