Dr. Wilwerding graduated from Iowa State University in 1994 and has worked throughout his career with companion animals exclusively. He spent three years in Maine working with an orthopedic surgeon and has continued to develop orthopedic skills throughout his career. Currently Dr. Wilwerding limits practice to surgery including multiple orthopedic procedures such as fracture repair and stifle stabilization (TPLO, Tightrope, and extracapsular), emergency / trauma surgery and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Wilwerding moved to Colorado in 1998 and enjoys living in Colorado Springs with his wife and children. He started Powers Pet Emergency Services in 2005 and then Powers Pet Rehabilitation in 2010.
Dr. Price joined our staff in the spring of 2011. She completed her veterinary education at Colorado State University in 2009. After graduation, Dr. Price wanted to see what the rest of the US had to offer and spent one year in New York and one year in Texas working as a general practitioner. She developed a passion for emergency medicine during these two years and also realized that Colorado was indeed her “home”. Within veterinary emergency medicine, Dr. Price’s interests include cardiology and general resuscitation. Dr. Price was born and raised in the southern US. She attended LSU in Baton Rouge for her undergraduate degree. She then moved to Boulder, CO, where she was a chemistry research scientist for 6 years.
Dr. Warner has been part of our team at Powers Pet Emergency since January of 2011. She received her veterinary degree in 2010 from Colorado State University. Emergency medicine has always been a passion of hers. She worked in human emergency medicine as an EMT with the ambulance department in Fort Collins for many years while completing her undergraduate degree. After graduating from CSU Veterinary School, she ventured off to the south to complete a rigorous and demanding internship in equine medicine and surgery at Mississippi State University. After doing so, Dr. Warner moved back to Colorado to continue work in clinical practice. Her professional interests include equine internal and sports medicine, small animal emergency and critical care, teaching, pathology and infectious disease research.
Dr. Hesse joined PPER in 2013. Dr. Hesse was born in Leadville and raised in Canon City, Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree at CU Boulder, then completed her veterinary education with honors at CSU in 1997. She spent the next 6 years working as a general small animal practitioner in Denver and Durango. During this time, Dr. Hesse developed an interest in emergency medicine. Following this passion, she spent the next 9 years as an emergency veterinarian in Castle Rock, CO. Dr. Hesse’s passion is being able to make a real difference in the lives of her patients and their owners. For this reason, emergency medicine is her calling. Outside of work, Dr. Hesse can be found riding, training and spoiling her much loved dressage horses and spending time with her dog, Lilly.
Dr. Rose joined us in November of 2013. She is a born and raised Colorado Springs native. Dr. Rose received her veterinary degree from Washington State University and then went on to complete an internship in Washington, D.C. Before coming to PPERS, Dr. Rose worked for a small animal general practice in Denver. She also spent time in Costa Rica assisting in much needed spay/neuter clinics as well as completing a special research project. Her interests in emergency medicine include wound management and exotic pocket pets. Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Rose enjoys swimming, hiking, traveling, and spending time with her dog, Faith, cat Tejas, and guinea pigs Kesha and La Fonda.
Rainier Ko, DVM, MS, DACVS-SA, DACVIM (Neurology)
Board-Certified in Neurology & Neurosurgery
Board-Certified in Small Animal Surgery
Born in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Rainier Ko completed his biology undergraduate degree at McGill University. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000 from the University of Montreal. Following his internship at the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Dr. Ko returned to his veterinary college in Montreal as a laboratory instructor in small animal anatomy and applied surgical anatomy.
He then completed a residency in small animal surgery and a three year Master of Science degree at Purdue University, Indiana in 2005. Dr. Ko spent three years as a staff surgeon at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital and starred on Animal Planet’s popular television series “E-Vet Interns”. Following this, he returned to Purdue University in 2008 as an assistant professor in small animal orthopedics and neurosurgery.
Dr. Ko received board-certification in small animal veterinary surgery in 2007. After he completed a joint neurology residency at Colorado State University and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, he became board-certified in neurology in July of 2014.
This formidable accomplishment distinguishes Rainier as one of only seven individuals worldwide with double-boarded certification in veterinary neurosurgery. His expertise, thoroughness, and strong bond with his patients-clients have earned him numerous teaching and clinical awards, including CVTA “Colorado Veterinarian of the Year” in 2012.
His special interests include neurosurgical oncology (brain and spinal cord tumors, vertebral replacement), vertebral implantology, congenital spinal deformities, and electrodiagnostics. In his spare time, Dr. Ko enjoys rock climbing, hiking and the company of his three dogs, Rowdy, Hope and Cricket.
Dr. Tiffany Diab joined our practice in March of 2015. Dr. Diab received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University, and went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the same in 2013. She spent two years in a very busy multi-doctor general practice in Jonesboro, Arkansas, before transitioning to full time emergency work. She has spent time in Honduras as well as her local humane societies performing spay/neuter for shelter animals, and has earned over 40 continuing education hours in abdominal and cardiac ultrasound. Dr. Diab enjoys training at her local Crossfit gym and spending time outdoors with her husband and her rescue pup, Rosilee.
We welcomed Dr. Cordelli to our staff in 2015. Dr. Cordelli attended veterinary school in Scotland and graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2011. She did a small animal internship at Carolina Veterinary Specialists in NC after vet school, and has been practicing emergency medicine ever since. Before moving to Colorado she worked at a specialty and emergency hospital in Pennsylvania. Professional interests include internal medicine, wound management, and toxicology. Dr. Cordelli has a dog named Aiden and a horse named Bailey. Her hobbies include hiking, skiing, horseback riding and spending time with her dog.
Dr Ballotti is a Southern Colorado native. Born and raised in Pueblo, she has enjoyed riding horses since she was 9yrs old. Dr. Ballotti has always known she would be a veterinarian and could tell you exactly what kind of grades and classes she would need to excel in becoming that veterinarian since the age of 4. Her drive never changed and she graduated from CSU Veterinary School in 1992. Dr. Ballotti began her own avian and exotic practice in exchange for taking emergency on call appointments for a prominent two person private practice. After 4 years of practicing in this fashion, she moved on to an official after hours 24/7 emergency hospital to continue her enjoyment of emergency medicine. Dr. Ballotti loves to trail ride, and drive her stage coach with the big boys, for weddings and historic programs. She also like to hunt with her Harris Hawk Elizabeth.
Dr. Kim Tedeschi joined our practice in June of 2016. Dr. Tedeschi received her undergraduate degree from The University of Virginia and went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She completed a one year small animal internship at Iowa State University and then completed a one year small animal neurology internship at the VCA Animal Specialty Center in Columbia, SC. She spent one year practicing Emergency Medicine in Charlotte, NC before moving to Colorado Springs. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and mountain biking with her 3 dogs Schuyler, Kiki, and Cleetus. She also has a cat named Django.
Dr. Dana Goddard joined our staff in the summer of 2016. She earned her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in 2012, and then earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University in 2016. She grew up in a military family and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000 and lived in Colorado until veterinary school, then decided to move back to Colorado Springs to practice medicine. Emergency medicine was her favorite topic in school, so Powers Pet Emergency was a great hospital to start her career. She has a 14.5 year old yellow Labrador named Pippin. Her hobbies outside of veterinary medicine are playing sports like lacrosse, basketball, and softball, watching medical television shows, and visiting breweries with friends.
Dr. Brianna Backlund is an internal medicine specialist from Seattle, Washington that has relocated to join us here at Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty. Dr. Brianna Backlund is available for consultation and management of patients with complex problems such as immune mediated diseases, endocrine, renal, gastrointestinal, and hepatic diseases. She is a skilled endoscopist and provides bronchoscopy, rhinoscopy, cystoscopy, and endoscopy services at Powers Pet Specialty and Emergency Hospital. Dr. Backlund’s interests in internal medicine include a focus on immune mediated disorders such as immune mediated hemolytic anemia, immune mediated thrombocytopenia, and immune mediated polyarthritis, gastrointestinal disease management (IBD, gastrointestinal lymphoma), renal (chronic renal failure) and hepatic diseases (chronic active hepatitis, other inflammatory or infectious hepatobiliary diseases).
Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Small Animal Internal Medicine
Residency, Internal Medicine, Texas A&M University – College of Veterinary Medicine, College Station, Texas
Internship, Small Animal Rotating Surgery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University – College of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman
Bachelor of Arts, French Language and Literature and Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle
Dr. Backlund enjoys spending time with her family, running, and spending time outdoors enjoying the natural beauty of Colorado.
Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty Physical Therapy/Rehabilitation
Dr. Dani Waite joined our practice in December of 2016. Dr. Waite received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wyoming and went on to earn her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 2011. She spent two years in small animal primary care in Colorado Springs, before transitioning to rehabilitation work. She completed her Canine Rehabilitation Certificate Program in July of 2016. Dr. Waite also completed her certificate in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in April of 2016. Dr. Waite is passionate about neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation and pain management.
In her free time, she enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and son. She has two fur children, a cat named Milo and an Irish Wolfhound named Poppy.