Owner and Emergency Veterinarian

Megan Rector, MS, DVM

Dr. Megan Rector is the Owner and an Emergency Veterinarian at Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. She grew up in Colorado and graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University in 2009. After graduating from the veterinary medical program, Megan completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at Texas A&M University. She began her professional career at a busy emergency and specialty hospital, working full time as an Emergency Clinician. Megan then chose to expand her horizons, and start her own facility in wonderful Castle Rock, Colorado.

Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies was conceived from her interests in practicing the highest quality of medicine, teamwork, and collaboration through the veterinary field. “Our goal is to provide the best care possible to our patients and support for our clients and become a genuine part of the Castle Rock community’, said Rector.

Dr. Rector shares her home with her pets: Miles, an orange Maine Coon cat; Izzy, a yellow Labrador; and Penny, a crazy red Labrador Retriever. Her three pets show their love for her by greeting her at the door. Penny and Izzy love to swim and chase toys, with Izzy always retrieving the toys. Miles loves to play with his racetrack and hang out on the refrigerator shelf. That’s right, when the fridge is left open, in he goes.

When not practicing veterinary medicine or playing with the animals, Megan can be found trying a new recipe, traveling, scuba diving, going to concerts and movies at Red Rocks and spending time with family and friends.

DVM, CVA (IVAS) Assoc. Medical Dir. (ER)

Derek Paul

Dr. Derek Paul, DVM, CVA (IVAS) is the Associate Director (ER) and Veterinary Acupuncturist for Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. He is an Illinois native who left the land of Lincoln to serve his country.  After graduating With Merit as a Systems Engineer from the United States Naval Academy, he served six years in the Navy, including tours on board an aircraft carrier and inside of Cheyenne Mountain working for NORAD.  He received the Joint Service Achievement Medal for his service as NORAD Air Battle Management Officer during the attacks of September 11, 2001.  Following Naval Service, Doctor Paul returned to Illinois for Veterinary School, where he concentrated on Wildlife and Conservation Medicine and ran the Wildlife Medical Clinic.  After graduation, he returned to Colorado for an Internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery.  For the past 10 years, Doctor Paul has served as a Senior Emergency Associate, Locum Emergency and General Practice Relief Doctor, and Veterinary Acupuncturist.  He also does consulting work for a pet services company.  When he is not helping make Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies the premier emergency/specialty hospital in the Front Range, he enjoys hiking, traveling, paddleboarding, playing poker, listening to music, and seeing shows and movies with his family.  He is married to JoAnn, an experienced Veterinary Technician, and they have two kids, Ella and Gavin.

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian

Emily Deutsch

Dr. Emily Deutsch is a native of Littleton, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology/ biomedical science, then from CSU’s School of Veterinary Medicine, earning a doctorate in veterinary medicine. For six years, both prior to and during vet school, she worked as a veterinary technician in Fort Collins, Colorado.

She recently completed an emergency and critical care internship at DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Deutsch always has loved animals and enjoys both the challenges and rewards of providing emergency medical care and support to her patients and the humans who love them.

In her free time, Dr. Deutsch enjoys cooking, hiking, and painting. She has a yellow Labrador Retriever named Frisco who loves walks, cuddling, and stealing spots on the couch. Frisco has a good friend, a  five-year-old flame-point Siamese cat named Jorah. Jorah has a big personality and enjoys exploring, sitting in the sun, and lying on Dr. Deutsch’s laptop keyboard while she attempts to work.

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian

Luanne Strom

Dr. Luanne Strom, DVM is an Emergency Veterinarian for Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. Luanne is a Colorado native, originally from Ft. Collins. She went to undergraduate school at Penn State, where she also played Division 1 soccer and then proceeded to earn her Master’s degree at Colorado State University. Dr. Strom completed her veterinary education at Ontario Veterinary College (the oldest veterinary school in North America), followed by a rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital.

In her free time, Luanne enjoys hiking, mountain biking, running, and any outdoor activities in the mountains. She and her partner share their home with a cat named Tyson, an epileptic Frenchie named Boo, and their running partner, Scout, a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix.

DVM, Emergency Veterinarian

Carrie Daly

Dr. Carrie Daly, DVM is an Emergency Veterinarian for Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2009. She has had an eclectic career since then, having practiced in Hong Kong, Minnesota, Oregon, and now Colorado (which is where she hopes to hang her hat for years to come)! She loves all species but is particularly fond of grumpy older cats.

Carrie has 3 human children (delightful 5-year-old twins and a gently vivacious 4-year-old), as well as a rambunctious Dutch Shepherd pup named Mabel. She can often be found fostering a gaggle of kittens as well. For this reason, she considers herself to be both a manager and purveyor of chaos! In her free time, she enjoys running trail marathons/ultramarathons, international travel, teaching yoga to adults and kiddos, unsuccessful attempts at meditation, and above all else – a good long nap.

DVM, MS, Emergency Veterinarian

Joel Bea

Dr. Joel Bea, DVM, MS, is an emergency veterinarian for the Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies.

Born in New Orleans, LA, Dr. Bea attended the University of California at Davis. He studied zoology for his undergraduate degree and later earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, as well as a Master of Science in Comparative Pathology in 2005. Dr. Bea’s areas of clinical interest include anesthesia and internal medicine, especially the treatment of acute kidney and respiratory diseases.

Dr. Bea spent 15 years as an emergency veterinarian in multiple large referral veterinary hospitals, both here in Colorado and in Connecticut at the Cornell University Veterinary Specialists.

When not at work, you can find Dr. Bea in the mountains. He and his wife enjoy hiking with their two pups. Leah is a 12-year-old cattle dog mix, and Brewster is a 2.5-year-old border collie. They also have a kitty, Bristo, and two horses, Friendly and Chance.