Trent Newcomer, DVM, CCRP
Dr. Newcomer grew up in the Kansas City area and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He then spent a season working as a high school football coach and two years as a Commercial Real Estate Appraiser, before leaving the country for nearly two years to backpack throughout Australia, Asia, Africa, Central America, and South America. He eventually found his way back to Colorado, earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University in 2005, and has been in Fort Collins ever since.
His particular professional interests include internal medicine, dentistry, soft tissue surgery, and geriatric wellness. As a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner, he is also passionate about helping pets that suffer from a variety of mobility issues. Utilizing the many novel treatments (including underwater treadmill, therapeutic laser, therapeutic ultrasound, neuromuscular electrical stimulation, therapeutic massage and exercises) available at Animals in Motion, he gets great satisfaction in helping to enhance the overall quality of his patients’ lives through increased comfort and improved ability to continue participating in the activities they love.
Away from veterinary medicine, Dr. Newcomer enjoys cycling/mountain biking, hiking, skiing, camping, travelling, and reading. He especially loves spending time with his wife, his three wonderful stepchildren, and their many four-legged family members.
Erin Shufflebarger, DVM
From an early age, Dr. Shufflebarger knew that her love of animals would lead her to a career in veterinary medicine. She grew up with dogs, and fostered many cats and kittens throughout veterinary school. Despite being allergic to most animals, she was determined to pursue her dream.
Dr. Shufflebarger received her bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2008 from Colorado State University, where she was a member of Phi Zeta Honor Society. She practiced in Colorado Springs for six years, but is excited to return Fort Collins, where she grew up.
She enjoys all aspects of general practice, especially internal medicine, preventative wellness care, soft tissue surgery, and end-of-life issues. She lives with her husband Jason, daughter Emery, and a German Shorthaired Pointer mix named Peyton (named after Manning of course). She enjoys hiking, biking, tennis, and snowboarding.
Kara Keesling, DVM, CCRP, CVA
Dr. Kara Keesling graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993. She has twenty years of professional experience in the private practice community in both small animal and equine medicine and surgery, including practice ownership and management. During her tenure as a veterinarian in the private sector, Dr. Keesling earned her certification in veterinary acupuncture, canine rehabilitation, and various management certificates. After the sale of her third veterinary practice, she spent seven years as the Medical Director and Clinical Director of Rehabilitation at a specialty hospital in Loveland, Colorado. In 2011, she created Animals in Motion, a practice that has a special interest in pain management and mobility issues.
Dr. Keesling provides canine neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation services for post-surgical, post-injury and geriatric patients. Dr. Keesling finds the challenges associated with diagnosing and treating the unique mobility ailments of canine athletes especially rewarding and stimulating. Dr. Keesling’s special interest is geriatric wellness and promoting the health and mobility of aging canines so their mature years are truly golden. Most recently, Dr. Keesling has expanded her practice to include advanced imaging such as fluoroscopy and MRI as well as regenerative medicine/stem cell therapy.
Dr. Keesling describes her clinical philosophy as integrative and interactive. She prefers to utilize progressive conventional and complimentary medical services synergistically with the strong bond between her animal patients and their human companions to facilitate healing and optimal enjoyment of life. Dr. Keesling’s commitment to animals as a physician, and facilitator of well-rounded service provision, can be summed up in her stated goal to simply “do what is right” for her patients in all stages of their health care.
Dr. Keesling’s personal interests include volunteering, traveling, cycling, running, backpacking, skiing, yoga, and anything outdoors! Above all, she enjoys spending time with her three children, although only Holdyn remains at home as Bradyn is attending the University of Washington and Taryn is a scenic artist in New York City. Dr. Keesling’s family members also include Hank, an aging German Shorthair Pointer that many agree is about as intelligent as most members of the US Congress, Beast, a crazed Terrier that makes you laugh out loud when your eyes meet his eyes, Thor, a mighty Chinchilla, Duck Limit the Quarter Horse that is a great listener and holds the family secrets, and Frank, a new, feline addition that received his name in memory of the kindest man Dr. Keesling has ever encountered! The menagerie of animals has played an integral role in teaching Holdyn basic care, responsibility, and compassion of living creatures.