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

DVM

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.

Emily McDowell

DVM

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.

Madison Douglas-Seay

Associate DVM

Dr. Madison Douglas-Seay is the newest Associate Veterinarian with 5280 Veterinary Care. Dr. Douglas-Seay received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology in 2014 from the University of Florida, and went on to earn her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2019 from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She is Fear Free Certified, and has a professional interest in primary care, internal medicine, dermatology, dentistry, surgery, and pain management.

Dr. Douglas-Seay loves that every day at work is different, and that she is able to continuously learn from whatever the day brings. She utilizes her love of science and learning alongside her passion for animals and helping others day in and day out.

Having spent much of her childhood in Michigan and schooling in Florida, Dr. Douglas-Seay has just made the move to Westminster before starting with 5280! She made this move with her American Staffordshire Terrier mix and her recently adopted chihuahua. Outside of the office, Dr. Douglas-Seay enjoys hiking with her pups, travelling, video games, spending time with friends and family, and riding motorcycles!

Megan

C.V.T. & Practice Manager

Megan is a super passionate technician and manager dedicated to providing gold standard veterinary care and education. She has been in veterinary medicine for over a decade. After receiving her bachelor's degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University, she worked with quarter horse breeders. With her passion for education, she went to Bel-Rea Institute where she received for associates in Animal Science and became a certified veterinary technician. She has worked with the smallest of animals and exotics up to large animal. Outside of work, she loves spending time with her 2 children, husband, and friends. You can find her outside in nature frequently doing hiking, swimming, horseback riding, and overall being active.

Wyatt

Technician Lead

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.

Heather

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.

Meagan

Veterinary Technician

Originally from California, Meagan has been living in Colorado for the past 2 years and has been working at 5280 Veterinary Care since moving here. Her passion is helping animals and their owners so their pets can live their best and healthiest life. Meagan shares her home with her husband Josh, and their 4 fur babies: 2 dogs named Biddie Bon Bip and Buckaroo, her cat Chunkay, and chinchilla Enchilada. In her spare time, Meagan loves to be in nature, enjoying art to let her creativity out, and has fun trying new restaurants. Her favorite past-time is snuggling on the couch with her fur babies and husband watching scary movies.

Andrea

Veterinary Technician

Andrea started working with pets in high school at a mobile pet shot clinic in El Paso, Texas and has now been a tech for about 6 years. She moved to Colorado with her boyfriend a little more than a year ago and both love it here so far. Her favorite part of the job is being able to form a friendship with your pet while they stay with us for an anesthetic procedure. You can find her at work giving your pet all the snuggles and hugs, yes, even the spiciest kitties! She hopes to see you soon!

Juan

Veterinary Technician

Juan is a dedicated and passionate technician delivering the best care to all our patients. He's been in the field for about 5 years and has never regretted a second of it. He moved up here to Colorado with his sweetheart about a year ago to start a new adventure in life and career. Both have loved every moment of it. He can't wait to see your pets for any of their needs no matter what it may be.

Keaton

Technician Assistant

Keaton is a proud Tech Assistant who was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She grew up living with animals: 4 dogs named Magnum, Eli, Bennett, and Tonks; a turtle named Speedy, and a pig named Canton. After graduating high school, she wanted to work with animals of all sizes, including exotics. She decided to move to Denver to get her bachelor's degree in Biology and Zoology. During her spare time, she loves to shop for fashion, eat gourmet food with friends and family, and enjoy the outdoors.

Katie

Client Care Receptionist & Technician Assistant

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.

Becky

Client Care Manager

Becky is our outstanding Client Care Manager. After spending 20 years in the in the culinary industry, Becky switched careers to Veterinary Medicine in July of 2020. Once she entered this industry, she immediately realized her deep seeded passion for providing animal lovers and their beloved fur babies with the very best experience Vet Med has to offer. With a great attitude and excessive customer service experience, her passion lies in high quality client support, client education and gold standard patient care. Becky's focus is raising her son and their incredibly spoiled kitty, Lucky. She is extremely family oriented and spends much of her time caring for her loved ones. She was born in Colorado, raised in Montana and enjoys all things nature, Astrology, art, and poetry.

Carrina

Client Care Receptionist

Carrina is a Customer Care Receptionist and has been working with animals for over four years. She is passionate about animal welfare. Her career background includes wildlife rescue and animal shelter medicine. She was raised in Colorado with a house full of pets of various species, from reptiles to dogs to horses. Carrina enjoys painting, hiking, reading, tv, and hanging out with her three cats Callista, Iroh, and Uri and her gecko Slurpee.

Chris

Client Care Receptionist

Chris is our clinic's "weekend warrior" receptionist. She moved from Massachusetts to Colorado 4 years ago to pursue a wildlife-related career but so far has found a home being an Office Manager for a flooring company and a weekend receptionist at 5280 Vet Care. She has 2 fur babies: her cat Smudge of 3 years and Johnny of about 1 year. She adores hiking, swimming, and generally exploring the outdoors. She also enjoys her cozy indoor moments either watching tv or DIY crafts.

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Located on the corner of Gilpin St and E 31st Ave. Directly next to The Great Gilpin Escape Into Elegance and steps from George Morrison St. Park.

Phone: 720-789-7000

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  • Monday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Sunday: Closed