Dr. Steve Kromka was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He moved to Colorado in 1973 to finish his undergraduate studies. He graduated with honors from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981, and was then accepted into Angell Memorial Animal Hospital’s internship program for advanced studies in small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Kromka has participated in the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society and served on the professional policy committee. His interests and hobbies include: golf, reading, activities with his wife Sherry, and son Billy, and their 2 cats, Tawny and Lizzy, and 2 dogs, Buddy and Lucy. Dr. Kromka also completed the Master Gardener program at Colorado State University, and still enjoys gardening and horticulture activities.
Dr. Dean Vicksman, a Denver native, graduated with honors from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. He was then accepted into Angell Memorial Animal Hospital’s internship program in Boston for advanced training in small animal medicine and surgery. He has co-owned and directed Evans East Animal Hospital since April 1, 1987, with Dr. Steve Kromka. His personal interests include skiing and martial arts. Dr. Vicksman has a 2nd degree black belt in Peoples Kenpo Karate, is a guest speaker on ABC Channel 7 and FOX31 News pet segments. He is currently Chairman of the Board at PetAid Colorado, the past Chairman of the Board at the Dumb Friends League and on the Advisory Board of the Grey Muzzle Organization. He is a Certified Veterinary Journalist and a participating member of the Veterinary News Network. He and his wife, Rebecca, and their two children, Sarah and Koby, enjoy their dogs Odin, Whinnie, Jadzia, and Pickles.
Dr.Rick A Gardner
Dr. Rick Gardner graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980. He then completed an Internship at West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. After the one year internship he was offered a chance to stay at the hospital to help train new interns and manage the emergency services. Four years later he moved back to Colorado to start his own practice, Willowbrook Animal Hospital. This hospital was sold in 2005 and he and his family moved to the state of Washington. In 2010 he moved back to Colorado and he has been doing relief work in the Denver area, prominently at East Evans Animal Hospital. He enjoys hiking, mountain climbing, skiing and running. His family includes his wife, a son who is finishing school in neuroscience and a daughter who is studying law. He has a Labrador retriever and a cat. He started working at East Evans Animal Hospital in 2012.
Dr. Chelsea Canning grew up in Burlington, Vermont. She received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Prior to veterinary school, she completed a dairy herd management program at the University of Vermont and obtained her undergraduate degree at Guilford College in North Carolina. Dr. Canning shares her home with her husband and two cats named Herriot and Hermione. Her professional interests include feline medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dentistry. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, baking, and spending time with her human and fur family.
Dr. Erin Farmer was born and raised in Michigan. She attended Colorado State University for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees, and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. After graduation Dr. Farmer completed a one year rotating internship at the Animal Emergency and Referral Center in Northbrook, IL where she gained additional experience in small animal specialty medicine. It was during her internship that Dr. Farmer developed her interest for emergency medicine. Before joining Evans East Animal Hospital, Dr. Farmer worked as an emergency veterinarian at a referral and emergency hospital in the Denver area. Dr. Farmer lives in Denver with her husband, three sons, and their black lab Akai. In her free time she enjoys participating in all types of outdoor activities, especially skiing and running.
Dr. Sarah Lipkin was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. She attended the University of Georgia for both her undergraduate and veterinary degrees (Go DAWGS!). She obtained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2014 and after graduation Dr. Lipkin completed an intensive year-long rotating internship at the Veterinary Emergency and Referral Group of Brooklyn, NY. Her internship fostered her professional interests of emergency and critical care, feline medicine, geriatric care, and neurology. Dr. Lipkin lives just north of Denver with her husband, their two dogs, and their shoulder-riding cat 'Cheddar.' Dr. Lipkin's personal interests include backpacking, traveling, live music, and snowboarding.
Dr. Brie Dichter is originally from Massachusetts. She graduated a year early from Northeastern University with a bachelors degree in Biology. She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from THE Ohio State University. Dr. Dichter located to Denver after meeting her husband, a Colorado native. She has been practicing in Denver since 2015 and has a special interest in behavior and geriatric medicine. Dr. Dichter truly believes every pet is a special and integral part of the family and treats every patient as she would her own. In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking, and doing yoga. Her family includes her husband, young son, and her french bulldog Zoe.
Dr. Jennifer Cole attended Colorado State University for both undergraduate and veterinary degrees, and received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. Since graduation Dr. Cole has been practicing veterinary medicine in the Denver Metro area, and has a special interest in dentistry. Her personal interests include traveling, hiking, camping and cooking. Dr. Cole shares her home with her husband, Rick, and their 2 children, Adelaide and Miles. They have a bloodhound named Daisy and recently adopted a Chihuahua named Bug.
Dr. Emma Katz was born and raised in Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from Middlebury College and obtained her VMD (Veterinary Medicine Doctorate) from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Colorado, and joined the EEAH team in August of 2019. Her professional interests include emergency and critical care, internal medicine, and cardiology. Outside of work, Dr. Katz enjoys exploring the mountain of Colorado with her bloodhound, Hank!
Dr. Laura Higgins grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. She came to Colorado for her undergraduate degrees in zoology and journalism. She met her husband Patrick, a Denver native, in Fort Collins while in college. After graduation Dr. Higgins spent a year in London working in the art industry, and came back to Colorado where she earned a master’s degree in Immunology prior to attending veterinary school at Colorado State University. Dr. Higgins spent 7 years practicing emergency veterinary medicine along the front range. After the birth of their second child she began doing relief veterinary medicine, and has since enjoyed a shift to general practice. Dr. Higgins and her husband stay busy with 3 active daughters, and an English Cocker Spaniel puppy named Eddie. Her personal interests include travel, art collecting, and fly-fishing with her husband.
Dr. Karen Christ earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 from The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) For 3 years she worked in a mix of emergency and general practice medicine. She and her husband Joe, also a veterinarian, moved to Arvada, CO with their 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 1 snake in the summer of 2019. Dr. Christ found a great fit here at Evans East Animal Hospital as our newest Urgent Care physician. She loves the variety that urgent care medicine brings and finds great satisfaction in making sick patients well. Special interests include: emergency medicine, wound management, and dermatology.
Dr.Rae HovanetzDenver Cat Hospital
Dr. Rae Hovanetz was born and raised in Texas. She studied molecular and cellular biology at the University of Houston where she earned her undergraduate degree. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2014 from Texas A&M University (Gig 'Em Ags!). After graduation she worked as a mixed animal practitioner in rural east Texas. She and her husband moved to Colorado in 2015 to pursue the outdoor lifestyle Colorado has to offer. Dr. Hovanetz has always considered herself a 'crazy cat lady' and finds feline care the most rewarding aspect of veterinary medicine. Her professional interests include emergency medicine, geriatric medicine, and ultrasonography. Dr. Hovanetz lives with her husband Chris, their daughter Alex and her two cats (fur sons) Toki and NikNik. If she isn't hanging out with family, you most likely will find her on the trails training for her next ultramarathon.
Dr.Danielle MaybankComing Soon to Denver Cat Hospital
Dr. Danielle Maybank grew up in the Catskills in upstate New York. She received her Bachelors degree in communications from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. It was after graduation that she discovered a newfound passion for veterinary medicine. She later went on to complete her degree in veterinary medicine from Western University in Pomona, California.
After graduation, Dr. Maybank relocated to Colorado after being offered a position at a feline speciality hospital. Since graduation, she has dedicated her time to feline exclusive hospitals. She has a special interest in working with senior cats and helping to manage their special needs. She understands how stressful vet visits can be on cats and their owners. Her goal is to make that experience as stress-free as possible. Dr. Maybank shares her home with two sassy calico sisters, Lexie and Anna. Dr. Maybank is excited to be joining the Denver Cat Hospital team!