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 closely with veterinarians at DCLAH for over 20 years. He works on trimming, balancing, and shoeing a wide variety of horses. 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!