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Heartland Equine Hospital is owned by Eric and Kelly Carlson. They began offering ambulatory services in July 2013 and then opened the hospital facility in July 2014 to fill a need for a referral hospital in the area. At the time, Heartland Equine was a full service equine hospital, providing 24 hour emergency care 365 days per year. In 2018, after the birth of their second child, Eric and Kelly made the difficult decision to stop providing after-hour emergency care and focus on sport horse medicine, enabling them to spend more time with their two young sons, Derek and Dylan.

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Dr. Eric Carlson grew up in Bentonville, AR where his family owned a cast iron foundry. Eric and his parents then moved to southeast Kansas during his high school years. Eric’s parents, Rick and Fredra Carlson, owned a cattle company while he was growing up and he showed Angus and Salers cattle extensively as a youth. Eric attended veterinary school at Kansas State University then owned a mixed animal practice with an equine emphasis (Carlson Veterinary Service) in Westmoreland, KS for 4.5 years. Eric then decided to pursue specialization in equine surgery. He completed internships at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and the University of Illinois. He completed a residency specializing in equine surgery at the University of Illinois and Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. Eric enjoys all aspects of equine surgery and lameness.
Dr. Kelly Gratny Carlson grew up in Leavenworth, KS. Her father, Mark Gratny, trains reining and all around horses and her mother, Linda Gratny, was a veterinarian (Gratny Veterinary Clinic) before turning to human medicine. Kelly and her sister, Maggie, showed all around and reining horses as youth and Kelly hopes to resume showing as an amateur and non-pro exhibitor in the near future. Kelly attended veterinary school at Kansas State University, completed an internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, completed a residency specializing in equine internal medicine at Texas A&M University and then worked as an associate at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. Kelly enjoys all aspects of equine internal medicine and diagnostic ultrasound. She currently spends most of her time keeping up with two young sons, Derek and Dylan.
Kathy Jones graduated high school from Basehor-Linwood and received an A.A.S degree in Animal Science from Colby Community College. She grew up in Oklahoma competing in rodeos before moving to Kansas. She enjoys riding, competing and watching her daughter ride and compete on their horses.
Jessica is from Gladstone, Missouri. She graduated from Oak Park High School in 2012 and went on to pursue a Bachelors Degree in Agricultural Science from Truman State University. While at Truman, Jessica also decided to minor in Equine Studies. She was an active member of Sigma Alpha, Delta Tau Alpha and the IHSA stock team. Jessica returned to this area after completing a 7-month internship in the equine breeding industry with Scottsdale Equine Reproduction Center in Arizona. In her free time, Jessica enjoys riding her mares (Itty and Belle), walking her dog (Maya Sue), baking and reading.
Ashley Chavez-Scott
Ashley grew up in Dennis, Ks on a cow/calf ranch where she also raised and trained shire and gypsy horses. She competed in local rodeos with her quarter horses. Ashley graduated from Labette County High School in 2011, graduated from Coffeyville Community College in 2013 with an Associates of Applied Science and graduated from Kansas State university in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Animal Science with an emphasis in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. In her free time, she love the outdoors, playing with her two dogs Emmie and Sadie, and spending time on the farm when she gets the chance
Tina Johnston
Tina was born and raised in Southeast Missouri. She graduated from Scott City High School in 2012 and moved on to graduate from Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor's in Animal Science. During college she was a member of the pre-veterinary medicine club and equestrian team where she was showing hunt seat within the IHSA. She completed an internship in college at El Tomaria Farms, a breeding and training facility for Paso Finos before moving on to work for a local Equine Veterinarian for 3 years. Tina moved to the area over this past summer(2021) with her family that consists of her son(Damian), two dogs(Livvy and just recently added Ghost!), two cats(Eevee and Hobo) and love bird(Fletchling). Tina's hobbies include painting, riding, and adventuring with her family and two dogs.

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