Dr. Ted Mika – Medical Director
Dr. Mika graduated from the Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, he practiced in Watertown, South Dakota at Lake Area Veterinary clinic: a mixed animal practice reminiscent of the classic James Herriot books. In 1993, he and his family moved to Greeley where Dr. Mika joined Mackey Veterinary Service. He spent 10 years traveling the country side of Weld County visiting the many livestock operations Drs. Don and Larry Mackey had taken care of for decades. Through their mentorship, he grew to appreciate the art of veterinary practice and the people of Weld County.
In 2000, Dr. Mika joined a group of veterinarians to form the first of three veterinary emergency hospitals in the Northern Colorado area. In 2001, he helped to open the first veterinary emergency hospital in the Greeley area: PETS Emergency Hospital. That same year he left Mackey and Mika Veterinary Service to become a full-time Emergency Veterinarian. In 2003, he helped open Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency Hospital (currently named Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital) opened. Dr. Mika now splits his time working emergency shifts and co-managing both hospitals. In his spare time, Dr. Mika enjoys remodeling homes, woodworking, hunting, and fishing. He and his wife and two boys along with his ‘’girls”, Italian Spinone’s Annie Mae and Ornella (Nellie), live in Eaton. He also keeps bees and chickens and enjoys gardening on his small acreage. In addition to Annie and Nellie, the Mika’s have an old dog named Skip who is his wife’s constant companion and shadow.
Dr. Joe Sharrock – Assistant Medical Director
Dr. Sharrock graduated from Colorado State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2010. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Joe graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1997 and served almost 8 years on active duty in the Army prior to transitioning to veterinary medicine in 2005. Joe has a lovely wife, Shannon, and daughters, Devin and Finley. Joe is a past-President of the Weld County Veterinary Medicine Association (WCVMA) and is active in the community volunteering time for First Responder First-Aid instruction and helping at area low-cost spay-neuter clinics. In his private time, Joe spends his time having fun around Colorado with his family. Joe’s animal family includes a Golden Retriever mix pooch (Isabel), a knuckle-head German Shepherd (MacDuff), and five rescue cats (Goat, Zumo, Poppy, Luna, and Amy Slippers). He is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture and is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP). Dr. Sharrock has also received specialized training in Endoscopy. Proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS), and the International Veterinary Academy for Pain Management (IVAPM).
Dr. Chrissy Geserick
Chrissy has been in the arena of emergency medicine for years in various roles: she worked at PEH’s sister hospital (Ft. Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital) as a receptionist, technician, ER doctor intern (after graduating from CSU’s veterinary school) and has been keeping busy practicing ER medicine in the front range. In her spare time, she enjoys everything Colorado has to offer and is a founding member and drummer for a local band “Chrispy Watkins and the Crack Willows.”
Dr. Heidi Schmechel
Dr. Schmechel completed her undergraduate degree in Psychological & Brain Sciences at Dartmouth College and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University. Heidi has been a small animal technician since 2006 and joined Pets Emergency Hospital in that role in 2014 while finishing up veterinary school and has happily made the transition to doctor. Her professional interests include internal medicine and toxicities. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, knitting and spending time with her husband, dogs, and cat.
Dr. Kirsten Blanchet
Kirsten grew up on the Minnesota prairie and moved to Colorado for her undergraduate studies, where she attended Colorado College. After spending a few years in the mountains hiking, horseback riding, and teaching skiing, she moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU Veterinary School. After vet school, she completed an internship in emergency medicine. When not in the hospital, you can find her out hiking with her husband Conor, son Soren and dog Watson, in the garden with her chickens, or enjoying fine coffee and chocolate on the porch with her cat, Cricket.
Dr. Michael Deogracias
Dr. Deogracias is a 2014 CSU CVMBS graduate, completed a rotating internship at Red Bank Animal Hospital in New Jersey. Following the internship year, he worked as an emergency veterinarian at Linwood Pet Hospital, also in New Jersey until moving back to Colorado late 2018. He is Fear Free Certified, certified in medical acupuncture, and completed the University of Georgia course in endoscopy. He has a background in research at U of Michigan, Wayne State, and CSU and was a technician at Chappelle Animal Hospital and volunteer at our sister hospital, Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehabilitation Hospital (VERH) both in Fort Collins, during vet school. In addition to emergency and critical medicine, Dr. Deogracias has special interest in nutrition, internal medicine, and neurology.
Dr. Brandon Reynolds
Dr. Reynolds graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine. Originally from Chattanooga, TN, Brandon graduated from the University of Georgia and spent 10 years in the United States Air Force before following his passion for veterinary medicine. After graduating from veterinary school, Brandon and his family moved to San Diego, where he completed a rotating internship with an emphasis in emergency medicine in a busy emergency and referral center. Missing the mountains and everything Colorado has to offer, Brandon and his family then returned to settle down in the Northern Colorado area. Brandon and his wife Carrie have two sons, Silas and Rhys, and a golden retriever named Danica. When they’re not working, they can be found running, hiking, skiing and doing anything else to keep the boys occupied.”
Dr. Erika Pohl
Living most of her life in New Mexico, Erika moved to Colorado at the start of veterinary school at Colorado State University in 2015 and has fallen in love with it ever since. Her passion for emergency medicine is partly the excitement of case variety, but more so the impact she can make with clients in times of crisis. Life outside of work consists of hiking, playing in Horsetooth Reservoir with her dog Hondo, baking tasty treats to share with friends, visiting family and traveling the world with her partner, Jensen.”
Dr. Jennifer Fitzpatrick
Dr. Emmy Briggs
Staci Thorne, CVT – Practice Manager
Born and raised in Loveland, Staci started her career in Veterinary Medicine in 2002 at a small, general practice. Since then, she has gained experience in everything from urgent care and wildlife, to medical consultation and veterinary business management. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2011 with a background education in Business; she hopes to eventually become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager and Consultant. Staci moved to a small farm in Greeley a few years ago and keep very busy with cats, dogs, goats, pot-bellied pigs, horses and even a pet cow! In her spare time, you’ll either find her catching up on anything Sci-Fi and Comic book related, or spending the summer boating and off-roading. She is very proud to be a member of the PEH team and is excited to continue her career at such a wonderful practice! “We have done the impossible and that’s what makes us mighty” – Cpt. Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity
Kelsie Rebeor, CVT – Head Technician
Kelsie moved to Colorado from Columbia, Tennessee to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver. She completed her internship in emergency and critical care here at Pets Emergency Hospital and then joined our staff in September of 2012. She was captain of her competitive Columbia High School Color Guard and is proud owner of a naked (hairless) cat named Totoro (motivated to find him by Dr. Ortega).
Bailey Reiber, CVT
Bailey joined the PEH staff in 2013 after graduating from Bel-Rea and completing an emergency-focused internship at PEH. Bailey is an outdoor enthusiast and spends most of her spare time camping, hiking, at the lake with her family, and riding her family’s seven horses. She has a Pitbull, Oakley, and an American Bulldog, Roxy.
Felicia Hansen, CVT
Felicia grew up in a small town in Maine, but moved to Denver to pursue a career in the veterinary field. The mountains in the front range continue to call her and its her goal to hike all the fourteeners in Colorado.
Kyrie has lived in Colorado for three years after moving here from San Diego where she had spent most of her life. She has been a technician for five years with special interests in animal dermatology and veterinary administration. In her spare time, she can be found torturing her beloved bulldog, Molly, by dragging her for a walk or enjoying all the wonderful tourist attractions Colorado has to offer.
Jasmine owns two cats: “Kitty” and “Remington”. She is an Animal Science student at Colorado State University striving to attend the DVM program offered at CSU. She has had a passion for animals since she was five years old and has worked with a wide variety of animals including cattle, horses, cats, dogs, rodents, wolves, and even chimpanzees! She earned many of these opportunities by attending zookeeping programs at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL, partaking in agriculture through FFA, and earning her CVA through the Florida Veterinary Medical Association. On her off-days, she loves spending time in Rocky Mountain National Park and teaching young girls how to play volleyball.
Samantha is currently an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences major at CSU and hopes to attend the DVM program at CSU in the future. She has previous experience with all kinds of small animals through volunteer work at animal shelters and work at a petstore including very small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs. She also has some experience with large animals through her work in the animal nutrition lab at CSU. She previously volunteered at PEH. She enjoys crafts and sewing in her free time as well as tabletop RPGs (role-playing games.)
Stephanie DeSimone, LVT
Stephanie is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and graduated from State University of New York in May 2019 with an Associates in Veterinary Technology and passed the VTNE to become Certified. She is currently working on additional bachelors from Penn State University. She currently lives in Cheyenne with her husband Tom, dog Luna, and rabbit Castiel. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time fishing, hiking, and reading.
Revé Vallejo, LVT
Kristin moved to Colorado in 2018 from North Carolina after graduating from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Since moving to Colorado, Kristin has completed a Master’s degree in Animal Science and is currently applying to veterinary school at CSU. Kristin has one dog, Kyah (pictured), who is a rescue from South Carolina, and a calico cat named Daisy.
Nathan graduated in May of 2019 with a bachelor’s in zoology. He plans on continuing school with either a master’s in zoology or by attending vet school somewhere, after getting some hands on experience at the hospital. He’s interested in pursuing work with exotic breeds, mainly reptiles and amphibians. Outside work he tends to his zoo (2 dogs, cat, bearded dragon, snake, fish), paddle-boarding, backpacking, and live music.
Client Services Representatives
Nicole is a previous volunteer and receptionist at PEH and now helps with relief when she can because she’s a student at CSU College of Veterinary Medicine and a little busy. She enjoys knitting, cooking, reading cook books, and motor cross.
Carmen was born in the Netherlands but raised in Hawaii. She would like to become a veterinarian one day. She enjoys paddle boarding and can swim for hours. She has 2 cats, 2 lizards, a puppy, and hopefully more one day – they allow her to keep her sanity with all her work and school requirements.
Jordan is a busy mom with two beautiful boys at home. She is an owner of two dogs and a cat. She’s been an animal lover her entire life and finds it very rewarding helping people find solutions for their ailing friends. In her spare time, she is an avid DIY crafter and loves to spend time camping with her husband and boys.
Cheyenne graduated from Front Range Community College though she is originally from Yucaipa, CA. Like the rest of the PEH crew, she has a completely normal amount of animals at home with three dogs and three cats. She enjoys competitive cross-stitching focusing on kitten themes and makes hand-made Christmas tree ornaments out of deer feces.
Shelby Watts is a full-time receptionist here at PETS Emergency Hospital. She is currently a Vet Tech student and an active volunteer for the Humane Society of Weld County. Hobbies include camping, fishing and spending quality time with her three pups.
Morgan has lived in Colorado her whole life. She was born in Aurora and has lived in Greeley for the past 4 years. Morgan was staff at the Humane Society of Weld County for 2.5 years, holding many different positions throughout the shelter. She is currently enrolled in Vet Tech School and plans to be a Vet Tech in the future. Morgan has 4 cats, and 2 rats that she loves dearly.