Susan Harrington

Lead Receptionist

Susan joined the DCLAH team in May of 2018. As a receptionist and customer service provider, Susan assists DCLAH clients with scheduling appointments and answering any questions they may have in a timely manner. She also assists the veterinarians and all other staff with paperwork, data entry and any other duties necessary to ensure that DCLAH provides exemplary service to our clients.

Horses have always been a very big part of Susan’s life. Her son is a graduate of NCSU with a Bio-Engineering degree, and her daughter attends Davie High School and enjoys Eventing with her horse Traugott.

Greg Eaton

Lead Maintenance Technician & Landscape Architect

Greg Eaton started working at DCLAH in 1999. He is in charge of all of our maintenance here at the hospital. His duties include feeding any horses boarding at DCLAH, keeping stalls cleaned and sanitized, preparing our surgery suite and recovery room before and after every procedure, and keeping our hospital looking its very best. Greg works tirelessly throughout the week and weekends keeping our facilities and property clean and functioning at all times. He is a great asset to our team!

Melissa Walker

Veterinary Technician

Melissa Walker joined the DCLAH team in Spring 2020. Her bubbly personality is a great addition to our team. An avid horse lover and an accomplished rider her entire life. Her knowledge and willingness to learn is second to none and her patient care skills are simply outstanding. Melissa’s duties include but are not limited to assisting the veterinarians.

In her spare time she can usually be found at the barn that she manages, either visiting her 3 horses or teaching riding lessons to students.When not at the barn, she is at home with her husband, 3 children, 3 dogs, 3 cats, and tons of chickens!

Michelle Barrier

Hospital Manager

A recent addition to our team in January 2021, Michelle is exceptional with her organizational skills and leadership. Michelle’s duties are mainly behind the scenes keeping the office running smoothly, but she also helps by assisting the front desk, answering the phone, or helping the veterinarians with whatever they need.

When not at work, she can be found at home with her children and their dog, Cody.

Rob Engelmann

Lead Farrier

Rob has worked with DCLAH for close to 24 years as one of our trusted farriers. Rob works trimming, balancing, and shoeing horses and is especially skilled at working with horses that have problem feet. He specializes in proper balancing techniques and even makes personalized shoes for some of our patients. Rob works closely with our veterinarians to help make sure every horse he sees is as comfortable on his or her four feet as they can be. Being a farrier is not an easy job, but he pours his heart and soul into it and his dedication shines through in the work he does. Rob also mentors future farriers and shows them the ropes. He currently has two mentees that he has enjoyed working with and has been shaping them into great farriers too.

A little background on Rob; he grew up in Oklahoma and moved to North Carolina when he was about 19-years-old and that is when he started working as a farrier. Rob and his wife have worked on numerous horse farms and used to run a large breeding operation. They enjoyed their time working with the colts and fillies they bred. Fun fact about Rob is that he is also a black belt in Jiu Jitsu! Not something you hear every day! Rob also has a 15-year-old son that he loves to spend time fishing, skiing, and riding with. Family and friends have always been very important to Rob and that is why is such a wonderful person to be around. He contagious laughter and humor to keep our clients and staff smiling every day. If you haven’t gotten the opportunity to meet Rob, please head to the back of the hospital the next time you are at DCLAH and introduce yourself! He is here every Monday, and Thursday

Jimmy Petty


Jimmy’s passion for the field of farriery began at a young age. His grandfather was a trainer and breeder and his uncle was a farrier by trade.

More than three decades later, Jimmy is an AFA Certified farrier with accreditation by the American Association of Professional Farriers. As well as, a member of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Horse Council, a member of the board of directors for the North Carolina Horseshoers Association and President of Cabarrus County Saddle Club.

He is committed to continued education for not only myself but all in our field. It takes an army to keep horses competing and living to their fullest potential.

Two things he lives by are… “you have to take always and never out of your vocabulary in the farriery business” and “you have to put the horse above ego.”

“Being a farrier is not a business for me, it’s a lifestyle… I have dedicated my life to my friend, the horse.”

Destiny West


Destiny came to us beginning of 2021, she currently serves as one of our receptionists, but can also be seen helping in the pharmacy, running our Facebook and Instagram, or assisting the veterinarians as needed. When not at work, she can be found at home taking care of her 12 horses and attending Saddleseat competitions. She brings many years of horse experience with her and we are very grateful to have her part of our team. Not to mention, we love being able to take care of all of her accident prone horses



Blood Donor

Morante is a playful young horse, who is full of energy, loves attention and enjoys trail rides.


Blood Donor

Hispania has a lovely personality and a kind eye. Hispania just began his formal training. Soon he will join Morante in trail rides.


Blood DonorFarrier

Val is our senior horse resident. She foaled Hispania in 2018. As the alpha mare, she keeps the other two in check!