Our Doctors

Aurora Animal Doctor - Matt Fordham

Matt Fordham


2021 CVMA Veterinarian of the Year – Read More>

Dr. Matt Fordham is a graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2004 with the majority of that time spent as director of VCA MountainView Animal Hospital in Highlands Ranch, CO. He is a member of the AVMA and the CVMA and is pen-hip certified.

Dr. Fordham is a loved veterinarian and was one of the top rated vets in Highlands Ranch (check his ratings out on yelp from his time at VCA MountainView). He is so excited to be starting his own veterinary clinic. His clients value his friendliness, strong communication skills, and his supportive-caring personality. His clients feel supported, listened to, respected, and cared for.

Outside the office, Dr. Fordham enjoys spending time with his wife, Shawny, and is a loving father to their two children, Reece and Joelle. They have two dogs, a 15-year-old pound puppy named Brady and a 3-year-old golden retriever named Lucy. Dr. Fordham is an avid baseball and football fan and loves to cook.

Melissa Ward - Aurora DVM
Melissa DVM Family

Melissa Ward


We are so excited to announce that Dr. Ward has returned to Tall Grass Animal Hospital from maternity leave. She is back in action and ready to care for your pets.


Dr. Melissa Ward graduated from Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2016. She completed a one-year internship at the Dumb Friends League, where she routinely performed high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, as well as a variety of soft tissue surgeries. Prior to veterinary school, she spent 12 years in the veterinary field in a variety of roles, including Certified Veterinary Technician, in the general practice and animal shelter setting. Dr. Ward maintains avid involvement in shelter medicine through relief and volunteer work. She is a member of AVMA, CVMA, and HSVMA and is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. Additionally, she has a background in veterinary hospice care, which allows her to help guide families through difficult end-of-life and quality of life discussions.

Dr. Ward’s primary values in veterinary medicine revolve around providing quality patient and client care in a supportive, compassionate manner.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ward enjoys spending time with her husband, Matthew, their two dogs, Eva and Izzy, and their 15-year-old cat, Frankie, as well as three snakes and a tortoise. She also enjoys painting, being outdoors, and recently developed an interest in paragliding.

Dr. Michael Skarie

Dr. Michael Skarie is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison to obtain both his undergraduate degree in biology, and doctorate degree in Veterinary medicine. Following, veterinary school, Dr. Skarie moved out to Colorado where he worked at practices in both Boulder and Lafayette.

His favorite areas of Veterinary medicine include interacting with and getting to know clients, internal medicine, surgery, dentistry, and of course, new puppy and kitten visits. He is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, and holds a USDA Class II Veterinary Accreditation. Dr. Skarie lives with his fiancé Kate, dog Eddie, two cats Gracie and Hobbs, and too many fish and coral to count.

In his free time he enjoys hiking with his dog, trying out local breweries, managing his aquariums, and being a die-hard fan of his hometown Wisconsin sports teams. Dr. Skarie couldn’t be more excited to join Tall Grass Animal Hospital and to begin getting to know the community!”

Dr. Kevin Frint

Dr. Kevin Frint grew up in south-central Wisconsin. He received an undergraduate degree and earned a DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Frint worked in Madison following veterinary school before moving to Denver. His special interests in veterinary medicine include surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, and building personal relationships with clients and their pets. Dr. Frint moved to Denver with his girlfriend Jess, their cat Button, their dog Nova, and Jess’ innumerable plant collection. In his spare time, Dr. Frint enjoys being outdoors, playing basketball, and exploring new spots with friends. Dr. Frint is eager to join the Tall Grass Animal Hospital team looks forward to meeting the entire Tall Grass Animal Hospital family.