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Dr. Lee Bregitzer opened the doors of Columbine Animal Hospital in June 1972. He is a 1969 honors graduate from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and did his undergraduate work at Ohio University. He is a member of Phi Zeta, the veterinary scholastic society and a Danforth scholar. He is a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Veterinary Medical Societies, and a practitioner affiliate of the American Animal Hospital Association. He is also a full fellow in the Veterinary Laser Surgical Society. His passions in veterinary medicine include diseases of the ear and laser surgery. Outside of the office, he enjoys flying hot air balloons, fishing, golfing, dancing and spending time with his grandchildren. Lee and his wife Max have 2 adult children and are also the parents of 4 dachshunds, Sherman, Lily, Randolph and Stanley. Dr. Bregitzer continues to do missionary work with the Christian Veterinary Mission in both Africa and Nepal.
Karen Todd has grown up around Columbine Animal Hospital, and is as an associate veterinarian. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and also earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Oklahoma. Her pet family includes "Liberty Blue", an enthusiastic German Shorthair Pointer, and "Nahla" a sweet Great Dane. Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and raising her little boys. She also enjoys camping with her family, gardening, biking, and running.
Dr. Krista Wells was born and raised in Mississippi where she got her B.S. in Nutrition from The University of Mississippi. After that, she went to Mississippi State for her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
In case you don't know, these are rival schools and she caught a lot of flack from her family when she switched, but she has always been an Ole Miss fan and still cheer the Rebels on through every football season. She met her husband when she was 15 and after a 2 year split in college they reunited and have been married since 2013. In her spare time she enjoys doing anything outdoors. She has been a long distance runner for years and can say running is her true passion. She enjoys biking and doing the occasional triathlon.
Dr. Rachel Hooper was born and raised on the East Coast in Delaware and New Jersey. She has always had a passion for animals and the sciences, and prior to veterinary school pursued a Masters Degree in Animal Science at the University of Maryland in 2012. For veterinary school, Rachel was thrilled to move to beautiful Colorado and graduate from CSU. She is even more excited to be able to stay in Colorado and continue to explore the natural beauty and adventure that the state has to offer. In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing board games and spending time in the outdoors camping and hiking with her husband Andy and her Australian Shepherd, Tali. Her pet family also includes an adventurous cat named Don Quixote.
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Dr. Karen Coriden received her B.S. in Biology from Grinnell College in Iowa and her D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1976. Her pet family includes 3 dogs—"Sophie", "Whitney", and "Veda", and 8 cats. Karen has a special interest in geriatric medicine, feline medicine, as well as dentistry, and exotic animal medicine and surgery. Karen lives in Evergreen with her husband Mike, and has three daughters. Outside of veterinary medicine, Karen enjoys spending time with family, reading, and gardening.
Dr. Michelle Behrendt is part of our emergency staff, working some nights and weekends. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include pediatrics, reproduction, and Chiropractic care. Michelle is a certified veterinary chiropractioner. Her pet family includes 2 greyhouds, 2 border collies, and 2 cats. Michelle has been a veterinarian for over 20 years, and is grateful that every morning, she gets to go to work.
Dr. Valerie Bender is from Geneva, Illinois, a suburb outside of the Windy City Chicago. At a young age, Valerie developed a passion for veterinary medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Murray State University, a small school in southern Kentucky, followed by her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2018. Valerie looks forward to forming long-term relationships with her clients and believes that client education is an essential aspect of veterinary medicine. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and playing tennis with her fiancé, Josh. She also enjoys spending time with family and playing with her brother’s adorable Great Pyrenees, “Emma”.
Please call us at 303-979-4040 or fill out this form to request an appointment.
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Wonderful experience. Very clean and very compassionate towards my pet. I will recommend Columbine to all my friends