Dr. Andy Nigro, DVM, Medical Director and Practice Owner
Dr. Andy is a graduate of Colorado State University where he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. His undergraduate work was done at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he obtained degrees in fields completely outside of science and medicine. He is a member of both the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). Dr. Andy was born and raised in Kansas City, but has been enjoying all Colorado has to offer for the past several years. He was also fortunate enough to have traveled throughout Asia, India, Northern Africa, Europe, and South America. He enjoys watching and playing nearly all sports, but especially skiing and golf. In 2013 Dr. Andy married his wife, Nikkie, and shortly thereafter they welcomed their two beautiful children, Sloan and Sam. Andy and his family share their home with Zigby the Golden Retriever, Gus the Golden doodle and Queso the cat.
Dr. Courtney Turner, DVM, Hospital Director and Practice Owner
Dr. Turner is a native Texan. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for her Bachelor’s degree and went on to graduate from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Turner began her veterinary career in equine medicine but soon realized that small animal medicine was her true calling. Her areas of interest include internal medicine, orthopedics, and dermatology. Dr. Turner is a member of the AVMA. In her free time she enjoys running, skiing and hiking. Dr. Courtney has two dogs, Crash a Pit Bull Mix (and TCAW mascot) and Blue a Great Pyrenees. She also has a Domestic Medium Hair named Bagheera who can often be found following along for walks. Finally, Dr. Courtney is an avid equestrian with a special interest in Dressage. She has two horses, Fury (Warmblood) and Romeo (Clydesdale Cross)
Dr. Jeanne Hill, DVM
Dr. Jeanne Hill is a 2005 graduate of the University of California at Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in Northern California and Texas before a love of the outdoors brought her to Denver in 2011. Jeanne completed acupuncture training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society in 2011. She completed her Fear Free Professional certification in 2016. Jeanne believes in providing clear, transparent communication in order to partner with pet parents to make the best decisions for their pets. She is devoted to low stress handling to reduce the stress of veterinary visits, resulting in a positive experience for pets, their owners, and the veterinary healthcare team. She has a special interest in integrative health care, dentistry, pain management, and preventative medicine. In her free time, Dr, Hill enjoys a good book, hiking, camping, live music, and spending time with her family. She has a yellow lab named Scout, and an avocado-obsessed cat named Phineas.
Kirsten, Practice Manager, Practice Owner and Certified Veterinary Technician
Kirsten joined TCAW in February of 2016. Born and raised in Kansas, Kirsten received a BA in Psychology from Wichita State University. She went on to spend 10 years as a manager at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. After several years volunteering for a dog rescue, Kirsten decided to make a career change. So, in 2009, Kirsten moved from Wichita to Denver to attend Bel-Rea and become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Kirsten enjoys traveling and sampling the many wonderful microbrews while enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery. Kirsten’s furry family includes Pumpkin (Dog de Bordeaux), Maggie (Golden Retriever) and Monty (Lab Mix).
Markie, Supervising Technician and Certified Veterinary Technician
Born and raised in New Mexico, Markie has always had a passion for working with animals and for helping pet owners to care for their fur babies. Markie’s education began at New Mexico State University where she majored in animal science and minored in chemistry. In 2007, Markie moved to Denver to attend Bel-Rea to become a certified veterinary technician. Markie has a strong interest in veterinary dentistry and is Fear Free certified. When Markie is not at work, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, billowy interpretive dance, day drinking at Colorado’s finest breweries, and binge-watching old movies. Markie shares her home with her fiancé Carlos and their 4 pets: Quin, the “best dog ever”, Dotti (a cat who loves sunshine, catnip, and naps), Katniss (the most grateful adopted feral cat ever), and their leopard gecko.
Scott, Supervising Technician and Certified Veterinary Technician
Scott became part of the TCAW team in October 2016. Having spent most of his life in Wisconsin, he moved to Denver in 2008 and became a CVT in 2012. Scott is an avid sports fan with a particular fondness for the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Among other things, he also enjoys reading, biking, scrapbooking, and tasting a nice microbrew or bourbon. Scott and his wife Jennifer share their home with their daughter Olivia, their cats Oscar and Delilah, and their dog Murphy.
Ariella, Certified Veterinary Technician
Ariella is a certified veterinary technician who graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2013. Originally from California, Ariella moved to Colorado in 2003 and is loving the Colorado life! She is passionate about small animal veterinary medicine with an extra special love for her feline patients. When she is not at work, Ariella enjoys the outdoors and painting. This “Crazy Cat Lady” lives with her husband, Allen, two beautiful stepchildren, pitty mix Bala and 4 kitties: Bagheera, Baloo, Sherekahn, and a rare male calico, Rorschach!
Marisel, Certified Veterinary Technician
Marisel is a recent graduate of the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Marisel just took and passed the Veterinary Technician National Exam (VTNE) and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician, with credentialing in the state of Colorado – we are very proud of her! Before coming to Colorado, Marisel graduated with a degree in Speech Communications and worked as a professional in that field for many years. She has lived in many places but is really enjoying Colorado. She is a HUGE Green Bay Packers fan, she loves to cook, and she also enjoys playing volleyball. She is newly married and shares her home with her new husband Corey and their 2 cats, Shaq and Wade, and their Chihuahua Papi.
Ruth, Veterinary Technician
As part of a military family, Ruth grew up moving A LOT. But In 2008, she made Colorado her permanent home. After 15 years in the restaurant industry, Ruth enrolled in the Community College of Denver Veterinary Technology Program and graduated as a Veterinary Technician. In her spare time, Ruth enjoys cooking, cycling, hiking, baton twirling, baseball (go Cardinals), gardening, and being a Mom. Ruth loves Australian Shepherds and shares her home with her Aussie Zuni as well as her husband and son.
Mallory, Veterinary Technician
Mallory joined the TCAW team in the summer of 2019. After graduating from technician school, Mallory came to Denver for an internship opportunity and was instantly hooked on all things Colorado. She is an avid rock climber, but also enjoys camping, yoga, gym time, and dirt biking! Mallory has over 5 years of experience in the veterinary field and has a special interest in surgery. She shares her home with her adorable rescue pup, Zayda.
Brigette, Veterinary Technician
(Currently on a tour of duty overseas)
Bridgette or “Bri” is originally from Miami, but relocated to Colorado in January 2018. She loves all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer and spends most of her free time hiking with her two dogs, Sammy and Thor. Bri’s career in veterinary medicine began 5 years ago as an assistant in a small animal practice. She hopes to one day go back to school to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Recently, Bri completed training for the Army Reserves and maintains an active military standing. She shares her home with her husband Lou and her stepson Adrian.
Mindy, Veterinary Assistant
Mindy moved to Colorado in January 2017. She is originally from Missouri where she spent 7 years working as a veterinary technician. Mindy’s previous experience includes both small animal medicine and wildlife medicine. When not working at TCAW or attending classes at DU, Mindy enjoys baseball (especially the Cardinals), live music, puzzling, the Fox Trot, and BBQ’s. Mindy’s favorite past time is spending time outdoors with her German Shepherd, Ally.
Kaylee, Veterinary Assistant
Originally from Georgie, Kaylee moved to Colorado in 2016. She traded her long days on the lake swimming for long days on the mountain snowboarding. She is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of Colorado, Denver, as well as her Certified Veterinary Technician Associate’s degree at Penn Foster. Upon graduation, she plans to work towards her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In her limited free time, Kaylee enjoys mountain biking, PlayStation, arts and crafts, Jazzercise, playing with her 2 nephews, hockey games, and anything to do with astronomy. Kaylee is very grateful for the love and support of her fiancé, Brian and her Pit Bull, Emmett.
Cayla, Veterinary Assistant
Cayla is Colorado Native. She is currently going to school for Health Care Management. Her future goal is to run her own animal hospital! She has worked in a small animal ER for 4 years before briefly moving into large animal medicine. She is looking to become a well-rounded animal medical professional. When not working, Cayla enjoys hiking, camping, and riding horses. She has a cat named Kalypso and a heeler mix named Penny at home. She also owns a sweet 4-year-old quarter horse, named Ace. She hopes to compete again with Ace in the near future.
Kim, Front Office Supervisor
Kim is a Colorado native with over nine years of experience in shelter medicine. She is excited to contribute her extensive knowledge of animal behavior to The Center for Animal Wellness. She enjoys recreational dancing (and can often be seen using it as a mode of transportation), karaoke, sewing, cooking and most importantly, eating! She lives with her three cats, The Chin (yes, he’s a superhero), Timmy the Tooth, and Kubo as well as her boyfriend Mike.
Molly, Client Services Representative
Molly is a Colorado native. She spent the last 6 years in California where she obtained a degree from Humboldt State University in recreation administration with an emphasis in equine-assisted therapy. She also earned minors in business and fisheries. She enjoys surfing, scuba diving, hiking, training horses, and Colorado’s breweries! Her animal experience is extensive and includes large animal medicine as well as assisting with training pachyderms at the Colorado Springs Zoo. Molly shares her home with her boyfriend Trey, her Blue Heeler Hurley, and her hound mix Ruca.
Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM, Practice Founder
Although Dr. Aubrey is now retired from seeing patients, he is actively pursuing our mission of serving the community. Dr. Aubrey is a 1970 graduate of the Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine. After a brief stint in private practice in his hometown New Orleans, Dr. Aubrey began practicing in Denver in January 1971.
Dr. Aubrey is active in community and professional organizations and veterinary education. In addition to membership in the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association, Aubrey also serves on the Board of Directors of the Animal Assistance Foundation. Dr. Aubrey also serves as an affiliated faculty member of the Admissions and Mentoring Committees of the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and Biological Sciences and is the Practitioner Diversity representative of the CSUCVMBS Admissions Committee. Dr. Aubrey’s varied interests include hiking, backpacking, photography, bicycling, live music–especially jazz and blues–and theater.