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.
Kristin Abderhalden, DVM
Dr. Kristin Abderhalden joined the practice in August 2021. She was raised in Horseheads, New York. She started riding horses at the age of twelve, became an active member of 4-H, and participated in numerous hunter shows as well as eventing with her horse, Murphy’s Law. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Animal and Poultry Science. She then went on to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University in 2002. She became an Associate Veterinarian at Spruce Run Equine in Somerset, PA and worked there for the past fifteen years. Her primary interests are geriatrics, dentistry and general medicine. Dr. Abderhalden is also a mother of four, wife, avid amateur photographer and has recently rejoined the showing and jumping world.
Adria Schlesman, VMD
Dr. Adria Schlesman was born and raised in Westmoreland County. Her love for horses was fostered at a young age while spending time at the barn with her mother and horses, Meghan and CC. 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, and she also milked cows on the weekends at Penn’s Marshak Dairy. Dr. Schlesman’s professional interests include internal medicine, sports medicine, and emergency/critical care. In her free time, Dr. Schlesman enjoys running with her dog, Sherman; riding her horse, Zandy; visiting her two Shetland ponies, Linnaeus and Maurice; and spending time with her husband, family, and friends.
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 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.
Kayla joined Allegheny Equine as a Vet Tech in April of 2019. She has always had an interest in animals since she was a little girl. Growing up, she started out trail riding at her aunt’s farm, and then began to take lessons in dressage, jumping and Western. She then worked with adults and children with special needs, sharing with them how horses are therapeutic. When Kayla is not at the barn riding her horse, she’s found hiking with her dogs. She also enjoys competing her two dogs in agility and other dog sports.
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.
2020 – 2021
Nicolette Santercangelo, DVM and Gabriel Gonzalez, DVM
2019 – 2020
Sarah Tegtmeier, DVM and Cheryl Harvey, DVM
2018 – 2019
Dr. Lauren Powell
2016 – 2017
Dr. Margaret Bojko