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 (go Vols, kind of). After veterinary school, she accepted a small-animal internship at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver (home of Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets) from 2009-2010. Since that time she has been practicing small animal medicine, and joined Overland in 2015. Her professional interests include surgery, dentistry, and internal medicine.
In her spare time, you can find her doing triathlons, hiking, snowboarding, SCUBA diving, CrossFitting, asking to pet any dog she encounters on the street, 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, asking to eat, and dreaming about eating.
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 into 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. Leigh Jason
Dr. Leigh Jason was born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York State. She grew up around animals – numerous dogs, cats, horses, squirrels, birds and reptiles have felt her love and care from the time of her youth until today.
Leigh graduated from the University of Richmond in 2005 with majors in Biology and Philosophy. An active member of Pony Club and Captain of the Richmond Equestrian Team, she went on after college to work as a veterinary technician at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Intending to be an equine veterinarian, Leigh received her DVM in 2012 from Ross University.
Dr. Jason worked at a busy mixed animal practice in New York, where she developed a love for small animal surgery and a passion for educating clients about the care of their pets, leading to her decision to convert to small animal practice. Feeling a sense of adventure, she relocated out West a few years ago – first to Arizona, and now to magnificent Colorado! She is excited to be here, and is ready to explore everything Denver and the surrounding mountains have to offer.
Considering herself equally a dog-person and cat-person, Leigh shares her house with a dog and a cat, Toby and Bart. Outside of work, Leigh enjoys playing polo, nature photography, and she hopes to take up skiing in the beautiful Rockies!
We are so proud of our staff and facility. Please come by to meet us and take a tour anytime!
Dr. Lindsey Vencill
Lindsey was born and raised in Northern California, where she attended undergrad at UC Santa Barbara and vet school at UC Davis. She moved out to Colorado in 2015 to complete a small animal rotating internship at VCA Alameda East. Since then she has worked as a general practice/emergency vet in the Denver area and also as a shelter veterinarian at the Dumb Friends League. Lindsey’s professional interests include surgery, neurology and emergency medicine. Outside of work Lindsey enjoys outdoor sports, camping/exploring CO, and spending time with her boyfriend Jordan and their three pets – a 13-year-old black lab, a 9-year-old bulldog mix (both named Jackson), and a brand new rescue kitten named Chauncey.
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!
Kirsten was born and raised in Minnesota. She obtained her AAS degree from Argosy University in 2011 and shortly after became a Certified Veterinary Technician. In 2015 moved out to Colorado and joined the Overland Team. Since stepping into more of a lead role in 2017, she has been learning and growing with the practice. Free time is something that does not exist for her anymore, but when not at Overland, she is raising two amazing babies, Rhees and Russell, as well as taking care of three senior dogs and two kitty cats.
Brigitte moved to Colorado from Columbia, Missouri in 2015. Knowing she always wanted to work with animals, she attended Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology, earning an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology in 2019. She has 2 orange tabby cats named Stone and Jimmy, and a mini Aussie named Ethel. When she is not working, you will almost always find her exploring the alluring mountains of Colorado with her fiancé, Jeff.
Megan moved to Colorado 4 years ago from New Mexico. She been a veterinary technician for 6 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading and playing ball with her dogs. She loves all of our patients and hearing how they found their forever homes.
I’m from Southeastern Minnesota and moved out to Colorado in 2019 with my boyfriend Cody, our son Jack, and our cat Bella! We are a family who is very big into sports: we enjoy going to Avalanche games the most. Otherwise we enjoy being active outdoors with Jack! I graduated with my Associates of Veterinary Technology degree in 2016 and shortly after passed the VTNE (national board exam) to become certified. My favorite things to do as a technician are placing IV catheters, drawing blood/samples, and doing laboratory work. If you ever see me in clinic, you will notice I’m trying to soak up as many dog or cat snuggles as I can get!!!
Mike is a vet tech who joined Overland in August of 2018. He studied biomedical science at Colorado State University. Mike is the magic behind scheduling all of our orthopedic surgeon’s surgeries, and is excellent at baby talking all the patients. He enjoys all outdoor activities, music, and golf.
My name is Jenny. I’m from Colorado, born and raised. I went to the Community College of Denver where I got my certificate as a Veterinary Technician Assistant. The reason I fell in love with Vet Med is because I love being able to help and nurture animals. Ever since I was little, I remember always hanging around the street dogs in Mexico and always wanting to help them. I have a 4 year-old Shepherd mix named Dakota and a 2 year-old Goldcap Conure. When I’m not at work, I like binge watching some of my favorite shows like Grey’s Anatomy or The Vampire Diaries
Hi, I am Jocy! I was born and raised in Westminster, Colorado. Despite only being in the veterinary field since 2020, I have fallen deeply in love with medicine. The entire process of diagnostics, treatment, and watching the progress an animal makes is absolutely amazing. Outside of work, you can find me relaxing at home with my family or shopping away at the mall!
Breck is a certified veterinary technician who joined the Overland family in 2017. After graduating from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2010, she’s gained years of experience in all types of veterinary settings, from emergency and critical care to an internship in Norway! Breck enjoys traveling, music festivals, and spending time with her family, including their one-eyed dachshund, Patches, and tabby cat, Kit.
Stef is a Colorado native who has been a veterinary technician since the dawn of time (or 2004, she can’t remember), and has been with the Overland family since 2016. She dreams of living with manatees one day. She is currently the queen of inventory and petting all Golden Retrievers at Overland. Her professional interests include dentistry and surgery. When she isn’t at work, you can find her dancing or running, or hanging out with her pet chickens, birds, dog, cat, and husband.