Ophthalmology - Practice Staff
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Matthew J. Chavkin
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO
Dr. Matthew Chavkin is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. Dr. Chavkin graduated from Cornell University and completed a small animal internship and ophthalmology residency at Colorado State University. He has been in practice at VRCC since 1994.
Dr. Chavkin specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in animals. “The thing I love best about performing cataract surgery isn’t the technical aspect, but the moment when the pet is finally able to see its family again. It’s great to be a part of that happiness.”
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO
Dr. Tanja Nuhsbaum is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana followed by eight years of education to complete her veterinary degree, small animal internship and ophthalmology residency training at Colorado State University and the University of Guelph, in Canada. She has practiced veterinary ophthalmology since 2001.
“I feel very fortunate that I love my job. I enjoy coming to work every day and meeting my new patients. It is a pleasure to work with clients with a common goal in mind: to assist and benefit the visual needs of their special, four-legged family members.”
Bradley P. Graham
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVO
Dr. Brad Graham is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. He attended Carroll College in Helena, MT and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology. In 1998, he completed his veterinary degree at Colorado State University. He then spent one year in an equine internship program at Littleton Equine Medical Center. In 2004, he completed his residency at CSU and since then has been practicing veterinary ophthalmology in the Denver area. “While veterinary ophthalmology deals with a very specific organ system, ocular disease impacts many facets of life, for the patient, and his or her human family. I find it rewarding to be part of helping the patient maintain a good quality of life.”
Amanda moved to Colorado from Alaska to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She graduated from Bel-Rea in June of 2000 with an Associate Degree in Animal Science. Amanda joined VRCC in 2000 with the Internal Medicine department and joined the Ophthalmology team in March 2002. Amanda has special interests in holistic medicine and veterinary nutrition.
Amanda has 4 dogs (Shiba Inu and Wire-haired Vizsla (3)) and enjoys training and showing them. She is also the proud guardian of two cats.
Amanda graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife and certification in Veterinary Technology. She worked in the field as a Biology Technician for four years before deciding to pursue a career where she could help animals and their families. She joined VRCC’s Ophthalmology department in March 2004. When she is not working she enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, snowshoeing, reading and spending time with friends and her sweet dog.
Krisha received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business at Texas A&M University in 2000. She moved to Denver in the winter of 2002 to pursue her dream of working with animals by attending Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. Krisha graduated in June 2004 and worked with the Neurology department at VRCC before joining the Ophthalmology department in July 2005.
Krisha has a German Shepherd Dog named Cassie. She takes every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors with her husband.
Anne graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2007 and is a Colorado native. After graduation Anne worked for another specialty hospital for almost four years before joining the Ophthalmology team in 2011. Anne has a special interest in surgery and anesthesia.
Anne has two dogs ( a German Shepherd mix and a Pointer mix) and two misfit cats who run her household. In her free time, Anne enjoys camping, spending time with her family and formulating beer brewing recipes with her husband.
In 2006, Megan moved to Colorado from Nebraska where she attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha and earned an A.A.S. in Liberal Arts. In 2008, Megan graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an A.A.S. After graduation, she worked in a small animal, exotic and avian general practice for 3 years before joining the Ophthalmology team in 2012. She has two dogs: a Greyhound mix and an Akita mix. She enjoys yoga, camping and traveling the world. She joined our team in February of 2012.
She has a doberman-German shepherd mix named Dawn, a boxer-bulldog mix named Desi, 2 cats named Mike and Ike, a wallaby named Jack and a bearded dragon named Naga.
Michelle graduated from Front Range Community College in 2006. Michelle has loved anesthesia and surgery since her beginnings in medicine when she was 14. She became a military medic and then switched to veterinary medicine where she enjoyed emergency medicine, general practice and orthopedic surgery before joining the ophthalmology team in 2013.
Michelle has one dog, Dale, a Golden Retriever, that loves to go camping with her. She owns a non-profit organization and is about to start her degree for Masters of theological studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver. She enjoys camping, hiking, spinning fire and music.
Client Service Representative
Mandy has lived in Colorado since she was three and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts from the University of Northern Colorado. She has over three years of experience as a Client Service Representative working in emergency veterinary hospitals.
She owns her own wedding and special event floral design business and loves to hike, play soccer and basketball, hang out with her family and travel whenever she can. She and her fiance have two dogs, Indie and Bela, and one cat named Zeke.