Dr. Rob van Wessum, DVM, MS, Cert Pract KNMvD (Equine)
Dr. Rob van Wessum, a native of the Netherlands, received his veterinary degree from Utrecht University in 1991. He spent the next five years as an equine practitioner in a private practice in Weesp.
In 1996, Dr. van Wessum began his own equine lameness clinic specializing in in-depth diagnostics for lameness, sports medicine, and pre-purchase examinations. In 1996, he was also appointed to the Department of Equine Internal Medicine at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, where he performed research in sports medicine and electromyography. In 1999 he became a Certified Practicioner (Equine) of the KNMvD. From 1991 to 2003, he additionally served as the veterinarian for the Canine and Mounted Division of the Police Department of Amsterdam. In 2003, he was appointed as the first director of the Animal Science Center of the Dutch National Police Agency, at the Mounted and Tracker Dog Division. Some of his responsibilities included animal forensic cases and the management of all horses and dogs for the Dutch police and for all state events, such as the royal wedding of Prince William-Alexander and Princess Maxima.
In 2005 he was appointed at MSU as the Lameness and Sports Medicine Expert at the McPhail Equine Performance Center at Michigan State University and became a faculty member of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Science of the College of Veterinary Medicine at MSU. In the end of 2009 this appointment was terminated due to budget cuts at MSU and the declining economic situation in Michigan.
Doctor van Wessum has been affiliated with 3 equine clinics in Michigan, Equine Medical PC in Lowell, Oakdale Large Animal Clinic in Homer, and Dr Ryker and Associates in Ortonville, where he is available for lameness exams and sport medicine, focused on the locomotion system and the spinal structures of the horse (“legs and backs”) .
Dr.van Wessum was a member of the veterinary committee of the CDI’s/CSI’s Jumping Amsterdam and Indoor Brabant from 1991 to 2004 and served as treating veterinarian on four World Cup Finals (two jumping and two dressage).
An accomplished trainer and rider, Dr. van Wessum has competed in the FEI classes in the Netherlands, Prix St. George, and Intermediare I. He is a Royal Dutch Horse Federation certified instructor and trainer and National Judge for all classes up to Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music.
Dr. van Wessum’s household includes three cats and three Dutch warmblood horses he brought with him from the Netherlands. When he is not at work, he likes to spend time training his horses and handling the numerous duties that are part of running a horse farm. He also gives dressage lessons a couple of times a week. During the summers in Michigan he competes in shows at different levels and also helps his students take part in these events.
He and his wife Kimberly live on the farm in Mason and enjoy the life with horses in hobby and professional life.
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Dr Kimberly Johnston VMD, Dipl ACVS
Dr Kimberly Johnston was born and raised in Massachusetts. At age 12 she started riding, training and grooming horses at Janbark Farm, with a career as junior rider in Morgan Saddle seat equitation competitions around New England.
After graduating at the top of her veterinary class from the University of Pennsylvania and the famous equine New Bolton Center, she moved to Lexington, Kentucky for a coveted 1 year internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. This was followed by a brief stint in private ambulatory practice back in Massachusetts before embarking on a 6 month internship at the San Louis Rey Equine Hospital in California, with the renowned Dr Barry Grant.
In 2005 she started her residency training in Equine Surgery at Michigan State University, which she completed in 2008. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2010 and specializes in Sports Medicine and orthopedic surgery.
In 2008 she became affiliated with Oakdale Large Animal Clinic in Homer, Michigan, and served as the resident Board Certified surgeon for that facility.
In 2009 she was appointed as research veterinarian at Innovative Biotherapies in Ann Arbor, a spin-off company of the University of Michigan Medical School, specialized in stem cell research and extra-corporal organ devices. Dr Johnston currently combines this research opportunity with her work at the Equine All-Sports Medicine Center with Dr van Wessum.
In her personal life, Kim loves to relax on the farm with the horses, ride dressage, and have fun in the woods and on the trails and tend to the landscaping of their 12 acres. After her initial commitment to the Morgan saddle seat circuit, she became interested in dressage when she met her now-husband, Dr van Wessum. With her 14 year old third-career Thoroughbred, Jazz , she has quickly risen through the levels from training level to third-fourth level in just 2 years of competition. She now loves the opportunity to work with the FEI horses Dr van Wessum brought from the Netherlands to perfect her skills as a dressage rider.