Rachel Nichols, D.V.M.
Dr Rachel Nichols grew up on a cattle ranch in the Big Hole Valley in Montana. She received a B.S. in Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology from Arizona State University in 2005 and her D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 2009. Prior to moving to Ridgway she has worked in a number of practices in the Denver area, and has also done work in Hawaii, Alaska, Montana, Mexico, Australia, and the Philippines. She and her husband enjoy hiking, down hill skiing, the Ouray Via Ferrata, and sharing our home with too many pets.
Suzy Pape, D.V.M.
Dr. Suzy is originally from Iowa, where she obtained her B.S. in Animal Ecology followed by her D.V.M. from Iowa State University in 2015 (go Cyclones!). After graduating, she was eager for a change in scenery and moved to Moab, Utah working as an associate veterinarian at a busy small animal practice for 6 years. Though she loved her time in the desert, she missed the mountains which led her to move to Durango, CO. While living in Durango, she routinely did relief work for the Ridgway Animal Hospital, and accepted a full-time position in May 2023.
Her professional interests include soft-tissue surgery, dentistry, and emergency medicine. On weekends off, she routinely works on the Navajo Tribal lands, participating in spay/neuter clinics and providing veterinary care to areas on the reservation with limited resources. When she’s not working, you can find her trail running with her 2 “rez” dogs, Rango and Greta Von Floof, mountain biking, skiing, yoga, and gardening with her cat, Detective Fin Tutuola.
Bob Doak, D.V.M.
Dr. Bob Doak grew up in Los Angeles, CA and attended Veterinary School at the University of California at Davis. After practicing in Southern California and Scottsdale for 5 years he moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1993. Bob practiced for 5 years before receiving his MBA from the University of New Mexico. He spent 18 months as chief medical officer at the Humane Association New Mexico before moving from practice to management with VCA Animal Hospitals. He retired from VCA in 2021 and is now practicing two days a week with Dr. Nichols and her excellent team! He and his wife Dorothy of 37 years hang out with Annebelle, their 11 year old Black lab mix rescue dog.
Nikki S., Lead Technician, RVT
Nikki was born and raised on the coast of Connecticut. She got her first job at a veterinary clinic at the age of 14 and didn’t look back! After high school, she moved to Boston and then to Utah where she worked with all creatures from exotics to livestock. After many years in Moab, she then moved to Durango which ultimately led her to settle in Ouray County, CO. Nikki enjoys living a simple, off-grid lifestyle with her partner Justin, 3 dogs (Willow, Twig, Fred) and cat (Mayonnaise). In her spare time, she likes to hike, mountain bike, trail run and ski. She is also passionate about plant/wildlife identification, mushroom hunting, and any activity that includes being on the water! Nikki is looking forward to developing her land into a small, sustainable homestead and is extremely grateful to call these mountains her forever home.
Dawn is a Colorado native, and has had over 30 years of experience in the veterinary field. She obtained her certification in 1994, after attending both Mesa State College in Grand Junction and Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs. She has also taken other pre veterinary medicine courses and continuing education courses through the years to keep current on the newest advances. She has formerly held board positions for the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians, including Ethics Committee Chair and Vice President for 2 terms. In 2012, she was awarded the CVMA Technician of the year for the state of Colorado.
In addition to working at Ridgway Animal Hospital, Dawn has an incredibly busy pet sitting business. She also helps with spay and neuter clinics on the Indian Reservations monthly, and has traveled to Ecuador and Colombia with Soul Dog Rescue for spay and neuter programs. She is an advocate for the prevention of more unwanted animals. In addition to her small animal work, she has experience with large animals, exotics, and birds of prey.
In her limited free time, Dawn enjoys spending time with her family, listening to music, reading, hiking and traveling. She also enjoys attending concerts and plays, both locally and throughout the western slope.
Dina was born and raised in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley before deciding to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She moved to Denver in 2004 to attend Bel-Rea institute and earned her CVT in 2006. She had been a tech n the Denver area, most recently at a very busy 24-hour emergency and specialty hospital, before escaping the hectic city life and relocating to beautiful Ridgway in 2018.
She enjoys her cases, but especially internal medicine, geriatrics, and dentistry.
In her spare time, Dina may be a little obsessed with yarn and all the fun things to do with it, as well as mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cuddling at home with her two dogs, Cody and Rocco, and her husband, Gary.
Corina grew up in the Pacific Northwest and is a west coast girl to her core. After serving almost 10 years in the Army, she spent some time in Phoenix where she received her Associate of Science Degree as a Veterinary Technician. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree and hopes to further her education in the veterinary field. Corina has a passion for dogs and is absolutely adores the boxer breed. She fell in love with a female boxer named Bailey while working at a veterinary clinic in Phoenix and later fell in love with Bailey’s dad Nick. Nick and Corina soon adopted a second dog, Olympia and moved to Ouray in 2019. Corina loves to travel and will take a road trip at the drop of a hat, preferably to a warm, sandy beach or someplace humid with lots of trees.
Alicia, Veterinary Assistant
Alicia is new to the industry and pursuing more knowledge and training because of a love for animals. She has been caring for all kinds of pets growing up and has a passion to help every animal in need. Bulldogs and donkeys hold a special place in her heart and always brighten her smile when she gets to spend time with them. Outside of the clinic, you will catch Alicia exploring nature, reading a good book or paddle boarding.
Nikki H., Veterinary Assistant
I am Southern born and raised but have been in Ridgway for over 3 years. My husband and I have fallen in love with the rustic, off the beaten path of Ridgway and can’t imagine any other greater place to reside. We live on a small ranch with our 2 sons, 3 miniature donkeys, 6 goats, 3 dogs, and a cat. It’s quite the funny farm! When I’m not chasing animals, I enjoy singing and playing the piano. I also decorate, cater, manage property, and serve as a youth leader in my church. It’s a busy life, but we are blessed and wouldn’t have it any other way!