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. Germundson earned her DVM from Colorado State University in 2006 and completed an internship through the Pet Emergency and Specialty Center the following year. Dr. Germundson enjoys Emergency & Critical Care as well as soft tissue surgery. She gained experience in both areas in the Denver area before joining the CVES team in 2011.
Sarah has two dogs, Grommit and Ellie, who love to run, hike, swim, and go on camping trips. You could also find her out racing mountain bikes and road bikes, snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, backpacking, or hiking.
A graduate of Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2000, Dr. Hall worked with a general practice in Boulder/Denver region for 8 years before transitioning to Emergency Medicine in 2008.
Dr. Hall volunteers regularly with the Denver Dumb Friends League Meow Mobile which performs low cost spay and neuter surgeries and at Colorado State University as a veterinary communications coach.
On a personal note, Dr. Hall is married to Steve and enjoys the company of her pit bull mixed breed dog named Shep and tortoise shell cat named Goat. She also enjoys skiing, yoga, cooking, traveling and gardening.
Dr. Longo graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Upon obtaining her VMD, she completed a one year rotating internship in small animal medicine, emergency and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Dr. Longo’s interests include emergency & critical care, neurology, ophthalmology, radiology, and the human-animal bond. Dr. Longo spent time abroad, living in both Australia and Italy. She enjoys all outdoor activities including hiking with her two dogs, running, snowboarding, camping, scuba diving and biking.
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.
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
Olivia is a graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She gained three years of work experience in general practice before joining CVES in July of 2007. She also earned a BA from the American University in Paris in European Culture and Philosophy. A Colorado native, Olivia enjoys reading historical biographies and is “owned” by her Chihuahua named “Pepin the Short”.
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 is an Englewood resident and lives with her fiance, David. Also residing with them is Linkin, a lab mix, Zartan, a pointer mix, Raisin, a shar-pei mix and 2 cats, Buca and Muuussel. Kristine also enjoys being outdoors, riding her bike, skateboarding and snowboarding.
Kristen, a Colorado native, graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2007. She worked in genergal practice for three years before joining the CVES team in 2010. She is happily married with 3 kids, 2 dogs, a cat, and 2 hermit crabs, the house is a little full.
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.
Crystal Evans is a Certified Veterinary Technician. She received her AAS in Veterinary Technology at the Community College of Denver in 2005. Crystal loves emergency medicine and was excited to join our team in July 2006. Crystal and her husband have a beautiful little girl named Chloe as well as two dogs and three cats. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family.
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.
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.
Jennifer has always had an affinity towards animals and during her undergratuate studies in Gunnison, began an intership shadowing doctors at a local veterinary hospital. She soon began to realize that she loved the hands on training she was getting as a Technician and has since worked as a Veterinary Technician. Through her experience she has learned that Emergency medicine Tech work is her passion. Jennifer is a Colorado native currently living in the mountains. She enjoys spending free time with her friends, watching football, reading and playing with her Yellow lab, Great Dane mix “Dodge”.
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.