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Felix Duerr

Dr. Felix Duerr

Faculty
Small Animal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Dr. Duerr earned his veterinary degree in Germany at the Veterinary School in Hannover in Northern Germany. After two internships in Canada at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK, he completed his surgical residency/master’s program at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colo. Dr. Duerr obtained diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (A.C.V.S.) in 2008 and with the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (A.C.V.S.M.R.) in 2012. Dr. Duerr is also certified with the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. He worked in private practice for four years prior to joining Colorado State University in 2011 to oversee CSU’s Small Animal Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation program. Dr. Duerr’s research focus is clinical studies aimed at improving animal health and quality of life related to musculoskeletal problems with a particular interest in injury prevention. His clinical interests include sports medicine and rehabilitation, arthritis, cranial cruciate ligament injury, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, and minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy). Current research projects include the development and evaluation of novel gait analysis techniques, evaluation of new treatment options for arthritis (surgical and non-surgical), and investigation of techniques to enhance bone and tendon healing. Dr. Duerr’s goal is to provide evidence-based guidelines for the treatment and prevention of common small animal injuries with translational application for human musculoskeletal disease.

Felix.Duerr@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 970-297-4140

Nic Lambrechts

​Dr. Nic Lambrechts

Faculty
Small Animal Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Dr. Lambrechts did his veterinary training in South Africa. After three years of small animal private practice in South Africa and the UK, he returned to the University of Pretoria and completed a three-year residency in small animal surgery, being awarded a master’s degree (MMedVet). He joined the surgery faculty shortly thereafter, remaining in this position for about 10 years. During this time he became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons (ECVS) through examination. He was an invited lecturer at School of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech for a year, followed by eight years as an Associated Professor in Small Animal Surgery at Purdue University, Indiana. He took up a position in Small Animal Surgery at Colorado State University in late 2014. He became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR) in early 2015 by examination. Dr. Lambrechts has an interest in pain diagnosis and management, muscle/tendon diseases and the use of objective tools like instrumented gait analysis to provide evidence-based treatments and programs for musculoskeletal disease and injuries.

Nic.Lambrechts@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-4304

Heather Brown

​Heather Brown

Veterinary Technician

Heather grew up in Arizona and moved to Colorado in 2012. She has wanted to be in veterinary medicine since she can remember. Heather has been working as a technician since 2008 and is currently in school to become a CVT. She has been working at CSU since June of 2017.

Heather.Brown@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-3711

Ilan Frank

​Dr. Ilan Frank

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident

Dr. Frank earned his BSc degree in Animal Sciences in 1995, from the Faculty of Agriculture, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 1999 he graduated his DVM degree from the Koret School of Veterinary Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in 2000 he completed a year of an internship program in small animal medicine, surgery and intensive care at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the Koret School of Veterinary medicine, Israel. Recently he retired from service after 15 years as the Chief Veterinarian of Special Operations Military Working Dogs Unit, in order to dedicate three years to the residency training program in Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation at CSU. On his leisure time Ilan enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife, three kids and his dog – "Molly", a retired Search & Rescue Military Working Dog.

Sasha Foster

Sasha Foster

Staff
Veterinary Rehabilitation
 

Sasha A. Foster, MSPT, CCRT, has her Master of Science in physical therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA, and is a certified canine rehabilitation therapist through Canine Rehab Institute in Wellington, FL. She is the author of the Maxwell Award winning book and DVD, The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog, A Physical Therapy Approach; Canine Cross Training, Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog; Home Exercise Handouts for Orthopedic Animal Rehabilitation; and Canine Athletic Conditioning, The Clinical Program. She is a contributing author in the Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation textbook, as well as a faculty member of Canine Rehab Institute. Her goal as the physical therapist for the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation team is to provide evidence-based, compassionate, gentle-handling assessments and treatments to build lasting therapeutic relationships that return patients to pain-free function.

Phone: (970) 297-4344




Amy Joesten

Staff
Veterinary Technician

Amy grew up in Illinois and lived in Wisconsin for 8 years, but is a loyal Chicago Bears fan. She received her CVT in 2005 from Madison Area Technical College and her Bachelor of Science in 2002 from the University of Wisconsin. She has primarily worked in the preclinical research industry and more recently in a surgical specialty practice. Amy has a strong interest orthopedics and rehabilitation. Outside of work, Amy and her family enjoy outdoor activities such as wake boarding and downhill skiing.

Amy.Joesten@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-5000
Kelly Mann

Dr. ​Kelly Mann

Post-Doctoral
Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Administrator
Nuclear Medicine Service Chief 

Dr. Mann received his Bachelor of Science in 1986 from Georgia College and graduated from the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. After one year in private practice, Dr. Mann returned to the University of Georgia and completed a Master of Science in Veterinary Parasitology. He joined the US Army Veterinary Corps in 1992. During his military career, Dr. Mann was the Director of the LTC Daniel E. Holland Military Working Dog Hospital and served in specialized training and leadership positions focused on military working dog medical care in Department of Defense, NATO, and allied programs. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Dr. Mann is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit and recipient of the Army Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator, the highest recognition for professional excellence in the Army Medical Department. Dr. Mann retired at the rank of Colonel in 2013. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in advanced imaging and cancer biology at Colorado State University and serves as the Nuclear Medicine Service Chief for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Animal Cancer Center. Dr. Mann has a passion for all working dogs and the people they serve so well. His goal is to provide advanced imaging techniques that support medical and surgical interventions which will lessen pain and suffering in animals and may lead to translational benefits for human patients.  

Kelly.Mann@colostate.edu 
(970) 297-5147

Sebastian Mejia

​Sebastian Mejia

Dr. Mejia received his veterinary degree in Bogota, Colombia. He completed a small animal rotating internship at the Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, California, and a surgical internship at VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona prior to joining our Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation team. Dr. Mejia’s focus for his fellowship at CSU is clinical research for dogs with osteoarthritis. His ultimate goal is to pursue a residency in small animal surgery.   
 
Sebastian.Mejia@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-5000
Laura Southworth

​Laura Southworth

Staff
Veterinary Technician

Laura grew up in Wisconsin, where her love of animals began. She received her BS in Biology in 2000. She discovered canine rehabilitation when her agility dog, Ellie, had a strained muscle which no one else was able to diagnose. After 6 months of rehab, Ellie was performing better than ever, and Laura was sold on rehab! She received her CVT in 2014 from Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology to pursue her dream of being part of a rehabilitation team. Laura’s goals for this career include providing compassionate and loving care while treating and respecting each patient as an individual. She also is interested in continuing to develop her knowledge of operant conditioning and gentle handling. Fun jobs in Laura’s past include handling for an Iditarod musher for three seasons  and working at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center caring for 185 large cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and mountain lions.

Laura.Southworth@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-4344



​Shawn Thompson

Staff
Veterinary Technician
 
Shawn graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2004 and received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2001 from the University of Wyoming. She has previously worked in general surgical specialty and emergency practice.

Shawn.Thompson@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 297-5000
Theresa Wendland

​Dr. ​Theresa Wendland

Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Resident
Small Animal Veterinary Orthotics and Prosthetics (V-OP), Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation

Dr. Wendland attended veterinary school at Colorado State University and has been working with the CSU SMR team since 2012. She is a certified veterinary medical acupuncturist (CVA) and has training in canine rehabilitation and veterinary chiropractic therapy. Dr. Wendland has special interests in V-OP, rehabilitation of canine athletes, pain management, gait analysis, and evidence based non-surgical and minimally invasive therapies for musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases. Past and current research includes partial limb amputation and prosthetics, novel gait analysis, and integrative therapies for osteoarthritis pain management. Dr. Wendland plans to pursue a residency in sports medicine and rehabilitation and looks forward to learning and growing with this up and coming specialty field of veterinary medicine.
Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Wendland obtained a fine arts degree and worked professionally as an artist. She still creates art in her free time when possible and also enjoys riding her horses and practicing martial arts.
 
Phone: (970) 297-5000
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