Dr. Morgan Burger, D.V.M.

Dr. Burger attended Mississippi State University, majoring in Microbiology before entering their Veterinary Medicine program. She graduated in 2003 with her D.V.M. She moved to New Orleans to join a busy 9 doctor practice. She became a faculty member of Tulane University in 2005, working in a high intensity/volume surgical facility and published several peer-reviewed articles. She returned to small animal practice to follow her dream of becoming a hospital owner. in 2016, she moved to Golden to purchase Francis Veterinary Hospital. By her side, she has her husband Chris, daughters Marley & Micah, and dogs Icee (boxer) & NayNay (poodle).


Veterinary Technicians and Assistants


Destiny Arriaga, CVT

For as long as I can remember, I have always had a connection with animals. I remember
bonding with my pet beta fish named Jaws at 4 years old and becoming best friends with my
childhood dog named Ladie, when I was 8. My pets have always been seen as family, as my
dearest friends. I always felt that animals have been there for me in my time of need, and I wanted nothing more than to give back to them.

I lived in Texas for most of my life, but moved to Colorado right after high school to pursue my associates and become a CVT. I have worked hard to be where I am today, and I continue to do what I can to improve and hopefully one day be a “super tech”. I graduated from Bel-Rea in Fall of 2019. I have been a CVTY since the winter of 2019. I currently have 9 guinea pigs – Margo, Pumpkin, Joey, Calliope, Carly, Penelope, Milky Way, and Buttercup that mean the world to me. I have cared for guinea pigs for over 7 years and have a passion for exotic animal medicine.

When I’m not learning all that I can at work and improving my CVT skills, I am cuddling with the pigs, hiking, indoor rock climbing, reading, exploring Colorado, and spending time with my amazing boyfriend Dillon and his dogs Jasmine and Rin, and his cats Butters and Kaze.

I am so excited to be a part of the team!

Favorite Quote: “And this moment, I swear, we are infinite.” -Perks of Being a Wallflower


Morgan Holliday, VT

Morgan has been a technician since September 2019 and moved to Colorado in December of 2020. She has a degree in Sports and Recreation Management and is currently attending CU Boulder to finish prerequisites before applying vet school. She is married and has two fur children: Duke, a 12 year old whippet mix and Arty, a 13 year old Dachshund/Aussie mix. Her passion is animals and all things outdoors from scuba diving to snowboarding.


Chad Johnson, Vet Assistant

Chad has been working as an assistant at Francis Vet Hospital since April 2021 and has been living in Colorado since the summer of 2020. He is pursuing a degree in Neuroscience and is currently attending Red Rocks Community College with plans on transferring to a university after acquiring his associates. Some of his favorite activities include skiing, long boarding, surfing, hiking, and of course video games. He currently has a dog, Nikki, and cat, Alice, that he loves very much despite their silly behaviors.


Maxwell Merhoff, Vet Assistant

Maxwell is originally from Brentwood TN and moved to Golden CO at the beginning of 2019. He is a PAD IDC Staff Instructor by trade and joined our practice in September of 2020. He has a passion for animals and is the owner of two beautiful pups, Pluto-7 & Gnash-5. You can catch them out on the trail with high tails.


Danielle Petty, Vet Assistant

Growing up, Danielle has always wanted to work with animals. She has been a veterinary assistant for 7 years and is currently pursuing her degree as a veterinary technician. Born and raised in CO, Danielle likes to go hiking, camping, and fishing in her free time. At home she lives with a variety of animals including dogs, cats, hamsters, and a rabbit. She hopes to expand her knowledge of different species and educate her clients in the process.


Customer Service Representatives


Kathy Jennings

Kathy has worked in the veterinary field as a technician and practice manager for over 35 years, in the Denver area, after graduating from Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs Colorado. After a hiatus of 4 years to take care of her ailing mother and working at Kohls department store, she is now back in the veterinary field as a receptionist.

She has been married for 38yrs, has 2 daughters and 5 grandkids all living within the Lakewood area. She presently has 2 dogs and 2 cats, Ginger a maltese mix, Blue a lab mix, Danny and Baby both DSH cats.

During the summer months she is busy with her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids camping and ATVing.