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 May, 2011. 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, a full-service equine practice and referral center, where she was exposed to all aspects of equine veterinary medicine. 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.
Alexis Baney, DVM
Dr. Alexis Baney joined Allegheny Equine in 2015. She grew up in central Pennsylvania and was introduced to horses by her grandfather, who had her riding well before she was able to walk. She participated in 4-H, the local hunter circuit and had a passion for jumping. Dr. Baney received her veterinary degree from Ross University and completed her clinical year at Oklahoma State. After veterinary school, she traveled to Florida to complete a 1-year internship at Brandon Equine Medical Center, a full service equine ambulatory practice and referral center. Dr. Baney’s professional interests are lameness diagnosis, ultrasound, ambulatory/preventative medicine and dentistry. She has 2 amazing Labrador fur kids, Ren and Dingo as well as a small menagerie of other animals. In her spare time, Dr. Baney enjoys riding her horse Prince, a retired Thoroughbred race horse, traveling, hiking, kayaking and cooking.
Margaret Bojko, DVM
Dr. Margaret Bojko joined Allegheny Equine in 2016 after graduating with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. Originally from a suburb of Chicago, IL, she started riding Saddlebreds at a young age before transitioning to the stock horse world of barrel racing and working cows. Dr. Bojko attended the University of Illinois in Urbana, IL for her undergraduate studies, where she earned her Bachelor of Sciences in Animal Science, and was a member and coach of the western equestrian team. Throughout her studies in veterinary school she focused much of her time on reproductive physiology of all species especially the horse. While in Illinois she devoted much of her time to local animal rescues by fostering dogs and rehabilitating and training horses. Dr. Bojko enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine with her main interests being reproduction, preventative medicine, and internal medicine. You may see her on the road with her dog, Ringo. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, riding Dressage, raising chickens, and trail riding with her Paint Horses Star and Ziggy.
Cheryl Harvey, DVM
Dr. Cheryl Harvey joined Allegheny Equine in 2019. She completed a one year internship in 2020 and began her position as an associate veterinarian. Dr. Harvey grew up on the New Jersey coastline, about 2 miles from the ocean. She earned her bachelor of science degree from Rutgers University in 2015 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Tennessee in 2019. She took her first riding lesson at the age of nine and rode many different disciplines growing up. While she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, her main interests include internal medicine, emergency medicine, preventative care, and critical care. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to the gym, and watching a good movie.
Nicolette Santercangelo, DVM
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.
Gabriel Gonzalez, DVM
Dr. Gabriel Gonzalez grew up in sunny Central Florida less than 30 minutes from Walt Disney World. Dr. Gonzalez finished an Associate’s Degree in Valencia College in 2015 and then became a Florida Gator after transferring to the University of Florida to complete a bachelors in Microbiology & Cell Science. He got accepted into veterinary school without having completed a bachelors degree in 2016 and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020. During his studies at North Carolina State University he was involved in a research project looking at severe forms of colic in horses; specifically strangulating small intestinal lesions that is intended to help with treatment of horses with these forms of colic in the future. Dr. Gonzalez started working at a local horse boarding farm during middle school to pay for his horse riding lessons. Eventually in high school he acquired his own horse and started to compete in dressage and hunter jumper shows. Dr. Gonzalez has a particular interest in Equine Surgery and intends on applying for an equine surgery residency upon completion of his internship at Allegheny Equine. In his free time Dr. Gonzalez enjoys spending time with family, his cat named Raleigh and his African Grey parrot named Smokey. He enjoys riding horses when he can and loves to swim and go hiking.
Our Support Staff
Darcy joined Allegheny Equine in March 2009. Holding a bachelor’s degree in business administration, she currently works part time in our Accounts Payable department. She manages her time away from AE raising two children, Cole and Allison, and helping her husband Randy with their quarter horse business. She enjoys showing western pleasure at AQHA and NSBA shows, watching her son play hockey and her daughter show horses.
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 lessons from Kathy and Kassie Emrick at Happy Trails Equestrian Center in Dayton, PA 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.
Lauryn D’Amico, CVT
Lauryn joined the Allegheny Equine team fall of 2015. Growing up on a small farm in the town of White Oak, PA she was introduced to horses and other farm animals at a young age. Immediately after graduating high school she began her schooling at the Vet Tech Institute in downtown Pittsburgh. Here she completed their program to receive an Associate’s degree in Veterinary Technology. Her first introduction to Allegheny Equine was when she came to complete her externship and once finished Lauryn became a full-time technician at the practice. In spring of 2016, she went on and passed the state board’s exam to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. In Veterinary medicine Lauryn enjoys all subjects but her main interests include animal rehabilitation, emergency cases and laboratory work. For fun, you can find her hiking and kayaking with her dogs, taking trail rides on her horse and spending time with her family and pets.
Growing up, Maddie always knew she wanted to be in veterinary medicine. After high school, she attended the Vet Tech Institute in Pittsburgh, Pa., where she completed her studies with a degree in Animal Science. Maddie then did an externship at a place she was very familiar with and had always wanted to work at, Allegheny Equine. They had cared for her horses growing up. She has been with Allegheny Equine since 2015. In Maddie’s spare time, she loves riding her Friesian cross named Valentina and she’s shown in both dressage and eventing. “Tina” and Maddie enjoy trail riding and are both looking forward to starting to show again in the near future.
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.
Marie joined Allegheny Equine in 2018. Marie has had a love of animals her whole life. She grew up in Kansas, starting in 4H at the age of 8 and working her way to AQHA. In High School and College, she switched to Hunter/Jumper, and graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor’s in Animal Science, with an Equine minor. She moved to PA in 2015 from Florida. She is married and has her hands full with 3 cats, 2 horses and 1 dog. In her spare time, between juggling work and caring for her critters, Marie enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time in nature.
Kayla joined Allegheny Equine as a Vet Tech in April of 2019. She has always been interested in animals ever since she was little. Growing up she started out trail riding at her aunt’s farm 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 completing her two dogs in agility and other dog sports.
Talya joined Allegheny Equine in November 2019. You can find Talya working in the office at the clinic. In her free time, Talya likes to spend time with her horse Kahlua and her dog Korona.
2019 – 2020
Sarah Tegtmeier, DVM and Cheryl Harvey, DVM
2018 – 2019
Dr. Lauren Powell
2016 – 2017
Dr. Margaret Bojko