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!
Alex comes to Parkside Animal Health Center from Pima Medical Institute. Alex was initially a veterinary assistant intern and we were happy to bring her on full time after her internship was completed in summer, 2015. Alex worked in customer service for four years, but always knew she wanted a career that involved helping animals. She decided to go to school to become a veterinary assistant and plans to eventually continue her education and become a veterinary technician. In her free time, Alex likes to explore all that Colorado has to offer and has a special interest in visiting new cities around the state. She also enjoys hiking and spoiling her dogs. Alex shares her home with five dogs (Tootsie, Kingston, Koko, Chunkers and Luna), a turtle and several birds.
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).
Heather comes to us most recently from the animal shelter world. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Ecology from St. Cloud University in Minnesota, and made her way to Denver to be near family shortly after. She has spent time in shelter departments including adoptions, kennel care, healthcare and surgery, and has been able to use her degree to work as a veterinary technician. While she has also been a foster parent, she joins the ranks of the “foster flunkies”, having adopted 3 of her foster pets! She most recently adopted her last foster, Tela, who was found at a Burger King with a broken leg, which needed surgical repair – she has recovered like a champion in Heather’s care! During her free time, Heather likes to snowboard, read, do trivia with friends and watch scary movies, as well as relax at home with Tela and her boyfriend.
Skylinn joined our Parkside team in February 2018 as a veterinary assistant. She got her first dog when she landed in Colorado from California when she was 6, and this sparked her love of animals. Even as a kid, she volunteered in animal shelters and Pets for Vets, helping veterans find lifelong companions. Skylinn currently lives with her 2 dogs: a husky named Kinala and a shepherd-rottie mix named Oso who was rescued off the streets. Skylinn loves scary movies and camping with her dogs. She is currently studying medical courses to complete her degree as a veterinary assistant.
Sarai started at Parkside in 2019 after finishing her veterinary assistant externship with us. Sarai got into the veterinary field because of her love of dogs, but she also grew up around parrots! She is a PIMA graduate and has quickly become an asset in appointments and surgery, alongside our veterinary technicians. At work, Sarai loves to take care of our patients during recovery from anesthesia and also during regular visits – her specialty is calming the scared kiddos. She shares her home with a variety of pets, including a pig! In her free time, Sarai loves to visit with friends, hike with her dogs, and relax with a great horror movie.
Kristin recently moved to Colorado from California with her fiancé and their pittie-border collie-aussie shepherd mix, Lucy. Her background is primarily in customer service rolls including front desk management as well marketing coordination. She grew up in a house full of dogs and has always loved animals of all sorts. In her spare time, she loves outdoor activities including hiking, walks with her dog, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and yoga. To unwind, she loves snuggles with her dog and fiancé (she has likely watched every animal documentary known to Netflix), reading, and making dream catchers and jewelry for a creative outlet.