Kayla Kurtz, DVM, CVA, CVEMMP
Dr. Kurtz grew up on a small farm in New Smyrna and graduated from New Smyrna Beach High School. She has ridden horses since she was 8 years old and showed livestock through 4-H. Dr. Kurtz completed her bachelor’s in Animal Sciences at UF in 2010. Dr. Kurtz graduated from UF’s College of Vet Medicine in 2014. While in vet school, Dr. Kurtz focused on equine and large animal medicine. Following graduation, Dr. Kurtz completed a one-year internship at Ocala Equine Hospital. After her internship, Dr. Kurtz moved to Texas and became an associate veterinarian at a large mixed animal hospital. Wanting to return to the sunshine state, she eventually moved to Fort Myers, where she worked in a specialty sports medicine equine practice that provided acupuncture and integrative medicine. Dr. Kurtz had the opportunity to move back home to Volusia County and created Bayside Veterinary Services in 2018. In addition, she is the veterinarian for Edgewater Animal Shelter. Dr. Kurtz has furthered her education by becoming a Certified Veterinary Equine Medical Manipulation Practitioner (chiropractic) and a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
Dr. Kurtz lives in Edgewater with her three dogs-Skipper, Gill, and Molly, and her cat-Alfalfa. In her spare time, she enjoys working with her training horse, “Potential Plot Twist” aka Poppy. Dr. Kurtz is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Association of Small Ruminants, and Florida Association of Equine Practitioners. Her special interests include lameness and rehabilitation, geriatric care, dentistry, ophthalmology, and small ruminant medicine.
Mary Lane, CVT
Mary is a Florida native, born and raised in New Smyrna Beach. She’s a 2016 graduate from New Smyrna Beach High School, where she went through 4 years being in the Veterinarian Academy graduating with her CVT and getting her bovine AI certification. Ever since she was little, Mary wanted to pursue a career with animals. Mary was an active member in FFA, where she showed hogs every year for the fair. Outside of work, Mary spends her time working, training, and showing horses including her own two-quarter horses ‘Three Cheers for Zip’ aka Chipper and ‘These Hot Irons’ aka Ophelia. Mary has been riding horses for as long as she can remember. She also has a love for raising and working on exotic animals. Mary plans to add to her credentials and continue to gain more knowledge and experience within the equine veterinary field in the future.
Aimee Rioux, Practice Manager
Aimee was born and raised in Volusia County. She started riding and and completing horses at seven years old and successfully completed in the Marshall and Sterling Finals at age 13. Aimee attended Clinton Anderson’s Academy for an intense 9-week program and earned her certification in his natural horsemanship method.
Aimee successfully runs a busy hunter jumper lesson program, takes in training horses and teaches Clinics. Throughout her childhood and into her adult life, Aimee rescued and trained multiple horses from kill pens and auctions to retrain and rehome. She currently lives on her farm and enjoys spending time with her family and personal horses.