Every member of the Finger Lakes Equine Practice staff is a horse enthusiast, from owning and riding to breeding and showing. We understand the unique niche that horses occupy in our lives. We look forward to maintaining the health and happiness of your equine family as we would our own.
Dr. Jeffery LaPoint
DVM Cornell 1993, owner
Dr. Jeff LaPoint grew up riding Quarter Horses and Morgans in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. He spent ten years teaching riding at various summer camps in the Adirondacks. In 1988, he spent a semester in Kenya with St Lawrence University and graduated in 1989 with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and African Studies. Dr. LaPoint then moved to Ithaca and earned his veterinary degree from Cornell University in 1993. He began working with Finger Lakes Equine Practice and in 1995 had an opportunity to purchase the business.
Dr. LaPoint started performing equine acupuncture after completing the course with the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 1995 and finds acupuncture to be a great adjunct to western medicine techniques. Over the years, Dr. LaPoint has volunteered on the dental committee and various economic task forces with the American Association of Equine Practitioners. He assisted with equine dental care for six years at Cornell University Hospital for Animals. Dr LaPoint enjoys all aspects of equine care but has a fond interest in equine assisted reproduction, gait evaluations and soundness work, prepurchase examinations, and dental care.
Dr. LaPoint has ridden and competed in western and hunt seat on flat and over fences. Most recently, he owned and exhibited Straight Egyptian Arabians and had the honor of owning the stallion Hawkeye CC. Dr. LaPoint is an active member of the Trumansburg Encore Players theatre group, and can often be seen performing in their productions. He also enjoys his hobbies of marine fish and coral propagation, martial arts, kayaking and playing music.
Dr. Sean Nash
DVM Tufts 2013, associate/pleasure rider
Dr. Sean Nash grew up on beautiful Martha’s Vineyard, MA. He earned his BA in neuroscience from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. After spending a year working and traveling abroad in New Zealand, he went to Tufts University and earned his veterinary degree in 2013. While at Tufts Dr. Nash was fortunate enough to work in the large animal hospital and fell in love with the equine world! This exposure helped him solidify his desire to become an equine veterinarian. Following his graduation from Tufts he completed a year long, equine only, veterinary internship before joining the FLEP team as an associate veterinarian in 2014.
Dr. Nash has a special interest in equine ophthalmology, but enjoys all aspects of the equine ambulatory medicine, with the endless variety, surprises, and opportunities for daily connections with horses and humans alike.
When not at FLEP Dr. Nash is an avid cook, which he tries to balance out by being a trail runner! He also enjoys reading, hiking, and relaxing on Cayuga lake. Though he misses the ocean, Dr. Nash feels lucky to live in Ithaca with his cats, Rupert and Wellington.
Office manager, Client care
Prior to joining FLEP in 2012 Shari was an RNC Geriatric Director of Nursing in Long Term Care/Rehab for 34 years. She and her husband, Daniel, bred Morgans, which they trained and showed in the Amateur division. FLEP provided all the care of their Morgans during these years and upon cessation of their breeding program she was invited to join FLEP as Office Manager. She now owns 3 Morgan mares and is the proud Mother/Grandmother of 2 sons, 2 grandchildren and 2 dogs.
Gabby Blow, LVT
Licenced Veterinary Technician, Client care
Gabby is an active equestrian who began riding when she was 11. She bought her first horse, Jesse, a double registered AQHA/PHBA when she was 13, who she still rides today! Gabby rides English and Western, has competed in all around events, and has also done show jumping and barrel racing. She has worked in many aspects of the equine world, including rehabilitating OTTBs, giving lessons, and working in therapeutic riding.
Originally from Glenfield NY, Gabby was lucky to grow up near the Otter Creek Horse trails, where she could often be found trail riding! She graduated in 2017 from SUNY Canton with her degree as a licensed veterinary technician. She joined the FLEP team in 2018 and now resides in Cortland with her dog Gracie and cat Darla.