About Us


Justin S. Jornigan DVM

Dr. Justin Jornigan

Dr. Jornigan is originally from McDowell County and grew up in the Dysartsville community. His interest in veterinary medicine started as a youth raising chickens, pigs, goats, and spending countless hours with his two horses. As a high school student, he spent his summer vacations working with Dr. Jeffrey Schutz, the founder of Foothills Mobile Veterinary Service. Throughout college, Dr. Jornigan worked on various farms and traveled the world working with different veterinary practices and the US Department of Agriculture.  His professional interests include nutrition, reproduction, equine ophthalmology, and equine dentistry.

Dr. Jornigan and his wife, Megan are both active members at First Baptist Church Marion. He has an interest in mission work and has served with Christian Veterinary Missions in the Navajo Nation, and with his church in Belize. His other hobbies include mountain biking, hiking, scuba diving, playing piano, and working on his endless projects around the farm.

Bachelor of Science – Animal Science
Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC


> American Veterinary Medical Association
> North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association
> American Association of Equine Practitioners

Emily J. Barton, DVM

Dr. Emily Barton

Dr. Barton is from Fayetteville, Georgia, but she grew up spending her summers riding horses at Taproots Farm in Old Fort, North Carolina. She got her first horse, Flirt, when she was sixteen years old and still enjoys riding him. She went to Berry College in Rome, Georgia for her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with a Chemistry and Dance Minor. While at Berry, she worked at the Berry College Dairy as a milker and shift leader. Emily has interned and worked in multiple small animal and large animal clinics throughout high school, college, and veterinary school. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine and received awards in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery and Clinical Pathology. While at UGA she was the treasurer of the student chapter of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. She was an active member of Grace Athens and worked with Chosen for Life Ministries while in Athens. She is extremely excited to join the Foothills team and cannot wait to put down roots in North Carolina!

Support Staff

Photo credit: Lauren Blaha

Megan Jornigan (Photo credit: Lauren Blaha)

Megan M. Jornigan, BS, MS

Megan serves as a practice manager and veterinary assistant. She grew up in Raleigh, NC and was heavily involved in showing hunter/jumper with 4-H and in other local shows.   Megan enjoys training for obstacle course races, photography, spending time with her horses, and working with youth at church and with local 4-H clubs. Megan assists with farm calls 3 days each week.

Bachelor of Science – Animal Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Master of Science – Animal Science (Reproductive Physiology)
University of Tennessee

Katie D. Davis, BS, LVT

Katie Davis

Katie Davis

Katie serves as a veterinary technician on our team.  Katie grew up in Marion, NC where her interest in horses started at a young age. She has shown at local McDowell horse shows and worked on a breeding farm during her time as a student at NC State University. In her spare time she enjoys spending time at the barn with her horses, going on trail rides, or reading a book while curled up with her dog.

Bachelor of Science – Zoology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC

Associate in Applied Science – Veterinary Medical Technology
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville, NC

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