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About Us

Why Twin Pines?

The name of our practice was derived from a few different things. Primarily, we are two people trying to sink in our roots and become established. Given that New England has a large number of coniferous forests, we thought that pines would be a fitting selection. Lastly, we are both hearty, durable people that will endure. Plus, the name kind of rolls off the tongue!

Ashley Kornatowski


Dr. Ashley grew up in Ledyard, CT where she was an active member of Mystic Pony Club. She attended college at Boston University, graduating with a BS in Biology. She received her doctorate in 2008 from the University of Pennsylvania. After vet school, Dr. Kornatowski spent 2 years in a rigorous internship. She was responsible not only for ambulatory duties, but also in charge of critical patients in the hospital. While there, she gained experience in surgery, emergency medicine and critical care. Additionally, she developed her interests in lameness and dentistry. She spent a year working at a two doctor clinic in Western NY before deciding to start Twin Pines Equine. In August 2013, Dr. Ashley spent 5 weeks at Options For Animals and became certified by the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA). After that, she became certified in Acupuncture in 2015. Dr. Ashley enjoys yoga, baking artisan breads, and snuggling with her two cats Smitty & Fitz. Email her at

What in the world is a VMD? VMD is the Latin phrase for DVM. It stands for Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) and is the degree bestowed upon veterinarians that have graduated from the University of Pennsylvania.

Matt Kornatowski


Dr. Matt grew up in the small town of Boonville, NY, in the foothills of the Adirondack mountains. He obtained both his bachelors degree in Biology and his veterinary doctorate at Cornell University. After graduating in 2008, Dr. Kornatowski moved south to Virginia for an internship at a multi-doctor equine referral practice. During his extended internship, he was responsible for the primary care of in-hospital medicine and surgery cases, emergency medicine and critical care, in addition to ambulatory services. Dr. Kornatowski developed his interests in ophthalmology, dentistry and emergency medicine. Additionally, he gained significant experience in surgery and critical care. He then worked as a racetrack veterinarian in Western NY before deciding to go into practice for himself. In his spare time Dr. Kornatowski can be found on the soccer field, hiking or behind his camera lens. Email him at

Molly McGaughey

Molly joined Twin Pines Equine in January 2015 as our veterinary assistant. Along with keeping us in line, she keeps us safe with her expert horse handling skills. A Connecticut native, she has been involved in horses since an early age and has competed in a variety of Hunter and Equitation classes through the Connecticut Horse Show Association. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from UCONN in animal science and wants to continue working with horses as her career. If you see her at any of the local shows, be sure to ask her about her gelding Ditto, who she is always happy to talk about!

Chelsea MacMurray

Chelsea joined Twin Pines Equine in July of 2021 as our receptionist. Since then, she has taken pride in helping each of our clients as she is able. She has been riding horses since the age of 4, when she got her first pony, Cocoa. Since then, she has shown in the A rated Arabian shows and was a member of 4H. She is currently working towards her Bachelors degree in Psychology which is a personal goal of hers. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her mini Juney and Arabian Banner. Oh, and her husband, too!

Emily Weston

Emily joined Twin Pines Equine in March of 2021 as a veterinary assistant. She is from Salem, CT and has a bachelor’s degree in Fire Science from the University of New Haven. Over the past few years, her love of horses has grown which made her want to change her career path. Emily has a special place in her heart for the large draft horses and for donkeys. In her spare time, she volunteers as a firefighter and enjoys hiking, traveling, and hanging out with her two nieces.