JD Leclair, DVM – Veterinarian
JD grew up in Tanzania and Uganda, Africa where his family worked with dairy cows for Heifer Project International. His love of animals began there and continued when his family moved to Arizona. Working as a wrangler on a ranch near the Mogollon Rim and for a local veterinarian during high school, helped direct him toward Colorado State for an Equine Science degree in 2006 and DVM in 2010. JD started Leclair Equine in 2013 and loves serving the horses and people of the Berthoud area. He has a passion for teaching and greatly enjoys educating clients about equine wellness, as well as mentoring up and coming veterinarians. He and his wife Lori live in Berthoud with their 4 kids and are enjoying learning how to raise cattle and grow hay on their little farm.
Melanie Lombardi, DVM – Veterinarian
Dr. Melanie Lombardi was born in Connecticut. Her first love was beach volleyball, when she wasn’t practicing, her time was spent volunteering at H.O.R.S.E of CT where she fell in love with the idea of being able to help animals. Her passion for horses was further cultivated while she lived in Lexington, KY where she worked at a sports medicine facility and spent her mornings at Keeneland Racetrack. Dr. Lombardi crossed the pond to England where she attended the Royal Veterinary College to attain her DVM. She proceeded to do a rotating internship at New England Equine Medical and Surgical Center in New Hampshire. Her interests include ophthalmology, emergency medicine and internal medicine. In her free time she enjoys riding her two horses, working out, going to rodeos and eating her weight in tacos.
Stacie Gantenbein – Office Manager
Stacie was born and raised in Colorado. She attended the University of Northern Colorado for her first degree in biology, followed by a second degree in zoology from Colorado State University. In 2017 she moved to Loveland after obtaining a job at a human Pathology lab. Shortly after moving to Loveland she became a client of Leclair Equine. Stacie has always had a passion for animals and hopes to become a veterinarian. She started volunteering with Leclair Equine before accepting a full time position summer of 2021. When she is not working, she enjoys trailriding, taking her dogs to explore new places, working out, dancing, snowboarding, reading, and using her creative side to craft.
Francesca Cerri – Veterinary Assistant
Francesca is from Moorpark, California and grew up with a passion for horses and livestock. Early on she started working on a Quarter Horse ranch in return for lessons and enjoyed reigning and cutting; and later in high school enjoyed barrel racing. She worked as a volunteer technician at an Equine Hospital in Southern California before moving to Colorado in 2016. Francesca graduated from Colorado State with a degree in Animal Science and a minor in Biomedical Science. She is now in veterinary school at CSU and plans to be a Large Animal Veterinarian. When not at work or school, she enjoys hiking and camping with her two dogs, mountain biking, and being outdoors. After graduation she is looking forward to owning horse again and exploring the Colorado mountains!
Emma Stienike – Veterinary Assistant
Emma is from Johnstown and is currently studying equine science and business at CSU. She grew up with horses and has been riding since she was just 2 years old. Emma now runs barrels at a professional level and has her WPRA card. When she’s not busy with school and horses, she loves to snowboard, hike and travel with her family.
Katelyn Palla – Veterinary Assistant
Katelyn was born and raised in Bakersfield, California where she grew up taking riding lessons, and eventually showing in exchange for helping out on the ranch. In 2018 she moved to Colorado to pursue a degree in Equine Science at Colorado State University. Over her Winter and Summer breaks during her freshman year at CSU, she went back home and volunteered at Bakersfield Large Animal Hospital, where she realized she really enjoyed veterinary medicine. She will be graduating from CSU with her degree in Equine Science in May of 2022 and hopes to go to vet school. In her spare time Katelyn enjoys reading, and riding.
Lily – Barn Assistant
Many of our clients have known Lily since she was baby riding along in the vet truck. She has become such a huge help and works hard at stocking vet trucks, assisting in the field and baking fresh treats for our staff meetings! Lily enjoys riding her own horse Keeper and loves being a big sister to Jack, Henry and Eleanor.
Jack and Henry – Maintenance Crew
Jack and Henry love doing anything outside, especially when it involves trucks or tractors. They jump in and help whenever they have a chance!