-Kari Farley, RVT, CERP - Rehabilitation Manager
Kari manages the team of veterinary assistants who carry out the rehabilitation and fitness programs at Circle Oak. She has worked with horses all of her life, and became passionate about equine rehabilitation after she went through an extremely difficult rehab with her own mare, Clarity. A life-long rider, Kari also brings years of experience working in both equine and small animal practices. Under her direction, Circle Oak's rehabilitation programs are seamlessly incorporated into the veterinary practice, and use the kinds of protocols that your vet will appreciate, and from which your horse will benefit. Kari has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Sonoma State University. She received her Certified Equine Rehabilitation Practitioner credential in 2015 from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.
“I love being part of the Circle Oak team because, while it is a state-of-the-art facility, it is also small enough to avoid that ‘institutional feel’ and ensure that all horses and clients receive personalized, loving care."
Nicole Bachman, RVT - Sports Medicine Manager
Nicole has assisted Dr. Schlachter in various capacities since 2008 and now manages the sports medicine practice, focusing on veterinary technician training, scheduling and assisting the doctors. She grew up riding horses in the Marin Headlands, as an avid competitor in numerous disciplines, and is a superb horsewoman. Nicole earned a B.A. in Equine Science from Virginia Intermont College and then returned to the Bay Area, where she managed a large thoroughbred breeding farm and was an exercise rider at both Golden Gate Fields and Del Mar before joining Dr. Schlacter's practice. Nicole works closely with Kari to ensure that our patients receive coordinated, thorough, comprehensive care.
"Circle Oak focuses on the 'whole horse', and as a rider myself I know how important that is. From the diagnosis to the treatment and the rehab, we consider all aspects of a horse's condition. I train our veterinary assistants with this philosophy in mind, so that all members of our staff understand why we are doing each treatment."
Krissy Collett - Diagnostic Imaging Manager
Krissy graduated in 2002 from Colorado State University with a BS in Equine Science. She then pursued a career in three-day eventing (2002-2007). In late 2007 she moved to Davis and began working for the University of California’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital where she started out in Large Animal Intensive Care Unit. In 2010 Krissy began working for the Large Animal Diagnostic Imaging Department where she worked as a radiographer, MRI technician, lab instructor and taught radiography to veterinary students. In late 2014, Krissy left the university to pursue a career in the private sector. She has worked two winter seasons at Palm Beach Equine Clinic along side Dr. Sarah Puchalski where she ran the MRI unit, trained operators and assisted with radiography questions. She is based at Circle Oak Equine Clinic where she is in charge of all imaging production and related education including running the standing MRI unit.
"Circle Oak has world renouned radiologists and state of the art diagnostic imaging equipment, including a standing MRI unit, and I feel very lucky to be a part of this team. We are dedicated and passionate about equine imaging here and strive to provide the best service and experience for you and your horse.