Meet The Vets

Dr. Greg Goodell was born and raised in upstate New York. When he was 18, he moved to Colorado for a short time and joined the military from there. He served in the United States Army for 3 years, spending most of this time in Germany where he met his wife, Christine. He arrived back in the U.S. after serving his country with his new wife. He returned to Greeley and attended Colorado State University where he received his DVM degree. Upon graduation he worked as staff veterinarian at DUO Dairy while pursuing a Masters degree in production medicine. After 7 years with DUO Dairy he started a consulting practice called Advanced Dairy Analysis. His company consulted in areas of reproduction, nutrition, and biosecurity, but specialized in mastitis and health monitoring. In 2003 he put his mastitis expertise to work by starting a milk quality laboratory, and in 2004, added bacteriological culture of all tissues to the labs repertoire. Approximately 40% of his time is spent in the area of clinical research bringing cutting edge technology to the clients he consults with. Christine still has a full time job keeping him on track along with his two grown sons, Ryan and Jeremey. Dr. Goodell spends his spare time playing ice hockey and trying to keep up with his granddaughter.

Dr. Chris KoellerDr. Chris Koeller was raised in rural northwestern Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1999 and joined a dairy practice in northern Indiana where he practiced for six years. He then moved back to Illinois for a short stint in dairy practice there before finding a home here with The Dairy Authority. Dr. Koeller enjoys working with timed breeding programs, troubleshooting nutritional problems, disease management, and calf rearing. His wife, Brooke, keeps him out of trouble and has taken a reprieve from her career to keep track of their two young boys, Gabe and Caleb. They all keep him busy when he is not working. With any leftover time, Dr. Koeller enjoys hunting, and plans to take his oldest son fishing for the first time.

Dr. Chris MalherbeDr. Chris Malherbe was born and raised in southeast Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1998. He then went on to Colorado State University to complete an internship in Food Animal Medicine. After his internship he joined a 17-doctor dairy practice in the central valley of California. He and his wife both missed the mountains and high desert climate and decided to move back to Colorado after 3 years in California. The past 5 years he has been the herd veterinarian/manager of Bella Holsteins in Platteville, Colorado. Dr. Malherbe's areas of interest include records evaluation, reproductive management, employee training and management, and fresh cow transition problems. His wife is also a veterinarian specializing in small animal medicine. They have two little girls who keep them very busy when they are not working.

Dr. Joseph MenicucciDr. Joseph Menicucci was born and raised in southern California. He spent his undergraduate career at CalPoly Pomona and received his DVM degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2012. After graduation, he practiced in rural central Pennsylvania working primarily with smaller, family-run dairy farms, including many in the Amish community. He then moved to Colorado with his wife and joined The Dairy Authority in September 2014. Dr. Menicucci's interests include reproduction, calf wellness, disease prevention, and milk quality. His wife is also a veterinarian at CSU for the oncology department. In his spare time, Dr. Menicucci enjoys hiking and watching football with his wife, skiing, and fly fishing.

Dr. Blaine NicksDr. Blaine Nicks was raised in Northwest Illinois. He graduated from the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012. Immediately after graduating, he worked in a mixed animal practice in southwest Wisconsin where he practiced primarily on small dairies, ranging from 50-400 cows. As his passion for dairy production medicine grew, he realized he wanted to focus solely on dairy cattle. Shortly after, he took a position in a three-doctor practice in Southern California. While in California, he performed reproductive and milk quality services for dairies ranging from 2000-10,000 cows. Dr. Nicks joined The Dairy Authority in June of 2015 where he continues to focus on reproduction and milk quality and has a growing interest in young stock rearing. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife, Carolyn, spending time outdoors, hunting, and training his two German Shorthairs.

Dr. Rixt MiedemaDr. Rixt Miedema was raised on dairies in both the Netherlands, where she was born, and then Ohio when her family immigrated in 2002. She is a 2018 graduate of the Ohio State University. Dairy cows have always been her passion and she truly looks forward to working with dairies in this region. She moved to Greeley in the summer of 2018 when she joined The Dairy Authority and looks forward to hiking and skiing in the Colorado mountains in her spare time.

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