Dr. Amy Casali, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Amy Casali is originally from Chicago, Illinois. She found her passion for veterinary medicine after volunteering in humane societies and veterinary clinics while completing her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2016 and obtained her veterinary acupuncture certification at the same time. Though she loves all aspects of veterinary medicine, her specific interests include acupuncture and alternative medicine, integrative pain management, ophthalmology, oncology, and surgery, as well as client education. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, running, yoga, skiing, and traveling, as well as riding and competing with her two Quarter Horses, Irish and Sierra.
Dr. Gwen Nance, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Nance was born in Birmingham, AL, and graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. Her life-long love of animals began at 6 months of age when she was hugged by a baby orangutan named Daisy. This led her to pursue her passion and a career in veterinary medicine. Her varied veterinary interests include domestic and non-domestic exotics, small animals, surgery, dermatology and wildlife rehabilitation. Her family currently includes 3 cats and 2 turtles but she is looking forward to adding a dog and several pygmy goats to her menagerie soon.Aside from veterinary medicine, her interests include photography, motorcycles, baking and gardening.
Shari Thorne, Practice Manager
Shari is a Colorado native who returned to the area 20 years ago. She attended The University of Southern Colorado, and has has worked in the veterinary field as a technician and practice manager for over 10 years. She lives near the Woodland Park area with her husband, two children (both are currently attending college), four cats, two dogs an aquatic frog and fire-belly toad. She is an active board member for the Feline Rescue Network, a local non-profit agency that works closely with Aspenwood Veterinary Hospital. Most of her free time is spent with family, enjoying outdoor activities, athletics, continuing to volunteer in the local school district and supporting her children in their interests.
Kate Adams, Veterinary Technician
Kate grew up in a farming community in southern Ohio, surrounded by animals of all sizes and had a passion for showing & training horses. Kate attended Ohio State University and is an avid Buckeye fan. She moved to CO in 2003 and worked and lived on site at a wolf sanctuary and as a small animal and equine technician as years passed. She has always been drawn to working with animals and has a soft spot for rescue and shelter pets.
Kate lives in the woods of Teller County with her Pit Bull, Lorelai and a menagerie of rescue cats. She enjoys camping, snowboarding and horseback riding in her spare time, as well as working with local animal rescues including The Feline Rescue Network and Happy Cats Haven.
Melissa Breedlove, Reception
Melissa was enlisted in the Navy for 5 years, serving our country and gaining experience and training in the area of computer sciences. After leaving the service she worked at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder Colorado for 20 years. When leaving NCAR she chose to make a career change and entered into the veterinary field where she has worked for 14 years. Melissa loves animals but has a special place in her heart for Chihuahuas and tigers. In her free time, she loves traveling, reading, music, and is an avid movie watcher. She lives with her mother and sister, and her extended family includes numerous dogs and a pride of cats.
Allison Alvarez, Reception
Allison graduated from Springs Studio of Academic Excellence in 2016, and she has been working in the veterinary field for 8 months.Her interests outside of work include Canine Psychology and Behavioral Analysis. Much of her free time is spent with her beloved rottweiler, Kerchak. Arizona and colorful Colorado are the only states she has called home, originally moving here from Prescott Valley.