5280 Veterinary Care

Meet Our Team

At 5280 Veterinary Care, our compassionate and experienced professional staff understand that your pets are members of the family– and as such, their wellbeing is of the utmost importance.

Lesley Leach

DVM, Co-Owner, & Medical Director

Dr. Lesley Leach is the co-owner and medical director at 5280 Veterinary Care. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2006. Prior to attending veterinary school, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Biology from the University of Wyoming. Dr. Leach has professional interest in radiology.

Originally, Dr. Leach practiced in Northern Colorado before joining the team at Indian Tree Animal Hospital in Arvada. In 2016, she became co-owner of Indian Tree. Together with the award-winning veterinary team at Indian Tree, Dr. Leach and her fellow staff expanded and opened 5280 Veterinary Care as a second location near Denver’s River North Art District, in the heart of the historical Whittier neighborhood. Her favorite part about working at 5280 Veterinary Care is the close-knit family feel between hospital staff and clients alike.

Dr. Leach likes to spend her free time doing yoga, running, traveling, and taking photography. Her favorite cuisines include wine, cheese, and artisan bread, and she always jumps at the opportunity to dine at Guard and Grace and Shiso Sushi. Dr. Leach shares her home with her kitties names Jeeves and Wallace, AKA The Party Peach. Her first furbaby was a fiery orange tabby named Cleitus, and Devon Rex is her favorite breed of cat.

Anjuli Hein

DVM & Co-Owner

Dr. Anjuli Hein is the co-owner of 5280 Veterinary Care. She graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Biology, and then continued on to receive her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree at Colorado State University in 2007. She specializes in acupuncture, and has professional interests in dentistry, soft-tissue surgery, senior pet care, and client education.

Dr. Hein was born and raised on a ranch in Kremmling, a small town in Northwestern Colorado, and she grew up working for her local veterinarian. After earning her veterinary degree, Dr. Hein worked at a mixed-animal practice in Salida, CO before joining the team at Indian Tree Animal Hospital in Arvada in 2008. She became a co-owner of Indian Tree in 2016 and is proud to open 5280 as a second hospital location near Denver’s River North Art District, in the heart of the historic Whittier neighborhood. Dr. Hein expresses that her clients and fellow staff make 5280 an amazing place to practice veterinary medicine.

Outside of being a passionate veterinarian, Dr. Hein enjoys reading, bike riding, skiing, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite food is seafood, and she also loves the Mexican cuisine at Lola. She shares a home with her husband, two small children, and a dog, Mosley. Her first pet was a quarter horse named Lady.

Dr. Hein now spends the majority of her time at our sister location in Arvada, Indian Tree Animal Hospital.

Nicole Wise


Dr. Nicole Wise is an Associate Veterinarian at 5280 Veterinary Care. She attended Penn State University for her bachelor’s in animal science in 2014, and went on to complete her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University in 2019. She is Fear Free Certified (Level 2), and her areas of professional interest include wellness, preventative care, dentistry, soft-tissue surgery, and internal medicine.

Dr. Wise began working in veterinary medicine in 2012 as a tech assistant / kennel care assistant. Since a very young age, Dr. Wise was inspired to become a veterinarian by an obsession with animals and her natural ability to care for them. Later, her goal was driven further by her desire to connect with clients and focus on education to better improve the lives of their pets. Dr. Wise says the best part of working in the veterinary field is forming relationships with her clients and getting to know each pet as an individual; watching them grow and change as time goes on. She says being able to connect with an animal and fitting together the pieces of the puzzle in order to better their health is very rewarding for her.

Originally from Lancaster, PA, Dr. Wise currently lives in Westminster, CO with her husband, Jack, Bernese Mountain dog, Chickie, and hedgehog, Poppy. When she is not providing quality veterinary care, you can find her hiking, camping, painting, sewing, going to breweries, and practicing photography.

Diana Luplow


Dr. Diana Luplow is a Veterinarian at 5280 Veterinary Care. She attended Auburn University for her Bachelors of Science in Zoology in 2010, and went on to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She began working in the veterinary field in 2002 and her areas of professional interest include dentistry and soft tissue surgery. After growing up in a family of medical professionals, Dr. Luplow knew she always had a passion for animals, and decided to pursue her dream in veterinary medicine - a perfect combination! She says the best part of working in the veterinary field is having the ability to gain trust with animals, while using skills to keep them healthy.
Originally from a small town outside of Nashville, TN, Dr. Luplow currently resides in the Highlands neighborhood of Denver with her Golden Retriever, Izzy. When she’s not practicing veterinary medicine, she enjoys watching live music, sports (Auburn Football - War Eagle!), and stand-up comedy. A fun fact about Dr. Luplow is that she spent a month in South Africa working with wildlife and doing conservation work. 

Emily McDowell


Dr. Emily McDowell is a Veterinarian at 5280 Veterinary Care. Dr. McDowell earned both her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science in 2016 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2020 from Iowa State University. In addition to her education, Dr. McDowell completed an externship at the Boulder Humane Society and practiced at a small animal general practice in Denver. Dr. McDowell is USDA Category 1 Accredited and her areas of professional interest include dentistry, preventative care, and internal medicine.

Dr. McDowell wanted to be a veterinarian ever since she could remember. Her interest and love of veterinary medicine grew as she learned about the incredible value of the human-animal bond and began taking advanced science classes. According to Dr. McDowell, the best part of working in the veterinary field is building relationships with clients and patients. She loves to answer questions and support owners during all the highs and lows that come with being a pet parent.

Originally from Iowa, Dr. McDowell relocated to Colorado in 2020 with her boyfriend, their mixed-breed dog named Josie, and their three domestic short hair cats named Edna, Oliver, and Piper. In her free time, Dr. McDowell loves to hike with her dog, paddle board, and attend sporting events and concerts.


Practice Manager

Growing up, Chelsea always knew that she would have a career working with animals! Veterinary Medicine has only further ignited her passions for caring not just for the pets, but also for the people who take care of them. Her home is filled with many little creatures, my loving wife - who is also tenured in the Veterinary field, and their 2 amazing daughters. In their free time, they love to explore all that beautiful Colorado has to offer, and to teach their cockateil, Ravioli, new songs and tricks.


Technician Supervisor

Tracy is the technician supervisor at 5280 Veterinary Care. She has two associates degrees and is currently working towards obtaining a bachelor’s degree. Some of her favorite parts of her job are educating clients and giving the pet patients loving care, and she is rewarded by the special opportunity to build a veterinary practice from the ground up.

Tracy has lived in the Denver area since she was a child. Her first pet was a mutt named Shadow, and she currently has a feline friend named Tiger. In her free time, Tracy likes to hike, read, and spend time with her two sons.


Lead Veterinary Technician

Vanessa is a Veterinary Technician at 5280 Veterinary Care. She started working in the veterinary industry in 2013, and then came back in 2018 after realizing how much she loved providing care to animals and building bonds with clients and pets. Vanessa grew up in the Bay Area of California and moved to Colorado in 2017, where she now lives in Denver with her two dogs, Sully the English Springer Spaniel, and Ellie, the Border Collie mix, and two cats, Koda and Simba. In her spare time, she enjoys attending sporting events and hiking with her dogs.


Veterinary Technician

Kathleen is a veterinary technician at both Indian Tree Animal Hospital & 5280 Veterinary Care who earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea Institute. She finds fulfillment in helping keep pets happy and healthy, and is proud to be a part of the 5280 family.

Originally from Ohio, Kathleen is happy to be a Denver resident. Kathleen likes to go to the mountains, hike, and snowboard in her spare time. Her favorite feline breed is the Ragamuffin, and she currently has a black and white DSH kitten at home, Girlie.


Veterinary Technician

Megan was born in Colorado but moved with her family to Arizona right before high school. Megan attended NAU for 1 year and then enrolled in Pima Community College to complete her 2-year Associates in Applied Science degree in Veterinary Technology. Megan has been in the veterinary field professionally for about 1 year and looks forward to many more!


Veterinary Technician

Heather is a Veterinary Technician at 5280 Veterinary Care. She is a Colorado native who grew up on the mountains with horses, dogs, and cats, and moved to Denver as a young adult. At age 12, Heather began volunteering at an animal shelter and, when she was old enough, decided to pursue a career in the veterinary field. She has been in the veterinary field for over twenty years as both a technician and hospital manager, however, her true calling is interacting with patients as a technician.

Outside of the hospital, Heather enjoys camping, sewing, cooking, and live music. She can be found spending time with friends, family, her boyfriend, Tom, and their beloved Shiba Inu, Mr. Miyagi.


Veterinary Technician

Angelina is a veterinary technician at 5280 Veterinary Care and has lived in Colorado her whole life. She was raised around many different kinds of animals and that has always fueled her passion to work with animals. She recently graduated from CSU-Pueblo and hopes to continue her education and become a veterinarian.


Veterinary Technician

Daniel is a Certified Veterinary Technician at 5280 Veterinary Care who also holds a B.S. in Equine Science. He comes back to small animal medicine after working at a large equine specialty practice in the ICU. Cats are his favorite animal and he is excited to be working with them and dogs again! He has a particular interest in feline internal medicine and geriatric care as well as anesthesia/analgesia.

Daniel grew up in Tucson, Arizona and moved to the Denver area in 2017. He lives with his two cats Leonard and Larry who he spends most of his free time with. He is also an avid gym goer and loves to try new restaurants.


Veterinary Technician

Wyatt is originally from Osage City, Kansas. He has a background in biology, zoology, and environmental education but hopes to work towards a veterinary technician degree. Wyatt has been in Colorado for three years, but just recently moved to Denver. Wyatt’s home includes two cats, Izzy and Otto, and a dog named Harley. In his spare time, Wyatt enjoys hiking, biking, and spending time outdoors.


Technician Assistant

Meagan is a Technician Assistant who just moved to Denver from Southern California and is so happy to be apart of the 5280 family! Meagan is currently in school right now to become a certified veterinary technician and is extremely excited to expand upon her knowledge and grow with 5280 in the veterinary field. Meagan shares her home with a corgi named Bubba, a cat named Bunni, a chinchilla named Enchilada, and her loving husband Josh. In her free time, Meagan loves being out in nature and exploring Colorado. She also enjoys anything creative be it sewing, painting, writing, or drawing, and enjoys a lazy day in watching B horror movies or Disney movies with her fur babies and husband.


Technician Assistant

Morgan is a technician assistant at 5280 Veterinary Care who was was born and raised in Colorado. After graduation, she attended UNC (Greeley) for psychology/criminology. While in Greeley, she started working at the Weld County Humane Society as an adoption specialist and then as intake manager and behavior specialist. After 3 years at the humane society, Morgan moved on to emergency vet care, where she was a Vet Assistant for 2.5 years. She has now moved back to Aurora to be with family and looks forward to attending tech school in the fall.


Client Care Representative

Katie is proud to serve as a Client Care Representative. Her areas of professional interest include zoology and conservation biology and veterinary technician work. She began working in the veterinary industry in 2019 and loves learning how to help animals who need it most. Outside of 5280, she is a dog handler / trainer. Katie was born and raised in Denver, CO and loves spending time with her Doberman Husky mix, Sasha, and tabby cat, Lancelot. In her spare time, she enjoys spending it with her family, hiking, and drawing. A fun fact about Katie is that she has been a singer for most of her life and even auditioned for the Disney channel.


Client Care Representative

Kerby is one of 5280's Client Care Representatives, who is originally from Indiana. Before coming to Colorado, she spent a year in South Carolina where she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Kerby has her B.A. in Psychology and minor certificate in Human Resources Management from IUPUI. She's been an avid animal lover her entire life. While working at her last job at a pet feed and supply store, she came to the realization that caring for animals is her true passion which led her to join our team here at 5280! In her free time, she loves to hang out with her Border Collie/Mini Aussie mix, Venus, whether it's just snuggling on the couch or going on a mountain hike!


Client Care Representative

Ty is a Client Care Representative at 5280 Veterinary Care who is a Colorado native born here in Denver. She has been an animal lover all her life always taking care of the strays. She partakes in dog walking and bathing in her free time and enjoys spending time with her pitty, Pharrah, and her son, Jeremiah. Ty would like to expand her knowledge in the veterinary field and is planning to go to school to be a vet tech.

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Phone: 720-704-1830

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  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed