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.”
CVT, BA, Practice Manager
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 son.
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.
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.
Baiza has had a keen interest in the world since childhood. This interest encouraged study of animal natures, animal medicine and other diverse nature based phenomena within and outside of academic contexts. He achieved respective degrees following internment at Colorado College and Bel-Rea institute. He enjoys learning from people, animals and everything else.
Jennifer Englert was born and raised in Aztec, New Mexico. She went to San Juan College in Farmington, NM where she obtained an Associate Degree of Psychology. Jennifer decided to moved to Denver in 2012 to explore career options and attended Bel-Rea institute of Animal Technology. She completed the 2 year program and joined our team in September 2014. Jennifer has a 10 year old Jack Russell Terrier named Zippy, and a 6 year old Australian Cattle Dog named Chloe. Her pets and family currently reside in Syracuse, KS. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys hobbies such as hiking, biking, running, reading, camping, and traveling with loved ones.
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 working at VRCC since April 2005 when she started working for the emergency department. In October 2014 she decided to learn a new specialty and started working with Ophthalmology. 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, crossfit, snowboarding and trying new microbreweries.
Ashton graduated from Bel-Rea institute of Animal Technology in 2013, and worked as an animal shelter veterinary technician before joining the ophthalmology department in December of 2014. There she experienced the in’s and out’s of orphaned animals, and gained a compassionate and loving approach for each patient, old and new.
On her own time, Ashton loves to spend time with her 2 dogs, Gus Gus a Dachshund mix, and Reed a German Shepherd Mix, and misfit cat named JoJo. She also has a passion for cooking/baking, and attending frequent art shows with her long time boyfriend, Lucas.
Client Services Representative, BA
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 husband have two dogs, Indie and Bela, and one cat named Zeke.