James Zeliff, DVM, MBA
Dr. Jim Zeliff grew up in northern New Hampshire where his interests were skiing and trail riding. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1983 and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1988. After graduation he completed an internship at Belmont Racetrack in New York. He came to western Pennsylvania in 1989 and founded Allegheny Equine in 1992. His primary interests are equine reproduction, sports medicine, lameness diagnosis and practice management. In 2019, Dr Zeliff completed and received his MBA degree. Dr. Zeliff and his wife Tammy have a son, Dustin and two daughters, Ali and Haley.
Nadine Salomon, VMD, CVSMT
Dr. Nadine Salomon joined Allegheny Equine Associates in 2011. She became a partner at AE with Dr. Zeliff in 2017. Dr. Salomon grew up in Armstrong County and completed her Animal Bioscience Degree at Penn State. She then went on to earn her Veterinary Medical Degree at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006. After vet school, she completed a 1-year internship and then practiced for 4 years at Anoka Equine Veterinary Services in Minnesota. In 2018, Dr. Salomon completed a 5-month program with Healing Oasis Wellness Center to become certified in veterinary spinal manipulation therapy. Dr. Salomon’s interests lie in general practice, reproduction, and medicine. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, children and pets, cooking, hiking, and riding her horse.
Dara Brown, VMD, CVA
Dr. Dara Brown joined Allegheny Equine in 2013. After completing the Options for Animals course in 2014, Dr. Brown became certified in equine chiropractic by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She also attended the Chi Institute and became certified in equine veterinary acupuncture in 2014. In 2016, Dr. Brown became a certified equine rehabilitation practitioner through the University of Tennessee. As evidenced by her training, her veterinary interests are centered around integrative therapies and rehabilitation. Dr. Brown is originally from western New York, where she grew up riding and showing Arabian horses at both the local and regional level. She was active in the local horse community and was a 4-H club leader for several years. Dr. Brown received her Bachelor’s degree in genetics from the University of Rochester in 2006, followed by a Master’s degree in molecular biology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008. Trading in her microscope for a stethoscope, Dr. Brown attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic in Virginia. In her free time, Dr. Brown enjoys spending time with her children and husband, running, and cheering on the Steelers.
Dr. Nicolette Santercangelo is born and raised in Western Pennsylvania in a horse-loving family and has been riding Hunter/Jumpers her whole life. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Biology from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA and was a member of the Seton Hill Equestrian Team. She attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her interests include lameness, ultrasound, internal medicine, and emergency medicine. Her hobbies include painting, drawing, reading fiction novels, riding horses with her friends and family, going to the gym, playing with her dog and cat, Jasper and Toulouse, and spending time with her family.
Adria Schlesman, VMD
Dr. Adria Schlesman joined Allegheny Equine in May 2021. She was born and raised in Westmoreland County where she grew up riding and showing Quarter horses through 4-H and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). In 2017, Dr. Schlesman received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from The University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of the University of Pittsburgh Equestrian Team. While earning her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and a certificate in Veterinary Business from the University of Pennsylvania in 2021, Dr. Schlesman spent the majority of her training at their large animal hospital, New Bolton Center. Dr. Schlesman’s professional interests include internal medicine, preventative medicine, and emergency/critical care. In her free time, Dr. Schlesman enjoys riding her horse, Zandy; visiting her two Shetland ponies, Linnaeus and Maurice; running, and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
Miranda Hengy, DVM
Dr. Miranda Hengy grew up in the small town of Onekama, Michigan where she participated in 4H and showed Morgan Horses. She completed a bachelor’s degree in biology at Central Michigan University in 2017 and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from The Ohio State University. Following veterinary school, Dr. Hengy completed a 1-year internship at Brown Equine Hospital where she gained experience in internal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, and equine lameness.
Dr. Hengy‘s interests include internal medicine, emergency care, and soft tissue surgery. In her free time Dr. Hengy enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her Devon Rex cat, Rissy. She loves spending time outdoors participating in activities such as hiking, kayaking, and horseback riding with friends.
Raechelle Dietsch, DVM
Dr. Raechelle Dietsch grew up in western Pennsylvania. She discovered her love of horses at a young age, riding and competing through 4-H and the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). She graduated from Delaware Valley University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Animal Science in 2017, then attended the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2021. While in veterinary school, Dr. Dietsch served as President of the student chapter of American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). After graduating, she completed an internship at Blue Ridge Equine Clinic, an ambulatory and referral hospital, located in Virginia. Her veterinary interests include sports medicine, emergency medicine, and preventative care. She also has a soft spot for chestnut mares and geriatric horses. In her free time, Dr. Dietsch enjoys hiking, traveling, and spending time with her two horses Que and Misfit, her dog Kai, and her cat Pia.
Alejandra Rodriguez, DVM
Lydia Cassidy, DVM
Our Support Staff
Alexis has been a part of the Allegheny Equine team since January 2010. Alexis works in the office and when she isn’t on the clock, she enjoys spending time with her horses and cats.
Melissa rejoined Allegheny Equine in 2013. She grew up in this area and has had horses most of her life. Melissa enjoys trail riding with her horses. In her free time, Melissa enjoys boating, kayaking, camping and hiking with her dog.
Kim joined Allegheny Equine as a Vet Tech in April of 2015. She began taking horse riding lessons at the age of 10. During High School, she tried her hand at various disciplines but loved trail riding most of all. She attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA and graduated with a Bachelor’s in English, Editing and Publishing, while working at Winning Key Farms, a Standardbred Breeding farm located in Worthington, PA. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and trail riding her Standardbred mares, Cricket and Siren. She also has two dogs, Bear and Apollo, and a cat, Arya.
Abby Burkardt, CVPM
Abby joined Allegheny Equine in October 2017. Abby works in the office, helping our clients and supporting our veterinarians. When she isn’t working, she can be found at the barn with her horse Lucy and her three German Shepherds Eva, Mowgli & Mater.
Caleigh started at Allegheny Equine in May of 2020. After high school, she went to Penn State University where she earned a Bachelor’s in Animal Science with a minor in Equine Science. While there she especially enjoyed competing on the Western Equestrian team and helping to monitor and foal out the PSU broodmare herd. Caleigh has grown up in the horse industry, starting with 4-H and working her way onto the APHA circuit. She currently has 4 horses, 2 of which she shows in the all-around events. She enjoys training her horses from the ground up and has acquired several national titles with APHA. When she’s not showing she enjoys going horse camping with her family in various national forests.
Hi, my name is Julia. I joined Allegheny Equine in February 2022. I have been around horses my entire life. I started out jumping but discovered that I really loved barrel racing while I was in high school. After high school I attended Southern New Hampshire University to earn a degree in Forensic Psychology. My favorite cases at work are the emergency medicine cases. When I am not working, I enjoy reading, horseback riding, and spending time with my friends and family.
Horses have been a huge part of my life since I was very young. I grew up riding for leisure, until high school when I started youth rodeo. Through the years I continued to run in many different rodeo organizations as well as the NPBA. After high school, I went to Meredith Manor international Equestrian Centre and became a certified farrier. I’ve recently gone back to school to complete my undergraduate degree in veterinary/biomedical sciences at Penn State University. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, horse, and two dogs.
I grew up in Western PA and spend the majority of my time kayaking, hiking with my dog Lyla, reading, and painting. I graduated from Vet Tech Institute of Pittsburgh in 2018 with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology, where I was especially interested in equine and bovine medicine. Afterwards, I graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s Degree, with minors in Wildlife Biology and Zoo-archaeology. My family has had horses since I was young, and I got my first quarter horse mare at the age of 8. I grew up trail riding, volunteering at Second Chance Equine Association along with various other animal shelters, and barrel racing. My life has always been full of animals (working as an education animal handler at the Pittsburgh Zoo and a vet tech/manager at a mobile pet vaccine clinic) as well as being full of art – I’m a small business owner and frequently sell my work at art conventions! I love Halloween and everything spooky – so beware my extreme excitement when fall rolls around.
My name is Abby and I am from Mount Pleasant. I just graduated from Mercyhurst University in Erie this past May with a bachelor of science in Forensic Science with a concentration in Criminalistics and Biology with a minor in law enforcement. I love to be outside whether I am camping, hiking, fishing, or hunting. Then when I can’t be outside I like to read, listen to music, or work on some of the projects that I have. Although my schooling was not for working in a Veterinary Office, I love to learn and am very excited to start this new adventure!
2021 – 2022
Adria Schlesman, VMD
2020 – 2021
Nicolette Santercangelo, DVM and Gabriel Gonzalez, DVM
2018 – 2019
Dr. Lauren Powell
2016 – 2017
Dr. Margaret Bojko