About Our Team


Dr. Sam Lane

I vividly remember Dr. Marcus’ brown, wood-paneled station wagon pulling up into our driveway to pay our Labrador retriever, Stormy, a visit. He looked like the classic old school veterinarian making house calls to examine and treat his patients. He had thick gray hair and wore a traditional white lab coat that cut off just beyond his beltline. After exchanging pleasantries with my mom, he examined Stormy, administered her vaccines and retrieved a sample of blood.

Years later, I graduated from veterinary school at the University of Missouri in 2002 and traveled to Wheat Ridge to complete their coveted internship. For several years, I worked with some of the best doctors at the best hospitals in the Denver area. I honed my skills in surgery and medicine and learned how to use the many tools in our profession including ultrasound, laparoscopy, and digital radiography.

Then, I was recruited by Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis), the largest Animal Health company in the world. I served as a technical advisor and educator on their many innovative treatments for dogs and cats. We introduced new cutting edge treatments for pet allergies. We created the best medicines to stop vomiting, itching and even anxieties due to fireworks.

Now at Golden Paws, I want to bring all of these experiences together.

I want to be your neighborhood veterinarian, like Dr. Marcus was for my family. In addition, I want to deliver the highest quality medicine for which my experience and training has prepared me. My wife, Amber, and I along with my daughters Hannah and Maggie thank you for allowing us to treat your furry family members. Tater Tot, our Golden Retriever, is also grateful as far as we can tell!

Veterinary Technician

Maggie Nelson

I’m a Native of Colorado, and have been in the veterinary field since 1997. I graduated from Bel Rea in 2000 after attending CSU for 2 years to work with Autistic and Down Syndrome children and found my life long dream in Veterinary Medicine. I have been a technician and practice manager at several hospitals in my career and worked at some specialty hospitals such as Exotics, Emergency and Ophthalmology. My passion has always been to run a mobile clinic to be able to help families and their animals close to home. I hope to bring joy and care to each and every animal and their families in a more personal setting.

I have four dogs, a cat, a Bearded Dragon, a Ball Python, a chinchilla, rats, a guinea pig, fish and frogs. A complete zoo! I have two amazing children, my oldest Jada and youngest Brody who are my world. My wife Nichol and I were recently married (July 2020). We love to be outside and in the Mountains, which brought us to live up in Coal Creek Canyon. We love to play games, fish, camp and hike.

I look forward to using my knowledge and experience in veterinary medicine to help you and your animal family.
We are a part of the broader Golden Community and Front Range.

We strive to be a visible, contributing member of the Golden, Colorado community, including support for these local events and schools.

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