Meet Our Team
Our team members - We have a host of veterinarians, experienced EqDT instructors and stall leaders who come in from all over the world to instruct and aide in each of our courses.
Our boutique training environment promises a very small instructor to student ratio and our experienced staff will help guide you through the latest dental techniques and procedures.
You will also receive the opportunity to see and work on the dental requirements of several hundred live horses, to ensure a maximum experience while you work with the some of the best equine dentistry trainers available.
Below you will meet some of our more 'hands on' instructors.
Mrs. Laura Sissell, EqDT - is behind the marketing and instruction for the academy. She has an extensive background in the equine industry which ranges from showing and training at the world level, to working extensively within both the Australian Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing industry.
Her dual citizenship and a degree in marketing has sent her around the world, working for various international companies in the healthcare field.
Her combined experience can be found at the academy as she helps the students learn the skill of equine dentistry and the art of marketing their own equine dental business.
Ron Hildebrand, DVM - is a 1990 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. His experience as a veterinarian is exclusively equine, with at least one third of his work in the area of equine dentistry. He is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He is member and former president of the Michigan Equine Practitioners Association.
Before veterinary school, Dr. Hildebrand was a breeder of racing and hunter-jumper thoroughbreds, and he competed in three-day events. He is the founder of the Midwest Equine Dental Academy and has been an advocate of improved equine dentistry throughout the industry.
Mrs. Kristen DeWald, EqDT - Kristen grew up breeding, training and showing Appaloosa horses. Although she doesn't ride competitively anymore, she spends her free time camping and trail riding with her family.
Kristen is very passionate about the welfare of horses and the importance of equine dentistry. Her work certainly proves this, both in our classroom and the clinic alike.
Ms. Deana Weston, EqDT - has been riding and working with horses since a very young age. Deana's abilities span from English to Western but her passion lies in barrel racing.
Deana is also an accomplished dog handler and groomer but her real interest can be found here at M.E.D.A., teaching and training new equine dental students.
Mr. Myron Miller EqDT - Myron is a fantastic trainer in our clinical environment, who has a lifetime of professional equine experience. From driving to racing and everything in between, Myron offers a dynamic approach to dentistry and loves teaching in our clinical environment.
Myron is well known for his jokes and crazy antics in the barn and has a real love for both dentistry and the horses he works on.
Ms Hannah Taylor, EqDT - Hannah is an avid equestrian and when she is not working inside her own dentistry business, spends her free time barrel racing and working cows with her horse.
Hannah is a terrific member of our clinical team and as her passion lies with teaching, she can also be found in our classroom environment assisting with elements of theory.
Mr. Paul Attard, EqDT- is an accomplished Canadian dental technician and also a certified Horsemanship instructor. Paul grew up in his family's business in the Thoroughbred racing industry and was a successful trainer for many years before deciding to focus on equine dentistry.
You will find Paul in our clinical environment, where he takes a hands on approach to teaching.
When Paul is not working with horses, he can be found with his wife and young children spending time outdoors.
Mr Jace Harris, EqDT - is a very accomplished breeder and horses trainer. His abilities as both an established horseman and a talented dental technician, shine through in our clinical environment.
Jace has just joined the MEDA team and is looking forward to helping both students and horses for many years to come.
Ms Brittany Moore, EqDT - is a first year veterinary student at University of Wisconsin and a instructor on our clinical team.
Brittany's equine experience started from a young age while she was raised on a farm in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Her passion for helping animals emulates in her dentistry as well as her teaching here at MEDA.
Ms Sophie Bell, EqDT - is both an aspiring veterinarian and a new trainer to our our clinical team.
Sophie has extensive equine experience and spends her spare time training horses, barrel racing and travelling to compete in national rodeos.
Mr Mikel Thomas, EqDT - is a graduate of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M with a degree in equine and ranch management. He brings with him a passion for all things horse related and is an avid barrel horse trainer.
Mikel can be found in our clinical field and is a great addition to our team.
Ms Dot Boys, EqDT - was born in England where she was an avid eventer, show jumper and a pony club enthusiast . She spent most of her working career as a respiratory therapist and currently studies naturopathy. She is certainly a 'Jill of all trades' at the academy and always has a smile on offer.
Dot can be found in our clinical environment, organizing tools, horses and everything student related.