Dr. Combs always knew he wanted to be a veterinarian once he was old enough to know what a vet was. He started his veterinary career at the age of 14 bicycling back and forth to work in the kennel at Mesa Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Combs graduated from Colorado State University Veterinary Medical program in 1991 after completing his undergraduate degree in microbiology and veterinary science. After achieving his doctorate, he practiced in Golden for 8 years until he joined West Ridge in 1999. In 2001 Dr. Combs and Dr. Hubert purchased West Ridge from Dr. Emmet, and in 2007 bought Dr. Hemerson’s practice (Mountain Vista) and moved West Ridge Animal Hospital to its new and current location.
Dr. Combs has a special interest with birds, exotics, wildlife, and feisty cats. He graduated from the first veterinary acupuncture course at CSU and also provides veterinary orthopedic manipulation or VOM (animal adjustment) and was one of the first doctors in Northern Colorado to use single port laparoscopy for advanced surgical procedures. He has served on the board of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and the Association of Avian Veterinarians. Dr. Combs is the past director of the Denver Area Pet Loss Support Group and a past president of the Weld County Veterinary Medical Association. He currently serves as the Veterinary Coordinator for the Weld County Animal Response Team (CART) assisting in emergency situations that may arise such as flooding or tornadoes.
In his free time, Dr. Combs enjoys snorkeling, gardening, and refinishing woodwork. He loves to drive his tractor and work his family’s small acreage while watching his two dogs, Chloe (golden retriever) and Connall (Irish wolfhound) frolic in the pasture. Along with his family, Dr. Rebecca Hubert and their two children, he can often be found at local events. A proponent of giving back to his community, Dr. Combs and his family volunteer with numerous local organizations including the Weld County Humane Society, the Greeley Children’s Chorale, the American Cancer Society, the Weld County Food Bank, and Pet Aid Colorado. Dr. Combs loves living in the little big town of Greeley. He likes knowing people wherever he goes and enjoys the culture, diversity, emerging arts programs, and the picturesque pelicans.
Dr. Hubert moved to Colorado in 1987. She was raised in Illinois and has a bit of a mid-west accent. Dr. Hubert joined the West Ridge team as a technician in 1999 until graduating from Veterinary School at Colorado State University. She has a special interest in orthopedics and has completed intensive postgraduate courses in fracture management and joint disease. Additionally, Dr. Hubert is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT), utilizing techniques such as the use of the underwater treadmill and laser therapy. While she loves to work with dogs and cats, she does have a special spot in her heart for kitties and geriatric medicine. Dr. Hubert is also a past Weld County district representative for the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.
Dr. Hubert enjoys working the urgent care and emergency shifts as a way to provide that necessary service for her Client family. She often says that while she started in veterinary medicine due to her love for animals, she has stayed in the field because of her love for her Clients and the relationships they have created together.
When not working, Dr. Hubert enjoys tending to her flowers and garden at home. She also spends her free time exercising, taxiing her children around and spending time with their cats: Rikki and Speed Fast, their two birds, and Dr. Combs. Her family loves spending time in the mountains and bike riding. Dr. Hubert says that she loves living in Greeley and the fact that it’s a close-knit community with such a diverse culture.
Dr. Jenny Oglesby, DVM
Dr. Jenny Oglesby has a passion for internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, as well as preventive care, and exotic pets. Born in California, she came to Colorado as a youth with her military family after living and traveling to numerous other places. Dr. Oglesby said that she first fell in love with veterinary medicine when, as a teenager living in Panama, her horse became injured and she had to treat him with IV antibiotics. Her passion was solidified after working at an animal hospital as a receptionist in Colorado Springs while in high school. Dr. Oglesby completed her undergraduate degree in Biology with a minor in Anatomy/Neurobiology and achieved her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University. After this, she participated in a 1-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery in West Los Angeles. Prior to starting at West Ridge Animal Hospital, Dr. Oglesby worked at Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver for five years and then at a general practice in Fort Collins for three years.
When not interacting with her Clients and Patients, Dr. Oglesby enjoys reading or hiking with her husband Ryan and four-year-old daughter. Her house-pets were all adopted from her previous hospitals: two “tripod” cats (Mali and Hemi), two dogs (Farley and Elzee), and one rabbit (Mungo). She describes her favorite part of veterinary medicine as the way the Veterinarian can help keep pets healthy and help sick ones feel better, thus preserving the human-animal bond between them and their person.
Dr. Kara Levenduski, DVM
Dr. Jheanine Castañeda is a Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate. She was born in Cali, Colombia and Spanish is her first language. She also speaks English fluently, as well as some Italian and ASL. She lived in Cali until the age of 4 and then moved to Miami, FL. Dr. Castañeda knew she wanted to become a veterinarian as a child and has always planned her life with that goal in mind.
During her Highschool years Dr. Castañeda began working for Safari Edventure, a small non-for-profit zoo. She educated children and their parents on zoology, biology, husbandry and care of over 120 different exotic species and continued to work there until she began Veterinary School. Some of these species include bearded dragons, turtles, rabbits, ferrets, sloths and kangaroos. She has raised many wolves, birds, foxes, and a few anteaters. She has a passion for exotics and is starting to gain experience in the field of exotic medicine and critical care. She also has a special interest in dentistry, fear-free visits, rehab, nutrition and holistic medicine.
Dr. Castañeda recently moved to Colorado and lives in Firestone with her boyfriend who is also a veterinarian. She has two dogs that she loves too much: Scarlatti a 10-year-old Rat terrier cross, and Lexington a 10-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi. She enjoys hiking, baking, playing instruments, and visiting Colombia.
Dr. Alex Buys
I have always loved caring for people and animals, and developed a love for “unusual pets” early in life. I was born in Maine, and grew up with a variety of small mammals, cats, dogs, birds, and reptiles. I decided to become a veterinarian at the age of 4, and began working in veterinary medicine and wildlife rehabilitation when I was 16. I earned my Associate’s Degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 2013, then moved to Colorado to attend CSU. I earned my bachelor’s degree at CSUin Biological Sciences with a focus on Anatomy and Physiology. I began working at West Ridge Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician shortly after graduating. I learned so much from my WRAH family, and began veterinary school at CSU in 2017. I completed the Colorado State University / University of Alaska Fairbanks Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program in May 2021 after studying in Fairbanks, AK for two years and Fort Collins, CO for two years. I continued growing my interests in exotic medicine, wildlife medicine, and small animal general practice throughout veterinary school, and found new passions for veterinary communication, Fear Free medicine, and aquatic medicine. I am so excited to return to WRAH and give back tothis wonderful community!
In my spare time, I enjoy running with my dog, hiking, caring for my aquarium and houseplants, and reading everything I can find. After over 20 years in Maine, my parents moved back to Loveland, CO in 2014 with my younger sister and brother. My husband and I have a cattle dog mix named Cassie, an Alaskan dumpster cat named Loki, a kitten named Soup, a myriad of fish, a one-eyed turtle named Tim and a bearded dragon named Zeniba.