Matt Fordham, DVM/Owner
Dr. Matt Fordham is a graduate of the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He has been practicing veterinary medicine since 2004 with the majority of that time spent as director of VCA Mountainview Animal Hospital in Highlands Ranch, CO. He is a member of the AVMA and the CVMA, and is pen-hip certified.
Dr. Fordham is a loved veterinarian and was one of the top rated vets in Highlands Ranch (check his ratings out on yelp from his time at VCA Mountainview). He is so excited to be starting his own veterinary clinic. His clients value his friendliness, strong communication skills, and his supportive-caring personality. His clients feel supported, listened to, respected, and cared for.
Outside the office, Dr. Fordham enjoys spending time with his wife, Shawny, and is a loving father to their two children, Reece and Joelle. They have two dogs, a 15 year old pound puppy named Brady and a 3 year old golden retriever named Lucy. Dr. Fordham is an avid baseball and football fan and loves to cook
Melissa Ward, DVM
Dr. Melissa Ward graduated from Colorado State University of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2016. She completed a one year internship at the Dumb Friends League, where she routinely performed high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter, as well as a variety of soft tissue surgeries. Prior to veterinary school she spent 12 years in the veterinary field in a variety of roles, including Certified Veterinary Technician, in the general practice and animal shelter setting. Dr. Ward maintains avid involvement in shelter medicine through relief and volunteer work. She is a member of AVMA, CVMA, and HSVMA and is also certified in veterinary medical acupuncture. Additionally, she has a background in veterinary hospice care, which allows her to help guide families through difficult end-of-life and quality of life discussions.
Dr. Ward’s primary values in veterinary medicine revolve around providing quality patient and client care in a supportive, compassionate manner.
Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ward enjoys spending time with her husband, Matthew, their two dogs, Eva and Izzy, and their 15-year-old cat, Frankie, as well as three snakes and a tortoise. She also enjoys painting, being outdoors, and recently developed an interest in paragliding.
Dr. Linda Konde, Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist
Dr. Konde received her veterinary degree from Michigan State University in 1976. She interned in private practice for one year and then completed a 3-year residency in radiology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Konde is board certified in veterinary radiology and is a member of the American College of Veterinary Radiologists, with a special interest in ultrasound. She taught at Colorado State University as an assistant professor from 1980-1987. During that time, Dr. Konde was one of the pioneers in veterinary ultrasound; she published several articles, lectured at veterinary meetings, and authored several book chapters on veterinary ultrasound and radiology. She also taught at North Carolina State University for two years before establishing Diagnostic Imaging, PC in Aurora, Colorado in 1991.
Dr. Larry Klima, Board Certified Veterinary Dentist
Larry J. Klima is board certified by the American Veterinary Dental College. Since 2007, he has provided a specialty service in small animal veterinary dentistry and oral surgery, and offers in-house training seminars for veterinarians and their technical staff.
Dr. Klima routinely travels Tall Grass Animal Hospital in Aurora, Colorado to offer specialty services in cooperation with hospital owner, Dr. Matt Fordham. Typical procedures scheduled during Dr. Klima’s visits include oral tumor removal resection, complicated extractions, root canal therapy, periodontal surgery, reconstructive surgery, fracture repair, and consultation by appointment.
Dr. Carrie Ginieczki, Board Certified Veterinary Cardiologist
Dr. Carrie Ginieczki received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University. She then pursued a rotating small animal internship at Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Following her internship, Carrie completed a combined cardiology residency and Masters program at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. Immediately following her residency, she achieved board certification in the discipline of veterinary cardiology through the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
During her time at Purdue, Dr. Ginieczki was thoroughly trained in echocardiography, the clinical discipline of veterinary cardiology and catheter-based techniques that offer minimally invasive options at correcting congenital heart disease. She also performed research and published articles related to many aspects of veterinary cardiology. Topics she has covered include therapy for Atrial Fibrillation, anticoagulant therapy and pacemaker patients.
Dr. Ginieczki is the founder and sole owner of Colorado Veterinary Cardiology. She has a passion for assisting clients and their family veterinarians in diagnosing and treating dogs and cats with heart disease. She has a particular interest in treating subclinical heart disease (heart disease in patients without clinical signs), congestive heart failure and feline heart disease. Dr. Ginieczki lives in Evergreen, Colorado with her husband, son, cat and the many wild animals that visit their home daily. She is an active mountain biker, rock climber, cross-country skier and yogi.
Katy Sein, CVT
Growing up in north eastern Iowa, Katy always had a passion for animals. After graduating high school in 2005, Katy began working at the local animal shelter. She dedicated her time there helping the abandoned, abused and unwanted pets to find new and forever homes. In 2011, she moved to Denver to attend the Bel-Rea Institute. After graduating in 2014, Katy started her career working in the Dentistry Department at VCA Alameda East. She is excited to take on a new position at Tall Grass Animal Hospital with Dr. Fordham and make it her new home. In her spare time, Katy enjoys spending time with her family; husband, Sam, and their two young children, Bodhi and Temperance. They enjoy hiking, kayaking, horseback riding and spending time at their local Buddhist temple. They have four pets, two arabian/appaloosa mares named Makita Jo and Nesse, a German Shepherd/Husky mix named Mindy and a cat named Mogo Gi Pan.
Katy was always to be found with the pets when she was a little girl, no matter who’s house she was at. Her passion for dogs and cats ventured on to snakes, rats, and then horses. She eventually went on to win National Champion in her division in horse jumping when she was 15 years old. Her love for horses also turned into a love for giant breed dogs. Katy first met Dr. Matt Fordham as his client with her first Great Dane in 2009. After graduating from Bel-Rea Institute with an Associate’s Degree in Animal Science in 2011, she started working for him as a technician. She officially joined the Tall Grass Family in September of 2017. Katy’s favorite thing to do is spend time with her husband and three kids whether that be camping, going to car races/shows, or just watching a movie at home in their pajamas! Pictured is Katy with her Great Dane, Bodey.
Angelina moved from California to attend Bel Rae Vet Tech Institute in Denver, Colorado. Animals were always her passion where she grew up in a house where there was always some pet around, fish, hermit crabs, Guinea pigs, and dogs. She worked with Benfield Pet Hospital for 2 years. While in school Angelina has done volunteer work for Soul Dog Rescue in Clovis, New Mexico and the Arcadia Equine Rehab Center in Castle Rock, Colorado. Angelina has an AA in liberal Arts. She expects to graduate Bel Rae Fall 2017. Between Angelina, her parents, and her brother there are 4 dogs in the family Oakland (Great Dane), AJ (Pit Bull), Ella (Pit mix) , and Prince (Pit Bull). Angelina enjoys taking her dog Oakland to the dog park for doggy play dates. Her other hobby is competition body building.
Amy began working with animals as a dog groomer in 2002. She was professionally trained at PetSmart and became certified the following year. After 16 years of grooming, she decided to join our team here at Tall Grass Animal Hospital. She has 3 dogs; Foxy, the 16 year old Chihuahua, Tilly, the 4 year old Chihuahua, and their newest addition, Petey, the 7 month old Blue Heeler. In her free time she spends time with her husband, Matt and their 2 beautiful daughters, Aleksa and Avrionna. Together they enjoy camping, paddle boarding, and barbecues.