Dr. Barbara T. Page, DVM, ICVA
Born in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Barbara Page knew at the age of five she wanted to be an equine veterinarian.
Although there were no women equine veterinarians at that time, her drive to be one was so real that she was motivated through all of her education to pursue veterinary medicine.
Dr. Page received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1977 from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine.
After a private practice in Boston for two years, she returned to Colorado and was the first woman to practice as an equine veterinarian, spending the next nine years at Littleton Large Animal Clinic. In 1988 she started a private practice and built the Colorado Equine Clinic, PC in 1995, where she continues to practice with passion for veterinary medicine and a commitment of service to all horse owners. Her special interests are the foot and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
In 1994, Dr. Page founded the Equine Wellness Foundation, a 501C-3 with the mission to improve the bond between horses and people through the research of disease and treatment of foot disease.
Ground breaking research in comparison between the wild horse and the domestic horse has lead to lectures by her in England and throughout the United States. She has authored several papers in referred journals and written chapters in textbooks about equine foot disease. Her research has improved the health of the equine foot throughout the world and continues to go strong.
Dr. Page served as the President of the Denver Veterinary Medical Association, represented the equine world on the AVMA Committee for the Human/Animal Bond, and has served on numerous committees for the AAEP.
Devoted to family, her greatest passion is being a good mother. She enjoys riding horses, presently Western and trail disciplines, and is a continuation of her early years when she was Rocky Mountain Equitation Champion as a 13 and under.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Ft Collins, CO 1977
American Farriers Association certification, 1993
International Veterinary Chiropractic Certification, 2004
Options for Animals Institutes of Animal Chiropractic, Kansas City, KS Natural Balance Farriery Certification, 2007
International Society for Equine Lameness Pathology, 8 course completion, 2009
Dr. Dale R. Rice, MS DVM, cVMA
A love of horses, dogs, cats and just about all other creatures, combined with a desire to help people enjoy their animals led Dr. Dale Rice to become a veterinarian.
After raising his family and a long successful career in animal/food safety, quality and research, he was accepted into vet school as the oldest student in his class. His path to his life long goal was long, but in 2009 he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University.
Dr. Rice is now living his dream of caring for horses and smaller animals, and helping people enjoy spending time with their animals.
Preventative medicine is Dr. Rice's special interest. He believes preventing disease and injury are the best way to insure that owners have the best experience and maximum time with happy and healthy horses. Equine dentistry, parasitology, nutrition and management are additional areas of Dr. Rice’s expertise.
Currently Dr. Rice is researching E. coli 0157:H7 in cattle via a grant from Colorado State University. He was a recent speaker at the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety where he presented his research on utilizing satellite imaging to predict food safety risks for animal agriculture facilities.
Dr. Rice received his B.S. in Animal Science from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and next a Master of Agriculture from University of Connecticut. His successful career was in the meat/food industry, where he was the Vice President of Food Safety and Quality Assurance for the division of Nestle Foods that manufactured Hot Pocket sandwiches.
Dr. Rice lives in Elizabeth, with his three horses, three dogs, two cats, one llama and a couple of goldfish. He enjoys simple trail riding, with the occasional horse camping and pack trip thrown in for fun. He and his wife, Brenda, love living amongst all the glory of the Colorado mountains.
Feel free to ask him about his wife, sons, daughter in-law, grandchildren or animals, but expect to hear every detail about how they are the joy of his life!
Dr. Ashley Edge loved horses from the beginning, filling My Little Pony barns full of little pampered ponies. However, it was as a teenager in Ohio that she first learned to ride and discovered that horses were an integral part of her life. She began mucking stalls in exchange for riding lessons, and through a 4-H program and her “second family,” started showing a Pony of the Americas in English and Western flatwork. Eventually, she convinced her parents to let her use part of her college savings to buy a quarter horse, whom she showed and loved for 10 years. Her mare taught her many life lessons, and gave her the inspiration to become a veterinarian. A particularly bad bout of colic resulted in major surgery, and Ashley was awed by the people who saved the love of her life. From that point on, she wanted nothing more than to be able to do the same for other people and their horses.
Dr. Edge was born on Guam, where her father was stationed by the Air Force. She continued moving with her parents and two brothers throughout her life to nine different states. She studied Biomedical Science at Texas A&M University (Whoop!), and did her first 3 years of veterinary school on the island of Grenada at St. George’s University. She moved from her beautiful tropical island to do her last year of school at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York: “I thought she was going to freeze to death.” Veterinary school, in both places, was an amazing learning experience, and she graduated from SGU in 2011. After school, she was accepted as an intern at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. There, she discovered she had a special interest in lameness and internal medicine. After her year-long internship ended, she headed west to Colorado Equine Clinic.
In her free time, Ashley enjoys hiking, running, scuba diving and riding. Although she does not have a horse right now, she has a fluffy cat to entertain and hopes to adopt a retired racehorse in the near future!
Vet Techs and Support Staff
Meg Schenk - Certified Veterinary Technician
Meg was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. At age six, she began taking riding lessons and never looked back. She began riding and showing hunters, and catch-riding naughty ponies.
After a move to Yellow Springs, Ohio, she took up Eventing where she had the opportunity to compete in horse trials at Training Level as well as volunteer behind the scenes as a jump judge.
Teaching lessons and managing barns evolved into a desire to join veterinary medicine. After graduating from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 1996, she began working at Colorado Equine Clinic as a veterinary technician. Meg works closely with Dr. Page on lameness exams, specializes in anesthesia for surgery, and other general hospital duties.
Not long after beginning her career as a Certified Veterinary Technician, Meg bought her first horse, a young Thoroughbred named Avery. Meg and Avery have participated in pair paces and multiple horsemanship clinics with Marty Marten and Buck Brannaman. These days, Meg and Avery mostly trail ride along the Front Range.
Meg's other interests include cheering her two children on at soccer games and swim meets, and she is hoping to "bag" her first 14'er this coming summer. She admits to a soft spot for all ponies, and would fill a barn with them if she could.
Tony Verhoff - Veterinary Technician
Hello my name is Tony. I started working at Colorado Equine Clinic in August, and thankful and very happy to be working for Dr. Page. I have been a veterinary technician for 6years now. I graduated from Otterbein College with a B.A. in equine science pre-vet in 2001. While at Otterbein I rode/competed for the equestrian team for 4years and coached the western team for 2years. In 2006-2007 I attended and graduated from Raymond Walters University Cincinnati Vet-Tech program, and in 2007 I passed the National Boards to achieve my Vet-Tech license.
I started riding horses when I was 5years old for therapeutic reasons, but loved it and been riding ever since. I have trained/competed in the English, Western, and Driving disciplines. I started working in the veterinary field when I was 16, and worked in both the small and large animal fields with my local vets back in Ohio. After graduation from Otterbein, I started working at The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital as a large animal caretaker, and veterinary assistant after my work hours (for 6yrs). While working there I helped for 4yrs on the EPM research project with Dr. Saville and Dr. Reed. Also while working there I met my wife Jessica Morehouse. Jessica than graduated and worked 1.5yrs in private practice than joined the Army. Her first duty station was at Fort Myer, Virginia, where she the vet for the Caisson Horses, the Working Dogs and was involved with several food and water health inspections. While she was at Fort Myer, I worked for 3yrs at Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center as a vet-tech second shift team leader. Jess and I are currently now at Fort Carson, Colorado, where she is stationed with the 438th which will be deploying in June 2012. When she returns home, Jess and I are planning to stay in Colorado. Where I will continue to work at the CEC and Jess maybe also start working at CEC part-time.
Carla Baca - Office Manager
Being born and raised in rural New Jersey, I was exposed to horses at a young age as my father owned Thoroughbred race horses that ran at Aqueduct and Belmont race tracks. My love of horses carried through my childhood and my mother supported this with horse camps, riding lessons, and involvement with 4-H. My youth was involved in the Hunter/Jumper circuit and I had the privilege of training with some of the US Equestrian Team trainers.
I was employed with a large corporation as a corporate trainer and worked a number of years in California and then Colorado. My love of horses always remained and I started a part time Pony Party business. It was a blessing to be a part of a child’s first pony ride and in some cases, the first exposure of adults and children to horses in general. Most recently I was involved with competitive trail riding and also worked as a Wrangler leading trail rides over the summers.
After numerous years in large corporations in the training and customer service field, my deep seated passion of horses led me to my position with Colorado Equine Clinic where I am able to combine my love of horses and working with people.
These days I can be found pursuing my love of draft horses and driving. My husband and I continue to trail ride and camp with our horses. We also enjoy country western dancing and riding our Harley Davidson motorcycles.
I am married to Randy, and I am a proud Army wife with an extended military family. We own and operate Perseverance Ranch in Sedalia that is shared with our horses, chickens, cats and dogs.
Laura Grisham - Bookkeeper
Laura is a Colorado native and has over twenty-five years of bookkeeping experience. She lives in Larkspur, CO, with her husband, a draft horse mare, two Texas longhorn cows, thirty chickens, and two dogs, who think they are human.