Veterinarians

Veterinarians

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!

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 charming children, Calvin and Arabella, as well as two dogs, three barn cats, two horses, one parakeet, 10 hens, four ducks, one betta fish, and 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!).

A Day in the Life:

What is the first song that pops into your head in the morning?

The morning music rotation usually revolves around anything Chris Stapleton. My kids are obsessed with Bruno Mars, so there’s that, too. The hospital has a laminated Bruno Mars head that graces our treatment area, so he’s essentially inescapable.

Do you have a personal philosophy for working with people?

I do my best to listen to my clients’ concerns and discuss options regarding care of their animal(s). If you’ve walked through our door seeking our help, our aim is to offer you guidance, not judgement.

What is your mantra that gets you through the day?

I’m a history-minded individual. So, when I’m having a hard day, I tend to think of things like Pickett’s Charge or the 20th Maine on Little Round Top, and I’m quickly reminded that we have it pretty good.

If you received a free plane ticket but for only a three-day trip, where would you go?

Easy – Costa Rica. There are still plenty of quiet surf breaks and the water is warm.

Jennifer Bentz

DVM
Motivated by her compassion and enthusiasm, Jenny comes to work every day prepared to give her all to help her patients. She invested a lot of time and effort to become a really remarkable veterinarian—she can even do acupuncture on your dog!

With her luminous smile and jubilant laughter, Jenny fills our hospital halls with sunshine. Having devoted over a decade of her life to caring for patients that come to Mountain Ridge, her dedication to this field is illustrated in her work every day. Her compassion for animals and their owners is outshone only by her love for her three-year-old son, August. Jenny’s interest in animals expands to the equine realm, where she has a history of riding Dressage. In her downtime, Jenny enjoys hanging with friends and family and heading to the mountains for some hiking. She has hiked several 14ers; her favorites were the four peaks of the Presidential Range.

Tidbits and Trifles

1. Tropical taste: Jenny has traveled to several exotic destinations, including Antigua, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, and Hawaii.
2. Sweet tooth: Her favorite foods include ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, and dark chocolate with sea salt.
3. Curiouser and Curiouser: The strangest thing Jenny has ever tasted was an elderberry flower; she had it in a cocktail exclusive to the Chandelier Bar in Las Vegas’ Cosmopolitan hotel.
4. Puppy preference: Her favorite dog breeds are Boxers and Labrador Retrievers.

A Day in the Life:

What do you enjoy most about veterinary medicine?

I love the constant challenge; no two days are alike. Best of all is seeing and being able to foster the human-animal bond. It’s incredible how important our animals are as our companions, and every day I strive to be a part of making them well and helping keep them healthy.

Do you have a personal philosophy when it comes to patient care?

No two animals are exactly alike. My philosophy is to treat each patient for their individual needs as well as what is right for their human family.

What is your favorite song to jumpstart your day?

I really like anything energetic that has a good beat!

What is your idea of a perfect day hike?

If I’m staying in town, I really enjoy hiking Sanitas. If I have time to leave town, my favorite hike is Mohawk Lakes in Breckenridge.

Erin Walters

DVM
With her gentle soul and caring heart, Erin couldn’t be more perfectly suited for a veterinary career.

The Mountain Ridge staff is lucky to count Erin as a part of our family. Gifted with patience and compassion, her presence here radiates kindness and positivity. Outside of work, her family had a recent expansion with the addition of baby boy Lewis! She has been very busy being a first-time mom, and she reports that her experience so far includes lots of diapers, laundry, and love. She also enjoys being a mom to two fur babies, Captain Scurvy Purr the black and white domestic shorthair, and Watson the orange tabby. A Colorado native, Erin was born and raised in Boulder. She spends her spare time running, hiking, and hanging out with her awesome husband, Blake.

Tidbits and Trifles

1. Foodie: Erin will eat pretty much anything; she’ll at least try everything once!
2. Disney gal: She loves all things Disney! She and her husband spent their honeymoon at Disney World and had a blast.
3. Gifted from the start: Erin was born on Christmas Day. Instead of wrapping her in a baby blanket, the hospital put her in a Christmas stocking.
4. DIY junkie: She loves home improvement shows and could watch HGTV all day long. (She admits that she has occasionally watched it all day long, thanks to maternity leave!)

A Day in the Life:

On your adventure in motherhood, what do you think has been your favorite part so far? What are you most looking forward to?

My favorite part so far has been seeing Lewis smile! It melts my heart every time he does it. I am looking forward to teaching him new things each day. I hope Blake and I can raise him to be a kind, open-minded person.

What is the mantra that gets you through the day?

Attitude is everything! Although I sometimes lose sight of this, life is so much better when I try to see the positive side of things.

Do you have a personal philosophy for practicing veterinary medicine?

I try to treat each pet as I would treat my own!

Brinn Granger

DVM
Brinn’s genial smile and warm demeanor make her a splendid addition to the team. Compassion for her patients and their human companions is one of her core values.

Brinn remembers wanting to be a veterinarian since she was in the second grade; she always wanted to be an advocate for and give a voice to those creatures who can’t speak for themselves. We are fortunate to count her convivial company among the Mountain Ridge family. With her upbeat attitude and extensive ER experience, she was able to jump into the action here from day one. Originally from Indianapolis, Brinn went to vet school at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville. She moved to Colorado in June 2016 for a small animal rotating internship at Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists and Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty. Like most transplants, she fell in love with the mountains and decided to stay. She enjoys hiking and riding her bike, and she wants to become a good skier—although so far, the slopes are winning that battle. Brinn considers herself as a bit of a foodie, and she gets a lot of enjoyment out of the local beer scene. She enjoys traveling, reading, and she’s a self-proclaimed Harry Potter nerd—her name IS Granger, after all.

Tidbits and Trifles

1. Speaking of Scotland, Brinn’s favorite color is green
2. Unusual taste: She has a soft spot for exotic animals, particularly wolves. She has a collection of photos of her with some of the most amazing wild animals including cheetahs, rhinos, and a baby red panda!
3. The Sound of Music: Brinn has played the violin since 4th grade, although it’s been a little while now because vet school didn’t allow her much free time.
4. Bugging out: All those outlandish animals and eating grubs, and yet she’s afraid of spiders!

A Day in the Life:

What do you look forward to most during your work week?

I look forward to having the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, whether it’s for human or fur children.

Do you have a personal philosophy when it comes to patient care and client communication?

I do my best to take care of both my patient and their human(s). I truly believe that veterinary care is a relationship and all members need to be comfortable with the care plan.

Where did you find the most interesting thing you’ve ever eaten? What was it?

I tried fried grubs while I was in South Africa. Turns out, if you fry something enough, it doesn’t really taste too bad! I have also eaten cashew fruit… yes, the fruit that cashews come from. It is delicious!! Maybe not weird, but I don’t think many people realize there is a delicious fruit attached to that nut. It also makes pretty good wine! I had that while I was in Belize. They look really cool, too.

If you were given a round-trip ticket to anywhere in the world, but only for three days, where would you go?

This one is hard!! There are so many places I want to travel! I’d say I’d either go to Scotland (my mom’s side of the family is a huge Scottish clan that used to hold one of the castles in Scotland) or Greece. I find ancient cultures fascinating, and the idea of standing in some of the same places that ancient civilizations once stood is so humbling.

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