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Southern Pines, NC


Foundation Equine Clinic is an equine exclusive veterinary practice serving Southern Pines, NC, Aberdeen NC, Pinehurst NC, Raeford NC, Vass NC, Sanford NC and surrounding areas. The practice is dedicated to preventive care and dentistry, and values all types of horses and their owners. If you are looking for a horse vet or equine dentist in the sandhills of NC, please give us a call! 

Vets and Staff


Lisa Kivett, DVM, MS, DACVIM

owner/ veterinarian


Dr. Lisa Kivett grew up in Kinston, North Carolina where she enjoyed riding hunter/jumpers and dressage horses. Lisa attended NC State University for both undergraduate and veterinary studies. During veterinary school, Dr. Kivett's research focused on equine reproduction and embryo transfer.

Following graduation from NC State in 2007, Lisa completed a rotating internship in equine medicine and surgery at Louisiana State University, followed by a three-year residency in equine internal medicine at Auburn University. As a resident, Lisa worked under the guidance of highly-trained specialists to hone her skills in neurology, cardiology, neonatology, gastroenterology, respiratory medicine, musculoskeletal disorders, ultrasound, endoscopy, and more. During that time, she also earned a Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Lisa's Masters thesis involved a prospective scientific study of the effects of phenylbutazone (“Bute”) and firocoxib (“Equioxx) on equine lameness. She obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2013.

Lisa is currently a board member for the North Carolina Equine Assisted Specialized Transport and serves as the advisory veterinarian for NC Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team. Lisa is an active member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Veterinary Medical Association. She lives with her husband, son, four dogs, and five horses in Southern Pines. During her free time, she enjoys trail riding and spending time at the beach.




Emma Poole, DVM



Dr. Emma Poole is a graduate of NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine who has been passionate about horses since she was a child. She grew up riding and eventing, and has continued her interest in sport horses as a professional. Dr. Poole’s research with bone marrow-derived stem cells at the Schnabel Equine Sports Medicine Laboratory was recently published in Frontiers Veterinary Research Journal. Her special interests include sports medicine, lameness, preventive care, emergency medicine, and ophthalmology. Dr. Poole comes to us from the Raleigh area where she has spent the last year. She excels in using regenerative therapies and rehab to get injured horses back to doing what they love. Dr. Poole also enjoys taking care of emergencies in the field; she says that being able to bring comfort to both horse and owner is one of the most rewarding things she does.
In her spare time she enjoys running, playing with her two rescue dogs, and riding her beloved horse Indy! 





Kelli Kwapnioski

veterinary assistant


Kelli grew up in Nebraska and began her love affair with horses though the 4-H program. This eventually lead her to get a B.S. in Animal Science specializing in Equine Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  While she was in college she was a member of the Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team and an avid member of the UNL Rodeo Association.  Her show experience ranges from riding in a variety of western events to carriage driving, along with a few years of hunter under saddle. Kelli is certified in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, which in turn has allowed her to be an avid member of the North Carolina Equine Assistance & Specialized Transport team. Kelli has been a team member of Foundation Equine since 2013! 




Christina Reynolds

client outreach coordinator / office manager


Christina has spent most of her life immersed in the equine industry. She grew up riding and showing her family's horses along the east coast, and later attended NC State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science with concentrations in Nutrition and Agricultural Business Management. Christina enjoyed riding for the university's dressage and western riding teams, as well as working for, and later managing, a local feed store.  

After earning her degree, Christina went to work in the feed industry as a nutrition specialist. She received several certifications within the industry, and was awarded the title of Professional Animal Scientist in equine science, beef cattle science, and nutrient management.  Christina worked extensively with the racehorse industry, boarding barns, vet clinics and the backyard horse owners to make sure horses were equipped to be their healthiest and perform at their very best. She really enjoys working with horse owners to help them understand the ins and outs of equine nutrition, and how it applies to their own horses' well-being. Her background also includes prior experience in the veterinary medical world. Christina lives with her husband and son just outside of Southern Pines.