Dr. Lee Bregitzer opened the doors of Columbine Animal Hospital in June 1972. He is a 1969 honors graduate from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and did his undergraduate work at Ohio University. He is a member of Phi Zeta, the veterinary scholastic society and a Danforth scholar. He is a member of the American, Colorado, and Denver Veterinary Medical Societies, and a practitioner affiliate of the American Animal Hospital Association. He is also a full fellow in the Veterinary Laser Surgical Society. His passions in veterinary medicine include diseases of the ear and laser surgery. Outside of the office, he enjoys flying hot air balloons, fishing, golfing, dancing and spending time with his grandchildren. Lee and his wife Max have 2 adult children and are also the parents of 4 dachshunds, Sherman, Lily, Randolph and Stanley. Dr. Bregitzer continues to do missionary work with the Christian Veterinary Mission in both Africa and Nepal.
Dr. Karen Todd has grown up around Columbine Animal Hospital, and is as an associate veterinarian. She graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and also earned her B.S. in Biology from the University of Oklahoma. Her pet family includes "Liberty Blue", an enthusiastic German Shorthair Pointer, and "Nahla" a sweet Great Dane. Outside of work, Karen enjoys spending time with her husband and raising her little boys. She also enjoys camping with her family, gardening, biking, and running.
Dr. Karen Coriden received her B.S. in Biology from Grinnell College in Iowa and her D.V.M. from the University of Illinois in 1976. Her pet family includes 3 dogs—"Sophie", "Whitney", and "Veda", and 8 cats. Karen has a special interest in geriatric medicine, feline medicine, as well as dentistry, and exotic animal medicine and surgery. Karen lives in Evergreen with her husband Mike, and has three daughters. Outside of veterinary medicine, Karen enjoys spending time with family, reading, and gardening.
Dr. Michelle Behrendt is part of our emergency staff, working some nights and weekends. Her special interests in veterinary medicine include pediatrics, reproduction, and Chiropractic care. Michelle is a certified veterinary chiropractioner. Her pet family includes 2 greyhouds, 2 border collies, and 2 cats. Michelle has been a veterinarian for over 20 years, and is grateful that every morning, she gets to go to work.