Indian Tree Animal Hospital

Meet Our Team

Say hello to the Indian Tree Animal Hospital family! Collectively, our doctors and staff are dedicated to the health and happiness of every dog and cat we see, as well as the satisfaction of every client we serve.

Anjuli Hein

DVM & Co-Owner

Dr. Anjuli Hein is the co-owner at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. She earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2007, and is certified in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians (MAV). Her areas of professional interest include pain management, wellness care, senior care, and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Hein was inspired to become a veterinarian after growing up on a ranch and working with her local veterinarian. She enjoys providing support and care for four-legged family members, while working alongside her clients and amazing staff to create well-rounded and long-term plans for Indian Tree Animal Hospital's patients.

Dr. Hein currently shares a home in Arvada, CO with her husband, two kids, Mosley, a Boxer, and Kodi, a German Shepherd. When she is not providing quality veterinary care, she enjoys camping, hiking, reading, and volunteering with math groups and events through her kids' school.

Lesley Leach

DVM & Co-Owner

Dr. Leach joined the ITAH team in the Spring of 2010 and became a co-owner in April of 2016. She received her bachelors degree in Zoology and Biology at the University of Wyoming. She then went on to graduate with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2006. Before joining Indian Tree Animal Hospital, Dr. Leach practiced Veterinary medicine in Northern Colorado.

She enjoys traveling, cooking and skydiving. When she is not being adventurous, she spends her time with her two cats, Jeeves and Wallace.

Shelley Ekstrom

DVM

Dr. Ekstrom graduated from Ross University of Veterinary Medicine in 2002, and began her veterinary career by working in the Texas equine industry. After transitioning to small animal medicine, she then moved from Texas to the beautiful state of Colorado and is enjoying the many outdoor activities that Colorado offers. Dr. Ekstrom enjoys hiking in the mountains in all seasons, riding motorcycles in the summer, and is also an avid bronze sculptor. She has two cute and spunky Corgi's, Matilda and Tallulah.

Carrie Wang

DVM

Dr. Carrie Wang graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. She then moved to Virginia to attend the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2012. After graduation, she completed a 1-year internship in emergency, critical care, and specialty medicine at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in Northern Virginia. She then returned to Colorado and worked for several years as a general practitioner at a specialty veterinary hospital in Denver. Dr. Wang has professional interests in dermatology and neurology.

Dr. Wang grew up in Wyoming and Colorado with many childhood cats and two parakeets named Neptune and Stardust. Dr. Wang is a lover of all breeds, and she currently has a Shepherd mix named Waya, a Miniature Australian Shepherd named Ridley, and two domestic medium hair felines named Olive and Kiyo. Dr. Wang trained Kiyo to shake and Waya and Ridley to turn around on command. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, quilting, watching movies, and traveling to Disney parks.

Dr. Wang is very happy to be a part of the team at Indian Tree Animal Hospital team, and to serve clients and their furry best friends!

Emily Howard

DVM

Dr. Emily Howard graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Magna Cum Laude honors in 1999. From there, she pursued her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University, where she graduated in 2004. Dr. Howard has professional interests in dermatology and pain management.

Dr. Howard grew up in Wichita, KS and Louisville, CO. Her career as a veterinarian started in Kansas City where she practiced for eight years before returning to Colorado in 2012. She views the hospital team at Indian Tree as family, and is proud to work with dedicated, skilled, and compassionate veterinary professionals.

Dr. Howard lives with her husband, two sons, and geriatric Pit bull, Virginia, in beautiful Arvada, CO. In her spare time, she attempts to keep up with her son’s toddler antics.

Celene Joza

DVM, cVMA

Dr. Celene Joza joined the Indian Tree team in February 2018 as an Associate Veterinarian. She grew up in sunny southern California before relocating to Denver. Dr. Joza received a bachelor's degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and went on to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine from St. George's University in Grenada. She completed her clinical training at the University of Georgia. Dr. Joza is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture and her professional interests include geriatric medicine, nutrition, dermatology, and client education.

A few of her favorite things include hiking, camping, burgers and BBQ, and the movie Steel Magnolias. She shares her home with her husband, a Plott Hound from Grenada named Dodgy, a black lab named Lapis, and a Mini Rex Rabbit named Sadie.

Elizabeth Rosalia

DVM

Dr. Elizabeth Rosalia grew up in New Jersey. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Biology in 2013. Dr. Rosalia then headed to the University of California-Davis where she received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. After graduation, she pursued a 1-year internship in emergency medicine, specialty medicine, and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Rosalia’s clinical interests include feline medicine, dentistry, and surgery.

In her free time, Dr. Rosalia enjoys getting out into the mountains for hiking, camping, and skiing. Closer to home, she enjoys cooking, crafts, and spending time with her two amazing cats, Apollo and Starbuck.

Mitch Kramer

Founder

Indian Tree Animal Hospital is an establishment founded on far more than just veterinary medicine. It’s a practice founded on respect for animals, the desire to keep pets healthy, and a commitment to serving owners and their pet families. This is the vision Dr. Mitch Kramer had when he opened Indian Tree in 1990, and these core values continue to be shared with pets and pet owners in the Arvada, CO community today.

In the beginning, Dr. Kramer practiced full-time as the hospital's only veterinarian. Today, his hard work and dedication are preserved by an amazing team of doctors and staff that share his passion for impeccable veterinary medicine and gentle bedside manner. His confidence in Indian Tree's wonderful team, and the countless clients and pets he has served over the years, have given him such an amazing experience. He is forever grateful for his 25 years with Indian Tree.

The doctors and staff at Indian Tree are equally as grateful to Dr. Kramer for creating a hospital culture like no other, and instituting standards of care that go above and beyond for the clients we serve and the pets we care for each and every day.

Amanda "AJ"

Office Manager

Amanda Jahn's, who goes by AJ, compassion and love of animals is apparent in everything she does at Indian Tree. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor's in Marine Biology and studied for 5 months at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, Australia during that time. Following graduation, she spent a year in the Florida Keys volunteering at The Dolphin Research Center. Additionally, she volunteered at Colorado's Ocean Journey (now Downtown Aquarium). These experiences not only helped solidify that she wanted to work with animals, but that Colorado would be her forever home.

AJ's favorite parts of being Office Manager are interacting with clients and their pets as well as assisting with staff development to provide quality customer and patient care. She shares her home with her husband, son, a Collie mix named Rigby, a Chiweenie named Tater Tot, and a parakeet named Casper.

Lisa

Technician Supervisor

Originally from Central Pennsylvania, Lisa earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in French from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She moved to the Denver area in 2013 and started working in the veterinary field shortly after. Lisa has special interests in animal behavior, exotic species, wildlife conservation, bees, and large cats. At home, Lisa has a menagerie of pets. She has three DSH cats named Gadget, Milo, and Linus, a Maine Coon named Jackson, and a DSH foster cat named Cheat. She also has one Miniature Australian Shepherd, Watson, four snakes, one gecko and one axolotl salamander. In her free time, Lisa enjoys camping, hiking, spending time outdoors, snowboarding, and volunteering at Colorado Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. A fun fact about Lisa is that she used to work as a zookeeper in a zoo that specialized in reptiles and amphibians.

Veronica

Certified Veterinary Technician

Veronica is a Certified Veterinary Technician at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. She earned her Bachelor of Science in microbiology from Colorado State University, and her Associate of Science in Veterinary Technology from Front Range Community College. She has worked in the veterinary industry since 2016, and interned at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital before coming to Indian Tree Animal Hospital. Her favorite part of working in the veterinary field is creating a relationship with clients and their pets. Veronica has lived in Colorado her entire life and currently resides in Northglenn with her husband, daughter, border collie mix, and four cats. In her spare time you can find her reading, as she considers herself a bookworm!

Molly

Certified Veterinary Technician

Molly is a Certified Veterinary Technician at Indian Tree Animal Hospital, and is passionate about the environment and wildlife. In 2013, she attended the Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and went on to complete her internship at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. Molly was inspired to work in the veterinary field by her love of science and helping animals. Originally from northeast WI, she moved to Aurora, CO in 2010 and shares a home with her husband and their dog, Ripley; two cats, Zedd and Bella; and King Snake, Beatrix. In her spare time she enjoys video games, and art with ethically sourced animal bones.

Megan

Certified Veterinary Technician

Megan Hooser is a Certified Veterinary Technician at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. She attended the Pima Medical Institute in 2018 for her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology, and is a member of the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians. She began working in the veterinary industry in 2017, and her areas of professional interest include pet dentistry and surgery. She says the best part about working in the veterinary field is being around animals all day, as it is the most gratifying part of her job. She also loves the diverse tasks that keep her learning on a daily basis. Megan grew up in Austin, TX and currently lives in Arvada, CO with her two amazing cats, Zui and Zip; a scruffy Maltese mix, Bernie; and a beautiful Australian Shepherd, Banksy. In her free time she enjoys live music, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family, friends and pets. A fun fact about Megan is that she has a deep love for sloths!

Deziree

Veterinary Technician

Deziree Garcia is a Veterinary Technician at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. She graduated in May 2020 with a degree in Veterinary Technology and interned at Indian Tree Animal Hospital in 2018. Her areas of professional interest include surgery and emergency. Deziree loves seeing animals progress as they heal and she also loves helping to build relationships with them and their owners. She currently lives in Arvada where she is from originally, with her chocolate Lab named Olive, and black Lab named Ottis. In her free time when she is not hanging out at home, she enjoys being at the lake, paddle boarding, boating, and attending music festivals and concerts.

Sarah

Veterinary Assistant

Born and raised in the Denver area, Sarah has worked in the veterinary field since 2008. Caring for pets, meeting people, and being part of a stand-out hospital team brings Sarah much joy. When Sarah is not at Indian Tree, she enjoys fixing things, arts and crafts, and camping. She is also interested in the paranormal and ghost hunting. German Shepherds and Pomeranians hold a special place in Sarah’s heart. Her first pet was a Pomeranian named Angel, and she currently has a White German Shepherd named Yoshi.

Wendy

Veterinary Assistant

Wendy holds a certificate in veterinary assisting and takes pride in forming positive relationships with clients and their pets, along with the amazing staff at Indian Tree. In her free time, Wendy likes 4-wheeling, special fx makeup, cake decorating, and going to concerts and Comic Con. Wendy grew up in Arvada and still can’t get enough of Amici’s italian cuisines. At home, she has a PitBull named Chopper, a Cane Corso mix named Harlene Quinn, and four cats named Angel, Jack, Scrappy, and Spike.

Ashley

Client Care Representative Supervisor

Ashley grew up in Arvada, and is is thrilled to serve the local pet community as a Client Care Representative Supervisor at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. In her free time, Ashley enjoys cooking, painting, and spending time with her husband and daughter. Ashley also volunteers at her daughter's school, where she assists with reading and writing, as well as lends a helping hand for as many school functions as she can. At home, Ashley has three cats: Neville Longbottom, Zoey and Teacup.

Amanda

Client Care Representative

Amanda is a Client Care Representative at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. Originally from Taos, New Mexico, a veritable artist mecha, Amanda has a love for music and other creative outlets. In particular, she likes illustration, painting, and playing the violin. At home, Amanda has three feline friends, Mischa, Momo, and The Reverend Grimm, and an Australia Shepherd, Bartleby.

Carrie

Client Care Representative

Carrie George is a Customer Care Representative at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. She graduated in 2010 from John Brown University with a bachelor's in psychology, and is currently studying zoology at Colorado State University. Her areas of professional interest include veterinary medicine, wildlife research, and marine research. She loves working at Indian Tree Animal Hospital with an amazing team of animal lovers; all working towards the same goal of helping people and their pets. Carrie was born and raised in Frisco, CO and currently calls Arvada home with her Spinone Italiano dog, Jake; and domestic shorthair cat, Roswell. In her spare time, Carrie enjoys reading, hiking, camping, and spending time with her family and friends. A fun fact about Carrie is that she first learned to ski when she was just three years old.

Rafael

Client Care Representative

Rafael is a Client Care Representative at Indian Tree Animal Hospital. His love of pets inspired him to change careers and begin working in the veterinary field in 2020. Originally from Texas, he currently lives in Westminster, CO with his family, including two cats, Ami and Drax the Destroyer. Rafael enjoys spending his free time with his wife and kids, and is also a comic artist and creator.

Kait

Client Care Representative

An Arvada native, Kait joins the Indian Tree family as a Client Care Representative after living in New Orleans, LA for two years. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 with a Bachelors degree in Anthropology and Environmental Studies and holds an Environmental Educator Certification with the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education. She joined the veterinary field in 2020 and enjoys working with the cute pets at the hospital and leaning new skills. 

She shares her home with a Rat Terrier named Billy-Goat Peaches and a cat named Gromit the Snow Unicorn and looks forward to moving to Denver at the end of 2020. Outside of the hospital you can find her practicing yoga, riding a bicycle, growing plants, swimming, connecting with nature, and traveling. A fun fact about Kait is that she has been a pescatarian since 2010!

Join the Indian Tree Animal Hospital Family Today!

Located in the Highlands neighborhood of Arvada, directly Northwest of Denver. We are right off of Wadsworth Blvd and W 80th Ave near the Indian Tree Golf Club and Shopping Mall.

Phone: 303.420.4422

Email: welcome@indiantreeanimalhospital.com

  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM