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. Connie Dorsett, Associate Veterinarian
Dr. Dorsett has become part of the team at Aspenwood Veterinary Hospital After graduation from veterinary school, she completed a yearlong large animal/ambulatory internship at the University of Illinois, and then arrived here with 11 years of experience as a small animal practitioner. She made the move to Colorado with 4 Chihuahuas, a Whippet and a Rottie with a congenital brain issue, as well as 2 elderly horses, 4 geckos, 2 snakes and her partner!
Dr. Dorsett was not permitted to have pets when she was younger, but (with the help of her mom), she found ways to save every animal that crossed her path. Finally, she was granted her first dog, (who came from an abuse situation) – a poodle mix named Scooter and “oh…all the places they would go”! This was when her love of behavior and training began.
She had a slow start with school (especially math), so never really thought she could become a veterinarian. When her mother became ill, she began studying human medicine to help facilitate her mom’s care and realized maybe she could fulfill her dream of becoming a veterinarian after all. Her inquisitive nature, determination and love for animals allowed her to leave her first career and achieve her degree as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Along the way she discovered a unique talent, natural gift and immense passion for behavior issues and training. She has facilitated her career with shelter work, rescue work, and training and behavioral modification experience. Using her understanding of behavior and training, she works to make your pet’s veterinary experience as positive as possible. Dr. Dorsett incorporates positive reinforcement techniques, non-aggressive handling and, when necessary, medications to make that experience happen. She feels successful when the pets come back for an exam, or approach her in public, and are super happy to see her!
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 and enjoying outdoor activities.
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.
Candace Joyner, Certified Veterinary Technician
Candace is from a small town in Connecticut where she grew up around many different animals. She spent most of her days working with horses until joining the Marine Corps in January 2010. After being honorably discharged and starting a family she volunteered at animal shelters in San Diego. Following the big move to Colorado she began to pursue her passion to become a veterinary technician. Candace graduated cum laude from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in June 2020 and gained her certification the following December. She joined Aspenwood Veterinary Hospital’s family earlier that same year and hopes to never stop growing as a CVT. In her free time she loves hiking, trail running, camping, art and caring for her own pets at home.
Melissa Breedlove, Client Services Representative
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.