Dr. Ashley Settles is Countryside’s chiropractic and lameness specialist. While most veterinarians are only pairing chiropractic work with acupuncture, Dr. Settles provides her patients a more unique approach. She integrates her chiropractic expertise with traditional veterinary medicine. This combination has allowed her to use non-invasive technologies to solve many lameness and performance issues.
While interning at Tryon Equine Hospital, Settles discovered first hand the difference chiropractic work and veterinary medicine can have with performance horses. She knew then that using adjunct therapies to help horses excel in what they do and reach the next level is what she loved most. Dr. Settles also enjoys chiropractic work because of the instant benefit and relief it brings to the horse. She states, “When I adjust horses, they enjoy seeing the vet coming in and placing a hand on them - that’s a good feeling.”
Dr. Settles brings a vast amount of experience in diagnosing and treating lameness cases in horses and various performance animals. Her previous experience includes the start-up of Bluffton Equine Veterinary Services and most recently she worked as a veterinarian for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. As a veterinarian for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey she had the opportunity to diagnosis, treat and tend to the needs of a diverse group of performance animals. Imagine working up a lameness exam on a 12,000 lb elephant - Settles has done it! Elephants and horses are rarely compared, but in the show ring they have similar needs - to be sound, comfortable and perform at their best. She explained, “With horses you can place a block and work to pinpoint a lameness, however with elephants this obviously can’t be done. You have to use trial and error with state of the art diagnostics until you find a solution.”
As Dr. Settles puts it, "The most challenging problem to solve leads to the greatest reward.” This desire to problem solve is what led Dr. Settles to become a veterinarian.
Here's what Dr. Settles wants you to know about Countryside:
Settles recently moved to the outskirts of Athens, Georgia with her family and recognized the “local, hometown clinic" by the name of Countryside. It was from a conversation that took place over a year ago at an AAEP conference for continuing education that led her to seek the veterinary position here. This conversation was with Dr. Dan Carter, the owner of Countryside Veterinary Services. The two doctors found common ground and appreciation for lameness, sports medicine, and the University of Georgia - they both earned their Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from UGA.
Settles wants her future clients at Countryside to know that she is passionate about veterinary medicine and chiropractic work. She states, “I am excited to help equine athletes reach the next level and be the best they can be.”
Outside work: about Dr. Settles
- Dr. Settles enjoys outdoor activities. When not at work, she can be found running or hiking with her husband.
- She also enjoys caring for her own animals: 3 dogs, a horse, a cat and 7 goats.
- Dr. Settles finds her experience as a former competitor in the hunter ring to be advantageous. She understands the performance horse and the rider - how everything must work seamlessly so the horse can excel at their discipline.
- Beginning her career in the veterinary field as a technician, Dr. Settles learned early on that she wanted to be able to answer the “why’s” to owner’s questions. She explains, “the passion behind the “why” is what led me to become a veterinarian.”