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Justin was raised on a small fruit farm in Biglerville, Pennsylvania where he developed his love of the outdoors and the agricultural community. He attended Penn State University for undergraduate studies (Animal Bioscience) and developed a passion for horses while working at a local hunter farm. He then traveled to Colorado State University to study additional horse course work. Justin then moved to the East Moreno Ranch in New Mexico and spent time as a wrangler. Afterwards, he attended the University of Florida for graduate school and earned degrees in both animal nutrition and business where he developed a desire to teach. After graduate school, he worked for Buckeye Nutrition and Progressive Nutrition as a nutrition consultant. He then returned to the University of Florida for veterinary school and afterwards completed an internship at Woodside Equine Clinic in Ashland, VA prior to starting his ambulatory practice, South Mountain Equine in Middletown, MD. He has also been a testing veterinarian for the USEF and FEI. Socially, he has enjoyed organized veterinary medicine and is the current President of the Maryland Veterinary Medical Association. He is married to a small animal veterinarian and have two young boys named Connor and Samuel, two goldfish from the fair, a half dozen chickens, and two shaggy dogs.
1999 graduate of Penn State University, Animal Bioscience & P.T.M.
2001 graduate of University of Florida, Masters of Science in Animal Nutrition
2002 graduate of University of Florida, Masters of Science in Management
2008 graduate of University of Florida, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
2009 Woodside Equine Clinic, Internship, Ashland, Virginia
2009 Started South Mountain Equine
2012 International Veterinary Chiropractic Association Certification
2015 Completed the Acupuncture Course at Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine
Native of Biglerville, Pennsylvania
Danielle grew up in Middletown and graduated University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2005 with a BS in Sociology. She has been a horse lover and rider her whole life. She is currently Eventing her Warmblood, Ryker, and re-starting her newest OTTB, Ponzi. She and her husband currently live in Braddock Heights with their 2 dogs, Wellington and Cheesecake and cat, Pumpkin. Danielle also runs a boarding facility located in Middletown.
Jessica graduated in 2013 from Meredith Manor, Waverly, WV where she earned a Level 2 Teaching, Level 1 Training, and was certified in Equine Sports Massage Therapy. She also completed an Associates of Applied Science with Equine Emphasis through WVU-Parkersburg. After graduation, she worked seasonally as the Riding Director for the Girl Scouts of Northern California. Soon after that, Jessica worked as a Groom, Assistant Instructor and Head Barn Manager at Bascule Farm in Poolesville, Md.
She currently lives in Harpers Ferry, WV with her Husband, 3 cats and her Beagle Mix. In her spare time, you will find her caring for and riding her horses, Cody and Primer, doing home improvements, hiking or at the shooting range.
Wellington- 2yr old Chihahua Mix - You may get a chance to meet Wellington on the road or in the office when Danielle is working!
Diesel- Grey and White Tabby Turbo Chase- (T.C.) Yellow Tabby- You will meet Diesel and T.C. when you come visit the office.
Cody (21yr Bay Arab) and Solo (26yr Bay Appendix)
I just want to take this time to say THANK YOU for finally giving me some answers regarding Denver's lameness.
Since March/April 2015 until now (December 2015), we have been getting mixed diagnosis as to why he would be off, but you came and gave us hope. More importantly, I want to THANK YOU for your patience and amazing 'bedside' manner. Not only did you provide me with solid information and demonstration of compression, and how his conformation defect was affecting his way of going, but you were meticulous in your explanation of the benefits of acupuncture for Denver. You explained everything in such a way, that I would be able to not only understand but remember, and then be able to explain it to all those at our barn who were genuinely concerned about how he's doing or how the Vet visit went. You made me feel very much at ease, like my opinion as his owner mattered, as you would say, "That's good information. Thank You for that" Now, that's a first; the VET Thanking me!! Never once did you make it seem like my questions were irrelevant. You gave us your undivided attention as if we were your only clients that day, and I know we were not because Jessica reminded/alerted you of the time, but you never flinched, never took your eyes off of me as you were explaining everything you did with Denver, and never once appeared rushed. The whole experience of your visit left me committing to making you our Vet of choice. Denver means a lot to me, and the way you treated him, made me think he was more than just a client/horse to you. I can't THANK YOU enough Dr. Sobota!
Ps. By the way, Jessica is an Awesome assistant, and Danielle is Grrr8!!
Dr. Justin and his staff have been our vets for several years now. He has done everything from pre-purchase exams and lameness evaluations to dentals. Each and every time, he and his staff are timely, knowledgeable, and considerate. Their passion for the horses as well as consideration of the owners and barn management is unmatched.
Finally, after looking for years, we found a farm vet with the sophistication and feel for lameness of the vets at the big national-caiber ship-in clinics and equine hospitals. Dr. Justin (Sobota) has great instincts and is well versed in the cutting-edge aspects of equine veterinary medicine, as well as a host of alternative therapies like acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. He asks important questions of and listens well to those who know the horse best, always offers a range of therapeutic options, and thoroughly explains his expectations for treatment results. Perhaps most refreshing, however, is how friendly, helpful and accommodating Dr. Justin and his staff are. We feel lucky to have Dr. Justin as an important part of the Finer Points Farm family.
Dr. Justin Sobota, and his team at South Mountain Equine, are highly skilled, professional, courteous, and helpful. Dr. Sobota has managed our mare in several very difficult clinical situations where diagnosis and treatment were not immediately obvious. He worked diligently to find the source of the problem, spending whatever time necessary with the horse and listening patiently to her owners, until the diagnosis was clear and treatment in place. This is the first practice I’ve dealt with that followed up until the problem was resolved. The follow up extends to routine visits, such as vaccines, as well. South Mountain and Dr. Sobota are always quick to respond to emergency or routine concerns. This level of skill and caring provides a level of support for an owner that results in peace of mind.
Dr. Justin Sobota and South Mountain Equine offer horse owners peace of mind. They are easily accessible to reach for concerns and always willing to talk with owners. Dr. Sobota and his staff are knowledgeable and caring, including their efforts when it comes to follow-up care. After a recent surgical procedure, Dr. Sobota checked in everyday for the first week and still checks in weekly. I would recommend South Mountain Equine to any horse owner.