Dr. Chuck Maker DVMStaff Doctor
Dr. Maker is passionate about enriching the human-animal bond between horse and rider. Dr. Maker believes in life long learning to better enhance the care of his equine patients. He greatly enjoys mentoring veterinary students and recent graduates and interns for the betterment of our professions. He believes in the importance of keeping horses and our ranching heritage in the lives of local youth.
He and his family enjoy family travel and spending time in the great outdoors with their molly mule “Lilly”, reining mare Flicker and spoiled cat Bunny. Dr. Maker obtained his education at Penn State, the University of Tennessee and at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Minneapolis. Thereafter he practiced in a large equine and cattle practice in north central Minnesota for 3 years before joining Alpine in 1997.
He enjoys both patient-centered equine clinical practice and veterinary practice management. His areas of special clinical interest are sports horse lameness and preventive and emergency intensive care. While trail riding in the backcountry is where he likes to spend his time in the saddle, his wife Cheri spends time reining on the western slope in the NRHA. He and his family love the small town feel and connectedness they feel with a junior and sophomore at RFHS and living in the Carbondale community.
Dr Meg Bacon DVM MSAssociate doctor
Born in Hartland, Michigan, Dr. Meg Bacon moved to Colorado in 2005 to obtain an Equine Science degree from Colorado State University. After her undergraduate degree, Dr. Bacon worked as a cutting horse breeding and training ranch assistant manager in the roaring fork valley. Wanting to advance her medical knowledge, she went on to attend veterinary technician school in 2010. She remained in Colorado, and worked as a Certified Veterinary Technician on the western slope with a variety of species before eventually returning to Colorado State University for advanced education. She obtained aMaster of Science in Biomedical Science focused in reproductive physiology, aswell as her DVM degree.
Dr. Bacon grew up riding the trails, as well as competing up to the state level in english and western equitation and pleasure through 4-H.Her equine industry experiences are diverse, including everything from horsepacking trips in the Red Desert, to Arabian Park Horses, to western performance horses. Her time in veterinary school expanded her knowledge of food animal industry, especially small ruminant and camelid herd health. While at Colorado State University, Dr. Bacon completed multiple certifications including ones in business management, equine cruelty investigation and fear free handling. She also took on a major role in the management of the veterinary student tutoring program.
Dr. Bacon loves all the aspects of general practice in multiple species. She especially enjoys client education, wanting to help provide medicine that can move owners and animals towards their goals. Her special areas of interest include preventative medicine, neonatal management, and equine sports medicine and rehabilitation. She will be completing her certification in chiropractic work over winter 2020. In her spare time, Dr.Bacon is with her husband and their fur-children taking in all the adventures Colorado has to offer. They love spending time in the outdoors, whether it is camping, rock climbing, hiking, snow sports, or just biking around town. She has extended family that are long-time residents of the Roaring Fork Valley, and she could not be more excited to be here on a more permanent basis.
Dr.Angela DurkacDVMEquine Intern
Dr. Angela Durkac grew up in Yorktown, Virginia. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a veterinarian, but it wasn't until high school working with a local equine veterinarian that she found her passion for equine medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Indiana where she worked with the equestrian team and the local animal shelter. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine's DVM program in May 2020.
Dr. Durkac enjoys all aspects of veterinary medicine but has a special interest in ophthalmology and equine reproductive medicine. She is also a former extern
at Alpine Equine Hospital and enjoys the diverse cases and fast-paced nature. She is excited to advance her skills and knowledge of all equids, both large and small, during her internship year. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, and many outdoor activities, including anything on the water, running and hiking with her two dogs. She has a 8-year-old Sheltie named Bandit and a 3-year-old hound mix named Chewy.