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.

Marley Baker

Marley Baker, Barn Technician, 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.

Nicole Bone, LVT

Locum Anesthesiologist
Nicole Bone has always had a love for horses. She was one of those city kids that desperately wanted to be a country kid. While working for a therapeutic riding stable she decided to pursue an equine education at Michigan State University. Nicole’s career took her to a large emergency hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

Jess Bromberg

When you walk into Saginaw Valley Equine you can expect a warm welcome from Jess Bromberg, our Greeter and Office Team Member. When Jess was young her mom surprised her with riding lessons and she has been hooked ever since. Her favorite memory is trail riding in the Sandhills of Nebraska with her sister. When she isn’t at the clinic or trail riding Jess enjoys spending time with her husband Chuck, her animals and friends.

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.

Ashley Fox

Ashley Fox, Customer Care and Scheduling Manager, is more than a voice at the other end of the phone when clients call the office. Ashley has been riding since childhood and was a member of 4-H and the high school equestrian team. When she isn’t busy helping our clients Ashley is exploring northern Michigan with her husband, Marc, and two boys, Finnley and Cooper.

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.

Savannah Henrichs

Savannah is a Veterinary Technician at SVEC who often assists with farm calls and in surgeries. Like any younger sister, she followed her big sister when she began horseback riding lessons and instantly fell in love taking lessons herself. Savannah has taught summer camps, assisted with a therapeutic riding program in high school, and then chose to get her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Science to pursue her passion in the equine industry. Savannah loves to bake, spend time with her husband Benjamin and has recently discovered a passion for gardening.

Cheryl Heritier

Cheryl Heritier, Hospital Manager, 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.

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, Customer Care, and Marketing, 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

Kaylee Rodriguez, Barn Technician, 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).