Dr. Lauren Armbruster
Dr. Lauren Armbruster is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she earned her undergrad and graduate degrees. She spent time teaching anatomy and dissection labs before starting vet school and enjoyed the challenge of engaging her students in the learning process. Dr. Armbruster is a native Coloradoan and became interested in emergency medicine and surgery during vet school. She loves the excitement of emergency and critical care and, most of all, loves her patients! When she’s not working, Dr. Armbruster spends her time with her fuzzy kids: Tweek, Toonces, Turd Ferguson, Paisley, Beeker Von Waffles, and Steve.
Dr. Lindsey Fry
DVM, cVMA, CCRP
Lindsey Fry, DVM, cVMA, CCRP graduated from veterinary school at Colorado State University, in 2009 and completed a rotating internship at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Dr. Fry works both as an emergency and rehabilitation/pain management doctor at the hospital, and has worked at FCVERH for 4 years. Dr. Fry is certified in veterinary acupuncture and canine rehabilitation through the CVMA and the University of Tennessee respectively. She has a special interest in geriatric medicine, pain management, emergency and critical care, and neurologic disease. She is passionate about the human animal bond and providing the best quality of life possible for her patients. Dr. Fry lives with her family in Old Town Fort Collins, along with Lulu and Wiley, her two dogs and three lovely chickens. She enjoys time with her family outside hiking, running, and skiing, when she is not practicing veterinary medicine.
Dr. Danielle Huval
Born to a military family in Huntsville, Alabama, as a child, Dr. Huval lived all over the US. She attended Whittier College, a small liberal arts college in the Los Angeles area where she received her BA in Biology. She then headed to Colorado State University to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian. After practicing a year in a mixed animal practice in New Mexico, she realized that she really wanted to care for our small animal companions.
She found her niche in emergency medicine where she strives to offer the best care for her patients in emergent situations. Dr. Huval’s other professional interests include pain management, surgery, and preventative health care. She is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist. She comes to FCVERH after practicing at a speciality and emergency hospital in Longmont for the last 8 years. Dr. Huval has found that the emphasis on excellent pain management and rehabilitation here at FCVERH has allowed her to improve the care she can provide for her patients.
In her free time, Dr. Huval enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with her family, horse, dog, and cat. She and her husband have two human kids, Autumn and Colton, who keep life both busy and entertaining.
Dr. Jon Geller
Dr. Geller is a 1995 graduate from CSU Vet School, then received Board-Certification from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners as a Diplomat in Canine and Feline Medicine. He is an emergency veterinarian with a special interest and certification in Hyperbaric Medicine. He, along with Dr. Ted Mika, were the initial co-founders of the hospital in 2003. Dr. Geller enjoys outdoor activities, reading, travel and spending time with friends and family. He and his wife Jean have 2 crazy cats (Thomas and Eddie) and a mellow black lab mix (Raindog).
Dr. Ted Mika
Dr. Mika graduated from Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he practiced in Watertown, South Dakota at Lake Area Veterinary clinic, which is a mixed animal practice reminiscent of classic James Herriot books.
In 1993, his family moved to Greeley, Colorado where Dr. Mika joined Mackey Veterinary Service. He spent 10 years traveling the country side of Weld County visiting the many livestock operations Drs. Don and Larry Mackey had taken care of for decades. Through their mentorship, he grew to appreciate the art of veterinary practice and the people of Weld County.
In 2000 Dr. Mika joined a group of veterinarians to form the first of three veterinary emergency Hospitals. In 2001 opening the first emergency hospital in Evans, Colorado, PETS Emergency Hospital. That same year he left Mackey and Mika Veterinary Service to become a full-time Emergency Veterinarian. In 2003 Fort Collins Emergency Hospital, which later became Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital was opened. Dr. Mika now splits his time working ER shifts and co-managing both hospitals.
In his spare time Dr. Mika enjoys remodeling homes, wood working, hunting and fishing. He and his wife and two boys along with his ‘’girls” Italian Spinone’s Annie Mae and Ornella (Nellie) live in Eaton. He also keeps bees, chickens and enjoys gardening on his small acreage. In addition to Annie and Nellie, the Mika’s have an old dog named Skip who is his wife’s constant companion and shadow.
Dr. Wendy Herlihy
Dr. Wendy Herlihy graduated from Colorado State University and is currently one of our staff doctors at FCVERH. Wendy has a strong interest in emergency medicine, pain management, and rehabilitation. Prior to becoming a veterinarian Wendy was a professional sled dog racer and outdoor educator. Racing dogs is what inspired her to become a vet. Wendy enjoys working with all types of dogs, from athletes to geriatrics, to critical care patients.
Dr. Eryn McGrath
Dr. Eryn McGrath is a graduate of Colorado State University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She lived in Florida and Australia previously but is now proud to call Colorado home. Dr. McGrath’s interest in Emergency Medicine and her desire to continue enjoying the Colorado lifestyle brought her to pursue an Emergency Internship at FCVERH. At the end of her internship in May 2016 she was hired as one of our emergency doctors on staff here at FCVERH. She is very passionate about continually expanding upon her education and providing her patients with the best care and quality of life. Dr. McGrath lives with her husband, Chris, and their fur-babies, Teddy, Pirate, and Ember. In her free time she loves to stay active and be outdoors with yoga, hiking, running, and camping.
Dr. Kelly Romero
Dr. Kelly Romero has been with the Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation hospital since we opened in 2003. She is a 2000 graduate from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Aside from emergency and critical care medicine, Dr. Romero has a special interest in abdominal ultrasound and echocardiography.
In February 2013, she successfully obtained an Advanced Imaging Certificate of Completion from Sound Eklin. This is a one-year course taught by a team of specialists that provides over 140 hours of continuing education in lecture and laboratory format, with written and practical exams required for successful completion. Approximately 50 abdominal and echocardiogram cases were completed each quarter, with half receiving critique from the experts. Dr. Romero is happy to expand our ability to provide complete emergency and elective abdominal ultrasounds and echocardiograms.
Dr. Romero also serves as Medical Director of the hospital. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, hiking, reading, travel, and cheering on her daughters, Sydney and Jaelyn at their numerous sporting events. Her four legged kids include two cats, Norman and Moses, a Border Terrier, Ty, and a new mixed breed puppy, Roger.
Dr. Jessica Rychel
DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, cVMA, CCRP
Dr. Jessica Rychel works as both a rehabilitation veterinarian and an emergency vet at VERH. Dr. Rychel attended Colorado State University to receive her degree in veterinary medicine, and went on to become board certified in veterinary sports medicine and rehabilitation (DACVSMR). Dr. Rychel also has certifications and training in medical veterinary acupuncture, medical massage, small animal rehabilitation, and pain management. She is passionate about rehab, and returning animals to functional, active, happy pets. Her special interests include feline acupuncture and rehab, treatment of osteoarthritis, supplement and nutrition management and wound management. Dr. Rychel serves as the director of rehab services at VERH.
Dr. Rychel loves to spend time in the mountains! Whether summer or winter she loves skiing, hiking and just being outdoors with her dogs. Yoga is also a particularly favorite activity for Jessica, as it helps keep her in shape for all that up and down off the floor with her rehab patients!
Dr. Kirsten Blanchet
Kirsten grew up on the Minnesota prairie and moved to Colorado for her undergraduate studies, where she attended Colorado College. After spending a few years in the mountains hiking, riding and teaching skiing, she moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU veterinary school. When not in the hospital, you can find her in the garden with her chickens, out hiking with her husband Conor, a current vet student, and their dog, Watson, or enjoying fine coffee and chocolate on the porch with her cat, Cricket.
Dr. Jordan Sedlacek
Jordan grew up in the foothills west of Denver. She attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire for her undergraduate degree before returning to Colorado for her Masters of Agriculture, Masters of Public Health and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Colorado State University. She is passionate about pain management and physical medicine. She completed her acupuncture certification in 2016 and is currently working towards a certificate in canine rehabilitation. She lives in Fort Collins with her partner, Chris, her dog Timbrel and her cats Boomer, Newton and Snout. In her free time she enjoys gardening, camping, home brewing and training in 14th century Italian longsword.
Dr. Robin Van Metre
Dr. Robin Van Metre has been an emergency veterinarian since 2001. She graduated from University of Pennsylvania with her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris degree in 1999. She completed an internship at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey after graduating. Dr. Van Metre enjoys spending time with her husband and two children. She also is a member of Therapy Dogs Inc. with her dog Eli.
Dr. Bonnie Wright
DVM, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologiests, cVMA, CVPP, CCRP
Dr. Bonnie Wright has been an emergency veterinarian since 2001. She graduated from Colorado State University(CSU) with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. She completed her post-doctorate work in anesthesia in 1996, also at CSU, and her anesthesia residency in 2000 at UC Davis. Dr. Wright also became credentialed in medical acupuncture in 2007, became a certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner in 2011 and certified in canine rehabilitation in 2013. She was on the faculty at CSU for many years before moving full time to FCVERH, where she is an emergency doctor, anesthesiologist and pain medicine doctor. Dr. Wright teaches extensively nationally and internationally. Dr. Wright is president-elect for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM), a board member of the local rotary club, and a member of the WSAVA’s global pain council.
Deanna Rogers is a licensed physical therapist and has been practicing physical therapy for over 25 years. She received her masters in physical therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1985. She spent most of her human physical therapy career treating seniors in outpatient and inpatient settings, treating patients with subacute, chronic, post-injury, and post-surgical conditions. She became board certified through the American Physical Therapy Association as a geriatric physical therapist in 1996. Ms. Rogers completed her canine rehabilitation certification in December 2004 through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine and Northeast Seminars. She has been practicing physical therapy for animals in an outpatient and home care capacity. She enjoys learning from the patients and their owners what interventions work best for the most favorable outcome and quality of life. During her time off she enjoys spending time outside with her husband and their family dog.
Jennifer has a BS in Environmental Science and minor in Chemistry from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is an experienced professional manager with over 15 years experience in science project management, retail management, optical health care and dental practice management. Jennifer is a Board Member of Bike Ft. Collins and an active volunteer in the bicycling community. Outside of work she spends her time out on the trails running, hiking or biking with her dogs Starsky and Stella.
Senior Care Coordinator
Maggie joined the team in January of 2017 as the Senior Care Coordinator. Maggie has a Zoology Degree from CSU, and has 7 years of customer service experience in the veterinary field. Maggie enjoys working with pet owners to ensure they have a great experience when they bring their furry kids in for treatment. She feels grateful to be a part of the leadership team here at FCVERH, and looks forward to the many challenges that this job presents. In Maggie’s spare time, you will find her hanging out with her husband and four amazing kids (and their furry pets!). Her hobbies include tennis, reading, scrapbooking, and spending time outdoors.
Priscilla has been in the veterinary field for 6 years, the last 4 have been working as a technician in small animal general practice and in mixed practice. She has 3 animals: Ziggy, 6.5 yo Rottweiler, Klaus, ~3 yo orange tabby cat, Squidward, 2 yo grey tabby cat. Priscilla is currently entering her second and final year of tech school at FRCC where she is an honors student with a 4.0. She also owns and operates her own small business, Manure Movers, which does yard cleanings and pet sitting.
Danny is one of our full-time technicians. He has been a technician since 2003 and has worked in emergency medicine since 2005. Danny is a proud father of three adorable little boys, and an avid distance runner. Triage, CPR, and heat stroke cases are some of his major interests.
B.A., RVT, CCMT, CCRP, Rehabilitation & ER Technician
Nicole graduated from Muhlenberg College with a BA in Art & Anthropology. Along with her Registered Veterinary Technician licensing, she has completed certification in Canine Massage and Canine Rehabilitation. Nicole has a special interest in geriatrics, pain management, neurology and incorporating canine rehabilitation into the ER setting. She splits her time between the rehab and emergency services and also manages the rehab technician team.
Amanda graduated from FRCC’s Veterinary Technology program in 2013 with honors in Anatomy and Physiology. She interned with FCVERH and CSU before graduation. Prior to tech school, she accomplished a certification from the ABKA and studied feline and canine behavior for 8 years. She loves Colorado life and spends her free time in the mountains with her dog Khole, or lounging with her two cats, Poe and Quinn.
Emily is one of our part time technicians and a current veterinary student at CSU, as part of the PVM class of 2018. She began working here as a volunteer here in 2011 while attending CSU for her undergraduate degree in Biology. Between her undergraduate years and admittance to veterinary school, she worked at FCVERH as a full-time overnight technician. A Colorado native, she enjoys spending her free time adventuring outdoors with her yellow lab Frisco (who is also a blood donor for the hospital!) and relaxing at home with her former-clinic cat Muggins.
Elizabeth has lived all over the US, but she prefers Colorado the best. She graduated with her CVT in 2000. She had worked in the Anesthesia department at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital for 9 years. Elizabeth loves anesthesia and enjoys teaching others about anesthesia! She has 2 kids (one of which is her husband) and a small farm. Her hobbies include gardening, any outside activity, music and her family.
Michael spent six years in the United States Marine Corps from ’87 to ’93, after which he returned to Colorado and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in microbiology from Colorado State University, graduating in ’98. He began working at a pain specialty practice in Windsor Colorado, where he spent the next 16 years learning as much as he could about pain medicine and physical rehabilitation. In May of 2014 he took an exciting leap and joined the rehab staff at Fort Collins Vet Emergency and Rehab, as their Rehabilitation Coordinator. He looks forward to many years ahead as part of an outstanding team. During personal hours Michael enjoys spending time with his three children, and their menagerie . . . an orange tabby cat, a hedgehog, a red eared slider, and three gold fish.
Jennifer originally worked for vector disease research for 9 years. She went back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2006 and worked in a very busy clinic in Jackson Hole, WY for a year. The last 4.5 years she worked at a public health agency in vector disease laboratory medicine. As a 4.5 year West Nile Virus survivor she has created an advocacy group with a mission to educate, inspire and support West Nile Virus survivors to grow and move forward with activities in their life. Her passion is educating people in emergency preparedness, health prevention, and assisting animals with a better quality of life through rehabilitation.
Jamie served in the military before making the transition to veterinarian medicine. She is a Certified Veterinarian Technician, CVT, and worked emergency for 8 years before she switch over to rehabilitation. It was in fact, bringing in her own pets to rehab that helped her make the career switch. When she’s not working, she has several cats and dogs which she enjoys spending time with.
Ame grew up as a “military brat” but has called Colorado home for almost 20 years. She has been working in the Veterinary field for 16 years. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2004 and became board certified in Emergency and Critical Care in 2008. She has 6 kids, 4 of which are furry. She enjoys teaching, music, and spending time outdoors.
Cody is currently attending CSU in pursuit of his Double Degree in Animal and Equine Sciences. He also plans to attend veterinary school to practice large and small animal medicine. Cody has had experience in general day practice clinics and has vast experience working with livestock, from growing up on his family farm. When Cody is not at work he is either working towards his studies, playing with his many animals, or volunteering his time.
ER Care Coordinator
Nancy is a Michigan native but has lived previously in CO, WA. and CA. She’s been back in Colorado since 1989 and has been with VERH since Dec. of 2007. She previously worked for a local day practice then took time off to raise her son. She has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary field doing everything from kennel girl to office manager. She likes the variety of cases in ER and the amazing things that happen in rehab, but she especially loves to see the wildlife that is brought in for care.
Calen is a Certified Veterinary Technician and has been a part of the FCVERH team since 2013. He graduated from Front Range Community College where he served as president of the Student Vet Tech Association in 2012. Calen was previously working on the rehab side of our clinic as a rehab tech, though really wanted to get more into the emerency side of things, so he switched over and is now working on the ER side as an ER tech. When not at work, he can usually be found at home playing with his two small dogs and raising backyard chickens with his wife.
ER Care Cordinator
Amanda was born and raised in Colorado. She has spent the last 4 years in the dental field helping people get the care they need, and now hopes to use that experience in helping animals receive the care they need. She agrees with the author Josh Billings that ‘A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself’ and feels that we should do all we can to help our fuzzy best friends. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys cooking, watching movies, and spending time with her pitbull Duncan.
ER Care Coordinator
Jenny recently moved to Fort Collins from Wichita, Kansas where she was born and raised. As a young adult, she attended Oklahoma State University where she studied Psychology and Political Science, working for rural hospitals as she completed her degrees. She has worked in human medicine for fifteen years: as an ER and ICU tech, doing community outreach, case management and assessment specializing in geriatric and pediatric patients, and most recently as a Patient Care Coordinator for a busy family practice. She is a life long animal lover, who is excited to learn more in the field of veterinary medicine and apply her skills in this new area of study for her. When she’s not at work, she spends most of her time with her spoiled dog Ellie Mae (who tolerates her adoration so long as it comes with a little chicken bacon), does photography, and travels with her family and friends.
CVT, BS, AS
Claire moved here a few years ago from New Hampshire, where she became a certified technician after graduating Summa Cum Laude from her program. She has since completed a Bachelor of Science at CSU and is a 2020 DVM candidate at CSU. Claire has worked at our hospital for a little over two years, and she loves sour beer, reading books, playing board games, and riding bikes.
Emma is originally from Arizona, but has been living in Fort Collins for 3 years now and loves it. She did her internship at FCVERH when she was in the FRCC Veterinary Technology program and couldn’t be happier to be returning as a full time overnight vet tech!
Jessica has been working in the veterinary field for 11 years and has recently joined the team as an ER technician. Jessica also works at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital teaching foundation courses to CSU veterinary students, and does some work for VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado. Jessica currently splits her time between working in the ER, the VTH and finishing her schooling at Colorado State University. She hopes to transition into a career in epidemiology after school. On her time off she enjoys all the activities that Colorado has to offer with her partner and two dogs, Rocky and Sara.
Heather is one of our primary overnight technicians. Heather attended West Texas A&M where she received her bachelors in Animal Science. After leaving Texas she came to Colorado where she started working at Little Equine Medical Center. Heather has been in the world of veterinary medicine for 11 years. While she enjoys working on horses, we were able to make her one of team members here at FCVERH. Heather enjoys her many animals, her dog, Princes Kaylee, her two horses Alppine and Lovebug, which she ropes and runs barrels on, and her cat Tammy.
ER Care Coordinator
Brandon grew up in our great state of Colorado and has been a local here in Fort Collins for over 7 years. Brandon earned his Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences from CSU, and he hope to get in to Vet school here in the coming application cycle. When Brandon is not working he likes to hike, play video games, and spoil his dog.
Dosia is originally from Chicago, but since moving to Fort Collins 5 years ago she doesn’t plan on ever leaving the mountains. She is currently a 2019 DVM candidate at CSU and hopes to continue working in rehab as a veterinarian in the near future. When it is warm she enjoys getting outside either for a hike or playing tennis and in the winter you can find her skiing, snowboarding, or cross-country skiing with her pup, Eliza.
Teri moved to Fort Collins from Rochester, NY in 2016. She has been working in the veterinary field since 2004 in various realms including emergency, surgery, physical rehabilitation, and general practice. Her main veterinary interests are in sports medicine and integrated medicine. Teri graduated with an A.A.S degree in Veterinary Technology in 2015 and is hoping to pursue a certification in canine rehabilitation. In her off time, Teri enjoys spending time with her husband Jeff, hiking, working out, practicing canine agility, and going to concerts (especially Dave Matthews Band). Teri and Jeff currently have 3 fur kids, Tobin a Border Collie mix, Serre a Siamese mix, and Phury a Bengal.
Cat is a Colorado native born and raised in Fort Collins. She came from the dental field where she was a Specialty Benefits Coordinator for two years. Before that she worked at Medical Center of the Rockies as a Certified Pharmacy Technician and Pharmacy Admission Specialist. She has thoroughly enjoyed incorporating her prior medical knowledge into the veterinary field to develop a whole new set of skills. In her spare time Cat enjoys playing music with her dad, watching Colorado Rockies baseball, riding her motorcycle, and doting on her two handsome cats, Moriarty and Stuart.