Dr. Sotela is a native of Potomac, Maryland. She grew up riding and showing hunters and jumpers, as well as playing polo. As a young woman, she also spent several years working as a Veterinary Assistant on the East Coast Show Circuit. These experiences allowed her to gain a strong background in lameness diagnosis and sports medicine, furthering her enthusiasm to become an Equine Veterinarian.
After earning her BS in Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland in College Park, Dr. Sotela attended Veterinary School at the Ohio State University, in Columbus, Ohio, graduating in 2006. After Veterinary School she spent a year in Colorado doing an Equine Internship at Littleton Large Animal Clinic.
Her special interests include sports medicine, imaging, lameness, and dentistry. Dr. Sotela has completed the animal Chiropractic Course at Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. She is certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).
To further add to her lameness diagnosis and treatment skills, Dr. Sotela is pursuing her certification in lameness diagnosis from The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP). These advanced imaging and lameness courses focus on anatomical regions of the equine athlete, with intensive ultrasound training. She has completed the eight modules that qualify her to undergo competency examination for Society Certification. Upon completion of the examination, Dr. Sotela would join a select group of equine veterinarians worldwide with this certification.
Dr. Sotela lives in Red Hook, New York. She also speaks fluent Spanish. In her spare time, she enjoys many outdoor activities, including skiing, hiking, kayaking, biking, and live music.