VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital

Veterinary Support

  • Technician Manager

    Amy L. Sorbie, CVT, AAS, BA
    School: Colorado State University, BA

    Amy was raised in Colorado and attended the University of Northern Colorado and then Colorado State University where she received a bachelor's degree in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. She taught in the public school system for three years before attending the Bel-Rea Institute of Technology. Upon Graduation from Bel-Rea with an Associate's degree in Animal Science in 1991, Amy joined the staff at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital as the Laboratory Supervisor. Amy has received numerous hours of specialized laboratory training and has become highly experienced in veterinary laboratory management. She served on the national advisory board for Idexx Laboratories Inc. from 2004 to 2007. Amy also held the positions of Dental Supervisor, Pharmacy Supervisor and Technician Intern Coordinator before being promoted to Technician Manager in 2010. She brings nineteen years of clinical experience to our technical team. Together with our department supervisors, Amy manages over seventy of the best and brightest certified technicians in the field.

    Amy lives in the Denver metro area with her husband and two children, Colton 12 and Brenna 9. Amy breeds and shows champion purebred Borzoi. She has bred over 40 champions including a Westminster breed winner, a Best in Show winner and numerous specialty winners. Two of her dogs gained the status of #1 Borzoi in the country in 2000 and 2001. Amy is also an AKC licensed hound judge and has judged throughout the United States and internationally. Her other interests include; classical music, reading, learning about electronics from her son, and watching her daughter perform in dance competitions.
     


  • Technician Manager

    Tiffany Whitehill, CVT


  • Technician Supervisor

    Janelle Stubbings, RVT, VTS (ECC)
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Technology
    School: Moorpark College, EATM

    Janelle is the technician supervisor of the Intensive Care Unit.

    She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Southern California at the age of nine. After graduating from high school she was accepted into Moorpark College's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program (EATM). During that time she volunteered at the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Zoo. After graduation she was employed at Conejo Valley Veterinary Hospital with Dr. James Pettie, chief veterinarian for EATM zoo animals and Animal Actors of Hollywood, as well as a program instructor at Moorpark College. Janelle moved to Colorado in 1984 to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology. After graduating she was hired at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and has been here since June of 1987. She has been responsible for the care of more than forty police canines and is an honorary member of the Colorado Police Canine Association. In 2005 Janelle successfully passed her board of exams for Emergency and Critical Care re-certifying again in 2010.

    Janelle and her husband have two wonderful children '" Kaylee, a dancer, and Ryan,  a 1st degree black belt.

    In 1973 Janelle was invited to participate in the European Nationals in Germany where she placed 2nd . She loves to surf and her favorite music is rock'n'roll and blues.
     


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Dina Apostolou
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    Dina was born and raised in New York's beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley.  After pursuing several interests, including studying geology, she decided on a complete change of scenery and moved to Colorado to become a Certified Veterinary Technician.  She earned her CVT at Bel-Rea Institute in 2006 with high honors.  Dina joined the Internal Medicine team at Alameda East in early 2013.  In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the beauty of Colorado, visiting local wineries and craft breweries, and crocheting.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Jessica Oaklief
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    Jessica grew up in Palos Hills, Illinois with her older sister who now lives in England. Jessica has always loved horses and as a child competed in the Hunter/Jumper A rated circuit. She attributes her love of horses to her mother, who also used to ride. Jessica got her first horse, Wesley, a 3-year-old Appendix when she was 13 and he was the love of her life. Sadly, she lost Wesley about 6 years ago.
    After high school, Jessica attended Moraine Valley Community College in Illinois. While attending college she taught riding lessons and spent all of her free time with the animals. She quickly realized that veterinary medicine was the career field she wanted to be in and moved to Colorado with her horse to attend Bel-Rea Institute.
    After graduation, Jessica went to work at a general practice clinic in Denver and stayed there for 10 years. Jessica wanted a change of pace and found her new home with VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in the Internal Medicine department in October 2014. Jessica got married in September of 2015 and lives with her 6 dogs (Peanut a Terrier Mix,Harley a Boston Terrier, Hope a Schnauzer, Nico a Lab/Pit, Ellis a Bichon,and Cheddar a Golden Retrieve) and 1 horse, Biggie, a Dutch warmblood.

     


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Brittny Petmanson
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    Brittny is from Littleton, Colorado.  She went to school at the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated with her Associate's degree in March of 2013 .  She did her internship here at VCA Alameda East and was hired on after as a General Practice/Floater technician.  She accepted the position as Dr. Skope's assistant in November of 2013.  Brittny shares her home with a Devon Rex cat named Hobbs.  In her free time, she enjoys hiking, going to concerts, and bowling.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Carly Read
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology
    School: Bucknell University

    Carly was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Bucknell University where she studied the behavior of Capuchin and Squirrel monkeys and earned an Animal Behavior degree. She moved back to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. She graduated in 2015 and after completing her internship at VCA Alameda East she was hired on as a Neurology Assistant. In her free time she likes skiing, running, hiking, camping and anything outdoors. She lives with her 2 Vizslas, Izzy and Tala and a German Shepherd mix named Malarkey. She loves the Avalanche and Broncos and attends every home Broncos game with her grandma. 


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Nicole Samson
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    Nicole is originally from a small rural town in Northern Ohio. She grew up in the country and always had a special place in her heart for animals. She always dreamed of moving out west and in 2007 that dream came true for her and her family. Nicole is the proud mother of three children, Leif 18, London 16 and Phoenix 4. She also owns two dogs; Patsy Climber, a 7 month old Louisiana Catahoula leopard dog, and Emma Rose, an 8 year old English Staffordshire Terrier, as well as one cat; Naveena, a 6 year old Bengal. After more than fifteen successful and rewarding years in Sales and Marketing, Nicole decided that it just wasn't her passion. In 2013 she decided to pursue a career in animal medicine and started at the Bel-Rea Institute while working in a small animal practice. Shortly after completing her internship at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and graduating from Bel-Rea, she accepted a technician position in our Internal Medicine department working with Dr Rha.
    When she is not working or gaining more education, she enjoys time spent with her children and animals. "Just give me a trail head and off we go to explore."
     


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Jean Wilbert, CVT
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    After attending Mesa State College in her hometown of Grand Junction, Colorado and then the University of Colorado in Boulder, Jean graduated from the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1997 with top honors. Soon after she was offered a position at one of the premier veterinary hospitals in Colorado, Alameda East, where she spent over 2 years developing her technical and personal skills working as one of Alameda's top emergency room technicians. Since 1999 she has been working in the Internal Medicine Department with internist Dr. Doug Santen. Around the hospital Jean is known as the cat whisperer as she has the ability to develop an easy accord with the saucier kitties.

    During her time away from Alameda East Jean enjoys spending time with her family and her cats Marmalade, Leon, Seraphin, Tips, and Puck. It was the love for and from her first pet, Puck, that inspired her to enter the field of veterinary care. However, she will also never forget the love of those that have already crossed the Rainbow Bridge: Buddy, B, and Fischer.

    A Colorado native, Jean naturally loves the outdoors. This love finds her taking advantage of everything her "backyard" has to offer, especially hiking, camping and rafting. She also loves traveling and talking to others about the various places they have been.


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kim Wilson
    Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    Kim is a Salt Lake City native.  She started working in the veterinary industry when she was in high school. Her various jobs include a kennel assistant, a technician, and a personal assistant at a pet cremation company.
    She moved to Denver in September of  2012 to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology, in hopes of getting into a specialty. Kim completed an internship at the University of Colorado-Denver Anschutz Medical Campus in the research department and after graduation, she started working at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in the General Practice department.  Shortly thereafter, she started as Dr. Kopf’s assistant in the Neurology Department.
    Kim's household consists of a little foster dog named Lollipop (or as we like to call him, Lollidude), her main man Manfred the Magnificent Meowser, and a Utah Mountain Kingsnake named Lethario.
    Kim lives for summer! Sunshine, patios, BBQs, hiking, camping, swimming. If sunshine is part of the plan then you can count her in!
     


  • Certified Veterinary Technician

    Lindsay Wolf
    School: Nazareth College of Rochester , BS

    Lindsay was born and raised in Rochester, New York. She has had a passion for helping animals since she was very young. Hence, she began her career in high school as a technician assistant at the Animal Hospital of Pittsford/ Animal Emergency Service, where she worked for seven years. She graduated from the Nazareth College of Rochester in 2002 with a Bachelor's of Science degree. In 2003, Lindsay moved to Denver, Colorado to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, in which she graduated in 2005. She directly started working as an emergency technician at the Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Lindsay became a surgeon's assistant when the opportunity arose in 2010.

     

    Lindsay enjoys traveling to other countries to take part in spay and neuter clinics, as well as volunteering for the Vieques Humane Society on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. In addition to traveling, some of her hobbies include reading, cooking, theatre, camping and going to concerts. Lindsay has three cats; Emmitt is a devon rex and is pictured here with her.
     


  • Technician

    Nikki Larson
    Veterinary Tech School: PIMA Medical Institute
    School: North Carolina State University

    Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Nikki grew up riding and showing horses up and down the East Coast.  Her love for animals started at a very young age when she would always bring stray animals home to help them find a permanent family. While attending North Carolina State University, she worked at a barn taking care of horses. Nikki's love for adventure brought herself, her dog Meeka, and her horse Duke  to Colorado in 2014 to experience life out west.  After graduating from PIMA Medical Institute in 2015, she started working as a neurology assistant and surgery technician at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Since joining the VCA Alameda East team, she has added two cats to her family, Lieutenant Dan and Mr. President. In her spare time she enjoys riding horses, hiking, reading, camping, exploring Colorado, and traveling. 

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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

Our Emergency Number - 303 366 2639

VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital has been providing 24-hour emergency care to the community since 1971.  Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, there is experienced veterinary staff on site.  With our capable staff and advanced medical/surgical capabilities we are able to provide a wide range of lifesaving procedures to treat the seriously ill or injured animal. 

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