WELCOME TO THE EMCO FAMILY
COREY D. MILLER DVM, MS, DIPLOMATE ACT
Bachelor of Science, Animal Bioscience – Penn State University 1991
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Tennessee 1994
Internship – Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital 1995
Theriogenology Residency – Texas A&M University 1997
Master of Science – Texas A&M University 1997
Boarded specialist – American College of Theriogenology 1998
FAEP Executive Board Director/Treasurer
Reproduction specialist, general practice
Originally from Bellefonte, PA, Dr. Miller graduated from the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. He completed a one-year internship at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. In 1998, he completed a three-year residency and Master’s program at Texas A&M University in Equine Reproduction. After his residency he briefly managed an exclusively equine reproductive practice in Oregon before moving to Ocala to work with Dr. Peloso in founding the Equine Medical Center of Ocala.
PATRICK C WORDEN, DVM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Florida 1999
Internship – Las Colinas Veterinary Hospital, Dallas, Texas 2000
Lameness, Thoroughbred race horses, Thoroughbred public auction, sport horse medicine and lameness
Dr. Worden was born in Tennessee, grew up in Colorado and graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He completed an internship at Las Colinas Veterinary Hospital in Texas, a referral hospital specializing in surgery and lameness. In 2000 he moved to Miami and was employed by Tiegland, Franklin, Brokken, PA, a large racetrack practice servicing Hialeah Park, Gulfstream Park, Calder Racecourse, Delaware Park, etc. In February of 2003, Patrick moved to Ocala and joined the Equine Medical Center of Ocala. Dr. Worden is an ambulatory associate and deals with mostly training horses and sale horses.
ARIC R ADAMS, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVS
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Missouri-Columbia 2000
Internship – Littleton Large Animal Clinic, Littleton, CO 2001
Surgical Residency – University of Florida 2005
Boarded Specialist – American College of Veterinary Surgeons 2006
Colic Surgery, Laparoscopy, Lameness and Podiatry
Dr. Adams was a farrier for 8 years while obtaining his undergraduate and veterinary degrees. After graduation from veterinary college, he completed an internship at an equine hospital in Colorado. Dr. Adams then practiced for 1 year at an equine hospital in Utah, before moving to Florida to begin his surgical training. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Florida in 2005. After working in Tallahassee and Brandon, Florida as an associate equine surgeon, Dr. Adams joined Equine Medical Center of Ocala in 2006. Aric and his wife Teresa and their two children, enjoy the beautiful Florida outdoors, horseback riding, kayaking, scuba diving and fishing.
JUSTIN PHILLIPS, DVM
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science – University of Florida
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – University of Florida
Equine Internship – Equine Medical Center of Ocala
Dr. Phillips grew up in South Florida working with horses. He received both his Bachelor’s degree and Doctorate from the University of Florida. Afterwards, he completed an internship here at Equine Medical Center of Ocala. He then joined the practice and is now an owner/partner. His practice focus is lameness and reproduction.
TIFFANY HALL, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVIM, DIPLOMATE ACVECC
Internal Medicine, Critical Care
Bachelor of Science – University of Kentucky, 2002
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – North Carolina State University, 2006
Internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery – North Carolina State University, 2007
Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency – University of California, Davis, 2010
Boarded Specialist – American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 2010
Boarded Specialist – American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, 2013
Internal Medicine and Critical Care of neonates, gastrointestinal disease, pneumonia, and neurologic conditions. Evaluation for poor performance—cardiovascular, respiratory and muscle disorders.
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Hall graduated from North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed a competitive internal medicine residency at the University of California, Davis and earned her board certification as a Specialist in Internal Medicine (Diplomate ACVIM) in 2010. Dr. Hall then joined a large practice in Texas as a hospitalist. Since joining EMCO in January 2013, Dr. Hall successfully passed the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care boards and was the first equine veterinarian in the State of Florida to be double boarded in Internal Medicine (Diplomate ACVIM) and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Diplomate ACVECC).
Dr. Hall enjoys traveling, cooking and spending time outdoors with her husband, Adam, their son and dogs.
BRITTANY WELCH, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVIM
Bachelor of Science - University of New Hampshire
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - The Ohio State University
Rotating Equine Internship - Rhinebeck Equine
Large Animal Internal Medicine Residency - University of Minnesota
Internal medicine – gastrointestinal, neurologic, and endocrine diseases, as well as adult and neonatal critical care.
Originally from Salem, New Hampshire, Dr. Welch grew up showing Quarter Horses. Dr. Welch graduated from The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015. After an internship at Rhinebeck Equine in New York, Dr. Welch completed a three year Large Animal Internal Medicine residency and achieved Board Certification in 2020. When not in the clinic, Dr. Welch can be found paddle boarding, tending to her houseplants, crocheting, or spending time with her husband and two dogs.
THOMAS CULLEN, BVMS, DIPLOMATE ACVS
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery - University of Glasgow
Surgery Internship - Lexington KY
Rotating internship - University of Nottingham Veterinary School
Clinical fellowship - Oregon State University
Equine surgical residency - University of California, Davis.
Lameness and Surgery
Dr. Cullen is originally from England. Outside of work, Dr. Cullen and his wife enjoy being outdoors, hiking, paddle boarding, skiing, and travelling.
FREDRICK W BENKER, DVM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine – Purdue University 1971
Dr. Benker worked as a farrier and showed Quarter Horses for the public while obtaining his Veterinary degree. After graduation he moved to Noblesville, IN and started Benker Veterinary clinic and Benker Equine Center where they stood several stallions and bred 500-800 mares per year. In 2000, he sold the Indiana practice and moved to a farm he had previously purchased in Morriston, FL. In 2001, he started a solo practice concentrating on reproduction and Quarter Horse show horses.
He joined his practice with EMCO in January 2009. Fred enjoys raising halter horses. Fred’s hobbies are motorcycling and fishing.
BRIANNA GOHMAN, DVM
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Minnesota
Internship - Equine Medical Center of Ocala
TRAVIS TULL, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVS
Emergency Staff Surgeon
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - University of Georgia
Internship and surgical residency - Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY.
After hours emergency and surgery
Dr. Travis Tull joined EMCO in 2020 as an emergency staff surgeon, helping Dr. Adams cover surgery and colic emergencies. He is a full time surgeon for Ocala Equine Hospital where he has been since 2017, and his ongoing efforts at both equine hospitals are a great contribution to the Ocala horse community. He has worked for Brown Equine Hospital in Pennsylvania, and then for Rood and Riddle Equine – Saratoga before coming to Ocala.
ALEXANDRA GROBMAN, DVM
ANUHEA SUTHERLAND, DVM
CAITLYN TUKDARIAN, VMD
COURTNEY MCCREARY, DVM
ELSA CUADROS, DVM
REBECCA ERWIN, DVM
BRENDAN MANGAN, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVO
RITA WEHRMAN, DVM, DIPLOMATE ACVO
ABOUT EQUINE MEDICAL CENTER OF OCALA
Equine Medical Center or Ocala (EMCO) offers ambulatory and sports medicine services as well as 24-hour hospital care with Specialists in Surgery/Lameness, Internal Medicine, Reproduction, Ophthalmology, and Emergency/Critical Care
Our Core Values
Service is the cornerstone of EMCO. We strive to exceed the expectations of our clients as we care for their horses. The energy expended towards going the extra mile will define our commitment to our clients and their goals.
We have the utmost respect for our clients and their horses and see them as members of our family. We form lasting partnerships and friendships with those we serve.
Exceptional communication is the centerpiece of all positive outcomes. Effective communication among team members and education of our clients will enhance patient well-being and client service.
At EMCO, our standards of excellence will define the quality of personalized care we provide for horses and our relationships with clients and the community.
We will gain our clients’ trust and confidence because honesty and integrity guides all our actions. Our clients will know our caring commitment to the health of horses.
We will strive to continuously improve patient care and our clients’ successes by investing in state- of-the-art technology that leads to innovation, accurate diagnosis, and successful treatment.
The combined efforts of our founding doctors have rapidly grown the practice over the last two decades. The central theme behind the expansion of their hospital, since opening in 2003, is addressing the specialized needs of the equine patient. Florida’s 3 billion dollar equine industry varies from pleasure horses, intensively trained show horses and impeccable breeding operations to some of the fastest race horses in the country. With that in mind, the hospital has been staffed with veterinarians capable of providing care to each of the equine disciplines.
Within the practice, specific equine responsibilities are directed to veterinarians specializing in that particular problem area. We believe that this personalized care has played a major role in our rapid and early success with clients in Marion County and surrounding areas.
Business Operations/ Human Resources Manager
Administrative Assistant to Drs. Miller, Benker, Phillips, and Gohman
Administrative Assistant to Drs. Adams and Worden
Administrative Assistant to Drs. Cullen, Hall, Tull, and Welch
LABORATORY AND PHARMACY
Radiography, Regenerative laser, and Shockwave technician
NURSES AND ASSISTANTS
Hospital Operations Manager
Senior Surgery Nurse
Veterinary assistant to Dr. Gohman
Veterinary Assistant to Dr. Adams
Veterinary Assistant to Dr. Worden
Veterinary Assistant to Dr. Phillips
Veterinary Assistant to Dr. Benker