Over the past three years, we have built a great team that we're pretty proud of! To learn more about our staff, read on...
Karen Bolten, DVM
Veterinarian, Practice Owner
Dr. Bolten grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, showing Saddlebreds, Arabians, and National Show Horses, and at age nine she won a national championship in saddleseat equitation at the U.S. Arabian Youth Nationals. She recently lost that horse, Rosey (pictured), at age 31. Dr. Bolten attended The Ohio State University for both her undergraduate and veterinary education. During this time she participated in research on Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis and Matrix Metalloproteinase 9, and has a first-author publication on EPM. She was also the president of the Ohio State Student Chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners during her third year of veterinary school. After veterinary school, she completed a one year internship at the University of Missouri in Equine Medicine, Surgery, and Ambulatory Practice. Dr. Bolten's medical interests include advanced dentistry, senior and underweight horse care, and internal medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her new horse, Trajan, and her sighthound herd, traveling, and photography.
Alexandra Tracey, DVM, ACVS Candidate
Equine Surgeon, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Tracey grew up in the Northeast and enjoyed competing in eventing, dressage, hunter/jumpers, 4H, and Pony Club (Graduate A). During her undergraduate education at Cornell University, she spent 4 years playing Varsity Polo. She then went on to teach polo while working in the Boston area for a few years. She returned to school in 2004 and completed her veterinary degree in 2008 at Kansas State University. She was thrilled to accept an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY from 2008-2009, followed by a surgical residency at Iowa State University, which she completed in the summer of 2012. She has worked for a year as the emergency surgeon at ISU but is now excited to be moving to South Carolina and joining Dr. Bolten in providing quality veterinary medicine to the horses (and horse owners!) of the Myrtle Beach area. Her veterinary specialties include lameness diagnosis and treatment, imaging (radiography, ultrasound, etc.), soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, wound management, and emergency/critical care. Outside of veterinary medicine, she enjoys riding, hiking, swimming, reading, and a good glass of wine.
Megan is a local, born and raised in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. She has been riding horses since about the time she could walk. Receiving her very first horse on her 9th birthday, she competed in local horse shows in both hunt seat and western, and at every chance she got she was camping with friends and family. Following her dreams she attended and graduated St. Andrews University, with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Equine studies. While at St. Andrews, she rode on the Hunt Seat and Western team where she competed in the IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Nationals two years in a row. In 2010, she was the reserve champion in Intermediate Western Horsemanship. She now resides in Loris with her two horses and two dogs.
Taylor is a horse fanatic. Although she was not born in South Carolina she considers Horry County her home. She currently attends Coastal Carolina University as a biology major in pursuit of becoming an equine veterinarian, which she has wanted her whole life. When not in school or working, riding horses is her passion. Taylor began riding at the age of 5. She was then riding and competing hunter/jumper. At 11 she won grand champion on a then 21 year old quarter horse named Snickers at the local county fair. She now competes in barrel racing as well as enjoying trail riding on her quarter horse Joe, a gift for her thirteenth birthday. Taylor and Joe have traveled from the beach to the mountains while trail riding and plan to continue. Along with her horses Taylor also has a "mini zoo" at home consisting of 5 dogs, 3 parakeets, 2 goats (who think they are people), and a raccoon under shared custody. She hopes to continue her employment with Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic after vet school and stay close to home.
Julie Rosser, DVM, Dip. ACVS (Large Animal)
Equine Surgeon, Part-time Veterinarian
We would like to thank Dr. Rosser very much for all the help, advice, and expertise she provide during a time of big transitions (while we searched for a full-time veterinarian!). Dr. Rosser is now the newest Equine Surgery faculty member at the University of Vienna Veterinary School in Austria. We wish her luck in her exciting new venture, and can't wait to visit her!!