Dr. Opitz is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her B.A. in English Literature from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and attended the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, receiving her veterinary degree in in 2009. Prior to pursuing veterinary medicine, Dr. Opitz spent a number of years working with at-risk youth. Dr. Opitz has a special interest in avian medicine and has worked with parrots and other birds in a variety of venues for more than 25 years. She joined the Banfield team in the summer of 2014. Currently, Dr. Opitz shares her life with 8 parrots and a Kerry Blue Terrier. When not at Banfield, Dr. Opitz serves as Medical Director for Metro Denver Parrot Rescue, an amazing 501c3 non-profit, matching parrots with quality loving homes. Despite her immersion in medicine, Dr. Opitz has remained passionate about literature and education and is an avid reader. She also enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors.