Jamie Carter, DVM
Dr. Carter is a native of South Carolina, raised on a small Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing farm in Bamberg County. He is a member of AQHA and actively pursues racing Thoroughbreds and pleasure riding as hobbies. His undergraduate education was in animal science at Clemson University, post graduation he worked on advanced studies in equine reproduction. Additionally, he taught reproductive palpitation labs and collegiate equine science classes before being enrolled in veterinary school at Tuskegee University in Alabama. During veterinary school, he worked with Dr. David Harrington in Pelham, Alabama in a racetrack, surgical, and performance horse practice. Then, for 3 years, he worked with Dr. Keith Merritt in Wauconda, IL in an advanced diagnostic performance horse practice with surgery, nuclear medicine, and state of the art equipment. In 2002, he started Southern Equine Service as an ambulatory practice that quickly sprang to a three veterinarian practice with an emphasis on sports medicine and diagnostics. The hospital was completed and the practice now has eleven veterinarians and a full staff. In his private life he enjoys riding horses, hunting, working on his farm, and most of all spending time with his wife, Nancy, and their three children, Ciera, Austin, and Lane. They all enjoy the outdoors and life on their eighty acre farm in northern Aiken County. He is also a member of AVMA, AAEP, and SCAV.
Tom Stinner, DVM
Dr. Stinner grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he began riding pleasure horses at the age of ten and for 25 years he rode and competed reining horses all over the region. He received a BS in Animal Bio Science from Penn State and then moved to Knoxville where he attended veterinary school at the University of Tennessee. He graduated from veterinary school in 1992, with an interest in equine medicine and surgery. Tom began his career in Texas with Dr. Alan Donnell, a renowned western performance horse veterinarian. Dr. Stinner also worked in a surgical practice with boarded surgeon Dr. Paul Dean performing many surgeries, honing his skills to become a well rounded equine veterinarian. In 1995, Tom moved to Aiken and began his equine ambulatory practice. He has primary interests in lameness, sports medicine, and diagnostic imaging. His practice consists of multiple disciplines including hunter/jumpers, race horse stables, and western performance horses. He is also a member of AVMA, AAEP, and ISELP.
Rachel Beetz, DVM
Dr. Beetz grew up in Sunman, Indiana on her family's farm. She helped raise cattle, row crops, hay, and horses. She was active in 4-H as well as raising and showing Paint horses. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science, Equine Production from the University of Kentucky in 2006. While in Lexington she worked extensively in the equine industry at Thoroughbred sales, stud farms, and Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. She attended veterinary school at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana and graduated with her doctorate in 2012. Dr. Beetz was one of two interns at Southern Equine Service for 2013-2014. She was later hired as an associate veterinarian in 2014. Her career interests include sports medicine, reproduction, and general wellness. In her free time she enjoys riding her Paint horse as well as working on the family farm. Dr. Beetz is a member of the AAEP, AVMA, and SCAV.
Lauren Ray, DVM
Dr. Ray grew up in Aiken on a small farm working in the hay fields and riding horses. She began riding at a very early age and later became involved in eventing. Dr. Ray received her Bachelor of Science degree from The University of South Carolina- Aiken in 2007. She attended veterinary school at Tuskegee University in Alabama and graduated with her doctorate in 2014. After veterinary school, Dr. Ray completed a one year internship at Tennessee Equine Hospital before joining Southern Equine Service as an associate. Her career interests are focused on dentistry, general wellness care, integrative care including chiropractic services, and internal medicine. In Dr. Ray’s free time, she enjoys riding her horses, spending time with her husband, and relaxing at the beach. Dr. Ray is a member of the AAEP, IVCA, and AVMA.
Portia DeLoache, DVM
Dr. DeLoache grew up in Aiken, South Carolina. She graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2009. While in undergrad, she worked at the Clemson University Equine Center during the school year and Southern Equine Service over the Summer. She graduated Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013 and worked as an intern veterinarian at SES from 2013-2014. She completed animal chiropractic training and became certified with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2015. From 2015-2016, Portia completed a year-long fellowship position in the Internal Medicine Department at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Kentucky. Her special interests include internal medicine, cardiology, integrative medicine, and podiatry. In her spare time, she enjoys baking and watching movies. Dr. DeLoache is a member of AAEP, AVMA, and IVCA.
Jen Reda, DVM
Dr. Jen Reda was born and raised in Florida and began riding horses at the age of six. She rode both Western and English growing up and competed in local barrel races, in addition to breaking and training young horses. Dr. Reda attended veterinary school at University of Florida; she then completed her internship here with us at Southern Equine Service. After practicing for a while in Florida, Dr. Reda knew she wanted to rejoin Southern Equine and has now officially returned to our practice as an associate! She loves all aspects of ambulatory medicine including reproduction, lameness, and wellness care. In her spare time, Dr. Reda enjoys taking Spanish lessons and participating in outdoor activities with her husband James and their beautiful terrible puppy Levi. She is a member of the AAEP and AVMA.
Ben Mitchell, DVM
Dr. Mitchell calls Rowland, NC and Dillon, SC his home. He comes from farming families and has been riding/competing western for many years. He’s the proud owner of two American Quarter Horses, Hemi and Honey, and a Boxer, Phenix. Dr. Mitchell earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. Dr. Mitchell has a special interest in ambulatory medicine and lameness. He is a member of AAEP, AVMA, SFT, and AQHA.
Sarah Davis, DVM
Dr. Sarah Davis grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia and began riding horses at a young age. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of South Carolina and attended veterinary school at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school, Dr. Davis worked as an ICU technician in the Large Animal Hospital. Her professional interests include sports medicine, podiatry and ambulatory practice. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Davis hiking, fishing and chasing after her crazy dogs, Barley and Keller. She is a member of the AAEP and AVMA.
Bliss Swan, DVM
Dr. Bliss Swan grew up in Monee, Illinois where her passion for all creatures started young. She received her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology from Elmhurst College before attending veterinary school at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. While in vet school she became strongly involved in the student chapter of AAEP and fell in love with equine medicine. Dr. Swan’s professional interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine cases, and ambulatory practice. In her spare time she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, Jack, and their three dogs, Hannah, Rayder, and Jax. Dr. Swan is a member of the AAEP and AVMA.
Matty May, DVM
Dr. Matty May is a native of South Carolina raised in Columbia, SC. She received a Bachelor’s degree of Science in Biology from Presbyterian College and then moved to Starkville where she attended veterinary school at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated from veterinary school in 2019, with an interest in equine theriogenology, neonatal medicine and ambulatory practice. In her spare time, Dr. May enjoys spending time at the beach fishing, kayaking and reading. She is a member of the AAEP and AVMA.