Alexandra Tracey, DVM, DACVS-LA
Dr. Alexandra Tracey, one of only two practicing board certified large animal surgeons (DACVS-LA) in South Carolina, has been dedicated to horses since her first riding lesson many years ago. She has competed in eventing, dressage, western pleasure, barrel racing, and polo over her years as a horsewoman.
Veterinary medicine and surgery are more than a job or a career for Dr. Tracey... They are a calling and she commits her life to the complete care and health of her patients. Palmetto Equine offers the best in digital radiography, ultrasound, and in-house laboratory testing to provide comprehensive diagnosis and establish a treatment protocol for each horse. The hospital provides state-of-the-art surgical facilities to accommodate all surgical procedures, from emergency colic surgeries to elective arthroscopy.
After graduating from veterinary school at Kansas State University in 2008, Dr. Tracey spent a year as an intern at the top equine hospital in the world, Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY. Following her time in Kentucky, Dr. Tracey moved to Iowa to complete a residency in Equine Surgery. After three years of residency and one year as the emergency surgeon for Iowa State University, Dr. Tracey moved south to enjoy warmer weather and rejoin the horse communities of her youth.
Lindsey Henderson, DVM, CVSMT, cVMA
Dr. Lindsey Henderson began riding at the young age of 18 months and started showing when she was only 5 years old! As a child of Army parents, one consistency between bases was the ability to ride at the stables and this is when her love of horses first started. Her interest in medicine stemmed from shadowing her physician mother and she always wanted to combine her love for animals with what her mother did.
Dr. Henderson attended Auburn University for her undergraduate degree (War Eagle!). She then worked as a veterinary technician at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, KY for several years before continuing on to veterinary school. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2014, after which she spent a year as an intern at Kendall Road Equine Hospital in Elgin, IL where she focused on equine sports medicine. She has a special interest in keeping the equine athlete at peak performance. In addition to traditional medicine, Dr. Henderson offers chiropractic and acupuncture to keep horses feeling their best!
In her spare time Dr. Henderson enjoys riding and showing her horses. While she started in the world of western performance, showing everything from halter to barrel racing, she now spends her time in the show jumper ring. When not riding, she spends much of her time with friends and family enjoying the outdoors.
Julie Lemons, Head Veterinary Technician
Palmetto Equine is thrilled to welcome Julie to our team! Since she was a little girl, Julie has admired horses and wanted them to play a large role in her life. While earning her Bachelors degree in Animal Science at Clemson University, she worked at the CU Equine Center. After graduation in 2009, she leapt at the chance to be a part of a unique opportunity in Guthrie, Texas where she completed a breeding and foaling internship at the famous 6666 Ranch! It was during her time in Texas that she decided being a veterinary technician was her calling. She returned to South Carolina and worked at Tiger Town Animal Hospital and the T Ed Garrison Arena before entering the Veterinary Technology Program at Tri-County Technical College. She graduated in May 2014 and passed her national board examination that summer. She then went on to work at the University of Georgia's large animal hospital until the summer of 2015. Julie is excited to join the Palmetto Equine team and looks forward to meeting all our amazing clients!
Jessica Langston,Veterinary Assistant
Jessica started riding on a mounted drill team at a young age. That drill team became a multiple southeastern regional championship team and a multiple state champion team. When not performing with the drill team, she also showed in western events and started barrel racing. She completed a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with an Equine Science and Management emphasis. During this time, she worked on a feed research trail at UGA’s Animal Sciences Daily and at UGA’s Animal Sciences Snyder Barn, which is a stallion station that breeds American Quarter Horses. Since graduating, she has worked at multiple warmblood and P.R.E. breeding farms before coming to join the Palmetto Equine team!
Brianna Sullivan, Veterinary Technician
Briana has been in the veterinary world her whole life, assisting her father who is a veterinarian even before she went to school to become a veterinary technician. She has an associates degree in Animal Science and an associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Her hobbies include riding her Paso Fino, Sabi, exploring the dog parks with her dog Bailie, and attending concerts on her weekends off!
Kay Walters, Administrative Assistant, Veterinary Assistant
Kay began riding horses with her mother at the young age of 2 and has been a dedicated horse lover ever since! At 8 years old she started showing western pleasure and assisting with the care of the riding horses. She has competed in barrel racing and breakaway roping but her main passion these days is team roping. Her interest in becoming a veterinary assistant stemmed from shadowing her best friend, an equine veterinarian who she helped on farm calls. To continue her own education, Kay completed her certifications for Equine Sports Massage Therapy & Equine Rehabilitation Therapy.
“There is nothing on earth I’m more passionate about than animals and the bonds they have with their humans, especially horses. I’m also an enthusiast of preventative maintenance, sports medicine and keeping your performance horse feeling their best, so I knew Palmetto Equine Hospital was the perfect place for me! I was impressed with the surgical facility and the positive energy I received when I became a client. After spending some time with Dr. Tracey I knew this was the place for me!”
Most days, you’ll find Kay greeting clients, assisting our veterinarians or caring for our medical boarding clients.