Our Team

PPVC Docs 2019

PPVC's Dogtors (pun intended) From right to left: Dr. Carolyn Crochet, Dr. Jaime Clevenger, Dr. Lauren May, Dr. Jeff Fowler and Dr. Melanie Marsden, PPVC's owner and fearless leader. 

 

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 in our tradition of country-vet service with big-city amenities.

 

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, but has lived in Colorado Springs for many 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 was the veterinarian working with big cats at Serenity Springs Wildlife Sanctuary. She shares her home with dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, bunnies and various strays and orphans (animals that is)!


Dr. Marsden served on committees as an expert veterinarian for The Colorado Division of Wildlife and The Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies Board of Pharmacy. She works with Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine to orient first-year vet students to the profession and share stories from the trenches as well as advice on how to find "balance" between professional and personal responsibilities. She has been a Veterinary News Network Reporter and served 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. Clevenger

Jaime Clevenger, DVM, MPH

Dr. Jaime Clevenger, grew up in Northern California, but now shares her life in the Springs with her partner, her two daughters, one dog and two cats. Her passion in biology led her to an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley with honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology, after which she gained her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. Following veterinary school, Dr. Clevenger's desire to continue learning led her to achieve a Master's Degree in Public Health. 

 

Dr. Clevenger's initial work in veterinary emergency medicine informed her decision to move to a day practice. She prefers forming relationships and taking care of the "whole pet," which includes prevention as much as "fixing" medical problems as they occur. She loves working with kittens and puppies, though the sweet older pets often win her heart and will foster pretty much any cute, little and pathetic animal. 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. Crochet

 

 

 

Carolyn Crochet, DVM

Dr. Carolyn Crochet's roots in New Orleans, Louisiana led her to pursue both her undergraduate degree from Tulane University and subsequently gain her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University Veterinary School. Shortly after graduation, Dr. Crochet's path brought her and her husband to the great state of Colorado.

 

She enjoys the variety that general practice provides and appreciates forming bonds with both animals and their owners. Dr. Crochet lives very close to Pikes Peak Vet in the Patty Jewett neighborhood. She shares her home and time with her husband, two dogs, a cat and four chickens. Outside of the veterinary clinic, she is passionate about photography, traveling and any activity that gets her outdoors. When you see her, ask her about her veterinary service trip to Kenya! 

Dr. Jeff

 

 

 

Jeff Fowler, DVM

Dr. Jeff moved around as a child, being raised in Colorado, Wyoming and the Midwest. Colorado became his true home, however, when he received his BA in Environmental, Population and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder and then his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University with an emphasis on small animal medicine and surgery. Joining Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic planted him firmly in Colorado and he soon became a partner with Drs. Larry and Sue Wiseman, founders of Pikes Peak Vet, and eventually bought the practice from them. As a boy, Dr. Jeff was fascinated by reptiles, especially turtles, which makes him one of the best for these wonderful creatures.

 

Believe it or not, Dr. Jeff developed allergies to pets which necessitated and early retirement. However, his love of veterinary medicine compelled him to do whatever he could to recover and return to PPVC, having maintained his continuing education and license. His practice interests include reptiles, small mammals, canine sports medicine and orthopedic diagnosis. His personal interests include traveling with his wife, daughters and granddaughter, bicycling, bird hunting with the latest lab Abe, and fly fishing at the family cabin.

 

Kim Kaufer, DVM

Dr. Kim Kaufer holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida. Not content with just these degrees, she obtained certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from Colorado State University. Dr. Kaufer has practiced in Florida, California and Colorado. She has managed her own small-animal hospital in Colorado, but now is delighted to join a team of forward-thinking veterinary professionals. Pain management, dentistry, client education and canine/feline internal medicine are fields that captivate her.  

 

When she is not actively engaged in veterinary medicine she works in human hospice, exercises, travels, reads, and spends time with her husband and two teenage boys.

 

She is a member of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), CSAVS (Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society), and CVMA (Colorado Veterinary Association).  

 

 

 

 

 Dr. May

Lauren May, DVM

Dr. May is originally from Anaheim Hills, CA. She earned her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from UCLA and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University. 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 and as a relief veterinarian in general practices around Colorado Springs, giving her access to many different people and ideas.

 

Dr. May is most interested in developing her already extensive knowledge in 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

 

Emmanuel at PPVC

Emmanuel, Veterinary Assistant

Hailing from the friendly state of Illinois, Emmanuel's passions always trends toward helping people. After a stint with The Marines, he enrolled in EMT and Firefighter school, eventually making his way to Colorado. The love of learning is strong in some, leading to Pima School for Veterinary Assistants and working toward a veterinary technician degree. He loves caring for others and works on a cattle and horse ranch with his father while serving our clients and patients. 

 
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. 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 age. Her earliest childhood memories 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 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. 

Jamie

Jamie, CVT

Jamie took the long way to Colorado through Florida. While business was where she got her start, her love of animals ultimately compelled her to earn her technician degree. Her background in corporate training, HR, and finance helps her to see the big picture when working with clients and patients. After graduating from Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology, she was hired by Pikes Peak Vet 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 barkable (Addy). She enjoys hiking, snowboarding, cooking, gardening, running, and enjoying beautiful Colorado in any way possible.

Jeanene 

Jeanene, Veterinary Assistant

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 five 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 and PPVC is her first clinic she calls home. 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. 

Katie

Katie H, Veterinary Technician

Katie is a native Texan turned Colorado Springsian. Her husband transferred to Fort Carson after a three-year stint in Germany and they couldn't be happier. Katie is mother to two adventurous and fun-loving kiddos - Kaylee and Colton. Her four-legged children include three goofy shepherds, two finicky kitties and three not-so-friendly chickens.

Kori at PPVC

Kori, CVT

Kori graduated from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology, after which she and her husband moved to Georgia where she worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician for 4.5 years. However, Georgia is not Colorado, so they took the plunge and moved back to enjoy the outdoors and work on their home. Kori and her husband steward three dogs and two cats. 

Maddie at PPVC

Maddie, Veterinary Assistant

Maddie grew up in Minnesota where she fostered a love for the outdoors as well as wildlife. Her passion for animals began as an intern at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota where she worked in the avian and waterfowl nurseries. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in biology at Colorado College and hopes to one day earn her doctorate of veterinary medicine. Outside of the clinic, Maddie enjoys practicing yoga, playing futsal, and hiking in the beautiful Colorado mountains. 

 

Tyler

Tyler, CVT

Tyler graduated from Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Program with Phi Theta Kappa, President’s and Dean's List honors. She has worked at Pikes Peak Vet ever since. She continues to follow her dream of studying veterinary medicine by immersing herself in subjects as often as possible. Tyler's family-owned dogsledding business (under new ownership) allowed her to work with 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 PPVC's amazing clients and patients! On a day off, Tyler spends time with her family, including her dogs and ferrets.

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Regina, CVT

Regina was a relief tech for our staff for years. When she decided she wanted something more formal, we jumped at the opportunity to welcome her to our team. Her years of experience mean that she's good at just about everything and always comes up with creative solutions. Originally from New York City, she makes amazing cheesecake and teriyaki sauce (which she might just share with you if you ask nicely).  . She Her fun-loving side comes out as she designs her next costume for Comicon events which she attends with her family as she is able.

Stephanie

Roo, Technician Supervisor

Stephanie, aka Roo, 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 10 years in Oklahoma, moving back to Colorado with her family proved to be fortunate for PPVC as we needed an experienced Veterinary Technician Supervisor. Fur babies and two daughters take most of her time, but she also runs and enters event from time to time. She is delighted to get to know the many amazing clients and their fur babies in our PPVC community. 

 

Administrative Staff

 

Debbie at Pikes Peak Vet

Debbie, Client Care Specialist

Debbie genuinely loves animals and her caring compassion, kindness and warm smile make her the perfect person to be caring for Pikes Peak Vet's clients. Rescue animals hold a special place in her heart – she has four – Hermione, their cat, and three dogs: Bianca, Jack and Bo. When away from PPVC, Debbie enjoys spending time with her husband and son as well as the rest of the family for whom she moved back from Austin, Texas. She also spends time with friends, goes to pet events, and binge watches Netflix with tea and cake. 

 

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 enjoyed the clinic so much, she first became a volunteer and her time was so valued, that we transitioned her to staff member. She lives nearby with her husband, Bob. Sheltie rescue brings them both joy and their current pup keeps them hoppin'. Jan is an experienced line dancer who loves going to the theatre, participating in Drums Alive, volunteering at the Colorado Springs Senior Center and walking the dogs.

Kacy

Kacy, Client Care Specialist Supervisor

When you arrive or call, you will likely experience Kacy's laughter to 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.

 

When it became clear 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, Kathy takes care of her own family which includes a partner, two children, several horses, dogs, cats, reptiles and pocket pets, so sometimes she goes for a hike or gardens for a bit of "down time." 

Michele

Michele, Project Specialist

We're all passionate about animals, but some of us didn't have the stomach for the intense science it takes to get a veterinary degree. Michele was super eoxcited to join the clinic and use her background in business development and administration to help foster a new era. The veterinary field is a continually changing field that provides challenge and education. She can often be seen walking the neighborhood, growing vegetables in her front yard, which brings in a lot of interesting conversation from the neighbors, or attending musical events with her husband, Steve. She loves to hike and mountain bike which offsets her calorie intake from the food she creates. Playing in the kitchen and coming up with new combinations is a passion that doesn't go to her head, but just about everywhere else. 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!

 Nur

Nur, Client Care Specialist

Nur's passion for the field of veterinary medicine makes it hard for her to think of anything other than working around animals. She is a proud Indonesian who came to the USA in 2016 to live with her husband. She loves the beauty of Colorado and regularly spends time hiking and driving through it with her husband and their son, Bazle. Callie Girl is her first cat adopted from the shelter after she arrived here.