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Our Team

Dr. Maura Backstrom
Practice Owner/Veterinarian
Dr. Maura planted her veterinary career seeds during her dog-filled childhood. Maura’s mother regularly bred and showed dogs; and seven-year-old Maura took an active role in feeding, grooming, and training these high-value canines. She also actively participated in classes and practice shows. Maura soon discovered that dogs were masters at showing unconditional love and acceptance. By the time Maura turned nine, the dogs’ love and affection had made a profound impact on her. She developed a burning desire to embark on a veterinary career, as she wanted to give back to the wonderful animals who had enriched her young life!

Born in Missouri, Maura and her family soon moved to southern California; she then lived in Missouri and Virginia before moving back to California. While Maura married and was raising her children, she kept her veterinarian career dream alive, and returned to school at age 29 to begin her studies. When Maura and her family moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, she finally felt that she had come home. At Colorado State University, Maura graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Degree in Animal Science; and she received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in May 2005.

In 1999, Maura began her tenure at Moore Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician. After working throughout her junior and senior undergraduate years, and through all four years of veterinary school, Maura became an associate veterinarian upon her May 2005 graduation. She bought the Moore Animal Hospital practice in 2012. Maura values the sense of family that exists among the Moore Animal Hospital staff and clients; and she continues to build on those relationships as the practice grows. When Maura’s away from the hospital, she enjoys a home occupied by her new husband Mark, two children, four dogs, one cat, and numerous fish. She recently married her long time best friend Mark in Turkes and Caicos. Her son Colton has graduated from college and plans to attend seminary; while her daughter Caitlyn attends Colorado State University and also works at the practice. Maura’s youngest son, Christian, loves school, legos, baseball and Rollerskating. Maura is very active within her church, volunteering as the Youth Missions Outreach Coordinator. She loves watching professional football, especially when her beloved Denver Broncos are playing. She’s an avid swimmer and snorkeler, and is currently SCUBA certification.

Over time, Maura has gradually downsized her dogs; as she moved from Belgian sheepdogs to border collies and finally to papillons. Her four small female pooches pack a ton of personality into their little bodies. Maia would play fetch all day if Maura let her; while Penelope is definitely the alpha dog who bosses everyone else around. Francisco has honed the term “spoiled rotten” to a fine art. Bunny is the papillon with the most personality, constantly making sure mom has not left the vacinity. The Backstrom family has recently re-entered the world of bigger dogs with the addition of Rhodesian Ridgeback, Poppy.
Dr. Lisa Tornes
Associate Veterinarian
After graduating with a degree in accounting from the University of Richmond and working in Washington, D.C., as a Certified Public Accountant for several years, Dr. Lisa Tornes realized that her heart just wasn’t in the business world. In the summer of 1999, she took a two-week-long backpacking trip in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. It was there, after having a chance to reflect on her long-term goals and career desires in the middle of the wilderness, that she realized something: animal care was her true passion! Dr. Tornes hasn’t looked back since—now, she’s proud to serve as an Associate Veterinarian with the Moore Animal Hospital family.

Dr. Tornes is originally from Ohio and moved to Fort Collins shortly after making the decision to pursue animal medicine. She began volunteering at a local pet hospital, and it wasn’t long before she transitioned into a role as a Veterinary Technician. Dr. Tornes continued working there as she finished up her prerequisite coursework and entered veterinary school at Colorado State University—she graduated with her Doctorate in 2008, then gained even more hands-on experience by completing a small-animal internship at a veterinary clinic in Boise, Idaho. Next, Dr. Tornes worked as an emergency veterinarian for a year before returning to Colorado and joining the team at a small clinic in 2010.

Dr. Tornes became a member of the Moore Animal Hospital team in April of 2017. She has special interests in dermatology work—dealing with her own dog’s allergies has given her a new appreciation for this area of care!—and feline medicine. Most of all, Dr. Tornes loves bonding with her clients and their beloved companions on a daily basis.

In her time away from work, Dr. Tornes enjoys getting outside to hike, snowshoe, snowboard, and bicycle. She’s also fond of reading, trying out new recipes, and spending time with her own pets at home. She lives with her dog Dexter and her cat Winston
Dr. Alexandra Frost
Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Alexandra Frost has felt an indescribable connection with animals ever since she was a little girl, and always knew that she wanted to work hands-on with the earth’s creatures when she grew up. When she secured her first job at an animal shelter as a teenager, her fate was sealed. Dr. Frost knew beyond a doubt that she was destined to care for pets as a member of the veterinary profession! Now, she gets to do just that as a licensed veterinarian.

Originally from New Jersey, Dr. Frost attended Delaware Valley University to earn her Bachelor’s degree in small-animal science, graduating magna cum laude. She continued on to study veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri, graduating with her Doctorate in 2018, then completed a year-long rotating small-animal medicine and surgery internship at a busy 24-hour emergency and specialty center in Boise, Idaho.

It didn’t take long for Dr. Frost to fall in love with everything that this part of the country had to offer. After working back on the East Coast for a few months after wrapping up her internship, she returned to the west and settled here in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dr. Frost joined the Moore Animal Hospital family only a week after moving to town, and she’s been caring for the area’s pets and animal owners here ever since! She’s particularly fond of dentistry work and also loves to work with senior pets and make their golden years as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

When she’s not at work, Dr. Frost likes practicing yoga, hiking, trying out the area’s many craft breweries, advancing her photography skills, and spending time with her friends, family, and pet. Along with her fiancé, she lives with a cat, Charlie, who is one of the most talkative felines that Dr. Frost has ever known.

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Fort Collins, CO 80525

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