MEET OUR TEAM

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Dr. Shelby Hayden, DVM, MS, DACT

Owner

Dr. Shelby Hayden is a board certified reproductive specialist (Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists). She grew up in Valley Falls, KS where she spent much of her early childhood riding horses on her family’s farm. Shelby completed her pre-veterinary studies at Fort Hays State University and received her DVM from Kansas State University in 2002. Following veterinary school, she completed a Rotating Large Animal Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of Tennessee followed by a four-year appointment as a Clinical Instructor for its Equine Field Services. Shelby then completed a residency specializing in Equine Theriogenology and received a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences from Texas A&M University. Following her residency training, she worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Theriogenology at Oklahoma State University for several years. Shelby was then offered the opportunity to return to northeast Kansas by joining Heartland Equine Hospital (HEH) in 2014.  After three breeding seasons with HEH, a dedicated reproductive center was needed to keep pace with the growth and interest in equine reproduction.  As a result, KsCER was established to meet this growing need.

 

Shelby enjoys all aspects of equine reproduction especially breeding management and semen processing to improve the fertility of subfertile mares and stallions. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, their (growing number of) animals, and watching or participating in sports activities (especially football and basketball).

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Phil Kowalski

Co-Owner

Phil is from Iowa (go Hawkeyes!) and grew up around computers.  He has over 20 years of experience supporting technology and managing a variety IT related projects from small to large.  You'll see Phil helping out around KsCER by handling horses, maintaining the facilities, providing computer support along with other odds and ends.  Phil enjoys spending time with friends and family, working out and shooting in his spare time. 

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Sofia

Technician

Sofia joined the KsCER team in January of 2021 and serves as one of our technicians.  She graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2018, earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Equine Science with a concentration in breeding management. Sofia has a strong passion for stallion management and is our resident barn cat groomer on the side.  In her free time, Sofia enjoys hanging out with friends and adding to her freshwater fish tank.

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Mikayla

Technician

Mikayla Graham is a 2020 graduate of Colby Community College (CCC) and has an Associate’s Degree in Horse Production and Management.  She joined the KsCER team in December of 2020 as a breeding season intern and has since stayed on as a full-time technician.  While at CCC, Mikayla competed on the Equestrian Team, showing mostly in Western Pleasure.  In her spare time Mikayla enjoys hanging out with her dog, Axel, and her mare Dixie.