- Dr. Chris Franklin
A native of western Colorado, he went to Mesa State College, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. He then attended Colorado State University, earning his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.
After graduating, Dr. Franklin worked in the Denver area for 2 years at an extremely busy veterinary hospital where he gained extensive experience in small animal medicine, surgery and emergency care. Later, he practiced a year at a small animal hospital in Fort Collins, CO that was a member of the of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Chris then moved to Utah after being offered a position at a very busy veterinary hospital in the Salt Lake City area. He was brought there to help transition the hospital to a more progressive and more full service small animal veterinary care facility.
Involved in all aspects of veterinary practice, he performed a majority of the the major surgeries. He became certified to perform Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomies (T.P.L.O.), an advanced surgery used for the correction of "ACL" injuries. He greatly enjoyed working with the police "K-9" units in the Salt Lake Valley. After practicing in Utah for 8 wonderful years, he decided it was time to return home to Colorado.
Professional Interests: Surgery (esp. orthopedics), small animal medicine, trauma and emergent care.
Personal Interests: Family, anything outdoors….camping, fishing, hunting, shooting, etc...
- Dr. Justin Green
Dr. Green was raised in a family of woodworkers and cattle ranchers living in Colorado and the panhandle of Oklahoma. He attended The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley Colorado where he earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in Biomedical Science and Chemistry before attending Colorado State University where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Green is happy to bring a variety of experiences to San Juan Veterinary Clinic. Upon graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Green practiced in a rural mixed animal practice in the San Luis Valley where he cared for a variety of animals including beef and dairy cows, reindeer, turkeys and many wonderful small animals. Dr. Green was also a passionate farrier for many years and still cherishes all cases of equine podiatry.
Dr. Green's professional interests are broad but he has a special interest in small animal dentistry and equine dentistry. Dr. Green is one of our mixed animal practitioners so he is equally at home caring for horses, goats, alpacas and llamas and all of our amazing small animal patients.
Dr. Green spends his time away from veterinary medicine with his beautiful spouse Samantha and their incredible Wirehaired Pointing Griffon "Klaus". You may find them fly fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, or any other excuse to be outdoors. The Green family absolutely loves the Western Slope and always enjoys experiencing this amazing region that they feel so lucky to live in.
- Dr. Mike VanDerwalker
Dr. VanDerwalker is a native of Colorado and was born and raised in Pueblo. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and his Bachelor of Forensic Science Degrees from the University of Colorado. He then attended Kansas State University where he earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.
After graduation Dr. VanDerwalker was commissioned as an Army Veterinary Corps Officer in the rank of Captain and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado for his first assignment. He then served overseas in the United Kingdom for 3 years at the Lakenheath Royal Air Force Base outside of Cambridge, England. CPT VanDerwalker was then stationed at Fort Huachuca, Arizona for the remaining 2 years of his active duty career and was promoted to the rank of Major. During his active duty career Dr. VanDerwalker provided comprehensive medical and surgical care for over 400 working dogs and 100 working horses. Dr. VanDerwalker is also a current Veterinary Corps Officer for the U.S. Army Reserves.
Dr. VanDerwalker’s professional interests include canine sports medicine, equine and small animal dentistry and internal medicine.
Outside of the clinic Dr. VanDerwalker spends time with his wonderful wife Nichole and their three children as well as their Italian Greyhound “Memphis”, Siamese cat “Cooper” and Blue-Tongued Skink “Wally”. He enjoys fishing, hiking, camping and wrenching on performance cars in his spare time.
- Dr. Cotton
Dr. Toni Cotton attended The University of Findlay for her undergraduate degree, then graduate studies in veterinary medicine at The Ohio State University from 1986-1990. She spent one year abroad in Morocco as a veterinarian for the Peace Corps. She returned to private practice in 1991 with Dr. Gary Cotton (now her husband of 25 years) at The Animal Medical Center of Findlay. Dr. Toni Cotton worked with Dr. Gary in the small animal practice and at the same time developed her specialty practice Camelid Veterinary Services in 1994.
Drs. Toni and Gary Cotton had a second small animal practice in Maumee, Ohio, Total Pet Care which they built and managed together for several years until their relocation to Colorado. During her years of Camelid practice in Ohio she focused on reproduction and neonatal care. She was an adjunct professor to the Camelid Health Program at The Ohio State University during her years of practice in Ohio from 1994 until 2006.
She relocated to Ridgway , Colorado in June 2006. She started a referral practice in Ridgway called the Camelid Reproduction Center of the western slope. She and her husband have three children and three grandchildren. They still have some llamas and alpacas on their Ridgway ranch as well as Cupcakes, a Bactrian camel, two horses and her canine companion Chaco. Dr. Cotton loves living surrounded by the mountains and the amazing beauty of western Colorado! She is an avid hiker, loves fly fishing, riding her horses, working with animals and visiting her adult children and grandchildren who are scattered all over the US. She loves being back in practice part time in Montrose!
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