Brett Rhoades, DVM
Owner & Founder
Dr. Brett Rhoades, a 1996 graduate of Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, is a second generation veterinarian.
After gaining a wealth of knowledge and expertise at: Twin Forks Veterinary Clinic, Red Willow Animal Clinic, Northside Emergency Pet Clinic, Arrowhead Animal Hospital, The Animal Doctor, and Huron Animal Hospital, Dr. Rhoades opened Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital in 2003 with specific goals in mind:
- Providing the highest level of compassionate Veterinary Medicine
- Encouraging his staff to “Practice What’s Possible”
Dr. Rhoades encourages Caring Hands’ Veterinarians and Staff to explore and expand their unique and special talents. This approach has resulted in a highly skilled and motivated team with expertise ranging from dentistry, orthopedic/soft tissue surgery, dermatology, internal medicine, emergency & critical care, to acupuncture.
Brett has his hands full with four children, 2 cats, 3 dogs, and a tarantula. When not managing Caring Hands, in surgery, or in the dental suite he enjoys horseback riding, basketball, ping pong and that all elusive one round of golf a year.
Stacey Jones, DVM
Education: University of Denver, Colorado State University
Special interests: Greyhound Medicine, Anesthesia/Pain Management, Fear Free Patient Handling/Behavior
Dr. Stacey Jones completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Denver in 1996. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2003 and was honored with awards in Clinical Anesthesia and Equine Medicine for her graduating class. After graduation, she completed a one year internship in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at New England Animal Medical Center in Massachusetts.
Stacey joined Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital immediately following her internship in 2004. More than ten years of practice at Caring Hands has brought her a deep gratitude for our wonderful clients and the talented, compassionate team she works with.
In addition to general medicine, Stacey continues to pursue her special interests in anesthesia, pain management, greyhound medicine and behavior. Actively involved with Colorado Greyhound rescue groups, Stacey considers caring for retired racers to be one of the highlights of her career. She is dedicated to making the hospital experience as positive and low stress as possible for patients and their caregivers by actively preventing and addressing fear and anxiety.
Stacey cherishes family time with her husband, Jason, and their two children, Emma and Brady. They share their home with one Greyhound, two horses, two chickens, a turtle, and a goldfish. She is grateful for weekly dinners with her immediate and extended family, and time away in the mountains for camping. Stacey also enjoys spending time with friends and practicing Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Stephanie Blackstone, DVM
Education: Iowa State University
Stephanie grew up on a farm in rural Western Nebraska surrounded by livestock and pets and decided she wanted to become a veterinarian at the age of 12. After college, she was accepted by the Iowa State University veterinary medical program. She then moved to Missoula, MT where she worked in a small animal hospital. Three years after moving north, she decided it was time to move closer to friends and family, and happily accepted an associate veterinarian position at Caring Hands.
Anna Rothman, DVM
Education: Oregon State University
Anna is a Colorado native and grew up nearby in Littleton, CO. She attended college at Colorado State University, and received her degree in veterinary medicine from Oregon State University. She was happy to return to Colorado after vet school, and completed a one year rotating internship in small animal emergency and specialty medicine at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. She then worked for a few years in the Denver area as an emergency veterinarian, as well as with a non-profit general practice clinic before joining the team at Caring Hands in 2014.
In her free time Anna enjoys traveling and spending time outdoors, running, hiking, camping, and playing tennis. Her animal family members include terriers Baxter and Bernie.
Whitney Evans, DVM
Education: Colorado State University
Dr. Evans considers herself lucky to have grown up in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming. She left in order to pursue her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Sciences from Washington State University (Go Cougs!), and then followed her childhood dream of attending Colorado State University for veterinary school. Dr. Evans’ career interests include: urgent/emergency cases, preventive care, and feline medicine.
Dr. Evans shares her house with 4 rescues. Foxy – an eight year old Border Collie mix, Mini – a five year old Chihuahua/Jack Russel Terrier (that Dr. Evans spayed in veterinary school), Rhett – a one year old Boxer mix, and the sole cat, Olivia, who holds her own with the dogs. Outside of work, Dr. Evans enjoys staying active. She practices yoga regularly, and is even a certified instructor. She’s currently training for a marathon, and enjoys hiking, mountain biking, traveling, cooking, and winning fantasy football leagues :)
Blair Holwegner, DVM
Education: Colorado State University
Dr. Holwegner grew up in Aurora, CO and moved to Parker, CO when she was a senior in high school. She attended Colorado State University for her undergraduate degree, and studied Zoology and Music. Upon graduation, she remained in Fort Collins while working as a veterinary technician, and met her husband, Steve. She attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and worked in a small animal private practice in northern Colorado prior to joining the Caring Hands team in May of 2015. She enjoys singing, hiking and bird watching, and she and Steve share their home with their dog Luna, their cat Griz, and their two budgies Hughie and New Bird. Her interests include internal medicine, feline medicine, diagnostic imaging, and exotic animal medicine (including birds, reptiles and small mammals – NO SPIDERS ☺).
Micaela Rosenthal, VMD
Education: University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Micaela Rosenthal was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. Micaela studied business and art history at Vanderbilt University. After moving to South Africa to work with wildlife she decided to pursue her veterinary degree. After receiving her VMD at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rosenthal decided to head west for a small animal rotation internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital. Her main medical interests are emergency and critical care. In her free time she enjoys skiing, yoga, rock climbing, and traveling.
Mark Battles, DVM
Education: Western University of Health Science
Dr. Battles was born and raised in St. Paul Minnesota. There he enjoyed playing soccer, swimming at his local lake, and volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation center. He grew up with dogs, cats, hamsters, snakes, birds, and a snail. After high school, he earned his B.S. in biology at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. After this, Dr. Battles attended Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA for veterinary school. Following graduation, he completed a one year rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship in a specialty and emergency center at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. He enjoys skiing, spending time with his three dogs and one cat, fishing, cooking, and going to local breweries.
Robyn Murray, DVM
Education: Colorado State University
Dr. Robyn Murray grew up in Southern California and Reno, Nevada. She knew she wanted to be a veterinarian from the age of 5 and always had a myriad of animals growing up. She was a competitive equestrian and spent many weekends traveling across California and Nevada to compete in hunter/jumper events. Dr. Murray also has a passion for snowboarding and has logged many hours on the slopes of Tahoe and Colorado. Dr. Murray earned a dual bachelors degree in Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003. She graduated from CSU Veterinary School in 2007 and moved back to Reno where she practiced for 7 years in a private practice in Sparks, Nevada. She also worked relief at Animal Emergency Center in Reno and she taught snowboard lessons at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe. She moved back to Colorado in 2013 and has been enjoying her time here camping, hiking, snowboarding, and spending quality time with her family.
Heather Parrish, DVM
Education: University of California, Davis
Dr. Heather Parrish is originally from California, but spent her childhood growing up on a sailboat in Central and South America with her family. At an early age, she witnessed a lack of veterinary medicine and preventative care for animals in underdeveloped countries. This eventually evolved into a passion for veterinary medicine, volunteer work, and international travel.
Dr. Parrish earned her doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM) from UC Davis in 2013. Upon graduation, she completed a one-year rotating internship at VCA Loomis Basin Veterinary Clinic in Loomis, California. She then moved to Colorado for a change of pace, drawn to the big mountains and undeniably beautiful seasons. Her professional interests include soft tissue surgery, preventative care, and internal medicine.
In her free time, Dr. Parrish can be found adventuring in the outdoors with her friends, family, and dog, Piper. She particularly enjoys hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping. She also values quiet evenings at home with her two cats, Mowgli and Amos, who will never turn down cuddle time on the couch!
Christina Copple, DVM, DACVR
Education: North Carolina State University
Dr. Christina Copple is a native of North Carolina where she lived in Raleigh for the last 10 years. There, she attended North Carolina State University for her undergraduate and veterinary degrees.
After veterinary school she completed a year long internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in New Jersey. Dr. Copple then returned to North Carolina where she completed her radiology residency at NCSU followed by a year as a clinical instructor in the radiology department.
She achieved her status as a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2011. Her imaging interests include ultrasonography, radiology and computed tomography.
Karen Sanderson, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Board Certified Cardiologist
Karen Sanderson, DVM
Diplomate ACVIM Cardiology
Dr. Karen Sanderson is board certified in Cardiology as a Diplomate of the AmericanCollege of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from ColoradoStateUniversity in 1999 followed by an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the AtlanticVeterinaryCollege on Prince Edward Island in Canada. She went on to pursue residency training in Cardiology at the University of California at Davis and became a board certified cardiologist in 2003.
Dr. Sanderson is the founder of Rocky Mountain Veterinary Cardiology and owns the cardiology practices at Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty + EmergencyCenter in Boulder and Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Denver. She also offers mobile cardiology services along the Front Range, Colorado Springs, Aspen and Northern Colorado.
Her special interests are the management of congestive heart failure in both dogs and cats, pulmonary hypertension (its etiology and treatment), and congenital heart disease. She works closely with family veterinarians and is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive, coordinated care to all of her patients.
Dr. Sanderson resides in Boulder with her husband, two children, two cats, and dog. She enjoys trail running, hiking, nordic and telemark skiing, and playing with her family outdoors.
Rob Vonau, DVM, MS, DACVS
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
Education: Colorado State University
Specialties: Orthopedic Surgery
A Louisiana native, Dr. Vonau received both his undergraduate and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University. After graduating in 1995, Rob completed a small animal internship at CSU before traveling to New York City for his surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center.
Board Certified as a Surgeon in 2001, Dr. Vonau practiced at Colorado Veterinary Specialist and Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists for 6 years before returning to New York as a staff surgeon at the Animal Medical Center. Colorado’s great outdoors lured Rob back to Colorado where he again practiced at Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists before starting a mobile surgery practice in March, 2009.
Rob, his wife Holly, and their two Italian Greyhounds, Gezzabelle and Giovanni, share their home with a 3-legged cat named MRSA (after the superbug). When not in surgery, Rob enjoys mountain biking, trail running, snowboarding, and training for triathlons.