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Karen Sanderson, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Karen Sanderson is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College on Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences at Colorado State University in 1999 followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She then went on to pursue residency training in Cardiology at the University of California at Davis and became board certified in the college of cardiology in 2003.
Dr. Sanderson is the owner of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology and has practiced in Colorado since 2005. Her research interests during her residency included novel therapies for the treatment of canine pulmonary hypertension (endothelin) antagonists as well as echocardiographic evaluation of the heart’s “pump” function in the setting of mitral valve disease.
Her special interests are the management of congestive heart failure in both dogs and cats, pulmonary hypertension (its etiology and treatment) and congenital heart disease. Dr. Sanderson spends her free time with her two children, husband, dog, and two cats and enjoys trail running, nordic skiing, telemark skiing, hiking, and playing outdoors with her family.
Julie Martin, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
Julie Martin, DVM is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from The Colorado College in 1990. She spent two years at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs studying the effects of bronchodilators on different aspects of athletic performance in the elite athlete.
She graduated first in her class from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1997. After graduation from veterinary school, she completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Knoxville. A residency in cardiology at Colorado State University followed and was completed in the summer of 2002. Concurrently, she earned a Master of Science degree from CSU. After completing her residency, Julie began working at VRCC.
Julie’s research interests during her residency included evaluation of feline diastolic cardiac function and electrical cardioversion of various arrhythmias in the canine patient. She became a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, specialty of Cardiology in May, 2002.
Julie appreciates spending time traveling and making memories with her family, which include her husband Don, her two sons Wyatt and Charlie and her daughter Jenna. She enjoys all sporting activities and has coached and played soccer for many years.
Julie has a cat Squeaky, two dogs Bri and Maddie and Bugsy her french Lop.
Derek Hanes, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM
Derek is a native Texan, but spent most of his childhood in central New Mexico. Following graduation from high school, he attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, where he obtained a B.S. in Biology with emphasis in pre-veterinary medicine. Following graduation, he moved to southwest Louisiana where he began applying for veterinary school. Derek was first accepted to St. George’s University in Grenada, W.I.; though after a year of study, transferred to Oklahoma State University, College of Veterinary and Health Sciences. Derek graduated at the top of his class with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Oklahoma State University in 2013, with primary interests in cardiology and small animal soft tissue surgery. Following completion of his formal education, Derek then moved to the greater Seattle area to participate in a small animal general rotating internship, where he pursued electives in cardiology and emergency medicine. Following completion of his internship, Derek obtained a postdoctoral fellowship with the University of California, Davis doing cardiovascular research using minimally invasive surgical techniques and regenerative therapy for chronic ischemic cardiomyopathy. In his free time, Derek has two dogs and a horse with which he enjoys hiking, camping, and trail riding.
Pamela Lee, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM
Dr. Pamela Lee is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in her self-designed major of Animal Behavior and Zoology from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 2004. She then attended veterinary school at Ohio State University and completed a combined Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) and Master’s program in 2008. Dr. Lee then completed a one year small animal rotating internship at Michigan State University followed by a three year cardiology residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lee became a board certified cardiologist in 2012.
Dr. Lee spent 6 years in academic veterinary medicine at Washington State University. While there, her research focus was in feline heart disease and prevention of thromboembolic disease (blood clot formation) as well as arrhythmia management in dogs.
Dr. Lee is a strong proponent of relationship-centered care. Dr. Lee’s goal is to develop a strong healthcare team between the Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology team, pets and pet owners, and primary care veterinarians. She has a special interest in feline heart disease and treatment of acute thromboembolic disease, as well as advanced therapies for the treatment of valvular heart disease in dogs.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Lee enjoys eating (a lot), cooking, traveling, knitting, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their naughty terrier mix Jogee.