Our Team


dr. lee wilwerding

Lee Wilwerding, DVM Founder

Dr. Wilwerding earned his DVM from Iowa State University in 1994 and has worked exclusively with companion animals throughout his career. He spent three years in Maine working with an orthopedic surgeon, and has continued to develop his orthopedic surgery skills, including such procedures as fracture repair and stifle stabilization (TPLO, Tightrope and extracapsular). He also has extensive experience in emergency/trauma and soft-tissue surgeries. He likes to say the operating room is his happy place as he’s in there solely focused on helping a pet get well.

Dr. Wilwerding moved to Colorado in 1998 and founded Powers Pet Emergency Services in 2005, adding rehabilitation in 2010, and specialty care in 2015. Seeing a need for emergency services between Denver and Colorado Springs, Dr. Wilwerding opened Tri-Lakes in Monument, CO in the summer of 2019.

Outside of the hospital you’ll find him enjoying all that Colorado has offer including as many days of fresh powder as possible.

Dr. Breden

Dr. Yvette Breden Veterinarian

Dr. Breden grew up in El Paso, TX and graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. She has practiced in New Mexico in general practice and emergency medicine and surgery for 23 years before moving to Colorado. She is a 12 year member of the U.S. Army Reserves Veterinary Corps, and is a U.S. Army Veteran.

Dr. Breden moved to Colorado in 2017 and joined Tri-Lakes Animal ER Care in October 2020. Although she enjoys general medicine and dentistry, her passion is emergency medicine and surgery. Her expertise is limited to dogs, cats, rabbits, pocket pets, chickens and ducks.

On occasion a veterinarian from one of our sister hospitals will see patients at Tri-Lakes as well.

Veterinary Technicians, Assistants, and Client Service Team members play an essential role in the care and well-being of all our patients and their families. This profession is a calling and one that people are drawn to because of their love of animals and interest in serving others. We will do everything possible to make you and your pet’s visit comfortable. Please do not hesitate to ask if we may be of assistance.