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.  

 

Dr. Carie and Snake

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Pikes Peak Vet Heather

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.

Jamie

Jamie, CVT

Jamie is originally from Florida. In 2010, she decided to call Colorado home. She has a background in corporate training, HR, and finance, but decided to go back to school to follow her true passion – working with animals. In 2016 Jamie graduated from Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology. She was hired by Pikes Peak Vet after graduation and is loving the opportunity to work with as many different species as possible! Outside of work you can find Jamie spending time with her husband, kiddo, and pets: chickens, a rabbit (Lola), beta fish (Fin), and new puppy (Addy). She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, cooking, gardening, running, and enjoying beautiful Colorado in any way possible.

 

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!

Jennifer

Jennifer, CVT

 

Jennifer graduated with Honors from Pima Medical Institute earning a degree in Veterinary Technology in 2012. She worked as certified technician in Florida and Colorado over the past five years, with over three years specializing in companion animal dentistry. She enjoys all animals but has a soft spot for snakes, lizards and tortoises. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her kids, drawing, checking out car shows, tinkering with her truck and reading Stephen King novels.

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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.

Nikae

Nikae, Veterinary Assistant

 

This is Nikae Easterling, she is 24 and a technician assistant at Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic. Prior to working at Pikes Peak she was employed at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo for two seasons and realized her passion was in veterinary medicine. Nikae has her B.S. in Biology from UCCS and plans on attending veterinary school in the near future where she is hoping to specialize in either exotic animals or orthopedics.  Outside of work Nikae loves to travel, go on hikes with her dog Minnie, and paint. 

 

Tyler

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.

Stephanie

Roo, Technician Supervisor

Stephanie, aka Roo, has worked in the field since 2006. She is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with an Associates Degree in Veterinary Technology. Her love for animals started at a very young age and expanded through 4-H and work with the small town veterinarian during high school. At that point, it became clear this was the career path to take. After 10yrs in Oklahoma, she decided to move back to Colorado with her family, where she found a job with PPVC in May of 2017. As our Veterinary Technician Supervisor, she has been so excited to call this clinic her new home. She has two fur babies – a rescued Weimaraner and a Boxer/German Shepherd – and also has two daughters – a 5-year-old and 19-month-old. She is excited to meet the many amazing clients and their fur babies in the PPVC community. 

  Administrative Staff

 

Amy

Amy, Client Care Specialist

 

Amy came to PPVC with a wealth of love for animals and our clinic. 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, keep her hoppin' when she's not here. 

Christy 

Christy Chavarria, Communication Specialist

 

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.

 

Jan

Jan, Client Care Specialist

 

You will see Jan's friendly face at our front desk, helping keep us organized and keep things flowing smoothly. Jan has been a PPVC client since the early 1970s. She became a volunteer here in 2009 and transitioned to being a staff member in 2014. She lives nearby with her husband, Bob. They are always active in sheltie rescue and their current pup, Pocket, keeps them hoppin'. Jan enjoys line dancing, going to plays, participating in Drums Alive, volunteering at the Colorado Springs Senior Center and walking the dogs.

Kacy

Kacy, Client Care Specialist Supervisor

 

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.

 

It became clear earlier this year that PPVC needed more hands-on support for our front desk. Kacy applied for and was promoted to this new role due to her passion for the clinc, its clients and patients, and her love for the profession. We are delighted she was interested in helping us grow and continue to take care of everyone!

Kathy

Kathy, Practice Manager

 

Kathy moved to Colorado Springs in 1997. Her background includes management, publishing and children’s ministry. All roads lead to animals, and Kathy enjoys the challenge of combining her many skills to support the PPVC staff, clients and their fur families.  When not at the clinic, she enjoys spending time with her family, riding her horses, hiking with the dogs, or gardening. 

Michele

Michele, Project Specialist

 

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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Nola, Administrative Assistant

 

Nola is a true pet person. When she's not here, she's tending to the feral cat 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 as well as helping us manage people and accounts. Thank goodness she's well-rounded and can take care of so much!