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.
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.
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.
John is the Practice Manager of 5280 Veterinary Care, starting this position in February 2020. Previously, John worked in a school for handicapped children in Pittsburgh, PA before moving to Denver in 2003 to work as a manager at a 24-hour Emergency and Specialty Veterinary Hospital. John is a 2014 recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award from Pet Aid Animal Hospital for his creation and execution of the “Battle of the Vet Hospital Stars” charity event, which began in 2012. John is also a current member of the 3rd year’s CVMA Power of 10 Managers Group. John holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Robert Morris University and SHRM-CP certification through the Society of Human Resource Management.
In his spare time, John enjoys swimming, biking, camping, hiking, movies, concerts, and spending time with his loving family and friends.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Originally from Arizona and California, Sarah spent a short amount of time in Colorado when she was younger and moved back as soon as she could. She is has been in the veterinary field over 5 years and is currently attending Penn Foster to complete her certification as a Veterinary Technician. Sarah has wanted to save animals for as long as she can remember and wouldn’t change a thing! She enjoys anything outdoors, fishing, and exploring with her Pit Bull, Peaches, and Newfoundland, Rambo.
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.
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.
Mikaila was born and raised in Colorado, but only recently returned to the state in 2020 after getting her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Washington and Massachusetts. She started working in the veterinary field in 2014 and enjoys spending time helping to care for all the critters who walk through the door at 5280. Outside of work, Mikaila loves traveling, camping, horseback riding, and painting. Her first pet was a Box Turtle named Stripe, and she now has a Border Collie/Blue Heeler named Kiana and a cat named Coleman.
Mercedes is a Client Care Representative for 5280 Veterinary Care and has been with the clinic since December of 2018. She obtained her Associate of Arts degree from Front Range Community College and is currently attending Metropolitan State University of Denver to gain her Bachelors Degree in Human Services with a concentration in mental health counseling.
Mercedes enjoys hiking, playing volleyball and soccer, swinging and line dancing, and having fun in the sun at the lake or beach. She shares her home with Donner, an Australian cattle dog, Mabel, an Australian shepherd, Odin and Duke, German shepherd mixes, and Patch, a DLH. She also hosts our hospital cat Neil, a DSH.
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.
A life-long resident and native of Colorado, our Client Care Representative, Abbey, is looking forward to meeting all of our wonderful clients! She is thrilled to be working with animals as she has always loved being around animals and helping any way she can. She currently resides in Erie with plans to move to the Denver Metro area in the coming months. Abbey shares her home with two French Bulldogs and a Pit Bull mix.
Hope is a Client Care Representative at 5280 Veterinary Care. Born and raised in Colorado, Hope spent some time in Texas while attending Texas Tech University. She was thrilled when given the opportunity to work at 5280, as her first job back in high school was working at a veterinary clinic and enjoys combining both of her passions; animals and customer service. Outside of the hospital, you can find Hope spending time with friends or up in the mountains with her family and rescue pup, Treble.
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.