About Us

 

Welcome to McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital!

How thankful we are to have our roots in such a beautiful part of the West. Dr. Jed McKinlay began the practice at his home in the Green Bluff area, north of Spokane, in 1993. Since that time the practice has grown and flourished. In 1999, Dr. Bob Peters joined the practice and a solid partnership in equine veterinary care was formed. From our humble beginnings on Green Bluff, to our first facility and Reproduction Center in Colbert, to our new state of the art hospital in Newman Lake, our main focus has always been to provide the most comprehensive, compassionate care for horses possible. For the Love of Horses is not just our motto, but also our way of life. Each of our doctors, technicians, and staff are either horse owners themselves, or have a deep and abiding love for horses. We invite you to read a little about each of us. It is our hope that as you do, you will come to know that when you trust your horses care to McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital, your horse is being cared for by horsemen and women who have dedicated their lives to one of God's most beautiful creatures on earth - The Horse.

 

Office Staff

Diane Gleason

Diane is from Southwestern Montana. She grew up on a 257 acre cattle/sheep ranch. Early on she was an animal lover. Her first job, at the age of five, was to water and feed approximately 15 Border Collies. In 1999 Diane moved to the Coeur d'Alene area. She then worked for 12 years in small animal medicine before joining McKinlay & Peters in June of 2012. When Diane is not working, she enjoys a variety of activities including, camping, hiking, biking, fishing and running. She has one son, a stepson and a stepdaughter. She and her husband, Steve, have four grandchildren.

Diane and Steve share their home with Ozzy and Mic Dundee who are both Australian Cattle dogs, Windy, a toy poodle and Buck, a Ragdoll cat.

Veterinary Technicians

Nichole Gilbert

Nichole grew up riding horses in the mountains of Northern Idaho. Her love for horses came early and naturally for her. Nichole first worked in the veterinary field at a mixed animal practice for 3 years, until she had her son. Riding bikes and horses with her son Mussy are some of her favorite activities. Though all horses are special for her, she has a passion for the pure Spanish horse (Andalusian), and has been a breeder for 17 years. Nichole joined McKinlay & Peters in March of 2008 and enjoys her work deeply as a continued source of connection with the equestrian lifestyle.

Brandi Wurtz

Brandi Wurtz was raised on a small farm in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho. She spent all her time on horseback exploring back country trails with her dad or participating in various horse events. Brandi's love for horses carried her on to obtained her veterinary technician associates degree through Penn Foster College. She has been part of the McKinlay and Peters team since May of 2012. She enjoys assisting Dr. Schneider with lameness exams and in the surgery room. When Brandi isn't busy working at the clinic, she is spending her time with her family. Husband Tom, daughter Haylie, and son Clayton all share in her love of anything out doors. Her daughter has her passion for horses and together they participate in trail challenges and other riding events

Rachel Dryden

Rachel grew up on a small farm on the outskirts of Post Falls, and has always been passionate about horses and just animals in general. She was a member of 4H for 10 years and still calls the fairgrounds home during the last few weeks of August each year. After serving a stint in the military she decided Post Falls is where she wanted to be and joined the McKinlay and Peters team in September of 2014. As well as working closely with the doctors, Rachel is also a part of the MRI team. She prefers the outdoors to just about anywhere and is always looking for the next adventure either trail riding or backpacking.

Morgan Shank

Morgan was born & raised in North Spokane where she developed her love for horses. Morgan spent many years working as an instructor & trainer for beginner riders, where she watched many young people progress into competent horse people.

Now working at MPEH she enjoys being part of a team that is dedicated to improving the lives of horses. Horses give so much to humans & working at MPEH gives her a chance to give something back to them.

Outside of work & horses Morgan enjoys anything that keeps her active. Her spare time is filled with anything from gardening to bike rides, or taking the dogs for a walk.

Pharmacy Technician

Ruth Briggs

Ruth was born & raised in the Chicago Illinois area and after attending college for a brief time, moved to the Pacific Northwest (Puget Sound area) to work as a Pharmacy Technician. During this time she met her husband Frank with whom they have raised two grown children and just celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary. Ruth has always had a love for animals – from an incident as a teenager where she helped a mother duck with her ducklings cross a crowded Illinois arterial-to her two pets at home; she has always had a passion for animals. Her previous job gave her the opportunity to work with many local veterinary clinics and inspired her to get more involved in caring for animals. When Ruth is not at work in the Pharmacy at MPEH, she is outside in the early morning running. Those who know her well enough know that she is always running. 5k’s, 12k’s, 30k’s and half marathons have kept her feet moving forward. When she is not running, Ruth is usually out for a walk with her spastic golden retriever Macy. What’s next you ask? Well, it’s a toss-up: either a full marathon or skydiving. Go Ruth!