Dr. Michele Smith, DVM
Our hospital's owner 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, Dr. Mills first became interested in veterinary medicine in high school. Inspired by her love of her own pets and science, she began working in the field as a kennel assistant in a small practice and later in various roles at several veterinary hospitals. Along the way, she had the opportunity to study abroad in southern Kenya and interned at the Philadelphia Zoo before starting veterinary school.
Dr. Mills received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University before graduation from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. She moved to Colorado to complete a one year internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, then worked for six years north of Denver before joining Stapleton Veterinary Hospital. 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 Idgie (a gracefully aging Labrador), Grady (a handsome orange cat) and Bruce (pictured). In her free time, Dr. Mills is an amateur vintner and also 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.