Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital in Silverthorne! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 970-513-8400 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Mark Cowan, D.V.M.

Mark Cowan, D.V.M.

Doctor

After graduating from Veterinary College at Kansas State University I returned to Colorado to practice at a mixed animal hospital. After deciding to concentrate on small animals I returned to school to pursue a small animal internship. I moved to Summit County in 2000 and opened Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital in 2004. When I am not working, you can find me enjoying the slopes in the winter and cycling in the summer.

Christine Murphy, D.V.M.

Christine Murphy, D.V.M.

Doctor

I started working at Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital in July 2012, but have been working as a veterinarian in Summit County since 1998! I earned my Bachelor of Science at the University of Michigan in Natural Resources/Environmental Science in 1989, and graduated with honors from Michigan State University Veterinary School in 1995 earning my DVM. My husband and I then moved to the Denver area where Dr. Cowan and I first worked together at Broomfield Veterinary Hospital. I moved to Breckenridge in Nov. 1998. Although I completed my education in Michigan, I grew up as a military brat and lived all over the United States. I have always had family ties to Colorado, where my mother was born and raised. Our whole family has a love for the mountains and the outdoors, and you may see me with my husband Peter, two children Mia and Jacob, and two dogs Maple and Finn skiing, biking, backpacking, hiking, or camping. The two cats in the family (Bobbi and Einstein) tend to be couch potatoes and prefer to enjoy the sunshine from the upstairs deck!

Vanessa Koehler, D.V.M.

Vanessa Koehler, D.V.M.

Doctor

Dr. Koehler is a native of the Chicagoland area, but has lived in 6 states and abroad. After her 1 year experience as a Rotary International Exchange Student in Germany, she was a Division I walk-on student athlete at the University of Miami in Florida where she earned her BS in Marine Science/Biology. She then worked in chemical oceanography for 2 years post-graduation, which afforded her some great travel opportunities.
She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Ross University in 2007 and then completed a rigorous rotating internship at the well-renowned Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston followed by 2 years of post-doctoral surgical training at Animal Hospital Specialty Center in Highlands Ranch and Animal Specialty Group in Los Angeles. She brings experience and training from highly reputable practices across the country in areas of small animal surgery, emergency medicine, and small animal medicine.
Dr. Koehler enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine and its constant challenges. She enjoys teaching her clients and staff to encourage owner compliance, netting a higher quality of patient care. Most of all, she enjoys getting to know her clients and patients.
Dr. Koehler lives with her rescued, 11 year-old, three-legged Jack Russell Terrier named "Jackie." When not working you can often find them enjoying Colorado's outdoor playground or traveling. She also has a strong place in her heart for teaching, mentoring, volunteering, and community service. She has traveled as far as Fez, Morocco and South Africa to do so.

Pam Parker

Pam Parker

Certified Veterinary Technician

I was born and raised on Long Island in New York and moved to Colorado (for the second time) in December 2013. I got my Bachelor's degree in Business Management at Sacred Heart University and then decided to pursue a career as a veterinary technician in 2009 so I moved to Fort Collins and went to Front Range Community College. After graduating in 2011 I moved to Summit County so I could enjoy spending most of my time outside. I enjoy working with large and small animals, so I try to go to my mom's cattle ranch in Glade Park whenever possible to help out (and also to visit my horse, Punky). I currently live in Silverthorne with my husband, Tor. We have two kitties named Pickle and Neptune, a dog named Simcoe, as well as several chickens!

Melissa Pacheco

Melissa Pacheco

Certified Veterinary Technician

I am a Colorado native who was born and raised in Arvada. I graduated in 2011 from CU Boulder with a Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. A couple years later I decided to go back to school to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. I graduated in 2014 with an Associate's degree in Applied Science and have been working with small animals since.
I moved up to Summit a few years ago and absolutely love mountain life. Snow is just about my favorite thing on the planet and I snowboard whenever possible. Additionally, I enjoy traveling, live music, hiking, and camping/backpacking. I also just adopted my first dog, Reggie, a one year old Australian Cattle Dog who is the cutest troublemaker around.

Heather McAlexander Tomchuck

Heather McAlexander Tomchuck

Certified Veterinary Technician

I obtained my BS at Appalachian State University, then decided to pursue my veterinary technician degree at Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver, Co. After finishing veterinary technician school in 2001, I completed internships at both Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and Littleton Large Animal Clinic. I love veterinary medicine, but have a special affinity for surgery. I like to spend my free time outdoors with my husband Chris, our two boys, Wes and Sam and our two dogs, Lucy and Larry.

Suzanne Flachier

Suzanne Flachier

Certified Veterinary Technician

I grew up in South West Michigan and moved to Colorado about 4 years ago to attend Veterinary Technician School. After graduating December 2011 I moved to Summit County. My four legged family consist of a dog named Rodent, a cat named Percy, and 2 horses that still live in Michigan. In my spare time you can find me throwing a frisbee/ball for my dog, hiking, photography, horseback riding, and lake kayaking, My goals this summer are to climb my first 14er, learn to fly fish, and move my horses closer.

Sam Bishop

Sam Bishop

Certified Veterinary Assistant

I moved from South Jersey to Colorado in January 2016 with my perfect yellow lab, Lexi. In NJ I was a vet tech at an emergency/specialty animal hospital, where my love for the veterinary field started. I have always had an intense love for animals of all shapes and sizes. I plan to become a licensed veterinary technician in the near future, but I’m currently too busy having fun in this beautiful state. I enjoy snowboarding, downhill biking, camping, skateboarding, riding horses, cooking, dancing to live music and traveling every chance I get.

Kerri Seacrest

Kerri Seacrest

Veterinary Technician

I was born and raised in Nebraska and moved to Colorado in 2011. I lived in Summit County for three years then I moved to Fort Collins to go to veterinary technician school. After graduation, I moved back up to the mountains to enjoy the outdoors. In my spare time I enjoy riding my bike, kayaking, fly fishing, concerts and spending time with my dog, Kahlo, who is a Lab/Husky mix.

Ashley Helm

Ashley Helm

Receptionist

Abby Shotts

Abby Shotts

Veterinary Assistant

Abby is originally from Bucks County, PA. She graduated high school in 2009 and went to Boston University and received a BA in Biology. She spent the next 3 years working for the MSPCA Adoption Center in Boston where she discovered she has a passion for behavior modification and low stress handling. Abby moved to Summit County in July of 2017 to be closer to friends and enjoy life in the mountains. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing, reading and spending time with her rabbit, Pippi and dog Layla.

Mandi Gerry

Mandi Gerry

Veterinary Assistant

I was born and raise in Salina, KS where I was very active in 4-H showing horses and dogs. Animals have always been a huge part of my life. I moved with my three children to Summit County in 2012. We are an active family enjoying snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking and hiking. Besides working at Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital I drive mules for Two Below Zero and teach snowboarding at Keystone. I hope to continue my education and become a certified veterinary technician.