Meet the Team

Dr. Lisa Casinella
Lisa CasinellaDr. Lisa Casinella grew up in Jamesville, NY. She is a 1996 graduate of the Atlantic Veterinary College in Prince Edward Island, Canada. From 1996-2010 she practiced in central Virginia. In 2010 she joined Peak Performance Equine Services, working alongside Dr. Christiana Ober in Ocala, FL as an ambulatory practitioner specializing in the performance horse.  She has developed a comprehensive background in both the sport horse and race horse industries; Dr. Casinella is actively involved with Thoroughbred sales throughout the east coast. Over the years, she has served as the Official USEF Team Veterinarian for the U.S. Show Jumping, Driving and Vaulting Teams. Lisa also added complementary medicine to her portfolio, utilizing equine acupuncture. Dr. Casinella is based year round in Ocala. She and her husband Randy, are immersed in the Thoroughbred racing industry  and spend much of their time with their horses and dog Dottie.

Dr. Jill Copenhagen
Jill Copenhagen
Dr. Jill Copenhagen grew up in Saratoga, CA. She was an active member of her local Pony Club, eventually attaining the rating of H-A. While volunteering for her veterinarian, she discovered her passion for not only riding, but also helping horses. Jill completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, San Diego, where she majored in biology. She then attended vet school at the University of California, Davis, from where she graduated in 2010. Looking to explore a new part of the country, she completed an internship at the Equine Medical Center of Ocala in Ocala, FL, further developing an interest in lameness and sports medicine. Upon finishing the internship, she was offered the opportunity to spend a year as a veterinary assistant to Dr. Christiana Ober, refining her skills in lameness evaluations, imaging, pre-purchase examinations and managing the competition horse. Jill has since stayed on as an associate and has had the opportunity to represent Peak Performance at national and international competitions including Rolex, Bromont, Fair Hill, Boekelo in 2012. She has also attended the Options For Animals College of Animal Chiropractic, where she became certified by the IVCA. Jill is now proud to offer chiropractic evaluations and adjustments as an integrative therapy for the equine athletes of the practice. During her time working with Dr. Ober, she has also served in an assistant veterinary capacity to the Canadian National Team. Dr. Copenhagen spends half her year in Middleburg, VA and the other half of the year in Ocala, FL. She also services Aiken, SC intermittently throughout the winter. In her spare time, Jill enjoys playing volleyball and other outdoor sports and spending time with friends.

Dr. Jonathan FurlongJonny Furlong

Between the last name, the parents, and the upbringing, Dr. Jonny Furlong was always destined to become an equine veterinarian. He tried to pursue a different path, which lead to him studying Exercise Physiology at the University of Virginia, where he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As part of his master’s degree, Jonny spent a year working at UVA’s SPEED Lab, a world-class [human] gait analysis facility, focused on running performance and injury rehabilitation. The experience was immediately familiar, as analyzing athletes’ jogging is basically a Furlong family pastime. After that lightbulb moment, Jonny accepted his fate, and decided to follow his parents’ footsteps. He attended veterinary school at the University of Melbourne (Australia), graduating with first class honors in 2017. After graduating, Jonny spent the next year and a half in Ocala, FL, completing an ambulatory internship at Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital. While there, he had the opportunity to work with horses from many different disciplines and industries, including: thoroughbred training, racing, breeding, and sales; eventing; Western pleasure; dressage, and combined driving. Jonny returned home to join the practice in June 2019. His areas of interest include lameness, diagnostic imaging, sports medicine and rehabilitation, and general ambulatory practice. He has served as the official US Team Veterinarian for US Driving. When not working, Jonny can usually be found on a bike or playing with his Irish Terrier, Groot.

 
JanJan Hamilton
Jan developed an early love for horses growing up on her family’s farm in Alva, Florida. She competed through FEI level Combined Driving before attending college at University of New Hampshire where she studied Business and Political Science. After university, she built a small product photography business while making sure to leave time for her equestrian passion. She loves the world of high performance and has spent many seasons in Europe helping US team members compete abroad. Jan is excited to join the team and broaden her skillset as she takes on the role of ambulatory technician. In her spare time, Jan enjoys skiing, spending time with her horse Tali and dog Groot, organizing Combined Driving events, and serving on the USEF Driving Sport Committee.
 
Tina McPheetersTina McPheeters
Tina grew up in Illinois and developed a passion for horses through her mother. Riding sporadically as a kid, she was always animal crazy. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2004 and started working as a credentialed equine technician. As a licensed veterinary technician, Tina has gained a wide range of experience in anesthesia, nuclear scintigraphy, radiology, and microbiology before finding her passion for sports medicine.   In search of warmer weather she relocated to Ocala in 2016. She joined PPES in October 2017 as an ambulatory technician. In her spare time, she enjoys stand up paddle board, cooking and spending time with friends and her dog Thelma.


katlinKatlin Russell: Katlin grew up in Mississippi and at a young age developed a fascination for all animals. Her love for horses soon blossomed into a passion when she found herself working as a professional whipper-in/groom for a foxhunt in Alabama. While working for the foxhunt Katlin also found her love for repurposing thoroughbred racehorses for foxhunting and jumping. It was because of foxhunting that she was able to go to New Zealand in 2019 and work for the Master of a hunt, this position allowed her to have a “true New Zealand hunt experience” jumping over wire fences and galloping across the infamous New Zealand hills. She graduated with her BS in Animal and Dairy Science with a concentration in Pre-Vet from Mississippi State University in 2020. In her spare time, she enjoys riding “her pony”, a big 17 hand thoroughbred, spending time with her two dogs, and binge watching The Office for the 15th time.