Meet the folks who make it all happen. We see big potential in every moment, & care deeply about what we do every day.
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!
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. Melissa actually began her college career studying human medicine. She decided to start volunteering at a low-cost spay and neuter clinic during her time away from class, and quickly fell in love with the world of animal care. That’s why Dr. Melissa decided to combine her interests in pet health and her passion for medicine! Now, she gets to help the earth’s creatures every day as an Associate Veterinarian.
Several years ago, while working a career in IT, Dr. Lisa Roth asked herself a poignant question: “What would you do with your life if money was no object and you could do whatever you wanted?” It was at that moment that she finally admitted she had always wanted to be a veterinarian. This realization, and her subsequent journey to see her dream through to fruition, have truly changed her life for the better!
So how exactly did Dr. Sara Bumgardner Slagel become the newest associate veterinarian on the Moore Animal Hospital staff? Well, for starters, she literally grew up in a veterinary environment. Her father’s veterinary clinic was located right below her, so at a young age she was a first-hand witness to the daily hustle and bustle of trained professionals helping animals!
“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”