Learn more about Urban Paw Veterinary Health & Rehabilitation below!
About Urban Paw
Our passion is for animals, and our primary function in the community is to offer whole-pet, life-long care for companion animals of all kinds. By providing a wide range of services, including specialized rehabilitation, we are able to assess and care for your pet at any life stage.
We are deeply invested in our local community and give back through partnerships with other local small businesses and nonprofits. We are also doing our part to be a good steward of the environment in how we build, stock and, maintain our hospital. We consider ourselves “cause-driven” as our driving force is making sure we create a powerful and positive impact on the community around us. To do this, we focus on being eco-friendly, donate to local non-profits, and work to streamline the pet care experience through the use of technology. Our expertise is in caring for your pet, and our responsibility is to do our part for the community. This proudly women-owned veterinary hospital is here and ready to support your family and the community where you live.
Dr. Dana Novara | DVM, CCRT, Fear Free Certified
Owner, Urban Paw Veterinary Health and Rehabilitation
After graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2008, Dr. Novara spent time in small animal practice before moving into veterinary leadership roles within Banfield. She was most recently the Vice President of Veterinary Quality in the Southwest region.
Dr. Novara is currently building her own practice, Urban Paw, in Denver, CO. She cannot wait to give back more to her local community through specialized services and local advocacy. Dr. Novara is an active member of AVMA and CVMA as well as a member of the public speaking pool for the Women Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI).
Dr. Novara has been elected to the board of directors for DCIS Foundation!
We love to give back to our local community in different ways. As a team of vet professionals that have gone through A LOT of schooling to get to where we are, we know the value of a great education and feel strongly that all students deserve access to high-quality school experiences.
With that in mind, we are so excited to announce that Dr. Novara has been elected to the board of directors for DCIS Foundation, an organization whose mission is to raise funds for student travel scholarships and teacher travel development. This includes everything from ensuring all students can attend local field trips to scholarships for international exchange programs.
Dr. Steven Dick
Following graduation from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003, Dr. Dick spent four years on Active Duty in the US Army Veterinary Corps with stations in North Carolina and Washington and a 1-year deployment to Kuwait. Following his discharge from military service, he joined Banfield Pet Hospitals, where he worked in several clinical and leadership roles in Minnesota and Colorado for over 14 years.
Dr. Dick is excited about the move to Urban Paw and the chance to see veterinary medicine from a new perspective. He is passionate about providing exceptional client experience as a means to building trust, so pets get the care they need and deserve.
Dr. Dick is a member of both the AVMA and CVMA, currently serving as the President-Elect for the CVMA Executive Board.
Dr. Dick resides in Littleton with his wife Jennifer, son Ephram, dog Finn and a red-eared slider turtle named Tiny Tim. He enjoys tennis, mountain biking, and skiing in his free time.
Dr. Ben Read
Dr. Read grew up in the suburbs of Boston where he began working with animals at his father’s veterinary hospital.
He graduated from veterinary school in 2016 from St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies. Following vet school, he worked as a small
animal veterinarian for a year in Connecticut before moving to Colorado in 2017.
Dr. Read loves spending time with his wife Jen, their new baby Kieran, their two dogs Bowen and Sorrel (Caribbean island dogs), and their turtle Sam. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and playing guitar.
Dr. Read takes a keen interest in surgery and providing the best care possible to both his patients and clients. He is excited about continuing his career at Urban Paw Veterinary Health and Rehab!
Sheridan was born and raised just north of Denver but moved to the Central Park neighborhood about three years ago with her husband and daughter. They have three cats (Jamie, Claire, and Evie), 2 dogs (Kya and Stanley) and 1 super fluffy bunny named Foo Foo – all of which they adopted through rescues or relinquishment. She graduated from Bel-Rea tech school and became a certified veterinary technician in 2015. Currently, Sheridan is a student at MSU Denver working towards her bachelor’s degree. She loves to hike and explore all Colorado has to offer with her family and dabble in several different art mediums when time allows. Reading and travel are also passions that she hopes to do more of soon!
Emma moved to Denver shortly after finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology at Kansas State University in 2016. She has had a love for animals all of her life and has been working as a technician for the past 5 years. Her favorite part of the job is surgery (and seeing kittens!). In her free time, you can find Emma brewery hopping, binge-watching old seasons of Survivor, or standing in a river somewhere fly fishing.
Kaelyn grew up in Maryland. After graduating from Towson University in Baltimore with a degree in Sociology, she decided to pursue veterinary medicine. Since moving to Colorado in 2021, she has enrolled in Pen Foster’s veterinary technician program. Kaelyn plans to specialize in either anesthesia or rehabilitation therapy once she completes the technician program. She has always loved animals and finds it incredibly rewarding to help older pets stay with their families for as long as possible. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, finding new brunch spots, and binge-watching movies/shows with her fiance and fur family.
Aura lives in Denver with the love of her life, Isaac, and their pets Bacon “the puppy dog”, and Brat and Bugga “the girls”. Aura has had a love for seeing, and helping all the little animals in the world ever since she can remember. She has always owned hamsters, Guinea pigs, bunnies, dogs, or cats and plans on adding chickens, ducks, and even a LLama! She graduated from PIMA in May of 2021 to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant. In Aura’s free time you can find her somewhere in the mountains of Colorado, running 5k obstacle races, fishing or camping or simply just enjoying time at home with DIY projects. She is excited to be part of the team and help care for your pets. Aura habla espanol y le encanta ayudar a nuestros clientes y pacientes que hablan espanol.
After growing up in Memphis, TN, Maddie completed her B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Tulane University. During her undergraduate, she worked as a VA at the Louisiana ASPCA and at a small animal clinic in Memphis over the summers. After finishing her degree, and spending a short stint on a sustainable farm in Florida, she moved to CO where she is continuing her work in veterinary medicine. Maddie is set to attend veterinary school in New Zealand beginning this summer and is beyond excited for such a new and wild experience!
Outside of the clinic, Maddie spends time volunteering with wildlife rehabilitation, trail running, hiking, snowboarding, and exploring Colorado with her rough collie sidekick, and Winston.