About Our Equine Dentistry Team

Our Mission

Equine dentistry is crucial to maintaining a happy and healthy horse!  We strive to provide the highest level of dental and wellness care for all of our patients and satisfaction for our customers through professionalism and compassion. You can expect a wealth of knowledge, experience and passion from Richard  in what he does. With a custom built, 28ft mobile equine trailer that is furnished to handle dental and other procedures, we bring to your doorstep specialty equipment created to provide the very best experience for everyone involved. We are equipped to accommodate the needs of any horse, anywhere!

Our Professionals

Get to know the people behind the mission! Here is a quick bio of our team!

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Richard and Terri Grist

Richard Grist CEqD is a native of England but considers the U.S. home after living here for the last 25 years. He received his dental training originally in England at Hartpury College after being introduced to equine dentistry from his brother-in-law. Once he made the move to the states, he continued his education at the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho and went on to start a private practice here in Florida in 2001. Richard finds the challenge of correcting complicated dental issues rewarding and enjoys teaching his clients about the equine mouth and the benefits of routine care.

Personally, Richard is married and has four step -children who he enjoys spending time with. His hobbies include driving at both racetrack and auto cross events as well as working on his cars. Richard also enjoys design and fabrication and has built his own succession of dental trailers and tools. He has recently purchased property in Dade City where he hopes to add offices and clinic areas to further grow Advanced Equine Dentistry’s practice.

Richard can be reached at AdvEquineDentist@icloud.com




Phil and Lena Himebaugh

Lena Himebaugh, our office manager, was born and raised in central New Jersey, she moved to Florida when she was 18 to attend college at St. Leo University. She has always had a strong passion for animals, especially horses, after her father bought her a first horse at the age of 6.

Personally, Lena is married and has one fur baby, their cat, Natsha. She enjoys riding in the hunter/jumper ring, boating/fishing, and entertaining friends and family at their home.