Tillotson Equine Internal Medicine and Mobile Services
Rita Elexson is Willow Creek Farm's barn manager. She is responsible for keeping our facility in top shape. Rita attended Vance-Granville Community College in 2013 and received her associated degree in Human Services and is interested in Theraputic Riding. She worked in the human health care community before coming to Tillotson Equine in 2014. Rita is originally from Creedmoor and has grown up with horses. She currently lives in Allensville with her husband, Bobby, and three daughters Bridgett, Kinsley and Shelby, two dogs Rosco and Gemma and a pig named Precious.
Dr. Tillotson received her Bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the California State University of Northridge in 1991 and graduated with honors from Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences in 1998. She then completed an internship at Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, California. In 2002, she completed an ACVIM approved residency in equine internal medicine at Colorado State University.
In 2004, Dr. Tillotson became Board-certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM).
During her specialty training, Dr. Tillotson completed a clinical master’s degree program focusing on infectious disease, specifically clostridial enterocolitis in neonatal foals. She has over 20 presentations and articles and is published in major scientific journals including the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Equine Veterinary Education, Veterinary Pathology, and the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. She has also completed CSU’s course in Veterinary Acupuncture, as well as the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society’s certification exam. Most recently, Dr. Tillotson has furthered her interest and education in Equine Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Florida.
Dr. KT grew up in Southern California showing hunters and jumpers, a passion that she continues. She and her husband, John Kiefer, have settled in Roxboro at Willow Creek Farm with their 5 dogs, Hunky Dori, Sexi Lexi, Max and the puppies Pippa and Zoey; 4 cats, Whoopie, Pooch, Jack Sparrow and Sophie; and 5 horses GIgi, Cam, Lily, Sassy and Hermione.
Donna Nelson is Dr. Tillotson's registered veterinary technician. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2005 with a bachelors degree in Animal Science with and emphasis in Equine Business and Production. In 2008 she attended Trident Technical College in Charleston, SC and graduated with her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. From there, Donna worked as a registered technician for 4 years before coming to Tillotson Equine.
Donna grew up in Occoquan, Virginia riding horses and showing. She and her husband Greg live in Timberlake with their three children, Shea, Wyatt and Bryce, two dogs Joey and Gus and two horses Mini Me and Kelly.