Highly skilled and trained in the latest veterinary technologies, the caring doctors at Deer Creek Animal Hospital are dedicated to providing your pet with the high quality veterinary care possible. We offer a wide range of veterinary services to address both routine and advanced pet health matters.
Dr. Dan Brod
Dr. Dan Brod graduated from Kansas State University in 1983 and co-founded Deer Creek Animal Hospital in 1984. His main interests are in orthopedic surgery and in cardiology. He was the first veterinarian in the Denver area to perform ultrasounds and has taught many veterinarians the skill. In the early years, he would spend a lot of his time off at Children’s Hospital with the ultrasound technicians to gain more expertise in the area.
The majority of his time now is spent in the area of orthopedics. Dan has become proficient in the skill of arthroscopy, which is a minimally invasive surgical approach to the joints. He also has worked with other veterinarians in this field to help improve their skills at arthroscopy.
Dan says, “This is a great profession! I love the long-time relationships I have built with my clients. There are so many great clients that I have continued to see throughout my career, and I have the wonderful opportunity to see their children with their pets and, in some instances, their children’s children with pets. I treat my patients as if they were my own pets. My wife and I do not have children, and we fully understand the important roles that pets play in our lives.”
Dan lives in the Littleton foothills with his wife, Val, their dogs, Gator and Eli, and their cat, Cheeto.
Dr. Ray Cox
Dr. Ray Cox graduated from Colorado State University in 1979 and is a co-founder of Deer Creek Animal Hospital. He has played an integral part in the development and training of the single port laparoscopic surgical technique and currently serves as the Surgical Director at Deer Creek. Ray has traveled extensively training veterinarians in both private practice and universities the newer techniques of single port laparoscopic surgeries. His areas of special interest are soft tissue surgery, laparoscopic surgery, and ophthalmology.
Ray enjoys hiking, running, gardening, and cooking. He lives with his wife, a tortoise, and two dogs, Maggie and Mango, in the foothills of Littleton.
Dr. Markee Kuschel
Dr. Markee Kuschel graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1986 with a BS in microbiology, then received her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 1990. After spending three years in Northern California, she moved back to Colorado and joined the team at Deer Creek Animal Hospital. Markee became a partner in 2000 and currently serves as Deer Creek’s Medical Director.
During her time at Deer Creek, Markee has been instrumental in the development and training of newer techniques in minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopy). She has traveled around the world, training veterinarians in both private practices and universities in single port laparoscopy. Her areas of interest are feline medicine, soft tissue and laparoscopic surgery, and senior pet medicine.
Markee lives in the Littleton foothills with her husband, four dogs, and three cats. In her free time, she travels across the country to visit her two sons who live in Wisconsin.
Dr. Ken Lee
Dr. Ken Lee graduated from Missouri University in 1987 and has been working at Deer Creek Animal Hospital since graduation. Ken became a partner in 1999.
Ken recently became board certified in veterinary dentistry. He practices almost exclusively in the dental department at Deer Creek and lectures at various veterinary meetings and universities on dental practices and procedures. “I have a real passion for veterinary dentistry. Dogs and cats rarely show signs of dental pain, and it feels really good when you can help them alleviate that pain.”
Ken lives in Roxborough with his wife, Dawn, and their dog, Beau.
Dr. Laurie Thornton
Dr. Laurie Thornton has always been an animal person—her mother swore that right after, “Congratulations, it’s a girl,” she heard, “Mom, I want a horse!” Laurie was involved in equine 4H as a kid and owned a quarter horse and a border collie. By the time she did a paper in grade school about dog training, she was hooked. During high school, she worked at a dog grooming shop as the bather—she can still bathe a dog in record time.
After graduating from the College of William and Mary with a major in biology and a minor in English, Laurie attended veterinary school at Colorado State. Summer jobs included wrangling at guest ranches, where she actually got paid for riding all day and keeping her guests on the top sides of their horses.
For the first 13 years after graduation, Laurie did largely emergency medicine and thrived on the adrenaline. Now she works daytime hours, gets more regular sleep, and pursues interests in internal medicine, acupuncture, and behavior. She also screens dogs for the hospital visitation programs at Children’s and Littleton Adventist Hospitals.
Laurie enjoys cooking and traveling, especially to beautiful places in the West where she can enjoy the outdoors with her husband and their corgis.
“My goal in interacting with patients and clients is for the patient to believe they had a gentle petting session and the owner to believe they had a thorough and informative visit.”
Dr. Todd Rezac
Staying near his hometown of New Prague, Minnesota, Dr. Todd Rezac attended St. Cloud State University to obtain his BA degree in biomedical science. He then found himself soaking up the sun in St. Kitts, at Ross University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, in 1999.
Returning to Minnesota, Todd practiced for three years in a small animal hospital before coming to Deer Creek in 2002. As a member of the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, Todd emphasizes critical care, endoscopy, and internal medicine at Deer Creek Animal Hospital.
Taking full advantage of Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle, Todd can be found fly fishing, snowshoeing, and biking with his six dogs in Pine, Colorado.
Dr. Cheney Lupe
Dr. Cheney Lupe was born and raised in Denver. He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for his undergraduate degree and Colorado State for Veterinary School, graduating in 2003. “I worked at Deer Creek as a veterinary assistant before applying to veterinary school and knew I wanted to return and be a part of the family.” Cheney’s special interest is orthopedics and orthopedic surgery.
Cheney lives in the Ken Caryl area with his wife, his large combined family, and his dog named Kitty. (Awesome!)
Dr. Jamie Saliman
Dr. Jamie Saliman went to Washington University in St. Louis for her undergraduate degree, receiving a BA in psychology with a minor in biology. While taking some time to prepare for vet school, she took a position with AmeriCorps working with at-risk youth in downtown Denver. Shortly thereafter, she attended Colorado State University, where she received her doctorate of veterinary medicine. After graduating, Jamie did a one-year rotating internship before joining the staff of Deer Creek.
Jamie’s main interests are internal medicine, emergency and critical care, and most recently abdominal ultrasound. “Animals are my passion. I feel extraordinarily fortunate to be able to spend my life caring for, and hopefully bettering the lives of, the very creatures that make me so happy.”
Jamie lives in Denver with her adorable black lab, Toby. She enjoys running, reading, hiking, and traveling, but most of all she enjoys spending time with her family.
Dr. Jody Hanson
After growing up on a horse and cattle ranch in Millboro, South Dakota, Dr. Jody Hanson attended South Dakota State University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science. Pursuing his love of animals and science, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2000.
Jody joined Deer Creek Animal Hospital with more than 13 years of experience in emergency and small animal medicine. He has a strong interest in abdominal ultrasound and pain relief for older pets.
Jody has two boxers and a golden retriever, Brendal, Rayland, and Baxter. He also has a cat named Gooey and a quarter horse named Tigre. When not at the hospital, Jody enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, fly fishing, and horse training.
Dr. Lauren Butler
Dr. Lauren Butler graduated with a BS in zoology in 2002 and received her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2006 from Colorado State University. She studied Spanish throughout college and enjoys practicing with native speakers whenever she can.
Lauren reunited with Deer Creek after being a veterinary assistant for a few years before she was admitted to vet school. “I am very excited to return to Deer Creek and work with the caring and compassionate people who helped me to get where I am today.”
Lauren’s special interests in veterinary medicine are dermatology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, dentistry, and senior care (especially pain management). Our pets are living longer in part due to the improvements in preventive care, and Lauren’s goal is to keep them comfortable in their senior years. Lauren also brings a holistic side to her practice. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and enjoys integrating this treatment modality into pets’ lives.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Lauren pursues a healthy lifestyle and enjoys cooking and spending time with her husband and two cats, Sniffy and Lea.
Dr. Andy Stevens
Dr. Andy Stevens is originally from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He attained his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and attended veterinary medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent time at Deer Creek as a veterinary student, and moved to Colorado when he became a part of the team at Deer Creek.
Andy says, "the best part of this profession is being able to provide the same high-quality, compassionate care that my family received from veterinarians when I was growing up." He feels lucky to be a part of the team at Deer Creek and is excited to serve the animals and people of the Littleton and greater Denver area.
Having spent a significant amount of time traveling the west with his family, Andy fell in love with the mountains, which ultimately led to his desire to live closer to the mountains. In his free time, he can be found rock climbing, hiking, camping, and otherwise staying active in the beautiful Colorado outdoors. When he gets the opportunity, Andy loves to travel to Wisconsin to spend time with his family.
Dr. Kate Eitelman
Dr. Kate Eitelman was born and raised in the Denver area. From a very young age, she had a love for animals and even once told her childhood dentist that she “wanted to be a veterinarian when she grew up” (although she doesn’t remember this). Prior to attending veterinary school, Kate worked as a veterinary technician in in Colorado, Missouri and Texas. She even did an internship working with rhinoceros at the Cincinnati Zoo. Kate attended undergraduate and veterinary school at Colorado State University, and she then completed a rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.
Kate loves being in Colorado, and is excited to join the team at Deer Creek Animal Hospital. She currently lives with her husband (who is also a veterinarian) and their dog, Duke. In her free time, Kate enjoys camping and fishing with her husband and spending time with her family.
Dr. David Beadleston
Dr. David Beadleston graduated from veterinary school at the University of California at Davis in 1985, and then came to Colorado to start his veterinary practice. He has extensive experience in both general veterinary medicine and emergency medicine. David became a board-certified specialist in pet dermatology in 1997.
Dr. Phyllis Glawe
Dr. Phyllis Glawe is a board-certified veterinary oncologist with more than 17 years of experience in treating pets diagnosed with cancer. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1989 from The Ohio State University and was trained in veterinary oncology at Colorado State University.
Dr. Brenda Francis
Originally from Rhode Island, Dr. Brenda Francis attended Northeastern University in Boston, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in cardiopulmonary science. Her love for the mountains and outdoors brought her and her husband, Eric, to Colorado, where she later received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University. While studying, Brenda worked as a critical care technician, as well as an emergency anesthesia technician at CSU’s Veterinary Medical Center. After graduation, she completed an internship in surgery and medicine at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver in 2008 and has enjoyed practicing emergency and critical care medicine ever since. True to Colorado’s nature, Brenda and Eric can often be found riding the local mountain bike trails or racing for Pedal Pushers Cyclery during their time off. She also enjoys spending time with their two cats; Border collie, Zoe; and Labrador, Chava.
Dr. Martin King
Growing up in Wyoming, Dr. Martin King always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian. He fulfilled his dream after graduating from veterinary school at Kansas State University in 1997. After working several years in general practice, he decided that emergency medicine was his passion. Martin joins our emergency overnight team with 17 years of experience in emergency and small animal medicine.
“I enjoy emergency medicine and critical care because of the challenges they present, and the opportunity to help pets and their owners during difficult times. I am very excited to be a part of the team at Deer Creek Animal Hospital”.
Martin and his wife also have a small animal practice, Cottonwood Veterinary Services in Buena Vista, CO. As far as furry family members, they have one dog named Pepper and 4 cats, Fuzzy, Pandora, Pete and Dickens.
Dr. Janice McConnell
Dr. Janice McConnell grew up in Arizona and obtained a degree in ecology from The University of Arizona. She then migrated to cooler climates to pursue graduate studies in ecology at the University of Montana. After obtaining her masters and working for a few years, she returned to school to chase another dream - a veterinary degree. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 2003.
After graduation, Janice completed a one year internship in emergency and critical care medicine, discovered a passion, and focused her professional career in this area.
Janice is also very interested in all modalities of pain management; leading to a certification in acupuncture and training in rehabilitation therapy.
Janice and her husband love to camp, hike and ski with their two young sons; however, when able to sneak out on their own, they will likely be found swing dancing to big band music. They share their home with an Australian cattle dog (Jasper), two miniature Australian shepherds (Sid and Rogue) and a cat (HiDeHo).
Dr. Jennifer Barron
Dr. Jennifer Barron was born and raised near Colorado Springs. She received her undergraduate degree in aquatic biology at University of California, Santa Barbara before moving to Washington State and earning her doctor of veterinary medicine at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) in 2010. After veterinary school Jennifer completed a rotating internship in the San Francisco Bay area at East Bay Veterinary Specialists and Emergency (EBVS). After finishing her internship she stayed at EBVS as an emergency doctor. Her passion is emergency medicine and pathophysiology of disease.
Jennifer recently moved back to beautiful Colorado to be closer to family and the mountains. In her free time Jennifer likes to travel, hike, ski and relax with her two mixed breed dogs, Chloe and Emma.