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Dr. Patrick Doherty
Dr. Doherty was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Loveland in 1971. He attended Monroe Elementary, Conrad Ball Junior High School (now Middle School), and Loveland High School, graduating in 1982. After working on his b.s. degree his entire life, he attended Colorado State University and received his B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1987. He was accepted into the CSU veterinary program and earned his DVM in 1991. After graduation he worked at a busy small animal veterinary hospital in Aurora, CO for 11 years before constructing the building and starting the Boyd Lake Veterinary Center practice in 2002. He, his wife, and two daughters couldn’t imagine living anywhere besides Loveland. They have a miniature Australian shepherd named Gillis. Dr. Doherty enjoys music and concerts, water skiing, snow skiing, camping, home improvement, photography, and entertaining friends and family.
Dr. Carrie Tyszko
Dr. Carrie Tyszko was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. It was there she attended undergraduate college, and then met her to-be-husband, Mariusz (Mush). The two of them moved to Colorado in 2002 to pursue her post-graduate degrees. Dr. Tyszko earned her M.S. and DVM degrees at Colorado State University. She joined BLVC in 2006 immediately following graduation. She and her husband were married in 2002, and now have two boys, Justin and Daniel, and a dog named Payton. The family are avid sports fans (still Chicago-loyal), and love to read, cook, camp, hike, boat, and travel, enjoying many of the things beautiful Colorado has to offer.
Brenda Tennal, Kennel Manager
Brenda was born in Denver, Colorado. She has two inspiring loves, cars and animals. She started with cars at an early age and by 1988 was drag racing at Bandimere Speedway. She has a few first place trophies under her belt and continues with the passion of building and showing cars. Her love for animals began very early and she always dreamed of being a veterinarian. When she graduated high school she had to make a decision and she began her career with Pet City in Northglenn mall. By 1998 she owned several Pet Citys from Broomfield to Greeley. She had her own licenses for breeding birds, small animals, reptiles, Samoyeds and Shetland Sheepdogs. She loved helping educate people about animals so she did seminars at the local schools to share her information with the children. She sold her last store in 2006 and has been the kennel manager at BLVC since 2008. She is married to Troy, her high school sweetheart.
Diane McCord, Groomer
Diane was born and raised in California. She went to St. Didacus 1-8th grades and graduated from St. Geneieve High School. She went on to college at L.A. Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. Diane studied animal science and graduated with an A.S. degree in math/science. She started grooming in the 8th grade and has been working for BLVC since the summer of 2007. Diane also owned her own grooming business in Phoenix, AZ for 9 1/2 years before she moved to Colorado. When she was not grooming she was driving a semi-truck with her husband of 23 years. She has 2 children, Courtney who graduated from high school and works nearby, and Nikolas who is is a black belt in Taekwondo. Diane loves to watch her children participating in their sports, and in her spare time she enjoys going to the mountains, shooting archery and watching a good TV show.
Natasja Budzitowski, Certified Veterinary Technician
Natasja was born and raised in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She attended Waverly Elementary, Wellington Junior High, and graduated from Poudre High School. After graduation she went to NJC in Sterling, Colorado for a year, then moved to Denver to go to Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She graduated and became a certified vet tech in 1991. Natasja has worked in several vet clinics including ones that had large and exotic animals. She is married to Ron and has 2 daughters, 3 1/2 and 8 1/2 years old. She enjoys spending time with them, going to movies and concerts, being outdoors, and exercising.
Karen McBeth, Office Manager
Karen moved here from Huntington Beach, California in 2005. Being raised in a military home she has lived in many states and graduated from high school in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She is married and has 7 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 parakeets, 21 fish, 2 beautiful granddaughters, a spotted granddoggie, and 3 grandkittens. She started working for Boyd Lake Veterinary Center in 2005 and enjoys every aspect of her job. In her free time Karen likes to run with her Labrador and Irish Setter, swim, wakeboard, spend time with her family in Colorado and visit her family and friends back in California.
Melissa McCormack, Certified Veterinary Technician
Melissa is a Colorado native who grew up in Estes Park. She attended Front Range Community College and graduated in 2006 with an A.A.S. in veterinary technology. She began working as a CVT at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center a short time later. She currently lives in Loveland with her 4 furry kids. She has a German Shepherd, a miniature Australian Shepard, and 2 cats. Melissa enjoys music, reading, walking her dog & catering to her cats' every whim.
Grace McBeth, Veterinary Assistant
Grace grew up in Huntington Beach, California and moved with her family to Loveland in 2005. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 2010. Grace attended the Animal Technology program at Front Range Community College and started working for BLVC as a veterinary assistant the summer of 2008. Even though this is Grace's first job, she loves what she does and enjoys working with her co-workers. She lives in Ft. Collins with Aaron and their daughter, Aaliyah, born in June of 2011. She enjoys her family, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and being a momma. Grace is the second youngest of 7 children and has a twin sister.
Karissa Hucke, Receptionist
Karissa was born and raised here in Loveland, Colorado. She attended a private school throughout her grade school years until she went to Mountain View High School from which she graduated in 2010. During her senior year she started working at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center and immediately felt like a part of the family. She has worked both in the kennel area and as a receptionist. Outside of work some of her favorite things to do are to hang out with friends and family, go shopping, go to the movies, take her dog for walks and go to the dog park.
Tabitha Peterson, Kennel Attendant
Tabitha was born in Red Wing, MN and moved to Loveland at the age of 5. She graduated from Thompson Valley High School in 2010. She attended the Front Range Community College Veterinary Technician program for high school students. Much of what she learned enabled her to get her job here at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center. This is her first job and she has worked in the boarding and day care kennels since 2010. She has a pug named Princess who likes to come visit the other staff members here. She had her first son on November 23, 2012.
Donatello, Petey and Syd
Donatello (named after one of the Ninja Turtles) and Petey were acquired in Miami Beach, FL in 2005 from a family who was moving to Spain. They are "Red Ear Slider" turtles who were born in captivity and we assume they are brothers. In 2007 Syd (named after Syd Barrett, first lead singer of Pink Floyd) was purchased at a Reptile Expo in Miami to join the others. Syd is a "Yellow Belly Slider" and was very young when he was purchased. In 2008 the turtles made the long move from Miami to Colorado and were adopted by Boyd Lake Veterinary Center where they are happy and thriving. They live in a tank with goldfish and several varieties of tetras. Their tank mates need to be fast swimmers or they may become turtle lunch.
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