Dr. Carola Stevenson
Hello! My name is Dr. Stevenson. I am a Colorado native and was born at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Colorado. When I was a child, I spent a lot of time on dairy farms. My grandfather and his brothers started a general store and trucking company during World War II. They hauled milk and wheat from farms and dairies to the processing plants in semi-trucks. The trucking company was then handed down to my dad, and the dairy and wheat farming eventually became a family business for many of my uncles.
I spent much of my time wandering around the farms trying to cuddle with the barn kitties that had runny eyes and noses. I would also have complete conversations with the baby calves as I helped bottle feed them. At the same time, my mother’s parents owned a dog kennel in Parker, Colorado. I would hang out in the grooming room while my grandma groomed the dogs, and my favorite spot to nap was in the drying kennel.
In middle school, I decided that I wanted to become a veterinarian, and once I want something, there is no stopping me. I completed all eight years of my college education, including my biology degree and veterinary school, at Colorado State University and graduated in 2001. In 2004, I became the owner of Bear Valley Veterinary Clinic.
The hospital has grown from one support staff member in a 1400 square foot leasehold in a strip mall, to our beautiful 8,000 square foot building, our pet resort, and 15 and counting staff. At work, I thrive on building long-term relationships with clients that consider their pets family members and improving the efficiency and quality of the work environment for our staff who are so incredibly dedicated and work tirelessly for the love of animals. Outside of work, my passion is with my husband and caring for our many foster children and our two amazingly beautiful and bright adult girls. We enjoy camping and paddle boarding with our dogs and you would never hear me say no to a tropical beach vacation where the family enjoys snorkeling every chance we get.
The veterinary industry has been going through very difficult times over the past two decades and has lost many veterinarians and staff members to suicide. This is due to the difficult and stressful job we perform, and it has become very important to set boundaries in our profession. We will gladly serve any client who is interested in helping their pet and will in return be kind and respectful to our team. I look forward to meeting you and your family pet.
Dr. Pranav Chawla
Dr. Pranav Chawla has been practicing small animal veterinary medicine since 2015. He hails from Coastal NJ and performed his undergraduate studies in Animal Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. After traveling extensively to explore the fields of medical research, zoo animal management, and marine mammal medicine, he gained acceptance to St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Chawla performed his clinical training at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, followed by completion of an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Southern California Veterinary Specialty Hospital in 2016. Since that time he has practiced in animal shelters, emergency settings, non-profit clinics, and of course, general hospitals like ours.
In the summer of 2018, Dr. Chawla transplanted his life, beautiful wife, and beloved pets to wonderful Denver, Colorado. His wife’s favorite color is green, and so his favorite color is…also green. His favorite sport is tennis, and his favorite snack is apples with peanut butter.
Dr. Chawla is devoted to his clients and patients, and will always go the extra mile to ensure you know all there is to know about your pet’s health!
Dr. Katherine King
Dr. Katherine King was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and has spent her whole life down south before moving to beautiful Colorado in June of 2018. Dr. King received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA and her DVM from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. From a young age, Dr. King has had a love and passion for animals growing up in a home with five dogs and one cat. She currently owns one dog- Nico. While she would describe his breed as "perfect," she suspects he is likely a mix of Australian Cattle Dog, Corgi, and Beagle-- and he has the attitude to support it!
Dr. King's favorite aspect of veterinary medicine is the deep connection of the human- animal bond and she works tirelessly to support those relationships between her clients and patients. She first knew she wanted to become a veterinarian when she personally experienced the extent of compassion and generosity of a veterinarian supporting her family as they addressed end of life care for their own beloved pet. That being said, she doesn't mind all the puppy and kitten visits either! Dr. King finds it a great privilege to work in the background as you develop these lifelong bonds with your pets.
When Dr. King is not at work caring for her patients, she enjoys hiking and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado, cooking, skiing (although not always well), traveling as far and as wide as possible, and eating all the guacamole and Queso Fundido she can. She is looking forward to getting to meet the clients of Bear Valley Veterinary Care Center and working together to care for your pets!