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.
Kourtney McCarthy, DVM, CVA
Dr. McCarthy is a Colorado native, originally from Greeley, but now thinks of beautiful Fort Collins as her home. She grew up surrounded and loved by many pets and knew at a very young age that she wanted more than anything to become a veterinarian.
She completed her bachelor’s degree at Colorado State University in 2012 and subsequently graduated from the veterinary medicine program in 2016. One of her passions is caring for our communities’ homeless pets, so she completed a yearlong internship in shelter medicine at Denver Animal Protection following graduation.
She is very excited to now have the opportunity to be home in Fort Collins and work with the awesome veterinary team at Front Range Veterinary Clinic.
Her partner Brad shares their tiny home with two adorable Golden Retrievers, Willow and Magnolia, and three “meows” named Flynn, Satchmo, and Jello. Often, they will also have a few other furry little creatures that they foster to complete the gang. For fun, they love going camping and hiking, spending time in Old Town, and curling up with all of the fur-kids at home to watch a movie.
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.
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.
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.