Our Feline Focused Team
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.
Fern B. Slack, DVM
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, Fireball and Hurricane. 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 the cofounder of the “Secrets to Cat Health and Happiness” Meetup, and is a member of:
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 college in Virginia; 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 4am, to which they answered, “and WHO makes the decisions around here?” and so the alarm is still set to 4am.
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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.)
Jessica Fine, DVM, MS
In my early career as a vet technician, I 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 her clinic, St. Marks Veterinary Hospital, in the heart of the East Village of Manhattan for 5 years gave me a rich experience with diverse pets—and their families—and crystallized my desire to become a full-fledged veterinarian.
In 1996, I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University’s, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. I received my Masters Degree in anatomy and neuro-science in 1999, then went on to get my degree in Veterinary Medicine in 2003.
I’ve been practicing small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry for 13 years in both small practices and nationally affiliated clinics, collecting the best practices from each environment and honing my specialty in feline care.
Feline medicine has always been my passion. As a young adult I read the book, “All my Patients are Under the Bed”, by Dr. Louis J. Camuti – Memoirs of a Cat Doctor, and a dream was born. Joining Uniquely Cats is a dream come true.
I’m a resident and lover of Fort Collins, where I live with my partner Steve, a wildlife biologist and woodworker, our two dogs, Ellie and Iris (both rescues), and four cats, Jasmine, Kashi, Tic-Toc, and the newest addition Squidward The Sphynx (thank you Sponge Bob).
When I’m not working I enjoy spending time with family, running, hiking, camping, reading, painting, watching movies, and tending to my small vegetable garden.
Barbara Goodrich, DVM
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.
Certified Veterinary Technician Manager
Brittany was born in Trinidad, CO and spent many years traveling with her family across central and western United States before settling in Midland, TX. Brittany’s crazy cat lady status started at the early age of five when her family adopted a beautiful Himalayan boy who slept on her head every night. It didn’t take long to realize there was a special connection between her and cats.
After marrying her husband JJ in 2013, they promptly moved to beautiful Boulder, CO. Brittany attended Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in September 2017. Brittany and JJ have three wonderfully bratty cats named Cheddar, Bacon and Mac (short for Mac n Cheese)! When not working, she can be found sitting other people’s cats, posting photos of her cats on Instagram, and enjoying life as an eternal human servant for her three cats.
Front Office Manager
Arrianna is a Boulder, CO native. Her love for animals began at a very young age. Growing up, Arrianna was constantly surrounded by animals, from wild ones in the mountains to her many pets at home. She didn’t realize her passion for felines until she adopted her first kitten Asha, who was a “sale” kitty at Boulder Humane Society because she was sick. Arrianna was able to get Asha’s health back in order and along the way she realized that helping kitties was exactly what she wanted to do. From traveling to Central America and back with Asha by her side, Arrianna was certain that felines were the ultimate companion.
Outside of work you can find Arrianna hiking the flatirons, snowboarding in the mountains or spending time at home with her boyfriend Chumiez, Asha, Mowgli and their newest furry feline Kovu. Arrianna is so happy to be a part of the UCVC team and she can’t wait to meet you and all of your wonderful feline friends!
Sr. Client Care Specialist
Shifra’s animal hospital career began years ago when she brought her first rescue kitten for his first vet appointment and saw the “Receptionist Wanted” sign taped to the front desk. From Minnesota to San Francisco to Chicago, Shifra has specialized in veterinary medical client service and hospital operations, and is now thrilled to join the team at Uniquely Cats!
A cat lady by nature, Shifra nonetheless finds herself currently the mother of a ridiculous and adorable inherited 12-year-old Pomeranian named Tokyo, living in Lyons with her equally adorable tech-exec/ultracyclist partner Bryce, and waiting patiently for her next cat to present itself.
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.
Client Care Specialist
Originally from a small island called Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, Jenni moved to Boulder in January 2016 to embark on new adventures with her young family.
Jenni worked in the financial sector in the B.V.I. for several years in addition to owning & running a restaurant with her husband. Jenni is married to Andy, mother to 3 cat-loving kids & has two mischievious fur-baby kitties, Sara & Grimm. In her free time, Jenni loves to run, swim and eat chocolate, good chocolate!
Client Care Specialist
Isabel is originally from Philadelphia, where she grew up taking care of a menagerie of different animals for neighbors and family. She’s personally cared for “normal” animals like cats and dogs, as well as the more unusual chickens, quail, horses, cows, anoles, parakeets, bearded dragons, bettas, and a Giant African Millipede named Millie. After graduating from Bard College in 2016 with a degree in Studio Art and beginning a tattoo apprenticeship, Izzy responded to an ad for a receptionist at a cat-exclusive vet in Pennsylvania, and has been working professionally with animals ever since.
Isabel moved to Boulder in the summer of 2019 with her boyfriend and their two cats, angry Lily and chirpy Raleigh. Aside from working as a Client Care Specialist at UCVC, she is also a tattoo artist, and participates in figure painting weekly with a group in North Boulder. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, baking, and drawing.
Client Care Specialist
Ari lived the first 18 years of his life in Chicago, right across from Wriggly Field. He then moved to Colorado and is currently a Junior at CU Boulder majoring in religious studies, with a concentration on Abrahamic faiths. During his free time, you can find Ari walking his cat down Broadway, and into every CU Boulder classroom he attends. Ari also travels with his cat frequently, to show his feline the wonders of the world. At one year old, his cat has been on over 16 flights. Ari also spends ample time rock climbing, and cooking. Ari’s favorite dish to cook is homemade challah, a traditional sweet and doughy loaf of bread.
As a cat person and fanatic since birth, Ari has adopted a beautiful domestic shorthair named Kylie who follows him around everywhere he goes! She is one year old, and has been with Ari since her birth. He is also the proud owner of a Sphynx kitten, which he describes as, “bald and beautiful.” Ari is eager to help out with all your cat needs and questions, so don’t hesitate to ask!
Sr. Patient Care Specialist
Originally from Texas, Mina has recently relocated to Northern Colorado and has started her journey to become a licensed veterinary technician. She is a self-proclaimed “crazy cat lady” and is happy to be joining the team at Uniquely Cats.
In her free time, she enjoys snuggling between her 5 cats and sitting around the campfire with her husband and son.
Patient Care Specialist
Mary is an animal lover and has a passion for helping animals. She was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Florida when she was eight years old. She grew up in Florida and moved to Boulder about a year ago with the intent on becoming a Veterinary Technician specializing in Felines. She is very excited to be working with cats at Uniquely Cats Veterinary Center.
Mary has a black and white cat back in Florida named Capone, who is mischievous and lives up to his name. She currently has a dog and two geckos here in Boulder and is determined to convince her fiancé to get a kitty. For fun, Mary lifts weights, hikes, swims….doing anything outside is her “go to” for a fun day! She is super excited to work with a team that loves cats as much as she does!
Patient Care Specialist
Monica was born in Wentzville, Missouri and traveled all over the United States in an Army family. From infancy she lived with five cats and has truly become a Crazy Cat Lady at heart. Her love of cats has motivated her to become a certified veterinary technician. She currently attends Bel-rea institute in Denver in pursuit of this goal.
Monica lives in Boulder with her supporting boyfriend and her beautiful white cat Cleo. Monica and her boyfriend love to go to the mountains in their extra time. At home they love watching rom coms and cuddling with Cleo.
Patient Care Specialist
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.
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Join Team Feline!
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? Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org with resume and contact info — we want to hear from you!