Cardiology - Cardiology Staff
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DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Karen Sanderson is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College on Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences at Colorado State University in 1999 followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She then went on to pursue residency training in Cardiology at the University of California at Davis and became board certified in the college of cardiology in 2003.
Dr. Sanderson is the owner of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology and has practiced in Colorado since 2005. Her research interests during her residency included novel therapies for the treatment of canine pulmonary hypertension (endothelin) antagonists as well as echocardiographic evaluation of the heart’s “pump” function in the setting of mitral valve disease.
Her special interests are the management of congestive heart failure in both dogs and cats, pulmonary hypertension (its etiology and treatment) and congenital heart disease. Dr. Sanderson spends her free time with her two children, husband, dog, and two cats and enjoys trail running, nordic skiing, telemark skiing, hiking, and playing outdoors with her family.
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Julie Martin, DVM is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from The Colorado College in 1990. She spent two years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs studying the effects of bronchodilators on different aspects of athletic performance in the elite athlete.
She graduated first in her class from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1997. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Knoxville. A residency in cardiology at Colorado State University followed and was completed in the summer of 2002. Concurrently, she earned a Master of Science degree from CSU. After completing her residency, Julie began working at VRCC.
Julie’s research interests during her residency included evaluation of feline diastolic cardiac function and electrical cardioversion of various arrhythmias in the canine patient. She became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, specialty of Cardiology in May, 2002.
Julie appreciates spending time traveling and making memories with her family, which include her husband Don, her two sons Wyatt and Charlie and her daughter Jenna. She enjoys all sporting activities and has coached and played soccer for many years.
Julie has a cat Squeaky, two dogs Bri and Maddie and Bugsy her french Lop.
Carrie (Van De Wiele) Ginieczki
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Carrie Ginieczki is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine form the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She then went on to a small animal internship at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following her internship, Carrie completed a combined cardiology residency and Master program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Immediatley following her residency, she achieved board certification in the dicipline of veterinary cardiology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
During her time at Purdue, Carrie was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options at correcting congenital heart disease. Carrie has also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology. Topics she has covered include therapy for Atrial Fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy and pacemaker patients. Although she enjoyed her research, Carrie is much happier pursuing her primary interest of helping family veterinarians and pet owners diagnose and treat their pets with heart disease. She has a special interest in the clinical treatment of Congestive Heart Failure, Congenital Heart Disease and Electrophysiology (including the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias).
Carrie in enjoying living in Summit County with her husband Rob, dog Hailey and cat Sophie. She does her best to take advantage of all that the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer.
DVM, DVSc, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Jeremy Orr is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College on Veterinary Internal Medicine. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the Atlantic Veterinary College at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada in 2004. He then went on to a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in 2005. He spent the next two years working in general veterinary practice and emergency medicine in Toronto. He completed his three year cardiology residency at the Ontario Veterinary College in 2010. During his residency, he completed a research project investigating heart function in Boxer dogs affected with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC). This exciting project allowed him to work with the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto in an effort to identify new genetic mutations which not only causes ARVC in Boxers, but also in people. He has been working in a busy multi-specialty practice in Chicago since 2010.
Originally from Canada, he looks forward to being able to enjoy the many outdoor winter activities that Colorado offers – including one of Canada’s favorite winter past-times – curling! He is also willing to trade his affection for the Canadian hockey teams for the Colorado Avalanche! In his free time, he enjoys alpine skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, camping, jogging, traveling and spending time with his three cats – Gibson, Scirocco and Asher.
DVM, Cardiology Resident
Curt graduated from Washington State University with a degree in veterinary medicine where he also completed a small animal rotating internship. He spent several years in a small animal emergency practice before starting his three year cardiology residency with Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology. He spends his rare spare time fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and snow skiing.
DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Carroll Loyer, DVM is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1986, followed by an internship in medicine and surgery at Santa Cruz Veterinary Hospital, and finished a residency in cardiology at the University of California at Davis in 1992.
Dr. Loyer was the first student at Colorado State University to take elective courses in ultrasound and echocardiography. After an internship, he was asked to return to Colorado State to perform all the cardiac studies, even before receiving formal advanced training in cardiology. He introduced spectral Doppler echocardiography to CSU, and he was involved in the conversion to color-flow Doppler echocardiography at UC Davis. Dr. Loyer also developed the methodology to perform the newest technique in veterinary echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography.
Recently, he has been involved in computer-aided veterinary medicine, and he is currently developing interactive software to help teach echocardiography to other ultrasonographers. Dr. Loyer has been a cardiology consultant for several large veterinary corporations, as well as maintaining his clinical practice, and giving continuing education lectures around the country.
Dr. Loyer no longer works full time as a DVM and serves as a relief cardiologist for RMVC.
Director of Operations
Regan joined RMVC as a technician in 2009 and was promoted to Director of Operations in 2013. Her primary responsibilities include the management of our technician staff, working closely with our drug studies, and day to day operations. Regan is an incredibly skilled technician and manager, and her combined talents ensure that RMVC is always able to provide the highest level of care to our patients and timely communication with our clients and referring veterinarians.
Regan is passionate about her patients, client education, and building the very best technician team possible. Her special interests in cardiology are Continuous ECG holter analysis for arrhythmias and congenital defects such as patent ductus arterioles.
In her free time, Regan enjoys wine tasting, snowboarding, and spending time outdoors with her two dogs, Jade (Great Dane) and Reggie (French Bulldog), and her boyfriend, Dustin.
Client Care Coordinator
After graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science, Sarah moved to Colorado and started working in general practice. In 2001, she joined our Cardiology team where she works with all of our clients and patients, scheduling appointments and managing much of the behind the scenes portion of our practice. Sarah and her husband, Marcus, enjoy many of the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer. They also enjoy traveling and spending time with family and friends. They have two dogs, Assisi (Husky) and Louie (Bernese Mountain Dog), and a cat, Ceasar Pilache (Tabby).
Client Care Representative
Dawn has worked in a variety of customer service positions since she was 15. She transitioned to the veterinary field in 2006 and worked for several different practices before coming to RMVC. She has experience managing boarding/kennels, and has some training as a technician. However, most of her experience has been working with clients in a customer relations capacity. She has studied business, psychology, and photography, and is also a certified massage therapist. She plans to adopt two pitbulls this summer. With the Colorado breed restrictions, she is hoping to save a couple that need a loving home.
Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
Patrick graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with a degree in Veterinary Technology in 1994, and received his certification that same year. He joined the cardiology team at VRCC in Denver in 2009. Patrick has lived and traveled all over the world, and most recently spent six years on the island of Bermuda. He has worked in both small and large animal veterinary practices over the years and has participated in number of research studies for the Division of Wildlife in Colorado and in Vermont. When Patrick isn’t working, he enjoys mountain biking, scuba diving, hiking, snowboarding, international travel, and spending time with his new puppy.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Jacke graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2000 with an Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology Science. After graduation, she worked for Fox Valley Animal Referral Center in Appleton, Wisconsin, in Oncology, Surgery, and Emergency medicine. In 2002, she moved to Colorado and worked in Emergency, Internal Medicine, and Diagnostic Imaging departments at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital before taking time off in 2010 to finish her English-Writing Major and African Studies minor at Metropolitan State College of Denver. After Spring graduation, she left for Africa where she spent two months living, and traveling in Togo and Ghana.
Jacke has backpacked throughout Central America and Europe and spent a month studying politics in Kenya. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she spent her summers as a child in North Park Colorado, hiking, camping and fishing. Her family and the Colorado outdoors drew her to Denver, but she remains an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She lives with her mixed breed puppy, Koffi.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Allison received her B.S. in Psychology from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. While there, she joined the Equestrian team and competed on the English riding team. After working for several years in New York City, Allison decided that her heart is really with animals and that she would return to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
She moved to Colorado where she attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. After graduating in 2011, she went to work as a surgery technician. She joined Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology in 2013.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her boyfriend and her two dogs –Guinness, a lab mix; and Spurr, a mini Aussie. She also enjoys traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Leslie graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Psychology and Sociology in 2007. While in school, she became a dog trainer at Petsmart and from there, realized she had a true passion for animals and caring for them. She then worked at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley where she decided that she wanted to pursue a career as a veterinary technician.
Leslie has been a technician for more than 5 years and joined RMVC at VRCC in 2013. She has 3 dogs – Scout, Dakota, and Joker; 3 cats – Talis, Samantha, and Thai, and a pet snake. In her free time, Leslie enjoys spending time with her pets, husband and friends.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Eric has been a technician for seven years. Prior to coming to RMVC, he spent six and a half years working in emergency and critical care. He also has experience working in a general practice and specialty medicine. He enjoys seeing his patients becoming well enough to go home, and believes that taking care of clients is just as important to taking care of his patients. He loves working in the veterinary specialty field and will continue to bring his best to help those in need. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Debbie and their daughter, Myra.
Director of Marketing & Business Development
Kristin graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Speech Communication, and has spent the past 25 years working in various advertising, marketing and customer/client service capacities. She is passionate about building relationships, understanding and addressing the various needs that businesses have, and developing win/win solutions.
She is married and has two teenage sons, and a 10 year old Golden Retriever named Nickel. She and her husband, Jim, enjoy cross country & downhill skiing, hiking, backpacking, entertaining friends, and international travel to warm, off-the-beaten-path locations.
Human Resources and Accounting Manager
With over 30 years of bookkeeping experience, Laura joined RMVC in 2008. She has lived in Colorado since the early 70′s and raised her family in the mountains west of Boulder. She still live in the woods with her husband, two dogs, three cats and horse. Her favorite activities include spending time with her daughters and grandchildren participating in the equine activities that they all love.