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Linda Messinger, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

dr-messingerDr. Messinger has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) since 1993. She is one of approximately 275 board certified dermatologists in North America. One of the major functions of the ACVD is to maintain the highest standards of post-graduate training in veterinary dermatology and allergy. Board certification by the ACVD denotes that the individual is a board certified specialist in veterinary dermatology. Dr. Messinger received both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degrees from Cornell University. During her undergraduate training, Dr. Messinger was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. After completing veterinary school Dr. Messinger completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine, surgery, dermatology and ophthalmology at the prestigious and world-renowned Animal Medical Center in New York City. Thereafter, she completed a dermatology residency at the University of Florida and then remained on staff there for one year. The University of Florida has one of the largest veterinary dermatology residency programs in the world. While at the University of Florida, Dr. Messinger taught hundreds of veterinary students as well as veterinarians about the specialty of veterinary dermatology. She was in private specialty practice in the Orlando area before moving to Colorado in 1995 to establish the Department of Dermatology at VRCC. Dr. Messinger has delivered lectures on veterinary dermatology to a variety of professional and lay groups, both at the national and local level. In addition, Dr. Messinger has authored many scientific articles, review articles, and book chapters. To advance our understanding of skin diseases in animals (so as to help our patients), Dr. Messinger has be involved in a variety of research projects related to veterinary dermatology. Dr. Messinger is also a consultant in dermatology for a large veterinary corporation. She is a member of the ACVD, American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, American Veterinary Medical Association, Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, and the Cornell Feline Health Center. Dr. Messinger is currently chairperson of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology Program Committee. She was also recently granted the prestigious honor of training residents in veterinary dermatology and allergy, under the guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

Dr. Messinger specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin, coat, ear and nail diseases in animals, including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, allergies, immune-mediated skin diseases, endocrine (hormonal) disorders, inherited skin diseases, and certain skin cancers, to name a few. Dr. Messinger is dedicated to working closely with you and your family veterinarian to provide the most progressive and comprehensive services and care for your special family member(s).

Dr. Messinger grew up on Long Island, in South Huntington, New York. The medical field has always fascinated her. Her love for animals and veterinary medicine began at the age of 7 when her family adopted a gray and white kitten and when she visited her grandparent’s farm in Germany. Currently, Dr. Messinger’s pet family includes yellow Labrador Retriever (Rigby), a Labrador Retriever mix (Fuzzy), a mixed breed puppy (Willie) and her cats (Daisy, Bella, Kitty Sue, Sweetie, Beekman, Seth and Milo), 3 Guinea pigs (Fluffy, Pumpkin, PiggieBeast) and goldfish (Prince and Pablo Sandoval) and pond snails. Bella was found meowing on the side of a country road while on a bike trip in Italy. Fuzzy and Willie both have atopic dermatitis (allergies to airborne allergens). Dr. Messinger enjoys SpinningTM and aerobics (both of which she has taught), cycling, hiking, gardening and family life. She understands and speaks the German language.

Jeremy Bachtel, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVD

BachtelDr. Jeremy Bachtel completed his residency in veterinary dermatology at Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2015, and is thrilled to be a part of the VRCC team.  After graduating in 2005 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine, Dr. Bachtel practiced for several years in Arizona in small animal general practice, exotic medicine, and in emergency and critical care.  The “derm bug” finally bit him and he went on to do a rotating medical and surgical internship at the Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson followed by a specialty dermatology internship at Animal Dermatology in Phoenix. This ultimately led him back to Colorado after being accepted into the three year residency program. Dr. Bachtel recently finished his residency at CSU, and joined the VRCC Dermatology team in July 2015. He recently passed his board exam to become a Board Certified specialist in November 2015.

Dr. Bachtel has always loved wildlife and the outdoors.  Before becoming a veterinarian, he worked in Arizona for the Game and Fish Department, wrangling wayward wild creatures out of backyards and front porches (coyotes, javalina, alligators, Gila monsters, rattlesnakes, birds of prey, and even pelicans, to name a few) and also giving live wildlife presentations at school and outdoor venues.

Currently, Dr. Bachtel’s life is a bit more tame, watching the occasional movie, enjoying Colorado craft beer, and living happily with his cats (plural), both named Steve.

Dr. Bachtel’s previous research has been varied.  As a college student, he worked with Alex, the grey parrot, in the behavioral cognition lab with Dr. Irene Pepperberg, and has presented research in the veterinary dermatology field concerning allergen concentrations in immunotherapy, pharmacokinetics of cyclosporine in dogs, and medical treatment of inflammatory ear polyps in cats.  Dr. Bachtel enjoys helping your pet(s) with skin, ear, nail, coat and anal sac problems. He is especially interested in managing ear problems and allergies.

Dr. Bachtel loves working with animals and their humans.  He is known for his compassion, wonderful bedside manner and love of veterinary dermatology and allergy. He looks forward to working with you and your pet(s).

Christina Gentry, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

dr-gentryDr. Christina Gentry is originally from Sugar Land, Texas and started at VRCC in 2013.  She completed her bachelor degree (magna cum laude) with a major in genetics and a minor in entomology at Texas A&M University in 2008. While an undergraduate, Dr. Gentry study abroad (in Dominica) where she collected, identified and wrote an article on cockroach species. She stayed at Texas A&M to complete her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (magna cum laude) in 2012. While in veterinary school, she was involved in research on a parasite in white-tailed deer.  This research was presented at a National Veterinary Scholars Symposium in 2009.  Her interest in veterinary dermatology and allergy began during veterinary school and has continued to grow.  In order to pursue becoming a specialist in veterinary dermatology, an internship or equivalent is required prior to becoming a resident.  Thus, from 2012-2013, Dr. Gentry completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. Here she helped teach veterinary students as well as gained more in-depth knowledge on various aspects of small animal medicine and surgery, including veterinary dermatology and allergy. Her research during her internship was on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcal skin infections in dogs.  This is currently a “hot topic” in veterinary medicine.  While still an intern, she presented her research at a major veterinary dermatology conference—this is quite an accomplishment!  As a side note, research during school and an internship is an option; this goes to show what a motivated and ambitious individual Dr. Gentry is.  Currently, Dr. Gentry has particular interests in zoonotic (contagious) diseases, public health, allergies, skin infections, parasitic skin diseases and exotic animal dermatology. She loves working with dogs and cats, as well as with small exotic mammals and farm animals.  Dr. Gentry recently completed her residency in veterinary dermatology under the mentor-ship of Dr. Messinger, as well as under the stringent and rigorous guidelines of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. She recently passed her Dermatology Board exams this past November.

Dr. Gentry shares her home with 2 dogs named Benjamin Franklin and Bonnie as well as 2 cats named Amelia and Josephine. She loves swimming and played water polo in college.   Dr. Gentry and her husband enjoy hiking, cooking together, and taking road trips around the United States.   Dr. Gentry is conversational in Spanish.