Dr. Louise Marron, DVM, DAVDC
Dr. Louise Marron, a Colorado native, is a board-certified veterinary dentist. She also provides general medical care for 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 include Laroche, a standard poodle, Skeeter, a 33-year-old mare who has been a steadfast companion for 30 years, Honey, a molly mule steed for the mountainous backcountry, and Mona, the giant tortoise. 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. They have an entourage of family pets. Charlie and Luther, both boxers, Hiccup, a mastiff mix, and two cats, Ember and Midge, have moved 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 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, Baylee 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. She graduated with honors in 2017.
She and her boyfriend love living in the mountains with their many pets, including 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!
Rachelle was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She has always had pets, including dogs, cats, 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.
Danielle is a Colorado native. She spent five years in Scottsdale, Arizona, attending Scottsdale Community College and working in veterinary medicine. In 2001 Danielle 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 their fur-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 in 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 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 one cat, and three dogs.