Tim G. Eastman DVM, DACVS, MPVM

A native of Salinas, Tim was raised in Monterey County, California, where his family had deep roots in the local horse industry. Like many veterinarians, Tim decided to become an equine veterinarian at a very young age. Tim met his wife, Alexandra (Alex) in veterinary school; they were married during his surgical residency and are proud parents of four children. Tim joined the Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic (SCEC) practice in 2000, where he and Alex now work together as co-owners. Board certified in Equine Surgery, he is committed to ‘round-the-clock equine care, using the most advanced technology.
  • 2001 Board Certified in Equine Surgery, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
  • 2000 joined SCEC
  • 1998-2000 Texas A&M, Surgical Residency
  • 1997 Littleton Large Animal Clinic, Littleton, CO, Internship
  • 1996 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1996 UC Davis, Masters in Preventative Veterinary Medicine
  • 1991 Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, BS Animal Science

Board of Directors:

  • Monterey Horse Park
  • Salinas Rodeo

Professional Service:

  • International Laminitis Committee Member
  • Veterinary Managers Group 8 Member (2003-2015)
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Alexandra Eastman MS, DVM

Alex grew up in Hollywood, CA and spent weekends and summers in the Sierra Foothills on her family cattle ranch. She developed a love for horses and riding which took her and her horse to The Thacher School in Ojai, CA, where she rode and showed horses both in Western classes, gymkahana and 3-day events. She also took "intro to vet-med" a year-long elective which secured her interest in veterinary medicine. Alex met her husband Tim Eastman in veterinary school, and they were married in 1998. Today, Alex’s primary veterinary interests are Reproduction and Preventative Medicine. In addition to working together with Tim as co-owners of Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, serving on the boards of several organizations and raising four children, Alex enjoys riding her dressage horse Flori Joe and borrowing her daughter's 3-day eventing horse when she has the chance.
  • 2002 joined SCEC
  • 2000-2002 Portola Animal Hospital, Salinas
  • 1997-2000 Kasper & Rigby Veterinary Associates, Magnolia, TX, Associate Veterinarian
  • 1997 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1993 Cal Poly, Pomona, Masters of Science Program, Equine Exercise Physiology
  • 1991 Colby College, BA Biology

Board of Directors:

  • President, Northern California Association of Equine Practitioners
  • Agricultural Advisory Board of Monterey County
  • Carmel Valley Chapter of the California Dressage Society
  • Hope, Horses and Kids Therapeutic Riding Program

Professional Service:

  • Veterinary Managers Group 8 Member (2015 – present)
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Matt Durham DVM, DACVSMR

Matt grew up with horses in Reno, Nevada. When he was 12, he decided to become an equine veterinarian. He spent 11 summers working as a back-country guide at McGee Creek and Mammoth Lakes Pack Outfits, where he met his wife Tiffany (who is now a hospital technician at SCEC). Matt enjoys the balance of time in the field seeing horses where they live, and the challenging lameness and diagnostic imaging cases he sees in the clinic. When he is not at work, Matt enjoys beekeeping, woodworking and reading.
  • 2015 Board certified in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR)
  • 2001 joined SCEC
  • 2000 University of Pennsylvania, New Bolton Center, Fellowship in Large Animal Ultrasound and Cardiology
  • 1999-2000 Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Internship in Diagnostic Imaging with ultrasound, radiology, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scans) and computed tomography (CT) modalities
  • 1997-1999 Mountain View Veterinary Hospital, Vancouver, WA, Ambulatory Veterinarian
  • 1996-1997 Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center, Internship
  • 1996 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1992 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, BS Animal Science
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Stephanie Hibbits DVM, DACVS

Stephanie was born and raised on her family’s cattle ranch, in the foothills outside of Yosemite. She grew up riding ranch horses, doing some barrel racing an team penning with her family. Growing up around animals, Stephanie decided she wanted to be a veterinarian at a young age, even after watching a veterinarian do a C-section on one of her dad’s cows when she was only 5-years old. Stephanie’s professional interests and are lameness and soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, as well as emergency/critical care medicine and surgery.
  • 2013 joined SCEC
  • 2010-2013 Central/Southern California, relief surgery and ambulatory services at various equine practices
  • 2007-2010 Pioneer Equine Hospital, Oakdale, CA, Associate Surgeon
  • 2007-2008 UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, After-hours Emergency/Critical Care Surgeon
  • 2007 Board Certified in Large Animal Surgery with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • 2006-2007 Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL, Staff Emergency & Critical Care Surgeon/Clinician
  • 2003-2006 Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital, Ocala, FL, Equine Surgical Residency
  • 2002-2003 Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Surgery Fellowship
  • 2001-2002 Arizona Equine Medical & Surgical Centre, Equine Medicine & Surgery Internship
  • 2001 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 1996 UC Davis, BS Biology
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Sarah James DVM, DABVP

Born and raised in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Sarah grew up with a strong “nothing is for free” work ethic that resulted in the diligence with which she has pursued her dream of becoming a veterinarian. Throughout her time in school, Sarah worked in the veterinary field, gaining diverse experience ranging from raising milk cows for an agricultural cooperative, to preparing research animals (pigs) for surgery, to working on treatment crews at both small and large animal hospitals. She was also the recipient of several academic research awards. Sarah has mucked, fed and managed a stable of horses, taught beginning equestrians, and competed on the University of Vermont Equestrian Team, riding hunt seat and dressage. She also enjoys snow boarding, hiking, lacrosse and salsa dancing. Sarah’s professional interests include Theriogenology, Ophthalmology, Diagnostic Imaging, Sports Medicine and Surgery.
  • 2014 Board certified in General Equine Practice with American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP)
  • 2011-2013 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, Residency
  • 2010-2011 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, Internship
  • 2010 North Carolina State University, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2006 University of Vermont, BS, Biologic Science and Animal Science


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Laramie Winfield DVM, DACVIM

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Laramie grew up in the Salinas Valley, riding horses with her mom and sisters. Although most of her family is involved in the art business, Laramie fell in love with veterinary medicine at the age of seven. Laramie’s professional interests are Equine Internal Medicine, Emergency and Critical Care, Neonatology, Acupuncture, Sports Medicine, and Ophthalmology. Laramie enjoys spending time with her husband Dr. Nick Carlson (who also works at SCEC) and son Benjamin. She loves horseback riding and is currently 3-Day Eventing her horse Franky.
  • 2014 Completed Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course and became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture
  • 2012 joined SCEC
  • 2009-2012 UC Davis, Internal Medicine Residency
  • 2008-2009 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, Internship
  • 2008 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2004 UC Davis, BS Biotechnology


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Nick Carlson DVM, DACVS

Nick met his wife, Dr. Laramie Winfield, also an SCEC veterinarian, while they were both in the UC Davis veterinary program. They were married in Carmel Valley in 2009. Nick’s professional interests include Orthopedic and Soft Tissue Surgery, with specific interests in Advanced Equine Dentistry and Diseases of the Skull and Upper Airways.
  • 2012-2015 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, Surgical Residency, American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS)
  • 2012 joined SCEC
  • 2009-2012 Private practice including Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center
  • 2007-2009 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, Internship and additional year
  • 2007 UC Davis, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2003 San Diego State University, BS Cell and Molecular Biology
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Megan Eckert DVM

Megan was born and raised in Austin, TX, where she trained and competed with Hunter/Jumper horses. She was always set on becoming an equine veterinarian. During her undergraduate years at Texas A&M (a devoted “Aggie”), Megan switched from English riding to Western, and began riding and training barrel horses. Currently, she is studying Equine Surgery at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic as a surgery resident through the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Her professional interests include orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, sports medicine, and rehabilitation. Her favorite hobbies include riding her horses and hiking with her dogs.
  • 2015 SCEC, Surgical Residency through the ACVS Pending
  • 2015 Became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture (cVMA)
  • 2014 Joined SCEC
  • 2013-2014 Oakridge Equine Hospital, Edmond, OK, Surgical Internship
  • 2013 Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2009 Texas A&M, completed undergraduate studies in Animal Science
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Kayla Dykstra DVM

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Kayla was born and raised in Calgary Alberta. During her summers she spent her time working on a horse and cattle ranch leading/organizing a summer riding camp along with general ranch and herd management. Basketball brought her to the University of Victoria for her undergraduate degree where she completed a bachelor of science in Kinesiology with a minor in neuro-psychology. She returned home to Calgary to complete her degree in veterinary medicine. Kayla grew up riding both English and western and spent time in multiple disciplines. Currently she enjoys spending time with her 27 year old gelding and mini pony. Her professional interests include equine sports medicine and rehabilitation as well as surgery.
  • 2015 University of Calgary – Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2011 University of Victoria – Bachelor of Science
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Nora Grenager VMD, DACVIM

Nora grew up on a small farm in central Pennsylvania and could always be found out in the barn with the horses. She knew she wanted to be an equine vet from a young age. She loves spending time with her husband, David, and daughter, Sally and doing almost anything outside (riding, hiking, running, snowboarding, kayaking) in beautiful CA as well as playing music. Nora’s professional interests include internal medicine (especially endocrine disease, neonatal medicine, ultrasound, and cardiology), laminitis, and preventive herd health. She has written and edited numerous peer-reviewed veterinary articles and contributed to—or edited—several veterinary text books and is an active volunteer in many veterinary organizations.
  • 2016 Rejoined Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic
  • 2011 Moved to VA, provided internal medicine and emergency services to Woodside Equine Clinic, the Piedmont Equine Practice, Dubai Equine, and Virginia Tech’s Marion Dupont Scott Equine Medical Center
  • 2006-2011 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, internal medicine residency (board-certified in 2010) and associate veterinarian
  • 2005-2006 Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic, Internship
  • 2005 University of Pennsylvania, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2000 Amherst College, BA Biology


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MacKenzie Adams DVM

Mackenzie Adams is originally from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She grew up riding and showing Quarter Horses in English and western events which inspired her to seek out a career as an equine veterinarian. Mackenzie attended Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical sciences. After a one-year equine internship she started her three year Residency in Large Animal Surgery at Purdue University. Mackenzie moved to California last year to finish her surgical residency at Steinbeck. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors, running, cycling, and riding when she is able.
  • 2015 Surgical Resident at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic
  • 2012-2014 Large Animal Surgery Resident at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • 2011-2012 Intern at Pioneer Equine Hospital, Oakdale, CA
  • 2011 Graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine
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Megan Crouse DVM

Intern Megan Crouse
Megan joins us from the east coast of Canada, Nova Scotia. She did her undergraduate degree, a bachelor of science majoring in animal science at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College and completed her veterinary degree at the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. Her passion for horses developed at a young age. She enjoys spending time working on her family’s KWPN breeding farm, starting and training young horses as well as watching the young horses grow and develop. She also enjoys hiking, baking and road trips! Her equestrian sport of choice is Dressage, having competed in FEI levels. Her veterinary interests include reproduction, sports medicine and rehabilitation as well as surgery.
  • 2016 – Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island – Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2011 – Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Dalhousie University – Bachelor of Science, Major in Animal Science
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Helen Sims DVM

Intern Helen Sims
Helen was born and raised in Colorado where she developed an early love for horses, growing up riding, showing and training off the track thoroughbreds on the local hunter/jumper circuit. These early experiences inspired her to pursue veterinary medicine. She completed both her undergraduate degree in biology and her veterinary degree at Colorado State University. When not working or riding, Helen enjoys spending time outside, especially hiking and camping with her dog, Hermie. Her professional interests include sports medicine and imaging, especially ultrasound. In addition to her veterinary work at home, Helen enjoys bringing high quality equine veterinary medicine to the developing world, a passion that was discovered on several trips to South America during veterinary school.
  • 2016 Colorado State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2011 Colorado State University, Bachelor of Science, Biology
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Alyssa Coulombe, DVM

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