Staff

Maggie Brown

Maggie Brown

Practice Manager

Maggie joined the team in January of 2017 as the Senior Care Coordinator and has since been promoted to manager. 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.

Dr. Ted Mika

Dr. Ted Mika

DVM

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. Jon Geller

Dr. Jon Geller

DVM, DABVP

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. Kelly Romero

Dr. Kelly Romero

DVM

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 mixed breed dog, Roger.

Dr. Jessica Rychel

Dr. Jessica Rychel

DVM, DACVSMR, cVMA, CCRP

Dr. Jessica Rychel has extensive experience, in both clinical rehabilitation and sports medicine.  As director of a successful rehabilitation and sports medicine program in Fort Collins, Colorado she has a strong passion for both treating small animal patients, as well as educating veterinary professionals on topics ranging from sporting and working dogs, regenerative medicine, neuromodulation through physical medicine and pain management.  As a passionate educator, Dr. Rychel is a dynamic speaker and enjoys lecturing and hands-on teaching in a variety of settings.

Dr. Bonnie Wright

Dr. Bonnie Wright

DVM, DACVA, 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.

Dr. Robin Van Metre

Dr. Robin Van Metre

VMD

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. Lindsey Fry

Dr. Lindsey Fry

DVM, cVMA, CCRP, CVPP, Resident ACVSMR

Dr. Fry has been an associate veterinarian at FCVERH since 2011 and has helped to develop the busy rehabilitation and pain management service at the hospital since that time.  She incorporates acupuncture, manual therapy, rehabilitation, and regenerative medicine into her daily practice and in treatment plans for a wide variety of conditions including neurologic diseases, orthopedic injury and disease, geriatric and palliative care, and complementary care for conditions like cancer and acute/chronic illnesses.  She is passionate about incorporating a variety of advanced treatment modalities to achieve therapeutic goals including orthotic devices, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, stem cell injections, shockwave therapy, and many more.  Her priority is individual tailored treatment plans to match the uniqueness of each individual patient.

She has extensive lecture and teaching experience including the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians Course, Colorado State Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Canine Massage Schools, and continuing education programs through the Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital. In addition to her certifications in medical acupuncture and canine rehabilitation, and advanced training in manual therapy, she has completed her pain practitioner certification through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM).  She was also recently elected to the board of directors of IVAPM and is excited to help lead the advancement of pain management in veterinary medicine.  She is currently completing her residency for board certification through the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Dr. Lauren Armbruster

Dr. Lauren Armbruster

DVM, MS

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. Danielle Huval

Dr. Danielle Huval

DVM, cVMA

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. Wendy Herlihy

Dr. Wendy Herlihy

DVM, cVMA, CCRT

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

DVM

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. Jordan Sedlacek

Dr. Jordan Sedlacek

DVM, cVMA, CCRP, Resident ACVSMR

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 is certified in canine rehabilitation and acupuncture. She is currently completing a residency in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She lives in Fort Collins with her partner, Chris, her dogs Timbrel and Crumpet, and her cats Boomer, and Pamplemousse.  In her free time she enjoys gardening, camping, home brewing and training in 14th century Italian longsword.

Dr. Philip Jensen

Dr. Philip Jensen

DVM Intern

Philip grew up in Nashville Tennessee and moved to Colorado for his undergraduate studies at University of Colorado. He then attended Colorado State University for veterinary school. He currently lives in Fort Collins with his wife, Shannon, their dog Peaches, three cats (Rey, Arry, and Izzy), their horse (Endeavor), and three chickens. In his free time he enjoys mountain biking, working on house projects, and spending time with his family.

Deanna Rogers

Deanna Rogers

PT, CCRP

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.

Ame Mayhak

Ame Mayhak

CVT, VTS-ECC

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.

Nicole Dipierre

Nicole Dipierre

B.A., RVT, CCMT, CCRP

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.

Danny Bundrock

Danny Bundrock

CVT, VTS-ECC

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.

Amanda Doty

Amanda Doty

CVT

Amanda has been with us since 2012. She graduated from FRCC’s technician program in 2013 with honors. Her interests include teaching, critical care/emergency medicine and hematology/pathology. She looks forward to working towards a VTS in the coming years. Aside from her time with FCVERH, she enjoys all things coffee, mountain getaways and spending time with her daughter Ashley, her husband, Kyle and their cat Quinn.

Shelly Kuhne

Shelly Kuhne

ER Technician

Shelly has had a passion for animals for as long as she can remember. She has been breeding, raising, and starting horses on a small ranch for 25 years and has bred and raised Great Danes for 20 years. She spends the majority of her free time with her dogs and horses. She decided to pursue her passion for animals and became a veterinary technician after many years working in the human health field. She couldn’t be happier with her choice.

Jessica Nunez

Jessica Nunez

ER Technician

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.

Elizabeth Downing

Elizabeth Downing

CVT

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.

Stacey Cooper

Stacey Cooper

CVT

Stacey was born and raised in Colorado. She is one of our part-time technicians that has been with us since 2016. She has worked in the veterinary field since 1995. She graduated from Front Range Community College and became a certified technician in 2005. She has 4 kids, including a set of twins! She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with her family, and her 2 dogs.

Cody Roth

Cody Roth

ER Technician

Cody graduated form Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Science in Equine Sciences. He was accepted into Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching School and is a DVM Candidate of 2021. 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.

Claire Tovrea

Claire Tovrea

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.

Dosia Kociuba

Dosia Kociuba

ER Technician

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.

Brandon Lawler

Brandon Lawler

ER Technician

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 is a currently a 2021 DVM Candidate. When Brandon is not working he likes to hike, play video games, and spoil his dog.

Kelsi Forsyth

Kelsi Forsyth

ER Assistant

Kelsi is a recent graduate of Colorado State University, where she earned her BS in Sports Medicine. She is passionate about patient and client care, enjoys the excitement of working in emergency, and hopes to eventually attend veterinary school to earn her DVM. At FCVERH Kelsi is an ER assistant and a Certified Hyperbaric Chamber Technician. When she is not working, you can find her spending time with her friends and family. Some of her favorite past times include hiking, playing games, watching movies, and playing with her dog, Bear.

Michael Hernandez

Michael Hernandez

CHT-V

Michael enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school and spent six years from ’87 to ’93 serving his country, after which time he returned to Colorado and obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in microbiology from Colorado State University, graduating in ’98. Following graduation, he worked at a pain management practice in Windsor Colorado, where he spent the next 16 years learning as much as possible about pain medicine and physical rehabilitation. In 2013, he was awarded the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association’s, Veterinary Technician of the Year Award. In May of 2014 he took the exciting leap of joining the rehab staff at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital, as their Rehabilitation Coordinator. He was board certified through the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology in November 2017. He looks forward to many years ahead as part of an outstanding team. During personal hours Michael enjoys spending time with his three children.

Melissa Jansma

Melissa Jansma

Rehabilitation Technician

Melissa has lived in Colorado her whole life. She went to Front Range Community College and got her associates degree in applied science in the veterinary technology program. Melissa enjoys being a rehab tech and helping make all her patients feel better and get back to their great mobility on the rehabilitation service. “It’s like playing with dogs and cats all day, and in return they leave feeling so much better.” When she is not with her work family she enjoys her time with her husband Ben camping and riding dirt bikes. Melissa also loves her animal family that consist of one cat, two horses, three dogs, and seven chickens. She is in the process of training Shame her young thoroughbred horse to be a speed event racer which she did once before with her horse Black years ago.
Teri Willard

Teri Willard

CVT

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.

Taylor Patrias

Taylor Patrias

CVT

Taylor Patrias graduated from Front Range Community College in May 2016 with her Associates of Applied Science: Veterinary Technician degree. In November 2016 Taylor passed her VTNE to achieve her CVT title for the state of Colorado. She loves rehab and all the things she has learned from working at FCVERH. Taylor’s goal is to connect with each one of her patients and their parents, to create a fun and loving work environment in which their pet can rehabilitate. In her free time she loves outdoor adventures with her family, running and hiking with her mom’s Australian Shepherds, and Netflix and snuggling with her cat, Chloe.

Rebecca Morgan

Rebecca Morgan

Rehabilitation Technician

Rebecca has been working in the veterinary field for the last three
years. After several years of working as a Certified Chef in fine
dining restaurants across the country, she turned her focus towards
following her true passion: helping animals by co-founding K-9
Lifesavers, a Washington D.C. rescue organization. After moving back
to San Francisco in 2012, she joined the SF SPCA as an adoption
counselor and quickly moved into a veterinary assistant position.
Rebecca joined FCVERH in May 2017 and loves her new work family. She
is in the progress of finishing her CVT and then hopes to pursue a
Canine Rehabilitation Certificate. In her spare time, you can find
her volunteering with the adoptable dogs at Animal House!

Jennifer Holmes

Jennifer Holmes

CVT, CCRP

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 Joy

Jamie Joy

B.S., CVT, Senior Care Coordinator

Jamie served in the military before making the transition to veterinarian medicine. She is a Certified Veterinarian Technician and worked emergency for 8 years before she switched over to rehabilitation. It was in fact, bringing 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.

Jenny Spackman

Jenny Spackman

Marketing Coordinator

Jenny moved to Fort Collins in the fall of 2015 from Wichita, Kansas where she was born and raised. As a young adult, she attended Oklahoma State University where she studied Psychology and Social Work, working for rural hospitals as she completed her degrees. She joined our front office team as an ER Care Coordinator after working in human medicine for nearly 15 years as a nurse, community outreach coordinator and case manager, and has enjoyed adding vet med to her skills. She is the marketing coordinator for our hospital, who manages all of our community sponsorships, events, and relationships with the day vets in the area. She is a life long animal lover who has found her transition to vet med to be very fulfilling. 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,) her tripod ginger cat Leonard, does photography, and travels with her family and friends.

Nancy Rumsey

Nancy Rumsey

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 assistant 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.

Amanda Higgins

Amanda Higgins

Rehabilitation 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.

Cat McDonald

Cat McDonald

Care Coordinator

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.