Dr. Cary Hills
Greetings to the dedicated clients and friends of Sound Equine,
Thank you for the privilege of working with your animals the past 16 years. I appreciate the trust you have given to me and hope you will continue that relationship with the devoted doctors and staff at Sound Equine Vet Hospital who are carrying on our mission of high-quality veterinary services and compassionate care for your horses and livestock.
Cary Hills DVM
Dr. Claire Smith - Hospital and Medical Director
After seriously considering making a career of riding, Dr. Smith started pre-veterinary course work in California and then enrolled in veterinary school at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to the regular curriculum, she completed nine externships at some of the top equine hospitals and practices in the country.
Following graduation Dr. Smith accepted a surgical and medical internship at Oregon’s Willamette Valley Equine Hospital where she gained additional experience in anesthesia, pain control, surgery, hospitalization of critically ill patients, neurologic cases, emergency and trauma medicine, neonatal foal care, imaging, and other areas of modern equine veterinary practice. She has been with Sound Equine since 2010.
Her husband, Brad Green, is an internal medicine doctor for small animals. He has offices in Poulsbo and Olympia, Washington. Between them they have two cats, one dog, and two horses. They welcomed a daughter in December of 2015.
Dr. Beau Green - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Beau Green holds a B.S. in cellular, molecular and developmental biology from the University of Washington and graduated from WSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, Beau completed a year-long medicine and surgery internship at Bend Equine Medical Center. His veterinary interests include emergency care, dentistry, ophthalmology, and endocrine/metabolic disease.
Beau is the proud, loving owner of two kitties and a 19 year old Thoroughbred mare.
In his free time Beau is an avid mountain biker, climber, and sailor.
Dr. Charlie Fahy - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Charlie Fahy grew up on the east coast where their family trained and raced
Standardbreds. Outside of harness racing, Charlie rode hunters and jumpers and was
active in 4-H. They also bred and showed Netherland Dwarf rabbits.
Dr. Fahy earned BS degrees in Biology and Animal Science from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH. They then attended The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, with an equine emphasis, followed by a one year equine internship in field service and internal medicine. After their internship, Dr. Fahy completed a 3 year residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, working with a variety of farm animals in addition to horses. Their interests and areas of expertise include emergency and critical care, neonatal medicine, respiratory disease, neurology, dentistry, and managing hospitalized patients. Additionally, they are looking forward to providing preventative and
maintenance care for your horses, small ruminants, and camelids.
Charlie moved to Washington with their 2 German Shepherd Dogs, Kobe and Theodore, and 3 long-haired cats - Cricket, Spyder, and Flea! When not working or spending time with their pets, Charlie enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, photography, knitting, and fostering kittens. They look forward to getting to know the PNW - suggestions for
exploring the area are always welcome!
Dr. Armando Nieto- Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Armando Nieto was raised in Colorado and New Mexico, and graduated from veterinary school at Colorado State University in 2008. He worked in mixed and large animal practice in California for 3 years before joining a racetrack-exclusive practice in NM, attending to two winners of the richest race in quarter horse racing—the All- American Futurity.
The excitement of the racetrack eventually took him to the thoroughbred tracks of Kentucky and Florida for another five years. Based at Churchill Downs, Dr. Nieto had the good fortune to work on some of the finest racehorses in the world, including several contenders for the Kentucky Derby and the winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes.
Dr. Nieto relocated to Kitsap county 2 years ago, bringing with him a strong interest in lameness and medicine for the performance horse. He has been a practicing equine chiropractor for 10 years and is recently trained in acupuncture, bringing a multi-faceted approach to your horse’s soundness and performance issues.
While not working, Dr. Nieto enjoys all of the delights the Pacific Northwest has to offer and he can be found chasing sea-run cutthroats with a fly rod, working on endless wooden boat projects in his garage, or spending time with his beautiful 11 year old daughter.
Dr. Lhea Mundell - Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Mundell is primarily offering support to the emergency side of our practice. With her extensive background in mixed-animal medicine, she has already found a place working with our livestock patients.
Lhea was born and raised on a family dairy farm in Indiana that later was converted to a cow-calf operation. She grew up both working cattle and riding for pleasure. As a youth she was active in 4-H, FFA, and participated in multiple sports.
Dr. Mundell obtained her DVM from Purdue University and worked with both large and small animals in Southern Indiana.
She earned board qualification in large animal medicine and surgery during her residency at UC Davis California, working with both equine and farm animals. Following her residency, she moved to Washington State with her husband, Alan Mundell, a Veterinary Dermatologist. Dr. Lhea Mundell also worked in large animal medicine and surgery at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital.
The past several years Dr. Mundell has focused on raising and homeschooling five children. The family are active members of Kingston Christian Church, AQHA All-Around showing, and they compete in multiple rodeo events.
Despite a very busy family life Dr. Mundell has remained active in practice via locums at various veterinary practices and extensive continuing education. Dr. Mundell looks forward to working with the Sound Equine staff and their clients!
Isabella Enfield - Management
Belle is a NYC transplant to the beautiful PNW. Originally in the Long Island hunters circuit, Belle has now shifted her time away from the equine competition world and towards her passion for animal health and owner education. She is currently in school to be registered as a veterinary nurse, and has a associates degree in biological sciences. She also has a history of practicing small animal medicine at the emergency level. Belle is always working on ways to make it easier for owners to care for their animals with the most knowledge possible and to advocate for routine care. Sound Equine allows her to connect with animals, and most importantly, help owners navigate the ever-growing and ever-changing world of animal medicine.
Belle is the proud owner of her horse Buddy Holly, and a feisty calico kitty named Lilian.
When she is not working, Belle can be found exploring beaches of Washington, caring for the farm animals, and of course taking a moment to breathe!
Allyson Harris - Head Technician
Allyson was born and raised in Kitsap County. She has always loved animals and planned on getting into a vet assistant program after high school. While checking out schools in the area she learned about a Horse Management program through Green River Community College. She completed their program in 1986 and started working with Arabians as a show groom. During that time she met her husband Greg (a horse trainer).They married in 1990 and have four daughters and a grandson. Their work has taken them to farms in the Mid-west, the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the West coast. In her free time Allyson enjoys hiking, trail riding, reading, and spending time with family.
Katie Snodgrass - Front Desk and Veterinary Assistant
Katie moved to Washington in 2018 from Pennsylvania with her partner, Burgess. Together they have a perfect large mixed breed dog named Stella. Katie has a degree in equine studies and has spend the years since working as the primary mare and foal caretaker at a large standardbred harness racing and breeding farm in Pennsylvania, as well as caring for a variety of animal species at a local animal sanctuary. Katie’s passionate about caring for all animals and strives to continue to learn as much as possible about caring for the wonderful animals that make our daily lives so much brighter. She also enjoys hiking and camping throughout the beautiful northwest with her dog as well as gardening and horseback riding.
Janelle Wheaton - Head Reception / Administrative Assistant
Janelle moved from Connecticut to Kitsap County in 2019 with her husband, Matt. She is a proud dog mom to her red heeler mix named Rye. In her free time, she enjoys working on her truck, off-roading, training her dog, and taking her dirtbike to Tahuya. Janelle is new to the equine scene, but has been expanding equine knowledge by taking lessons and getting hands on experience at a local equine facility.