Dr. Carrie Tyszko was born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. It was there she attended undergraduate college, and then met her to-be-husband, Mariusz (Mush). The two of them moved to Colorado in 2002 to pursue her post-graduate degrees. Dr. Tyszko earned her M.S. and DVM degrees at Colorado State University. She joined BLVC in 2006 immediately following graduation. She and her husband were married in 2002, and now have two boys, Justin and Daniel, and a dog named Payton. The family are avid sports fans (still Chicago-loyal), and love to read, cook, camp, hike, boat, and travel, enjoying many of the things beautiful Colorado has to offer.
Dr. Doherty was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Loveland in 1971. He attended Monroe Elementary, Conrad Ball Junior High School (now Middle School), and Loveland High School, graduating in 1982. After working on his b.s. degree his entire life, he attended Colorado State University and received his B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1987. He was accepted into the CSU veterinary program and earned his DVM in 1991. After graduation he worked at a busy smallanimal veterinary hospital in Aurora, CO for 11 years before constructing the building and starting the Boyd Lake Veterinary Center practice in 2002. He, his wife, and two daughters couldn’t imagine living anywhere besides Loveland. They have a miniature Australian shepherd named Gillis. Dr. Doherty enjoys music and concerts, water skiing, snow skiing, camping, home improvement, photography, and entertaining friends and family.
Dr. Kay Gunckel graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary School in 1991. She has two children, J.J. and Ashley, along with their dogs, cats, mule and horses, all make up her loving family. On her time off, she enjoys hiking, camping, showing dogs and judging and competing in competitive trail-riding.
Dr. Gunckel is devoted to a friendly, compassionate bedside manner. She has a strong following of dedicated clients and patients. She is currently focused on helping dogs and cats and specializes in small animal surgery. From routine spay/neuters to more advanced caesarean sections, abdominal surgery, bladder surgery, etc. Although not her current focus, in the past, equine medicine has been one of her areas of expertise.
Natasja Budzitowski, Certified Veterinary Technician
Natasja was born and raised in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She attended Waverly Elementary, Wellington Junior High, and graduated from Poudre High School. After graduation she went to NJC in Sterling, Colorado for a year, then moved to Denver to go to Bel Rea Institute of Animal Technology. She graduated and became a certified vet tech in 1991. Natasja has worked in several vet clinics including ones that had large and exotic animals. She is married to Ron and has 2 daughters, 3 1/2 and 8 1/2 years old. She enjoys spending time with them, going to movies and concerts, being outdoors, and exercising.
Karen McBeth, Office Manager
Karen moved here from Huntington Beach, California in 2005. Being raised in a military home she has lived in many states and graduated from high school in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. She is married and has 7 children, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 4 parakeets, 21 fish, 2 beautiful granddaughters, a spotted granddoggie, and 3 grandkittens. She started working for Boyd Lake Veterinary Center in 2005 and enjoys every aspect of her job. In her free time Karen likes to run with her Labrador and Irish Setter, swim, wakeboard, spend time with her family in Colorado and visit her family and friends back in California.
Melissa McCormack, Certified Veterinary Technician
Melissa is a Colorado native who grew up in Estes Park. She attended Front Range Community College and graduated in 2006 with an A.A.S. in veterinary technology. She began working as a CVT at Boyd Lake Veterinary Center a short time later. She currently lives in Loveland with her 4 furry kids. She has a German Shepherd, a miniature Australian Shepard, and 2 cats. Melissa enjoys music, reading, walking her dog & catering to her cats' every whim.
Grace McBeth, Veterinary Assistant
Grace grew up in Huntington Beach, California and moved with her family to Loveland in 2005. She graduated from Mountain View High School in 2010. Grace attended the Animal Technology program at Front Range Community College and started working for BLVC as a veterinary assistant the summer of 2008. Even though this is Grace's first job, she loves what she does and enjoys working with her co-workers. She lives in Ft. Collins with Aaron and their daughter, Aaliyah, born in June of 2011. She enjoys her family, snowboarding, wakeboarding, and being a momma. Grace is the second youngest of 7 children and has a twin sister.
Donatello, Strawberry and Syd
Donatello (named after one of the Ninja Turtles) was acquired in Miami Beach, FL in 2005 from a family who was moving to Spain. Strawberry was adopted from the Larimer Humane Society in 2018. They are 'Red Ear Slider' turtles. Syd (named after Syd Barrett, first lead singer of Pink Floyd) was purchased at a Reptile Expo in Miami in 2007. Syd is a 'Yellow Belly Slider' and was very young when he was purchased. In 2008 two of the turtles made the long move from Miami to Colorado and were adopted by Boyd Lake Veterinary Center where they are happy and thriving. They live in a tank with goldfish and several varieties of tetras. Their tank mates need to be fast swimmers or they may become turtle lunch.