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. Jen Kelley grew up in Littleton, CO and graduated from Colorado State University's DVM program this past May. She has always had a passion for working with animals from showing hunter jumper horses to competing in dog shows and wanted to become a veterinarian from an early age. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College, and went on to pursue her veterinary school pre-requisites at the University of Colorado Denver while working as an equine veterinary assistant. Dr. Kelley discovered her love for small animal and equine dentistry while in veterinary school and intends to pursue a dentistry and oral surgery residency after completing her internship. Her professional interests also include contributing to the health and wellness of all creatures great and small, and she greatly looks forward to being a part of the Roaring Fork Valley community.Dr. Kelley is joined in Carbondale by her cat Pantouf, and Gypsy Cob gelding Sundance, aka Tubb Tubb. She enjoys carriage driving, trail riding, hiking, and biking in such a gorgeous setting as the Roaring Fork Valley.