Julie Page is a native of Meeker, Colorado and has been practicing as a veterinarian since 2008. After graduating from Colorado State University, she spent one year as a rural veterinarian in northwestern Colorado. In 2009, she moved to Grand Junction and began working for Drs. Tom and Tara Suplizio at a small animal practice. Dr. Page enjoys preventative care, veterinary dentistry, and soft tissue surgery. She and her husband Ryan have three young children: Amelia, Everett, and Penelope. They have two dogs and three cats. She enjoys hiking and camping with her family, gardening, and playing piano and guitar.
Dr. Tara Suplizio, small animal veterinarian and co-owner of Palisade Pet Care, has practiced in Grand Junction since 2002. She received her veterinary degree in 2001 from Colorado State University. Dr. Tara became certified in Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians in 2011, and then completed her certification in both Cold Laser Therapy and Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation in 2012. She practices these alternative therapies on both large and small animals. Dr. Tara and Dr. Tom, along with Dr. Julie Page, purchased Palisade Pet Care in 2021. Dr. Tara is the mom to three teenage boys, three cats, two dogs, a couple of goats, and a flock of chickens. When she is not with her family or at work, she enjoys mountain biking, hiking, rafting, kayaking, skiing, camping, and any other excuse to be outside.
Dr. Tom Suplizio grew up in Grand Junction, CO and graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. Following graduation, he completed a 13 month internship at the prestigious Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, MA, where his training included critical care, surgery, internal medicine, oncology, and cardiology. Dr. Tom and his wife, Dr. Tara Suplizio, returned to Grand Junction in 2002 to raise their children and be close to family. They purchased Animal Medical Clinic in 2004 and operated in Clifton for 14 years. With a desire to return to a more personalized practice with a hometown feel, the two of them, along with Dr. Julie Page, purchased Palisade Veterinary Hospital and renamed it Palisade Pet Care. Dr. Tom and Dr. Tara have three very active boys; Tucker, Sawyer, and Ryder, two dogs; Rue and Finn, three cats; Rio, Pedro, and Maizy, as well as chickens, and goats. The family enjoys skiing, cycling, rafting, camping and rock climbing.
Dr. Laura Smith was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She developed a passion for veterinary medicine at a young age, helping her dad in his veterinary clinic. Growing up, she was very involved with horses and equestrian sports, eventually graduating from Colorado State University with her doctorate in veterinary medicine. After graduation she moved to Grand Junction, where she started working with Dr. Julie Page and Drs. Tom and Tara Suplizio. Laura enjoys spending time with her husband Neal, her rescued Mexican street dog Luna, and her 3-legged cat Chester. She enjoys camping adventures in her tiny tear-drop trailer, hiking, bike riding, snow sports, gardening, cooking, and traveling.
Sabrina started working as a veterinary technician in Mildenhall in Suffolk, England in 2000. She was a proud Air Force wife for more than 26 years, and became a certified vet technician in 2006. Sabrina is a Grand Junction native that married her high school sweetheart, Floyd, in 1990. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. Sabrina likes traveling, camping with her husband and their pug squishy, and entertaining for people she loves.
Errin has been working as a veterinary technician for 22 years. Errin has worked with Drs. Tom and Tara Suplizio and Dr. Julie Page for fifteen years. Her special interests include dental cleaning, surgical support, and anesthesia. She is a mom to two adult children and has two English Mastiffs, one French Bulldog, and a herd of cats at home (one of which is a retired veterinary clinic cat). She and her husband Mike live in Palisade and enjoy frequenting the farmers markets in the summer on Sundays. They also enjoy camping in the summer and are devoted Bronco’s and Avalanche fans.
Jessie has worked as both a large and small animal technician, both here in Western Colorado and in Illinois, for almost ten years. She has a passion for teaching and recently began teaching as part of the veterinary technician program at Western Colorado Community College. When not at the clinic or in the classroom, Jessie is riding or showing her horse Sailer.