Ted Mazzarisi, DVM
Dr. Ted grew up on a 46 acre horse farm in Monmouth County, New Jersey, where he rode competitively and became accomplished in 3 different disciplines (Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, and Eventing). He also has his big A pony club rating. His love of horses in sport continued through his undergraduate school at Rutgers University and then led him to Veterinary School in both Dublin, Ireland and Prince Edward Island, Canada where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree with honors from Atlantic Veterinary College in 1997. When he returned to New Jersey that spring, Ted became an associate in an equine practice based in Colts Neck and stayed until moving to Chesterfield and opening East Coat Equine in the fall of 2002. His specialty is lameness and loss of performance, and he enjoys being able to work on some of the top horses including several world champion Standardbred Harness racers, grand prix jumpers and dressage horses as well as top eventing competitors. He is considered one of the best in his field, and having been raised in the industry, both horses and their owners find confidence and security when in his care. People bring their horses from all over and Ted is often asked in as a consulting veterinarian on difficult cases. He is licensed to practice in NJ, PA, KY and Canada., With help from his capable wife, East Coat Equine has not only become a top notch ambulatory practice but a state of the art lay-up and rehab facility that they are both proud of. In his spare time (ha ha ha), he enjoys jet-skiing, spending time outdoors and hanging out with his family.
Darby grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, otherwise known as scenic horse country. She spent most of her youth riding/competing in the Hunter/Jumper and Equitation rings. While at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, she became captain of the school Equestrian team and had some schooling in dressage as well. Horses and competing have taken her up and down the east coast and eventually returned her to Colts Neck, New Jersey where she not only met Ted but became the assistant trainer at Beacon Hill Show Stables. She and Ted were married in 2001 and moved to the 36 acre horse farm of their dreams to begin both a family and Ted's practice, East Coast Equine. After talking with several professionals and clients in the industry, Darby felt there was a real need for a top notch rehab facility that could bring back sport horses to great shape, ready to return to competing. The process of rehab is very time consuming and also individualized to the injury of the animal. Darby was instrumental in developing the East Coast Equine practice from its early days, when the office was in the back room of the house, to the present ambulatory clinic and lay-up facility with state of the art equipment and therapies. Having worked in all aspects of the equine industry from instructor to rider, barn manager and veterinary technician, her interests led her to expand on Ted's passion for lameness and the loss of performance and begin a personalized rehabilitation program for horses. In her sparetime, she enjoys competing in the Amateur Divisions at horseshows, playing with her children and going on romantic dates with her husband, when possible of course. :)
Dr. Jessica DeWitt is the newest addition to East Coast Equine. She grew up in Marlton NJ, and has had a lifelong passion for all creatures great and small. Horses entered the picture at age 13 with some beginner riding lessons, and Jessica began riding in earnest after she began volunteering at a handicapped riding school in Medford NJ. She eventually acquired her own horse and spent many years competing in eventing. A later coffin bone fracture in that same horse introduced her to Dr. Ted. Through the rehabilitation period, Jessica discovered a real passion for equine veterinary medicine, and began riding around with Dr. Ted as his assistant on and off for the next five or six years. She attended Cook College at Rutgers University for her undergraduate education in animal science, and attended Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her DVM in May of 2011. She then returned to New Jersey and began working as an associate of East Coast Equine soon afterwards. Dr. DeWitt loves all aspects of equine medicine, but has a particular interest in general and preventative medicine, sports medicine, and reproduction. She hopes to complete chiropractic and acupuncture certifications in the future as well, and enjoys participating in veterinary missions in developing countries. When not working, you can find Dr. Jess somewhere in the great outdoors running or hiking with her dog Matlock, spending time with friends and family, and dancing at the local line dancing bar or swing dance club.