Dr. Anastasya (Ana) Carbon was born in Moscow, Russia and moved to the United States at the age of seven. She grew up in a small beach town in Florida, where she began volunteering with Greyhound rescue organizations in junior high school. Seeing these amazing animals and the conditions they often endured to sustain the dog racing industry in FL first sparked her interest in animal rescues and veterinary medicine. Ana relocated to Southern California in 1998, where she attended high school and college. Her long-time love of animals and a strong interest in science and medicine drove her to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from California State University Long Beach. While completing her undergraduate coursework, Ana volunteered regularly at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, where she worked in the shark lagoon and with the aquarium veterinarian. She also worked full-time as a veterinary technician at Malibu Coast Animal Hospital in Malibu, CA. The experience she gained there made her realize how much she enjoyed working with pets and their families, so she decided to fulfill a long-time dream by applying to veterinary school. She was accepted to Colorado State University in 2009 and graduated with her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2013. During her time in vet school, Ana was an active member of several student organizations including the Student Association of Veterinary Surgeons, the Diagnostic Imaging Club, was the social chair of her class, and the President of the Vet School Ice Hockey Club for 3 years.
Following graduation, Dr. Carbon went on to complete a year-long rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Orange County, CA. There, she worked with specialists from multiple different fields and gained a trove of experience in internal medicine, soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, cardiology, neurology, emergency and critical care medicine, and ophthalmology. She also acquired certification through VetStem in regenerative stem cell therapy. Ana had fallen in love with Colorado during her time in vet school and, following completion of her internship, she eagerly returned to the Denver area. She worked at Meridian Animal Hospital in Parker for 2 years before finding her way to Animal Care Center of Castle Pines, where she is heading up dermatology for the practice. Ana also has a strong interest in preventive care medicine, general surgery, dentistry, and hospice care. Dermatology had been of interest to her since veterinary school and she has sought out continuing education and independent study in the field since the onset of her career. Considering how common allergies, skin and ear infections, and immune-mediated skin conditions are becoming in pets, Ana wants to make sure she’s up-to-date on the most current and effective therapies.
In her free time, Ana enjoys playing ice hockey, stand up paddle-boarding, hiking, practicing yoga, and spending far too much time at microbreweries. She has a 10 year-old one-eyed diabetic cat named Chucky that found her as a 2 week old kitten and they’ve been best buds ever since. Ana is thrilled to be joining the Animal Care Center team and is looking forward to helping her furry patients stay as happy and healthy as possible.
The use of orthotics and prosthetics for injured animals is becoming increasingly common as more people become aware of their availability. As more owners realize that their pet does not have to learn how to function while missing half of or all of a limb, more people begin to request these prosthetics and orthotics for their animals. An orthotic, or brace, is a medical device attached to the body to provide support, alignment, positioning, correction of deformities, assistance to weak muscles, and improved functioning overall. Prosthetics are also medical devices, and are used to compensate for a missing or amputated limb or limb segment. With these devices, your pet no longer has to stumble in the park or struggle up the stairs. These will provide comfort and stability, and help your pet to stay happy and healthy. Your veterinarian will prescribe an orthotic or prosthetic after a thorough examination of your pet to ensure that this is the best course of action for them. Once a prescription has been made, the device with be manufactured by a lab that specializes in animal orthotics and prosthetics. The fit and function of the device are crucial to getting your pet back on all fours. Guidance from our specialist, Dr. Carbon, can help guarantee that your pet will be back on all limbs safely. We know that your pet is part of your family, and you want them to be happy and healthy and comfortable for as long as possible. We will work closely with you to determine the best course of action for your pet to keep them happy, safe, and healthy.
There is a common misconception that veterinary care is highly profitable. The reality is that the average profit margin of a veterinary practice is 8-12%. There are times when people avoid coming to us because they cannot afford care. It is very important to us that your pets get the proper attention. If you have challenges affording care, talk to a doctor or manager and we will discuss various options. We do not want your pet to miss out on the care they need and deserve.