Our Team

Dr. Buchholtz


Dr. Stephanie Buchholtz grew up in Littleton and spent her summers as a youth on her grandparent’s ranch on the western slope so that she could participate in 4-H.  She attended CSU where she received her DVM degree in 1993. She practiced general small- and exotic-animal medicine in the Greeley area for 26 years before deciding to follow her heart and establish a feline-only practice.  Her desire to cater to cats started when she became determined to counter the notion that some cats are “mean” when they come to the vet. Frightened cats will often become defensive, but understanding their anxiety and providing an environment designed to keep them calm enables cats to better receive the regular health care they deserve.

Dr. Buchholtz enjoys fly fishing, travel, and photography.  She and her husband Brett serve five cats and a one-eyed parrot.

Erica Chippendale

Lead Technician

Erica grew up on the sunny beaches of SW Florida. After a few family vacations in Montana she knew she wanted to live closer to the mountains. In 2012, Erica made the big move to Fort Collins, Colorado and hasn’t looked back since. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science in 2016. After a short break from school she went back and earned a Professional Science Master’s degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. She spent the summer of 2018 at Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Longmont rehabilitating orphaned, sick and injured raccoons, song birds, waterfowl, and squirrels. She couldn’t imagine living her life without caring for animals, domestic or wild. In her spare time, Erica enjoys exploring the wonderful parks and natural areas of Colorado, traveling with her family and baking tasty treats. She has two cats, Tobi and Ellie, and a pitbull/border collie mix named Kamali. Erica has over 8 years of experience as a veterinary technician and is very excited to be a part of The Cat Doctor team!

Heather Berry

Veterinary Nurse

I was born and raised in Yuma, Colorado and my family still resides there. I graduated from Colby Community College with my veterinarian technician degree. I have been working closely with Dr. Buchholtz since 2009. I have had a love for animals for as long as I can remember. Not only do I enjoy working with pets, but I deeply enjoy forming connections with pet owners. Outside of caring for your pets needs I live a very active lifestyle. I love to be outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping, and traveling the world.  When I’m not outdoors you can find me in the Yoga room where I have a special interest in being Upside down! Although I do not currently have a cat in my household I have a dog who acts very independently like a cat! Eli also loves to be outdoors and go on adventures with me. I look forward to caring for your cats and learning more about you!

Lisa Burkland

Front Desk

Lisa moved from Colorado Springs to attend Colorado State University in 1988 and chose to stay in Northern Colorado after graduating from CSU.  She grew up in a family that loves animals and had dogs, birds and a calico cat. Today’s immediate family consists of her partner Jeffrey, a 26 year old cockatiel, and 2 adorable cat kids named Abby (a tabby) and Monkee (a calico).  In her spare time she enjoys hiking, arts & crafts, photography, gardening and hanging out with her family.

Favorite cat quote: “In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” -Terry Pratchett  

Canon Alexander

Front Desk and Veterinary Assistant

Hello! My name is Canon Alexander, pet lover extraordinaire! I grew up in a home where the pets out-numbered the owners, which is saying something coming from a family with 7 siblings. As a proud cat owner for many years myself, I am happy to be part of The Cat Doctor team, helping our feline friends get the care they deserve with a smile.