Dr. Megan Pansiera
Megan grew up in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. She went to UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad (go Tarheels!), then attended the University of Tennessee for veterinary school. After veterinary school, she accepted a small-animal internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver (home of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets). This intensive year of training solidified her love for internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. After her internship, Megan took a job at a large, progressive hospital in Colorado Springs for five years, but ultimately wanted to return to Denver, so she is excited to join Overland’s team!
In her spare time, you can find her doing triathlons, snowboarding, CrossFitting or hanging out with her 115-pound rescue black lab, Charlie. Charlie’s interests include drooling with his head out the window on car rides, eating bars of soap (well, eating in general) and running.
Dr. Alison Brown
Alison Brown grew up in a small college town in upstate New York. After deciding she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was five years old, she finally got the opportunity to work at a local veterinary hospital when she was in eighth grade. Spending all of her free time at the hospital from then on, she learned quickly that veterinary medicine was the profession for her, and she never wavered from that decision.
Dr. Brown attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology. Spending her college summers at A Bar A Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming, Alison was captivated by the Rockies, promising herself that she would return for longer than a summer.
She then spent four years in Columbus, Ohio and graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. After graduation, Alison moved to Richmond, Virginia where she completed an equine internship at Woodside Equine Clinic. After her internship, she decided her passion was in small-animal medicine and worked for two years at Hayfield Animal Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. She then moved from this large metropolitan area to rural Ohio, where she enjoyed practicing for five years at Barnesville-Woodsfield Veterinary Services.
Her desire to return to the West was always in the back of her mind. Alison is very excited to be in Colorado practicing with Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort’s wonderful staff. Dr. Brown’s professional interests include preventive medicine, small-animal medicine, dermatology and ophthalmology, and she has a growing interest and passion in developing rehabilitation medicine.
Outside of work, she is enjoying settling in to married life with her new husband, Jakob, spending time with her sister and her family (yet another reason she loves being in the Denver area) and exploring all the area has to offer.
Alison and her husband share their new home with three dogs: Archie, Bode and Leroy, and their large cat Abner. Their pets are all rescues.
Dr. Chelsea Mendola
After living in many different states all along the East Coast as a kid, Chelsea Mendola moved to Illinois to attend the University of Illinois, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She continued her education at the University of Florida, where she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2016.Throughout her time in veterinary school, she worked as a veterinary assistant for a busy equine sports medicine practice. She has always had a love for horses and had grown up wanting to be an equine vet. Her clinical rotations in veterinary school sparked her passion for small animal medicine and led her to change her career path.
After spending part of her clinical years at CSU’s veterinary school, she fell in love with Colorado and the mountains and decided to move cross-country once again. She made the move with her boyfriend and their two animals: a lovable mutt named Jam and a sweet orange tabby named Ronald. She has spent the past few years at a small animal exclusive practice where she has continued to foster her passions for soft tissue surgery, oncology, and urgent care. In her spare time, Dr. Mendola spends most of her time in the beautiful Colorado mountains either hiking or skiing.
Dr. Sacha Mace
Dr. Mace’s family roots are here in the Colorado Rockies. She grew up in Breckenridge, Colorado. Dr. Mace travelled across the United States for her education & veterinary training, giving her experience with many regional diseases. Dr. Mace received her Veterinary degree from Mississippi State University. She completed her Small Animal Internship at Michigan Veterinary Specialists, and her Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency through Louisiana State University. She is boarded in Small Animal Internal Medicine. Her interests include Internal Medicine, Dermatology, Emergency medicine, and education (both clientele and students).
Dr. Mace enjoys educating her clients, and as a result, her efforts are routinely praised by owners and referring DVM’s. Dr. Mace enjoys sharing her profession and experiences with students at various levels within the veterinary profession. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor for a Veterinary Technician Program.
Dr. Mace sympathizes with you and your pet’s condition. She can identify with medication schedules and client compliance issues because she rescues special needs pets. Her most memorable menagerie of pets at one time included: a sociable 16 year old Yorkie Silkie with diabetes, cataracts, hyperadrenocorticism, hemangiopericytoma, and cranial cruciate rupture, adopted after his owner, a client, was diagnosed with terminal cancer; a lovable 11 year old perpetual kitten with residual neurologic and urinary issues, adopted after being hit by a car when he was just 6 weeks old; a 5 yr old jawless wonder of a cat, adopted as a starved kitten with a severely broken jaw but a zest for life that could not be denied; and inseparable 16 year old brothers – a cranky cat with diabetes, asthma, and inflammatory bowel disease, and his very friendly, perpetually purring, diabetic brother. This chapter closed in 2015 and unable to have a ‘quiet’ house, within 14 days, Dr. Mace adopted a cat and a dog with more stories to tell.
First adopted was a cat from the local humane society ‘priced for clearance’ (we all know what that meant if he didn’t get a home for $25). He had severe upper respiratory issues, skin issues and appeared deaf. Then Dr. Mace was asked by her staff to take on a ‘behavioral hot mess’ Morkie, adopted at 2 years of age, unspayed, with 24 outfits but not one leash, collar or harness, also anxiety, noise phobia, and inappropriate urination and defecation. Dr. Mace is proud to share that this sweet Morkie is now spayed, knows what a harness and leash are for, and has resolved her urination and defecation issues, and no longer takes behavioral medications. She is a fabulous dog! As for the cat? Dr. Mace allergy tested him. He’s got storage mite allergies. 100% canned food and Dr. Mace has a beautiful cat that can hear.
As these critters pass through and embellish our lives, each one of them has a great story – come on in and she’ll tell you a ‘tail’.
Dr. Preston Stubbs
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Preston Stubbs from Mile High Veterinary Surgical Specialists to Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort.
Dr. W. Preston Stubbs is a veterinary surgeon, board certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and a partner of Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort. A graduate of George Mason University (B.S. in biological sciences) and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), Dr. Stubbs has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 20 years and has been practicing in the Denver metro area since 2000.
Dr. Stubbs will be available at Overland every other Friday or by appointment for consultations and surgery. Thanks to Dr. Stubbs, all orthopedic procedures, including TPLOs, TTAs and arthroscopies, will be available to our patients.
Dr. Carrie Ginieczki
A trusted member of our extended team, Dr. Ginieczki is a Board Certified cardiologist by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She is the founder and owner of Colorado Veterinary Cardiology and brings truly exceptional experience in diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with heart disease and has a particular interest in treating subclinical heart disease (heart disease in patients without clinical signs), congestive heart failure and feline heart disease. Dr. Ginieczki is also thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options at correcting congenital heart disease.
Dr. Ginieczki received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. After earning her DVM she completed a small animal internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following her internship, she completed a combined cardiology residency and Master’s Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. She has also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology, including the topics of therapy for Atrial Fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy and pacemaker patients.
Dr. Leila Worth
A trusted member of our extended team, Dr. Leila Worth spent her formative years in Europe and returned to the US for college at Williams where she majored in Math and Psychology. After getting a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara she taught at the Pennsylvania State University. Feeling less than fulfilled she left her first career to go to veterinary school at the University of Pennsylvania. Following veterinary school she completed an internship in large animal ultrasound and cardiology at the New Bolton Center. A residency in radiology (also at Penn) was a natural next step. When done with her specialty education she moved to Colorado where she joined Diagnostic Imaging a group of boarded veterinary radiologists serving the Denver metro area.
When not working Leila enjoys any form of biking or skiing, ice climbing, and running with her dog Magnum. Completing her family is her cat Smelly.
Dr. Lynne Friedlander, DVM
I began my animal-care career when I was eight years old in Atlanta, GA, when the Atlanta Humane Society became my after-school home. I rode the city bus there most days to volunteer. In time, I became a fixture, and it was there I acquired my first horse, a rescued cruelty case being held as evidence against the abuser. With the help of my mom, I founded the Atlanta Humane Society Junior Auxiliary at age 13 and proceeded to organize the Junior Auxiliary’s first major fundraiser: a sponsored horse show. By this time, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had already seen thousands of unwanted animals perish and had determined that I would become an animal advocate. It was clear to me that we had made domestic animals dependent upon us and therefore owed them stewardship and compassion. I spent weekends and summers working for large- and small-animal vets as a volunteer. With the help of loans and grants, I attended University of Georgia as an undergraduate, majoring in zoology. To my surprise, I was accepted to UGA College of Veterinary Medicine before achieving my undergraduate degree and began my veterinary education in earnest in 1980.
By the time I graduated in June 1984, I had my first position working for both a small-animal hospital and a large-animal practitioner in Newnan, Georgia. While my work was exhausting, challenging and rewarding, it became clear that I needed a narrower focus. I had grown to fully understand that a veterinarian’s most important job is that of an educator. I put my attention on the world of companion animals and sought to become as proficient as possible. In time, I realized I wanted as much challenge as our profession could offer and began practicing exclusively in emergency and critical care. I spent three years being a “vampire,” getting up at 5 pm to work a 14-hour shift and sometimes making extra money at day hospitals as well. In 1994, I was invited to open and manage multiple hospitals in the Bay Area in California. It was another eye-opening experience for me as a manager and mentor to younger doctors. The day I relocated to California, I met the man who would become my husband. As our lives evolved together and we decided to raise a family, I left corporate medicine to return to my roots in general medicine, working in the beautiful setting of Marin County, California. Fortunately, Marc’s career brought us to the Denver area, and I have been given this opportunity to work with Overland Animal Hospital & Pet Resort.
I jumped at the chance to be part of this hospital because the outstanding facility, location and size offered an opportunity to realize a dream. Furthermore, the team already had strong values of compassion and unparalleled care for our patients. We understand that a pet is a family member and sometimes the only family we have in our homes. Their well-beings and your peace of mind is everything to us. Compassion is our guiding principle – for our patients, their families, each other. We hope to be an integral part of this community by serving pet-owning families. This environment will become a premier provider of veterinary care and ancillary services. In the hospital, we have set uncompromising standards of care for every patient. We are working to make all services available on site to allow us to serve your pets’ every need. We provide preventative care, “sick” patient care, digital radiography, general and advanced surgery, laparoscopic surgery, full service dentistry, on-site ultrasound diagnostics and more. Moving forward, we hope to provide physical therapy and remain open for after-hours care. Our choice to add training and daycare means that we can help strengthen the bond between pet and owner, prevent or manage unwanted behaviors and provide a safe environment for the physical and mental well-beings of our patients. We hope that you are as excited as we are over these enhancements and that there are more to come!
We are so proud of our staff and facility. Please come by to meet us and take a tour anytime!