Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!
Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital in Lafayette! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!
Please call us at 303-557-7916 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!
Dr. Andrew Boal
DVM, Owner, and Hospital “mom”
A seasoned veterinarian and a lifelong dreamer, Andrew is the heart of this operation, although he would argue that such a label belongs to his employees. He firmly believes that together, we can do great things.
Andrew and Peter saw potential in this practice and took over the business in July 2017. Since then, it has been his goal to foster a good quality of life for his patients as well as his employees. His vision for the future of Mountain Ridge is founded on forward movement; he wants this practice to evolve into more than a run-of-the-mill animal hospital. Amongst the team, his caring and sentimental nature have earned him the title of hospital “mom.” Andrew’s roots stem from central Pennsylvania. Like many of us, he fell in love with the Rocky Mountain West, where he finds respite in the great outdoors, and he prefers to be on horseback in the mountains as much as possible. His fascination with Civil War history is second only to his obsession with coffee; “Coffee is king,” he says. When he’s not running the hospital, he is helping run his home with his delightful wife, D’Ann. Together, they wrangle two beautiful children, Calvin and Arabella, as well as two dogs, three barn cats, two horses, one parakeet, 10 hens, four ducks, and one betta fish. (There will be a quiz later, and maybe a partridge in a pear tree.)
Tidbits and Trifles
1. Part of That World – Andrew participated in a 10-year run of Civil War re-enactments.
2. Bookworm – He primarily reads American history novels.
3. Hang Ten – Andrew enjoys surfing when he finds himself in coastal proximity.
4. DIY – He’s a home renovation junkie; he says there’s always some ridiculous project going on (just ask our giant conference table!).
Dr. Jennifer Bentz
Dr. Bentz’s career philosophy is based on her belief that each animal she treats is not just a pet, but a family member deserving of attention to their individual needs. It is this core belief that led her to the field of veterinary medicine at a very young age. Growing up, Dr. Bentz raised everything from cats and dogs to rabbits and horses, which soon gave way to volunteer work at local veterinary hospitals and clinics.
A true Colorado native, Dr. Bentz decided to pursue her veterinary interest at Colorado State University where she earned her B.S. in Equine Science. From there, she was accepted to the esteemed DVM program at CSU and proudly received her degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine accordingly.
She has continued to refine her skills in medicine and surgical techniques at Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital since 2007, and obtained certification in medical acupuncture in 2009.
Dr. Bentz’s career interests include internal medicine, oncology, and orthopedics.
In her personal life, she enjoys hiking, competing in sprint triathlons, and spending time with her son and their Boxer, Bruiserwitz.
Dr. Erin Walters
Dr. Walters was born and raised in Boulder. Even at a young age, she developed a deep passion for animals and their care and knew she wanted to become a veterinarian by the time she was five years old. After graduating from Boulder High School in 2003, she left Colorado to attend Truman State University in northeast Missouri where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology in 2006. She then moved to Manhattan, Kansas where she spent four years at the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2011. Following graduation, Dr. Kane completed a 13 month small animal internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in southeast Florida. She was ecstatic to return to Colorado in 2012. Her veterinary interests include internal medicine,dentistry, and clinical pathology. In her spare time enjoys hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with the two and four-legged members of her family.