About

Where Passion Meets Performance

At Performance Equine Veterinary Services we have a commitment to the health of your horse and helping you achieve your individual goals whether you pursue husbandry and general care, horsemanship, pleasure riding, and/or showing.

Our experience and training allow us to provide you and your horse with the latest in preventative medicine, a wide spectrum of diagnostic capabilities, and individualized treatment options. We are committed to providing you with exceptional communication and service, ongoing client education, and innovative advancements in veterinary medicine.

Meet Dr. Lynn

Lynn Gomes, D.V.M., B.S. Animal Science, CEVMMP, is originally from Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned a B.S. in Animal Science at Dalhousie University in Truro Nova Scotia. Dr. Gomes graduated from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. After graduating she completed a one year surgical and ambulatory internship at Ocala Equine Hospital and has been working in the Raleigh area ever since.  She has been certified as an Equine Veterinary Medical Manipulation Practitioner from the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute.

Dr. Gomes professional interests are preventative medicine, lameness and poor performance issues, vertebral manipulation (AKA “equine chiropractic”) and diagnostic imaging. In her free time she enjoys riding and competing with her horse Half Emilion and new mount Colero Z as well as spending time with her husband, two dogs, and gardening.

Dr. Jason Smith

Dr. Jason Smith graduated with honors from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving several awards in equine medicine and surgery. Following graduation, he completed an internship with Fairfield Equine Associates where his training focused on lameness diagnosis and treatment, diagnostic imaging, emergency management, general medicine, and anesthesiology. Prior to joining Performance Equine, Dr. Smith worked as an Associate Veterinarian with Tryon Equine Hospital, where his work was primarily focused on the management of sport horses and performance related medicine. Additionally, Dr. Smith is an FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian.

Dr. Smith’s primary interests include the diagnosis and management of poor performance in sport horses and equine podiatry. Outside of work, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with his wife and their dogs hiking, paddle boarding, cooking, and traveling.

Dr. Meghann Lustgarten - Consultant

Dr. Meghann Lustgarten earned board certification from the American College of Veterinary Radiologists (ACVR) in 2013. Given her strong interest in equine performance, she went on to earn additional board certification from the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in 2018.

The doctors of Performance Equine work closely with Dr. Lustgarten to optimize patient care in a variety of ways from pre-purchase evaluation to advanced diagnostics and therapeutics. Additional information about Dr. Lustgarten’s consultation services can be found at www.friendshipimaging.com

Rebekah McMurrough - Registered Veterinary Technician

Growing up Rebekah always had a passion for animals, and with both of her parents having a medical background, the pull towards the two seemed to come naturally. Working on many farms growing up, including dairy, horses, and show pigs, she had a wide range of experience on how to work hard, handle, and have compassion for all the furry creatures. While horses are the biggest part of her life she also has 2 sheep, 2 Great Danes, and a cat named squirrel.

Lenna Borkowski - Assistant

Lenna Borkowski moved to Apex in the fall of 2012 with her husband, Jeff. She grew up on Eastern Long Island where she spent countless hours in the saddle riding with top hunter jumper trainers. Her love of horses continued through college when she chose to stay home and ride. She graduated from Farmingdale State College with a Bachelor’s in Business Management. She currently has 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 horses & 1 ferret. When Lenna isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her horses and reading.

Kate Kunhardt - Assistant

Kate’s early passion for horses led her to the University of Findlay where she was an Equine Studies major. Ever since she has been a professional groom and barn manger working at show, sales, and private barns from Tennessee to Massachusetts to Florida. After working with horses with several different injuries and rehabilitation plans, becoming a veterinary assistant seemed like a natural progression for Kate. When not at the barn, she can be found outside exploring new places with her pup Holly.

Cathy Verrilli - Office Assistant

Cathy is our new office assistant. While she is new to us, she brings with her almost 13 years of equine veterinary office experience. She is passionate about customer service and all that comes with it. Prior to working in the equine industry, Cathy rode as a junior in Maclay and Medal national competitions under Kip Rosenthal, and then became a horse show mom to her daughter.
When she isn’t working, Cathy and her husband, Colin, spend as much time as possible at their cabin in the NC mountains. She also has two daughters and a granddaughter, and loves spending time with family, hiking and loving on her two cats, Missy and Peanut. Her guilty pleasures include watching one too many Hallmark movies and classic music videos.

Ali Schubert - Extern

Ali Schubert is a class of 2023 vet student at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine. She started working as an extern for Dr. Gomes in January of 2016 while earning her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at NC State and continues to work whenever possible throughout vet school. Her current veterinary interests are equine focused, though she’s keeping her options open for her career. When she’s not working or studying, Ali enjoys riding horses and playing with her dog, Oakley.