Meet Our Team


  • Dr.
    Jennifer Gochanour
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Owner

    Dr. Jennifer Gochanour has been in the company of animals her entire life, growing up on a farm in Falcon, Colorado. Wanting to be an 'animal doc' since she was 3, she graduated from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2001. Since then she has been practicing veterinary medicine on the I-70 corridor. Her specialties include equine medicine and small animal internal medicine and surgery. Dr. Gochanour is also a certified animal chiropractor. In August of 2011, she completed her training and passed the board exams for the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. While off duty she loves spending time with her family, gardening and enjoying our beautiful Colorado outdoors. Dr. Gochanour is a wife to Robert, mother to Lynae, Konner, and Victoria, and current owner of 4 dogs, a cat, fish, and 2 ferrets. You can also catch Dr. Gochanour on the national television channel, Animal Planet, where she appeared in several episodes of the show 'Hanging with the Henderson's'.

  • Dr.
    Laura Jimenez
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Associate Practitioner

    Dr. Laura S. Jimenez is a graduate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She completed her clinical year at Oregon State University and her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science at Louisiana State University. She was born and raised in Puerto Rico, making her fully bilingual in Spanish and English. Her love for animals was discovered early on with horseback riding and it only grew larger as the years went on. She has a beautiful rescue dog named Lola. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and traveling. Today, she is proud and excited to be working with the team at Living Springs Veterinary Care treating all creatures large and small.

  • Dr.
    Alexandra Klimovitz
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Associate Practitioner

    Dr. Alexandra Klimovitz is a transplant from rural West Michigan where she grew up on a farm. She is a graduate from University College Dublin School of Veterinary Medicine in Ireland, where she lived and studied for four years. Along with learning the ins and outs of veterinary medicine, she spent much of her time exploring Ireland out of a camper van and surfing off the west coast. She is excited to be back in Colorado as she is an avid hiker and skier, and in her spare time enjoys reading and doing yoga. She loves working outside on farms with creatures of all sizes, particularly anything that moos! Dr. Klimovitz is delighted to be a member of the Living Springs team and is looking forward to meeting you and your animals.

  • Dr.
    Taylor Miller
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Associate Practitioner

    Dr. Taylor Miller is a 2020 graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in northwest Ohio where she spent her childhood playing sports. Upon finishing the clinical year at Oklahoma State, Dr. Miller found herself back in Ohio working at a mixed animal practice. After a year of working in Ohio, she decided she missed the mountains and had easy access to hiking and nature. Her passions include small animal surgery and large animal medicine. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, and reading. Dr. Miller is ecstatic to join the team at Living Springs and helping care for your pets!

  • Dr. Madi Levitsky
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Associate Practitioner

    Dr. Madi Levitsky is a 2021 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania where she began riding horses at 6 years old. Dr. Levitsky fell in love with Colorado in 2014 when she began working on a ranch in Livermore, and has since guided over 2,500 miles of trail on horseback in the Rocky Mountains. After graduation, she moved to Colorado with her dog Mambo, two cats, and her horse, Squid. In her spare time, you can find Dr. Levitsky horseback riding, skiing, or watching the latest Marvel movie. She’s so excited to join the Living Springs team and can’t wait to meet you and your pets!

  • Dr.
    Don Kerrihard
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Specialty Surgeon

    Dr. Don Kerrihard is our resident specialist in small animal orthopedic and soft tissue surgery. He graduated from Colorado State University, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1991. His surgical orthopedic training came from the Harrison Memorial Animal Hospital in Denver. He worked there from 1994 - 2000 before becoming a mobile surgeon. Our patients are in his expertly skilled hands during our knee/stifle stabilizing surgeries, fracture repairs, and other specific bone and soft tissue surgeries. Dr. Kerrihard is a father of 2 boys and caregiver of a dog and cat.

  • Kim Adams
    Practice Manager

    Kim is a Colorado native and has a tremendous love of animals. Moving to the corridor 6 years ago, her and her husband started a farm for any animal that needs a home. Currently giving shelter to 4 dogs, 2 cats, 1 pig, 3 birds, 3 ducks, 7 goats, 1 mule and 7 incredible donkeys. Kim has fallen in love with her long-eared friends. Kim's family 'is her everything' and when not enjoying her 4 legged family, she is enjoying time with her husband, children and grandchildren while hiking, boating, camping or anything outdoors.  Kim has been a practice manager for 30 years and we are excited to have her on team Living Springs. 

  • Kadie Wixted
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kadie was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She graduated from Tulsa Community College in 2015 with an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been in the Veterinary field since 2013, and comes with experience from small animal, emergency medicine, exotics, and large animal. Kadie lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 3 years and is not a stranger to the cold or the snow that comes with Colorado. Kadie has 3 Siberian Huskies and a son that have her whole heart. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, dog training, dog mushing and photography. Kadie is excited to be joining Living Springs and can’t wait to meet you!

  • Jess Shannon
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Jess is a Colorado native and grew up with a passion for helping those in need, and for animals of all shapes and sizes. Vet med was the only choice for her. She graduated from Bel-Rae Institute in 2010 and has been working in the veterinary field since. In her free time, Jess spends her time with her husband Brian, her 3 kids, 5 dogs, and 3 cats. She loves to be outdoors working in her garden or hiking with the family including the 4 legged ones! She also enjoys relaxing on the porch at her home in Kiowa. Jess is excited to be part of the team and is looking forward to meeting you!

  • Kelly Hager
    Certified Veterinary Technician

    Kelly was born and raised in Texas. Animals have always been in her life, from dogs and cats to her grandfather’s Angus cows. She began her veterinary journey in 1994 when she was a kennel assistant. She moved to receptionist and then began learning technician skills. In 2002, she received her AAS in Veterinary Technology and became a Certified Veterinary Technician. She has gotten experience from many hospitals with small animals and exotics as well. Ask her about cleaning a bobcat’s teeth! She recently moved to Strasburg from Tennessee. For the last four years, her and her husband, Todd, have run their own food truck and have driven all over the United States. Kelly is glad to have a home base again and getting to return to her love of helping pets. She shares her life with not only her husband but a wonderful black Lab named Tarly. When she is not helping pets, you can find her fishing with her husband, checking out classic cars, target shooting, and curling up to read a good book or watching a good science fiction movie. Kelly is looking forward to experiencing all the adventures Colorado has to offer and to being part of the Living Springs team!

  • Tess Taylor
    Veterinary Technician

    Tess was born and raised in northern Colorado and has always been an animal lover! Constantly surrounded by animals of all sorts, it came as no surprise in 2009 when she enrolled in Bel-Rea Institute and started her journey in the veterinary field. During her free time you can find Tess digging in the garden with her border collie, occasionally accompanied by a flock of ducks. She also has an affinity for the outdoors and loves to go hiking and camping with her twin boys and husband. Tess is thrilled to be joining the extraordinary team at Living Springs and is excited to be part of the amazing animal care the clinic provides!

  • Devon Viart
    Veterinary Assistant

    Devon was born in Denver, Colorado. His Family moved out to Bennett in the early 2000s and this has been where he calls home ever since. Devon had shown livestock in 4H and currently assists at his family’s farm and dairy from time to time. Looking at a future in Veterinary Medicine; Devon has Joined the Living Springs team. He currently has a ball python and a cat- Scrambles and Sif, as well as the pigs, goats and cows being raised by his family

  • Jessica Abushaban
    Boarding & Daycare Manager/ Veterinary Assistant

    Jessica is a Colorado “transplant” from Nevada. At age 5, she wanted a rabbit more than anything else in the world. After a year of proving her responsibility by feeding her dad’s Golden Retriever mix, she was taken to pick out her first bunny for her sixth birthday. The rest is history as they say- over the years she has had roughly a couple hundred bunnies (including one snuck into the herd by a neighbor), several dozen sheep, a handful of Golden Retrievers, three permanent cats (currently, pictured: Chubby Cat), and several fosters including but not limited to cats, birds of prey, bear cubs, and a tortoise.

    Jessica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at University of Wyoming in 2016. She and her husband met working in a research lab there caring for their flock of sheep and currently care for 32 horses together at a boarding facility in Watkins. They enjoy learning more about horse care and handling. When the two aren’t handling animals, they enjoy cooking together, hiking, and being on the water paddleboarding or fishing.

  • Rachel Medley
    Veterinary Assistant

    Despite being a full-fledged adult, Rachel never outgrew her childhood obsession with horses and her love of animals. She grew up in California as the oldest of nine children, always managing to find a horse to ride somewhere! She spent her childhood backpacking, climbing, and exploring the high Sierra mountains of the north and central California with her family. After two years as an Emergency Medical Technician during college, she joined the United States Army as a combat medic. She completed airborne school at Fort Benning, GA, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. She was almost immediately deployed to a combat zone with her unit and spent 14 months in Nasiriyah, Iraq. During that time she developed the important skill of working quickly under pressure and staying focused in emergency medical situations. She spent nine years in the US Army, traveling all over the world representing the United States in many capacities, including four years as a demonstration parachute jumper with the Army Parachute Team. After leaving the Army as a Staff Sergeant, she spent four years doing non-profit work for veterans with PTSD using off-track thoroughbred racehorses and rehabilitating humans and horses side by side. After marrying the farrier and having two children, Rachel decided the perfect way to combine her love for emergency medicine and her passion for animals was to pursue a job in the veterinary medicine industry. Rachel, Chris, and their two young children live on a ranch in Bennett, CO. Rachel is thrilled to be part of the team at Living Springs and can’t wait to meet you.

  • Vanessa Langley
    Veterinary Assistant

    Vanessa is originally from Utah and has always had a love for animals, especially horses. She grew up spending summers on her grandparents llama farm in Central Utah, helping with the day to day, riding horses and catching snakes. After graduating high school she moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and spent 3 summers as a horseback trail guide in Bridget-Teton National Forest. During the off season she attended Central Wyoming College in Riverton, Wyoming to receive her AAS in Equine Management and AS in Equine Science. There she met her future husband, who just happened to be her farrier. After graduating college, they spent the next 10 years moving from North Dakota, Ohio, Utah and eventually back to Colorado chasing the oilfield. They eventually landed in Wiggins where they live with their 3 beautiful children, 4 dogs, 3 horses, 2 goats, a cat, a rabbit and a menagerie of chickens, ducks, and turkeys. Vanessa is currently going to school to get certified as a Veterinary Assistant. On her off time she loves photography, training horses, barrel racing, hunting, hiking, fishing, and just spending time with her family outdoors. Vanessa is so excited to be joining the Living Springs team and can’t wait to meet you!

  • Katzya Suerdick
    Veterinary Assistant

    Katzya is originally from Ohio and has grown up with a love for animals. Ever since she can remember, she has always had a passion for horses and is blessed to have two quarter horse mares in her small herd. Currently, Katzya is focusing on college and working hard towards her journey in veterinary medicine. In her spare time, you can often find her reading, drawing, riding, or hiking with her red heeler pup, Beau Jack. Katzya is excited to be joining Living Springs and looks forward to meeting everyone!

  • Devin Osborne
    Veterinary Assistant

    Devin is originally from a small town in Kentucky yet has lived in Colorado for the past 12 years. She just recently graduated from Colorado State University where she studied Animal Science and Zoology. During her time in school she had the opportunity to work alongside graduate students and veterinarians with animals ranging anywhere from pets and livestock to wild birds. Devin has always had a passion for animals and currently has two cats and a dog. In her free time she loves going for runs, hiking and simply enjoying time outdoors. She is so excited to be a part of the Living Springs team and being able to work hands-on with such a variety of animals!

  • Justin Johnson
    Support Staff

    Justin was born and raised on a ranch in eastern Colorado where he developed a passion for animals that he’s carried with him into his adult life. When he’s not working, he’s either training horses or ranching. In his free time, you’ll likely find him starting colts, and spending time outdoors. Justin is very excited to be part of the Living Springs team and looks forward to what the future holds!

  • Tayler Thompson
    Support Staff

    Tayler is attending Strasburg High School and is excited to be a senior this year. She is involved in Unified Bowling, Golf, and school clubs like Diversity and Volunteer. Tayler enjoyed being in 4-H from the age of 7 through 16. She has a bunny named Trixy and a dog named Gezzmo. She has always been around animals and plans to continue her education to become a veterinarian. Her family loves adventure like going camping, boating, and exploring new places. Tayler is excited to get to know your fur babies and is happy to be part of the team of Living Springs!

  • Shannon St. Antoine
    Front Desk Coordinator/ Receptionist

    Shannon had a love for animals for as long as she can remember. Growing up she had all types of pets: dogs and cats, ducks, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, horses, cows, llamas and one ornery goat. Shannon is a Colorado native, she was a member of the Westernaires and active in the 4H community. Today, she competes in dog sports like obedience, rally, barn hunt, conformation, and FastCAT. But running agility with her dogs is her true passion, she's been training and competing in agility for over 11 years. She has lived in Bennett since 2002 with her husband and her son, and she currently cares for three Boston Terriers, a Border Collie, two cats and two horses. She has always wanted to work with animals, and feels like now is the time to make her dream a reality.

  • Nicole Wyett
    Receptionist

    Nicole is proud to be a 6th generation Colorado native and her entire family is spread throughout Colorado. Nicole has been an animal lover for as long as she can remember and has always had a variety of pets. Nicole moved to Bennett when she married her husband and they have four spoiled fur babies named Capri, Roxy, JuJu and Stud. Nicole feels incredibly fortunate and is extremely excited to join the Living Springs team!

  • Jacqueline Rediger
    Receptionist

    Jacqueline is fairly new to the Bennett area. She has only lived here for three short years but has loved every minute of it. She relocated to Colorado from Illinois to be closer to family. Jacqueline is a mother to her four-year-old son who is her number one love in this world! She is a huge animal lover and has three cats that she adopted named Luna, Tiny, and Bob. Jacqueline spends most of her time in nature camping, hiking, and enjoying the beauty of Colorado. Jacqueline finds joy in getting to spend time with all the animals and is enthusiastic to join the Living Springs team!

  • Brian Deines
    Receptionist

    Brian was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and has lived in Strasburg for the last 6 years after moving with his wife and 3 kids. Brian’s family has 2 cats and a dog that keep life interesting. In his free time Brian enjoys playing Xbox with his sons and following sports. Brian is excited to join the Living Springs team!

  • Taylor Carsten
    Concierge Service Coordinator

    Taylor was born and raised in the small town of Hotchkiss, CO where her family raises registered Simmental cattle. Taylor's love for animals flourished at a very young age when she started her own herd and began showing in 4-H. Over the years, her cattle herd has grown to 25 head. Following her graduation from Paonia High School in 2016, Taylor attended Northeastern Junior College as a member of the Plainswomen volleyball team. After graduating with her associates degree, she returned home to work on the family ranch and to coach both volleyball and basketball at her alma mater. Taylor now lives in Wiggins, CO with her boyfriend and two dogs. She is ecstatic to be joining the Living Springs' team.

  • Tiffany Brown
    Concierge Service Coordinator

    Tiffany is originally from Arizona but moved to Colorado with her parents and two younger brothers at the age of 14 to her grandparent's farm in Bennett. She has always had a bond with animals and they have brought her much joy over the years. Tiffany has cared for all sorts of animals big and small but her dream is to own a farm with at least two alpacas. Tiffany is a wife and a mother to three beautiful children (2 boys & 1 girl) and she is extremely excited to start her career with Living Springs. She can’t wait to love on all of the fur babies that come to see us!

  • Allyssa (Ally) Frost
    Boarding & Daycare Assistant

    Ally spent her childhood growing up around animals of all shapes and sizes. Her mother is a veterinary technician and she enjoyed being a helping hand at home and around the clinic. Ally hopes to follow in her mother’s footsteps by working with animals and their owners. Ally has particular interest in reptiles and amphibians, but loves cats, dogs, small animals, and livestock as well. Ally is a mother of two dogs, a cat, four ball pythons, a bearded dragon, two leopard geckos, a crested gecko, a pair of dumpy white tree frogs, and an assortment of freshwater fish. She is currently studying for her Bachelors in Wildlife Conservation and her Associates in Animal Science at Unity Environmental College. She is a certified Master Herpetologist through the Amphibian Foundation and spends a lot of her time volunteering for the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center and Herpetological Society. While not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, volunteering, hiking, photography, focusing on her schooling, dancing, singing, and finding new ways to laugh. Ally is overjoyed to meet everyone’s beloved animal companions and is excited to be part of the Living Springs!

  • Makenna Staack
    Boarding & Daycare Assistant

    Makenna was originally raised in Aurora, Colorado, and moved to Bennett, Colorado, at the beginning of her senior year. Although raised as a city girl, Makenna has always loved caring for animals at her grandfather’s house in the mountains and has brought that love with her wherever she goes. Heavily influenced by the animals at her grandpa’s, Makenna has always known she wanted to become a veterinarian and has worked extremely hard with her academics and gaining experience in the field. Makenna will be graduating from Eaglecrest High School as part of the class of 2022 this May and will be studying Biology at Drake University with a pre-veterinary medicine math before furthering her education in veterinary school. Makenna currently has a Rottweiler puppy named Bruno and a Cane Corso named Rocco who both come to Living Springs for care! Makenna is thrilled and honored to be part of the team at Living Springs and can’t wait to meet you!

  • Valerie Pressgrove
    Boarding & Daycare Assistant

    Valerie was born and raised in Colorado and is currently attending Strasburg High School as a Junior. Valerie has 2 cats, 2 goats, 12 chickens, 4 bunnies and 1 dog. In her free time she enjoys playing volleyball for her school and her favorite subject in school is art. Valerie has always had a love for animals and she is looking forward to taking care of your loved pets when they visit us in boarding and daycare!

  • Sophie Linnebur
    Boarding & Daycare Assistant

    Sophie is currently a sophomore and is homeschooled. She has grown up working on her family’s farm east of Byers. She plays high school sports for Byers High School, including volleyball, basketball, track and basketball. On the farm she helps with harvest and the small herd of angus they have. She likes to get together with her cousins and enjoying spending time with her very large family. One of her favorite memories with animals is getting to help rescue freshly hatched sea turtles after a hurricane in Florida. Sophie is interested in the veterinary field and is looking forward to being around your pets and learning as much as she can!

  • Naomie Heliodoro
    Groomer

    Naomie has been an animal enthusiast her entire life; living on a farm for her childhood was definitely a contributing factor! Growing up in Washington state, she also quickly fell in love with the Cascade Mountain Range and the lush forests of Oregon. In her free time, she loves to work on her passion for creating and recording music. Naomie absolutely adores her cat Juniper and is at her happiest when she can be around animals of any kind. Naomie is very excited to be able to care for you and your fur-babies!

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Living Springs Veterinary Care

Monday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Tuesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

7:30 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Testimonial

  • "New to Colorado and have had to deal with Expensive VCA clinics in town. My greyhound had an issue with this front paw, and I took him to Living Springs. The staff friendly and professional and took care great care of my dog. Unlike VCA clinics, I did not have to mortgage my home for a vet visit. Quite a drive from Denver but worth it."
    chad buckley