Kelly has known from a very young age that she was meant to work in veterinary medicine. She grew up bottle-feeding calves, raising chickens and ducks and sneaking kittens into the house in her pockets whenever possible; caring for animals has always played an important role in her life.
After high school she began to travel and soon found herself in sales and management positions that offered her the opportunity to help others learn new skills, develop their confidence and grow themselves and their skills working with people. She realized that she loved to help people and build relationships as much as she loved to work with animals.
In her late twenties Kelly began managing and assisting the doctor in her first veterinary practice. She quickly realized that being a Practice Manager was her true calling; offering her the opportunity to take care of pets, their parents and the great hospital staff that work so hard for all of them everyday.
Kelly lives with her boyfriend, Michael, their mini pig, Olivia, as well as their dog, Sawyer and cat, Dippy. They love to go backcountry camping, trail running, climbing and take in all of the incredible landscapes that our great state has to offer.
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Katy was always to be found with the pets when she was a little girl, no matter who’s house she was at. Her passion for dogs and cats ventured on to snakes, rats, and then horses. She eventually went on to win National Champion in her division in horse jumping when she was 15 years old. Her love for horses also turned into a love for giant breed dogs. Katy first met Dr. Matt Fordham as his client with her first Great Dane in 2009. After graduating from Bel-Rea Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Animal Science in 2011, she started working for him as a technician. She officially joined the Tall Grass Family in September of 2017. Katy’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and three kids whether that be camping, going to car races/shows, or just watching a movie at home in their pajamas! Pictured is Katy with her Great Dane, Bodey.
Melissa has always had a passion for animals of all kinds. Since she was 3 years old she said she would be a vet or animal nurse. Melissa grew up with all sorts of animals, from the exotics to the furry kinds. Melissa moved from Arizona to Colorado in 2011 to attend Bel-Rea Institute and graduated with an associates of science in June 2014. She followed her husband around the US as he served in the USMC. Through lots of military moving, Melissa gained lots of experience in emergency, urgent care, general practice, as well as exotic medicine. Melissa and her husband settled back in CO when her husband got medically discharged from the military which led her to Tall Grass Animal Hospital in February 2018. In her free time, Melissa can be found spending time with her numerous animals or tending to her reptile business. Melissa owns an Irish Wolfhound, Great Dane, Pug, and a Boxer mix. She also has 3 cats, a bird, chickens, and lots of geckos.
Growing up, animals were always there for Anneliese. She soon realized she wanted to give back the love, kindness, and caring animals had shown her growing up. After being in college for a couple years Anneliese finally realized how she wanted to help animals and that was becoming a veterinary technician. She then graduated from the Vet Tech Institute in 2013 with a degree in veterinary technology and has been working in the veterinary field very since. Anneliese grew up in Indiana but she was born in Denver, Colorado. She always knew she wanted to move back one day. So when her fiance got a job offer in Denver they jumped at the opportunity to move. In her free time she enjoys exploring Colorado. She loves doing anything outdoors including swimming, hiking, camping, and biking. Although she does not own a dog yet she hopes to one day own another Akita.
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Brittany’s passion for caring for animals began as a child and has carried her all over the country. She has done work in Florida, Texas, and right here in Colorado. Her work extends to home where she volunteers as a foster for both dogs and cats. In her free time she likes to hike, fish, camp, and spend time with her husband, Chris, and their three children; Tyler, Dillon, and Hanley. They have 8 pets. 4 dogs; Paxton, Anna, Torrey, and Dax, along with 4 cats; Jasmine, Mike, Rose, and Becca.
Robin began working in the veterinary field in 1985 within a large and small animal practice, that started as just her and one doctor. She has been in the field ever since! Robin enjoys talking with clients and getting to know their animals. Especially when she gets to watch them grow up from puppies and kittens. She shares her home with two cats, Mama and Samantha. In her spare time Robin enjoys going for bike rides, riding and caring for horses, as well as going line dancing! She is one of the few remaining Colorado Natives out enjoying the Country Life on her farm.
Sam began her love of animal welfare from a very young age, helping her mother with wildlife rehabilitation, sheep ranching and caring for the many pets she had as a child. From there it grew into a life long passion for helping all animals, domestic and wild. Sam has accrued hundreds of hours volunteering for both wildlife rehabilitation centers and animal shelters across the country. Sam received her certification in dog training from Animal Behavior College in 2013. She has since worked as a Behavior Tech for the Cheyenne Animal Shelter as well as owned and operated her own dog training business in Cheyenne WY before moving to Aurora in 2019. Sam spends her free time attending concerts and hiking with her husband, Adam. She currently cares for her two dogs, Jax, a rat terrier, George, a Mastiff mix, two ferrets, Eddie and Opie, two axolotls, Mulder and Scully and her ball python, Beauregard.
Fuji Dreskin joined the Tall Grass Team in 2020. She quickly developed great relationships with our clients and patients and is passionate about helping people and animals to see the best possible outcomes. Before becoming part of the Tall Grass team, she has dedicated much of her life to the care of animals and their families by working at animal rescues and owning/operating her own pet care business. Fuji has begun to assist our doctors with procedures and medications and is always looking for new ways to improve our client service and give people a great experience when working with our hospital. She comes from an artistic family and loves to dance and create music outside of the office. She has 3 cats of her own named Apricot, Daikon and Scottie and her family has a Border Collie named Peaches, 2 additional cats named Muse and Rumiko and a box turtle named Rose.
Faith has always loved animals and hopes to one day further her education to keep helping and caring for animals. She’s had a great opportunity provided by everyone at Tall Grass Animal Hospital to volunteer for school and then offered a job to save up for college. Faith loves working with this amazing team! She also has 2 of her own dogs that are crazy and fun! She has a boxer mix, Diesel, and a Rottweiler mix, buster, who always love to cuddle. She enjoys playing Lacrosse.
Monica has always known she wanted to work with animals. Her mom was a vet tech and she learned her love for animals from her and growing up with lots of pets. Monica recently moved home to Colorado after living in Nebraska. She graduated in 2017 from UNL with her BS in Fisheries and Wildlife with a specialty in wildlife management. She worked for 2 wildlife rehab facilities and loved vet med so she decided to go back to school. Since then, she worked in an emergency vet hospital and in general practice while taking classes for her veterinary technician license. Monica will soon be a CVT. Monica has one Aussie mix named Emmie and they both enjoy being outdoors, camping, hiking and exploring.