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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).

Diane Lewis, DVM, Diplomate ACVD

Dr. Diane Lewis is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD), having passed the certification examination in 1992. Dr. Lewis received her Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree from the University of Florida.  After graduating from veterinary school, Dr. Lewis spent three years in general private practices in Kissimmee and Gainesville, Florida, and Sydney, Australia.  She then completed a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery followed by a two-year residency in dermatology at the Louisiana State University.  She joined the faculty at the University of Florida in 1993, and has trained veterinary students, residents, and interns the art and science of veterinary dermatology.  She also has a referral private specialty practice that treats patients in both Gainesville and Tallahassee, FL.  Dr. Lewis has lectured on veterinary dermatology at local, national, and international meetings and conferences.  In addition, she has written numerous scientific publications, review articles and book chapters and critiques scientific papers for the Veterinary Dermatology Journal.  Dr. Lewis is a member of, and has served on committees for, the American College of Veterinary Dermatology, American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology, American Veterinary Medical Association, Florida Veterinary Medical Association, Alachua County Veterinary Medical Association, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

While specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin, coat, ear and nail diseases in animals, Dr. Lewis has special interest in diseases of the ear, endocrine and infectious diseases as well as dermatohistopathology.  Dr. Lewis is dedicated to working closely with you, your family veterinarian and the staff at VRCC to provide the most progressive and comprehensive services and care for your special family member(s).

 Born and raised in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Lewis spent summers on her grandparents’ farms in central Florida and southern Ohio where she embraced the pursuit of becoming a veterinarian. Currently, Dr. Lewis and her family have a black and tan, long-haired dachshund named Guinness (he’s pint sized!).  Dr. Lewis enjoys hiking, yoga, aerobic weight training, reading, and family life.