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. Erin Casey, a Colorado native, graduated with a BS in Environmental Health from Colorado State University. She then received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2008. Additionally, Dr. Casey received a certification in veterinary acupuncture and a minor in business. After graduation she was accepted into New York City Veterinary Specialists' internship program in Manhattan, for advanced training in small animal specialty and emergency medicine. Her personal interests include skiing/snowboarding, hiking, photography, and traveling. Dr. Casey and her husband, David, have a beautiful little girl, Charley, and a son, Matthew. They live with their husky named Sakari, their Italian mastiff named Delilah, and their orange cat named Cheese.
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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. 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, son, and their black lab Akai. In her free time she enjoys participating in all types of outdoor activities, especially skiing and running.
Dr. Ashley Ackley is a Colorado native who received all three of her degrees from Colorado State University. She completed an internship in emergency medicine and did emergency work for another 2 1/2 years prior to coming to Evans East. She transitioned to general practice so she could continue to grow as a well-rounded practitioner and form tighter bonds between her patients and their parents. Her veterinary interests include emergency medicine, pain management and geriatric medicine. Ashley enjoys volunteering, traveling, team sports and any animal-related activities. She is very passionate about international animal welfare and greyhound rescue. You can find her outside with her mutts or volunteering at the shelter in her spare time.
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. Rachel Galluzzo was born and raised in Connecticut. She received her Bachelor of Science with minors in Chemistry and Nutrition from the University of Vermont. She obtained her VMD (Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris) from the University of Pennsylvania. While in veterinary school, Dr. Galluzzo had the opportunity to do externships in Nicaragua, Brazil, China, and Thailand. She worked to provide veterinary care to underprivileged areas as well as create sustainable food animal systems. After graduation, Dr. Galluzzo pursued an intensive year-long rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center, VCA Shoreline, and VCA Darien in Connecticut. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Galluzzo stayed on the VCA staff as an emergency doctor for several years. Dr. Galluzzo currently lives in the Washington Park area with her two dogs, 'Butters', a golden retriever, and 'Merlin', a boxer. Her personal interests include yoga, traveling, and skiing.
Dr. Katie Zeh knew early in childhood she wanted to become a veterinarian, combining a love for animals and interest in medicine. A Colorado native, she attended Colorado State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Equine Science, a master's degree in Biomedical Science, and was awarded her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. After graduation, Dr. Zeh moved to the Bay Area and practiced at a family clinic for four and a half years. Dr. Zeh's favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is the strong bond formed with clients and the satisfaction of helping pet's live longer, healthier lives. She understands pets are valued family members, and thinks it is a true honor and privilege to treat man's best friend. In her free time, Dr. Zeh enjoys equestrian sports, skiing, backpacking, and photography. Her family includes her husband, Chris, their golden retriever, Maxwell, and brown tabby cat, Marie.