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Team Members

Simon Turner

A. Simon Turner, BVSC, MS, Diplomate ACVS, DVSc (h-c)
Founder and former Director of SRL.  Dr. Turner's vision and expertise as a leading authority in large animal surgery made the establishment of SRL a reality over 20 years ago. His vast experience and knowledge of sheep as a research model advanced the SRL to a nationally known status and highly respected research facility. Recently named a Professor Emeritus at CSU, Dr. Turner continues to play a vital role in all studies performed at the SRL.

Howard Seim

Director of SRL. Dr. Seim has been with the lab for over 20 years and was instrumental in establishing sheep as a model to study a variety of spinal disorders. Dr. Seim graduated with a DVM from Washington State University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He helps manage the daily operations of the lab and is a PI and primary sheep spine surgeon.

Jeremiah Easley

Assistant Director of SRL. A DVM graduate from Virginia-Maryland Collage of Veterinary Medicine, completed a large animal surgery residency at the University of Florida. He manages the daily operations of the laboratory and is acts as a PI or Co-PI on all research projects performed at SRL.

Ross Palmer

Principal Investigator, orthopaedic research. Dr. Palmer has been an active member of the lab since 2004 with expertise in ACL, meniscal, bone healing, and minimally invasive sacroiliac fusion models. Dr. Palmer graduated with a DVM from Kansas State University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He is also active in clinical orthopaedics at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Eileen Hackett

​Principal investigator and active member of the lab since 2004. Dr. Hackett's expertise involves rotator cuff, Achilles tendon, stress incontinence, vaginal prolapse, fascia and other soft tissue models. She graduated with a DVM from the University of Illinois and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She plays an active role in large animal surgery and critical care at the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Dana Ruehlman

Laboratory manager and member of the SRL team for over 4 years. Dr. Ruehlman graduated with a DVM from Colorado State University. She has 28 years of experience in sheep husbandry and medical care and has worked in the biomedical research field for 17 years. She is the primary veterinarian of the flock and involved with pre- and postoperative management of all projects at the SRL.

Kimberly Lebsock, BS

Member of the SRL team for over 10 years. Kim graduated from CSU with Bachelors of Science degree in microbiology. Originally a student assistant in the SRL, Kim became a research associate and surgical technician prior to entering her current position as the flock manager overseeing day to day sheep husbandry.

Matthew Roberts

Lab Assistant in SRL. Matt graduated from CSU-Pueblo with a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. His second bachelor’s and masters degrees were from CSU- Fort Collins in Animal Science and Agricultural Sciences in Integrated Resource Management.

Desiree Sasha

Lab Assistant in SRL. Desiree graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science and a masters degree from the University of Wyoming in Animal Science in Reproductive Biology. She was a graduate assistant for research in the Center for the Study of Fetal Programming at the University of Wyoming.

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