Dr. Brooke Kugler
Dr. Brooke Kugler always thought she wanted to be a vet and confirmed this after she spent a week as a teenager travelling around with her local veterinarian in rural Connecticut. After seeing sick ducks, pigs and cows in addition to dogs and cats, she was completely convinced veterinary medicine was the right path for her.
Dr. Kugler attended Bates College in Maine where she received a BS in Biochemistry and then the Royal Veterinary College in London, England. After graduating from vet school in 2001, she returned to the US and settled in Colorado where much of her family had migrated during her time in England. Dr. Kugler’s ultimate love is for small animals (of all kinds!). She enjoys caring for animals throughout all life stages and loves getting to know both the pets and their families.
Dr. Kugler lives with her husband, three daughters, 3 cats: Daisy (named after the cows in England because she is black and white), Willow (because she has a big fluffy tail that looks like a Weeping Willow tree) and Boo (who loves to play peek-a-boo, so you never quite know where she is!), a bearded dragon, Didger (named after the didgeridoo instrument in Australia) and assorted fish. In her spare time she loves to be outside: skiing, hiking, camping, gardening and adventuring with her family in general. She is also busy in the Lafayette Community with school events, Chamber gatherings and other festival events. Her roots are firmly planted in Lafayette as she loves the small town feel, seeing friends around town, and the beautiful view of the mountains as she drives to work every day!
Dr. Mary Esh
Mary Esh grew up in Norman, Oklahoma. She received her undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College. She went on to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After working in small animal practice in Pennsylvania, she moved out to Colorado to be closer to family and to the mountains. She now considers Colorado home.
Since moving to Colorado in 2007, Dr. Esh has been working as an associate veterinarian at North Boulder Companion Animal Hospital. She is happy to continue being a part of the companion animal hospital group at the Lafayette hospital. Dr. Esh has special interests in feline medicine and behavior. Sometimes called a cat whisperer, she likes working with any cat to help them receive the gentle care that they need.
Dr. Esh finds veterinary medicine very rewarding. She values the relationships that she forms between families and patients. She understands the amazing joys and stresses that can come with pet ownership. As a veterinarian, she hopes to provide good medical advice through open communication with clients.
Dr. Esh lives in Boulder and has two sons. She loves going for long walks with her two dogs and her cat often likes to come along for a walk around the neighborhood!
Dr. Erica Lipsky, CVA
Dr. Erica Lipsky is originally from Long Island, New York where she grew up caring for a wide variety of animals. Even though her love for animals began at a young age, she was deterred from veterinary school by people telling her that it’s too hard. After receiving an associates in Fashion Marketing through LIM College in NYC, she realized she needed to pursue the career she had always dreamt of. In 2015, Dr. Lipsky received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from Colorado University, Boulder. She then received her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2019 where she graduated with high honors, proving nothing is too hard if you are passionate about it.
Dr. Lipsky enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, but has taken a special interest in surgery, small animal reproduction, exotics, and integrative medicine. In 2019, Dr. Lipsky obtained her Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA) through the Chi Institute. She aspires to be the vet that she would want to bring her own animals to.
Speaking of animals, in her spare time, Dr. Lipsky’s life outside of veterinary medicine revolves around her pets. She loves hiking and exploring the beautiful Colorado landscape with her dogs BAM (Big Adorable Man), a Great Dane, and Potato, a previously abused (but now very much well-loved) Kittitian street dog that she rescued while in veterinary school. Dr. Lipsky wouldn’t be the crazy stereotypical vet without a few handicapped cats by her side. She has Crusty, a black rescue cat with a neurologic disorder, and Reptar, a Persian with 40 toes. Caring for her multiple fish tanks is the cherry on top.
Sophie is a Colorado native who grew up wanting every animal under the sun. Though her family was only a “dog family”, she got to spend summers at camp playing with goats, chickens, and riding horses, satisfying her need for further animal care and interaction. She has always loved the sciences, especially biology, and since she can remember, has watched shows about birth and surgery. On her 10th birthday she spent the day at Sea World and had dinner with Shamu, sparking her interest in marine sciences. Sophie then attended the University of Miami where she double majored in Marine Science and Biology. While in Miami, Sophie honed in on the way she wanted to work with animals after joining the pre-vet club and starting to volunteer at a local small animal clinic.
After graduation in 2016 Sophie returned home to Boulder and began working at a dog rescue. Shortly thereafter her four-legged son and light-of-her-life, Moose, came into her life and forever changed it for the better. During this time, Sophie also began shadowing an equine vet, building her experience hours necessary to apply to vet school. In April of 2018, she was offered an assistant/technician position at LCAH and has loved her time with the team, getting to grow and learn something new every day. Sophie is planning to apply to vet school this upcoming summer, looking at CSU, UC Davis, and a few other schools. At this point she thinks she would like to work with large exotics and would like to specialize in some type of surgery.
Brandi knew she wanted to work within the veterinary field since she was first asked in kindergarten by her teacher. She grew up nurturing her stuffed animals back to health with Band-Aids and love. As soon as she was old enough, she applied for an internship where she was chosen as one of two students across Colorado to participate in volunteer work at a local veterinary clinic. After her internship, she was offered a vet assistant position at the same clinic, where she worked throughout college.
Brandi graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Biomedical Sciences. While attending CSU, she volunteered her time at the Larimer Humane Society and was granted a volunteer opportunity within the anesthesiology department at the CSU Vet Teaching Hospital. In addition to volunteer work, she was a teacher’s assistant for the animal anatomy department and devoted many hours helping her fellow college students. After school, she was offered a veterinary technician position at LCAH and has worked there since July 2010. She loves all aspects of the position, and has a special interest in anesthesia.
Brandi enjoys taking part in daring and adventurous activities in her free time. Skydiving has been her biggest adventure yet and plans to cross bungee jumping off her list soon. She also loves camping, wake boarding, jet skiing and amusement parks. When not outdoors enjoying the sunshine, she can be found dancing the night away with friends or watching the Detroit Red Wings hockey team on TV.
Brandi lives with her Border Collie/Cattle Dog mix named, Zoey. She enjoys taking her to local dog parks and playing Frisbee or snuggling on the couch watching scary movies together. She is full of energy and spoiled rotten. Adopting her from the humane society was the best decision she had ever made. She would love to adopt a capybara (her favorite animal) someday if possible.
Since she can remember Arianna has always wanted to help animals. As a child she tried to help any animal in need, from a baby bird to a crawfish. She drove her family crazy going to wildlife rehab centers to get the best help she could for the creatures she found.
Arianna took her love of animals to Colorado Mountain College where she completed her degree in Animal Technology. She spent both years on the Dean’s List and graduated at the top of her class. She loved the hands on approach and excelled at clinical studies. Right after graduation she was hired at our Boulder location where she worked for over five years. After having her first child Arianna took a year off before joining the Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital team.
Arianna spends her time off enjoying her family. She and her husband Joe have a two boys LJ and Blake. Their family loves to spend time exploring Colorado. They spend the spring and summer fishing, hiking, and camping. Arianna’s favorite activity is chasing the kids around the many parks in the area.
Arianna’s family also includes 3 dogs, 2 Bluetick Coonhounds Belle and Colt and an Australian Blue Heeler mix Jackson. She also has 2 chinchillas, Thunder and Lightning, a crazy black cat Litten and sweet black and white kitty Mokey.There is never a shortage of furry love in her house.
Alex grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts with a big family who helped to foster her love of animals. As a child, she spent much of her time at her lake house in New Hampshire where she developed a deep attachment to nature and wildlife. In the forests around her house, she made connections with the frogs and snakes and chipmunks that surrounded her. As she grew older, she decided to pursue some sort of career working with animals.
In 2013, Alex began her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont as an environmental studies major with a focus in ecology and conservation. Some of her favorite topics were in wildlife tracking, zoology and herpetology. Outside of class, she spent her free time dog walking for clients around town. During this time, Alex had a pet rabbit named Ringo with a variety of health issues that brought her to the veterinarian multiple times per month. Seeing the compassionate care that the doctors provided for Ringo moved Alex and inspired her to work in a similar environment where she can help animals in need.
In 2019, she moved across the country in a U-Haul with her best friend and two cats to start a new life in Boulder, Colorado. She soon found Lafayette Companion Animal Hospital and landed a fantastic job as a veterinary assistant. She is learning and growing every day, and dreams of one day working with endangered animals at a wildlife rehabilitation center.