ABOUT WELLGROVE EQUINE
We Are Leaders in Equine Veterinary Care
WellGrove Equine is the South Florida leader in equine wellness care and equine reproduction services. Our team of experts have raised the bar for equine veterinary practice, making us the horse industry’s premier choice for care.
Meet Our Equine Experts
Erin Newkirk, DVM
Dr. Erin Newkirk is the go-to veterinarian for Equine Wellness and Reproduction in all of South Florida.
Dr. Erin Newkirk is a 2007 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and a valued team member at Wellington Quarantine. Dr. Newkirk is a well rounded veterinarian proficient in all aspects of equine medicine.
Today, Dr. Newkirk’s efforts have been directed toward enhancement and development of her own WellGrove Equine’s reproduction service and care which includes an extensive laboratory to support equine breeding and reproduction medicine. In addition, Dr. Newkirk is one of the most experienced professionals involved in the testing procedures for CEM Import in the United States, Dr. Newkirk was chosen by the Department of Agriculture to lead the symposium on CEM protocol.
Jacqueline Giles, DVM
Dr. Jacqueline Giles was born and raised in Atlantic Canada. She graduated from the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island in 2014.
Dr. Giles’s background is diverse, having served at equine referral centers in both Alberta, Canada, and more recently in South Florida since 2016, where she gained more reproduction-based experience under the mentorship of Dr. Erin Newkirk.
Dr. Giles is exceptional with all things related to Equine Wellness and Reproduction and is a heralded member of the WellGrove Equine team.
Alexandre Rocha, DVM
Dr. Alex Rocha was born and raised in Brazil and graduated from Federal University of Vicosa, MG Department of Veterinary Medicine while also receiving his Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine from Sao Paulo State University. Since 2005, Dr. Rocha has split his time practicing in the United States and his home country of Brazil.
Dr. Rocha’s proficiency in equine reproduction makes him a leader in the veterinary profession. His vast experience with mare and stallion breeding management, artificial insemination, embryo transfer, embryo vitrication, semen freezing, oocyte aspiration make are almost like having a cheat-code for breeding our client’s horses. He is also exceptional with foal neonatal care, preventative medicine, and farm emergencies.
Dr. Rocha is tri-lingual (English, Portuguese, Spanish) and has been published several times in various theriogenology and animal reproduction journals.
Perhaps Dr. Rocha’s most valuable asset is his calm demeanor and ability to allow clients to understand and participate in the joys and challenges of breeding. He makes a complicated science appear easy and is a vital part of the WellGrove Equine time.
Rachel Witt, DVM
Dr. Rachel Witt grew up in Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. During her studies, she spent time in Lexington, KY as well as Southern California receiving hands-on experience with referral hospital cases as well as reproduction services. Dr. Witt has served South Florida equestrians in multiple facets for over 10 years and also travels to the Northeastern United States to serve clients there as well.
Dr. Witt’s diverse background as a practitioner is her biggest strength; her ability to guide clients and deliver exceptional care for their horse’s overall wellness, acute treatment, and much more makes her the type of veterinarian that clients can trust and connect with.
Maggie Schuette is our Business Manager, Facilities Manager, and Services Coordinator.
In addition to Maggie’s strong business acumen, she is also a skilled veterinary technician with superior horsemanship and handling skills.
Maggie grew up just outside of Chicago, IL, where she fell in love with horses at the age of 8. She began travelling to South Florida with her family during the equestrian season at the age of 14, making the move permanent in 2015 when given the opportunity to manage one of the largest and most active equine operations in Wellington.
When she isn’t working, Maggie enjoys spending time with her own horses and with her family.
Born and raised in Loxahatchee, FL, Autumn defines “Equestrian,” demonstrated by her proficiency as a technician, both in the field and in the reproduction laboratory. Prior to joining our team, Autumn developed her skills in breeding and selling western performance horses, while also showing top-level horses (including western performance, hunters and jumpers) across the United States. She is an expert handler of stallions, mares, and young horses, making her a valuable asset to our clients and our veterinary team. Autumn’s passion for horses and animals in general show in her quality work. She is thorough, consistent, compassionate, and most of all, skilled in her trade.
Sarah-Jane, or “SJ,” is a typical West Of Ireland native – raised on the back of a horse. She grew up actively riding in the Pony Club and competed multiple times in Under21 International Dressage competitions.
A few years after graduating from the University of Limerick’s well known Equine Science program, she moved to the US to be an assistant dressage trainer.
SJ has many years of young horse handling under her belt and thoroughly enjoys working with stallions.
Her horsemanship and diverse background make her an exceptional technician and valuable member of our team.
When SJ isn’t cracking jokes at work, she will usually be found at the barn with friends both human and furry.
Michael Newkirk serves as President and CFO of WellGrove Equine and WellGrove Quarantine, but you might also find him picking stalls at the clinic, doing handy work, or answering phones.
Michael has owned and operated multiple companies ranging from pharmaceuticals, durable medical equipment, telecommunications, and digital marketing. Born and raised in Kentucky, Michael has always had a fascination with horse racing and other equine sports, but was immersed in to the equine veterinary world when he and Dr. Erin Newkirk married in 2005.
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