Paige Lorimer, DVM, CVA
Dr Paige is a Colorado native with a love for the outdoors and small town living having grown up in Gunnison. Her path to Steamboat took her thru Colorado Springs and then Fort Collins before finding herself at home in Steamboat in 1995. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. from Colorado College in 1990. From there she went on to receive her D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 1995, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Paige’s first & only veterinary job was with the now retired Dr. Sam Taliaferro in what we all lovingly know today as Pet Kare Clinic.
Dr. Paige loves every aspect of her job, from surgery to dentistry to regular wellness exams. She has continued her education by becoming certified in acupuncture in 2004. Dr. Paige enjoys incorporating alternative medicine into treatment plans and spends a lot of time doing arthritis and pain management for pets.
Dr. Paige lives with her husband (Andy –age unknown) and 2 dogs, Deets (8yrs) and Walter (6yrs). Dr. Paige lives an active life hiking, biking, skiing and fishing.
I have never imagined being anything other than a veterinarian. Pet Kare Clinic was my first job out of vet school 20 years ago and every day I am thankful that I get to do this job and live in such a wonderful place. I believe veterinary medicine is an art as much as a science. While the majority of my training is in traditional veterinary medicine, I like to practice integrative medicine as much as possible and have 11 years of experience as a certified veterinary acupuncturist. Our pets are such an important part of our lives and I love seeing that special bond every day. My goals are to listen to what you need and help your pet have a very long, happy and healthy life.
Susan Colfer, DVM
A member of the CSU graduate crew at the Pet Kare Clinic, Dr. Susan completed her studies at the Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1996. After that, she worked at a mixed animal practice in Laramie, WY before joining Pet Kare in 1998.
Dr. Susan originally hails from New Hampshire, and the love of the outdoors that often accompanies residents of that state applies to her. She enjoys skiing, hiking, travel, gardening, camping, and spending time with her husband Kelly and two boys Jimmy and Jack. Both boys are avid skiers and baseball players. They are both members of 4H in Routt County and Susan is one of the leaders of their local club. She also has an animal family with which she divides her time: her cat Squeak and her black Labrador Mazie. They have lots of chickens and raise 4H pigs in the summers.
Dr. Susan’s Professional Interests:
- House calls –“I love doing wellness and preventative medicine in the home. It allows the animal to get care in a low stress environment and allows me to see how the environment may be affecting the overall health of the animal. It is a fun way to get to know the real personalities of the animals in their natural setting. House calls are very rewarding to me and a great way to practice wellness care.”
- Wellness (Pediatrics to geriatrics) – “I love the practice of preventative and proactive medicine in the office setting as well. Building relationships with both the animal and the client over the course of a lifetime is incredibly rewarding. I have now had the honor of being with families over the course of several animals’ lifetimes, and the bonds we have built add incredible richness to my life.”
- Orthopedics – “I work closely with visiting orthopedic specialists (Dr. Egger, Dr. Matt Oakes and Dr. Kim Cox) to be able to provide advanced orthopedic surgery & rehab right here in Steamboat. We are able to include acupuncture, cold laser and physical therapy for all of our surgery patients.”
- Internal medicine – “We are able to provide a very high level of care to our patients thanks to the depth of our multi Doctor team and incredibly talented technician team. Following the simple to the complicated cases, treating with a blend of western and alternative medicine, is incredibly fulfilling.”
My goal as a practitioner is to hold in my heart the best interest of every client and every patient. I feel that there is always more than one right way to approach a case. If we honor the human animal bond, engage in the true spirit of compassionate care and practice the art of progressive and integrative medicine, I believe that everything else will follow.
Cindi Hillemeyer DVM, MSc
Dr. Cindi grew up in Alaska, which she credits for her love of the wilderness and everything in it, as well as enjoying a rural (and snowy) lifestyle. A visit to Steamboat Springs as a teenager brought her to the University of Colorado and collegiate cross-country ski racing. Later, Sun Valley, Idaho (“Nordic town, USA”) became her home for many years.
Veterinary school took her to Grenada (West Indies) and the University of Pennsylvania, which were amazing experiences. She worked on her master’s degree concurrently, and was able to spend a summer in Uganda learning about wildlife conservation as well as capture and medicine. Following graduation she completed an internship at a small animal emergency and specialty hospital outside of San Francisco, CA, which was incredibly busy and valuable! This allowed her to develop skills in non-invasive diagnostic imaging such as endoscopy and ultrasound. Dr. Cindi continues to attend courses in abdominal and cardiac ultrasound and truly enjoys offering this incredible diagnostic tool to Pet Kare clients and patients.
Dr. Cindi’s veterinary interests are quite varied, and include exotic animal medicine, pain management, orthopedic surgery, physical therapy/rehabilitation and wildlife conservation in addition to non-invasive.
Outside of work, Dr. Cindi loves to explore on her mountain bike or cross-country skis. She also enjoys teaching the occasional cross-country ski lesson and is always searching for more trails….Her rescued Chihuahua “Minnie” often accompanies her on these adventures. Her cat, Koda, is the official neighborhood greeter saying hello to every living being that passes by her front yard. Dr. Cindi is so happy to be a part of the wonderful Pet Kare family and a part of the Steamboat community!
Animals bring so very much to the lives of their human counterparts. I am fortunate to be able to help enhance those relationships through medical care and support, something I’ve dreamed of since I was 10 years old. I strive to treat each pet as my own knowing that every relationship is unique and each human and pet has different needs. Pet Kare Clinic has given me the chance to work closely with compassionate, progressive doctors and staff who all honor this human-animal bond. I am truly enjoying my time in Steamboat Springs, a community full of awesome pets (and owners)!
Chris Schwarz, DVM
Dr Schwarz, or Dr. Chris as many know him, was immersed into a world of caring for animals from birth. Growing up on a farm in Northwest Kansas, he grew up in a life surrounded by all sorts of animals, from cows to kittens. His love of veterinary medicine grew as his oldest sister began dating his future brother-in-law, who began attending veterinary school. After spending time with him at the veterinary college and later with him in practice, he knew that his life would follow in his footsteps in one way or another. Dr Chris attended Kansas State University majoring in Animal Science. He was granted admission after his junior year in undergraduate studies into KSU’s Veterinary school, graduating in 2001 with his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He then practiced in a mixed animal practice in south-central Kansas, truly living the James Harriot life-style, seeing everything from sunburned pigs to gunshot dogs. After 3 years of working in mixed animal practice, Dr Chris moved to Thornton Colorado. He was involved with the turn of that practice from a five doctor daytime practice to a busy ten doctor 24 hour facility. After over 10 years at the practice he and his wife decided to return to a smaller town, bringing them further west to Steamboat Springs and Pet Kare Clinic.
Dr Chris has special interest in ultrasonography, having furthered his learning extensively through continuing education classes. He has also furthered his interests in veterinary dentistry and has a strong interest in reproductive medicine. As with the other doctors at Pet Kare Clinic, he is always researching the latest technology and continually educationg himself to keep the hospital at the cutting edge of veterinary science. While not at work Dr. Chris enjoys fishing, skiing and spending time hiking with his two adopted dogs, Remi (a Chihuahua/Shiba Inu mix) and Bolta (a Corgi/Westie mix). He also enjoys helping with his wife’s family cattle ranch in Northeast Colorado when he can and while he does not with to give up the excitement of highly diagnostic small animal practice, it has truly brought him back to the roots of why he became a veterinarian in the first place.
Samantha Hollingshead, DVM
Dr. Samantha Hollingshead studied veterinary medicine at Colorado State University and graduated with the Class of 2010. She continued her education through a one-year internship working in Equine medicine in San Diego, CA from 2010-2011.
From 2011-2012, Dr. Hollingshead was then employed with a mixed animal practice in rural Oregon where she treated household pets as well as various species of farm animals.
Dr. Hollingshead then moved to Salt Lake City, UT in 2012 to work in an exclusively small animal practice for 3 years.
With a passion for mountain sports and her Boyfriend relocating for a new job in Steamboat Springs, Dr. Hollingshead was elated to accept an associate veterinarian position at Pet Kare Clinic.
Dr. Hollingshead takes special interest in soft tissue surgeries, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. When she is not in the hospital providing loving care for your furry family member she can be found hiking, mountain biking, skiing or cuddling with her 4yr border collie, Felix.
Anna Williams, C.V.T. – Head Technician
She has lived in Steamboat Springs since 2008 and resides with her 3 cats (Bear, Bonsai, and Burton), and her husband. Outside of work, Anna loves singing, painting, sewing, crochet, and cooking. Anna sings in the Steamboat Chamber Singers and directs for Yampa Valley singers.
While Pet Kare Clinic is a small-animal-clinic, Beth is actually a very avid horsewoman and showman. She rides and shows reigning horses, and rehabilitates orphaned or injured foals. She is happily married to her husband Jacob and is the loving owner of several horses, 4 dogs, and 3 cats on a wondrous 38 acres in our beautiful Colorado. Beth also has a passion for photography.
Cheyanne has been with Pet Kare Clinic since February 2016—we were so lucky to find this sweet, committed, hard-working gal! Cheyanne commutes every day from Craig, CO, and is originally from Watkins, CO. She studied veterinary technology at Eastern Wyoming College, and also studied equine nutrition & biology at Central Wyoming College. She spent two years working for Dr. Wayne Davis in Craig before she joined us at Pet Kare Clinic.
Outside of work, Cheyanne is quite the horsewoman—she competes in professional rodeo and break-away roping, and is a member of CPRA, WRA, and AQHA. She also enjoys painting cow skulls, working cattle, and training mustangs!
Kassie joined the Pet Kare Clinic team in March 2016–her experience and positive attitude are a great asset! Kassie was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and migrated to Steamboat Springs in November 2015 to enjoy our mountain lifestyle. She attended Lindenwood University, earning a business degree, and then started working as a canine trainer. Soonafter, she worked at a clinic in Missouri as a technician-in-training, and moved on to run various aspects of that clinic. She also has experience in shelter medicine.
Outside of Pet Kare Clinic, she enjoys training police K9s, photography, and hiking with her dogs and husband. Her animals she cares for at home are two pitbulls (Trip & Hailey Jade) and a tank full o’ fish.
Janet Haverley, C.V.T.
Jamie Simpson, C.V.T.
Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her family. Home life involves her two young children, her husband Scott, 2 Italian greyhounds, 4 kitties, 2 bunnies, 2 chinchillas, a cockatiel, and chickens! Jamie also enjoys sewing, beading, and gardening.
Erisa is one of our fabulous veterinary technicians who will make you feel right at home with her warm smile. She graduated from Pennsylvania State with a B.S. in Animal Science in 2009 and continued her education at Bel Rea Institute graduating with a veterinary technician degree in 2011. She has been with Pet Kare Clinic since June of 2011 and loves the supportive and compassionate environment here. Her professional interests include nutrition and critical care.
Outside of work, Erisa enjoys hiking and snowshoeing with her husband, Blake, and her dog, Leah. She also loves to travel and camp in the summertime, is a big foodie and loves to knit alongside her cat, Sydney.
Outside of Pet Kare Clinic, Amy enjoys spending time with her 2 dogs, 1 cat, 2 horses, 1 husband, and two sons (ages 16 and 18). She also loves horseback riding, camping, shooting, skiing, snowboarding, and anything outdoors! That is pretty much the well-rounded Steamboat way. (Insider info: Amy was once a cover girl for a magazine…)
Janel Moore – Head Receptionist
In her free time (hah!), Janel enjoys hot springing and camping with her boyfriend Brian, writing poetry, knitting, yoga, meditation, sewing, lap-swimming, TUBING, anything art-related of any sort, and cross-country skiing. At home in Oak Creek, she lives with her 2 border collies Trixie and Palmer, and her older kitty, Simba. Janel is a big health-food junkie (mostly vegetarian since 1995) and Neil Young junkie.
Ineke is originally from the Netherlands, was educated at the School of Life, and has traveled extensively. Steamboat Springs became her home in 1986, where she lives with her husband, Dave, as well as 2 dogs (Sam and Millie) , one great mouser named Kat, horses, cows, and a donkey. Her passions in life are family and friends, travel, horseback riding, camping and, of course, animals.
“I am a member of many self-help groups, but I am not a licensed therapist! No, really, went to college for graphic design, but I don’t use my degree. I am a professional dog nanny. I used to own my own pet sitting business, but now I just work for one family and for Pet Kare Clinic”.
Sarah’s hobbies include: FISHING, horseback riding, FISHING, walking her wonderful hound dogs Ida Mae and Minnie Mae, FISHING, skiing, FISHING, travelling to warm & sunny beach places…and…FISHING. She is also a volunteer for the Marine Mammal Conservancy and has helped pilot whales and dolphins that have suffered from mass stranding. She was, in fact, filmed by Miami News while helping a staff vet with a pilot whale. Sara is also a self-quoted ‘bird-nerd’ and was in a Jacques Cousteau film with Deluga whales at the age of 6 years old.
Megan moved from Delaware to Colorado in 2000. She lives in Steamboat II with her husband, two boys, her cat Butters, and her chiweenie (Chihuahua/Daschund mix), Radder. Megan loves the summer and spends most of her time mountain biking, camping and spending time with her boys. Her cat is locally famous for being one of Steamboat’s only “camping cats”.
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Lorna Hamilton, Hospital Manager
Lorna is married to her best friend Jim and shares her home with 3 rescue animals—Seven (a Mexican Beach Dog), Lemon Breeze (her loopy golden retriever), and Mickey (male orange cat). Her hobbies suit the Steamboat Springs lifestyle and include snowboarding, hiking, and cross-country skiing. She is also passionate about words and loves to read anything and everything (currently classics!).
Erick L Egger, DVM, Diplomat ACVS
Dr. Egger’s early research and writing activities narrowed to concentrate on fracture fixation and the effects of fracture mechanical environment on fracture healing. To that end, in 1990 he completed a fellowship at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory of the Mayo Clinic where he was investigating the effects of axial “dynamization” on fracture healing. While at the Mayo clinic he also developed animal models for studying bone ingrowth into metallic prosthesis and a new method for attaching tendons to metallic prosthesis. He developed an acrylic-pin external fixator system (APEF) for fracture management which became commercially available in 1992, In September of 1997, Dr. Egger left CSU’s clinical practice to join the Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado and begin his own Veterinary Orthopedic Consulting (VOC) practice that provides mobile consulting to practices in Aspen and Jackson Hole. In 2004, he rejoined the CSU clinical faculty with a special appointment in orthopedic surgery and maintains his private VOC activity. Current research activities include continuing development of the Acrylic Pin External Fixator system, improvement of Total hip replacement devices and implantation techniques. For the last two years, he has been developing a transcutaneous osseointegrative intramedullary implant for salvaging limb function following lower limb amputation. He continues to lecture widely on orthopedic problems and their surgical treatment to students and professional groups.
In May of 2011, Dr. Egger retired from CSU, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and continues to provide orthopedic consulting and surgical services to western Colorado and Wyoming.
For fun, Egger hikes, bikes (both pedal and crotch rocket), occasionally abuses wood calling it logging and carpentry, and most recently is actively developing a Yak farm. *Bio originally from Spring Creek Animal Hospital in Wyoming.
Gandalf (11 year old DLH gray tabby cat)
Outside of work, Gandalf (also known as “Big G”) lives with his one annoying little brother, Moses, and enjoys daily visits from his approximately 18 moms and 1 dad. His passions, hobbies, and interests are all tied into one main desire in life: FOOD. When he is not begging for or eating food, he likes to gently bite toes when least expected, and weave in between the staff’s legs while they’re trying to work.
Moses (7 year old DSH black cat)
Outside of work, Moses lives at the clinic with his older brother, Gandalf, and approximately 18 moms and 1 dad. He loves waiting by the treatment door and asking to go up front…and then to the back…and then to the front. He is very passionate about boxes—all shapes and sizes. He prefers to sit in boxes, not on boxes. He also enjoys boxing with Gandalf, and pretty much anything to do with the word ‘box’.
Both Moses and Gandalf came to Pet Kare as young kittens destined to be put down because of their very poor health conditions. They have spent all but a few weeks of their lives at Pet Kare and give all of us loves and petting whenever we need it. We couldn’t do our jobs without these guys!
Lola has been living at Pet Kare since the beginning of 2016. She came to us from the Doak at Casey’s Pond after her previous owner passed on. She is a sweet kitty with some undesirable habits which made her difficult to re-home. Dr. Paige graciously offered to let her live here and now we can’t imagine life without her. She can often be seen sitting in one of our comfy waiting room chairs, silently keeping company with the clients. From there, she is likely to sneak onto the pet food shelves and attempt to gnaw her way into a bag of dog food. Otherwise you can find her on her makeshift bed on top of Dr. Susan’s desk watching and “talking” to the birds out the window. Currently, she is the most sociable cat of our 3, constantly roaming the clinic and finding new places to lay down or get love. She loves to be pet and will happily roll over for tummy rubs.