Hospital History

Dr. Mark Holmes opened Paws of the Rockies Animal Hospital in April 2001. Living in the large city of Phoenix in the immediate years following his veterinary education forced him to reevaluate his quality of life. He decided that his health, a clean environment, and a friendly community were more important than living in one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and the financial benefits this made available to him.

So Dr. Mark took a risk that would allow him to live a quality life in what has always been an embracing community of Ft Collins. And so, Paws of the Rockies Animal Hospital was founded. Dr. Mark firmly believes that integrity and excellence in practicing veterinary medicine and strong client communication are the hallmarks of a successful practice. In addition, he believes that keeping the best interest of the patient in mind is vital to maintaining integrity. Dr. Mark is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for his patients and excellent communication to his clients so that informed medical decisions can be made.
Dr. Mark Holmes
Dr. Mark Holmes
Dr. Mark Holmes, a native of New Mexico, obtained his Bachelor's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He went on to receive his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1997.

He completed an internship at a surgery and oncology referral center in Scottsdale, Arizona. He then became an associate veterinarian at a small practice in Scottsdale for two and a half years. His professional interests include preventive health care, surgery, emergency medicine, orthopedic diseases, and management of arthritis.

Personally, he loves to ride single speed bicycles, occasionally test himself in triathlons, and climb mountains when his body allows it. Finally, he loves spending time with his wife Missy, his children Keaton and Bryn, and his adopted chocolate lab, Java.
Dr. Brooke Freeman
Dr. Brooke Freeman
Dr. Brooke grew up in Dallas, TX, and graduated in 1997 from Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine. She then continued her schooling with a Small Animal Rotating Medicine and Surgery Internship at the University of lllinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

She is married to Dr. Chris Koeller, a dairy veterinarian, and together they have three young sons: Gabe, Caleb, and Asher. The Colorado rural/urban mix was the perfect combination for Brooke and her husband, so they made the move in 2006. Colorado has been a perfect fit ever since and they are here to stay. Brooke's professional interests include emergency medicine and critical care, behavior medicine, preventive health care, and internal medicine. Away from the clinic, Dr Brooke is an avid reader and enjoys horseback riding and running, and can usually be found at the gym.