Valley Emergency Pet Care

180 Fiou Lane, Ste. 101
Basalt, CO 81621


Dr. Erick Egger

Orthopedic Surgery

Erick Egger, DVM, DACVS

Erick Egger, a native of Denver, Colorado completed his undergraduate education at Colorado State University.  In 1975, he received his DVM, also from Colorado State University.  He then completed a small animal internship at Purdue University (1976) and a surgical residency at the University of Missouri (1978).  Following a short period in a private veterinary surgical referral practice in Boston, he joined the teaching faculty at Iowa State University in 1978 where he specialized in orthopedics.  In 1982, after fulfilling the requirements, Dr. Egger was certified as a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS).  Later that year, he joined the faculty at Colorado State University and in 1986, was promoted and tenured.  Dr. Egger has participated as Chairman of various ACVS and Veterinary Orthopedic Society committees over the years and in 1986, served as president of the National Veterinary Orthopedic Society.

Dr. Egger's early research and writing activities concentrated on fracture fixation and the effects of fracture mechanical environment on fracture healing.  To that end, in 1990 he completed a fellowship at the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory of the Mayo Clinic where he was investigating the effects of axial "dynamization" on fracture healing.  While at the Mayo Clinic, he also developed animal models for studying bone-in growth into metallic prosthesis and a new method for attaching tendons to metallic prosthesis. He developed an acrylic pin external fixator system (APEF) for fracture management which became commercially available in 1992.  In September of 1997, Dr. Egger left CSU's clinical practice to join the Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado and begin his own Veterinary Orthopedic Consulting (VOC) practice which provides mobile consulting to practices in Aspen, Colorado and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  In 2004, he rejoined the CSU clinical faculty as the senior small animal orthopedic surgeon, performing clinical service, teaching on the student and graduate level, and pursuing research interests.  Current research activities include continuing development of the Acrylic Pin External Fixator system, improvement of total hip replacement devices and implantation techniques, and developing osseointegrative titanium implants used for artificial limb anchorage.  He continues to lecture widely on orthopedic problems and their surgical treatment to students and professional groups in continuing education settings.  Dr. Egger continues to provide orthopedic diagnostic and surgical service to select private practices through his Veterinary Orthopedic Consulting practice one week a month.  This also provides an opportunity for a limited number of senior students to spend three to five days observing and assisting an orthopedic specialist in a high quality practice setting.

In May of 2011, Dr. Egger retired from CSU, moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado but continues to provide orthopedic consulting and surgical services to western Colorado and Wyoming.

For fun, Dr. Egger hikes, bikes, occasionally abuses wood, calling it logging and carpentry, and most recently is actively developing a yak farm. 



Dr. Ellen Miller

Internal Medicine

Ellen Miller, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Ellen grew up in Illinois and from the age of 13 was focused on being a veterinarian.  After getting an undergraduate degree in zoology at Colorado State University, she was accepted into veterinary school at the University of Illinois.  As the breadth of knowledge required to be a veterinarian was daunting, she decided to do an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota. That year solidified her desire to be an internal medicine specialist.  Ellen stayed on at the University of Minnesota for an additional three years, completing a residency in internal medicine. 

Following her residency, Ellen accepted a faculty position at Colorado State University and taught in the veterinary curriculum for ten years.  While at CSU, she taught veterinary students in both lecture and clinical settings.  She also directed the blood donor program and helped work toward utilizing alternatives to the use of live animals in teaching veterinary students. 

For the past 16 years, Ellen has been in private veterinary practice, providing patients and their families with compassionate specialty care.  Her areas of expertise include immune mediated, gastrointestinal and urinary tract diseases.

On a personal note, Ellen recently moved to Glenwood Springs to be closer to her daughter and grandson.  She tries to keep fit by playing kickball, baseball, soccer and jumping on the trampoline with her grandson.  She loves to hike and bike and plans to try out kayaking.  And there are always a few dogs and cats in the house which have found their way to her door through various means.

Ellen also volunteers at local animal shelters to help stray pets find their forever homes.



Dr. Carrie Ginieczki


Carrie Ginieczki, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Carrie received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.  She then went on to a small animal internship at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  Following her internship, Carrie completed a combined cardiology residency and Masters program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University.  Immediately following her residency, she achieved board certification in the discipline of veterinary cardiology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.

During her time at Purdue, Carrie was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options for correcting congenital heart disease. She has also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology. Topics she has covered include therapy for Atrial Fibrillation, anti-coagulant therapy and pacemaker patients.  Although she enjoyed her research, she is much happier pursuing her primary interest of helping family veterinarians and pet owners diagnose and treat their pets with heart disease. She has a special interest in the clinical treatment of Congestive Heart Failure, Congenital Heart Disease and Electrophysiology (including the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac arrhythmias). 

Carrie is enjoying living in Summit County with her husband Rob, dog Hailey and cat Sophie. She does her best to take advantage of all that the beautiful state of Colorado has to offer.



Dr. Matt Chavkin 


Matt Chavkin, DVM, MS, DACVO

Matthew Chavkin is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.  Dr. Chavkin graduated from Cornell University and completed a small animal internship and ophthalmology residency at Colorado State University.  He has been in practice at Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado since 1994 where he specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases in animals.

"The thing I love best about performing cataract surgery isn't the technical aspect, but the moment when the pet is finally able to see its family again.  It's great to be a part of that happiness."  



Avian and Exotics Service

Liz Kremzier, DVM, Practice Limited to Avian and Exotic Medicine and Surgery

Liz Kremzier offers comprehensive medical and surgical care exclusively to avian and exotic patients.  Preventative health care is emphasized and extensive nutritional and husbandry counseling is provided in an effort to improve the quality of life for these special companion animals.  

Liz earned her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from the University of New Hampshire, her Masters of Science in Clinical Sciences and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from Colorado State University.  She is an active member of the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians, and the Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians and participates regularly in continuing education offered by these organizations.

Liz lives in Carbondale, Colorado with her husband Larry and children Oliver and Callista.  They share their home with two  Labradors, three parrots, a rabbit and some chickens.  Liz enjoys bicycling, hiking, skiing, gardening and any other reason to spend time outdoors with her family.



Dr. Kim Radway



Kim Radway, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Canine/Feline)

Kim graduated from high school in Pueblo, Colorado and then received her bachelor degree in Microbiology from Colorado State University in 1996.  After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, she completed a medicine, surgery and emergency medicine internship at Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland, Colorado in 2001.  Kim spent the next ten years in general practice in Steamboat Springs, 
Colorado.  Full-time work included regular emergency duty as well as comprehensive medicine and surgery.

Beginning in 2008, she began training in ultrasound at the Academy of Veterinary Imaging in Arlington, Texas.  After completing every ultrasound course offered, she entered their year-long DVM Imaging Program.  This ended in February 2011 with a certification exam. 

In 2008 she started a mobile ultrasound business, Rocky Mountain Veterinary Ultrasound, while also working full-time in general practice.  In July 2011, Kim left general practice to pursue ultrasound full-time and now serves multiple practices around the Rocky Mountain region.

From May of 2011 until May of 2013, Dr. Radway began working for New Jersey Mobile Associates one week a month.   They are one of the highest volume mobile ultrasound practices in the country and have been an amazing training ground in mobile ultrasound skills.  Dr. Radway is now reading ultrasound exams through telemedicine for this group.

In December 2013, Dr. Radway earned the status of Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.  This is one of twenty-one veterinary specialty groups accredited by a special committee of the American Board of Veterinary  Specialties, a division of the American Veterinary Medical Association, to recognize excellence in clinical practice through the certification of species-oriented specialists.

Kim's favorite activities involve spending time with her husband and two daughters.  This usually includes outdoor activities such as skiing, hiking and whitewater rafting.   Their house is also full of pets including two dogs, one cat, a guinea pig and two horses.



Dr. Steve Ringold


Steven Ringold, DVM, DACVR

Steven Ringold studied zoology at the University of California, Davis and received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994.  After completing a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Colorado State University, Dr. Ringold lived in New Mexico where he participated in a research project studying black bear populations. 

Dr. Ringold practiced emergency medicine, worked in general practice and volunteered at various wildlife facilities in San Diego, California for 10 years prior to realizing his love for diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Ringold completed a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri in July, 2008.

Dr. Ringold lives in Washington, DC with his wife Rachel and their children, Ethan, Asher, Ilan and Sophia, their dog Kasha and their cat, Superfly.  Dr. Ringold works with local specialists, general practitioners and is a tele-radiologist.

When he is not working or spending time with his family, Dr. Ringold enjoys snowboarding, backpacking, ultimate Frisbee, and pottery.  And, of course, Dr. Ringold loves the mountains.