Kathy (Smith) Dobesh, DVM, Co-Owner
Dr. Kathy Dobesh is a third-generation veterinarian and co-owner of Smith Veterinary Hospital. Born and raised in Santa Fe, Kathy graduated from St. Michael's High School and attended New Mexico State University for her undergraduate studies. Kathy received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1990 and returned to Smith Veterinary Hospital that same year.
Kathy's special interests include small animal internal medicine, cardiology, surgery, and acupuncture. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, and is a USDA accredited veterinarian.
When she isn't working, Kathy enjoys spending time with her daughters and husband. Her hobbies include horseback riding, weight lifting, karate, gardening, and caring for the family horses, goats, dogs and cats.
Dr. Kathy Dobesh
Years in Practice: 24
Education: Colorado State University 1990
Mike Dobesh, DVM, Co-Owner
Dr. Mike Dobesh, co-owner of Smith Veterinary Hospital, grew up on a small farm in eastern Nebraska. After high school, he worked on a large cattle ranch in north central Colorado. Thanks to the influence of a few special pets, Mike developed a true fondness for companion animals during veterinary school. He received his DVM from Colorado State University in 1990 and says that he could never imagine doing anything else!
When he isn't working, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and his two daughters. He also enjoys home brewing, bee keeping, coffee roasting, hiking, taking his dogs swimming, running marathons, and cheering on the Denver Broncos!
Dr. Mike Dobesh
Years in Practice: 24
Education: Colorado State University 1990
Vianey DeAguero, DVM
Dr. Vianey DeAguero is originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from New Mexico State University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.
She enjoys all aspects of general practice but is especially interested in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, and ophthalmology. She is a USDA accredited veterinarian, a member of the American Animal Hospital Association, and the American Veterinary Medical Association. Vianey has completed Bond-Centered Practice Training in the areas of pet loss, grief support, and understanding the human-animal bond.
Vianey spends her free time traveling, reading, and doing crafts. She devotes a lot of her time to her friends and family--especially her husband Diego and their daughter Devon. They share their lives with their dogs Maggie, Star, Shiver, and awesome cat DJ.
Years in Practice: 13
Education: Colorado State University 2001
Andrea Trujillo, DVM
Andrea Trujillo is from the small town of Las Vegas, NM. It became clear what she wanted to do with her life when she used her doctor's kit on her stuffed animals rather than her dolls. At age nine, her allergy and asthma specialist told her she could not be a veterinarian because of severe allergies to all animals. Many years, allergy injections, and inhalers later, she graduated from Colorado State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Andrea is proud to have been part of the Smith Vet Hospital family since graduating in 2003. She enjoys the fine art of soft tissue surgery and the mystery and logic of internal medicine. It is the human-animal bond that makes veterinary medicine her passion as well as her career. She is a member of various professional organizations.
Dr. Trujillo enjoys reading and writing during her free time. She loves spending time with her husband Phillip, son Oscar, and dogs Walter and Payton.
Years in Practice: 11
Education: Colorado State University 2003
Amy Land, DVM
Dr. Amy Land is originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but has made Santa Fe her home since starting her veterinary career with Smith Veterinary Hospital in 2005. She has been part of this professional family ever since. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Speech and Communications from Northwestern University. After an uninspired career in public relations, she decided to make a career change to pursue her true passion, caring for dogs and cats. Dr. Land hit the books again, and graduated with honors from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
While Amy enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine, her special interests include the problem-solving of internal medicine, performing ultrasound examinations, and soft tissue surgery cases. She endeavors daily to provide the highest quality medicine to each of her patients, while providing open, honest communication with their owners.
While not in the hospital, Dr. Land enjoys the beautiful city of Santa Fe with her husband, son and daughter. She also has a new love, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Norman and an orange tabby cat named Marshmallow. He has barely a speck of white on him, but when you let your son name your cat ...
Years in Practice: 9
Education: University of California at Davis 2005
Julie Breer, DVM
Dr. Julie Breer was born in New England and knew she wanted to be a veterinarian starting at a very young age. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Vermont and continued her education studying for a year in the South of France at the University of Nice. It was volunteering at the California Marine Mammal Rescue that led her directly to veterinary school. She obtained her DVM from University of California Davis in 1994. Before joining the Smith Veterinary Hospital team, Julie practiced in Vallejo, California.
Julie has special interest in feline medicine, internal medicine, and exotic animal medicine and surgery. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association, the Association for Avian Veterinarians, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and is USDA accredited in the state of New Mexico.
When not at the hospital Julie enjoys hiking, skiing, photography, and watching the antics of local wildlife. She shares her home with the cutest Pomeranian ever, her cats, Peeps and Jack, Olive the Lovebird, and Ellow the Cockatiel.
Years in Practice: 20
Education: University of California at Davis 1994
Chris Anderson, DVM
Dr. Chris Anderson is originally from Roswell, NM. He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Geology. During his last year as an undergrad, he became interested in veterinary medicine. He then went on to receive his D.V.M. from Colorado State University.
Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association and the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association.
Chris has two dogs, a Labrador and a Redbone hound. He is currently trying to find a cat. He enjoys fishing, and going out on the town with his wife and two daughters.
Years in Practice: 6
Education: Colorado State University 2008
Adria Yeager, DVM
Dr. Adria Yeager grew up on a small dairy farm in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She was home-schooled through high school and received her bachelor's degree from Washington State University where she majored in animal science with a minor in microbiology. She stayed on at WSU and completed her doctor of veterinary medicine degree in 2009. Dr. Yeager spent one summer during veterinary school studying abroad in Portugal. Her husband's education brought them to New Mexico after graduation, where they are now settling into their careers.
Dr. Yeager is interested in internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and neonatology. She is a USDA accredited veterinarian and a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association.
When not working, Adria enjoys traveling and outdoor activities such as running, hiking, skiing, and mountain biking. She lives with her husband and daughter, along with their pets, Kali, a Kelpie rescued from a terminal lab in veterinary school, and 2 naughty kitties, Cash-the-Fatman and Tag-a-long.
Years in Practice: 5
Education: Washington State University 2009
Julie Blossom, DVM
Julie was born and raised in New Mexico! She graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1999 and earned a B.A. in Biology from Colby College in Maine. She earned her DVM from Colorado State University. She elected to do one year of post-DVM training at the Atlantic Veterinary College on Prince Edward Island, Canada, where she completed an academic internship in small animal medicine and surgery.
In 2010, Julie's publication on canine congenital heart disease was published in the Journal of Veterinary Cardiology.
In 2013, she was sponsored by the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association as an Emerging Leader and attended a national veterinary leadership conference on behalf of the State.
She is the proud founder of the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association's P.A.W.S. (Peer Assistance & Wellness Support) program for veterinarians.
Julie's professional interests include cardiology, exotic mammals (rabbits, ferrets, rodents), reptiles, feline medicine, emergency medicine, and understanding and managing pain in all species. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the New Mexico Veterinary Medical Association and the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society. She is also a USDA accredited veterinarian.
Julie is so happy to call NM her home again! Her personal interests include yoga, hiking, gardening, traveling and being outdoors with her husband and her two canine companions, Scarlett and Luna.
Years in Practice: 5
Education: Colorado State University 2009
Denise Montrose, DVM
Dr. Denise Montrose was born in Santa Fe. She was the child of Air Force parents so her childhood was spent in various states and countries including Florida, Arizona and Germany. Her family moved back to New Mexico where she finished high school and attended New Mexico State University, earning her Bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Denise then moved to Colorado to continue her education at Colorado State University where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. After veterinary school, she practiced in Grand Junction, Colorado where she worked on dogs, cats, horses, goats, sheep, llamas and alpacas.
Denise is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Colorado and New Mexico boards of Veterinary Medicine. Her professional interests include dentistry, soft tissue surgery and emergency medicine.
When not working, Denise loves to relax with her dog Maya and enjoy the New Mexico scenery. Denise spends most of her free time riding her reining horses and exploring the mountains of New Mexico on them.
Years in Practice: 7
Education: Colorado State University 2007
Andrea Armour, DVM
Dr. Andrea Armour was raised in St. Louis, Missouri and moved to Santa Fe for her high school years. Though she has always been passionate about animals, her career path was chosen when Kodiak, a black Labrador, joined her family during her senior year. Once she graduated from Santa Fe Prep in 2003, she attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA. After earning her bachelor's degree in Neuroscience in 2007, she attended Colorado State University Veterinary School.
Andrea's professional interests include anesthesia, critical care, radiology and internal medicine, though she enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Mexico Veterinary Association.
In her free time, Andrea and her husband Phil enjoy hiking the mountains around Santa Fe with Nala, their German Shepherd. She also enjoys knitting, reading, ice skating, and cheering on her beloved St. Louis Blues!
Years in Practice: 3
Education: Colorado State University 2011
Diego Sanchez, DVM
Dr. Diego Sanchez was born and raised in Nambe, NM. He grew up on his family's dairy farm, Rancho Las Lagunas, where he developed a passion for the human-animal bond and experienced first hand, the benefits that animals bring to all aspects of human life. Growing up, Diego was active in animal husbandry through 4-H.
Diego attended New Mexico State University where he received a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science. He was then accepted to and earned his Doctorate degree from the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
Diego's professional interests include soft tissue surgery, internal medicine and theriogenology (reproduction) in small and large animal species. He also has a strong interest in complementary medicine and is a certified acupuncturist for all animal species.
In his free time, Diego enjoys working on the family farm, home brewing, and spending time with his wife, daughter, and all their pets. Diego has 2 Labradors -Star and Maggie - a 3-legged dog named Shiver, and his favorite cat DeeJay.
Years in Practice: 2
Education: Colorado State University 2012
Melissa Smith, DVM
Dr. Melissa Smith grew up in Western Pennsylvania and received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995. During college, she lived and studied in Amsterdam, The Netherlands for a year as part of her curriculum. After graduating, she visited friends outside of Santa Fe in 1996, fell in love with New Mexico, and made it her permanent home. Her background is in medical and social science research and she worked in the field for many years. Having always loved animals and wanting to be a veterinarian since she was young, when her dog was bitten by a snake, she was determined to learn how to treat such devastating conditions and she pursued veterinary school. She earned her DVM degree from Colorado State University.
Melissa loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, but is particularly interested in soft tissue surgery, small animal emergency medicine, dentistry, geriatric care, and acupuncture. She is a certified medical acupuncturist for both large and small animals and is a certified USDA veterinarian.
Outside of work, Melissa and her husband, Ray, spend time with their young sons, Everett and Oliver, dog and two cats. They love gardening and having adventures in the wonderful outdoors of New Mexico.
Years in Practice: 4
Education: Colorado State University 2010
Carol Stewart, DVM
Dr. Stewart has lived in beautiful Santa Fe since 2007 following twelve years assisting animals in Alaska and British Columbia. Originally from Canada, she attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and earned her DVM from the Ontario Veterinary College.
While in Alaska, Carol practiced general medicine and surgery and also served as a veterinarian and Public Health official in the Alaskan Arctic. She participated in wildlife field studies throughout the state. Since moving to New Mexico, she has worked as an emergency and critical care veterinarian in Santa Fe and is now delighted to be part of the Smith Vet team.
Carol's special interests include internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and critical care and her professional affiliations include the AVMA and the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.
When not treating animals, Carol enjoys gardening and cooking (add more green chile!) cross-country skiing, trail running, and hiking with her husband, Luke, and their two fabulous dogs, Dakli and Bella.
Years in Practice: 19
Education: Ontario Veterinary College 1995
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