Meet Our Doctors

  • Dr. Chuck Maker DVM
    Staff 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. Caroline Frank DVM
    Equine Intern 2021/2022

    Dr. Caroline Frank grew up in Houston, Texas. Since she was 3 years old, she knew that she wanted to become a Veterinarian. Dr. Frank has always had a love for horses and has been an avid hunter/jumper rider. While attending Texas Tech University, she competed on their equestrian team and received her Bachelor’s in Animal Sciences. Dr. Frank attended St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine on the island of Grenada and completed her clinical year training at the University of Missouri. 

    Dr. Frank loves all areas of veterinary medicine, but her main interests include equine internal medicine, dentistry, and preventative care. She is very excited to be a part of the Alpine Equine team. She looks forward
    to improving her knowledge and skills in not only Equine medicine, but also with small and large animals as well. Apart from Veterinary medicine Dr. Frank enjoys horseback riding, running, downhill skiing, and spending time with her husband, Alex, and their 3 long-haired dachshunds: Maudie (13), Ham (4), and
    Heidi (1). 

    All look forward to settling down, getting back to their small town roots, and enjoying all that Colorado has to offer!

Previous Interns

  • Dr.
    Angela Durkac
    Equine Intern 2020/2021

    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. 

  • Dr.
    Jen Kelley
    Equine Intern 2019-2020

    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. 

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  • Dr.
    Jessie Gaik
    Equine Intern 2018/2019

    Dr. Jessie Gaik comes to Carbondale from the suburbs of Chicago, where she grew up riding hunter/jumpers and competing at horse shows throughout the country at a national level. Following obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Loyola in Chicago, she returned to the show jumping world and opened a hunter/jumper barn outside of Chicago. 

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