About the Practice

Diagnosing a specific neurological disorder may be very difficult. We are here to guide you and your veterinarian in the decision-making process. Our objectives are to obtain a complete health history of the patient, and perform a complete physical and neurological examination. Just this information alone will help us create a solid plan for your pet’s future, whether it be medications, diagnostic tests, surgery, or just rest.

Our Team Members

 

 

Dr. Stephen B. Lane, DVM

Diplomate (ACVIM)—Specialty of Neurology
Veterinary Neurology / Neurosurgery

As a native of Colorado, Dr. Lane grew up in Colorado Springs and graduated from Colorado State University in 1985. Following a medical and surgical internship program in companion animals at North Carolina State University (NCSU) in 1986, Dr. Lane combined a strong interest in medical neurology and surgery by completing a 3-year residency at NCSU in neurology and neurosurgery. Dr. Lane became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Specialty of Neurology in 1993, and continues to be at the forefront in his field, with board certified specialization in Neurosurgery, Specialty of Neurology.  Dr. Lane and his team are dedicated to providing unmatched medical and neurosurgical care for companion animals in Colorado and the nation.

 

Lori – Technician Manager, AAS, CVT

Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS)-Anesthesia & Analgesia, Neurology

Lori provides a wealth of specialty technical experience. Graduation from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1998 catapulted her into a career of specialty medicine and surgery at multiple specialist centers in Denver. Lori joined Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in July 2003 and heads our technical team. Driven for greater knowledge, Lori received her Technician Specialty Certification in Anesthesia in 2004, as the 17th member of the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists. Furthering technical excellence, Lori continues to present short lectures, articles and book chapters on anesthesia and companion animal neurology topics for technicians. In addition, Lori obtained Specialty Certification in Neurology in 2011 and is an active board member. When not working, Lori enjoys the benefits of Colorado. Hiking, golf and gardening are her favorite outdoor hobbies, in addition to spending time with her husband and her dog, Ky Mani.

 

John – Practice Manager, BA, MBA, SHRM-CP 

John is a native of Pennsylvania, where he started his professional career working at The Children’s Institute, a school for children with neurological impairment and cerebral palsy. After 10 years at the ‘Tute, John completed his MBA and decided to follow his siblings to the mountain state of Colorado. He joined the VRCC team as Client Service Manager in August of 2003 and the Neurology team as Practice Manager in March of 2015.

John has been certified as a Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-CP) through the Society for Human Resource Management since 2009. John also holds the position of Treasurer of the Animal Care Foundation of Colorado, a non-profit organization raising funds for low/no income Colorado families who need assistance with veterinary care for their pets. He was also named one of the recipients of the Jim Crafts Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 due to his work on the “Battle of the Vet Hospital Stars” event, which raises money for Pet Aid Colorado Disaster Services.  Recently, John testified before the Colorado House of Representatives to ensure the passage of House Bill 1179, which protects animals in locked cars during extreme temperatures.   (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb17-1179).

John enjoys masters swimming and aspires one day to again participate on a competitive level. In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

RMVN_staff_BeckiBecki – AAS, CVT, BS

Becki moved to Denver in 1995 from Alaska to attend Bel-rea.  She earned her AAS in Veterinary Technology in March of 1997 and then continued her education at the University of Denver, earning a Bachelors of Science in Animal Technology in 1999.  Since then she has worked at a number of general practices before coming to VRCC in 2004.  She initially worked with the Neurology department before moving on to the emergency department and finally the dentistry department.  She happily rejoined the Neurology team in December 2012 and looks forward to helping their clients and patients. Becki enjoys spending time with her four legged family including her chihuahuas Princess Buttercup and Prince Humperdink as well as Lucia the crazy italian greyhound and Torin, the sweetest Doberman in the world.  When not covered in a pile of dogs she likes to cook and read books.

Lynn – CVT

Lynn is a Colorado native whose love of animals was evident at an early age. She grew up caring for many pets, including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, ducks, chickens and, on occasion, a chameleon.

Lynn started her professional career in a general practice setting right after graduating from high school in 1991. Lynn joined a pristine surgical specialty practice in 1999 and continued in surgery for 16 years. In 2007, Lynn obtained her CVT certification and joined Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology in April of 2015 with a special interest in NeuroSurgery.

Lynn enjoys cooking for her family and friends, playing poker, and seeing a good movie. She resides in Littleton with her two rescue dogs, Emmitt and Mama G.

Erik – AAS, CVT 

Erik is a Colorado native who grew up in the Bonnie Brae/ Washington Park area.  He graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Biological Sciences and a minor in Anatomy in 1994. Following his years at CSU, Erik then graduated from the Bel Rea Institute in 1996. After a short stint in Connecticut, he started with the emergency services at VRCC in April of 1998. In January of 2000, Erik started and managed an overnight patient care service for all the daytime specialty practices for 15 years. Recently, he transferred his services of overnight patient care to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology.

Erik has been studying and practicing martial arts for approximately 20 years and has obtained a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo. Most recently, he has obtained a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Erik has been practicing Mixed Martial Arts, Muay Thai kickboxing, and Jiujitsu for approximately 3 years.

Atom

After studying biomedical chemistry at ORU, Atom began his veterinary career in 1986 as an emergency veterinary technician in Baltimore, MD, where he was promoted to head technician before transitioning to Veterinary Referral Associates, a large veterinary specialist referral hospital in Gaithersburg.  Atom was an independent overnight manager of the ICU and critical care ward at VRA until he relocated to Colorado in 1992.

After working as an emergency and critical care technician at the Boulder Emergency Pet Clinic for a year, Atom joined the Emergency department of VRCC in 1993.  Atom left his role as lead technician and practice manager of the emergency service to develop and operate his own anesthesia recovery service at VRCC in 1999.  Inspired by Dr. Lane’s commitment to excellence, Atom joined the Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology team in 2015.

Atom attended the Culinary School at the Art Institute of Colorado as a passion, not a career, and enjoys cooking and spending time with his son, Kaige, who he absolutely adores.

Mackenzie – AAS, CVT

Mackenzie was born in Boulder, CO and grew up in the greater Denver area. She has loved animals since the day she was born. She graduated from Bel-Rea in 2012 and can’t imagine any other job than those involving animals. She has worked in Internal Medicine, General Practice, Shelter, and Emergency veterinary hospitals. Her greatest passion is taking in elderly and senior pets and providing them with love and hospice care. She enjoys spending time with her 5 dogs (Franklin, Bina Boo, Andi, Holli Berri, and Tonka), guinea pig (Sandy Wheat), birds (Alice and Polly), and box turtle (Turbo).  Other things she enjoys are cooking, drawing, and humor.

 

Jaci – AAS, CVT

Determined at an early age to have a career that included cats, Jaci volunteered at a local animal hospital when she was a teenager. Deemed suitable for the work, she continued volunteering through high school, and participating in a mentoring program offered by the school district. After working other jobs in the field, Jaci decided to enroll in Bel-Rea Institute and graduated as a full-fledged Certified Veterinary Technician. After completing her internship at VRCC Emergency Services, Jaci joined the staff in June 2005. After doing some relief work with the Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology, she decided to join the staff full time in July of 2015. When she is not spoiling her cats, she enjoys reading, catching the latest movies, hanging out with family and friends, and watching hockey or college football.

 

Shawna – AAS, CVT 

I knew at a young age of 7 that I wanted to work with animals. I moved to CO in September 1992 to attend the Bel-Rea institute of Animal Technology & graduated in 1994. I worked in a few general practice hospitals only to realize I wanted more of a specialty-type setting. I became an Internal Medicine Technician at VRCC in the fall of 2003, moved to Oncology in 2007 to work for 3 1/2 years and tried to retire after that. I returned to VRCC to work the evening shift and then became a part time CVT for Neurology. I have been married for over 20 years and have 3 beautiful children & a grandson. Our fur/feathered babies consist of 4 dogs, 1 cat and a Blue & Gold Macaw & 9 chickens.

 

 

Briana – CVT 

Born and raised in Colorado, Briana has always had a love for animals. She began volunteering at animal hospitals until she was old enough to start working as a kennel assistant and that is where it all began. She went to school immediately after high school to get her Certified Veterinary Technician degree. In her free time, she likes to go on hikes and watch movies with her fur kids, Chase and Furiosa.

 

 

 

 

Lea – RVT 

Originally from California, Lea started her veterinary technician career as a volunteer in 1996 and was hired in a well-versed general practice that saw any animal you can imagine. From treating elephants’ feet, doing dentals on timber wolves, x-rays on chimpanzees, assisting with the wildlife rescue programs, dogs, cats, goats, horses, pigs, and all types of birds of flight from raptors to humming birds, she was hooked to explore this wonderful world of animal care. Lea graduated from Los Angeles Pierce College and was licensed in 2002. She then pursued work in neuroscience and volunteered at the Los Angeles Zoo in their Health Care Center.

After zigzagging the country, Lea spent seven years at a specialty practice in Gaitherburg, MD in the surgical department where she established her anesthesia and surgery technical skills in a variety of critical, orthopedic, emergency cases. Patient care has always been a top priority for Lea in her various experiences.

Needing yet another change, she moved to one of her dream places, Colorado, with her shadow fur friend Egan. Lea joined the wonderful Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology team in Fall 2016 and is excited to work in an awesome neurology specialty practice.

When Lea is not moving from the different parts of the country, she does enjoy traveling, concerts, amateur rock climbing, or just relaxing watching movies, hanging out with Egan and exploring the awesomeness of Colorado and everything it has to offer.

 

Olivia – BA, AAS, CVT

Olivia is a Colorado native who grew up in the Denver area. She has a Bachelor of Arts in European Culture and Philosophy from The American University of Paris, as well as an Associates of Applied Science in Animal Technology from the Bel-Rea Institute. Olivia’s veterinary medical background includes avian, small animal and emergency medicine. Before joining the RMVN team, Olivia was working in veterinary biomechanics. Her interests include: history, biographies, gardening, cooking and the sport of dragon boat racing.

 

Charles – CVT

Charles has been a Certified Veterinary Technician for many years, graduating from Bel Rea in 1999. After pursuing an education in art history, he decided to take an alternate route working with animals. After working in general practice, Charles began to appreciate work involving emergency medicine and joined VRCC in 2006. In his free time, Charles enjoys spending time with his cat “Puss”, studying French, and traveling the globe.

 

 

Aimy – Technician Assistant

Aimy attended Pitkin’s technical college in 2013 and received her Veterinary Assistant certificate. Having a passion for medicine, both human and animal, she started working at Porter Adventist Hospital in the surgical department. After moving to North Dakota, Aimy started working at a vet clinic and remembered how much she loved working with animals. Missing the wonderful state she grew up in, Aimy moved back to Colorado and started working at RMVN in the fall of 2016. Outside of work Aimy enjoys spending time with family, friends and her two fur babies.

 

 

Megan – Technician Assistant, BS, BA

Even as a young child, Megan had a passion for helping animals and has been involved in volunteering at animal clinics and dog rescues since middle school. During college, Megan volunteered with the Denver Dumb Friends League and completed a 6-month pre-vet internship with the clinic at the Denver Animal Shelter. She received dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2014 and began working with VRCC Internal Medicine in 2015. Megan currently has three fur babies; two cats and a dog. Megan is a proud Colorado Native and enjoys exploring and traveling in her spare time.

 

Kayleen – Neurology Coordinator

Having been with VRCC since 1999, Kayleen brings a strong client service background to Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology. Kayleen’s time off from work is enjoying spending time with family. Kayleen also enjoys spending time with her Chihuahua, Buddy, and her Miniature Pinscher, Mira, a patient that was relinquished to the VRCC Emergency Service and then adopted by Kayleen and her family. Kayleen looks forward to assisting you when you call Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology and with all of your client service needs.

 

Cathy – Neurology Coordinator
A native of Colorado, Cathy began her veterinary field career in 1995. Starting as a veterinary receptionist at a small clinic in Parker, she soon went on to managing two large 24-hour emergency animal hospitals by being exceptionally attentive to the needs of her clients and caring very deeply for her “four-legged babies”.  Shortly after  Rocky Mountain Veterinary Neurology opened their doors at their new facility, she was offered the opportunity to work for Dr. Lane. Cathy happily accepted and began her new career path in October of 2015.
Cathy and her husband have one daughter, who has strong veterinary care ambitions of her own. Cathy is also an avid supporter of local animal rescue and rehabilitation organizations. Her cheerful personality and bright smile are the first things to greet you, and she’ll help you through each step of the way when you and your four-legged baby visit RMVN.