D. Kirk Eddleman, MHA – Chief Executive Officer & Consultant
Kirk also serves as the CEO of Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery, a large and rapidly expanding equine practice headquartered in Weatherford, Texas. In the six years since Kirk took charge, this practice has grown from a midsized clinic to a premiere 25-doctor practice encompassing racetracks in six states, a world class reproduction center, and a flagship emergency & referral hospital.
Prior to joining ESMS, Kirk was the Assistant Hospital Administrator for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University. In addition, Kirk has years of veterinary technical experience in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery. He has authored articles for veterinary technical and managerial publications and presented on the technical and business aspects of equine practice. Kirk holds a Masters of Health Administration from Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center.
Julie Lee – Business and Finance Manager
Julie is a native of Columbus, Montana. She brings almost 20 years of experience in business management in the equine industry, having worked for a world famous equine clinician, large breeding farms, and equine veterinary practices. In addition, Julie has worked in the banking and health care industries. Julie has training and years of experience in accounting, bookkeeping, financial planning, tax law, payroll organization and commission payment structures. Julie joined Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in 2007 as the practice’s Accounting Manager. In 2010, Julie was promoted to her current roll as the Business and Finance Manager for EPMG. Julie enjoys spending time with her family and has twin boys who became big brothers to a new sister in 2011.
Cynthia Alford, CPhT, Purchasing Agent
The medical field has always been of interest to Cynthia. She holds an AAS in Administration/Management Studies. She is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT), and is a Nationally Registered and Medical Assistant (NRMA). Cynthia began working with Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in 2010 as the Purchasing & Pharmacy Assistant, and has now joined EPMG as our Purchasing Agent. Cynthia has excellent customer service and organizational skills. Cynthia has lived all over the country and settled her roots in Weatherford in 2004. She is married and has four children.
Tera Nance - Controller
Tera was raised in Breckenridge, Texas. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration in accounting from Tarleton State University, and is currently a CPA Exam Candidate. Tera has advanced training and experience in upper level accounting, finance, and management. She possesses incredible financial reporting, analysis, and budgeting skills, and her knowledge of general accounting procedures are second to none. With over ten years’ accounting experience, Tera has worn many hats in the industry having worked as a Staff Accountant for a public accounting firm and a Cost Accountant for a large oil & gas exploration manufacturer. She began her career with EPMG as a Managerial Accountant in 2010 and was promoted to the position of Controller in 2012.
Leslie Palmer – Human Resources Manager
Leslie is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She has spent over 20 years working in the horse industry. Leslie joined the management team at Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in 2001. Prior to joining ESMS, she worked for the Texas Quarter Horse Association as the Office Manager, Bookkeeper, and Texas-Bred Accreditation Registrar, and was the Executive Assistant to the General Manager for Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Leslie is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and has advanced training and years of experience dealing with human resources issues, veterinary licensing and insurance (including property, employee benefits, professional liability, workers compensation, & auto). She brings a unique skill set to the EPMG team. She is proficient at rules and regulations pertaining to Human Resources, and is a highly skilled editor.
Brandie Blodgett Mustian – Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Brandie was raised on a historic ranch in Texas in a veterinary family. The animal health industry is home for her. She worked in pharmaceutical sales on the animal health side for ten years. She holds a BS in Agricultural Communications from Texas Tech University. Her experience in pharmaceutical sales honed her communications skills and developed her strengths as a connector and sales person. Brandie joined the EPMG Management Team in 2010 as the Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator. She is married and has two young children. Brandie’s greatest asset is her ability to connect with people. She consistently encourages people she meets and works with to leverage every relationship and opportunity.
Jill Hatcher – Accounts Receivable Manager
Jill was born in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Texas at age ten. She worked as a dental assistant for 17 years, and owned and operated a child care center for 11 years. Jill joined the Management Team at Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in 1999. She has advanced training and years of experience in collections. In addition, Jill is currently working towards an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Weatherford College. She dedicates many hours to continuing her education on collection techniques and business communication and correspondence. Jill’s lifelong love for children and people is evident in her daily work. She is very involved at her church where she sings in the choir and teaches classes for three and four-year-olds.
Lynne McCartney, CTP – Executive Assistant
Lynne McCartney grew up in Brenham where she worked for the famous Blue Bell Creameries. She brings over 25 years of experience in accounting from both the retail and healthcare industries. She is a Certified Treasury Professional and an active member of the Fort Worth Association of Financial Professionals. Lynne received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Lynne offers strong proficiencies in financial analysis. She also offers multiple business organizational and development skills which are valuable to the entire EPMG team.
Lynne enjoys spending time with her husband and son along with reading, cooking and gardening.
Michelle Zanetti - Special Projects Coordinator
Michelle grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. She is married with three young children. Michelle has worked in the veterinary industry for more than ten years. She joined Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in 2007. Beginning her career as a veterinary technician & receptionist, Michelle has held several positions and responsibilities including purchasing and inventory, reproduction office assistant, and accounting assistant. She has advanced training and is highly skilled with practice management and accounting software systems including HVMS, Wise Options, & QuickBooks. She is a great team player and offers high energy, flexibility and strong customer service skills.
Wendy Stone – Business Associate
Wendy grew up in a large family in Dallas, Texas. She is a dedicated mom who homeschooled her four children for 18 years. Wendy spent eight years as a customer service specialist for an international computer parts sales organization. Wendy joined the management team at Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery in 2008 and currently serves as an Accounts Receivable Specialist for EPMG. Wendy holds a degree in Human Services and is currently earning a degree in business with a focus on Business Law and Accounting. In addition, Wendy has skills and experience in embroidery which she uses to help EPMG clients improve their image.
Marla Rhoades – Business Associate
Marla was born in Fort Worth, Texas and lives on their family ranch outside of Tolar, Texas. She and her husband have raised three children who all share the same love for horses. Marla worked for 20 years as a licensed Commercial and Personal Insurance Agent. In addition, she has experience and training as an office manager, human resources manager, accounting specialist and executive assistant. She has spent many hours in continuing education on the topics of client relations, employee retention, interview procedures, recruiting, labor and wage laws, managing difficult people and Texas Workers Compensation Guidelines. She joined the EPMG Management Team in 2007 as an Accounts Payable Specialist.
James Robinson – Chief Information Systems Technician
James was born and raised in Benbrook, Texas. James and his wife live with their four children in Saginaw, Texas. He attended Tarrant County College for an Associates in Applied Science in Psychology and Human Behavior. Technology became his focus and he has always worked in the industry. James is a member of CompTIA and hones his skills in the IT arena through continuing education. He has a keen eye for detail and an analytical mind, allowing him to troubleshoot and correct issues arising in day-to-day network environments. James enjoys new challenges and the constant learning opportunities the IT field presents.
Mary Beth Elliott – Business Associate
Mary Beth grew up in Beaumont, Texas and has resided in Weatherford for over 20 years. During this time she gained experience in the medical field with Claims Status, Billing and Office Management. She joined the EPMG Management team in 2012. She’s the person behind the friendly voice you hear when you call EPMG regarding any billing questions you might have. Her enthusiasm to ensure that customer satisfaction is a way of life at EPMG is reflected in her willingness to give each phone call her upmost attention.
Mary Beth’s hobbies include hunting, fishing and horses. She is married and has two children and 2 grandchildren.