Whisper came to Parkside as an adoption from the Dumb Friends League. She needed all of her teeth removed as an older kitty at the shelter,
Dr. Brenda Eisenhauer spent her childhood summers in Ohio helping naturalists with hikes and presentations, looking at bugs under a Fisher Price microscope and drawing endless pictures of the whales and dolphins she planned to train when she grew up. In college, she studied spider ecology in the Galapagos Islands, mapped the genetics of Ohio stream fish, and learned to bathe cats as a veterinary assistant. She traveled to the East Coast to attend veterinary school at Tufts University, spending summers in Australia tracking the source of koala Chlamydia infections and in Zimbabwe educating villagers to be good stewards of their environment as well as their livestock. She graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, as well as a Certificate in International Medicine, a new found love of skiing, and plans to move to Colorado to begin her professional career. Dr. Eisenhauer completed a Certificate in Public Health at Colorado University to further her training in infectious disease during her first few years working as a veterinarian in southeast Denver and continued pursuing her passion for surgery, animal welfare and infectious disease by taking positions at several Colorado animal shelters. Dr. Eisenhauer met her husband, Eric, at one of these shelters, and they were married in 2012, merging their respective pets into one large furry family. It was also through this shelter work that Parkside Animal Health Center in Aurora was born. Shelter work provided (and still does, two days a week!) an opportunity to change the life of an animal at one specific moment in time; Parkside allows Dr. Eisenhauer and her staff the opportunity to continue that care as part of a team with pet owners throughout an animal’s life. Dr. Eisenhauer loves the challenge of disease diagnosis and prevention, the art of surgery and the loving bond between animals and people. While her schedule and running a business leaves very little free time, she does enjoy getting outside to hike or camp with her husband and dogs (Cayde, Loki and Emmy), and couch time with her sphinx cat (Victor von Doom) and some mindless TV in the evening.
Dr. Lauren Barrow has been with Parkside Animal Health Center since March 2013. She earned her DVM and Bachelor’s degrees from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she met her husband, Kris. They currently live in the suburbs of southeast Aurora with their three human children (Brady, Carson and Cameron) their three dogs (Nena, Vince and Batman), blue-tongued skink (Squirt), and cockatiel (Chuckles). Their horse currently resides nearby in Watkins. Dr. Barrow’s time off is usually spent with her family, playing with the animals, enjoying a craft brew on a patio or cheering at soccer games. Since joining the Parkside team, she has started volunteering on the Dumb Friends League Meow Mobile, honing her spay and neuter skills and growing a new appreciation for the hard-working, big-hearted people who devote so much of their lives to the animals that need rescuing. She also enjoys writing blog articles and educational handouts for Parkside clients and lives for the variety and relationships that characterize small animal general practice. Her favorite things to see in the morning? A hot cup of coffee and a healthy bouncing puppy!
Dr. Rand Winton joined Parkside Animal Health Center in March, 2015. She is a 1996 graduate of Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to pursuing her dream of caring for animals, she worked as a registered nurse for 14 years, in a number of settings. Following graduation from vet school, Dr. Winton completed a 13 month rotating internship at VCA South Shore Animal Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Once her internship was completed, she felt a change was in order and left New England for Colorado. Dr. Winton has been in private practice since 1997 and has a strong interest in internal medicine, enjoying the puzzle-solving involved in complex medical cases. She is very committed to pet wellness and strives to provide the very best preventative care for all the animals in her care. Sharing her home are four Great Danes. This population is always subject to change due to her work with Big Dogs, Huge Paws, a giant breed rescue for whom she serves as Chief Medical Officer (and sometimes foster mom). Her dogs are truly her babies and most of her spare time is spent with them, either in classes, going to the dog park or just hanging out at home. She enjoys gardening and has gotten creative enough with combining a garden and a house full of giant dogs that most of the food she grows makes it into the house!
Dr. Kristen Shomock joined our Parkside team in 2022. Photo and bio coming soon! We know you will love her as much as we do!
Jenna joined Parkside in 2020 and, in addition to being an incredible veterinary technician, she has taken over managing our medical equipment inspections and maintenance. Jenna is posing here with her 2 dogs, Jib and Ketch.
We met Evelyn during her externship to finish her associates degree in Veterinary Technology from Pima Medical Institute. She fit in well with our team and our philosophies, so was invited to stay on as one of our Veterinary Technicians. Evelyn is pictured here with her dog, Marley.
Janie began working at Parkside Animal Health Center in October, 2015. She received her veterinary assistant certificate from Pima Medical Institute and has been working on her practice manager certification. Janie went into this field because she has a passion for animals and enjoys caring for them and helping them feel loved. She loves animals of all sizes, but has a special interest in reptiles. Janie grew up on a farm full of animals in Lubbock, Texas. In her free time, she likes to find new places to take her dogs on walks, baking and creating new pastries. She also loves hiking and fishing with her dad. Janie’s family includes two small dogs with very big personalities (Smiley and Roxi).
Melissa joined our Parkside team in December 2020 as a customer service representative. She transitioned into a vet assistant role in spring 2021, and has since been growing her skill set while assisting in surgery. She came to the clinic with many years of experience working in animal welfare at the Dumb Friends League, and a history of volunteering at animal shelters. Melissa grew up in Conifer, spending many days with her grandmother, who worked as a vet tech at the vet clinic, where her passion, and love for animals began. She and her boyfriend Masih have a small zoo of animals at home, including a bengal cat (Venus), two dogs (Maya and Nemo), 6 turtles (strawberry, squash, papaya, banana, avocado and lychee), 3 poison dart frogs (Loki, Thor and Bruce) and a plethora of fish. She is aiming to achieve her goal of becoming a vet tech, and continues to learn and grow at our clinic as she prepares for this!
She is pictured here with her kitty Venus, who she met when she was 3 days old.
Seanna started at Parkside in 2021 after completing her externship hours for her degree from PIMA as a veterinary assistant. Bio coming soon!
Levi began greeting our clients and patients on the phone and at the front door when he moved to Colorado in 2021. He has since been training to assist with our medical staff in the back. Bio coming soon!
Stephanie moved to Colorado from the Pacific NW in 2022 and joined our Parkside team as a veterinary assistant. Bio and photo coming soon!
Daisy is a graduate of PIMA of Aurora’s Veterinary Assistant program. She joined our Parkside team in 2022, bio coming soon!
Bixby – our clinic chinchilla! Chinchillas are rodents that are native to the Andes Mountains, and they are best known for their luxurious fur – approximately 70 hairs can come from each follicle! Bixby eats mostly hay, but loves the occasional almond sliver or blueberry. He makes several types of squeaks and chirps, and is most active in the morning and evening. He often naps during the afternoon, even in the middle of a busy clinic! We adopted him from the Dumb Friends League when he was 8m old, and we are working with socialization and clicker training to help him be a great ambassador for this amazing and playful species!
Whisper has been “in charge” at Parkside for years, ever since we adopted her as an older adult from the Dumb Friends League animal shelter. She doesn’t have any teeth, they were very infected and needed removed when she arrived at the shelter, but that doesn’t stop her from playing soccer, greeting our clients, napping behind the desk, and taunting some of our goofy puppy patients. She and Bixby have become great friends since he arrived at Parkside!