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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. Dr. Kivett 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, Dr. Kivett 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, Dr. Kivett 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. Kivett'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.

Dr. Kivett is an adjunct professor at NC State University and teaches veterinary students in their final year of training. She is currently a board member for the North Carolina Equine Assisted Specialized Transport and serves as the advisory veterinarian for Sandhills Horse Rescue and NC Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team. Dr. Kivett 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 is a certified veterinary chiropractor and an FEI permitted treating veterinarian.

Dr. Poole 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! You may see her competing in eventing on the weekends at the Carolina Horse Park and other local venues! 





Myra Durham, DVM, MS, DACVS

surgery and lameness specialist


Dr Durham grew up on a farm in Walnut Cove NC, where she was active in youth 4-H showing livestock and horses. She attended North Carolina State University, receiving a BS in biology in 2003 and her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2007.

Following graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Durham completed five years of additional equine surgical and lameness training at the University of Georgia and Louisiana State University, receiving a masters in veterinary sciences in 2012 and board-certification in Equine Surgery in 2013. Dr. Durham was most recently a faculty surgeon and lameness specialist at NC State University for six years.

Dr. Durham’s primary interests are in orthopedic surgery and advanced lameness diagnostics and treatment. She has published research in orthopedics and fracture repair. Dr. Durham also attended the Chi institute for acupuncture and provides this service in addition to traditional sports medicine and surgery.

In her spare time, Dr. Durham actively competes her off-the-track Thoroughbred, Cajun Red, in hunter/jumpers.

Dr. Durham is available by advance appointment for second opinions, consultations, advanced lameness cases, high-level ultrasound, elective surgeries and acupuncture.




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! 



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Tiffany Burch

client outreach coordinator / office manager


Tiffany grew up in Augusta and Savannah, GA and studied Equine Business Management at St. Andrews University where she earned her B.A. Tiffany comes to us after working in a few small animal clinics, and was a tour guide/ carriage driver in historic downtown Savannah! 

Tiffany has a background in many different types of riding, including both Western and  English disciplines! During her time at St. Andrews she competed on the ISHA team and was active in the lesson program. Some of her hobbies include hitting the trails on her Quarter Horse mare Blaze, playing with her dog Ella, reading, sports, painting, craft breweries, the beach, and spending time with friends and family.