Hogan Equine

Hogan Equine

at fairwinds farm

The Staff

Our Mission - We are dedicated to providing the highest quality surgical and medical care for our equine patients. The emphasis in our practice is on excellence and personalized individual care - this is a boutique-style clinic where each patient is examined personally by Dr. Hogan and her highly-skilled staff members on a daily basis. We are dedicated to providing exemplary medical care with a very personal touch.

Patricia M. Hogan, VMD - Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Patty Hogan

Dr. Hogan has turned a lifetime love for horses into a successful career as an equine surgeon attending to some of the most valuable Standardbred and Thoroughbred racehorses in the country. Dr. Hogan is originally from New Jersey and obtained her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 1992. After an internship at the Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and a 3-year surgical residency at Texas A&M University, Dr Hogan returned home to New Jersey to practice.

Dr. Hogan is the rare type of equine surgeon who is equally proficient in both orthopedic and soft tissue surgery disciplines. The majority of her patients are referred for fracture repair, arthroscopy, or upper airway surgery. Although the bulk of her caseload consists of Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, some of her most memorable patients have never set foot on a racetrack and are just as valuable. Dr. Hogan's background may be in racing, but her dedication to her patients is universal.


Alex Curtiss, DVM

Dr. Alex Curtiss is originally from Maryland, where she grew up riding event horses, foxhunting and galloping racehorses. Following graduation from Vanderbilt University with a degree in biology, she took a year off from the books to ride full time professionally. She then headed to Philadelphia for veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in 2014, which was followed by a year-long internship at Rood and Riddle in Lexington, KY. Next, Dr. Curtiss returned to New Bolton Center for a large animal internship and then a large animal surgery residency, which she completed in July of 2019. During her residency, she published and presented at national meetings on several topics, specifically related to equine orthopedics and upper airway surgery, as well as advanced imaging of the orthopedic patient. Prior to joining Hogan Equine, she spent six months at a busy racehorse practice in Matamata, New Zealand as an associate surgeon. In February of 2020, she achieved Diplomat status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and started at our clinic shortly thereafter.

Melissa Struk - Office Manager


On summer break as an 8 year old, Melissa began taking riding lessons from Sally Chester. It was the beginning of a life long love for horses. Melissa became a member of the Rough Riders 4-H club and started showing her mare Dawn in open shows and moving on to Quarter Horse shows. After high school she attended Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship and upon graduation began working for Dr. Robert W. Mueller, an equine veterinarian from Freehold, NJ. She was happy to join Dr. Hogan's staff in 2007.

Melissa is back competing in Quarter Horse Shows under the guidance of Pierre Brierre for horsemanship and Alexis Weber for showmanship. She and her husband Ed have been married for 34 years and raised 3 children, Tammy, Andrea and Ed.

Rock and Harley - Stand By Assistants

Aina Bittle - Surgical Technician

Aina started riding horses when 8 years old in Norway, competing in dressage and jumping. At age 23, she came to the United States on an agricultural exchange program, working in the Standardbred business. She later joined Woodland Run Equine Clinic in Ohio as a technician and while wintering in Florida she met her husband Brett, who was training his Standardbred stable there. She joined Hogan Equine in November of 2007 and is pleased to be part of the team.

Aina helps her husband with the racehorses and enjoys trail riding with friends on the weekends. She bought a Quarter Horse last year and is hoping to show him in some futurities this year if everything goes right!

Jen Cycak - Surgical Technician

Jen Cycak

Jen's involvement with horses started at 8 years old doing everything from grooming, exercising and foaling. She is now very happy to be a member of the Hogan Equine Clinic team as a surgical technician.

Her time outside of work is shared between her husband Ryan and training for triathlons. She hopes to complete her fourth Ironman this year.

Jennifer Stewart - Surgical Technician

Jennifer Stewart

Jen Stewart has always been passionate about horses, started riding them at her aunt’s farm at only 4 years of age and owned her own at 9. She was working as a groom when she became interested in veterinary medicine and began working with Dr Hogan in 1998.

In her off time she enjoys running, hiking, ATV’s, kayaking and spending time with her daughter Nicole.

Greg Wish - Surgical Technician

Greg Wish

Greg has been around horses since he was a child as his family has been involved in harness racing for over 30 years. He started working professionally with horses at age 14 and learned the business from the ground up.

He met Dr Hogan in 2003 and as a result developed an interest in veterinary medicine and started working as a surgical technician. It was also at this time that he met his girlfriend, Julie, who is a vet at the University of Pennsylvania.

In his spare time he enjoys attending the races, traveling, cooking, snowboarding, hiking, the beach and playing the guitar.