Meet the team

Maria Wright, DVM
Education

Duke University 1998
University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine DVM 2003
Mid Atlantic Equine Medical Center, Ringoes, NJ Equine Internship 2004

Special Interests

Infectious Disease Control
Dentistry

Podiatry

Endocrine Disease Management

Dr. Wright is the founder of Alliance Equine Health Care, and was one of the original founding veterinarians of our predecessor practice, Brandywine Equine Veterinary Associates.  She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota. She started riding at a young age and soon was competing with her Quarter Horse in 4-H and regional western, hunter, and dressage shows. By high school she was competing successfully on the national AQHA circuit, and she achieved numerous high placings at the AQHA Youth World Championship Show and the Quarter Horse Congress. Dr. Wright has experience with a diverse range of equine breeds and disciplines which was gained through traveling around the country with her own horses during her years in college and veterinary school. Some of the highlights were training at an AQHA/NRHA Champion breeding and training facility, boarding at Canadian Equestrian Team member Harold Chopping’s farm in North Carolina, a Saddlebred show horse stable in Ohio, a Champion Morgan Horse breeding and training farm, and interning at a Standardbred racetrack in Ohio.

These days Dr. Wright divides her professional time between directly caring for her patients and working to improve our overall practice’s care of our patients and clients.  She spends her down time caring for her own horses “Vegas” and “Doodlebug.”   Dr. Wright also volunteers with Chester County’s branch of the Pennsylvania Animal Response Team, a part of our region’s emergency response network. Her other passions include gardening, playing the violin, and singing in a local choir. Her husband Robert, a neuroengineering research scientist, sometimes joins her during after hours emergency veterinary calls. Together they also enjoy hiking, camping, skiing, scuba diving, and rooting for the Duke basketball team!

Julia Miller, VMD
Education

Delaware Valley University 2009
University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine VMD 2013
Pilchuk Veterinary Hospital, Snohomish WA, Equine Internship 2014

Special Interests

Preventative/General Medicine
Dentistry
Emergency Care

Dr. Miller joined Alliance Equine in 2017.  She grew up in Media, PA and started riding, showing, and training horses at a young age.  She and her sisters (who are both also still involved in our local equine community) began their equine experiences through the Delaware County 4-H, and graduated to horse ownership and local hunter/jumper competition soon after.  Dr. Miller stayed close to home through college and veterinary school and continued to be active in the southeastern PA equine community throughout that time, including spending a few years as a part-time veterinary assistant at New Bolton Center before she became enrolled there as a veterinary student.  She then moved to Washington State to complete an intensive internship at a large equine hospital there, before settling back down on the East Coast a few years ago.

Dr Miller loves all aspects of equine veterinary medicine, especially preventative health care, emergency medicine, anesthesia, lameness, and dentistry. Her positive character and passion for helping horses fits right in with the philosophy of the rest of our team here at Alliance Equine. Besides her time helping our patients, she enjoys riding her warmblood mare “Madison,” and spending time with her husband Josh, her family, and her two dogs.

Alice Bayless
Client Care Team Lead

Alice grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and has ridden and been active in the southeastern PA equine community most of her life.  Alice is currently working on completing her undergraduate education in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She has her associates degree in Equine Science.  She held positions in local equine business as well as experience as a veterinary assistant at a small animal hospital and was part of the animal care team at New Bolton Center.  She joined our team at Brandywine Equine in 2017. Alice splits her time at Alliance Equine, with many responsibilities in the office and also assisting our doctors with patient care. Outside of work, she spends most of her time caring for her Thoroughbred mare “Fin” and the rest of the horses at the farm she lives at with her boyfriend, Jordan, and trying to keep their hound dog, Knox, out of trouble.  When she isn't in the barn, she enjoys hiking, reading, and baking.

Jennie Kuhn
Patient Care Team Lead

Jennie has been a veterinary technician with Alliance Equine since the beginning of 2019. She was born and raised in Chester County and currently lives in Berwyn with her girlfriend Tracy. She spends her free time with their dogs Wesley and Louie, playing rollerderby with Brandywine Rollerderby, raising lots of succulents, and has big dreams of one day starting her own Arabian to continue her love of endurance racing and pursuit of utilizing equine-assisted psychotherapy to help others heal and grow. 

Xena Colasante
Financial Manager

Xena grew up in Newtown Square, PA. She started working with horses and farm animals through the Delaware County 4-H Program, eventually becoming a riding instructor. She rode and volunteered at Thorncroft’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center prior to and during college. Xena has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener University, and worked as a corporate tax accountant before joining Alliance Equine as Office Manager in 2011. She has since become an AAEVT Certified Equine Veterinary Assistant. Although she spends most of her time working in the office, Xena still enjoys assisting the veterinarians in the field when she gets the chance.
Shortly after starting in the veterinary field, Xena bought her Quarter Horse “Jester.” She enjoys trail riding extensively around Radnor Hunt, and frequently goes to competitive trail rides and paper chases with him. Outside of work, Xena enjoys volunteering at a local animal shelter, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their two rescue dogs.

Desiree Stoltzfus
Veterinary Assistant

Desiree grew up in the heart of Chester County horse country, participating with her grandfather in fox hunting with the Cheshire Foxhounds. She worked as an exercise rider in a local steeplechase/fox hunting stable and competed in steeplechases and hunter/jumper events herself during high school. Desiree then set aside her passion for horses for 16 years in order to focus on her family, raising two fantastic kids!

Horses are once again a huge part of Desiree’s life. She and her family currently own two Thoroughbreds and two miniature horses, as well as a menagerie of other animals. She competes in local hunter/jumper competitions with her Thoroughbred, and fun miniature horse shows with her minis.  Desiree is also a great humanitarian- her philanthropic activities include volunteering with local aid organizations and frequent mission trips to Guatemala. She joined Alliance Equine in 2013, and her compassionate spirit and love for animals make her a great member of our team!

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