Surgery and Orthopedic Support Staff

To learn more about any of our staff members, simply select their name below to reveal their information.
Larissa was born in Oklahoma City, and raised in Evergreen, CO. She started her career in veterinary medicine in 2010, and graduated from Bel-Rea Institute for Animal Technology in 2012. Larissa worked in a small animal practice in Evergreen for a board certified dentist. It was there at that practice that she found her passion for anesthesia and surgery. She joined the VRCC Surgery & Orthopedics team in September of 2016 and has loved every minute of it. Shortly after starting here at VRCC, she was offered the on-call anesthesia position, and has been Dr. Chad Devitt’s primary technician since last May. Larissa has a way with the felines, and is referred to as our in-house “cat whisperer!”
Jane was born and raised in Denver and started her career in veterinary medicine in 1993 as a receptionist and technician in Salt Lake City. In 1995 she relocated to the coast of Maine and worked for the next 23 years as a veterinary technician in a general practice hospital. She was finally able to work her way back to Denver in the Summer of 2018, when she joined VRCC as a Surgery Department Coordinator. Jane has recently taken on the job of co-supervisor for the Surgery department. Moving from general practice to specialty medicine has been satisfying for her, as she has been given an opportunity to learn so much more about surgery, while also utilizing her knowledge and experience in the wider world of veterinary medicine.

Jane has two almost-grown kids, four goofy dogs, and a three-legged cat. When she is not at VRCC, you can often find her on a bike exploring the area. Although the whole family misses Maine, they are all very happy to be back within sight of the Rocky Mountains.

Courtney went Colorado Mountain College for her Veterinary Technology Degree and spent 2 years in surgical specialty prior to coming to VRCC. She has been with the VRCC surgery department since April of 2013. She has two four legged kiddos, Flynn (a Border Collie Mix) and Rue (a Tuxedo Cat). When not at work Courtney enjoys spending time with her family and friends, hiking with Flynn, looking for hole in the wall breweries, and reading.
Tillianne was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai’i. She studied Animal Science at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. New opportunities led her to move to Colorado with her soon to be husband in 2010. Tillianne attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, graduated in 2012, and received her certification shortly thereafter. She focused in small animal medicine for 3 years, before taking an interest in specialty medicine, and joining the VRCC Surgery & Orthopedics team in 2015. Her family has a busy household with a dog, a cat, a tortoise, and 4 chickens. In her free time, Tillianne loves to see what the Colorado mountains love to offer with hiking, snowboarding, and biking.
Laurie is originally from a small town in Ohio. She traveled to Colorado after attending college and majored in Biology at Kent State University. She has been living here for the last 20 years. She decided to pursue a career in working with animals after moving to Denver. She worked her way up in the veterinary world and was a hospital manager at a veterinary hospital for 7 years. She joined VRCC Surgery and Orthopedics in May 2008 as a client coordinator. Now Laurie is a member of VRCC Leadership, coordinator manager and surgery coordinator. Laurie lives with her husband Patrick, their daughter, Peyton, and their 2 furry kids, Drexel that cat, and Kyuss the mini Aussie. When Laurie is not at VRCC, she enjoys biking, yoga, hiking, swimming, skiing, going to concerts, and relaxing with her family and friends.
Kelly has been in vet medicine for nearly 20 years, starting as a kennel technician in Grand Junction and now a surgery coordinator with VRCC. She has worked in mortgage and finance but is always drawn back to the animals. When asked why, Kelly said, “I want to be here for them. To talk to them, pet their ears and make them comfortable when they’re here. I want to help our clients make the best decisions and some of the hardest decisions of their lives. I want them to know that I truly care.”

Kelly has FIVE lovely critters at home. Mike and Sully are her crazy dogs. Fiona, Mario, and Skimo are her kitties. As of right now, she doesn’t plan on getting more! Kelly married her husband in September 2017 and together they have four children ages 16-25. One boy and three girls. And, she doesn’t plan on having more human kiddos either!

In the end, Kelly describes herself as “a fun, hardworking, honest person doing a job I love with people I love, and that’s important to me.”