Our Team

Drs. Carie, Marsden, Van House, May and Clevenger

 

Dr. Melanie Marsden (second from the left) is PPVC's owner and fearless leader. Drs. Jessica Carie, Angela Van House, Lauren May and Jaime Clevenger, are pleased to join in our tradition of a country vet service with big city amenities.

 

Change and growth is inevitable. New faces will continue to pop up in our "little" clinic. Please know that we will continue to provide excellent service to our clients and their furry, scaly, tiny, big, loving friends.  

 

Our highly-trained and caring staff comes from all over the country. See below to read more about those who help you and your pets every day. 

 

 

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 Dr. Marsden

Doctors

Melanie A. Marsden, DVM, Owner

Dr. Melanie Marsden is originally from Western South Dakota, and has lived in Colorado Springs for the last twelve years, with her husband and two children. She attended the University of California-Davis where she received a BS in Zoology and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. She has been the veterinarian working with big cats at Serenity Springs Wildlife Sanctuary for the last twelve years. She shares her home with two dogs, three cats, chickens, duck, geese, bunnies, and various strays and orphans (animals that is!)


She has served on committees as an expert veterinarian for The Colorado Division of Wildlife and The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Board of Pharmacy. Dr. Marsden works with Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine helping to orient first-year vet students to the profession and sharing stories from the trenches as well as advice on how to find "balance" between personal and professional responsibilities. Dr. Marsden has been a Veterinary News Network Reporter for several years. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, and the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation. She is Past- President of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association and now serves as a Colorado representative in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates.  

 

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Jessica Carie, DVM

Dr. Jessica Carie hails from New Orleans, LA (way down South!) and graduated from the University of Miami in Florida with her Bachelors of Science in Biology. She had always loved animals, particularly wildlife and exotics, and after graduating she ventured up to Alaska to work with US Fish & Wildlife Service. What was supposed to be one summer turned into five years of living in Alaska, doing research with walrus, sea otters, sea lions, fisheries and polar bears!
 
Dr. Carie finally pulled herself away from adventure in Alaska to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian by attending Colorado State University. She is thrilled to join Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic and the community of Colorado Springs! Dr. Carie loves all facets of veterinary medicine but is especially passionate about preventative medicine and surgery. She still loves working with exotics! In general, Dr. Carie loves working with people and their pets to ensure that everyone is offered a plan that works with their unique circumstances. 
 
When Dr. Carie is not at the clinic, she enjoys hikes with her fiance, Dr. Steven Arnold, and their two dogs, Lou and Gimli, plus gardening, cooking and most anything outdoors. 
 
 

 

 Dr. Clevenger

Jaime Clevenger, DVM, MPH

Dr. Jaime Clevenger is originally from Northern California. She shares life in the Springs with her partner, her two daughters, one dog and two cats. She attended the University of California at Berkeley and graduated with honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology. She then studied at the University of California at Davis, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. Following veterinary school, Dr. Clevenger continued on to receive a Master's in Public Health in 2004. 

 

Dr. Clevenger worked in veterinary emergency medicine before transitioning to general practice and has found that she prefers taking care of the "whole pet" rather than just one emergency problem. Beyond this, Dr. Clevenger also prefers a preventative approach as opposed to simply "fixing" medical problems when they occur - though the latter can be very rewarding. Her favorite part of working at a veterinary clinic is working with kittens and puppies, though the sweet older pets often win her heart. She enjoys fostering pretty much anything cute, little and pathetic. When Dr. Clevenger is not at the clinic, she is out enjoying the Colorado sunshine - either at a park with her daughters or hiking with her dog.

 

 Dr. May

Dr. Lauren May

 

Dr. May is originally from Anaheim Hills, CA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from UCLA in 2006 and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University in 2010. Post-graduation, Dr. May completed a small animal rotating internship in medicine and surgery at Veterinary Medical and Surgical Group in Ventura, CA. After her intership, Dr. May worked as an emergency/critical care veterinarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital before relocating to Colorado Springs with her husband. Prior to joining PPVC, Dr. May worked as an emergency veterinarian at the Animal Emergency Care Centers from December of 2011 until now. Also during this time she worked as a relief veterinarian in general practice around Colorado Springs.

 

Dr. May is excited to join the team at PPVC. Her areas of interest are internal medicine, critical care and surgery. Outside of working hours, you can find her playing with her two shelties, Hansel and Shea, or skiing, mountain biking, doing yoga and running. 

 

Dr. Van House

Angela Van House, DVM

 

Dr. Angela Van House grew up in a suburb of Houston (Sugar Land, TX) and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Texas Tech University in 2004. Yes, she was a band nerd! She had wanted to be a veterinarian since she was a kid, so after working on her music degree, she began preparing for vet school. She completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Texas A&M University in 2008, where her primary areas of interest became cardiology and emergency medicine. She worked in general practice for one year in Lubbock, TX prior to completing a small animal rotating internship at Kansas State University from 2009-2010. She then decided to make her focus emergency medicine and worked at an emergency clinic in San Antonio, TX until moving to Colorado. Dr. Van House has been working at Animal Emergency Care Centers for the last two years. She is very excited to return to general practice at Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic and is looking forward to forming lasting relationships with the clients and pets.

 

Dr. Van House fell in love with Colorado while vacationing here many times over the years and is thrilled to make Colorado Springs her home. She loves baseball and the Houston Astros, and she is also a college football fan (wreck ‘em Tech!). Her hobbies include road biking, hiking, running, skiing, music, and musical theater. She has 3 dogs: Cheno (Australian Shepherd), Jack (Heeler mix), and Lily (Springer Spaniel), and 2 cats: Joey and Ally.

 

 

 

Technicians and Assistants

Greta

Greta, Veterinary Assistant

Greta started at PPVC after eight years working in the veterinary field with horses. That experience inspired her to go back to school for an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She loves working with all kinds of animals and has been a docent at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for years as well. Greta and her husband own one mixed breed rescue dog, a Siamese cat and two older cockatiels.

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Heather, Veterinary Technician

Heather was born into a family that encouraged her passion for working with animals from an early start. Her earliest memories in childhood involve bottle feeding injured baby skunks and raccoons, and watching (from a distance) how to don gloves and feed injured red tailed hawks, owls, and a variety of local wildlife. After high school, she became a registered veterinary technician and worked in a variety of both large and small veterinary clinics. Eventually, she found her way to PPVC, which has been her favorite clinic to work at for quite some time. Here and there she’s taken off for other adventures but has enjoyed her long- lasting relationships with both clients and patients. Currently she is working part-time but you will find her happy at work on various mornings through the week.

Jeanene

 

Jeanene, Veterinary Technician

Jeanene moved to Colorado in 1999. She decided to pursue a career with animals and became a veterinary assistant. She has always had a love for animals and has been with Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic since 2008. She tried to leave, but found that she couldn't stay away, so continues to help us on weekends as often as possible and we couldn't be happier!

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Jessica, CVT

 

Prior to becoming a veterinary technician, Jessica was a lifeguard and swim lesson instructor for the YMCA for 5 years. She loves being in the water and some day hopes to work with sharks and other marine life. Jessica graduated from Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in 2016. PPVC is her first clinic to call home and she absolutely loves it. When she is not at the clinic she is hanging out with her own critters, family and friends. She is crazy about all things Disney, soccer and Harry Potter, and she continually strives to learn something new every day. 

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Kristen, CVT

 

Kristen grew up on a ranch in Montana where, at an early age, she discovered her love for animals big and small. She has always found herself working with animals whether it be grooming or veterinary work. Shortly after getting married she and her husband relocated to Colorado Springs where Kristen finished school in the Veterinary Technician program at Pima Medical Institute. Upon graduating in spring 2013, she started working immediately. In her spare time you can find Kristen loving the outdoors, hiking and playing with her two fur babies. Her hobbies include crocheting, photography and any DIY projects.

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Melanie, CVT

 

Melanie started wtih PPVC in 2013 when she and her family relocated from Idaho. She loves all animals and surrounds herself with horses, golden retrievers and cats. She resides here with her husband and children, enjoying the outdoor life when not at PPVC.

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Tyler, CVT

 

Tyler graduated in May 2014 from Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Program with Phi Theta Kappa, President’s and Dean's List honors and has worked at PPVC ever since. She is currently continuing to follow her dream by studying Veterinary Medicine. From 2002-2013, Tyler worked with her family-owned dogsledding business (now under new ownership) and over 200 Alaskan and Siberian huskies. Her favorite lead dogs, Sugar and Viktor are with her in the photo. Viktor is blind, yet continues to do what he loves. Tyler absolutely loves coming into work every day and working with the amazing clients and patients! When not at the clinic, you can find Tyler spending time with her family, dogs and ferrets.

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Regina, CVT

Regina filled in when our staff needed a break for years. Now she is part of our current team, sharing years of experience with us. Regina is originally from New York City. She enjoys spending time with her husband and son when she's not at the clinic. She makes amazing cheesecake and teriyaki sauce, and might just share it with you if you ask nicely. Imagine her next costume as her family finds time to attend Comicon events when they can.

 

 

  Administrative Staff

 

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Christy Chavarria, Operations Manager

 

Christine Chavarria has loved living in  Colorado Springs for the past 20 years.  Most of that time she worked in emergency veterinary medicine as a lead technician and then as Staff Supervisor.  Christy came over to Pikes Peak and joined our team as Operations Manager just this past May.  Christy's passions are her Family including her furry family, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors.  Even though her job is mainly training and creating policy, you may see  her working at the front desk from time to time - mainly because she wants to get to talk to our clients and get to know our the fur babies.

 

 

 

Michele Mukatis, Hospital Administrator

 

Michele has been with PPVC since 2011. Her background includes business development and administration in a variety of fields from the time she was in college. The veterinary field is a wonderful learning experience for her while she works to make sure "i"s are dotted and "t"s are crossed. She can often be seen walking the neighborhood with her two corgis, Hops andBarley, or at musical events with her husband, Steve. She also loves to hike, mountain bike, garden and cook. Need a recipe, give her a call!

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Kacy

 

Kacy started at Pikes Peak Vet in 2009. When you arrive or call, her laughter will brighten your visit. She has two awesome children, Zach and Breagan, who both enjoy school and extracurricular activities. Because of her soft heart, she also makes room in her home for a dog and several cats and various other small mammals and reptiles from time to time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy

 

Amy is our newest receptionist. While she has worked in the veterinary field in the past, her most recent job experience was as a diesel mechanic and she's done a fair bit of IT, all of which makes her a really interesting person. Amy decided she wanted to be in a field that interfaces with the community and pets, so here she sits, smiling as you walk in. Her sons, Devin and Joey, who keeps her hoppin' when she's not here. 

 

 

 

 

Jill

 

Jill has been with PPVC since April 2014. This is her first experience working in a veterinary clinic and she is enjoying all there is to learn as well as being around the animals. She moved to Colorado in 2012 with her family. She has been married for 19 years and has two children. She is the guardian to three dogs: Tank (pictured), Bindi, and Korra, and one cat, Griffin. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, fishing, camping and hanging with her family.

 

 

Jan

 

You will see Jan's friendly face at our front desk, helping to keep us organized and keep things flowing smoothly. Jan has been a PPVC client since the early 1970s and became a volunteer here in 2009. She lives nearby with her husband, Bob and their newest rescued shelties, Pocket and Lucy. Jan enjoys line dancing, going to plays, participating in Drums Alive, volunteering at the Colorado Springs Senior Center and walking the dogs. 

 

 

 

 

Nola, Administrative Assistant

 

Nola is a true pet person. When she's not here, she's tending to the feral colonies, or petsitting/dog walking for clients. When she is here, she helps keep things running smoothly, being our go-to person for many of the little out-of-the-ordinary or overflow things that happen. Thank goodness she's well-rounded and can take care of so much!