Dr. Jennifer Lavallee
A fourth generation veterinarian, Dr. Lavallee graduated in 2005 from U.C. Davis with a B.S. in microbiology, and is a 2009 graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She was the recipient of the prestigious Daphne Award at Cornell, for exceptional clinical proficiency in small animal medicine. She is certified to practice nuclear medicine by the State of Colorado Department of Radiation Safety. She will sit for the ABVP feline specialty board exam in the fall of 2017.
Dr. Lavallee completed a rotating small animal internship at VCA Alameda East in Denver immediately after graduation from veterinary school. Since then, she has worked as a small animal practitioner, an emergency doctor, and in feline exclusive practice since 2012. Dr. Lavallee trained two years with world renowned feline veterinarian and textbook author, Dr. Gary Norsworthy in San Antonio, Texas. She regularly lectures to her veterinary colleagues at state and national conferences. She maintains an interest in research and has collaborated on several academic publications – including a groundbreaking paper about diagnosing the cause of chronic vomiting in cats. She is passionate about client education, and is a regular author of articles on cat health and disease for Cat Fancy Magazine. She owns a talkative FIV-positive black cat named Samson, who she adopted from the shelter.
Dr. Danielle Maybank
Dr. Maybank was born and raised in the Catskill Mountain region of Upstate New York. She is a graduate of Western University College of Veterinary Medicine in southern California. In addition to her DVM degree , she also has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ithaca College. She discovered her passion for feline medicine while working at an animal shelter and watched respiratory disease spread rapidly through the cats in the shelter. In her time there, she advocated for the feline population and created ways to decrease the spread of disease among the shelter cats.
Before starting veterinary school, Dr. Maybank worked for three years as a veterinary assistant at a hospital in Syracuse, NY and then for two years as a veterinary technician at a small animal practice in So. Burlington, Vermont. She has also continued to volunteer at spay and neuter clinics and with TNR (Trap-Neuter-Release) programs for feral and homeless cats. While in veterinary school, Dr. Maybank was on the board of the student chapter of The American Association for Feline Practitioners.
In her spare time, Dr. Maybank enjoys running, dancing, listening to music, spending time with family and friends, and spoiling her sassy calico cat, Lexie. Dr. Maybank is a great addition to the team at Cat Specialist! She looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the health and lives of cats and for the humans that love them.
Dr. James Olson
A third generation veterinarian, Dr. Olson is a 1973 graduate of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a charter recipient of the American Animal Hospital Association’s Excel Award twice for excellence in continuing education. He has served as a member of the board of directors of the American Association of Feline Practitioners for eight years, and helped found it’s Feline Academy. He has lectured at Cornell University, reviewed articles for Feline Practice Journal, and has contributed feline questions for the Veterinary National Board Exam.
Dr. Olson holds the title of Diplomate, Feline Specialty, from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is also certified to practice nuclear medicine by the State of Colorado Department of Radiation Safety.
Dr. Olson’s special areas of interest are feline well care and client education. He emphasizes pain management and stress relief in the treatment of every sick or injured cat he sees. He is particularly adept at diagnosing the problem, and adheres to a strict protocol in arriving at a diagnosis which involves stabilizing and comforting the cat, then ruling out the most obvious and simple causes first. He has a special medical interest in feline geriatrics, as well as liver and kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, and feline hyperthyroidism.