Dr. Gertz was born and raised in Centennial, Colorado. Ruthie was introduced to horses at a young age by her mother and has been hooked ever since. Growing up, Ruthie took riding lessons at local barns and began riding dressage in high school. She developed a close relationship with her trainer, working as a groom and exercising horses. The intricate athletic and emotional bond between horse and rider inspires Ruthie’s passion for equine medicine.
Ruthie holds a bachelor’s degree in Equine Science from Colorado State University and completed her veterinary medicine degree at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft’s University. While attending veterinary school, Dr. Gertz worked as a technician for ultrasound and internal medicine services at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center’s Hospital for Large Animals. Ruthie’s special interests include sports medicine, ophthalmology, and cardiology.
Ruthie values building genuine relationships with clients as well as promoting client education and is excited to be completing her internship at Oakencroft. Outside of veterinary medicine, Ruthie has a strong interest in health and fitness and worked as a personal trainer throughout vet school. When not working, she can be found playing music, running, or hiking with her dog, Sunny.