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 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 one dog, Crash a Pit Bull Mix (and TCAW mascot). 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)


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 of 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, sampling many wonderful microbrews with her brewer boyfriend Ben, and enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery. Kirsten’s furry family includes Molly (Golden Retriever), Monty (Lab Mix), and Ruby (Dogue de Bordeaux).


Dr. Jeanne Hill, DVM

Dr. Jeanne is a 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. Dr. Jeanne completed acupuncture training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She is devoted to low-stress patient handling and has special interests in integrative health care, dentistry, pain management, and preventative medicine. In her free time, Dr. Jeanne enjoys hiking, camping, biking, live music, and spending time with her family. She has a yellow lab named Scout, a terrier mix named Ogden, and an avocado-obsessed cat named Phineas.


Dr. Hanni Horner

Dr. Hanni Horner grew up in a small town in San Diego County. After attending the University of California Davis for her bachelor’s in Animal Science, Dr. Horner attended veterinary school at Colorado State University. She completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture in 2014 and has since been practicing acupuncture. Dr. Horner has practiced in multiple clinics performing relief services around the state doing general medicine and surgeries. Her interest lies in surgery and alternative therapies. Her kind, compassionate and understanding nature allows her to build meaningful relationships with patients and their owners.

During her free time, Dr. Horner enjoys all of the outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer including snowboarding, backpacking, biking, swimming, trying new recipes, and exploring the mountains with her four-legged, side-kick Doc Watson.


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 husband Carlos and their 4 pets: Lambchop, a toy poodle mix, 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 and their cats Oscar and Delilah.


Angelina, Certified Veterinary Technician

I was born and raised in the Denver metro area and have always had a passion for helping critters of all kinds. I became interested in vet medicine in high school, and I enrolled into Colorado State University and spent a year on campus majoring in Animal Science my freshman year of college. I then transferred to Front Range Community College and enrolled into their vet tech program in Fort Collins. I graduated in May of 2018 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and an Associates in General Studies. I became a certified technician in the state of Colorado in January of 2019 and have been credentialed since. My hobbies include crafts of all kinds including scrapbooking, sewing, painting, and drawing. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends and being outdoors finding new places to hike and adventure to. I have one small terrier mix named Odysseus or Odie for short and his favorite activity is mainly napping! I am excited to be a part of such a wonderful team and look forward to meeting everyone!


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

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. She shares her home with her husband Lou and her stepson Adrian.


Lauryn, Veterinary Technician

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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 pastime is spending time outdoors with her dog Indy (short for Indiana Jones).


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 and plans to apply to vet school soon. 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 husband, Brian and her Pit Bull, Emmett.



Nikki, Veterinary Assistant

Originally from Florida, Nikki moved to Denver in July 2021 and joined the TCAW team shortly after. She obtained an Associate’s degree and discovered her passion for veterinary medicine after completing an internship at a local veterinary clinic. Before moving, Nikki spent the last 2 years working in a small animal clinic in Ormond Beach, FL. She is on-the-job trained, but she plans to attend technician school and become a CVT. In her free time, Nikki enjoys baking, playing video games, and reading. She shares her home with a Black Mouth Cur mix, Xena and a cat named Bobbi (and yes, she is a bobtail!).


Emily, Veterinary Assistant

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Cayla, Veterinary Assistant

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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 two cats, 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 Blue Heeler Hurley.


Dominique, Client Services Representative

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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.