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Phone: (303) 500‑5158
Address: 1915 28th Street, Boulder, CO 80301
Email: info@uniquelycats.com

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Our Feline-Focused Team

At Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center, we believe that a strong, unified, educated and passionate team is key to a successful practice! Every member of our team is equally important, equally responsible for, and passionately committed to making sure that we do the best job possible at every stage of feline medical care, from the moment you make an appointment to the time you return home with your kitty.

Our team members are all cat lovers, and want nothing more than to help your cat be as healthy as possible, and to make sure that your needs are met!

We understand that every cat, cat parent, and cat home dynamic is unique. There are no universal solutions to any medical problem. Healthcare choices differ in risk, benefits, cost, and comfort level. Our doctors and staff will work with you as a team, providing the information you need to be comfortable and confident that you are making the best healthcare decisions for your cat, and the most sensible choices for you.

Veterinarians

Fern Slack

Fern Slack, DVM
Medical Director

Dr. Fern was born in Georgia and raised all over the world in an Army family.  She drove her mother crazy by adopting cats everywhere they went.  Dr. Fern graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982.  She went into Emergency Medicine and became the first Secretary of what is now the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society.  In 1993, she realized a lifelong dream when she entered feline-exclusive medicine, operating a successful feline practice in the Washington, DC area for many years.  Dr. Fern has served two terms on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and remains an active member.  Her primary interests are Feline Wellness, Feline Nutrition, and Feline Internal Medicine.

Dr. Fern moved to Boulder, CO in 2015 to open a Feline-Exclusive veterinary practice and to become part of a vibrant, progressive, and active community.  She rejoices in a most wonderful family:  husband Marc, two non-furry children, Glenn and Cory, and two feline children, Malcolm and Kaylee..  When not practicing medicine (or being a wife and mom), she loves to read (especially science fiction, mysteries and the Crooked  Media), solve crosswords, collect rocks (and make jewelry out of them), listen to prog rock, bicycle, hike and write stuff about cats.  

Dr. Fern is a member of:

The American Association of Feline Practitioners
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
The Veterinary Information Network

Jessica Fine

Jessica Fine, DVM, MS
Feline Veterinarian

Feline medicine has always been Dr. Jessica Fine's passion. As a young adult, she read the book “All my Patients are Under the Bed – Memoirs of a Cat Doctor” by Dr. Louis J. Camuti, and a dream was born. Being an integral part of the Uniquely Cats team is her dream come true. She has high hopes of continuing to push the boundaries of conventional veterinary medicine and nutrition.

In Dr. Fine's early career as a vet technician, she had the good fortune to work with Dr. Sally Haddock, a pioneer among women veterinarians and author of “The Making of A Woman Vet.” Working in Dr. Haddock’s clinic, the St. Marks Veterinary Hospital in Manhattan, gave the not-yet-Doctor Fine five years of rich experience with diverse pets—and their families—and crystallized her desire to become a full-fledged veterinarian.

In 1996, Dr. Fine moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, to pursue a degree in Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She received her Master's Degree in Anatomy and Neuroscience in 1999, then went on to earn a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2003.

Dr. Fine has been practicing small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry since 2003, collecting the best practices and honing her expertise in feline medicine along the way.

Dr. Fine is owned by her three cats: a Cornish Rex named Kashi, a Sphynx named Squidward (thank you, SpongeBob!), and her newest addition, a Sphynx named Fleur whose middle name is ‘gravity’!

When she is not working, Dr. Fine enjoys spending time with friends, entertaining her cats, running, hiking, doing yoga, camping, reading, watching movies, biohacking and longevity research.

Barbara Goodrich

Barbara Goodrich, DVM
Feline Veterinarian

Doctor B.G. is a lifelong cat-fanatic and a philosopher with CU-Denver who fell in love with the feral cats in her Golden neighborhood. After spending most of her free time gentling older ferals, fostering kittens, and helping with trap-neuter-return, she decided to become a feline veterinarian as well, graduating in 2014 from CSU. Dr. B.G. is still teaching the occasional philosophy class. She advocates grounding philosophy in biology beyond Homo sapiens and publishes on this and philosophy of neuroscience. Cat-med and philosophy aren’t a traditional combination, but they go together beautifully!

Dr. B.G. has special interests in feline behavior, analgesia, and geriatric medicine, with feral cat care on the side. She has been a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the Veterinary Information Network since in vet school. She is delighted to be a part of the Uniquely Cats team, with their outstanding medical care and feline-friendly priorities.

Dr. B.G. lives with fellow-philosopher spouse Bill, one anarchist ginger tom, and a very good-natured pit bull. She loves silly British comedy and Laphroaig, and over-the-top operas. She has set up two computer keyboards at home so she can have one too.

Weronika Gajowniczek

Weronika Gajowniczek, DVM
Feline Veterinarian

Dr. Weronika was born in Poland, but her family came to the United States when she was two years old. She grew up in a Chicago suburb, where there was always a cat or two in the house. Dr. Weronika earned her BA in Biochemistry at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and later graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Before moving to Boulder, Dr. Weronika spent a year working in Mt Prospect, IL. There she developed a love for dentistry.

Dr. Weronika has held a special place in her heart for cats throughout her whole life. At vet school, she was the president of the Feline Club. During her last year of vet school, she happened upon Uniquely Cats and set up a short internship. She enjoyed her experience at the clinic so much, that she decided to eventually move to Boulder and join the veterinary team!

Dr. Weronika loves the typical Colorado activities of hiking, biking, and trying craft beers. She has also been working on expanding her cooking and crafting repertoires while listening to a variety of podcasts. She lives with two cats, Bennie and Ziggy Stardust.

Staff

Barbara Slack-Bowden

Barbara Slack-Bowden
Hospital Administrator

Barbara was born in Syracuse, New York, and spent most of her life thereafter in Virginia, except for five heavenly years in Fraser, CO (an experience that had more than a little to do with our family’s decision to move to Boulder).  She graduated in 1986 from VA Tech with a degree in Geophysics, and even has the piece of paper to prove it.  

Barbara is mother to a wonderful daughter who is currently attending Arapahoe Community College studying Health Information Technology; and to two feline children, Jade and Jasper, who have generously agreed to serve as her alarm clock, although she really didn’t want the clock set at 4 am, to which they answered, “and WHO makes the decisions around here?” and so the alarm is still set to 4 am.

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When not running a veterinary hospital or saving the world from terrorists, Barbara can be found hiking, working out, making gorgeous jewelry, indulging in binge TV, and sharing deep and profound thoughts with her cats (especially regarding appropriate start times for morning activity.)

Nicole

Nicole
Patient Care Director

Nicole was born in Orange County, California, and raised in central Indiana where she discovered her love for animals. Due in part to her mother’s kindhearted spirit, Nicole never turned away a stray animal and spent much of her youth caring for countless cats and dogs that found their way to her doorstep.

After graduating from Butler University with a degree in Arts Administration, Nicole moved back to California to see what her home state had to offer. With a non-profit background and a desire to help animals, she soon realized her dream of one day starting her own animal rescue. She moved to Boulder in Summer 2020 to finally put down roots and begin the journey of making her dream a reality. She was fortunate enough to find a place at UCVC and is excited to learn and grow with a team of altruistic individuals.

Outside of work, Nicole enjoys reading, baking, knitting, taking photos of the great outdoors, and snuggling with her cat, Bonnie, and two dogs, Rachel and Nugget.

Shae

Shae
Client Services Manager

Originally from the Hudson Valley, Shae spent 6 years in the Adirondacks for school and work, occasionally hiking and exploring the mountains. She graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a degree in Environmental Studies and double minored in Environmental Science and Biology. Shae and her family have always had a passion for animals, rescuing strays of all kinds since she was a child. Shae recently worked as a park ranger in North Dakota where she rescued 3 feral kittens. She decided to continue her journey west and has settled down in Colorado.

Shae is accompanied by her creamsicle cat Leonardo DiCattio and her array of potted plants. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, exploring, and watching moves/shows with her best friend on the east coast.

Jill

Jill
Client Care Specialist

Jill grew up in upstate New York.  She traveled west to study at CU Boulder then continued west to San Francisco where she worked in the special events industry.  San Francisco is a special place, but the lure of the mountains was too strong, and she and her family moved to Boulder in 2004.  Jill and her family love spending time in the mountains camping, hiking, adventuring and bagging the occasional 14er. 

After an extended stint as a stay-at-home mom of three, Jill is excited to be working in a fun and caring environment that promotes the health and well-being of all cats.  Jill has always loved cats and has never not had at least one cat in the house. She currently has two adorable rescue cats, Tikka and Peanut.

Ellie

Ellie
Records Specialist and Boarding Supervisor

Ellie has always felt a special connection with animals, especially cats, starting from a very young age. Cats have always been a part of her  family in every place that she has lived. She was born in Westfield, New Jersey but was raised in two very different places—in Johnson City, Tennessee and in Tampere, Finland.  Ellie and her brother went to primary school in Finland and continued secondary and post-secondary school in Tennessee. She studied Clinical Nutrition at East Tennessee State University and explored new hobbies in basket weaving, rug hooking and needle felting, which she still does from time to time.

In 2018, Ellie married her husband, Jacob, and moved to Boulder, Colorado with their cat, Finn. Jacob is a banjo maker and enjoys cycling, hiking, reading, and being creative. When she’s not at UCVC, she volunteers at a wildlife rehabilitation center helping sick, orphaned, and injured wildlife, works part-time as a caregiver, and enjoys going on scenic walks, taking photos, renovating her living space, and relaxing at home with Finn. Ellie is proud to be a cat-loving Finnish American and feels extremely fortunate and excited to work with such a fun and compassionate team at Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center.

Kirsten H.

Kirsten H.
Veterinary Technician

Kirsten is a Colorado native and has been an animal lover her entire life. Her parents let her keep several animals as a child, but she learned how much she loved cats in her 20’s after her roommate brought home an adorable, fluffy kitten. Once Kirsten moved on from her roommate and their cat, she decided she had to have one of her own and loves her kitty, Princess Zelda Von Fluffybutt, with all her heart. 
 
Kirsten graduated with a degree in Graphic Design, but instead rediscovered her passion for animals and jumped at the opportunity to work with such an amazing team of fellow feline fanatics. In her spare time, she cuddles with Zelda and plays video and board games with her friends, or she may also pick up another fantasy novel.

Alia

Alia
Client and Patient Care Specialist

Alia was born in Montana and raised in Northern California alongside a large variety of pets and the occasional injured or orphaned wild animal. After hopscotching through Corvallis, Oregon, and Missoula, Montana in pursuit of her education, Alia found herself headed to Boulder, Colorado in 2017 with her two tabbies and future husband. While her degrees are focused on human-wildlife conflict resolution and the environment, Alia has found her niche in caring for cats through years of work at feline rescues.

Jake and Alia celebrated their Colorado wedding in August of 2021. In their wedding vows, Jake thanked Alia for “turning him into a cat person” and the minister mentioned how Alia knew Jake “was a good egg” by the way he instantly bonded with her shyest cat.  In their downtime they enjoy exploring the outdoors together, getting to know their new nephew, and settling down for a cuddle and Netflix binge with kitties Belle and Boomerang.

Casey

Casey
Client and Patient Care Specialist

Casey was born and raised here in Boulder County, Colorado. She grew up in a family that opened up their heart and home to any person or animal in need. From a young age, she learned to love and care for each animal they brought into their family. This has made her very passionate about animals every day since.

It was her dream job to work with animals. In 2021 she wanted to make her dream come true, so she did and she was fortunate enough to find a place here at Uniquely Cats and is excited to learn and grow with us.   

Outside of work, Casey enjoys relaxing at home, cooking, and spending time with the three who are most important in her life: Her boyfriend, Mike, and their cats, Fia and Zoe.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth
Patient Care Specialist

Elizabeth was raised here in Boulder County, having spent much of her young adult life figuring out life's next big adventure. One thing that has always been true for Elizabeth though, is her love for animals, especially cats. While in foster care she volunteered with Medicine Horse Program and Flatirons Equestrian Center and spent many hours just hanging out with the horses as solace. She has helped many animals over the years in way of fostering, rescuing, and helping owners reunite with their lost pets.

She is currently in school to be certified as an assistant veterinary technician before moving into the veterinary technician program. Elizabeth has a sweet kitten name Kokomo, and two rescue dogs; a sweet older Kelpie named Tasha and a jubilant young German Shepherd named Arya.

In her spare time, she enjoys acrylic painting, getting her dogs out on adventures, and studying with Kokomo the kitty. Elizabeth is grateful to be welcomed by the Uniquely Cats team as she pursues her career in animal sciences. 

Megan

Megan
Client Care Specialist

Megan was born and raised in Elburn, Illinois where she very quickly developed her love for animals. She has been a pet mom to a variety of different animals, including a hedgehog, guinea pigs, hamsters, goldfish, dogs, and of course, cats. She also fostered neonatal kittens from her local animal shelter for 7 years before making her move to Colorado in 2022!
 
Before coming to Colorado, she attended Illinois State University where she received her bachelor's degree in Animal Science. Currently, Megan shares her home with her Australian shepherd, Addie, her cat, Cruise, and her boyfriend, Blake. During her free time, Megan enjoys taking cat naps, cooking, fostering kittens, and adventuring around her new home state with Blake and Addie :). 
 

Kirsten C.

Kirsten C.
Patient Care Specialist

Born and raised on a ranch in rural Alabama, it came naturally for Kirsten to possess a profound passion for animal welfare. After graduating high school, Kirsten made her way to Santa Fe, NM to start a new life for herself. She began her career as an adoption counselor at Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society. These days Kirsten resides in Lafayette, CO with her husband William, 5 cats, 4 reptiles, 3 species of scorpions, many aquatics, and their dog Wallace. The couple owns a ranch in Texas that they visit periodically and a home in Washington where they plan to settle down so Kirsten can finish her Master's degree in Wildlife Biology. As you can see, animals are what Kirsten lives and breathes. 

Her other interests include kayaking, hiking, writing short horror-mystery stories, gardening, and video gaming. 
 

Mika

Mika
Patient Care Specialist

Mika is a proud Ryūkyūan and was born and raised in a quiet valley in Maui, Hawai\\\'i. Growing up in a secluded area, Mika spent a lot of her time caring for her pets, including a pit bull mix named Hero, two cats named Piko and Hime, and many stray cats that wandered onto the property.

Before moving from Maryland, Mika was an intern for a veterinary hospital on the weekends and worked full-time during the week. She and her husband adopted two rescue kittens from Kuwait, Kirara and Umbreon, who are now a year old! The four embarked on a 1,662-mile journey over four days before settling down again. 

Currently, Mika is in the online pre-veterinary medicine biology program at Arizona State University. Her other interests include reading, climbing, free diving, dancing, playing video games, and anything that involves connecting with Mother Nature.

Join Team Feline!

Could This Be You?

Could This Be You?

Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center is interviewing for Feline Focused Veterinarians, Client Care Specialists, Patient Care Specialists, and Veterinary Technicians to join our team!

Do you have a passion for cats, to personal excellence, love to learn, and want to be part of a team? Please click here to complete our online employment application — we want to hear from you!