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Dr. Brooke Kugler
Dr. Brooke Kugler always thought she wanted to be a vet and confirmed this after she spent a week as a teenager travelling around with her local veterinarian in rural Connecticut. After seeing sick ducks, pigs and cows in addition to dogs and cats, she was completely convinced veterinary medicine was the right path for her.
Dr. Kugler attended Bates College in Maine where she received a BS in Biochemistry and then the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. After graduating from vet school in 2001, she returned to the US and settled in Colorado where much of her family had migrated during her time in England. Dr. Kugler’s ultimate love is for small animals (of all kinds!). She enjoys caring for animals throughout all life stages and loves getting to know both the pets and their families.
Dr. Kugler lives with her husband, three daughters, 2 cats (Daisy- named after the cows in England because she is black and white and Leicester- named after a busy noisy square in London because he meows a lot!) and assorted fish. In her spare time she loves to be outside: skiing, hiking, camping, gardening and adventuring with her family in general. She is also busy in the Lafayette Community with school events, Chamber gatherings and other festival events. Her roots are firmly planted in Lafayette as she loves the small town feel, seeing friends around town, and the beautiful view of the mountains as she drives to work every day!
Dr. Mary Esh
Mary Esh grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. She went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After working in small animal practice in Pennsylvania, she and her husband moved out to Colorado to be closer to family and to the mountains. She now considers Colorado home.
Since moving to Colorado in 2007, Dr. Esh has been working as an associate veterinarian at North Boulder Companion Animal Hospital. She is happy to continue being a part of the companion animal hospital group at the Lafayette hospital. Dr. Esh has special interests in feline medicine and behavior. Sometimes called a cat whisperer, she likes working with any cat to help them receive the gentle care that they need.
Dr. Esh finds veterinary medicine very rewarding. She values the relationships that she forms between families and patients. She understands the amazing joys and stresses that can come with pet ownership. As a veterinarian, she hopes to provide good medical advice through open communication with clients.
Dr. Esh lives in Boulder with her husband and two boys. She spends most of her free time at playgrounds, parks, and pools. Her hobbies include yoga and hiking or just spending time with her sweet yellow lab mix, Jenny, 2 older cats, Trevor and Joey and 4 chickens.
Brandi knew she wanted to work within the veterinary field since she was first asked in kindergarten by her teacher. She grew up nurturing her stuffed animals back to health with Band-Aids and love. As soon as she was old enough, she applied for an internship where she was chosen as one of two students across Colorado to participate in volunteer work at a local veterinary clinic. After her internship, she was offered a vet assistant position at the same clinic, where she worked throughout college.
Brandi graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. While attending CSU, she volunteered her time at the Larimer Humane Society and was granted a volunteer opportunity within the anesthesiology department at the CSU Vet Teaching Hospital. In addition to volunteer work, she was a teacher’s assistant for the animal anatomy department and devoted many hours helping her fellow college students. After school, she was offered a veterinary technician position at LCAH and has worked there since July 2010. She loves all aspects of the position, and has a special interest in anesthesia.
Brandi enjoys taking part in daring and adventurous activities in her free time. Skydiving has been her biggest adventure yet and plans to cross bungee jumping off her list soon. She also loves camping, wake boarding, jet skiing and amusement parks. When not outdoors enjoying the sunshine, she can be found dancing the night away with friends or watching the Detroit Red Wings hockey team on TV.
Brandi lives with her 4-year-old Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix named, Zoey. She enjoys taking her to local dog parks and playing Frisbee or snuggling on the couch watching scary movies together. She is full of energy and spoiled rotten. Adopting her from the humane society was the best decision she had ever made. She would love to adopt a capybara (her favorite animal) someday if possible.
Arianna Romero, CVT
Since she can remember Arianna has always wanted to help animals. As a child she tried to help any animal in need, from a baby bird to a crawfish. She drove her family crazy going to wildlife rehab centers to get the best help she could for the creatures she found.
Arianna took her love of animals to Colorado Mountain College where she completed her degree in Animal Technology. She spent both years on the Dean’s List and graduated at the top of her class. She loved the hands on approach and excelled at clinical studies. Right after graduation she was hired at our Boulder location where she worked for over five years. After having her first child Arianna took a year off before joining the Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital team.
Arianna spends her time off enjoying her family. She and her husband Joe have a two boys LJ and Blake. Their family loves to spend time exploring Colorado. They spend the spring and summer fishing, hiking, and camping. Arianna’s favorite activity is chasing the kids around the many parks in the area.
Arianna’s family also includes 3 dogs, 2 Bluetick Coonhounds Belle and Colt and an Australian Blue Heeler mix Jackson. She also has 2 chinchillas, Thunder and Lightning, and 3 cats Jaz, Boom and Panther. There is never a shortage of furry love in her house.
Melissa Spiers, CVT
Melissa has enjoyed caring for creatures of all kinds from insects, hermit crabs and fish to cats and dogs, since she was a child. She especially loves birds, cats and reptiles. Melissa became a certified veterinary technician in July 2014. She joined Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital in October 2015. Deep down in her heart she is a crazy cat lady. She enjoys spending time with her family which includes her teenage son Eli, her dog Juno, and her big brown male tabby cat Sparkles. She also enjoys hiking, good food, gardening, meteorology, and Christmas music. Melissa likes trying to identify local birds which she is only occasionally successful at doing. She is a proud member of the Cloud Appreciation Society.