Adrienne Denzik Robertson, DVM, CVCP
Dr. Robertson is originally from Fairdale, Kentucky. Growing up, Dr. Robertson rode horses and competed in various styles of riding including Hunter Jumper, Dressage, Cross Country, Saddleseat, Western Performance and Contest. Dr. Robertson was a “horse person” before she became a veterinarian and her extensive background with different breeds and styles has been an asset to her patients and clients. Dr. Robertson also worked as a veterinary assistant for small animals for 7 years before attending Veterinary school. After obtaining her Bachelors degree in Biology from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, Dr. Robertson attended Veterinary school at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She completed an Equine Internship in Lexington, Kentucky before returning home to practice in Fairdale.
Dr. Robertson has always felt that Fairdale is her home. Although she travels with her ambulatory practice in Jefferson and surrounding counties, she chose to make Fairdale her home base. Our practice has recently expanded to include a Veterinary hospital and surgical facility. Dr. Robertson resides in Louisville with her high school sweetheart/ husband John, and sons Gavin and Peyton. Family also includes dogs Princess Coco Chanel, Cooper, and Bella, and cats Dillion and Dani.
In her “spare time” Dr. Robertson continues to be an active participant in the horse community. She enjoys jumping, trail riding, showing her warmblood babies in hand and is currently showing in the Dressage ring with her horses, Peter Pan, an Andalusian stallion, and Fredtastic, an Oldenburg gelding.
Dr. Kathryn Slaughter-Mehfoud, Head of Surgery
Dr. Mehfoud is a native of Lexington, North Carolina. Growing up around a variety of animals, she desired to be a veterinarian since the age of four. She earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Dr. Kathryn Slaughter Mehfoud earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Mehfoud also earned her Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
After graduating veterinary school, she completed an extensive internship at Chino Valley Equine Hospital in California. Dr. Mehfoud completed her Equine Surgical Residency at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.
She is particularly passionate about arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and upper airway surgery. Dr. Mehfoud has presented her research at several conferences, including the World Equine Veterinary Association Conference and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons Surgery Summit. She is a regular large animal blog author for VETgirl. When not engrossed in veterinary medicine, she delights in spending time with her husband, Collins and their daughter, Caroline, on their ranch. Dr. Mehfoud thoroughly enjoys running, high intensity strength fitness, horseback riding, and adores her Siberian husky Winter, German Shepherd Raven, and Appaloosa Aiden.
Erin Kiser, DVM
Dr. Kiser is a born and bred Kentucky girl! She attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate education and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.
Dr. Kiser is an avid horse-lover, and comes to us from a racetrack practice focusing primarily on sport horse medicine. Prior to track life, she worked at a progressive mixed animal practice in the mountains of Tennessee. Dr. Kiser is excited to bring her vast experiences to our practice.
While not at work, Dr. Kiser can be found with her wonderful husband Andrew, her two dogs Winston and Charlie, and her two cats Gabriel and Princess Penelope von Floofenschtuff (Floof). She has also had a love for the sport of Eventing from an early age and has been riding horses for most of her life. Dr. Kiser is so happy to be a part of the Bannon Woods family and is excited to share her enthusiasm and knowledge with all of her clients.
Sarah Sawayanagi, DVM
Dr. Sarah grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She spent her childhood caring for her two dogs, cats, homing pigeons, and guinea pigs. At the age of 10, she started riding at a neighborhood stable and quickly started spending every day there riding and caring for the horses and ponies. Dr. Sarah owes much of her experience to her loving and accepting parents since she was always the one bringing home a puppy, a kitten, or even injured birds that Dr. Sarah just had to save.
While obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/ Pre- Veterinary Medicine at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Dr. Sarah worked in a small animal hospital, competed on the Intercollegiate Dressage Team, and volunteered at a Wildlife Rehabilitation. Then she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine where she discovered her love for soft and hard tissue surgery.
When Dr. Sarah is not at work, you can find her lifting weights at the gym, hiking, sneaking treats for the horses, or hanging out with her loveable cats, Kenny and Butters.
Dr. Sarah’s mission is to respect every person’s animal as much as she does her own, with high-quality veterinary care and compassion. Dr. Sarah is so happy to be part of the Bannon Woods family and is very excited to share her knowledge and experience to better the lives of all animals.
Loryn Smith, DVM
Dr. Loryn grew up in the upper peninsula of both Michigan and in Minnesota. She grew up riding and showing horses. Dr. Loryn graduated from Winona State University and then went on to a career as a research scientist for 12 years. During this time she volunteered at multiple therapeutic riding centers and worked as a veterinary manager for a canine rescue. She had always dreamed of becoming a vet, so decided it was time to pursue veterinary school.
Dr. Loryn attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and then completed her clinical year at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation from Veterinary school, Dr. Loryn completed an extensive internship at Piedmont Equine Practice in Virginia and was then accepted for a highly competitive fellowship program at Genesee Valley Equine Clinic in New York. In addition to post-graduate specialty training, Dr. Loryn has several years of clinical practice.
Dr. Loryn loves being a general practitioner and has a special interest in endoscopy, emergency medicine, and complex internal medicine cases.
When not working, Dr. Loryn loves spending time with her two dogs Arti and Auggie. She enjoys being outdoors and is looking forward to exploring Kentucky and all it has to offer.
Dr. Loryn is looking forward to meeting you all and being a part of your journey with your animal companion. She looks forward to supporting you in reaching your goals with your partner whether it is a new puppy or an equine athlete.
Kaitlyn Shaheen, DVM
It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our newest addition to the Bannon Woods Veterinary Hospital team, Dr. Kaitlyn Shaheen. Dr. Shaheen grew up in Spicewood, Texas. Dr. Shaheen has had equine companions most of her life. She was raised doing 4-H, FFA and High School Rodeo. She also completed the Mustang Makeover challenge with her mustang, Sebastian.
Dr. Shaheen earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M. Dr. Shaheen completed several intensive externships, including Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. She also spent time studying abroad in South Africa. Her special interests include equine sports medicine, imaging, lameness, and surgery. Her life experience as a horsewoman has been an asset to both her clients and patients.
When not caring for her patients, Dr. Shaheen spends her time with her husband and their herd of 3 cats, 2 dogs, 1 horse and 2 ferrets, exercising at the gym, hiking the local trails or tending to her honey bee colony.