Dr. Dennis Luedke
DVM, Practice Owner and Senior Partner
Dr. Luedke’s love of animals was cultivated from his desire to follow in his father’s footsteps. Growing up in the Denver area, he was exposed to veterinary medicine at an early age as his father was a veterinarian and virologist and worked in the arthropod-borne disease research lab in Denver. His fondest memories were of taking care of sick and debilitated animals that his father would bring home from the research facility to get intensive care at the family home.
Dr. Luedke graduated from veterinary school at Colorado State University in 1983 and completed a 1-year internship at Littleton Large Animal Clinic upon graduation. Over the next 7 years, Dr. Luedke worked in a 2-man equine-exclusive ambulatory practice in Mesa, Arizona. This practice was primarily involved in equine reproduction, show horses, and racing thoroughbreds and quarter horses. In 1990 he accepted a position as an associate at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic and became an owner of the practice in 1993. Dr. Luedke is currently the senior partner at GVC.
Following in the family tradition, Dr. Luedke, has 2 wonderful children that have also aspired to be veterinarians. His oldest son, Bret, graduated from CSU in 2011 and is currently practicing in a mixed practice in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Bret’s wife is also a veterinarian at the same practice. Dr. Luedke’s younger daughter, Lauren, is currently enrolled in the veterinary medicine program at CSU and is heavily involved in research projects at CSU..
Dennis Luedke met his wonderful wife, Gina, in veterinary school and they have been married since 1983. The Luedke clan is heavily involved in horse activities in their spare time. Both his wife and daughter compete in reined horse events. The whole family enjoys pack trips to their family cabin on the flat tops. The rest of the Luedke time is devoted to maintaining their 10 acre farm in Silt, Colorado.
Thirty years of practice as a large animal veterinarian have been very rewarding for Dr. Luedke. He considers it an honor and privilege to be able to work in this profession every day.
Dr. Rocky Mease
DVM, Practice Owner
Dr. Rocky Mease is a western Colorado native who truly enjoys helping people to live happier lives by keeping their furry, four-legged friends happy and healthy. Dr. Mease made the choice later in life to change careers from a heavy equipment mechanic welder and become a veterinarian. This choice has allowed him to live and work in a small community where he can get to know his clients and their four-legged family members personally. It is this connection that allows Dr. Mease to focus on individualized care for his patients.
Rocky completed his pre-veterinary education at Mesa State College in 1997 and his DVM from Colorado State University in 2001. Dr. Mease has limited his practice to small animal medicine and surgery. He joined Glenwood Veterinary Clinic in 2002 and has been a partner since 2006.
Dr. Mease and his wife, Terri, have been married since 1983 and both enjoy their small herd of registered Dexter cattle as well as their 4 dogs: Pickle, Klunk, Tilly, and Floyd; 4 horses; and more cats than you can count. When not at the clinic, he enjoys his Jeep Commando, rock crawlers, his little farm, and hunting big game. Please feel free to give him a call if you have a question about your fluffy friend or just want to chat about little cows, off road vehicles, or other fun things in western Colorado.
Dr. Joanna Virgin
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS- Large Animal
Dr. Joanna Virgin grew up in rural Alaska and enjoys many outdoor activities including running, skiing, climbing and mountain biking. She fell in love with horses at a young age and spent most of her childhood days riding, competing in hunter jumper shows, or cleaning stalls at various stables. She moved to Colorado in 2002 to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine and turn a life long passion into a career. She completed her Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science, and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University.
During veterinary school, she developed a strong interest in equine surgery. She went on to complete a rotating equine surgical internship at Oakridge Equine Hospital in Edmond, OK followed by a surgical residency at Michigan State University. Her professional interests include orthopedics, minimally invasive surgical techniques, upper airway disease and surgery, and sports medicine. During her residency, she completed a research project investigating a new application of the tie-forward procedure to treat dysphagia in horses. She also has published research and review papers on support limb laminitis, wound care and healing in horses, and analgesic protocols for standing laparoscopic procedures in horses.
Dr. Sarah Waxman
DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS- Large Animal
Dr. Waxman grew up in Leawood, KS (Kansas City area) in a family of human doctors. At age 11 she began riding hunter/jumper horses and soon discovered her interest in veterinary medicine vs. human medicine. She went to Kansas State University for an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and was an Early Admission Scholar for vet school. After graduating from K-State with her DVM in 2009, Dr. Waxman went on to a private practice internship at Wilhite and Frees Equine Hospital in Kansas City where she gained experience in general equine practice and also surgical and medical referral cases.
She then worked for a year at Virginia Equine, an ambulatory practice outside of Richmond, VA. From there, Dr. Waxman completed a large animal surgery residency at Purdue University, stayed on as faculty for a year and was subsequently board certified in large animal surgery in 2015. Although her true love is equine lameness and surgery, she has surgical experience with all large animals.
Outside of work Dr. Waxman enjoys riding her horse Zeke, playing with her dog Jordie, photography, cooking, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Amy (Daley) Krick
Growing up on the family ranch south of Silt, CO was the beginning of a life destined to care for animals for Dr. Amy Krick. Whether she was working on the ranch, raising steers and lambs for 4-H, or competing in rodeos, Dr. Krick has been intimately involved with horses and livestock for as long as she can remember. After graduating from Rifle High School, she headed to Stanford where she earned a bachelor of science in biological sciences. It only took one quarter living in the city for Dr. Krick to realize she wanted to eventually live back in a rural area and care for animals.
While at Stanford, she also studied abroad in Santiago, Chile to complete a minor in Spanish. She then moved back to Colorado, where she completed the combined MBA/DVM program at Colorado State University. During her final year of vet school, Dr. Krick studied abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland at the Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies for some additional equine rotations. She also completed the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course through the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and CSU.
With a love of traveling and a sense of adventure, Dr. Krick headed to Sydney, Australia to complete an internship at Randwick Equine Centre. After gaining experience in medicine, lameness, surgery, anesthesia, and emergency work, she was offered a job as an ambulatory vet on the south coast of New South Wales. She worked another two years at Illawarra Equine Centre, gaining extensive experience in equine reproduction, as well as dentistry, medicine, emergency, lameness, and general ambulatory work. She and her husband have moved back to the area, where they plan to help operate her family’s cattle ranch and where she will enjoy being an ambulatory vet at GVC. When she is not at the clinic, she enjoys riding and helping out on the ranch, skiing, camping, fishing, gardening, cooking, and traveling as often as she gets the chance.
Dr. Molly Brinkmann
Dr. Molly Brinkmann is our newest associate veterinarian who you might already know as she was our 2015-2016 intern doctor. Molly grew up in middle Tennessee and developed a passion for large animals at a very young age through helping on her grandparents’ cattle farm and riding horses. Molly further cultivated her passion for veterinary medicine while working as an agricultural intern for a mission in Honduras that served local farmers and families through agricultural education, equine therapy and dairy/beef cattle management. Molly received her BS in Animal Science at the University of Tennessee and went on to receive her DVM from the University of Tennessee as well.
Dr. Brinkmann worked and volunteered in multiple veterinary practices, both small and large, throughout high school, college and veterinary school. She enjoys working with many species and is a part of our small and large animal team. Dr. Brinkmann has special interests in ophthalmology, small animal surgery and small ruminant/camelid medicine.
Dr. Matt Leshaw
A California native, Dr. Leshaw completed his undergraduate studies in structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego. After two years of working as an engineer in the aerospace industry, he made the decision to return to school to pursue a long-time interest in becoming an equine veterinarian. He attended the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis and graduated in May of 2016. He is excited to be part of the team at Glenwood Vet Clinic and equally excited to be living on the western slope of Colorado. If Dr. Leshaw isn’t at the clinic, you’ll probably find him fly-fishing on the Roaring Fork, Colorado or Frying Pan.