Meet Our Staff

Angel M. Holden

Angel Holden earned a Bachelor of Science in Business/Management degree from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Although business is her major, she has always had a deep desire to work somewhere in the medical profession (human or animal).

In early 2013, she was given the opportunity to become Dr. Backus DVM's office and personal assistant at Universally Holistic Veterinary Services. Although, Angel is a newcomer to the veterinary and holistic profession, she has gained vast knowledge working for Dr. Backus DVM and is very fortunate to have the opportunity to explore the many different aspects of the veterinary field (traditional and nontraditional).

When Angel is not working, she loves to spend her free time with her husband and their canine companion, Violet (a Whippet mix she adopted from a local shelter). As a family, they enjoy being outdoors and traveling to different regions of the world, exploring different cultures and their native animals.

Meisja Wagner

Meisja Wagner is our Barn Manager, Large Animal Vet Tech and Hoof Care Expert. She has more than 20 years of experience working with and around horses. Including working internationally with sport horses.

At the ranch with Dr. Backus Meisja oversees a Management Intensive Rotational Grazing program for all livestock. She also holds Equine nutrition certification from the University of Edinburgh.

Meisja has been working as a Bare Hoof Care Specialist since 2011, and has studied with such experts as Pete Ramey and Christoph Schork.

Meisja prefers Three day Eventing to other horse sports but is usually game to try anything horse related. Working as part of Dr. Backus’ team has given Meisja the unique opportunity to apply her specialized skill set in a functional and holistic setting.

When not in the barn or on a horse Meisja is kept very busy with her 2 children, 2 dogs, her cat , her horse, and her husband.