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Our Doctors
Liz ORourke
Dr. Liz O'Rourke  
is the founder and owner of Animal Urgent Care and is a staff veterinarian at the clinic. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Syracuse University, and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 1993. Dr. O'Rourke has been practicing emergency medicine for the majority of her career, and loves the excitement that every day brings. She has a gift for attending not only the needs of her patients, but also easing the concerns of their owners. The caring atmosphere experienced by clients at Animal Urgent Care is the product of Dr. Liz's big heart. She has cultivated a small team of employees that feel like a family and work together to achieve the best results for your pet. Dr. O'Rourke lives in Arvada with her husband, Don. She has two moderately well-behaved labs, Clara and Sunshine, a mutt of a puppy named DJ (after Rockies 2nd baseman!), and Tigger the kitty.
Steven Stasiak
Dr. Steven Stasiak  
is a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  He began his practice career in Idaho prior to re-locating to Colorado in 2002.  He has worked in general practice as well as shelter medicine but enjoys the challenges and diversity of emergency medicine.  When away from the clinic, he can often be found at the dog park or open space with his goofy but lovable German Shorthair Pointer named Dingo.  He also enjoys other hobbies such as scuba diving and training in Taekwondo.
Dr. Kris Ballotti
Dr. Kris Ballotti  
is a Colorado native, born and raised in Pueblo, Co. She went to Veterinary school at CSU and never wanted to leave the state. Most of her family still remains in the state. She is married with a wonderful husband who shares many interests that she does. Both of them are master falconers and love to fly birds of prey. They are also into horses. One of their favorite past times is to dress up as 1860 era stage coach drivers. They have two beautiful Percheron horses that they use to pull a carriage for weddings and hay wagons on special events.
Dr. Jen Hall
Dr. Jen Hall  
is a 2000 graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She practiced general surgery and medicine for eight years prior to transitioning to emergency medicine in 2008. She has a special interest in internal medicine, toxicology, and critical care. She lives in Boulder with her husband Steve, pit bull mix named Shep, and her dilute tortoise shell cat named Goat. Her hobbies include cooking, gardening, yoga, hiking with The Shep Dog, and skiing.
Our Technicians
Kate Rittler
Kate Rittler  
is the Office Manager at Animal Urgent Care. Kate grew up in Philadelphia, and moved to Florida to earn an undergraduate degree in Music. As Office Manager, she has taken over a lot of the responsibilities that Dr. O'Rourke was managing on her own. She has been working at AUC since 2009, and feels very fortunate to have accrued so much hands-on experience. Kateenjoys cooking, hiking, baseball (Go Phils!), spending time with her two mutt pups, Skillet & Monsieur Tibbs, and extreme remodeling with her most excellent boyfriend, Brandon.
Maggie Dockter
Maggie Dockter  
started at Animal Urgent Care in November of 2014. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2000 and has been a technician for over 18 years. She is a Colorado native and loves spending time outdoors with her wonderful husband, 2 amazing children. She has a large variety of pets she enjoys spending her days with.


Casey Elliot
Casey Elliot, CVT  
is a 2011 graduate of Bel-rea.   With a life-long love and passion for animals and the medical field. She has worked across the board from exotics to large animal and everything in between and is strong in laboratory work and surgical procedures/anesthesia. In addition to doing relief work at various hospitals around the state, she currently works as an overnight emergency technician at a specialty hospital in highlands ranch as well as here at Animal Urgent Care. When not at work Casey spends time with her dog Buddha conquering trails around Colorado, rock or ice climbing and logging flight hours towards her pilot's license.   When asked why she works so much her response is "It's not work if you love what you do!"
Becky McMurry
Becky McMurry, CVT,  
has been in Colorado since 1998 when she attended CSU. She graduated in 2003  with a BS in Animal Science and Agricultural Extension Education. Then, she attended Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and graduated in March of 2005 with her Associate degree in Veterinary Technology. Once in the vet tech field, Becky started in emergency medicine and has never looked back. Her career highlights include working at CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Critical Care Unit and also working as a technician for Veterinary Criticalist Dr. Geoff Heffner, most known for his specialty in hemodialysis in small animal medicine. She has been with Animal Urgent Care since shortly after the doors opened. Becky has her critter collection: 2 dogs (Frisco and Penny) and 1 cat (Stuart Kitty) and her elder quarter horse Salty.  Her free time is spent with new relationship (Josh Conrad), home ownership, and traveling  to Montana to spend time on her family's cattle ranch.
Heather Perish
Heather Perish, CVT  
has been a certified veterinary technician since 2000; graduating from Front range community college in Fort Collins.  She has worked at AUC since the summer of 2011, having taken a year off to have her daughter. When not working, Heather is a full time stay at home mom. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, and outdoor activities.


Audra Webb
Audra Webb, CVT  
is native to Colorado. She has been a Veterinarian Technician for 10 years. Audra has been doing emergency medicine for the past 7 years. She is married to a wonderful man who tolerates her constant menagerie of animals. They have two beautiful daughters. They also have two boxers, two fish, a turtle and a guinea pig.
Erin Conley
Erin Conley  
manages the social media side of the clinic. She is the person who posts the Tuesdays tips and other items we all enjoy. Erin is a senior at Colorado State University. She is majoring in physics and minoring in math. Once she graduates, she intends on going to graduate school. She also plays the flute in the marching band. Go Rams!


Kerry Conley
Kerry Conley  
(Pictured left) is currently helping to convert all the paper files to computerized files. She also helps out with errands occasionally. Kerry is a sophomore at Colorado School of Mines studying chemical engineering.


Pamela Dumont
Pamela Dumont  
Pamela has been with AUC since September 2013 as a Veterinary Assistant. She lives with her two kids and 13 year old lab, Annie.




Andi Fujiki
Andi Fujiki  
graduated from Colorado Mountain College in May 2009 with an Associates of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology. She has worked here since 2011 part time.  She has worked in the veterinary field since 2005. She and her husband love camping, spending time with friends and family, and their cats. Andi is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
Hannah Lambertson
Hannah Lambertson  
is a Junior at Ralston Valley High School. She has been working at AUC for 6 months as an Office Assistant, and is having the time of her life! She can't imagine a better first job! In the future, she hopes to attend CSU and double major in Biochemical engineering and English. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her two dogs, read, write, and play softball for Arvada.


Bekah Pfeifer
Bekah Pfeifer  
is a student at the community college of denver and getting a degree in veterinary technology. She has lived in Colorado her whole life and has been with Animal Urgent Care for almost a year. She loves getting out on gorgeous Colorado days and going hiking, camping, and riding her bike.
Stephen Rowe
Stephen Rowe  
was raised and grew up in the hot and humid state of Alabama.  He started working for a small town vet in Wetumpka, AL as a assistant/receptionist/kennel helper/ground keeper in April 2004. In August 2008, he decided to attend Jefferson State Community College, in Birmingham, AL, to get his Associates degree in Applied Science in Veterinary Technology.  He graduated from the veterinary technology program in May 2010.  While in school, he switched jobs to work at an emergency/specialty vet hospital in Montgomery, AL as a weekend, overnight Emergency Technician. In 2014, he moved to Laramie,  WY where his mother currently lives, and decided that after 6 months of boredom, to make another move to the beautiful state of Colorado, where he came across this wonderful emergency hospital (Animal Urgent Care) in Arvada, CO. He currently has a three year old, spoiled rotten, rescued lab-mix that only has 3 legs.
Vickie Saxe
Vickie Saxe  
moved to the Denver area from North Carolina where she has been a registered veterinary technician since 2000. She worked at several general and emergency practices in the Raleigh area as well as the North Carolina State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and an MRI facility specifically for pets. After contemplating veterinary school while growing up, she ended up as an archaeologist for a while instead. Eventually, she returned to her love of animals and became a veterinary technician. She and her husband have a Golden Retriever who is thankful that he got to move to Colorado and a Border Collie mix, both who love to play in the snow and the mountains. She also has a senior-but-aging-gracefully cat.
Kate Smith
Kate Smith  
(aka Smitty/Smitts/etc…) is currently working towards her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and will graduate with her DVM in 2017. She enjoys working at Animal Urgent Care during school breaks and owes her success in veterinary school to the overwhelming help and support she has received from the doctors and staff at Animal Urgent Care. When she is not studying, she enjoys being outdoors in all seasons either horseback riding, running, skiing or hiking. Even though she now attends CSU, she is an avid CU Buff fan and enjoys watching Buff and Bronco’s football.
Kassidy Michelle Vatter
Kassidy Michelle Vatter  
is an assistant at Animal Urgent Care. She is currently a student at CU studying Integrative Physiology and hopes to attend veterinary medical school in the future.
Rachel Wanty
Rachel Wanty  
is finishing up her fourth year of veterinary school at Colorado State University. After graduation she hopes to practice for a few years before pursuing a career in veterinary epidemiology. Rachel is a Colorado native, but did her undergraduate work in Spanish and neuroscience at Washington State University (and she is still an avid Coug). In her free time, Rachel enjoys horseback riding, cooking, crafting, skiing and hanging out with her Boston terrier, Mia.


Donel Conley
Donel Conley  
comes from a long construction background beginning in Alaska and continuing here in Colorado. As the principal maintenance person at Animal Urgent Care, Don always finds (or is found) something to do in the great old building. An avid animal lover, Don is right at home with all the critters coming through the doors.