Meet the friendly veterinarians at Caring Hands Veterinary Hospital!

  • Brett Rhoades

    Education: Kansas State University

    Dr. Brett Rhoades is a second generation veterinarian.

    As a second generation veterinarian, Dr. Rhoades graduated in 1996 and went on to gain 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”
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  • Stephanie Blackstone

    Education: Iowa State University

    Dr. Blackstone grew up on a farm in rural Western Nebraska surrounded by livestock and pets.  At 12 years old, she decided she wanted to become a veterinarian.

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  • Anna Rothman

    Education: Oregon State University

    Dr. Rothman is a Colorado native who grew up nearby in Littleton, CO.  She attended college at Colorado State University for undergraduate school, 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.

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  • Micaela Rosenthal

    Education: University of Pennsylvania 

    Dr. Micaela Rosenthal was born and raised in Santa Monica, California. Dr. Rosenthal studied business and art history at Vanderbilt University.

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  • Mark Battles

    Education: Western University of Health Sciences

    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.

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  • Heather Parrish

    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.

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  • Jordyn Sthay

    Education: University of Florida

    Dr. Jordyn Sthay was born in Oregon, lived in Washingston state until she was 5 years old, then moved to Florida. While growing up around horses, dogs, and indoor/outdoor cats, she knew she wanted to be a veterinarian at a very young age.

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  • Rhonda Appling

    Education: Colorado State University

    Dr. Rhonda Appling was born and raised in Carlsbad, NM.  Her love and compassion towards animals developed at a very young age from the many pets that left their paw prints on her heart.  She soon realized that animal health was her true passion.  Rhonda moved to attend Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science.  She then moved from Indiana to Colorado, where she earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.

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  • Leanne Ruoff

    Education: Ross University

    Dr. Leanne Ruoff grew up in New Jersey.  While New Jersey is where she spent most of her time, she also spent a lot of time at her family's lake house in upstate New York where she skied, snowmobiled, hiked and spent time at the campfire.  Leanne grew up with horses and a house full of animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets, parakeets, chinchillas, and reptiles.  Leanne always found stray animals as a kid and took them to a vet or cared for them herself until they were either kept or re-homed.  Leanne came from a family of human medical doctors, so she always had an interest in medicine, but also loved animals, so she knew veterinary medicine was the place for her.

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  • Heather Dunn

    Bio coming soon.

  • Christina Copple
    Board Certified Radiologist

    Education: North Carolina State University
    Specialties: Radiology

    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.

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  • Katie Tucker-Mohl
    Board Certified Radiologist

    Education: University of Pennsylvania
    Specialties: Radiology

    Dr. Katie Tucker-Mohl received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 2007.  Following graduation, she completed a one year internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.  She spent the next seven years working as an emergency veterinarian at Wheat Ridge, during which time she cultivated an interest in radiology.  

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  • Karen Sanderson
    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.

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