In consideration of the COVID-19 crisis Powers remains open 24/7 for emergency care and is accepting new specialty appointments. However, please review changes in our emergency and specialty appointment protocols here.
Emergency Veterinarians in Colorado Springs, CO
Our team of experts is here to help, don’t hesitate to call us at (719) 473-0482.
Specialty and Referral Veterinarians
Lee Wilwerding, DVM, Founder
Dr. Wilwerding earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 1994 and has worked exclusively with companion animals throughout his career. He spent three years in Maine working with an orthopedic surgeon, and has continued to develop his orthopedic surgery skills, including such procedures as fracture repair and stifle stabilization (TPLO, Tightrope and extracapsular). He also has extensive experience in emergency/trauma and soft-tissue surgery. He likes to say the operating room is his happy place as he’s in there solely focused on helping a pet get well.
Dr. Wilwerding moved to Colorado in 1998 and founded Powers Pet Emergency Services in 2005, adding rehabilitation in 2010, and expanded his practice to include specialty care in 2015.
Outside of the practice you’ll find him enjoying all that Colorado has offer including as many days of fresh powder as possible.
Lee Wilwerding, DVMFounder
Edmund Leigh, DVM, Diplomate ACVR (Radiology)
Dr. Leigh began his career as a geologist working on civil engineering projects in Vermont and Colorado, eventually making his way to Alaska exploring for gold. After several years, he returned to school to pursue his childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, earning his DVM with honors from Colorado State University in 2001, then completing a one year internship in small-animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City.
Dr. Leigh returned to Colorado and practiced small-animal medicine in the Denver area for two years before being accepted into the radiology residency program at North Carolina State University. After completing his residency training, he became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2007.
Dr. Leigh worked as a veterinary radiologist in Raleigh, North Carolina, before moving back to Colorado in 2008. His professional interests include small-animal abdominal and musculoskeletal ultrasonography, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain and spine.
Dr. Leigh lives in Palmer Lake with his wife and son. He also shares his home with a Labrador retriever, a border collie mix, and a geriatric cat. When not working, he enjoys time with his family, mountain biking, skiing and hiking.
Edmund Leigh, DVMDiplomate ACVR (Radiology)
Samantha J. Salmon, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology)
Dr. Salmon joins the Petcardia team in August of 2020 at the Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty located in Colorado Springs. After obtaining her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine at Colorado State University in 2016, she completed a one-year small animal medicine and surgery rotating internship at the University of Minnesota, and a three-year residency in cardiology at the University of Georgia. While she enjoyed her time spent in Minnesota and Georgia, she is excited to return to her native state to practice veterinary cardiology.
Dr. Salmon also holds a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in environmental health and toxicology from Colorado State University. She strives to apply this knowledge to enhance the health and wellbeing of those around her, and to work toward leading a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle. During her time off work, she enjoys spending time with her family, long-distance trail running, brewing kombucha, and hanging out with her two cats named Bambi and Beetle, and Golden retriever named Bee.
Dr. Jeremiah Moorer grew up in South Georgia and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2008. He completed a 1 year rotating internship at Texas A&M University after graduation. He then spent 1 year at the Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center as a surgical intern before obtaining a residency in small animal surgery at Oklahoma State University. He completed the 3 year residency at Oklahoma State University in 2013 and then stayed on as faculty for the following year. During that time he also passed the ACVS certification examination in 2014 to become board-certified in small animal surgery. After leaving OSU, Dr. Moorer spent 3 years in San Antonio in a multi-specialty hospital performing soft tissue, orthopedic, and neurologic surgeries. Dr. Moorer has been in Colorado since 2017 and started Trek Veterinary Surgery in 2019. In his spare time, Dr. Moorer enjoys spending time with his wife and son, hiking, camping, hunting, and training for triathlons.
Jeremiah D. Moorer, DVMDiplomate ACVS (Surgery)
Emergency and Critical Care Team
Dana Goddard, DVM
Dr. Goddard earned her undergraduate degree at Colorado State University in 2012, and her DVM from Michigan State University in 2016, joining the Powers team that same year. She grew up in a military family and moved to Colorado Springs in 2000, living here until veterinary school then deciding to “come home” to practice medicine. She has a senior yellow Labrador named Pippin and, outside of work, she enjoys playing sports like lacrosse, basketball and softball, watching medical television shows, and visiting breweries with friends.
Dana Goddard, DVMEmergency
Christopher Korte, DVM
Dr. Korte joined our team in the spring of 2015. He earned his degree in veterinary medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1998. After graduation he began working in a mixed animal practice north of Kansas City, MO. A strong interest in equine medicine then took him to Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky for few years. A desire to be closer to family guided him to Colorado in 2012. Dr Korte has a special interest in surgery and trauma medicine. Outside work you can find him spending time playing and helping to coach hockey with kids. He also enjoys horseback riding, skiing, hiking, playing multiple sports and spending time with his wife and four kids.
Christopher Korte, DVM Emergency
Mercedes Maybach, DVM
Dr. Maybach grew up in a pack of children in Minnesota, helping any animal she could catch.
Before settling into veterinary medicine, she tested out a variety of vocations, from working at a monastery in Europe to hay farming in Colorado.
Dr. Maybach’s formal education was completed at Colorado State University, where she earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine and certificate in veterinary acupuncture in 2009.
Early on, she was involved in several projects in developing countries. For the last 12 years she has practiced mixed animal medicine in rural Colorado and Wyoming.
A lot has changed since growing up in Minnesota, but she still works on any animal she can catch.
Mercedes Maybach, DVMEmergency
Madeline Balius, DVM
Dr. Balius is from Jackson, Mississippi. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University in 2021. Having a strong passion for emergency medicine and loving all things outdoors, she found the perfect home in Colorado Springs with Powers Pet Emergency & Specialty Hospital. Dr. Balius’ professional interests include emergency medicine, neurology, Eastern medicine, and above all, high-quality patient care.
Outside of work, Dr. Balius enjoys kayaking, fishing, camping, and playing outside with her three scruffy, black dogs: Sigrid, Ava, and Loki. She also has two awesome cats, Jetpack and Lilah. In addition to her pets and the outdoors, she thoroughly enjoys football season and all forms of friendly competition. She will always love her Mississippi roots but is thrilled to continue her journey as a part of the Colorado Springs community.
Madeline Balius, DVMEmergency
Hillary Myers, DVM
Dr. Myers grew up in Massachusetts and attended Northeastern University in Boston, graduating with a B.S in Biology in 2006. She ventured to the Caribbean to attend veterinary school at St. George’s University, completing her clinical rotations at Washington State University and graduating in 2014. She enjoys the diversity veterinary medicine has to offer.
She recently moved to Colorado and enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping, snowboarding, traveling, baking and simply hanging out with her husband, two kids and two dogs.
Hillary Myers, DVMEmergency
Dorothy Kociuba, DVM
Dr. Kociuba is originally from Chicago, IL. After highschool she moved to Fort Collins, CO where she completed her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and earned her DVM at Colorado State University. She completed a rotating internship at Premier Veterinary Group back in Chicago only to realize that Colorado was truly her home. Dr. Kociuba enjoys fast-paced emergency medicine and has a passion for integrative medicine/pain management. Now living in Colorado Springs, Dr. Kociuba enjoys her down time, listening to a good audiobook, and spending as much time as possible outside - hiking, camping, skiing - anywhere she can bring along her pup, Eliza.
Dorothy Kociuba, DVMEmergency
Amanda Murrane, DVM
Amanda Murrane was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and has also spent extensive periods of time in Idaho and Tennessee while pursuing higher education. She adores the mountains - especially the Rockies - and is excited to be returning to her hometown. In Amanda’s free time, you can find her outdoors: hiking; four-wheeling; or skiing in the winter. Amanda and her husband currently have two cats, Timon and Pumbaa. Professionally, she is most interested in surgery, pain management, and patient care.
Amanda Murrane, DVMEmergency
Tayler Foshee, DVM
Dr. Tayler Foshee graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2015. She has practiced in a variety of small animal clinics and emergency hospitals as a relief and emergency veterinarian. She joined Powers Pet Emergency and Specialty in November 2021. When Tayler is not at the animal hospital, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking and birdwatching.
Tayler Foshee, DVMEmergency
Isabelle Withrock-Davis, DVM, MS
Dr Withrock-Davis is originally from Wichita, Kansas. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University in 2013, and her Master’s degree in Biomedical Science from Iowa State University in 2015, and a 2019 graduate from the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduation, she moved with her husband to Odessa, Texas area where she took a position as an associate veterinarian at a mixed animal practice in Andrews, TX. In 2020, she took an associate veterinarian position with VCA Greenbelt in Midland, Texas, and in June 2020, she began to provide relief work in her spare time for small animal, emergency, and mixed animal practices all over Texas. In 2021 Dr. Withrock-Davis moved to the Denver/Colorado Springs area with her husband Devon, their dog Colt, two cats Charlie and Beep, and her horse Lizzo.
Isabelle Withrock-Davis, DVM, MSEmergency
We have several additional Emergency veterinarians who work on a part time basis as needed and we consider them important members of our team.