OrthoPets is what you would consider to be a “well-oiled machine.” Our team is made up of a small group of people with a large variety of background experience.
Our modification team is comprised of a group of individuals with special interest and experience ranging from 3-D modeling, CAD and the human world of braces and prosthetics. Our assembly team is comprised individuals from the veterinary field, experienced contractors and even experts in exotic species.
The Case Managers assisting you and your veterinarian through the process is comprised of Certified Veterinary Technicians with at least 8 years of clinical experience ranging from general practice, emergency and critical care, rehabilitation and internal medicine.
Our entire team is trained in Veterinary Orthotics & Prosthetics (V-OP) by our owner and founder, Martin Kaufmann as well as our Surgical & Sports Medicine Consultant, Dr. Felix Duerr.
We have pulled together the strengths of all of our employees with intensive training in order to provide our referring veterinarians and clients the best possible V-OP experience.
We feel that when you are searching for the right V-OP provider for your pet, it is important that you feel comfortable and connected with us. We understand this is not just a dog brace or prosthetic for you and your family. This is a second chance for your pet, maybe even a third or fourth. With that, we want you to know more about us!
Martin Kaufmann BS
American Board of Certification, Orthotics, Prosthetics, Pedorthics
Martin began his career as an Orthotic & Prosthetic Technologist after graduating from Century College. He furthered his education in the field or orthotics and prosthetics and pedorthoics at Temple University. He enjoyed a rewarding 12-year career working with several companies including Tamarack Habilitations Technologies Inc, The Shriners Hospital (Intermountain Unit) and Winley’s Orthopedics designing, fabricating, fitting and modifying custom orthotic and prosthetic devices. During his career, he graduated from Temple University Podiatric Department with a Pedorthotic Practitioner degree and the University of Phoenix with a Business Administration degree.
The combination of his clinical, technical and business education has lead Martin to manage and direct multiple orthotic and prosthetic departments and companies before turning his time and talent to founding OrthoPets.
Martin lectures at many major universities, consults with hundreds of veterinarians, has published works in the “North American Rehabilitation Guide” and continues to advance the new profession of veterinary orthotics and prosthetics.
Martin’s personal interests include advanced biomechanical research, spending time with his family, camping, golfing, hiking, sewing, music production, architecture, and 3D computer aided product design.
Amy Kaufmann MA
Amy has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education. Amy over sees all aspects of OrthoPets, and is the CEO and President of OrthoPets.
Amy enjoys spending time with her two kids, and one dog!
Amy & Martin Kaufmann
Amy and Martin both grew up in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. They moved to the Denver area in 2002.
Martin and Amy started a fun hobby of making orthotics and prosthetics for animals out of their 400 square foot garage in 2003. In 2007, Martin and Amy made a leap of faith to both quit their full time jobs and devote all of their time to OrthoPets. Today, OrthoPets is a fully accredited V-OP Veterinary clinic. OrthoPets resides in a 5200 square foot state-of-the-art facility. OrthoPets team works on an average of 180 patients per month from all over the world!
LiLen Lorenzi AAS
LiLen was born in Oklahoma but moved to Colorado when she was five. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology in 2006 with an Associates of Applied Science degree and completed her veterinary technician certification. She as worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician since graduation.
LiLen enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and pets that include a terrier-mix named Dreia and an Angora Rabbit named Rockstar. She loves working with animals and enjoys helping them achieve an enriched lifestyle through the help of orthotic and prosthetic devices.
Silver Stebbins AAS
Silver is a Connecticut native and moved to Colorado in 2004 to start a new adventure. She has a long background with horse training, grooming, barn management, and pet care prior to pursuing her education in the veterinary field. Silver graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology and completed her veterinary certification in 2010. Silver has experience in large animal, general practice and rehabilitation. Silver joined OrthoPets in 2011. Her personal interests are horseback riding, snowboarding, hiking and biking with her boyfriend.
Shawna Anderson AS
Shawna is from the San Francisco Bay Area of California. She and her husband moved to the Denver area in 2009 so he could pursue his higher education through Colorado School of Mines.
Shawna graduated with an AS from Carrington College in 2003. She then completed her veterinary technician certification. She worked in the emergency and internal medicine field during school and continued in those specialties after she graduated. In 2011, she saw that OrthoPets was an exceptionally unique company and jumped at the opportunity to help animals in an exciting new way.
Her personal interests include spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, drawing, snowboarding and exploring all that Colorado has to offer.
Jorden Hobbs BA
Jorden is a Colorado native who came to OrthoPets after a long stint working in the world of independent bookstores. She spends most of her free time riding horses and training them for the sport of equestrian vaulting, which combines dance and gymnastics moves on the back of a moving horse. She also enjoys reading, photography, baking, and spending time with her cat Bertie.
Rachel Dickinson BS
Rachel is a 3rd generation Colorado native. She earned a degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology with the intent of being an animal cruelty investigator. After an internship, she found the cases to be too heartbreaking. In 2005, she moved on to work at Denver Dumb Friends League as an intern to become a veterinary technician. She then moved her journey to low-income veterinary clinics and enjoyed helping families with financial constraints with their beloved animals. In 2012, Rachel joined the OrthoPets team!
Josh is a native to Colorado. He worked in the human field of orthotics for several years and decided to bring his knowledge from the human field to the animal field by joining the OrthoPets team in 2009.
Josh’s personal interests include playing various styles of music on both the electric and upright bass. He also enjoys spending time with his family, cats, and long drives to the mountains.
Dr. Felix Duerr
Dr. Duerr earned his veterinary degree in Germany. He completed his internships in Saskatoon, Canada followed by his surgical residency/master’s program at Colorado State University. Dr. Duerr is the only practicing small animal veterinarian in Colorado that is double boarded by both the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) and the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation (ACVSMR). He worked in private practice for four years prior to joining Colorado State University in 2011. Dr. Duerr’s research focus is clinical studies aimed at improving animal health and quality of life related to orthopedic problems. His clinical interests include sports medicine and rehabilitation, cranial cruciate ligament injury including the investigation of alternative treatment methods, injury prevention, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy) and arthritis. Current research projects include the development of novel gait analysis techniques, evaluation of new treatment options for arthritis (surgical and non-surgical), and investigation of techniques to enhance bone healing. Dr. Duerr joined the OrthoPets team as their Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Consultant in the fall of 2014.
Matthew was born and raised in the Pine Barrens area of South Jersey. He grew up in the veterinary field as his father owned his own veterinary practice. Matthew has worked as a veterinary technician in New Jersey, California and Florida. He recently re-located to Colorado in the Fall of 2015.
He has two cats and enjoys exploring natural greens in his free time as well as searching for reptiles and insects.
Leo – OrthoPets Fabrication Team
Leo is originally from Canon City, Colorado. He moved up north to Denver in June of 2006. Since his arrival, he has earned an associates degree in mechanical design and parametric modeling. Leo also launched his own small web-design/marketing business. Leo spend his days with friends, family, perusing interests, and furthering his skill and experience with mechanical design and engineering.
Robert – OrthoPets Fabrication Team
Robert is a Texas native. He was born and raised in Houston. A lover of animals, Robert grew up with a beloved Chihuahua. Circumstances offered him the opportunity to begin working in the veterinary field when he started working at his first veterinary clinic. After working in the veterinary field for 2 years Robert found himself in a veterinary rehab clinic assisting the physical therapist. After working in the animal field for 7 years in Texas, Robert and his family decided to make the move to Colorado.
Robert enjoys spending time with his wife, daughters, Rosy, the Puggle, and Lady, the miniature poodle! They enjoy going camping, fishing, hiking,, and biking. He also enjoys watching sports with the guys!