Our Veterinarians

Dr. John McManus, D.V.M.

Dr. John McManus, D.V.M.

Owner/CEO

Dr. McManus was born and raised in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. He moved to Denver in 1956 and graduated from East High School in 1960. He then joined the Navy from 1960 through 1963.

Dr. McManus was a bank officer before graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in veterinary medicine in 1975. He practiced one year in Nebraska and one year in southern Colorado before moving back to Denver in 1977. Since 1977, he has owned and operated two veterinary practices in Lakewood. He has owned Downtown Animal Care Center since 2003.

Dr. McManus and his wife, Zee enjoy traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. Dr. McManus also has two grown children.

Dr. Perez, D.V.M.

Dr. Perez, D.V.M.

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Perez is originally from Puerto Rico, a gorgeous island in the Caribbean, where she grew up exploring the mountains and the exquisite beaches. Her first language is Spanish and she is fluent in English (with an occasional accent here and there) She loves combining the knowledge of her language with her career path; it is extremely rewarding. Going to the park with her dogs, going to the beach, traveling, exploring new cultures, and arts and crafts are some of her favorite pass times. She has one rambunctious dog, named Anubis, one sweet cat, called Quake, and 2 adorable guinea pigs that enjoy their time together.

Mari’s family was a great influence on​ her career choice. Dr. Perez and her family took in stray animals, took them to veterinary clinics, and adopted them out or kept them as their own. She decided that becoming a veterinarian was the best way she could help the animals in need. The University of Puerto Rico became her second home; she graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry in 2010. Her love for animals grew even further. Maricarmen was accepted in Colorado State University and graduated with her D.V.M. degree in 2014. She absolutely loved Colorado’s beauty and people’s love for animals in this state. Dr. Pérez decided that Colorado was a great place to practice Veterinary Medicine thus she ended up calling it her home.

Dr. Ujhelyi, D.V.M.

Dr. Ujhelyi, D.V.M.

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ujhelyi (or Dr. U, as most people call her) came to the US from Czechoslovakia/Slovak Republic almost 30 years ago. As a foreign veterinarian, she was required by US law to complete the ECFVG Program (Educational Commission for Foreign Veterinary Graduates). Once completed, Dr. Ujhelyi started working at a small animal practice in New Mexico. In 2015, she relocated to Colorado.

Dr. Ujhelyi is very passionate about providing high-quality medical care for her patients and their owners.

In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and skiing. She also enjoys cooking, traveling and reading.

Dr. Lin, D.V.M.

Dr. Lin, D.V.M.

Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Lin grew up in California but then went east for her education. She is a VMD graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004. She relocated to Colorado and started working at Downtown Animal Care Center in 2013. Dr. Lin has 2 dogs currently – Bella, a 15-year-old mixed breed, ​and Dash, an 8-year-old Border Collie.

In her free time, Dr. Lin is a typical “foodie” – she loves to travel all over Colorado and experience the culinary delights that are created here!

Dr. LeVasseur, D.V.M.

Dr. LeVasseur, D.V.M.

Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Kate grew up assisting her father, a large animal veterinarian, and since she can remember always wanted to be a vet. After obtaining her DVM degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2011, she completed an equine medicine and surgery internship in south Florida, where she developed a strong interest in emergency medicine, which she carried over to the small animal side shortly following her internship. In 2013 Kate moved to Colorado to swap the beach for the mountains and joined the Downtown Animal Care Center team in 2017. When Kate is not working, she can be found trail running, skiing or fly fishing.

Dr. Cotter, D.V.M.

Dr. Cotter, D.V.M.

Relief Veterinarian

Dr. Cotter is a 1993 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cotter has practiced both small and large animal medicine in both Colorado and Wyoming as well as having worked in Bangladesh and the United Kingdom. An avid skier and climber Dr. Cotter lives in Silverthorne, CO in the shadow of Buffalo Mountain with his magic bear dog Ursa.

Dr. Cindy Brooks

Veterinarian

Photo and bio coming soon.

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