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Meet the Pine Creek Veterinarians

Veterinarian, Medical Director and Co-Owner of Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital

Cristy Fisher, DVM

Also a general practitioner and co-owner, Dr. Cristy Fisher opened Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital together with her husband in 2008 after 7 years of intense planning.

Dr. Fisher thoroughly enjoyed her childhood as the daughter of an Air Force pilot moving all over the world. She grew up in Guam, Germany, and Belgium and cherishes all the wonderful memories and the cultural enrichment that comes with being a “military brat” on the move. She pursued her undergraduate degree at Baylor University in Texas and Colorado State University and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology, with a minor in German, in 1996. Dr. Fisher maintains an active membership in Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Fisher’s enduring lifelong dream was to become a small animal veterinarian and she achieved this dream in 2001 after being awarded her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Keeping in line with her dream, her professional interests include internal medicine, soft tissue surgery and small animal behavior. She is particularly interested in feline behavior and their inappropriate elimination behaviors.

Dr. Fisher and her husband were blessed with a beautiful baby girl January of 2015 and Dr. Fisher now finds herself racing home at the end of work to be with her. Taylor has indeed turned the Fisher household upside down with her infectious giggling and constant smile. When she’s not busy with her duties at the hospital and her daughter is napping, Dr. Fisher enjoys beading, reading, watching movies and taking care of her Koi fish and their Koi pond.

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Any dog or cat that doesn’t want to bite me!

FAVORITE SPORT?

None. Nada. Nope. No.

FAVORITE SNACK?

Chocolate ice cream.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I love helping those who can’t help themselves and healing them so they can greet their caregivers at the door time and time again.When we bring a pet up to see their caregiver after a treatment, exam, surgery, or hospitalization, and you see them violently wag their tails or rub against their parents’ faces and legs. That’s when you can see how truly excited they are to see their parents again! It’s a gentle reminder of why we do what we do, and what a blessing it really is to have pets in our lives to love us and cherish us! It’s seeing their unconditional love for us in action!

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

Working with an incredibly gifted, talented, and dedicated team who shares the same compassion and love for animals and the desire to help them! We’re here to serve our community and to help those who can’t help themselves. We become their voice!

MOST GRATIFYING THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

It’s that type of pet– the one that doesn’t give up, keeps fighting, and is always excited to see you, despite being in pain or feeling poorly. If they don’t give up, neither will I. I’ll keep trying to find ways to make the animal feel better or to fix them.

FAVORITE COLORADO SPRINGS ACTIVITIES?

Being outside, doing whatever. The best thing is getting up really early in the morning (especially when camping) and taking a big, deep breath in through your nose. The Colorado morning air is always so crisp, clean, and fresh. It’s like God’s way of saying: “You just got another beautiful day on Earth. Carpe Diem!”

Title:Veterinarian, Medical Director and Co-Owner of Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital

Credentials & Degrees:DVM

Veterinarian, Co-Owner of Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital

Josh Fisher, DVM

Dr. Josh Fisher is a general practitioner and co-owner of Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital. An Arizona native, he attended the University of Arizona and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, with a minor in Chemistry, in 1996. He pursued his veterinary medical education at the prestigious Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences where he met his wife, Dr. Cristy Fisher. Together, they were awarded Doctorates of Veterinary Medicine in 2001.

Although his background was breaking horses for his family farm and his career interests started out as a large animal veterinarian, his professional interests have now shifted focus to small animal dentistry and nutrition.
He and his wife share their home with two cats, Tabuqui and Baloo, while forever remembering their two other cats, Bagheera and ShirKhan and their wonder-dog Mougli!

On his days off, he enjoys “daddy – days” with his amazing baby girl, Taylor. Any spare time, which isn’t much since Taylor’s arrival, is spent weight lifting and catching up on football. Dr. Fisher’s true love (after his wife and daughter) is watching the Green Bay Packers and he never misses a game. Whenever able, he steals away to Wisconsin to catch a live “Lambeau Leap.”

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Everything! Liger? Wait… Just kidding.

PETS?

I have two kitties, Tabuqui and Balloo.

HOBBIES

Weightlifting, archery, and coin collecting.

FUNNIEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

When clients have accidentally turned their black dog orange from using “peroxide” instead of hydrogen peroxide in a de-skunking formula.

MOST GRATIFYING THING ABOUT WORKING AS A VET?

I was able to save a pet’s life who had Addison’s disease. I was the third opinion the owner sought.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Relieving pain and making them feel better.

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

The Aspens turning around Vail in October.

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Trout fishing.

Title:Veterinarian, Co-Owner of Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital

Credentials & Degrees:DVM

Associate Veterinarian

Alex Arangua, DVM

Pine Creek Vet crossed the equator to South America to find Dr. Alex Arangua. He hails from beautiful southern Chile, born and raised, surrounded by volcanoes and blue water lakes. Since childhood, Dr. Arangua has felt the pull to veterinary medicine and helping animals.

He completed his veterinary education at Universidad Austral de Chile in 1984. After graduation he established his own small animal practice which served his community for 16 years. In 2000, Dr. Arangua and his family migrated to the United States to follow his dream of practicing veterinary medicine the “American way”. A few years later, he discovered what would become a new found passion: teaching. As an instructor first and later as the Program Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Broadview University in Salt Lake City, UT, Dr. Arangua helped thousands of students achieve their goals to become the newest generation of veterinary technicians.

Dr. Arangua moved from Salt Lake City to Colorado Springs in November 2010. He and his wife, Lorena, enjoy spending time with their three daughters and two sons. In his free time, he loves playing his guitar, hiking, trekking and being surrounded by nature to capture its beauty with his camera.

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Osorno, Chile

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Pets: Dogs and cats.

Wildlife: Panda bears, cheetah, dolphins, meerkats.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

Guitar playing, woodwork, collecting musical instruments and being outdoors.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?

USA gymnastic team

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Helping people through helping their pets. The science and technology aspect of it.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

Respect expressed between team members. Organization, goals and vision. High standards regarding medical care, customer service, physical appearance, etc.

WHAT WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING THAT YOU EXPERIENCED WHILE WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?

Boomer was a 4 month old Boxer puppy that was attacked by a housemate dog resulting in a fractured maxilla, molar and premolar teeth inside the eye socket, loss of the lateral nasal cavity wall and nasal cavity exposure, and half of his face skin gone. Owners wanted to treat but no means to afford the multiple surgeries anticipated for an undertaking of this magnitude. Thanks to a charity fund established in the clinic for these kinds of cases, and with a poor prognosis, Boomer started a series of surgical procedures including hemimaxillectomy, enucleation, months of advanced bandaging techniques and finally reconstructive surgery of the face. After eight or so months of procedures, medical and pain management, nursing care and a lot of love for this dog, Boomer finally recovered with no major consequences. Interesting is the fact that during all this time Boomer showed up to the clinic for his treatments, every week, wagging his tail and demonstrating affection the way only puppies know how to. The amazing abilities of the body to heal itself!… with a little help from veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and loving caring owners!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN COLORADO?

Hike, Visit mining, historical and ghost towns, artistic events, and fly fishing

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?

Lone Peak in SLC, UT, Hanging Lakes in Glenwood, CO, Donut Falls in Utah, and Barr Camp cabin.

Title:Associate Veterinarian

Credentials & Degrees:DVM

Meet Our Hospital Managers

Hospital Administrator

Ria Botzler, CVPM

ASSOCIATIONS

VHMA, CVMA, scheduled to sit for Certified Veterinary Practice Manager exam in August of 2017. Stay Tuned!

FAVORITE ANIMAL

Miniature Schnauzer, Koala bear, and Polish Chicken.

HOBBIES?

SCUBA diving, golf, collecting designer handbags, fishing, and taking care of my Farmville farm.

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Pike’s Peak, because it was my Grandfather’s favorite sight. He never wanted to live anywhere he couldn’t see it.

FUNNIEST MEMORY OF WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Helping to save the lives of pets that have ingested foreign bodies is something that always sticks out to me. We have recovered whole walnuts, baby pacifiers, underwear, socks, G.I. Joes, and even a pair of plastic hands. All of these pets made a full recovery!

Title:Hospital Administrator

Awards & Professional Designations:CPA 40 under 40, Certified Rescue SCUBA diver, a graduate of Dale Carnegie, and a student of Myers-Briggs personality typing (I'm an ENTP).

Operations Manager

RaLynn Botzler

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Horses and Polar Bears.

HOBBIES?

Fishing, camping, and photography.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I love the connection between humans and animals. And getting to help animals and being a part of the process between owners and their pets is a real honor.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

There are two views I love at Pine Creek Vet:

1. The inside view: I am privileged to work with a team of doctors and staff that will stop at nothing to do the best for our clients and who understand that importance of meeting the individual needs of our client and their pets.
2. The outside view: I get to see one of the most beautiful views of Pike’s Peak. (Check it out while you are in the lobby!)

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Fishing, camping, hiking, 4-wheeling, and anything outdoors!

FAVORITE HIKE?

The Crags, beautiful view!

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHTS?

Wildlife in their natural setting, like seeing elk in a meadow.

FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO?

The places where the only sound is the sound of your own heartbeat.

Title:Operations Manager

Meet Our Veterinary Technicians

Lead Veterinary Technician

Jared Coupland, CVT

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Brown bear, elephant, giant squid, and bats. There’s too many to count, really.

HOBBIES?

Hiking, fishing, hunting, reading, photography, and snowboarding.

PETS?

Freya, an Australian-Kelpie mix.

FUNNIEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I was at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo a few years ago and I was scrubbing in on my first exploratory. I found it extremely fascinating, especially considering we ended up pulling out three socks and a pair of panties from the dog.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Seeing really sick animals recover fully and playing with puppies.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

The staff and practice owners really care about what they do, and strive to practice the best medicine possible. You feel like you are truly part of a team and are appreciated here.

FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO?

Buffalo peaks, Maroon Bells, and San Luis Valley.

FAVORITE HIKE?

That’s a secret.

Title:Lead Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:A.A.S., C.V.T.

Certified Veterinary Technician

Yana Hook, CVT

PETS?

I have one dog, Piper, and six cats: Spencer, Haylee, Lips, Junior, Mulder and Sharkbait.

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Skiing, hiking, rafting, and being outside.

FAVORITE HIKE?

Estes Park.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

The high standards of care from both doctors and staff members.

MOST GRATIFYING THING YOU EXPERIENCED WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I adopted a stray dog that the shelter found; she was mostly blind, had a proptosed eye, a broken leg, terrible teeth, and she was covered in mats. On her first day home, after we fixed everything and helped her heal, I came home to find her curled up in her bed. When she recognized I was there, she got so excited, and was barking and wagging her tail. It was so touching that she was so sweet and happy to see me, even after all the hard times she had endured.

Title:Certified Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:B.S. Animal Science, A.S. Veterinary Technology

Veterinary Technician

Morgan Tahara

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Manatee.

HOBBIES?

Cooking, reading recipes, swimming, hiking, yoga, snowboarding, walking my dogs, and going to Formula Drift events.

PETS?

I have two dogs: Doc, a thirteen-year-old Pitbull and Sammy, an eleven-year-old Chiaweenie.

FUNNIEST MEMORY OF WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

It happened when I was volunteering at the SC Aquarium in Charleston. I was prepping fish in the kitchen to feed the loggerhead, and there were other volunteers prepping mice, mealworms, etc. My fellow volunteer went to wash her hands, and wasn’t paying attention as she dried her them on this big, fluffy, white rabbit that was thawing on the counter for the Burmese Python!

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I love developing that level of trust to where the pet understands that you are there to help them, and you can be an advocate for them. Pet advocacy is crucial, since they can’t speak for themselves.

MOST GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE WHILE WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

When I was a neurology technician, our patients arrived unable to walk and in a lot of pain. But they left able to walk again and usually returned to a normal life. Since you’re working with critical patients, their lives are frequently at stake and dependent on your care. There was no room for error, and we were constantly taking in emergency surgeries. That environment taught me to remain calm and to be efficient and precise at all times.

FAVORITE HIKE?

Going past Seven Bridges to the Aspen Meadow.

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Title:Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:Bachelor's in Biology

Certified Veterinary Technician

Jen Finley, CVT

FROM?

Portland, Oregon.

HOBBIES?

Cycling, swimming, shooting, and watching University of Oregon football.

FUNNIEST MEMORY OF WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I took the temperature of one of our patients for an annual exam. After the exam was over, I went out to the lobby just as they were checking out. As soon as the dog saw me, she sat down on her bottom as quickly as she could. One guess where I took her temp?

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Animals have an amazing ability to live in the moment. Working with them provides such a great reminder for me to take and enjoy each day as it comes.

MOST GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE WHILE WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

It’s gratifying to help maintain the health of our senior pets so they can be with their families and have a wonderful quality of life for as long as possible.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

I so enjoy meeting all the different people we have as clients and their furry family members. I’m a people-person, and I love animals, so this is a perfect fit!

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Biking, taking our Jeep four-wheeling in the snow, and snow shoeing.

HOW MANY 14ERS HAVE YOU HIKED?

I’ve raced to the top of Pike’s Peak on-foot and on my bike multiple times – that’s the only 14er I’ve done so far. Completing a few more is definitely on the “list.”

Title:Certified Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:Certified Veterinary Technician from the State of Colorado; and an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from CAVT.

Veterinary Technician

Jennie Rigney

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Mesa, Arizona but have been in Colorado Springs for 31 years

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

Apex College of Veterinary Technology

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Pugs and otters.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

Crochet, fishing, hiking and spending time with my dogs and husband.

WHAT ARE YOUR PETS AND WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES?

2 pugs – Norman and Leory, 1 cat – Alize

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?

Colorado Avalanche

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SNACK?

Chips and dip

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Helping them when they can’t help themselves. Bonding with animals can really be something special.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

Being able to see a client’s reaction when their beloved pet’s health turns around and we were the ones able to help.

WHAT WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING THAT YOU EXPERIENCED WHILE WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?

(Is there a specific pet/ owner that you helped that sticks out in your mind?)  During the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires, I was part of an organization that was called out to help. I was able to help take care of families displaced pets and also got to be a part of reuniting pets with owners that were lost during the fire.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN COLORADO?

Anything outdoors.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO?

Pagosa Springs.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO COLORADO?

Family.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Fishing, hiking, and camping.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Pass to Cripple Creek during fall.

Title:Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:

Certified Veterinary Technician

Emily Baez, CVT

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Illinois. Midwest is the best.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

Parkland College Champaign, Illinois.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Birds. Especially Cockatoos and Budgies, Dogs too.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

Hobbies? I have kids what are hobbies? They used to be cooking, sewing and crafts.

WHAT ARE YOUR PETS AND WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES?

Unfortunately, we are petless at the moment.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?

I don’t “sport”.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SNACK?

SUSHI!!!!! All day every day if I could!

WHAT’S YOUR FUNNIEST OR FONDEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

A Bichon that smiled. It was the first time I had worked with this pet and he was recovering from anesthesia wrapped up in a blanket. All I saw every time I approached his kennel was him showing me his teeth. I asked co-worker for help getting vitals they instantly open the kennel door, tossed out the blanket and scooped him up. At that point I could see his tail wagging and the big grin on his face. He was a super sweet boy.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Just one? I love that they’re so trusting. Let’s face it we do some pretty scary things to them, all for a good cause, but scary none the less and they trust us no matter what.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

I love how knowledgeable all the staff is and that everyone truly seems to want to be the best at what they do.

WHAT WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING THAT YOU EXPERIENCED WHILE WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?

(Is there a specific pet/ owner that you helped that sticks out in your mind?)  We helped a blind client with her seeing eye dog that had a chronic ear infection. Eventually, he got a TECA. The whole process was very rewarding.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT OR RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS, AND AWARDS?

I’m am now licensed in 2 states as a CVT.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN COLORADO?

Unfortunately, we’ve lived here for less than a year and have a 2 year old and five month old. We haven’t gotten to see much of Colorado.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO?

Sleeping in my bed.

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO COLORADO?

My husband’s military career. Even though we didn’t have a choice coming here we really do love it here.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo it makes the whole family happy.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?

Hiking to bed at night.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Garden of the Gods is beautiful but we haven’t gotten to see much else.

HOW MANY 14-ERS HAVE YOU HIKED?

0.

Title:Certified Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:CVT

Veterinary Technician

Amber Tricarico

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Technically San Diego, California, but I grew up in Colorado.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Dogs, sloths, cows.

HOBBIES

Hiking, gardening, exploring new places, watching Titanic, and spending time with family.

WHAT ARE YOUR PETS AND WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES?

I have a Basset Hound, her name is Molly Brown.

FUNNIEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I had a patient who was so excited to see me, that without failure, would pee on me every time. He couldn’t control himself. He’s a ham. 

WHAT WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING THAT YOU EXPERIENCED WHILE WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?

(Is there a specific pet/ owner that you helped that sticks out in your mind?)  There are a few patients that come to mind. Too many stories to pick from just one. So I’ll list their names instead. Bear, Brucie, Clarkey, Raja, and Jasmine. Each one of these patients holds such a special place in my heart.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I think my favorite part about working with animals is not only showering them with unconditional love, but also getting to bond with their owners over the mutual love we have for our pets.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN COLORADO?

Adventure around in the mountains. Taking a day drive to Cripple Creek.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?

It’s a tie between Mount Muscoco or Raspberry Mountain.

Title:Veterinary Technician

Credentials & Degrees:Currently waiting to take the VTNE to become a CVT

Administrative and Support Staff

Lead Customer Care Representative

Elisa Campbell

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Tiger.

FAVORITE SNACK?

A peanut butter sandwich.

FUNNIEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

One time, an unneutered male dog came in for tics and marked a coworker.

THE BEST THING ABOUT PINE CREEK?

How family-oriented the staff and owners are.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I love being the voice for animals and educating owners on how to better their lives.

MOST GRATIFYING EXPERIENCE WHILE WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

When I was working in Seattle, I was able to help a patient with back issues to walk again by using acupuncture.

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Pike’s Peak

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES

Driving around the mountains and looking at the color change of leaves

Title:Lead Customer Care Representative

Credentials & Degrees:Associates in Veterinary Technician

Patient Care Advocate

Robin Botzler

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Zebra.

HOBBIES?

Making greeting cards, cooking, and fishing.

SPORTS TEAM?

Broncos.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

Working for a management team that recognizes the effort put forth and so generously rewards it.

MOST GRATIFYING MEMORY WHILE WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

As I was leaving the hospital one day, I met the gaze of a very sick puppy who was trying hard to communicate just how sick he was. Later that day, Dr. B. saved his life when she extracted several socks, a toy, and a dead creature from within him. Thankfully, the puppy recovered, and is doing just fine.

FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO?

Bison Lake

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Fishing.

FAVORITE HIKE?

The hike from the truck to the middle of Bison Lake in my chest waders.

Title:Customer Care Representative

Veterinary Assistant & Customer Care Representative

Colton Matthews

FAVORITE ANIMALS?

My favorite animals are an Australian shepherd, green iguana, and a blue and gold macaw.

HOBBIES?

I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, and just about anything that deals with being outdoors.

PETS?

My pets are Mushu the bearded dragon, Ariel the sugar glider, and Butch the chuweenie.

AWARDS?

Perfect attendance award for six months straight.

FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

How extraordinarily tough they can be. And I love seeing how passionate some of the owners are about their animals and how they really do treat them as family.

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Hike, go to Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, or go to Manitou Springs.

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Looking out at Colorado Springs from Gold Camp Road or the tops of Pike’s Peak.

Title:Veterinary Assistant & Customer Care Representative

Credentials & Degrees:Currently in the process of obtaining a certificate as a veterinary assistant.

Veterinary Assistant & Customer Care Representative

Ali Sunter

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

Crested Butte, CO

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

CB Community School, Western State Co University, and Apex

FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Snow Leopard & Sea Turtle

PETS?

I have two kitties, Stella & Chloe

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?

Colorado Avalanche

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SNACK

Popcorn

FUNNIEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Back when I used to volunteer at a doggy daycare, in my hometown, I saw a 2-year-old lab leap over a 4 and a half foot gate when seeing his dad for the first time in a week.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

It’s such a family oriented clinic, you can feel the love and passion everyone has for our clients and their furry friends

MOST GRATIFYING THING ABOUT WORKING AS A VET?

Witnessing the healing process for a sick/hurt animal & the joy it brings an owner seeing their best friend healed & healthy again.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Witnessing their astounding resilience in tough situations & their unconditional love. It’s a great feeling for a dog to remember you & wag their tail when they see you again.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN COLORADO?

Getting outside & enjoying nature!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IN COLORADO?

Devils Punch Bowl & The Maroon Bells in Aspen

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?

The 8-hour hike to Conundrum Hot Springs

FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Purple mountains in the early morning, fresh snowfall on the trees

FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

Camping, Ave’s games, visiting Cheyenne Mountain, the zoo, skiing!

HOW MANY FOURTEENERS HAVE YOU HIKED?

Three!

 

Title:Veterinary Assistant & Customer Care Representative

Customer Care Representative

Katie Willoughby

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

I am from Virden, Illinois, but have lived in Illinois, Kansas, and
Tennessee.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

Illinois State University

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ANIMAL?

Cat!

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR HOBBIES?

Reading, drawing, shopping

WHAT ARE YOUR PETS AND WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES?

Three cats – Annie, Gus, and Desmond

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?

Nashville Predators (NHL) & Baltimore Ravens
(NFL)

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SNACK?

Oreos

WHAT’S YOUR FUNNIEST OR FONDEST MEMORY FROM WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

I love seeing the reaction of clients when they come to pick up their loved one from surgery and see their picture on the screen in the consult room!

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF WORKING AT PINE CREEK?

How organized it is. Also, how much thought is put into small details that make big differences (patient photos, door in quiet room, etc.)

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT WORKING WITH ANIMALS?

Seeing/petting kittens (and cats and dogs).

WHAT WAS THE MOST GRATIFYING THING THAT YOU EXPERIENCED WHILE WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY?

(Is there a specific pet/ owner that you helped that sticks out in your mind?) Brand new to this line of work.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST IMPORTANT OR RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS, ASSOCIATIONS AND
AWARDS?

No relevant designations, associations, or awards yet.

HAVE YOU PUBLISHED ANY ARTICLES OR BOOKS? IF SO, PLEASE LIST.

No.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO IN COLORADO?

Enjoy outdoors with LITTLE HUMIDITY!!

WHAT BROUGHT YOU TO COLORADO?

PCS move – Husband is a Veterinarian for the US Army

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO ACTIVITIES?

My husband and I are looking forward to spending weekends hiking and maybe even camping a bit.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HIKE?

We have not hiked yet (but my husband has set a goal for a hike up Pikes Peak in a couple of years!)

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLORADO SIGHT?

Pikes Peak.

HOW MANY 14-ERS HAVE YOU HIKED?

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Title:Customer Care Representative

Credentials & Degrees :Bachelor of Science - Elementary Education

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We are honored you have chosen us as your pet’s health care providers.
Let us welcome you and your pet into our family, caring for them as if they were our own.
Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital has made compassionate and trustworthy care our standard. Come experience what that means for you and your pet.

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Phone: 719-955-0966
Fax: 719-955-0971
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Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital in Colorado Springs | Compassionate Healthcare for Your Pets
Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital in Colorado Springs | Compassionate Healthcare for Your Pets

Our Hours
Mon — Fri: 7:30am — 7:30pm
Sat: 9:00am — 12:00pm
Sun: Closed

Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital in Colorado Springs | Compassionate Healthcare for Your Pets
Pine Creek Veterinary Hospital in Colorado Springs | Compassionate Healthcare for Your Pets

Contact Us
Phone: 719-955-0966
Text: 719-955-0966
Fax: 719-955-0971
Email Us
Get Directions

Our Hours
Mon - Thurs: 7:30am — 7:30pm
Fri: 7:30am — 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am — 12:00pm
Sun: Closed