Dr. Anna Pees
Dr. Anna Pees is originally from Lawrence, Kansas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Equine Industry from the University of Arizona in 2004. After many travels in the U.S. and abroad, she returned to Kansas and completed a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University. Dr. Pees is currently finishing up her masters' degree in public health with an emphasis in zoonotic and infectious diseases. Dr. Pees enjoys spending time in the great outdoors doing many recreational activities. She also enjoys reading, exercising, gardening and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Maura Ambron
Dr. Maura Ambron grew up in Portola Valley, California and moved with her family to Littleton, Colorado in 1995. Maura completed two undergraduate degrees, one in Anthropology from the University of Colorado-Boulder and one in Biology from the University of Colorado-Denver. Dr. Ambron earned her veterinary degree from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London. She now resides in Westminster, Colorado with her husband, her daughter, her Goldendoodle named Magic and her African Grey parrot, Zazu. She enjoys outdoor adventures (especially at the dog park with Magic), traveling, spending time with her family, and attending musicals at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Dr. Ambron plans to train her dog Magic as a therapy dog so together they can spread the joy of the human-animal bond. After being in private practice for two years, Dr. Ambron joined the Banfield Lakewood, Colorado team in 2013.
Dr. Ashley Barto
Chief of Staff
Dr. Ashley Barto joined Banfield in 2004. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Whitman College and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. She has a special interest in surgery and mentoring. Dr. Barto lives in Littleton with her husband, son, daughter, and two cats (Scooby and Mia). In her free time, Dr. Barto enjoys golfing, skiing, volleyball, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Laura Heotis
Dr. Heotis attended Binghamton University in New York for her undergraduate degree in biology. After spending a semester doing study abroad in Perth, Australia in 2002, she returned to pursue her veterinary degree at Murdoch University in 2003. After spending 5 years in Western Australia, Dr. Heotis completed her studies and decided to return to the US to start her career in small-animal veterinary medicine.
Dr. Heotis started her career with Banfield in 2008 after moving from New York to Colorado. She wanted to enjoy the more laid-back lifestyle she had come to love while living in Perth. She now lives with her 11-year-old Border Collie, Barney, who she refers to as her soul-dog and her 4-year-old tabby cat, Achilles.