Our Veterinarians

Dr. Christie Bond


Dr. Bond loves her job! She can often be found on the floor of an exam room with a treat in her hand, gently greeting a nervous patient or getting chin kisses from an exuberant pet. At the core of her practice philosophy is the belief that pet owners are key members of their pet’s health care team and that decision making should be a collaborative effort based on client education and each family’s unique circumstances. Dr. Bond has a particular passion for creating a low-stress veterinary experience for her patients and recently achieved “Fear Free” professional certification. She’s happy to share the principles of “Fear Free” with anyone who will listen!

While growing up in Pennsylvania, Dr. Bond considered a career in veterinary medicine but was reminded by a high school guidance counselor that she disliked chemistry, and any medical pursuit would require many similar classes. At the time, she decided to obtain her B.A. in English. She then worked for the U.S. Air Force as a government civilian in public affairs for eight years, meeting and marrying her husband along the way. Eventually she acknowledged that her heart was still with veterinary medicine (chemistry couldn’t be that bad!) and returned to school to complete the undergraduate math and science courses required for veterinary school admission. After receiving her DVM degree from Colorado State University in 2010, Dr. Bond joined a small animal practice in Colorado Springs where her love for her work grew along with her experience. In June 2016, she joined Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital and looks forward to expanding “Fear Free” patient care techniques into the practice’s proud tradition of providing the highest quality medical, surgical, and dental care.

When she’s not at BBAH, Dr. Bond can be found shuttling her kids, ages 9 and 11, around to various activities, watching football (Go Steelers!) and enjoying quiet time at home or in the outdoors with her husband. Her favorite spot in the world is anywhere on a mountain, whether on foot, on her mountain bike or on skis. A brown dog named Churro, an orange tabby cat, and a very naughty black cat round out her family.

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Dr. Dawn Brizendine


Dr. Brizendine, originally from Michigan grew up in a suburb of Detroit, rescuing every critter that came her way. Her love of science and animals melded perfectly into a desire to become a veterinarian. Volunteering in a local veterinary clinic solidified the desire, knowing there were many hours of “grunt” work ahead. Veterinary medicine is not always glamorous! She got her Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University in Zoology, with a concentration in Neurobiology.

Veterinary school at the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine followed. The intent was to go into wildlife medicine, but plans changed upon meeting her future husband, and small animal medicine became her focus. Upon graduation, Dr. Brizendine and her new husband moved to rural Indiana and she began practicing. After only one short year in Indiana, they moved to Colorado Springs, where the mountains called and it is definitely “home”.

She is a fur mom to two dogs that found her through a rescue and the Humane Society, and two cats that also found their way into her life as well. She enjoys horseback riding, through her 18 year old thoroughbred cross is now retired due to lameness issues and living out his days happy at pasture. She also volunteers at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo as a tour docent. When not working or volunteering, Dr. Brizendine enjoys the beautiful Colorado scenery with her family.
“I am proud to say that I have been helping animals in Veterinary field for 20+ years, doing my small part to be an advocate for our furry friends that may otherwise have no voice. My job is to strengthen and promote your bond with your animal friend and hopefully make that relationship as long and as healthy as possible! What I am even more proud to say is that I’ve grown to understand that I actually help people, sometimes more than animals themselves. Thank you for inviting me into your bond!”

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