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VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

9770 E Alameda Ave | Denver, CO 80247

Call 303-557-0259
Monday 24hr
Tuesday 24hr
Wednesday 24hr
Thursday 24hr
Friday 24hr
Saturday 24hr
Sunday 24hr
  • 24 Hour Emergency Service
  • Advanced Dental Care
  • Animal Rehabilitation
  • Acupuncture
  • Dermatology (Skin Care)
  • 24-Hour Vet
  • Animal Boarding
  • Animal Daycare
  • Animal Flea Control
  • Animal Grooming
  • Animal Microchipping
  • Emergency Veterinary Clinic
  • Exotic Animal Vet
  • Holistic Veterinary Medicine
  • Reptile Vet
  • Small Animal Vet
  • Spaying/Neutering
  • Veterinarians
  • Veterinary Dentistry
  • Veterinary Euthanasia
  • Veterinary Medical Specialties
  • Veterinary Surgery
  • Veterinary Vaccinations
  • New Pet Initial Visit
  • Physical Exam
Description

We provide 24 hour emergency services, primary care services, and specialty services such as surgery, internal medicine, dentistry, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, dermatology, neurology, oncology, physical therapy and sports medicine.

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Diana Allevato, DVM
Diana Allevato, DVM

Dr. Allevato was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and spent her childhood bringing home every creature she could find. She attended DePaul University in Chicago with an interest in marketing and pursued a career in the convention and trade show industry.

A change in path led her to receive a B.S. in Biology at Benedictine University in Illinois, followed by a DVM degree at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2007.

She went on to complete a one year rotating medicine & surgery internship at VCA Aurora and VCA Berwyn Animal Hospitals in Illinois. She left the Windy City and headed West to join the team at VCA Alameda East as a surgical intern in hopes of pursuing a residency in small animal surgery next year.

Aside from her passion for surgery, Dr. Allevato's professional interests include anesthesia and emergency medicine. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband, David, their Husky, Storm, and 4 mischievous cats (Mystique, Geronimo, Chunky Monkey, and Feta Cheese).

Dr. Allevato also loves volunteer work, books, movies, theater, and strongly believes that no day is complete without at least one hearty laugh!

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David Beadleston, DVM, DACVD
David Beadleston, DVM, DACVD

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Beadleston graduated from Veterinary School at the University of California at Davis in 1985. He performed a one-year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Colorado State University which originally brought him out to Colorado.

Dr. Beadleston worked at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital between 1986 and 1991 first as an emergency room veterinarian, then as a general practitioner. He moved to Pueblo for 4 years prior to acquiring a dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beadleston has been a board certified veterinary dermatologist since 1997 and has seen dermatology referrals at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital since that time.

Dr. Beadleston has a daughter (Lauren) and son (Nathan) and they enjoy gardening, cooking and camping.

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Meredith Burket, DVM
Meredith Burket, DVM

A true native of Colorado, Dr. Meredith Burket was born and raised in Greeley. She completed a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Anatomy at Colorado State University in 2002, and then attended veterinary school at CSU, graduating in May of 2007. Professionally, Dr. Burket is most interested in Emergency and Critical Care medicine but also enjoys endocrine disease management and anesthesia. After her year here at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, she hopes to continue working in emergency medicine while adding to her growing family.

During her time off, Dr. Burket can be found in Fort Collins with her husband, Jordan Fritts, their beautiful 3-year-old daughter, Olivia, and her two dogs and cats. Spending time with extended family and friends as well as hiking and camping are their favorite activities.

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Cameo Carbone, DVM, MS
Cameo Carbone, DVM, MS

Dr. Carbone received her B.S. in Zoology, M.S. in Anatomy and D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 2003. She did her internship at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and then worked in a different small animal practice for one year. She returned to Alameda East Veterinary Hospital to fulfill her interest in emergency medicine and has been back here since June of 2005. She plays a significant role in mentoring new doctors. She is likely one of the smiling faces you'll see if your animal needs to come in after hours.

Dr. Carbone is a full-time mother to a son and baby daughter. She is also the proud mother of T-bone (Border collie), Coco (cat), Dazzy (cat), and two Cockatiels, Ebony and Willie. In her free time, she is an avid watcher of sports (baseball and football) and loves working on home improvement projects.

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Ryan P. Cavanaugh, DVM, DACVS
Ryan P. Cavanaugh, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Ryan Cavanaugh was raised in Baltimore, MD but traveled out West to attend Northern Arizona University where he majored in Zoology and Chemistry. After graduation, Dr. Cavanaugh worked as an equine anesthetist at a referral hospital in the heart of Arizona horse country.

Dr. Cavanaugh attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and upon graduation, was selected for an internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Upon completion of his internship, Dr. Cavanaugh was recognized among 30 other attending veterinarians by receiving the prestigious "Intern of the Year" award.

After his internship, Dr. Cavanaugh remained at the Animal Medical Center to complete a 3 year residency in small animal surgery. Research during his residency concentrated on the use of sophisticated feeding tube technology that is utilized to provide nutrition to both critically ill humans and animals.

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Cavanaugh pursued advanced surgical training by accepting a 1 year post doctoral fellowship in surgical oncology at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. With this training, Dr. Cavanaugh is now one of 30 specialist surgeons in the world with this type of advanced veterinary education. In addition to general soft-tissue, orthopedic and neurologic procedures, his training allows for the aggressive surgical management of all types of cancer.

Outside of the hospital, Dr. Cavanaugh can be found out and about in the CO wilderness as well as enjoying the diverse music scene the region has to offer. He also enjoys spending time at home with his family, as well as his two cats (Nora & Sugar) and dog (Tie).

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Claudia Channing, DVM
Claudia Channing, DVM

Dr. Claudia Channing received a B.A. with Honors in Film from U.C. Berkeley and her D.V.M. from Louisiana State University. Both her father and uncle were veterinarians, and she is very proud to follow in their footsteps. Professionally Dr. Channing is most interested in emergency medicine and surgery with a special focus on corrective surgery for Brachycephalic Syndrome, surgical oncology and wound healing. Following her internship at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, she hopes to pursue a specialty internship and residency in small animal surgery.

In her free time, Dr. Channing enjoys painting, sculpture and gardening. In addition she has a special interest in Asian languages and culture. She and her husband Jeffrey, an Education Consultant and Filmmaker, also enjoy spending time and traveling with their four dogs: Louis (Neapolitan Mastiff), Miss Stanlie, Mitch and Miss B (Chinese Pugs).

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Sharon Eckert, DVM
Sharon Eckert, DVM

Dr. Eckert received a B.S. with Honors in Animal Science, with an Animal Biology emphasis from the University of Florida and her D.V.M. from North Carolina State University.

Her areas of special interest are internal medicine and cardiology.

Dr. Eckert decided at the age of 12 to become a veterinarian and worked as a veterinary technician through high school and college.

True to her Florida roots, she is an avid Gators fan.

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Jennifer L. Fick, DVM, DACVS
Jennifer L. Fick, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Fick received her undergraduate training at Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota) where she majored in Biology. After graduation, she accepted an internship at the San Diego Zoo's Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species where she performed genetics research to further preservation efforts for zebras and Przewalski's horses.

Dr. Fick attended veterinary school at the University of Minnesota. After graduating at the top of her class, she accepted an internship at Michigan State University.

She returned to the University of Minnesota for a 3 year surgical residency. Her research there included a study on wound healing using absorbable staples-a method of suturing that is rapidly gaining use for surgical closure in humans.

During her residency at the University of Minnesota she developed a passion for various fractures and surgical cases that required a high level of critical care. Upon completion of the residency, Dr. Fick accepted a Clinical Faculty position at the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine. She followed her passion for fracture repair and advanced her skills in placing interlocking nails, plating, and the use of hybrid and full circular fixators, and linear external fixator systems. She also gained additional experience in laparoscopic surgery, TPLO, TTA, portosystemtic shunt ligation, and neurologic surgeries.

For two years, Dr. Fick worked for Flatiron Veterinary Specialists in Longmont, CO. In 2008 she relocated to Denver and joined the team at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

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Kevin T. Fitzgerald, DVM, PhD
Kevin T. Fitzgerald, DVM, PhD

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Practitioners

Kevin Fitzgerald grew up in Denver and graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder where he also received his masters and doctorate degrees in endocrinology. In 1983 he received a DVM from Colorado State University.

Dr. Fitzgerald has served as President of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (DAVMS), as a member of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center, and since 1985 has been assistant professor adjunct at the University of Denver where he teaches Perspectives in Veterinary Medicine.

In 1998 he became board-certified in Canine and Feline Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. Fitzgerald writes monthly columns for the American Kennel Club Gazette, American Kennel Club Family Dog magazine and Police Dog magazine. He also has written twenty-one book chapters in various veterinary texts ranging from small animal toxicology and emergency medicine to reptile medicine and surgery. In 1993 he received the "Up and Coming" veterinarian award from the Colorado Veterinary Medical Society and in 2006 he received Hill's Dog Food and Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice's "Spirit of Excellence" award for the outstanding specialist in private practice.

For four years he had a weekly radio spot, "Veterinary Corner," on Lewis and Floorwax's popular morning show. Since 2003 he has hosted a weekly television segment, "Animal House" on Denver's Channel 2 morning news, and since 1997 he has been one of the featured veterinarians on Animal Planet's Emergency Vets.

His hobbies include stand-up comedy, traveling and movies. He thinks none of us laugh enough.

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Brenda Francis, DVM
Brenda Francis, DVM

Originally from Rhode Island, Dr. Brenda Francis completed a B.S. in Cardiopulmonary Science with a minor in Mathematics at Northeastern University (Boston, MA) in 1999. Shortly thereafter, she and her husband moved to Colorado, in an effort to better enjoy the outdoors. While in Fort Collins, Dr. Francis worked as a critical care veterinary nurse. This experience, combined with her background in human medicine, led her to apply to the veterinary program at CSU, from which she graduated in May of 2008.

Professionally, Dr. Francis is most interested in emergency and critical care, but is also interested in cardiology and immune-mediated disease. She anticipates a long career in emergency medicine.

During her time off, Dr. Francis enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric. They can often be seen riding bikes throughout the city and surrounding areas, especially enjoying cross-country mountain biking, road riding and dirt jumping. When the rivers allow, some early summer hours are spent kayaking, while in the winter, she enjoys snowboarding. Currently, she has three cats (Delilah, Sam and Autumn) and two dogs (Trey and Zoe), all with their own special needs.

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Kandace Henry, DVM
Kandace Henry, DVM

Kandace grew up in Lakewood where she decided early on she would be either a veterinarian or a concert pianist. She was waylaid for four years at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, lured in by a truly inspired recruiting brochure that made military education seem like summer camp. After earning her BSc in Engineering Sciences, she managed Top Secret networks in Germany (seriously!) then served as an interpreter in Provence before leaving active duty for civilian life. Kandace earned her DVM in May 2008 and has never regretted taking the scenic route. Her professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and anatomic pathology.

Kandace counts climbing Kilimanjaro and becoming a vet as two of the great accomplishments in her life. In an ideal world, she would trot across the globe, saving endangered species and revolutionizing wildlife conservation—stopping occasionally to play a Mussorgsky sonata at the Bolshoi. For now, she is ecstatic to be back in Denver with her neurotic tri-pod dog (Biko), oddly affectionate cats (Suki & Bang) and her near-perfect man.

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LaDawn Hillis, DVM
LaDawn Hillis, DVM

Dr. Hillis is a Colorado native who received her B.S. in Business in 1992 and her DVM in 1996, both from Colorado State University. Prior to joining Alameda East, Dr Hillis practiced in the Kiowa, Elizabeth, and Parker areas for five years.

Dr. Hillis is a member of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Her special interests include acupuncture, surgical diseases, and animal behavior.

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Leilani Ireland, DVM
Leilani Ireland, DVM

Dr. Leilani Ireland grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. She attended Westminster College where she studied biology and chemistry; her fondness of science and love for animals then led her to Colorado to attend veterinary school. During her time at Colorado State University Dr. Ireland developed clinical interests in critical care and internal medicine.

Dr. Ireland spends her spare time outdoors climbing, playing tennis, and relaxing with her husband Chris, their two kids and Australian Shepherd Olive.

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John F. Huff, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC
John F. Huff, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC

Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry
Diplomate, American Veterinary Dental College

Dr. Huff grew up in Littleton, Colorado, graduating from Arapahoe High School. He attended Colorado State University for seven years obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry with high honors in 1979 and his DVM in 1983 in the top 25% of his class. After practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Arizona for one year, Dr. Huff was accepted into and completed a rotating internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. After practicing in Michigan for seven years and in Utah for eleven years, Dr. Huff moved back home to friends and family in Colorado.

His professional achievements include traveling to England to help eradicate foot and mouth disease and special training in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery. Over the last five years Dr. Huff has pursued an interest in veterinary dentistry, obtaining the status of a Fellow in the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry in 2008. Dr. Huff's practice is limited to veterinary dentistry with emphasis on endodontics (root canals), prosthodontics (crowns), orthodontics (braces), periodontology (gum disease) and oral surgery.

Outside of work Dr. Huff enjoys skiing, snowboarding, back country skiing, music, hiking, and camping. He has built a wood strip canoe, two guitars and has climbed all the peaks over 14,000 feet in Colorado.

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David Israel, DVM
David Israel, DVM

Dr. David Israel was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and received his B.A. in English at the University at Albany. After college he worked as a journalist for a Rhode Island newspaper while at the same time pursuing a career in music. A change in direction eventually led him to Michigan State University, where he completed his veterinary degree prior to moving to Denver to begin his year-long internship at VCA Alameda East. Dr. Israel's professional interests include emergency medicine, internal medicine and neurology.

Outside of work, Dr. Israel enjoys camping and hiking with his wife Heather, who is also a veterinarian, and their three mutts. They also live with four rescued cats and a lot of fur. In his spare time he also enjoys playing music, racquetball, stickball and hockey.

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Holly Knor, DVM
Holly Knor, DVM

Dr. Holly Knor was born in Connecticut, and moved to South Florida at the age 5. She began working in the veterinary field when she was 14 and held many different positions from working in the kennel, to receptionist to veterinary technician before becoming a veterinarian.

She moved to Colorado to attend Colorado State University where she received a bachelor's degree in microbiology in 1991 and her degree in veterinary medicine in 1995. Following veterinary school, she completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and has been on staff since 1995.

Her special interests include dentistry and teaching. Dr. Knor volunteers at the Denver Zoo with their veterinary services and in local schools teaching children about animals.

In her spare time Dr. Knor spends quality time with her husband, Brad, leads her daughter's Girl Scout troop, cheers her son on in Tae Kwon Do, and cares for the family's dogs, rabbit, turtle and fish. She also enjoys cycling and snowboarding.

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Edmund Leigh, DVM, DACVR
Edmund Leigh, DVM, DACVR

Dr. Leigh graduated from the University of Vermont with a BS in Geology. After a career in geology and as a land surveyor in Vermont, Colorado, and Alaska, Dr. Leigh left the rocks behind him and returned to school, earning his DVM from Colorado State University in 2001. He went on to complete an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in NYC. After two years of working in general practice in Denver, Dr. Leigh completed a radiology residency at North Carolina State University. He practiced radiology in North Carolina and became board certified in 2007.

Dr. Leigh has a Border Collie mix named Cosmo, and enjoys his leisure time with his young son, enjoying mountain biking, running, skiing, hiking, playing hockey, and listening to music.

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Jenny Long, DVM
Jenny Long, DVM

Dr. Jenny Long went to Colorado State University for her undergraduate studies and received her DVM from the CSU vet school in 2006. After that, she completed a 1 year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital.

Having grown up in an Air Force family, she's traveled a lot within the U.S. and abroad. Her favorite place to live was Panama in Central America. While in Panama, she owned a horse which put her on the path toward veterinary medicine.

In her spare time, Dr. Long enjoys reading SciFi/Fantasy novels, horseback riding, snowboarding, and spending time with her family and fiance Ryan. She shares her home with two persistently hungry cats, Mali and Mordi, her beautiful Red Heeler Kaia, and a leopard gecko named Nafasat who is convinced she is "The Enemy."

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Kevin McAbee, DVM, DACVS
Kevin McAbee, DVM, DACVS

Dr. McAbee was born and raised in Southern California. He received his bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1995. Veterinary school brought him to Colorado where he graduated from Colorado State University in 1999. After veterinary school Dr. McAbee completed a one-year internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital and a surgical internship with the surgeons of Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Jacksonville, FL.

Dr. McAbee then moved on to New York City to complete a three-year surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in 2004. He then stayed on as a surgical fellow at the Animal Medical Center for an additional year before he moved back to Colorado in 2005. Kevin joined the surgery department at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in June of 2007.

Dr. McAbee has a special interest in minimally invasive surgery such as arthroscopy, laparoscopy, and thoracoscopy. He also has extensive experience in arthroscopic cranial cruciate ligament surgery such as TPLO and TTA, neurosurgery, and non-cemented total hip replacement.

Outside the hospital Dr. McAbee enjoys spending time with his wife and son and playing with their three cats Herbert, Penelope, and Slider. Kevin is an avid cyclist and can often be found on long rides through the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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Barbara McLucas, DVM
Barbara McLucas, DVM

Dr. Barbara McLucas is originally from the East Coast. She was born & raised in Glen Burnie, Maryland, about 30 minutes south of Baltimore City. She knew from an early age she wanted to be a veterinarian and spent many hours with her "zoo" of personal animals (dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, horses, fish).

After nearly four years in Hawaii she moved to Texas and attended Southwest Texas State University for her undergraduate education. She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 2001. She came to VCA Alameda East for internship training in 2001 and remained as a staff doctor upon completion of her internship.

Dr. McLucas has a professional interest in behavior medicine and has additional training in this field. She is in process of working to get a board certification in this specialty field. She currently sees patients for general practice appointments as well as consultations for behavior problems.

Personally, Dr. McLucas enjoys horseback riding, cooking, and reading in her spare time. She has three four-legged children including a cat named Mitty and two dogs, a Teacup Chihuahua named Milly and a Black Lab named Baylor.

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Jennifer Messinger, DVM, DACVIM
Jennifer Messinger, DVM, DACVIM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Messinger was raised on a ranch in southwest Nebraska. She obtained her BS in Agricultural Sciences at University of Nebraska-Lincoln followed by veterinary school at Kansas State University. With her farming background she was intent on doing feedlot medicine and consulting but switched to small animal medicine in her fourth year. Upon graduation she was selected for an internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Once her internship was complete she enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania for a residency in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Messinger was welcomed back to the Hospital in 2005 with Rocky Mountain Veterinary Specialists. Her practice is limited to Internal Medicine. Her Internal Medicine interests include gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disease, endocrine diseases, and urology.

Dr. Messinger lives with her two cats, Merlyn and Harvey. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, hiking, volleyball, and music.

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Erin Miller, DVM
Erin Miller, DVM

Dr. Miller grew up in sunny California and, after a brief stint as a Disneyland Swedish shopkeeper, worked with zoo animals while receiving her BS in Ecology at the University of California, San Diego.

She then moved to Fort Collins, CO and graduated with a DVM from Colorado State University in 2001.

Dr. Miller completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Alameda East and enjoyed her work here so much she has stayed on as a staff veterinarian.

Dr. Miller's professional interests include emergency medicine, gastroenterology, and pocket pet medicine. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, travel, reading, and nesting at home with her two dogs, three cats, frog and (remarkably tolerant) boyfriend.

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Kristin Miller, DVM
Kristin Miller, DVM

Dr. Kristin Miller grew up in the South East in the town of Oak Ridge, TN. She decided at a very young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian and spent every possible childhood moment with her horses and dogs. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a B.S. in Animal Science. Dr. Miller moved back to Knoxville, TN for veterinary school at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine where she received her DVM this year. She is very excited to be one of VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital's new associate doctors and looks forward to her first winter in Colorado. Her professional interests include ophthalmology, neurology, and surgery.

When not at work, Dr. Miller enjoys spending time with her supportive boyfriend, Scott, and her two crazy dogs, Tinkerbelle and Capone.

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Nicole Miller, DVM
Nicole Miller, DVM

Dr. Nicole Miller grew up in Fort Worth, Texas. At a very early age, her parents inspired her to combine her love for animals with her interest in medicine and pursue a career in veterinary medicine. After graduating high school, she packed her bags for College Station, Texas where she became the proudest member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2005. While working on her undergraduate degree in biomedical science, she was accepted into the College of Veterinary Medicine from which she earned her DVM degree from Texas A&M University in the spring of 2008. With hopes of discovering snow and expanding on her professional interests, oncology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine, she gladly accepted a position as an associate veterinarian at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

When she is not busy caring for her patients, she prefers to spend her time with her fiancé and their long-haired dachshund, Hershey, and boxer, Tyson. She also enjoys cooking, reading, golfing, quilting, and being outside in beautiful Colorado.

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Jiyeun Rha, VMD, DACVIM
Jiyeun Rha, VMD, DACVIM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Rha is an east-coast native. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University in Maryland in 1991 and then received her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.

During the summer of 2000, Jiyeun completed her residency in Veterinary Small Animal Internal Medicine at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, Massachusetts. That summer Dr. Rha also received her board-certification by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She then worked at the Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut as a staff internist until the winter of 2002. She joined Rocky Mountain Veterinary Specialists at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in January of 2003.

Dr. Rha enjoys all aspects of internal medicine, but primarily renal and endocrine disorders. She is adept at all endoscopic procedures. Her outside interests include skiing and walking her dog, Big.

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Melissa McDaniel, DVM, MPH
Melissa McDaniel, DVM, MPH

Dr. Melissa McDaniel hails from the east coast and is currently trying to master the art of high altitude baking.

She is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a BA in English and Pre-med with some dabbling in music and dance. After a brief turn in independent film, she returned to her medicine roots and enrolled at Tufts Veterinary School where she received her DVM and Masters in Public Health. Before joining the Alameda East surgery team, she completed a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Service in Connecticut.

Dr. McDaniel is very excited to be a surgery intern at VCA Alameda East and hopes to pursue a surgery residency next year. Even though surgery is her first love, she also enjoys critical care and radiology. When she is not in surgery, Dr. McDaniel likes cutting things in the kitchen, singing, swing dancing, and watching movies. If she can manage to break out of the hospital, she would like to learn to snowboard. She is also kept busy preventing her cats Peekay, Anika, Anya, and Ellen from eating flip flops and rubbberbands and Augustus Gloop, the bunny, from eating electrical cords and sheet rock.

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Laura Ruff, DVM
Laura Ruff, DVM

Director, Emergency Services

Dr. Ruff is a Denver native who earned her BS in biochemistry from Colorado State University in 1987 and her D.V.M. from the University of Minnesota in 2000.

In the years following her undergraduate work and prior to veterinary medicine school, she worked at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio as a professional research assistant focused on metabolic disease states and pulmonary hypertension. She did a small animal medicine and surgery internship at AEVH from 2000-2001. She worked full-time in a veterinary emergency clinic in 2001, as well as part-time for Alameda East. In 2002 Dr. Ruff returned full-time to the Alameda East staff.

Professionally, Dr. Ruff's primary interests are emergency medicine/critical care, rehabilitation, and radiology. She is active in the following professional organizations: AVMA, DAVMS, VECCS, and served on the board for DAVMS 2004-2006. She currently serves on the Animal Issues committee with DAVMS.

She adopted a dog, Bogart, from the Colorado Humane Society. Bogart is a Canine Good Citizen, and has spent time in Flyball and agility. Bogart is a blood donor for AEVH. Dr. Ruff also has two cats, Bacardi and Myers, inherited during vet school.

Dr. Ruff's time spent outside of work includes: enjoying the Colorado outdoors with Bogart, spending time with family and friends, and reading. She has volunteered at Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, a non-profit organization that records print material (textbooks, etc.) for students with print disabilities.

"Veterinary medicine was my destiny. What else would I become with the last name Ruff?"

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Laurie K. Pearce, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Laurie K. Pearce, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

Dr. Laurie Pearce grew up in Minnesota and received her DVM degree in 1981 from the University Of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. This was followed by an internship and residency in internal medicine with a special interest in neurology at The Animal Medical Center, NYC, NY 1983 - 1986. After 18 months at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA as a clinician in the neurology service, she moved to Florida in 1988 to complete a residency in neurology at the University of Florida. Dr. Pearce came to Denver in 1993 and worked in private specialty practice until 2002. For the past six years, she has been a member of the neurology faculty at CSU. Dr. Pearce has now returned to private practice as a neurologist at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Pearce is an avid hiker, enjoying trails in Colorado and as far away as Denali National Park. She has three great dogs -- two Golden Retrievers named Remy and Anne, and Roxie the Bernese Mountain Dog. A cat and horse round out her family.

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Douglas R. Santen, DVM, DACVIM
Douglas R. Santen, DVM, DACVIM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Dr. Santen is a graduate of Iowa State University with a B.S. in Animal Science and a B.S. in Biochemistry. He also attended graduate school for two years before enrolling in the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Santen obtained his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State in 1987. After practicing for one year in Boulder, Colorado, he completed a three-year residency in Small Animal Medicine at the University of Missouri. Dr. Santen is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine. He joined Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in 1991.

Dr. Santen is well trained and experienced in all areas of internal medicine. However, his foremost interests include endocrinology, gastroenterology, oncology, respiratory disease, and renal disease. Dr. Santen also has a particular interest and expertise in feline medicine. He has substantial skill in endoscopic techniques including gastroduodenoscopy, esophagoscopy, colonoscopy, rhinoscopy, and tracheobronchoscopy. Over the last decade, Dr. Santen has also been involved with numerous clinical drug trials with various pharmaceutical companies.

Dr. Santen is a member of the local, state and national veterinary medicine organizations. He is also a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. Dr. Santen and his wife have been married for over 25 years. They have one daughter who is a student at Baylor University. His interests include skiing, hiking, traveling, and golfing.

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Karen Sanderson, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
Karen Sanderson, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology)

Dr. Sanderson is a native of Southern California. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she completed her BA in Biology. She then moved to Boulder where she worked for a biotech company studying recombinant hemoglobin. She attended the veterinary school at Colorado State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. She completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2000. Following her internship she completed a residency program in Cardiology at the University of California, Davis and subsequent board certification in 2003.

Upon completion of her residency, she worked in a busy multi-specialty practice in Southern California where she gained immense clinical experience. Currently, she lives in Boulder and runs Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology. Although she enjoys all aspects of cardiology, she is especially interested in congenital heart disease, the management of chronic congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and feline heart disease. She has expertise in echocardiography, ECG interpretation, and cardiac catheterization.

She and her husband have two young children. Her interests are hiking, trail running, Nordic skiing, reading, and spending time with her family.

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Shaila Raj, DVM, MS
Shaila Raj, DVM, MS

Originally from Texas, Dr. Raj holds a B.S. in Microbiology & Biology from The University of Texas at Arlington, a B.S. in Animal Science from The University of Massachusetts, and an M.S. in Biomedical Sciences from Colorado State University. She received her D.V.M. from Colorado State University in May 2008. Professionally, Dr. Raj is most interested in exotics, emergency medicine, and cardiology. She also enjoys teaching and pet assisted therapy.

During her time off, Dr. Raj enjoys spending time with her husband, Aric Sanders, their beautiful little girl, Neela, and their two dogs, Homer & Milhouse.

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Jeffrey Steen, DVM
Jeffrey Steen, DVM

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners

Dr. Jeff Steen, son of a diplomat, was born in Bogotá Colombia and was raised in various places in Latin America and the United States. After graduating from high school in the Dominican Republic he moved to Columbus, Ohio to attend the Ohio State University. He is a huge Buckeye football fan!

Dr. Steen received his undergraduate degree with honors in Animal Science and his doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 1999. After Veterinary school he completed a one year rotating internship at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and stayed on as a staff veterinarian. He is currently the Medical Director for the very busy general practice at Alameda East.

In 2006, Dr. Steen successfully passed his board exams for the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (www.abvp.org) specializing in canine and feline medicine. The mission of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners is to promote and recognize the highest standards in the art and science of contemporary veterinary clinical practice.

Dr. Steen has taken an interest in laparoscopic surgery and routinely performs spays and gastropexies via this minimally invasive technique. Other professional interests include infectious disease, preventative medicine, geriatric medicine and general surgery.

Giving back to the community is important for Dr. Steen and he currently serves on two boards: Safe Harbor Lab Rescue (www.safeharborlabrescue.org) as Medical Advisor and the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society (www.davms.org) as East Area Director.

He and his wife, Lori, have three wonderful children—Joe, 7, Jessica, 6 and Jenna, 4. They have a very busy home with the three kids, their black Lab, Jewela, and their Persian kitties, Smokie and Dillon. Dr. Steen and his family enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities that make life in Colorado so wonderful including skiing, hiking, biking, fly-fishing and backpacking.

Dr. Steen loves to fish. Last year he traveled to Mill Lacs Lake, Minnesota (ice fishing for walleye, perch and eelpout), Traverse City, Michigan (walleye and trout), Kenai Alaska (salmon, halibut and trout), South Padre Island, Texas (sea trout, redfish and tarpon) and several trips in Colorado for trout including a treacherous backpacking trip to the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. His family recently moved to a home on the shores of Aurora Reservoir so he can fish before and after work.

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Anne Skope, VMD, MS
Anne Skope, VMD, MS

Originally from Connecticut, Dr. Anne Skope completed her B.A. in Philosophy from Colgate University (Hamilton, NY) in 1998. After veterinary school, she spent a year doing biomedical research at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. Dr. Skope attended veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 2003. Upon graduation, she was selected for an internship at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital. She then returned to Boston to do an oncology-dedicated internship at Angell Animal Medical Center.

After her year at Angell Animal Medical Center, Dr. Skope came to Colorado State University to complete a 3 year residency program in small animal oncology, as well a M.S. degree. Research during her residency focused on investigating a novel treatment strategy for canine lymphoma.

In her free time, Dr. Skope enjoys hiking with her Labrador Retriever, Bailey, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.

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Dan Steinheimer, DVM, MS, DACVR
Dan Steinheimer, DVM, MS, DACVR

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Radiology

Dr. Steinheimer has served as Medical Director for VCA Alameda East since March, 2007. He is a native of Nevada and received his BS in Agriculture Mechanics (practical farm and ranch management) in 1982 from the University of Reno, Nevada. Dr. Steinheimer was accepted to the University of Missouri, Columbia's veterinary medicine program in 1986. He practiced small animal medicine in St. Louis, MO for two years before beginning his residency at Colorado State University.

During his residency, Dr. Steinheimer studied all aspects of diagnostic radiology, including ultrasound and alternate imaging (CT & MRI). He received his MS in diagnostic radiology in 1995. At the end of his residency he accepted a position on the faculty of Texas A&M University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

At Texas A&M, Dr. Steinheimer was responsible for establishing the alternate imaging section, including CT scanning, nuclear imaging, and radioactive iodine therapy. He passed his radiology board exams and joined Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in 1998. In addition to his medical imaging responsibilities, Dr. Steinheimer is the Director of the AEVH Associate Doctor Program.

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