Moira Nusbaum (Myers), DVM/Owner
Dr. Nusbaum was born and raised in Gapland, MD a small rural community in Washington County. Growing up, she competed successfully in the Hunters all the way through Amatuer/Owners. A love of horses was instilled in her early, and followed her through high school and college. After graduating from West Chester University in PA, she worked for a year as a nurse at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg VA. The valuable experience solidified the goal of becoming an equine veterinarian. Moira attended the VA-MD Regional College of veterinary medicine, graduating in May 2010. Soon after graduating, Moira accepted a position at the Piedmont Equine Practice, in The Plains, VA - an area known for its dense population of sport horses. Despite being offered an opportunity to stay on at Piedmont long term, Moira decided to follow her heart and move home to start her own practice. She founded PenMar Equine in June 2011 and has enjoyed all aspects of practice ownership since. Moira married her high school sweetheart Stinson in 2009 and together they welcomed Colten in 2014. In her spare time (funny!) Moira does ride her horse 'Three' mostly on the trails.
Annie Chavent, DVM
Dr. Annie Chavent was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. She first discovered her love of horses at a birthday party as a 6-year-old and has been riding ever since. She competed locally in hunter/jumpers and horse trials through high school and rode on the IHSA team in college. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University with a Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and went on to complete veterinary school with honors at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. During veterinary school, she was active in the student equine club, student government, and the veterinary business management club. Following graduation, she completed an intensive, equine-focused internship at the Piedmont Equine Practice, the same practice that Dr. Moira interned with a few years prior.
Dr. Chavent is excited to join the PenMar Equine team! Her current professional interests include diagnostic imaging, podiatry, and internal medicine. In her free time, Dr. Chavent loves to run, catch up with friends, and make puns in everyday conversation. She looks forward to meeting you and your four-legged family
Louise Webster, veterinary assistant
Louise joined the PenMar family in 2017. Her extensive resume includes experience in breeding farm and boarding facility management, showing hunters and a Veterinary Assistant Degree from Penn Foster. You'll meet Louise out on the road with the vets or chat with her on the phone while making appointments. Louise is originally from Wales but now lives in Mercersburg PA with her husband and daughter.
Alex Brake, Licensed/registered veterinary technician
Alex joined PenMar in April 2018. After graduating from Wilson College with a degree in Veterinary Medical Technology, she obtained a Masters Degree in Animal Science from NC State. She is a licensed/registered technician in PA and MD and has a special interest in reproductive work. Alex lives in Mercersburg PA with her husband Jake and sweet baby boy Tristan. In her free time, Alex enjoys riding her three horses Magnum, Feara and Freedom. We are thrilled to have her on our team and look forward to providing our clients with technician appointments in the near future.
Kristen Cochran Motz, Office Manager
Dr. Amy Polkes - DACVIM Consulting
I am a board certified equine internal medicine specialist. My training and experience include a residency program in internal medicine at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as 12 years in private equine practice. I started my own consulting practice in 2002 in Maryland and Virginia and have now expanded to New York and Connecticut with my move to the Hudson Valley. I provide referral services to many equine practices in Maryland, Virginia, New York and Connecticut. The pieces of equipment I carry include a portable video gastroscope, GE VIVID i ultrasound with Doppler/ECG (superior for cardiac and abdominal ultrasound), a tonopen, BAL tube and other diagnostic tools to allow me to perform most advanced diagnostics.
DR. CATHERINE NUNNERY, DACVO (Veterinary eye specialist)
Catherine Nunnery joins us as a consulting ophthalmologist. She served as President and Ophthalmologist of Equine Veterinary Vision, Inc., an ambulatory large animal ophthalmology practice in Maryland and Virginia. She was also Staff Ophthalmologist at VCA Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. Dr. Nunnery graduted from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in 2006 and a residency in Comparative Ophthalmology at University of Florida College of Medicine in 2009. Currently, Dr. Nunnery works at a leading veterinary referral hospital in PA.