Stephanie grew up in Redmond, Washington just outside of the rainy city of Seattle. Growing up she successfully competed in the Hunter/Jumper and Eventing Circuit around the Northwest. She then moved to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. While in Colorado she did an internship at the prestigious Littleton Equine Medical Center with her ultimate goal of becoming an equine technician. After graduation she moved to Oklahoma to be with her fiancé and then soon after got married to Kit Bingham. In 2013 Kit and Stephanie had a beautiful little girl, Brynlee, who is now running around keeping Stephanie on her toes. In March of 2016 they welcomed their second daughter, Izzy, who is full of smiles and baby giggles! Stephanie has happily been a team member of Exclusively Equine since 2011. We are very excited about Stephanie completing her Equine Sports Massage Therapy certification course. She is waiting to sit for her final exam and then we will be offering equine sports massage appointments very soon! In her spare time Stephanie enjoys going on trail rides with Kit, going on adventures with Brynlee, and having BBQ’s with friends and family.
Lacey Vernon, Veterinary Assistant
Lacey was born in Colorado Springs, CO, and grew up in Kiowa, CO, where she grew up riding and showing reining horses with her father, NRHA professional Guy Vernon. She has competed for 23 years in the NRHA and has also spent some time showing and training hunter jumpers at Plum Creek Hollow in Larkspur, Co . She has numerous equine accomplishments including: Member of 2008 inaugural North American young riders championships reining team where she was awarded the bronze individual gold team. and Cap. Andrew B. de Szinay memorial sportsmanship trophy, Top ten limited open North American affiliate championships 2013, Multiple pewter and bronze winner NRHA, $17,000 lifetime earnings NRHA, as well as multiple freestyle wins. Before making the move to Oklahoma, Lacey worked along side her father as his assistant trainer. She then decided to change the path of her career but still wanted to keep horses a vital part of her life. She has always been intereted in the veterinary side of the equine world. Lacey joined the EEVS team in August of 2016. She is absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the EEVS team.
Mackenzie Craven, Veterinary Assistant
Mackenzie was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri where she participated in 4-H and trail riding with her dad. She has always had a passion for animals from a young age, and was always bringing home different strays. In 2012, she moved to Stillwater to attend OSU and graduated in 2015 with a BS in Animal Science Production with an emphasis in equine. After graduation she moved to Tulsa to enhance her medical skills in a very busy small animal practice. Although she enjoyed her time in the small animal field, she was ready to move back into equine medicine. In her spare time she enjoys reading, volunteering at animal shelters, caring for foster animals and rehabbing injured wildlife. Mackenzie joined the EEVS team in August of 2016. She is excited for a new start in OKC and is looking forward to continuing her equine education.
Nicole Koonce, Veterinary Assistant
Nicole grew up in Harrah, Oklahoma where she fell in love with all aspects of the equine industry, but particularly in starting untrained colts under-saddle. Nicole graduated from high school as valedictorian and went on to attend Rose State College in Midwest City where she was accepted into the Leadership Program and focused on community service. She now attends Oklahoma State University working to earn her BS in Animal Science. At OSU, she serves on the Pre-Vet Science Club Fundraising Committee and is the recipient of the Pre-Veterinary Scholarship. Nicole plans to attend veterinary school and achieve her lifelong dream. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with OSU's Pre-Vet Science Club, spending time with her fiancé David, and caring for her family’s horses and cattle. She hopes to someday join the performance horse industry and compete in reining. Nicole has been a long-standing intern with Exclusively Equine and officially joined the Exclusively Equine team in August of 2015. Nicole is thankful for this opportunity to gain more knowledge and experience.
Chelsey Rostykus, Veterinary Assistant
Chelsey grew up in Harrah, OK and has been around horses since she was ten years old. She enjoyed eventing with her horse Texas the most, but they also participated in shows and other activities. Chelsey was a member of the Edmond Light Horse 4H club and the United States Pony Club where she always enjoyed the team competitions. Chelsey graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Animal Science. She now attends Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine and will graduate with her DVM degree in 2018. In her spare time, Chelsey enjoys spending time with her husband Brett as well as going on trail rides, going to the movies, reading and traveling. Chelsey joined the EEVS team in May of 2016.