Technician ManagerAmy 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 SupervisorMatthew S. Kelly, AAS, CVT, BS, MS
School: Purdue University, MS
Matt attended the University of Virginia where he received a Bachelors of Science in 1979. He then received a Masters of Science at Purdue University in 1982. Matthew worked as a kennel technician at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA in Virginia from 1987 to 1994. He moved to Colorado to attend the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology where he received an Associates degree in Animal Science in 1996. Upon graduating he was hired as the Kennel Supervisor at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and has worked in this capacity for fifteen years. Matt is also responsible for ordering pet food for the hospital and in 2010 he achieved the title of Veterinary Nutritional Consultant by Hill's Pet Nutrition. Matt also helps oversee kennel operations at the Animal Lodge.
Matt is married to Sandra, and they have three sons: Christopher, Sean, and Eric. They enjoy their two cats, swimming, bread making, bicycling, and gardening.
Technician SupervisorJanelle 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.
Technician SupervisorTiffany Whitehill, CVT
Certified Veterinary TechnicianHeather Dubravac, CVT
Heather is a retired Army brat that has travelled to places like Germany, Hawaii, Kentucky, Georgia, and Arizona. While in high school in Arizona, Heather was involved in the Health Occupational career program. This program allowed her to work in a veterinary hospital for two hours a day, four times a week. She also volunteered her time at the hospital on Saturdays for more experience. After graduating high school, Heather was hired on as part-time to help train the students that were in the same program. Heather moved to Colorado in 1999 to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, and graduated in June 2000. After completing the program at Bel-Rea, Heather did her internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Heather worked for three years, as a general practice technician, and has been working with Dr. Rha, in the internal medicine service since 2003.
Outside of work, Heather is a wife and a mother. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Brian, her son Sean, her dog Pippin, and her cat Rowdy. Both of her pets were acquired at Alameda East. Rowdy was a blood donor from 1999-2000, and Pippin was a shelter pup that was Dr. Steen's very first laparoscopic spay.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianTammy Stokley
Tammy Stokley received her certification as a Veterinary Technician from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology located in Denver, Colorado. After graduation and completion of her internship, she accepted a job in the surgery department at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. She then became a surgical assistant to Ryan Cavanaugh DVM, DACVS. Since working as a surgical assistant Tammy has developed a passion for surgery and is currently pursing specialization as a Surgical Specialist with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons-AVST. Tammy is a volunteer for the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians, and mentors Bel-Rea intern students at Alameda East. She is a guest speaker for the sterilization class at Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology.
Previous to attending Veterinary Technician School, Tammy was a Law Enforcement K-9 handler. Her experience with understanding of canine behavior is a tremendous asset to the hospital. In her free-time you can find Tammy fine tuning her German Shepherds' obedience skills.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianCaroline Welch, BA CVT
Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute
School: University of Sussex, Brighton, England, B.A.
Caroline is originally from England but spent her childhood in several different countries, including the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Scotland. She attended the University of Sussex in Brighton, England and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature in 2002. After college she spent time in South Africa teaching English at a language school, but decided to ultimately follow her true passion and pursue a career working with animals. In 2006 she moved to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute, and upon graduation accepted a job at VCA Alameda East. Caroline has worked with the cardiologist, Dr. Sarah Scruggs, for over a year, prior to which she worked in the ICU. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, skiing, travelling, and spending time with her husband and dog, Bella (pictured here,) and cat, Lola.
Certified Veterinary TechnicianJean 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 TechnicianLindsay 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.
Veterinary AssistantKarla Anselmo, CVT
Veterinary AssistantEric Massaro, CVT
Veterinary AssistantCaroline O'Brien
Veterinary AssistantLana Pabon, CVT
Lana Pabon received her certification as a Veterinary Technician from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology located in Denver, Colorado in 2004. After completion of her internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital, she accepted a job in the treatment department at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. She then became a surgical technician and is currently an oncology assistant to Christie Anderson, DVM, MS.
Lana has two dogs Mufasa and Sarabi and a cat Talya. Lana enjoys being outdoors, camping and movies.
Veterinary AssistantKathryn Varga, CVT
Veterinary Tech School: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology
School: George Mason University
Katie was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and moved to Colorado in 1991. Katie attended high school in Denver, Colorado, and after graduation she pursued a degree in Marketing at George Mason University. Due to a change of interest, Katie started working as a Veterinary Assistant in Virginia, and decided working with animals was her passion. Katie has had many jobs, ranging from Hospice Care of people, to a professional dog walker, to Wild Bird Rehabilitation. After completing an internship at Alameda East, she graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2009. Katie has been worked at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital since 2007, and started on the Emergency/Overnight shift post graduation. During that period, she found an interest in emergency and critical care, and has been working with Dr. Messinger in the internal medicine section since 2011.
In the hours away from work, Katie enjoys spending time with her papillon, Ronan, and her cat Panya who she rescued from work. Her interests include hiking, going to the dog park, camping, volunteering, going to concerts, and baking.