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OUR VETERINARIANS

Dr. Amanda Hedges

Specialties: Acupuncture, Spinal Manipulation, Geriatric Care, Dentistry

Dr. Jackie Dietrich
Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Acupuncture,  Wellness Care
Dr. Lauren Work

Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Practice Management

Dr. Megan Righi

Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Wellness Care

Dr. Katelin McKeown

Specialties: Emergency Medicine, Wellness Care

Russ earned his Bachelor of Science, Biology from Claremont Men’s College, Master of Science, Animal Nutrition from University of California at Davis, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.

In 1979, Russ co-founded Peninsula Equine, a 2-man Thoroughbred/Quarter Racing and Sport Horse practice, which quickly grew to be solely a Sport Horse practice within 2 short years.  Since Peninsula Equine's inception, cutting edge diagnostics and therapeutics have been a core principle of Peninsula Equine.  In that spirit, Russ was one of the founding members of ISELP (the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) and continues to instruct at ISELP meetings both nationally and internationally.  Although Dr. Peterson practices almost exclusively sports medicine now, as founder and president of Peninsula Equine, he perpetuates a desire to offer clients only the best of those services available by hand picking a team of vets and staff to offer complete care from wellness exams to the most complex of medical and surgical cases.

What you might be surprised to learn about Russ: He’s a racecar driver, competitive sailor and ex-rugby player, who is a grandfather of seven!

Russ Peterson, DVM, MS
Bart Halsberghe, DVM, cVMA, cert. ISELP

Born in Kortrijk, Belgium, Bart discovered horses at age 7.  Bart attended vet school in his native Belgium at the University of Ghent where he graduated in 2003. Although he specialized in horses, after graduation Bart relocated to England for a year to work in a mixed (small and large animal) practice. Still driven by his passion to practice his specialty of equine medicine, Bart relocated once more, this time to the United States to pursue a purely equine career, working in a thoroughbred racehorse practice serving the racetracks in Louisiana, Kentucky and Arkansas for the next 4 years. His focus during these years was lameness, respiratory problems, training and nutrition.  In 2009, Bart joined the Peninsula Equine team to continue Peneq's mission of elite sports medicine in the Gilroy and Hollister areas.

Bart has also become a Certified ISELP member and instructor and is expanding his focus in the field of integrated veterinary medicine, with certification in both acupuncture and chiropractics.

Although he describes himself as quiet, patient and detail oriented, it might be surprising to know that Bart used to be a lifeguard at the beach, broke and trained young 3 year olds for Eventing, completed an Ironman triathlon in England, and is hoping someday to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.  For now, he prefers to spend his spare time with his wife and 2 lovely daughters.

Amanda Hedges, DVM, CVA

Amanda was born and raised in Portola Valley.  She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine before coming to Peneq as an intern veterinarian to further her education in Equine Sports Medicine, emergency medicine, and geriatric care.  To complement her training, she is also certified in Equine Acupuncture.  After her intern year, Amanda moved to Sonoma Valley, working in another full service practice offering elite sports medicine as well as complete equine health care.  In 2016, Amanda rejoined Peninsula Equine full time.  Her interests include advanced dentistry, geriatric care, and acupuncture. 

In her free time, Amanda can be found on adventures throughout the US or baking one mean banana cream pie.

Russ Peterson, DVM, MS, DACVSMR, cert. ISELP

Russ earned his Bachelor of Science, Biology from Claremont Men’s College, Master of Science, Animal Nutrition from University of California at Davis, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.

In 1979, Russ co-founded Peninsula Equine, a 2-man Thoroughbred/Quarter Racing and Sport Horse practice, which quickly grew to be solely a Sport Horse practice within 2 short years.  Since Peninsula Equine's inception, cutting edge diagnostics and therapeutics have been a core principle of Peninsula Equine.  In that spirit, Russ was one of the founding members of ISELP (the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) and continues to instruct at ISELP meetings both nationally and internationally.  Although Dr. Peterson practices almost exclusively sports medicine now, as founder and president of Peninsula Equine, he perpetuates a desire to offer clients only the best of those services available by hand picking a team of vets and staff to offer complete care from wellness exams to the most complex of medical and surgical cases.

What you might be surprised to learn about Russ: He’s a racecar driver, competitive sailor and ex-rugby player, who is a grandfather of seven!

Amanda Hedges, DVM, cVA, CVSMT

Amanda was born and raised in Portola Valley.  She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine before coming to Peneq as an intern veterinarian to further her education in Equine Sports Medicine, emergency medicine, and geriatric care.  To complement her training, she is also certified in Equine Acupuncture.  After her intern year, Amanda moved to Sonoma Valley, working in another full service practice offering elite sports medicine as well as complete equine health care.  In 2016, Amanda rejoined Peninsula Equine full time.  Her interests include advanced dentistry, geriatric care, acupuncture, and veterinary chiropractic care.

In her free time, Amanda can be found on hiking adventures throughout the US or reading cuddled up with her cat, Nermal.

Jackie Dietrich, BVSc

Jackie is originally from Vacaville, CA and studied Animal Science at Cal Poly where she managed their horse unit and was involved in many equine programs. She interned at Lazy E Ranch, Oklahoma, where she  sale-prepped yearlings and was a foaling attendant. She then moved to New Zealand to attend Massey University for veterinary school. Jackie began her career here at Peninsula Equine Medical Center, interning with the staff to further gain advanced knowledge in sports medicine and general health management of the equine athlete.  She is now an associate and completed the Chi Institute acupuncture course in 2019. In her continued effort to provide a higher level of care to her patients, Dr. Jackie is also now pursuing taking more advanced lameness courses.  Her career interests include equine ophthalmology, emergency medicine, acupuncture, and sports medicine. 

Outside of work, Jackie enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her dog (Benjie) and cat (Joey).

Lauren Work, DVM

Lauren grew up in Marin County riding her bike to the local stables to work in exchange for lessons.  That love of riding drove her to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009, and then moved back to the Bay Area to do an internship in sports medicine and surgery at Peninsula Equine.  After her internship, Lauren worked for both Peninsula Equine and another clinic in Sonoma County, before finally moving to full time at Peninsula Equine. 

Lauren's specialties are in emergency care and hospitalized cases, as well as playing an active roll in clinic management.  When not at the clinic, Lauren loves to travel and loves bringing her daughters out to the barn to feed and bathe the horses.

Megan Righi, DVM
Katelin McKeown, DVM
Russ Peterson, DVM, MS, DACVSMR, cert. ISELP

Russ earned his Bachelor of Science, Biology from Claremont Men’s College, Master of Science, Animal Nutrition from University of California at Davis, and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.

 

In 1979, Russ co-founded Peninsula Equine, a 2-man Thoroughbred/Quarter Racing and Sport Horse practice, which quickly grew to be solely a Sport Horse practice within 2 short years.  Since Peninsula Equine's inception, cutting edge diagnostics and therapeutics have been a core principle of Peninsula Equine.  In that spirit, Russ was one of the founding members of ISELP (the International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology) and continues to instruct at ISELP meetings both nationally and internationally.  Although Dr. Peterson practices almost exclusively sports medicine now, as founder and president of Peninsula Equine, he perpetuates a desire to offer clients only the best of those services available by hand picking a team of vets and staff to offer complete care from wellness exams to the most complex of medical and surgical cases.

 

What you might be surprised to learn about Russ: He’s a racecar driver, competitive sailor and ex-rugby player, who is a grandfather of seven!

Amanda Hedges, DVM, cVA, CVSMT

Amanda was born and raised in Portola Valley.  She graduated from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine before coming to Peneq as an intern veterinarian to further her education in Equine Sports Medicine, emergency medicine, and geriatric care.  To complement her training, she is also certified in Equine Acupuncture.  After her intern year, Amanda moved to Sonoma Valley, working in another full service practice offering elite sports medicine as well as complete equine health care.  In 2016, Amanda rejoined Peninsula Equine full time.  Her interests include advanced dentistry, geriatric care, acupuncture, and veterinary chiropractic care.

  

In her free time, Amanda can be found on hiking adventures throughout the US or reading cuddled up with her cat, Nermal.

Jackie Dietrich, BVSc

Jackie is originally from Vacaville, CA and studied Animal Science at Cal Poly where she managed their horse unit and was involved in many equine programs. She interned at Lazy E Ranch, Oklahoma, where she  sale-prepped yearlings and was a foaling attendant. She then moved to New Zealand to attend Massey University for veterinary school. Jackie began her career here at Peninsula Equine Medical Center, interning with the staff to further gain advanced knowledge in sports medicine and general health management of the equine athlete.  She is now an associate and completed the Chi Institute acupuncture course in 2019. In her continued effort to provide a higher level of care to her patients, Dr. Jackie is also now pursuing taking more advanced lameness courses.  Her career interests include equine ophthalmology, emergency medicine, acupuncture, and sports medicine. 

Outside of work, Jackie enjoys gardening, hiking and spending time with her dog (Benjie) and cat (Joey).

Lauren Work, DVM

Lauren grew up in Marin County riding her bike to the local stables to work in exchange for lessons.  That love of riding drove her to pursuing a career in veterinary medicine.  She graduated from Western University of Health Sciences in 2009, and then moved back to the Bay Area to do an internship in sports medicine and surgery at Peninsula Equine.  After her internship, Lauren worked for both Peninsula Equine and another clinic in Sonoma County, before finally moving to full time at Peninsula Equine. Lauren's specialties are in emergency care and hospitalized cases, as well as playing an active roll in clinic management. 

 

When not at the clinic, Lauren loves to travel and loves bringing her daughters out to the barn to feed and bathe the horses.

Megan Righi, DVM

Megan is originally from Laguna Hills, California. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science at Iowa State University, then traveled to Canada where she graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College with a DVM degree. She grew up riding horses and was actively involved in FFA, where she raised and showed livestock. Her professional interests include sports medicine, surgery, lameness, and livestock medicine. She is excited to be back in her home state and starting her career here at PenEq.

 

When she is not busy with veterinary medicine, she enjoys horseback riding, playing sports and traveling. 

Katelin McKeown, DVM

Katelin grew up in Saratoga, California. She competed in endurance riding through high school and college, which got her interested in veterinary medicine. At Colorado State University she completed her bachelor's degree in Animal Science. She then traveled to Australia for vet school and graduated from the University of Melbourne. During her time there she got to fulfill a lifelong dream of seeing kangaroos from horseback. Katelin is excited to be back home in California. Her particular interests include sports medicine, geriatric care, and preventative medicine. Outside of caring for horses, Katelin enjoys reading, traveling, trail riding with her horse Monty, and spending time with her new husband, Will.