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Our Veterinarians


Practice Owner & Veterinarian

There would be no Energy Equine without Dr. Chad Hewlett. Dr. Hewlett was born and raised in Iowa and graduated from Iowa's Wesleyan College with a Bachelor of Science with Honours and then followed with his DVM in Iowa State University. His post-graduate internship was spent at the Ontario Veterinary College where he specialized in Equine Surgery Medicine. His next move was to Calgary, Alberta, where he worked for Moore Equine Veterinary Centre. At Moore’s he gained an incredible knowledge of the equine athlete, and began to focus on lameness. Chad's interest brought him to famous lameness veterinarian, David McCarrol, at Interstate Equine in Goldsby, Oklahoma. Once again returning to Calgary in 2006, and after the successful completion of a post-doctorate IVAS certification in Veterinary Acupuncture, Chad started his own ambulatory practice, Energy Equine. Dr. Hewlett has a special interest in performance horse soundness and locomotion and is known for treating some of the top performance horses in the country.



Dr. Becky Tees joined Energy Equine as an associate veterinarian in July of 2019. Originally raised on her family’s cattle ranch near Cranbrook, BC, she obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Calgary in 2018. Following graduation, she completed a one-year internship at Pioneer Equine Hospital in Oakdale, California. Dr. Tees’ professional interests include lameness, surgery, and diagnostic imaging. Dr. Tees currently sits on the Performance Horse Committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and is on the Equine Advisory Committee for the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (AbVMA). Outside of work, Becky and her husband, Steve, have a working ranch and hay sales operation near Cochrane, AB and have a little boy named Thane.



Dr. Travis Kelter was born and raised in Cochrane, Alberta and comes from a family of animal-lovers and outdoorsmen. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2017 and joined the Energy Equine team shortly thereafter. Dr. Kelter has an infectious enthusiasm and is known for his deep level of attention to both his clients, and the horses he cares for. He has his certification in chiropractics through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and has a special interest in lameness, digestive health and a whole-horse approach to the equine athlete.



Dr. Andrea Smith grew up in Saskatoon and was drawn to veterinary medicine because she truly enjoys working with people and their animals. Dr. Smith enjoys riding and barrel racing in her spare time, so it makes perfect sense that she would choose to pursue equine medicine. She first starting working for Energy Equine as a summer student over five years ago and we are exceptionally proud to be a part of her journey to become a veterinarian. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 and joined us as a veterinarian shortly thereafter. She was drawn to Energy Equine because of the great team atmosphere and team approach mentality.



Dr. Lisa Hill was born and raised in Victoria, BC and developed a passion for horses at a very young age. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria before travelling to New Zealand for veterinary school at Massey University. Upon graduation in 2018, she then moved to Australia where she completed a one-year internship at Bendigo Equine Hospital. This allowed her to develop her skills in sports medicine, surgery, internal medicine, and reproduction. Dr. Hill’s special interests include lameness, sports medicine, and surgery. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outdoors whether that is hiking, horseback riding, or playing softball.



Dr. Amanda Gacioch grew up in Belvidere, Illinois and studied at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Following graduation Amanda moved north and worked as a mixed animal veterinarian in Saskatchewan. However, her passion for horses drove her to focus on a career in the equine field, bringing her to Energy Equine in January of 2022. Within the veterinary industry her interests include lameness, helping high performance horses reach their potential, as well as reproduction. She chose to join the team at Energy Equine to hone in on her sports medicine and lameness skills in a fun, supportive environment where she can grow as a veterinarian. Personally, she loves to ride and is becoming more involved in reined cow horse, as well as starting her first filly. On the weekends you can find her adventuring in the mountains and hanging out with her dogs. She asked that we be sure to include that her dog, Lucca, is the most perfect dog being in the universe. In the future, Amanda hopes to continue developing her skillset in sports medicine, as well as reproduction. Personally, she aims to one day have a cow/calf ranch and to breed cowhorses, alongside of her wonderful dogs (of course). 

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