Emergency Care - Practice Staff
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Dr. Romano earned his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1983 and an MBA in 2000. Sam is a longtime member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society and served as President of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society.
Dr. Romano has owned and managed Central Veterinary Emergency Services located in the VRCC Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Englewood, CO since 1992. Prior to his association with CVES and VRCC Dr. Romano was in small animal general practice from 1983 to 1991 in Denver.
When not engaged in the pursuit of life long learning Sam enjoys spending time with his family, skiing, golfing, fishing, and taking Sophie, his Fox Terrier, for walks.
Dr. Luke Rump graduated from Iowa State University in 1993. Dr. Rump completed an internship in emergency and critical care at the Veterinary Institute of Trauma, Emergency and Critical Care in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1994. Dr. Rump practiced emergency and critical care in St. Louis, Missouri and Boulder, Colorado before joining CVES in 1997. Dr. Rump co-owns and manages Central Veterinary Emergency Services wtih Dr. Romano.
Luke has a dog named Panda, an Australian Shephard, and two cats – Toefu and Sir Reginald Benerton. Dr. Rump enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids.
Dr. Julie Aiello has been a veterinarian for over 30 years (just recently celebrating 20 years in emergency & critical care of small animals). Dr. Aiello graduated from Colorado State University in 1980 and practiced in the Denver area until joining CVES in 1990.
When Dr. Aiello isn’t at home with her husband, two maltese dogs and one cat, she enjoys international travel, swimming, running, biking, reading and learning foreign languages.
Dr. Victoria Fields grew up in San Diego. Her undergraduate studies took her to the University of Pennsylvania, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in English and biology. She then served in the Peace Corps in Panama, working mainly in environmental conservation. She graduated from Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Dr. Fields completed a one year rotating internship at Animal Hospital Specialty Center in Highlands Ranch before joining Central Veterinary Emergency Services at VRCC Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. Her interests include emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and public health.
Last year, Vickie was lucky to come across her little dog Falkor, who she found lost on her door step. In her free time, she enjoys running, soccer, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with her niece and nephew in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Stacy Montgomerie grew up in Colorado and completed both undergraduate and DVM degrees at Colorado State University. She completed an emergency and critical care internship at Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital prior to joining VRCC Emergency. Her clinical interests include emergency/critical care medicine, zoological/exotic animal medicine and conservation medicine.
Stacy has two dogs, Illiana and Stella and a cat named Terri. She also cares for a variety of reptiles and amphibians. Stacy enjoys gardening, crafting, reading and dance outside of work.
Dr. Megan Rector has lived in Colorado since she was 10 years old. She received a Masters degree from Colorado State University in 2005 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She completed a small animal rotating internship from Texas A&M University in 2010. Her interests include emergency and critical care, cardiology and internal medicine. She has been a member of the VRCC team since October 2010. Dr. Rector has a 6 year-old yellow lab named Maggie who loves swimming, playing frisbee, snowshoeing and stealing Megan’s food. Megan enjoys many outdoor activities, including snowshoeing, wake boarding, hiking, cycling and playing Frisbee with Maggie. Traveling, music, and cooking are some of her other passions.
Dr. Swartzel received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ross University and completed a year of clinical training at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center in 2011. He then went on to complete a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Iowa State University’s veterinary hospital. Dr. Swartzel enjoys the challenges and variety of emergency cases with special interests in treating trauma cases and patients experiencing shock. He is an Ohio native and received his undergraduate degree from Ohio State where he was a member of the rugby team. Dr. Swartzel continues to enjoy rugby, watching the Buckeyes, hiking and other outdoor activities. Dr. Swartzel and his girlfriend have two rescued dogs and a cat.
BS, Business Specialist
Joan joined the CVES staff in 2003 as Business Specialist. She received her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Management from The Master’s College in 1993. After moving to Colorado in 1995, she gained experience with an internet start-up before working for the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Colorado Hospital. She then decided to take her experience and knowledge and apply it to animal medicine at CVES.
Joan works in tandem with the management team that consists of Dr. Sam Romano, Dr. Luke Rump, and Tammi Abt to provide management and leadership to the exceptional CVES team of veterinarians and technicians.
A Colorado native, Tammi grew up loving animals. After high school graduation Tammi worked for 10 years in Credit Customer Service and Collections before deciding to return to school to become a veterinary technician. Tammi graduated from Bel-Rea school of Veterinary Technology in September of 1998 and joined the technician staff of CVES in December of the same year. In her spare time Tammi teaches scuba diving and enjoys traveling.
CVT, Lead Technician
Stephanie moved to the great state of Colorado from Chicago in 1997. While pursuing a degree in business management at Metro State College of Denver Stephanie decided her real passion was working with animals and switched to Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She started working with CVES in February of 2009 and has since learned that she loves working in emergency medicine. When not at work or school, Stephanie likes to spend her free time hanging out with her dogs (she has four), skiing, hiking, reading and spending time with friends and family.
CVT, Lead Technician
Before moving to Colorado in 2002, Kristine worked at a small animal hospital in her home state of Connecticut for 4 years. She attended the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated with high honors in December 2003, receiving an associates in applied sciences. She received her National certification in January 2004, becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in Colorado. Kristine has been with CVES since April 2005. She has a special interest in Emergency and Critical Care (ECC) and hopes to receive her veterinary technician specialty certification in ECC in the near future. Kristine lives in Littleton with the love of her life, David. Together they have many wonderful animals – Zartan and Raisin, the dynamic canine mixed breed duo who enjoy cleaning each others faces, barking at big trucks and sleeping in the sun. The felines, Buca Cat and Muussel, share an affinity for tuna fish and cat nip. Kristine enjoys being outdoors in the sunshine, riding her bike, skateboarding/snowboarding and microbreweries.
Jennifer first started working with animals in 2005 participating in an internship in Gunnison, CO while pursuing her undergrad degree at Western State College. While there she found that the hands on attention that she was giving each patient was where she wanted to be. She moved her way through multiple vet hospitals, learning the tricks of the trade and mastering her skills. She started at Central Veterinary Emergency Services in 2007. When not working emergency medicine or doing relief work for the multiple practices in the building, she enjoys spending her free time with her 3 dogs, Dodge, Lilly and Rockstar and the newest addition, her cat Hendrix. When the ‘children’ are sleeping she enjoys catching up on reality news, reading the newest best sellers, watching football and spending time with her family and significant other.
Raquel (Rocky) Cervenka
Although a “Cali girl” by birth Raquel would not describe herself that way. She moved to Colorado first to obtain her Associates in Animal Science from Bel-Rea Institue, but second to explore this beautiful state and go hiking with her dog, a Pomoodle named Buttercup.
Charles has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for 10 years, graduating from Bel Rea in 1999. After pursuing an education in art history, he decided to take an alternate route working with animals, After working in general practice, Charles began to appreciate work involving emergency medicine and joined CVES in 2006. In his free time, Charles enjoys spending time with his cat “Puss”, studying French, and traveling the globe.
Originally from Chicago, Megan began working with animal control in high school. When hurricane Katrina hit, she helped coordinate efforts to find over 250 animals new homes and the intensity of that experience influenced her move into emergency care work. Megan was a technician at Chicago Veterinary Emergency Services for 4 years before deciding to pursue formal education through Bel-Rea Veterinary Technician School in Colorado and become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Megan joined VRCC Emergency Services in July of 2012. Megan and her husband are “owned” by a rottie-corgie mix named Ditka, and an Exotic Shorthair named Trillian. They will soon be adopting FrankenPug, a foster who has recovered from back surgery. When not working Megan and her husband can be found gardening, hiking, or playing video games late into the night.
To fulfill her dream of living as close to the Rockies as possible Molly moved from Allenstown, PA to Colorado to attend Bel Rea Institute. She received her Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology in September 2013. Since moving to Colorado her animal pack has grown from just little 7 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Kent, to include Bree, her 3 year old Great Dane/Lab mix, Lincoln, her 2 year old Cane Corso, and Waffles, a 1 year old kitten. While never quiet, her house is full of lots of cuddles (and sometimes a little drooling)! All of her dogs love the mountains (Kent is quite a dare devil and loves rock climbing and swimming!) so Molly spend lots of my time hiking and keeping them happy and healthy. Exploring the wonderful restaurants and cafes of Colorado is another way Molly enjoys spending her free time.
Alicia (Lish) Hodgson
Determined at an early age to have a career that included cats, Jaci volunteered at a local animal hospital when she was a teenager. Deemed suitable for the work, she continued volunteering through high school, and participating in a mentoring program offered by the school district. After working other jobs in the field, Jaci decided to enroll in Bel-Rea Institute and graduated as a full-fledged Certified Veterinary Technician. After completing her internship at VRCC Emergency Services, Jaci joined the staff in June 2005 and also enjoys part time work at a general practice. When she is not spoiling her 4 cats, (a Scottish fold, pixie bob, domestic shorthair, and domestic long hair), one of which is a blood donor, she hangs out with family and friends, watching hockey or college football.
Originally from Alabama, Tony moved to Colorado to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at the University of Northern Colorado. Since graduating from UNC he has continued his schooling at Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. When not working Tony likes to stay active in community theatre, take dance classes, travel, and spend time with his awesome Border Collie, Mac.
Melissa moved to Colorado from Northern Virginia to pursue an Associates in Animal Science degree at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. She loves her two cats, Bonsai and Rebel, and in addition to spending time with them enjoys singing karaoke, reading and playing horseshoes.
In order to fulfill her lifelong desire to work with animals and their owners Michelle attended Rel-Rea Institute, graduating in 2007 with her A.A.S degree. Michelle then joined the emergency practice at VRCC in 2014. Michelle has a wonderful husband, and three beautiful kids. She has two dogs, Tackle, a Labrador and Great Dane mix, and Ozzy, a Rottweiler and New Newfoundland mix, along with two cats, Budda and Fancy. When she has free time Michelle loves to kick back to watch a movie, bake yummies, and spend time with her family.
April, a Colorado native, is currently attending Colorado State University majoring in Biomedical Sciences with aspirations of a future career as a veterinarian. On a larger scale, April hopes to become a zoo veterinarian along with assisting with conservation efforts abroad. She has been working at VRCC since August 2010, formerly as a kennel attendant and now as a technician assistant for CVES. She shares her home with Rusty Pete, a 10 year old Australian Shepherd, as well as Kiara, a 7 year old tabby cat. When not working or going to school, April enjoys hiking, swimming, traveling, and watching sports.
Being a Veterinary Technician has been a life long goal for Jessie & she has worked in various forms of the pet industry since 1998. She moved to Colorado from the Midwest in 2007 to earn her Associates at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology & had been a Certified Veterinary Technician since 2009. She works in General Practice as well as Emergency & Critical Care. When not at work she is usually at the dog park with her Chihuahua mix “Chiquita,” pampering her Maine Coon “Ragamuffin,” or hanging out with friends.
From Clifton Park, New York, Abbey obtained her Bachelors in Equine Science and Management from SUNY Morrisville and is a current student at Bel-Rea Vet Tech School. Abbey loves to hike, cook and spend time with her boy friend, friends, family and her two pets Zoe, a mixed mini-dachshund and Liberty, a German short-haired pointer.
Ray has been a Colorado Resident since moving from Ohio in 1998. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science of Engineering from The Ohio State University where he went on to work as a software engineer. After being bored with staring at a computer all day, he switched careers and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. Ray enjoys biking and other outdoor activities and lives day to day through Seinfeld reruns.