becky_bigDr. Becky Graf

Dr. Graf is originally from Nebraska, born in Omaha and raised in Blair. After obtaining her BS in Animal Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Kansas Sate University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Since graduation in 2001 Dr. Graf has practiced small animal medicine in the Denver metro area and we are thrilled to have her experience and insight on our healthcare team. It is the satisfaction and joy that she gets from relieving pain and distress in patients and clients that makes her job enjoyable.

You will find that Dr. Graf is knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Her hero is her mother who went back to earn her Bachelor’s degree after she raised her children. “Seriously” and “Fabulous” are her favorite words. “Can’t” is her least favorite, and she likes the saying “I am no longer going quietly insane–I am getting quite loud about it.”

Dr. Graf lives with a dead-head significant other named Jerry. A bit of a music lover herself, Dr. Graf followed a little-known band on tour in three cities, over three days, during final exams (don’t worry, she passed).

roseDr. Rose Barr

Dr. Rose Barr was born and raised in Oklahoma City, but she moved to Denver when she was 18-years-old. After obtaining a BS in Chemistry she attended and graduated from the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed a one-year internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and in 2010 Tender Touch had the good fortune to woo her.

Exotic travel interests Dr. Barr, and the craziest thing she has ever done is fly in a microlight aircraft (often called a lawnmower with wings) over Victoria Falls in Zambia. She likes the saying “We’ll just have to figure it out,” and she likes the word “pickles,” but she is not as fond of the word “poise,” because of the way it sounds.

Dr. Barr’s pets include her kitties – Silly (who is actually quite grouchy), Big Red (the party animal), Racer X (he’s shy), Maude (our little sweetheart) and Wun (the bottle baby) as well as Yokai, an Australian Shepherd/Heeler mix. Dr. Barr also adopted Frieda, a 90-pound epileptic lab mix from Arkansas that was hit by a car at some point in her life. She has old fractures of her pelvis that give her a very unique gait when she runs!

She has been a wonderful addition, as the cats really enjoy snuggling with her. Oh yeah, Dr. Barr has a husband named Lindsey, too. When making personal decisions (but not medical ones!) Dr. Barr uses a magic 8 ball. If she doesn’t like the answer it gives then she knows in her heart what the right answer should be.

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audreyDr. Audrey Barnett

Her nickname is Barnetty! She was born in Denver and grew up in the Boulder area. Her hero is Ani DiFranco because she is an outspoken entertainer.

She obtained a BS in Marine Biology from Hawaii Pacific University, and moved home to Colorado to go to veterinary school at Colorado State University in 2005. She has been practicing small animal medicine in Denver since graduating in 2009. More recently she became a certified veterinary acupuncturist, and is loving being able to offer this type of physical medicine as a treatment modality.

She is owned by Marcel her 9-year-old Jack Russell and Kailua her 12-year-old DSH, along with two African Clawed frogs, who haven’t been named yet. The saying that exemplifies her life is “The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are” (by Joseph Campbell). Her favorite word is circus and her least favorite is ointment.

What she likes most about her job is playing with pets and getting to know eccentric clients along with treating those animals with chronic pain. The craziest thing she has ever done was surf the waves when learning to surf on the north shore of Oahu.

In her spare time Dr. Barnett loves to wrangle her two small children and soak up the wonder of everything being new. She also enjoys running, hiking, camping, yoga, and scuba diving. She plays the violin and loves live music, especially if it is outdoors.

charoletteDr. Charlotte Thiessen

Her nicknames are Char and Thistle (from the techicians). She was born and grew up in West Des Moines, IA. She went to Saint Olaf College where she received her B.A. in Biology. She then attended Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine for her DVM degree. She also did her rotating internship in small animal medicine/surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.

She is owned by her cat Sammy and dog Emilio. One of her favorite sayings is “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. Her favorite word is “ultimately” and her least favorite phrase is “it is what it is” – it doesn’t mean anything!

In her spare time, she loves hanging out and hiking with her husband, Zeke. She is totally and utterly addicted to birthday cake and donuts.

karynDr. Karyn Fein

Dr. Karyn Fein has always had a passion for learning about the body – how it moves and the role of exercise and nutrition in both achieving health and treating illness. She was an internationally competitive gymnast and had her fair share of injuries. As a result, she was introduced to the benefits of physical therapy early in life.  After graduation from vet school, she missed athletics and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA in 2009. The field of veterinary rehabilitation was still in its infancy at that time, but it has become the perfect way for Dr. Fein to merge her love of health, nutrition, and fitness with her career goals in veterinary medicine.

She became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in October 2013 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and in doing so, found her career path. You can view her website by clicking on the following link Rocky Mountain Veterinary Rehabilitation.

“I love being able to help my patients maximize their quality of life. I know how frustrating it can be to not be able to move or perform at your potential. I have overcome many injuries myself and want to give back to my patients by helping them overcome injuries and/or help them to maintain/improve their mobility. I have been impressed with how well animals respond to physical rehabilitation. Whether it’s about helping a young pet return to normal (or better) after orthopedic surgery or helping my geriatric patients stay as comfortable as possible for as long as possible, it is extremely rewarding to give my patients the tools they need to feel good and play, walk, and run with their families. It’s all about improving their quality of life.”

Dr. Fein plans on pursuing certification in acupuncture and chiropractic. She is also starting to explore eastern medicine. Dr. Fein is originally from the east coast. Born in New Jersey, she has lived up and down the east coast from North Carolina to Connecticut. She graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She then went on to do a small animal rotating internship in Norwalk, CT, returned to North Carolina to work in emergency medicine and moved to Colorado in 2008. She lives with her husband, Dave, their son, Evan, and grandma Donna. When Evan is sleeping, their pointer mix, Bandit, takes over the role of keeping everyone entertained. When she isn’t at work, Karyn can be found on the trails or in the mountains rock climbing, biking, skiing or snowboarding.

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