Greg Dobkin, DVM
I am excited to be working in and owning a practice in Parker, a place I call home. After growing up in Southern California, I received my Bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Biology and Zoology. During my time at CSU, I fell in love with the Front Range and knew it would become my home after vet school. I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 2005 and 3 days later moved to Parker. There is not another community I would rather be a part of and I am thrilled to continue to build relationships and form new ones with owners and their four-legged members of the family. My interests are preventative medicine, soft tissue surgery, and dental treatments.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching my kids grow, and supporting them in their many activities. If I am not at work you can often find me on a soccer field, in the pool or on the trails in and around Parker as I train Ironman triathlons and marathons. I am joined at home by my wife- Erin, kids- Connor and Sydney and our dogs- Tulo and Lager.
Christopher Morris, MS, DVM
Dr. Morris earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. Prior to earning his DVM, he earned a Master’s of Science in Microbiology at CSU. He has been practicing veterinary medicine for 24 years. Dr. Morris is a member of the AVMA, CVMA, AAHA and VOS. He served on the Board of Parker Area Veterinary Emergency Services, LLC. Currently he is on the Board for Ginger’s Legacy, a non-profit organization serving the Front Range dedicated to helping conscientious pet owners secure funds to help pay for surgical procedures for their pets.
Dr. Morris was the original owner of Elizabeth Animal Hospital and the previous owner of Parker Center Animal Clinic. Dr. Morris is particularly interested in orthopedic surgery and has been performing orthopedic surgeries his entire veterinary career. He is currently performing a number of Tightrope CCL repairs. He also gives lectures on anesthesia and pain management. He has a special interest in working dogs and sporting dogs.
Cindy Gardelli, Office Manager
After 22 years as a Paramedic/Firefighter she decided to pursue other interests and follow her love for animals. She has worked in the veterinary business for over 17 years. You and your pets will benefit from Cindy’s many years of experience working with the animals and clients. She lives with her beloved husband of 39 years and her 4 wonderful dogs. She also enjoys quilting and playing golf. Cindy prides herself in customer service and has been with Meridian Animal Hospital since the day the clinic opened in 2012.
Gabi Johnson, Veterinary Assistant
Gabi Johnson has been a veterinary assistant at Meridian Animal Hospital for 3 years. She had previously worked at a doggie daycare and wanted to expand her knowledge and love for dogs by working at an animal clinic. Her love for animals has given her the opportunity to further advance her education by attending Metropolitan State University to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology. She loves all animals big and small and loves to hang out at home with her 4 dogs, 2 ferrets, and her bird.
Carlena is veterinarian technician at Meridian Animal Hospital. She joined the team the middle of 2018 and has enjoyed working with the highly compassionate and dedicated staff.
She started her career in the animal care field at a shelter working with sick and homeless pets. She’s worked as a kennel tech, adoption counselor, then vet technician assistant. She has fostered and bottle-fed many kittens and puppies, then adopted them out to loving homes. Carlena has worked in the veterinary field for the past 14 years. She particularly enjoys dentistry and loves the satisfaction of cleaning up a dirty mouth. Carlena looks forward to helping you and your pet in any way she can. She loves spending her spare time with her husband, 3 kids, and 2 young dogs, Betty a spunky and talkative boxer/bulldog, and She-Ra the calm and affectionate Staffordshire terrier.
Kris Bortz, CVT
I graduated from PIMA Medical Institute and received my Associates of Applied Science Degree for Veterinary Technician in January 2019. I have been a certified veterinary technician with the state of Colorado since March of 2019. I have always loved animals and have always wanted to help them. I got kind of a late start on my journey to vet tech but I am thankful for the opportunity and am proud to say I love my job. I am a fourth-generation Colorado native and have never lived anywhere else, Colorado will always be home. I live with my husband of 32 years Mike and have one daughter. My husband and I share our home with a red-eared slider turtle, a corn snake, a crested gecko, a white rat named Bumble and queen of the house, our three-legged dog Ally. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, I love to hike, camp, and fish in and around our beautiful mountains. Other hobbies I have to include photography, jewelry making, and a good Netflix binge is always enjoyable now and then. I am honored to be a part of the Meridian team helping our clients and their pets live long, healthy lives through loving care and education.