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The Hermosa Family


 Dr. Lori, as she is known, was born in middle Nebraska. At a young age she moved to Denver for 8 years, then her family moved back to Nebraska where she finished High School. In High School she was a journalist, photographer and involved in several choirs. She joined the US Army and was a 91T (veterinary technician) during the Vietnam conflict but stationed at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Denver. While in the Army she participated in skiing and sports, especially highly competitive volleyball.  

After leaving the Army she attended the University of Northern Colorado and Colorado State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1985. She has practiced in the Denver Metro area since that time. Dr. Gulzow joined the Hermosa Family in 2018.


Her interests include feline medicine and general small companion animal medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine, she has performed in a Cabaret group, fronted a 4-piece Jazz ensemble and a big band, acted on stage and is in a movie that will be released soon. She has also performed as a vocalist with her piano players at night clubs and other venues. She plays golf badly.

Lorileah Gulzow, DVM
Senior Veterinarian


Christopher Schneider, DVM
Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Schneider joined Hermosa Veterinary Clinic in December of 2022 and has been very enthusiastic about being able to help the patients of our clinic by offering things other veterinary hospitals cannot offer. During his first 8 years in the veterinary field, Dr. Schneider worked on expanding not only his medical knowledge but expanded his surgical skills into non-routine soft tissue procedures as well as orthopedic procedures. In 2020, he sold his part ownership of his practice in Arizona to move to Colorado, where he went to veterinary school, in order to reconnect with the four seasons. In 2023, he
is hoping to completely build our Hermosa’s orthopedic department by being able to perform TPLOs to clients unable to afford or see a board-certified specialist. He loves trying to solve problems for clients when the obvious solution is not available. Outside of work, Dr. Schneider is either dabbling in playing imagination and Legos with his two children or doing one of many hobbies. He spends time in his wood shop or his paint studio. He also tries to get together with a group of friends weekly to play a board game, and recently has embarked on his first Dungeons and Dragons campaign. In the winter, now that his is back in Colorado, he enjoys the snow and tries to get up to snowboard when he has time.


Mikaela Vetters, DVM
Associate Veterinarian


A Colorado native, Amber Richard was brought up learning how to love, care for and train animals by her father, Dr. Kurth. From the time she was a small girl, she was allowed to help her father at Hermosa with all different types of animals, which nurtured a deep love and respect for not only the animals, but the field as well. She grew up learning all aspects of the facility, from kennel technician to receptionist. As her interest in the field grew, she moved on to become a Technician and eventually assisting her father in running the practice. Her house is home to many animals, including two French Bull Dogs, an American Bull Dog, two cats and a boat load of fish! She has devoted her life to helping the voiceless and is determined to carry on her father's legacy of quality care and his compassionate heart.

Amber Richard, RVT
Practice Manager

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Born and raised in the state of Colorado, Rachel has grown up in and around the veterinary field. She started at a very young age under the guidance of her father, Dr. Kurth, who taught her animal care as well as managing a very busy practice. She learned every aspect of operating a clinic, from patient care to client care and practice management. She owns three dogs, three cats and has a strong love and passion for animals. 

Rachel Demmer, RVT
Hospital Administrator 


Izzy has been in the veterinary field since she was 15 years old. She worked in a variety of clinics in Texas before moving to Colorado and joining our team in 2017. She will soon hold a Bachelor's Degree in Animal Science from Tarleton State University, where she showed an interest in livestock through the local FFA and 4H show programs. She developed a special interest in emergency medicine and surgery, which fits right into the busy days at Hermosa. She loves helping people and could not think of a better way to do it than through animals. She has two dogs at home, a one-eyed crazy kitty and a 15 year old quarter horse in Texas.  

Izzy Ostert, RVT
Assistant Manager


Piper is currently attending Metro State University. She is studying Biology. She is aspiring to one day become a Veterinarian. She has always had a passion for helping animals; in fact when she was three years old all she wanted for Christmas was a stethoscope and scrubs. She has two amazing dogs, Franklin and Zoey, who are total love bugs. In her free time she loves painting, drawing, fostering XL dogs and playing soccer.

Piper Shira, RVT
Veterinary Technician


Born and raised in Colorado, Danielle has always wanted to work in the veterinary field since she was little girl. So, she decided after graduation that she would enroll at Pima to begin her career. Danielle worked in general practice for about 2 years but took a brief break to work in emergency. Danielle loves being able to help give back to our community by caring for our patients. Her fury family is made up of an American Staffordshire mix, a Shar Pei, a Chiweenie Pug, three cats and a ton of lizards.

Danielle Espinoza, RVT
Veterinary Technician


Shashanee Bevilaque, RVT
Veterinary Technician 


Emrys Hodkinson, PVT
Veterinary Technician

Emrys has loved animals since he was a kid helping his grandparents in Wales care for show sheep for the Royal Welsh. Either helping nurse lambs, helping the herd with sheepdogs, and mending the occasional bird in need, you would find Emrys running around the farm to lend a hand.
In 2018 he graduated with a degree in Anthropology and Critical Identity Studies from Beloit College and entered the vet field in 2019. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in veterinary technology. In late 2020 Emrys uprooted his life to move from Chicago to Denver to pursue his dream of helping animals and becoming a veterinary assistant.
Emrys is a proud cat dad of two: Alwyn and Eirlys (one of who he adopted a week after starting at Hermosa). He also is the Uncle to a 5-year-old beagle rescue and a 13-year-old cockatiel that he loves dearly. 


Janet Canul, PVT


Juan Lujan, PVT
Veterinary Technician 


Kaitlin has been an animal lover her entire life. After starting in human medicine and deciding it was not for her she found herself where she really belongs, veterinary medicine. With cats, dogs and lizards it's safe to say her house is full of love (and fur). In her free time she enjoys painting, crocheting and soap making.  

Kaitlin Davis, CSR
Lead Customer Service 


Damien started working at Hermosa Vet. Clinic around 2017. He works on Sundays, helping to assist with Hobo Care Boxer Rescue and taking care of the animals in the facility.

Damien Gutierrez
Lead Kennel Technician

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