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, CVA
Dr. Samantha Hollingsheadm, or Dr. Sam as we know her, 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. She has continued her education by becoming certified in acupuncture in 2016. 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 4-year-old border collie, Felix.
Karen Nann, DVM, CVA
Dr. Karen has had a life full of adventure; she has lived in California, Michigan, Connecticut and Texas, settling in Colorado for her undergraduate career at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After graduating in 2005, the adventures didn’t stop and she embarked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the West Indies, where she became interested in veterinary medicine mentoring under Dr. Colin Boyle in St. Vincent. Upon returning to the United States in 2008, Karen enrolled and graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology, receiving her CVT (certification in veterinary technology). She interned at Littleton Equine Medical Center and continued her veterinary technician career at Special Friends Veterinary Clinic in Aurora, CO for almost 6 years. During this time, Karen completed prerequisites at the University of Colorado at Denver and then attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St Kitts West Indies. After finishing her veterinary coursework in 2016, Karen completed her clinical year at Colorado State University. While at Colorado State, Karen also became certified via Curacore’s course in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians.
Karen is excited to start her career here at Pet Kare clinic and is focused on nutrition, pain management including acupuncture, dentistry and wellness. When not working, Karen enjoys every outdoor activity possible. She is a yoga, spin and kickboxing instructor and you may see her teaching classes around Steamboat. In addition she is an avid skier, horseback rider, tennis player, runner, biker and loves a good hike on a beautiful blue bird day! She has one dog, Callaloo (Callie), that she brought back from the Peace Corps, who is her active sidekick.
Veterinary Orthopedic Consultant, Board Certified ACVS Surgeon, Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University
Erick Egger, DVM, DAVCS
Dr. Egger is a native of Denver, Colorado and completed his undergraduate education and received his DVM at Colorado State University in 1975. He then completed a small animal Internship at Purdue University (1976) and a surgical Residency at the University of Missouri (1978). Following a short period in a Boston private veterinary surgical referral practice, he joined the teaching faculty at Iowa State University in 1978 where he specialized in orthopedics. In 1982 he fulfilled the requirements and was certified as a diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Later that year, he joined the faculty at Colorado State University and in 1986 was promoted and tenured. Dr. Egger has participated as chairman of various ACVS and Veterinary Orthopedic Society committees over the years and in 1986 served as president of the national Veterinary Orthopedic Society.
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.