Reata Equine Veterinary GroupOur Team
Michael W. Conaway, DVM
Chief Veterinarian/Company Owner
An experienced equine veterinarian Dr. Conaway has been caring for Southern Arizona horses for nearly 40 years. He grew up with horses in Scottsdale, Arizona and decided to become an equine veterinarian at an early age. Dr. Conaway recieved both a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Veterinary Science with honors from Washington State University. He stayed at Washington State University to receive his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine with honors in 1978.
Returning to Arizona he and his wife settled in a small house near the University of Arizona and founded Reata Equine. Dr. Conaway and Barbara have resided in Tucson since. They have two children, the oldest Jessica is an attorney and lives in Seattle and the youngest John recently obtained his MBA and is the business manager for Reata Equine Veterinary Group LLC.
Dr. Conaway’s special interests include equine reproduction, infertility problems, lameness, and laminitis.
Dr. Conaway strongly believes in the importance of education. He taught equine science for many years at Pima Community College, writes health care articles published on this web site, attends veterinary conferences regularly, mentors recent veterinary graduates and gives educational seminars to local horse owners throughout the year.
Ann M. Pearson, DVM
Dr. Ann Pearson joined the Reata Equine Veterinary Group in August 2007. She received her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University in 1989 and holds a Masters Degree in Animal Science and Nutrition. While at Purdue University she received the prestigious Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Award, presented to the student showing the most promise in large animal practice. Dr Pearson has been practicing in Southern Arizona since 1999. Prior to coming to Tucson she worked in both small and large animals. After graduation from veterinary school she worked for an equine practice in Lexington, Kentucky.
Dr. Pearson has a special interest in equine dentistry, oral surgery and emergency medicine. On the personal side, Dr. Pearson is an avid horsewoman. She enjoys riding dressage and is a member of the Tucson Dressage Society. Dr. Pearson and her three boys live on the east side of Tucson.
Kate A. Woodard, DVM
Dr. Kate Woodard (University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, 13’) grew up in Iowa, where she learned to ride before she could walk. Viewing the horse as a teacher, she took advantage of every opportunity to ride and learn from horses of every background, breed, and education level. Over the past 20 years, her journey with horses has taken her through large herd management, high level amateur competition, WEG/FEI crew training, Special Olympics coaching, and innovative lameness research. Through it all, she has learned that the key to success is to communicate with the horse in a common language and to create a client/patient/veterinarian team.
Dr. Woodard’s primary interests are in working horses and equine sports medicine, particularly lameness, nutrition, and soft tissue injury rehabilitation. After completing an internship year with Reata Equine and taking a brief hiatus in the Pacific Northwest, she returned to our team as an Associate in January 2015. She is now pursuing advanced training in diagnostic imaging.
In her free time, Dr. Woodard enjoys ultra-distance trail running, cycling, teaching self-defense for women and children, hiking, cooking and spending time with her corgi, Annie.
Kimberly A, Spalding, DVM
Kimberly grew up in Tucson and fell in love with horses at a young age. After taking lessons and working in barns, veterinary school came as the next logical step. She decided to brave the cold weather and attended Michigan State University. She graduated in 2015 and returned to Tucson for an internship. Her specific interests include laminitis and corrective shoeing. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her own horse and going to local concerts.
Charlene Bosworth, CVT
Head Technician/Operations Manager
Charlene has been with Reata Equine as a veterinary technician since 1992.
Office Coordinator / Vet Assistant
Echo has been with Reata Equine since 2013.
Earl Berkly, CVT
Earl has been with Reata Equine as a veterinary technician since 2014.
John Conaway, MBA
John has been “helping” at Reata, in one way or another, since 1984.