Many of the same problems that affect people as they age, such as arthritis and diabetes, can also affect your pet. Making a few changes to the way you care for your furry friend will help you ens ...View Article
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Michele Smith, DVM
Our hospital's owner is Michele Smith, D.V.M. Dr. Smith graduated from Colorado State University, completed an internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, and then continued to work at Alameda as a staff doctor. After leaving Alameda East, Dr. Smith worked as an independent contractor at many veterinary hospitals in Colorado and California. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Dr. Smith is a resident in the Stapleton community, and cares deeply about the well-being of your beloved pets. When she's not working, Dr. Smith spends her spare time with her husband Greg and daughter Kamdyn. They enjoy eventing with their 4 horses Sidney, Jonas, Captain and Ivan. She also shares her home with her 3 dogs Freddie, Stewart and Bonnie and a cat named Minnie.
Tomoko Jensen-Otsu, DVM
Dr. Tomoko was born in California and spent her childhood in many places including Calgary, Alaska, and New Jersey. She received her bachelor of science with honors in physics from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. She then spent 4 years working in the nuclear energy industry at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington and then at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Washington D.C. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine at Virginia Tech in 2007 and since then has been practicing small animal medicine in the greater Denver area.
Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, and dentistry. She spends her free time mountain biking, road biking, running, hiking, climbing, camping, and just about anything that involves being in the outdoors. She lives with her husband and daughter Juliana. She also shares her home with four dogs (Dixie, Zipp, Naners and Cricket).
Erin Reiter, DVM
Dr. Reiter was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and attended Indiana University for her undergraduate studies. At Indiana University, Dr. Reiter received a B.S. in Biology and minored in Chemistry. She then moved back to Missouri to pursue her childhood dreams of becoming a veterinarian. Dr. Reiter graduated from the University of Missouri Veterinary School in 2013 and recently completed a small animal rotating internship in surgery, internal medicine, general practice, and emergency at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital here in Denver, Colorado.
After her internship, Dr. Reiter settled down in Park Hill with her husband Mike, her dog Greta, and two cats, Zoey and Rufus. Dr. Reiter loves being part of a profession where she has the opportunity to help people & animals of her community on a daily basis. While she loves every aspect of general practice, her specific interests include: preventative medicine, internal medicine, and emergency/critical care. In her free time, Dr. Reiter enjoys running, hiking, reading, and yoga.
Dana Waldbaum, DVM
Dr. Dana Waldbaum is a Denver native. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Brown University and her first career was in advertising. She went back to school to complete her pre-veterinary coursework, and she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in 2008. Dana practiced small animal medicine for three years in Boston prior to moving back to Denver in 2011. She has practiced at other local clinics for the past five years and in 2016 joined the team at Stapleton Veterinary Hospital. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two rescue dogs (Ernie and Woody). In her free time Dana enjoys running, trail running, yoga, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Erin Mills, VMD
Dr. Erin Mills was born in Louisiana and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Dr. Mills first became interested in veterinary medicine in high school. Inspired by her love of her own pets and science, she began working in the field as a kennel assistant in a small practice and later in various roles at several veterinary hospitals. Along the way, she had the opportunity to study abroad in southern Kenya and interned at the Philadelphia Zoo before starting veterinary school.
Dr. Mills received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University before graduation from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She moved to Colorado to complete a one year internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, then worked for six years north of Denver before joining Stapleton Veterinary Hospital. Her career has been focused on helping people understand pets and their medical needs in order to enhance the exceptional bond pet parents share with their loved ones. To that end, she has a special interest in preventative care, surgery, dentistry and internal medicine.
Dr. Mills lives in Park Hill with her wife Sarah and family members Idgie (a gracefully aging Labrador), Grady (a handsome orange cat) and Bruce (pictured). In her free time, Dr. Mills is an amateur vintner and also enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, and traveling.