Dr. Michele Smith, DVM
Our hospital's Medial Director is Michele Smith, D.V.M. Dr. Smith graduated from Colorado State University, completed an internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver, and then continued to work at Alameda as a staff doctor. After leaving Alameda East, Dr. Smith worked as an independent contractor at many veterinary hospitals in Colorado and California. She is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Dr. Smith is a resident in the Stapleton community, and cares deeply about the well-being of your beloved pets. When she's not working, Dr. Smith spends her spare time with her husband Greg and daughter Kamdyn. They enjoy eventing with their 4 horses Sidney, Jonas, Captain and Ivan. She also shares her home with her 3 dogs Freddie, Stewart and Bonnie and a cat named Minnie.
Dr. Erin Mills was born in Louisiana and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia. She received her B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University before graduating from the veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She moved to Colorado to complete an internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital and has worked in private practice in Colorado since that time. Her career has been focused on helping people understand pets and their medical needs in order to enhance the exceptional bond pet parents share with their loved ones. To that end, she has a special interest in preventative care, surgery, dentistry and internal medicine.
Dr. Mills lives in Park Hill with her wife Sarah and family members Bruce (pictured), Neville (a rambunctious orange boy cat) and Winifred (a Labrador mix). In her free time, Dr. Mills enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, and traveling.
Dr. Jennifer Brindler, DVM
Dr. Jennifer Brindler was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University for her undergraduate studies prior to obtaining her DVM from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. Dr. Brindler then went on to complete an internship at Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, DC. She spent a few years practicing elsewhere in Virginia and Colorado prior to joining the Stapleton Veterinary team in 2018. Dr. Brindler's professional interests include surgery, dentistry, and preventative care. She and her husband live in Stapleton with their dogs, Jessie (pictured) and Rad, and her cat, Firefly. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, board games, and hiking.
Dr. Laura Hranac, DVM
Dr. Laura Hranac was born and raised in Kearney, Nebraska. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2012 from Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. There, she played the trombone in the Notre Dame marching band and honed her skills as a hooligan-level Fighting Irish fan. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2016. While up north, she enjoyed gaining experience with wildlife at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, educating the public about production animals at the Miracle of Birth Center at the Minnesota State Fair, and working on veterinary teams at sled dog races in northern Minnesota and Upper Michigan. Dr. Hranac completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in 2017 and worked as a relief veterinarian at several hospitals in the Denver area before settling at Stapleton Veterinary Hospital. Her special interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and animal behavior. Dr. Hranac lives in Denver and enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and travel. She still plays the trombone in a local community band and loves to spend time exploring Colorado's hiking trails. She has two dogs, Daisy and Mr. Tumnus, both of whom are also big Irish fans.
Dr. Kristen White, DVM
Dr. White was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and attended the University of Arizona for her undergraduate studies. At the University of Arizona, she received a B.A. in Communication and a B.S. in Veterinary Science. In 2009 she moved to Colorado to attend veterinary school. Dr. White graduated from Colorado State University in 2013 and then moved to Denver the following year where she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. She worked as an associate in private practice for a few years and most recently has been working as a relief veterinarian prior to joining Stapleton Veterinary Hospital.
Dr. White is thrilled to be a part of a profession where she has the opportunity to help people and animals on a daily basis. While she loves every aspect of general practice, her particular interests include: preventative care, internal medicine , hospice care, and dentistry. In her free time, Dr. White enjoys traveling, gardening, skiing, and exploring everything that Colorado has to offer. She currently lives in Ft. Collins with her husband, Chris; their two sons, Eli and Everett; and their senior Labrador Retriever, Parker (pictured).