Stepping Stones Veterinary Wellness is primarily an ambulatory veterinary practice offering on-farm care for equine, camelid, and goat patients. We also offer canine chiropractic and cold laser services which can occur at the patients home or at our location in Millville, NJ. Our team is growing and consists of people who are committed to helping provide your animals with quality veterinary care.
Beth Hirsch, DVM, CVA, AVCA certified veterinary chiropractic practitioner
Dr Beth grew up in Oregon. She was on horseback before she learned to walk and fell in love with equines at a very early age. She pursued any activities involving horses and was active in 4-H, FFA and the Oregon High School Equestrian Team program. She showed horses while growing up as well as enjoyed pleasure trail riding, and after high school chose to pursue an Equine Science/Preveterinary Medicine Bachelor of Science degree at Otterbein College in Ohio. She attended veterinary school at The Ohio State University and graduated in 2008.
She moved to New Jersey in 2009 after completion of a year-long internship at a lameness / sport horse practice in Illinois. During that time she also finished equine veterinary acupuncture training at the Chi Institute. At that time she joined Dr Newman’s team at South Jersey Equine Associates as an associate veterinarian. She finished her acupuncture certification requirement shortly after joining SJEA, and then 5 years later pursued chiropractic training with over 240 hours of education at ACES (Animal Chiropractic Education Source). She became certified in veterinary chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2015. In 2017 she completed a 2 part continuing education course in Topographic Acupuncture (similar to the Balance Method of acupuncture in humans). She is inspired by the often immediate measurable results of this acupuncture technique and hopes to be able to help even more patients with it.
Nearly 7 years after joining SJEA, she purchased the practice from Dr Newman. She founded Stepping Stones Veterinary Wellness in 2016 to encompass the successful equine ambulatory veterinary practice that was South Jersey Equine Associates in conjunction with her desire to offer chiropractic services to canines in the area as well.
Dr Beth’s professional interests include complementary therapies and management strategies for all aspects of equine health, especially chiropractic care, general equine ambulatory practice, and practice management. She enjoys being able to offer complementary therapies for canine patients as well. Her goal is to cultivate meaningful long-lasting relationships with her clients and patients. Personally, Beth enjoys spending time with her long-time fiancé Ray Fox, and her four legged fuzzy kids at home, and is passionate about knitting and fiber arts. She enjoys yoga and pursuing the challenge of a healthy work / personal life balance.
Sandy Strilec, DVM
At a young age, Sandy displayed an innate care and respect for all animals. This passion focused on horses when she began horseback riding at age seven at a local farm near her home town in upstate New York. In hopes of pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, Sandy completed a bachelors degree in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut. Upon graduation, Sandy enrolled at Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island. This picturesque and tranquil island offered an incredible opportunity to study and experience beautiful beaches and country side. After earning her DVM, Sandy chose to strengthen her skills and knowledge in equine medicine. Thus, Sandy completed a Large Animal Medicine internship at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, which offered plenty of experience in equine medicine and critical care. In 2012, Sandy accepted an associate veterinarian position at South Jersey Equine Associates. In the first few years there, she worked steadily along side Dr. Robert Newman to acquire skills in equine reproduction. She enjoys continuing the speciality of reproductive services at Stepping Stones Veterinary Wellness, as well as general ambulatory practice. Sandy shares her home with her boyfriend and his young son, along with 2 dogs and 3 cats. When not working, they enjoy spending time outdoors, whether it be hiking with the dogs, camping, or canoeing on the lake.
Ruth Lindberg, VMD, CVA
Dr. Lindberg attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she received the Large Animal Reproduction Award. Following graduation in 2014, she completed an intensive one-year internship in internal medicine, surgery, and ambulatory services at Rhinebeck Equine in New York’s Hudson Valley, and for the last two years has worked in Pennsylvania as an ambulatory equine veterinarian.
Dr. Lindberg’s favorite parts of practice are getting to know her clients and patients, and helping people achieve their equestrian goals. The areas of practice she particularly likes include dentistry, acupuncture, and sports medicine. As Dr. Lindberg says, “One of the things I like best about acupuncture is helping sport horses perform at their best, helping geriatric horses feel young again, and being the vet the horses are happy to see!”
Dr. Lindberg is a native of Miami, FL but traded in her flip flops for snow boots to attend Middlebury College in Vermont for her undergraduate education. During college she rode on the IHSA team, but has dabbled in many different types of riding, including fox hunting, eventing, and polo. Remaining on her “to-do” list are driving and barrel racing.
Dr. “Ruthie” and her husband Stuart have spent many summers in lower Delaware and when they aren’t working, you are likely to find them on the shore, reading on the beach and eating fresh crab. She told us “Things I’m really looking forward to about New Jersey: Being near the ocean again, Jersey tomatoes, and fresh seafood!” The Lindbergs have 2 cats named Duane and Rotini. Other things Dr. Lindberg enjoys include swing dancing, running (slowly), cooking, and eating!
Mary joined the SSVW team in the fall of 2016 and has been very helpful in keeping the office organized and working to help clients process credit card payments via phone. She helps with the billing and client communication process and has ensured we have our lab results and client patient forms uploaded into the computer system so we have access to information that we need when on the road. She usually works mornings Monday through Friday.
Veterinary Support Staff
Jessica Cox – Veterinary Assistant
Our practice will be hiring for another veterinary assistant position in 2018. If you are someone who wants to be a positive part of our team, please reach out to us to pursue further discussion of the position. General duties would include: being efficient , courteous, concerned and helpful to veterinarians and clients; providing technical assistance to the veterinarians; being able to restrain animals and assist with patient treatments; assisting with lab sample preparation and handling; restocking supplies; assisting with inventory management; recording and inputting client information and transactions and keeping the work vehicle neat, clean and organized. If interested please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.