Dr. Aubrey Lavizzo, DVM, Practice Owner
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. His wife, Gayle Brooks Quick, is a licensed psychotherapist whose practice is located in the building that houses TCAW.
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 affiliate 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. Dr. Aubrey is never far from his four-legged companion, Zia, an adorable mixed breed dog.
Dr. Andy Nigro, DVM
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.
Dr. Andy was born and raised in Kansas City, but has been enjoying all Colorado has to offer for the past 15 years. He has also been 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. He is also an avid backpacker. Other interest include music (virtually every genre, as long as it's quality) and reading (especially the classics.) In 2013 Dr. Andy married his wife, Nikkie, and shortly thereafter they welcomed their two beautiful children, Sloan (2) and Sam (1). Andy and his family share their home with Zigby the Golden Retriver and Queso the cat.
Dr. Courtney Turner, DVM
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, CVMA, and TVMA. In her free time she enjoys running, riding her horse, and hiking with her dogs, Crash and Blue. She is the proud aunt to eight nieces and nephew, who think being an “animal doctor” is pretty neat. Dr. Turner looks forward to serving you and your pets.
Dr. Carolyn Karrh, DVM
Dr. Carolyn Karrh is our newest addition to TCAW family! She was born and raised in the deep south, living most of her life in Alabama and Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia Veterinary School in 2008, fulfilling a life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian. As veterinary medicine is a second career for her, Dr. Karrh’s previous profession was performing in music and theatre, receiving a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from UGA in 1993. She moved to Nashville in the late 1990’s to make a career as a country music artist, however, while living in Tennessee, Dr. Karrh realized her highest aspiration was to be a veterinarian, so she left that occupation behind and answered her true calling, going back to school in her thirties to study veterinary medicine and graduating with her DVM at the age of 40.
Dr. Karrh has worked in many facets of veterinary medicine, including private practice, shelter medicine, low-cost spay/neuter clinics, home euthanasia and hospice care as well as non-profit organizations helping the economically disadvantaged. Additionally, Dr. Karrh started her own non-profit organization, Peace, Love & Paws, helping Denver’s homeless community with basic pet needs and veterinary care for their pets, a cause very close to her heart.
Dr. Karrh is passionate about supporting and honoring the human-animal bond and this has brought her to The Center for Animal Wellness. She is a long-time pet owner/mom and has treated and cared for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, fish, reptiles and other small mammals, being particularly fond of senior pets and those with special needs. Her favorite activities include loving her adoring pets, spending time with friends, live theater, motorcycling, writing, supporting animal welfare and rescue, as well as helping those less fortunate by volunteering for local low-cost spay/neuter programs and clinics.
Dr. Karyn Fein, DVM, CSCS, CCRT
Dr. Karyn Fein has always had a passion for learning about the body – how it moves and the role of exercise and nutrition in both achieving health and treating illness. She was an internationally competitive gymnast and had her fair share of injuries. As a result, she was introduced to the benefits of physical therapy early in Iife. After graduating from vet school, she missed athletics and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA in 2009. The field of veterinary rehabilitation was still in its infancy at that time, but it has become the perfect way for Dr. Fein to merge her love of health, nutrition, and fitness with her career goals in veterinary medicine. She became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in October 2013 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and in doing so, found her career path.
“I love helping my patients maximize their quality of life. I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to move or perform at your potential. I have overcome many injuries myself and want to give back to my patients by helping them overcome injuries and/or help them to maintain/improve their mobility. I have been impressed with how well animals respond to physical rehabilitation. Whether it's helping a young pet return to normal (or better) after orthopedic surgery or helping my geriatric patients stay as comfortable as possible for as long as possible, it is extremely rewarding to give my patients the tools they need to feel good. I love watching them play, walk, and run with their families. I get joy from making their lives better.”
Dr. Fein plans on pursuing certifications in acupuncture and chiropractic medicine. She is also starting to explore eastern medicine.
Born in New Jersey, Dr. Fein is originally from the East Coast. She graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She then went on to do a small animal rotating internship in Norwalk, CT, returned to North Carolina to work in emergency medicine and moved to Colorado in 2008. She lives with her husband, Dave, their son, Evan, and grandma Donna. When Evan is sleeping, their pointer mix, Bandit, takes over the role of keeping everyone entertained. When she isn’t at work, Karyn can be found on the trails or in the mountains rock climbing, biking, skiing or snowboarding.
Kirsten Butler, Hospital Director 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 and spent 10 years as a manager at Michael’s Arts and Crafts. She decided to make a career change after several years of volunteering for a giant breed dog rescue.
Kirsten moved from Wichita to Denver at the end of 2009 to attend Bel-Rea and become a Certified Veterinary Technician.
Kirsten enjoys traveling and sampling the many wonderful microbrews that Colorado has to offer along with the beautiful scenery. She lives with her two wonderful dogs – Pumpkin, a 7 year old Dogue de Bordeaux and Bailey, a 14 year old chocolate lab.
Lissa Monnier-Gibson, Certified Veterinary Technician
Lissa has had the pleasure of caring for all types of animals in the veterinary field for the past 9 years and plans on many more years to come. She graduated from veterinary technician school in 2012 and is currently our most senior certified veterinary technician. She has worked with a variety of critters, but carries a soft spot for large/giant breed dogs. She is an Ohio native, but would not dream of leaving ‘Colorful Colorado’. Lissa enjoys all types of outside activities including climbing, biking, hiking , skiing, and disc golf with her husband Dan.
Elizabeth "Liz" Sack, Veterinary Technician
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Liz started her career in the animal world as a marine mammal trainer - primarily dealing with dolphins and sea lions. She graduated from Long Island University: Southampton College with a B.S. in neuropsychology and marine mammal biology. In 2007, Liz moved inland to Colorado and has been working as a veterinary technician ever since. Liz lives in Broomfield with her boyfriend Brian and their handsome feline, Mr. Cheeks. When she's not caring for animals, Liz enjoys fishing, camping, gardening, baking, knitting, and sampling the great brews that Colorado has to offer.
Amy Stocklin, Veterinary Technician
Originally from California, Amy moved to Colorado in 2009 and became a veterinary technician shortly thereafter. After returning to California in 2013, Amy declared Colorado her true home and returned to this wonderful place in 2016 with her then fiancé John. Amy has had a menagerie of animals in her lifetime and is currently the proud pet parent of two cats, Einstein and Darwin, and her dog Dori. Amy is an avid runner and loves taking Dori on runs through the woods. This past April, John and Amy made it official with a beautiful ceremony in Lafayette, CO.
Scott Dahlgren, Certified Veterinary Technician
Scott joined 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, and tasting a nice microbrew or bourbon. Scott and his wife Jennifer share a home with their three year old daughter Olivia, their dog Murphy, and Sam ths cat.
Mindy Basler, Veterinary Assistant
Mindy just recently move to Colorado in January2017. She is originally from Missouri where she has worked in the veterinary field for over 7 years. Mindy's previous experience includes both small animal and wildlife medicine. She lives with her German Shepherd, Ally, whom she enjoys spending time with outdoors when not working at TCAW. Mindy also likes baseball (especially the Cardinals), live music, and BBQ's. We are excited to welcome Mindy to our team!
Kim Terlau, Front Office Supervisor
Kim in a Colorado native with over nine years of experience in shelter medicine. She is excited to contribute her extesnive 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 cats, The Chin (yes, he's a super hero), Timmy the Tooth, and her wonderful mum.
Maria Silva Cano, Client Services Representative
Maria is orinally from Mexico, but has grown up in the Denver area. She is currently in college studying to earn her Master's in Immigration Policy. Her love for animals really began when she worked as an instructor at an equestrian camp teaching young kids how to care for and ride horses. Maria is also active in her community in nonprofit endeavors with a focus on immigration. She is getting married this coming December to her fiance, Ron, who is also an animal lover. Maria shares her home with her two turtles, Frank and Beans.
Yaneira (Yani) Pyszniak, Client Services Representative
Yani is originally from Puerto Rico but has been in Denver for the last 5 years. She is currently in college majoring in psychology with hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist. She enjoys traveling, trying new foods and reading. She shares her home with her husband, Alex and their 3 cats, Nacho, Hershey and Snowball. Yani is excited to be joining the team at The Center for Animal Wellness and looks forward to meeting you and your pets.