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 Goldendoodle 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 three horses, Fury (Warmblood), Romeo (Clydesdale Cross), and Fabi (Oldenburg).
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 to 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 terrier mix named Ogden, and an avocado-obsessed cat named Phineas.
Dr. Kristin Bleakley, DVM
Dr Kristin is a Denver native who loves living in Colorado and doing outdoorsy activities in the Colorado sun. She did her undergraduate studies at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, and graduated in 2002 from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. When she is not at work, her favorite place to be is with her family and furry family friends. She has four kids, three dogs, two cats, and one husband!
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, making snow angels, 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, playing the accordion, River Dance 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.
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, hopscotch, 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.
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 dog Thor. Bri’s career in veterinary medicine began several 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. Bri is also an active member of the Army Reserves and recently completed a tour in Poland.
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. 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, digging for worms, ant farming, 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.
Angelina, Certified Veterinary Technician
Angelina was born and raised in the Denver metro area. From an early age, Angelina has had a passion for helping critters of all kinds. She became interested in veterinary medicine in high school and graduated from Front Range Community College in 2018 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology and an Associates in General Studies. She then became a certified technician in the state of Colorado in January of 2019. Angelina’s hobbies include crafts of all kinds including scrapbooking, sewing, painting, and drawing. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends and being outdoors finding new places for a hiking adventure. Angelina has one small terrier mix named Odysseus or Odie for short who loves to nap.
Candace, Certified Veterinary Technician
Candace is originally from Sulpher, Louisiana and moved to Denver in 2016 with her then boyfriend (high school sweetheart to be exact!), now fiancé after getting engaged in September of 2021. Candace discovered The Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology a few years after moving here and knew right away that she wanted to pursue becoming a veterinary technician and spend her life helping animals. She graduated in September of 2021 and is now a Certified Veterinary Technician! Outside of veterinary medicine, Candace loves hiking, paddle boarding, kayaking and gardening. When she’s not enjoying the outdoors, Candace loves to read fantasy and historical fiction novels. Aside from her fiancé, Candace lives with her 2 dogs: Diesel, a pit bull and Louie, and Old English Bulldog who are her entire world!
Val, Certified Veterinary Technician
Val is an Idaho native, but relocated to Denver in 2010. Before relocating, Val spent five years working as a veterinary assistant for a private practitioner in Idaho. She attended Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated with her Associates of Applied Anima Sciences in 2013. Val then spent several years working in the emergency and specialty veterinary sector. In 2018, Val enrolled in The University of Colorado Denver to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In her very little free time, Val helps out in surgery at TCAW. Val married her wife, Lindsay, in 2019. Lindsay and Val share their home with their extensive fur family, which includes four cats (Hoodlum, Odd Ball, Baby Kitty, and Mimi) and three dogs (Zeppelin, Frankie Bones, and Scamp).
Cayla, Veterinary Assistant
Cayla is a Colorado native. Previously, Cayla was a large animal veterinary technician, but has since transitioned into small animal medicine. She has a passion for small animal emergency care and spent three years as an overnight ER technician. Currently, Cayla is working towards her veterinary technician certification. In her free time, Cayla enjoys riding her horse, Ace, as well as camping, playing with her paper dolls, and hiking. Cayla shares her home with her dog Penny (Red Heeler) and her cat Kalypso.
Emily, Veterinary Assistant
Emily started her veterinary career as a volunteer before joining a small animal and exotic practice in her native Georgia. She spent 5 years working as a veterinary assistant in Georgia before relocating to Colorado for the amazing weather and all the outdoor activities. Emily’s fur family includes three dogs: Axle, Flex and Bentley. Emily spends much of her free time training and hiking with her dogs. Axle and Flex are American Bully’s (her favorite breed) and Bentley is a Spaniel mix. When not spending time with her dogs, Emily can be found listening to her favorite artist, Lou Reed, while sipping an iced coffee.
Nikki, Veterinary Assistant
Originally from Florida, Nikki moved to Denver in July 2021 and joined the TCAW team shortly thereafter. Nikki obtained an Associate’s of Arts Degree at Daytona State College in 2018, but discovered her true passion for veterinary medicine after completing an internship at a local veterinary clinic. Prior to relocating to Colorado, Nikki spent two years working in a small animal veterinary clinic in Ormond Beach, FL. Nikki plans to apply her veterinary experience towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician. 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).
Lauryn, Veterinary Technician
Originally from New York, Lauryn relocated to Colorado in 2018. She has an extensive background working with animals. Lauryn spent five years in Ocala, Florida working as an assistant for an Olympic Equestrian Dressage Rider. She graduated from Florida Central College in 2016 with an Associate’s in Equine Exercise Physiology. Lauryn is also a Certified Equine Massage Therapist. Three years ago, Lauryn started her career in small animal veterinary medicine as an assistant for a small animal practitioner. Then, after a brief stent in ER, Lauryn joined the TCAW family. She has a daughter named Maggie and two cats named Fat McStuffins and Penny.
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, gardening, cooking and most importantly, eating! She lives with her two cats, Timmy the Tooth and Kubo, as well as her boyfriend Mike.
Tyler, Client Services Representative
Tyler is originally from Texas, but relocated to Colorado in the summer of 2020. Tyler graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations. Upon graduating, Tyler worked in Corporate Marketing before realizing his passion for rescue veterinary medicine. Tyler spent five years working as a foster coordinator and client services representative for both Austin Pet’s Alive and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Tyler joined the TCAW family in December 2021. He shares his home with his husband, Daniel, and their three dogs: Ziggy (Blue Heeler), Spud (Chihuahua), and Betsy (Mini Aussie).
Mikayla, Client Services Representative
Mikayla is originally from Aurora, IL; but has been living in Colorado for the past several years. She started her career in sales, but her love of animals brought her to veterinary medicine. Prior to joining the TCAW staff, Mikayla worked as a client services representative for a small animal practice in Westminster, Colorado. When not working, Mikayla loves spending times outdoors with her Siberian Husky named Luna.
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