Our Team

A Team of Leaders

The Saginaw Valley Equine Clinic team strives to provide the highest quality veterinary care to horses through the most up-to-date biotechnologies and education. Whether your horse is your athlete or your pet, one thing is certain: Your horse is an important part of your family and should be treated as such. We appreciate your trust in our care.

Melissa Aceto, DVM Intern

Dr. Melissa Aceto hails from Orillia, Ontario, Canada, where she raised Quarter Horse and Appaloosa performance horses. She completed her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

Pete Baia, Dr. Med Vet, MS, DACVS

Locum Surgeon
As a native of Romania, Dr. Petrisor Baia obtained his DVM degree from Banat’s University of Agriculture Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Romania. Dr. Baia. His specific areas of interest are in equine orthopedics and soft tissues surgery, as well as sports medicine and diagnostic imaging.

Marley Baker

Marley Baker, one of our wonderful barn technicians, has had a lifelong passion for horses. Marley’s grandparents have always had horses for her to ride growing up and she currently attends cattle sorting competitions with her grandpa. During her free time she rides her quarter horse gelding named Cello and plays with her border collie puppy Ace.

Sam Black

Sam Black, veterinary technician, grew up in Fowlerville, Michigan on a dead end dirt road where all the neighbors knew each other. Growing up her mom trained horses and her dad drove the race horses in the standard bred industry. Sam has always shared their love of horses and started off showing in 4-H. She was also a member of her high school equestrian team and later the MSU Western team.

Brad Cumper, DVM

Dr. Brad Cumper earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from Michigan State University. His specific area of interest is sports medicine. He and his wife, Cami, have two daughters, Isabel and Peyton.

Sarah Eaton, DVM, DACT, CVA

Sarah graduated from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she completed an internship in equine reproduction and general practice in Arizona and a residency in Theriogenology (animal reproduction) at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

Jessica Foco

Jessica Foco, our amazing barn technician, cares for our animals like they are her own. Horses have been a passion since before she could walk.

Timm Gudehus, DVM, DACVS, DECVS

Locum Surgeon
Dr. Gudehus moved to Indiana from Germany where he served as an equine surgery specialist since. He is board certified by both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the European College of Equine Surgeons (ECVS). His love of horses and equestrian sports dates back to his early childhood, growing up in a family with a long history of horse riding and breeding.

Cheryl Heritier

Hospital Manager Cheryl Heritier is a lifetime horse owner who brings a practical, common sense approach to you and your horse’s appointment. She has one of the prettiest smiles you will ever see and yet is not afraid to straighten the doctors up if they get out of hand.

Katie Hessou

If you’ve visited Saginaw Valley Equine in person or called us on the phone, you’ve probably benefited from Katie’s upbeat personality and expertise. Katie is our Customer Care Associate, Receptionist, and Surgery Coordinator. She answers phones, sets up appointments, schedules surgeries, and completes too many other office tasks to list them all. Katie loves that her job lets her meet so many horse lovers.

Tom Hine

Tom Hine is our Accounting Manager here at Saginaw Valley Equine. Tom graduated from Northwood University and currently resides in the Great Lakes Bay Region with his wife Stephanie, daughter Kali and their dog Pudge. During his free time Tom enjoys recreational softball, hunting and camping with his family.

Adolfo F. Martínez, MVZ, GPC, EqM

Veterinarian Adolfo Martínez moved to the US from Mexico where he was a fertility expert, focusing on reproduction, neonatology, and sports medicine, after graduating from the University of Monterrey (UANL) Mexico. Since moving to the States with his wife and two daughters, Dr. Martinez has acquired General Practitioner in Equine Medicine certification.

Dylan McDonald

Dylan McDonald, part-time veterinary technician, is a full time college student with a passion for horses. Dylan learned a lot about horses from his grandfather who breeds horses and has always liked having his own horse.

Kendra Peruski, LVT

Kendra Peruski is a Licensed Veterinary Technician from Bad Axe, a rural town in the Thumb of Michigan. She graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Baker College in Flint, Michigan. Kendra previously worked at Thumb Veterinary Services in Sandusky, Michigan, a mixed animal practice. She did various tasks with small and large animals alike. It was there she discovered her passion for equine medicine. She is now gracing us with her knowledge and passion for equine medicine.

Arielle Robinson

When you walk into Saginaw Valley Equine you can expect a warm welcome from our greeter and office team member Arielle Robinson. Growing up Arielle was involved in 4-H and was also on the H.H. Dow High equestrian team. She still rides occasionally, but her horse Quixote is mostly retired and living the lazy life.

Carissa Rodarte

Carissa, Reproduction Coordinator and Marketing, is more than a voice at the other end of the phone when clients call the office. She has always had a love for horses and people, which led her to the University of Findlay where she graduated from the Western Equestrian Studies Program. Carissa works at SVEC helping clients and keeping us organized.

Kaylee Rodriguez

Barn technician, Kaylee Rodriguez, has a life goal of becoming a vet. Currently Kaylee attends Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in biology. She has been riding horses for 15 years now and is very active in her county fair and is on SVSU’s equine team.

Liz Routh, DVM

Although originally from Indiana, Liz completed her doctorate of veterinary medicine at Iowa State University.  Her main areas of interest include preventative medicine, herd health, dentistry, and ophthalmology. Outside of work, Liz likes to read, craft, maintain her aquariums and ride whenever possible!

Krista Schaefer

Krista Schaefer is our Inventory Manager. She brings years of customer service and experience in the equine industry to our team. Krista has many close friends within the horse community, who she enjoys spending time with while at barrel races, team sorting or at horsemanship clinics. Krista has spent much of her life in Freeland, where she currently resides with her husband, Ron, along with a rough collie (Bella), a border collie (Lilly) and her Quarter Horse mare (Chicka).