Dr. Louise Marron DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Louise Marron, a Colorado native, is a board certified veterinary dentist. She also provides general medical care for horses and companion animals. With an aptitude for science and a passion for connecting with animals, Dr. Marron recognized Veterinary Medicine was her calling as a young girl. She began working in her home-town veterinary clinic at 13 years of age and has never strayed off the veterinary path. She attended college and veterinary school at Colorado State University. Upon graduating as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2006, she joined the team at Alpine Animal Hospital. She continues to enjoy the challenges and rewards of her life’s work now as a dental specialist for animals.
Dr. Marron deeply values her family, friends, and the Carbondale community. Her four-legged family members are Skeeter, a 30 year old mare who has been a steadfast companion for 27 years, and Honey, a young molly mule steed for the mountainous backcountry. In her free time, Louise loves to fly, bike, horseback ride, ski, snowboard, SCUBA dive, and travel around the world.
Dr. Melissa Gisleson, DVM
Dr. Gisleson has recently moved to the valley with her husband Andy to join Alpine Animal Hospital as an associate veterinarian for companion animal medicine and surgery. Ever since she can remember animals have played an integral part in her life. Through her studies and experience with animals and their owners, she has become very passionate about how the human-animal bond can impact one’s life for the better. Melissa has been involved in veterinary medicine since she was 16 and started working at her local veterinary clinic in Illinois. She completed her undergraduate studies at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and then went on to the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, where she graduated in 2013.
Since graduation, Dr. Gisleson has been working at a busy small animal practice in Davenport, Iowa while her husband Andy has been completing his residency in family medicine. An entourage of family pets – Charlie and Luther both boxers, Hiccup a mastiff mix and 2 cats, Ember and Midge have made the move to the Roaring Fork Valley with Melissa and Andy. All look forward to settling down, getting back to their small-town roots, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer!
Dr. Angela Durkac, DVM
Dr. Angela Durkac grew up in Yorktown, Virginia. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian, and has always enjoyed working with many different species. She completed her undergraduate degree in Indiana where she worked with the equestrian team and the local animal shelter. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine’s DVM program in May 0f 2020.
Dr. Durkac enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in ophthalmology and reproductive medicine. She is also a former extern at Alpine Animal Hospital and enjoys the diverse cases and fast-paced nature. She is excited to advance her skills and knowledge of all types of animals, both large and small, during her internship year. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and many outdoor activities, including anything on the water, running and hiking with her two dogs. She has an 8-year-old Sheltie named Bandit and a 3-year-old hound mix named Chewy.
Certified Veterinary Technicians
Amy is originally from Sacramento, California. She attended UC Davis thinking she wanted to become a veterinarian but soon realized her true passion was in the nursing care of the animals. After completing the veterinary technician program at Consumnes River College, Amy became licensed in 1998. She has enjoyed a wide variety of avenues opened up by her career choice. Her strongest interests lie in dentistry and emergency medicine. She received her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Dentistry in 2017. In 2009, Amy moved to the wonderful Roaring Fork Valley with her fantastic German Shorthaired Pointer, Montana. She is enjoying experiencing the beauty Colorado has to offer.
Baylee is a Colorado native from rural Southeast Colorado where she grew up helping on her family’s farm and cattle ranch. Her love for animals began at a very young age and she participated in 4-H for ten years showing and training dogs, horses, and goats. While volunteering at a local veterinary clinic throughout high school and later taking a job as a veterinary assistant she realized veterinary nursing was her calling. After graduating high school, she decided to turn her passion into a career by moving to the western slope to attend Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technician Program where she graduated with honors in 2017.
She and her boyfriend love living in the mountains with their many pets which include an Australian Shepherd, two ferrets, a horse, and a few aquarium creatures. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cuddling with her pets, attending concerts and volunteering with 4-H dog and cat clubs all over the state.
Darren is a Colorado Native who grew up on a family ranch in Montrose and has always had a passion for working with animals. He participated in 4-H and FFA in his youth and was involved with caring for animals on the ranch. Darren found his passion for veterinary medicine in high school after getting a part-time job at a local small animal clinic. After receiving on the job training, he knew that he wanted to learn more and continue on this career path. Shortly after graduating high school, Darren went on to attend the Colorado Mountain College Veterinary Technology program and graduated in 2017.
He and his partner love living in the mountains and plan to have pets of their own in the future, hopefully, a French Bulldog! In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with friends and family, and dabbling in the world of music and art!
Andrea “Andy” is an Arizona native who considers Colorado her home. Her love for caring for all animals started at a young age. As a child, she would wake up early to ride her bike in search of stray kittens to feed and cuddle. Although not all kittens liked to be touched, the experience helped her to rely on her instincts and to respect animals. Her dream to work with animals finally came true in 1995 as she was hired to learn on the job as a veterinary assistant at a small animal and exotics practice in Scottsdale Arizona. Andy has experience in specialty practice such as Oncology, Internal Medicine, Emergency/ ICU, and Holistic/Eastern Medicine. She is trained in TuiNa (acupressure massage) from the Chi Institute in Florida, Craniosacral Sacral Unwinding (holistic massage), and Cold Laser Therapy. She believes in utilizing all types of noninvasive healing modalities and caring for all animals with gentleness and compassion. Andy enjoys gardening, 4-wheeling with her fiance Dax, paddle boarding with her dog Skipps, and since her grown daughter still lives in Arizona she cherishes their “catching up” conversations.
Rachelle was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She has always had pets including dog, cat, rats, and now her bunny Walter. Rachelle moved to Glenwood to attend college as well as experience a change of pace that differs from Colorado Springs. She recently graduated from the Colorado Mountain College Veterinary Technology Program. Working in veterinary medicine gives her great joy as she loves to be around and help any animal. Rachelle loves working with animals and has a side passion for makeup as she is a licensed esthetician. She and Walter spend our free time watching Netflix and snuggling.
Technician Team Leader
Emily grew up with a variety of pets in Alaska and began her career in the field of veterinary medicine in her hometown vet clinic at 14 years old. After completing a year at the University of Alaska Anchorage, she decided veterinary nursing was right for her! Emily moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in February of 2009 to pursue animal nursing, became certified in 2011 and has been part of the small and large animal team at Alpine Animal Hospital since then. In 2018 she obtained her Bachelors in Leadership and Management from Colorado Mountain College. She enjoys working closely with Dr. Marron in caring for specialty Equine dental cases. Emily is passionate about providing high quality, Fear Free medical care and enhancing the bond between people and their pets. She tremendously enjoys her two cats at home and has worked hard to help provide a cat-friendly environment at Alpine Animal Hospital. When not at the hospital, Emily is privileged to be an adjunct professor at Colorado Mountain College teaching for the Veterinary Technology program.
She greatly enjoys what the Roaring Fork Valley has to offer and frequently snowboards, cross-country skis, rafts, and hikes. Emily loves living in Glenwood Springs with her husband and 2 kitties, Geppetto and Haza
Danielle is a Colorado native. She spent 5 years in Scottsdale Arizona attending Scottsdale Community College and working in veterinary medicine. In 2001 she knew it was time to bring her family back home to the mountains. After moving back to Colorado she wanted to continue working in the veterinarian field and began working at Alpine Animal Hospital. Her love for helping animals and people has helped her find her passion for management for the hospital. The people that she works to inspire her to continue to flourish and learn every day. Her loves include her family, fiancé Mid, son John and babies; 2 English mastiffs-Madii and Lucy, a Chiweenie named Deuce and Oscar (who of course is not furry). She enjoys traveling, riding horses, camping, hiking, and being with her friends.
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She moved to the valley May of 2008 after spending time in Northern Colorado, Oregon and growing up in California. Cheryl has a BS in Wildlife Biology with a Minor in Zoology from Colorado State University. Cheryl began her career as a veterinary technician in California in 1994. Since then she has worked with large and small animals as well as at animal emergency clinics and with state and federal wildlife agencies. Cheryl has also spent years working with captive wildlife sanctuaries in Colorado. She spends her free time exploring, biking, hiking, snowboarding and boating in the roaring fork river valley with her husband, son and 1 cat and 3 dogs.