Dr.Jennifer GochanourDoctor of Veterinary MedicineOwner
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.Natalie PetersonDoctor of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Practitioner
Dr. Natalie Peterson was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up with dogs, fish, guinea pigs, and a love of horses, she always knew she wanted to be a veterinarian. She shadowed her pet's small animal veterinarian, and worked at multiple barns to gain more experience. After graduating from La Cueva high school, Natalie completed a Bachelors in Equine Science from CSU, and was admitted to the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014. She graduated as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine May 11, 2018, and accepted Dr. Gochanour's offer to become a member of the Living Springs Veterinary Team.
Natalie has a passion for nutrition, ophthalmology, and exotic medicine. Though she loves working with all species, exotics can make her day! When not at the clinic, Natalie loves to run and hike with her husband, Ross, and their dog Dodger. Natalie and Ross also love to dance, including country swing and salsa. During her alone time, Natalie loves to paint, read, and cuddle with her two guinea pigs, Genie and Prince Felipe the III.
Dr.Don KerrihardDoctor of Veterinary MedicineSpecialty 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 AdamsPractice 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.
Krystina ShackelfordLead Certified Veterinary Technician / Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist
Krystina moved to Colorado from California in 2011. She shares her home with her husband, 2 sons, 2 dogs Letty and Jess and 2 cats Scarlett and Zach. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2014 and a Canine Therapeutic Massage Therapist in 2019. In her free time, Krystina enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, fishing and barbecuing.
Cassie YongCertified Veterinary Assistant
Cassie Yong graduated from Pima Medical Institute in 2015 with a certificate in Veterinary Assisting. Cassie was born and raised in Colorado where she grew to love all different types of animals. Cassie owns 3 rescue dogs, Merle, Minnie, Moose, and a horse Roxy. She is passionate about everything she does at Living Springs and is enjoying every minute of it.
Becca DeanCertified Veterinary Technician / Equine Therapeutic Massage Therapist
Becca was born and raised in New Hampshire on a Dairy Goat farm, raising Lamanchas and Nubians. In 2016, she moved to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology, where she graduated in 2018. Becca always knew she wanted to work with animals and pushed herself to this career choice. She attended Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage and became an Equine Therapeutic Massage Therapist in 2019. At home, Becca has her rescue puppy Gracie, an Aussie mix, and OJ, her foster fail kitten. During her free time, Becca enjoys listening to music, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.
Devon ViartVeterinary 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
Mikayla RuppleVeterinary Assistant
Mikayla was raised in the small town of Keenesburg , CO. She has worked on the family farm her entire life where she enjoys farming and working with many types of animals. Mikayla has been involved in rodeo, FFA, Southeast Weld County Royalty, and coaching middle school basketball. She has also worked on a large ranching operation where she spends her time riding and training horses and working cattle. In her free time she loves to go camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with her dogs Annie, Maylee, and Tripp. She is thrilled to be apart of the team at Living Springs where she can share her love for animals and explore career opportunities.
Jolene FehrLead Receptionist
Jolene has a true passion and love for animals. Besides caring for her own dogs, cats, cattle, ducks, chickens, horses and many others over the years, she has a veterinary assistant certificate. Jolene has experience at Longmont Humane society as well as decades of volunteer work at several therapeutic riding centers. She has also spent many successful years as a florist and secretary. Jolene is a loving and devoted wife and mother who has a natural knack for understanding animals and empathizing with animal owners and caregivers. She loves to help!
Shannon St. AntoineReceptionist
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.
Andrew Burgardt grew up in Littleton, CO, surrounded by Pointers from the day he was born. Though he has a knack with dogs, he found his passion for pet pigs shortly after graduating from business school at UC Denver, and moved to the Plains to rescue animals. Now a director of Colorado’s only nonprofit pig rescue, he’s spent the last seven years attuning himself to the behaviors and signals of a multitude of species, and has made several cameos on Animal Planet’s Hanging With the Hendersons and Dr. Jeff: Rocky Mountain Vet. In his off time, Andrew enjoys wrenching, hanging out with his 100+ pigs, and griping about the plains’ lack of craft beers, along with his pet-pig-crusading wife, Erin.
Amanda has always had a love for animals! Growing up in Evergreen, Colorado she had dogs, cats, rabbits, and ferrets. Amanda has a loving husband and 4 amazing children that are her world. Amanda currently has 2 dogs, a German Shepherd and a Great Pyrenees. She also enjoys her 2 cats. Amanda and her family have been fostering dogs for almost a year and a half and have loved doing it. They have enjoyed working with Mountain Pet Rescue and Mile High Lab Rescue and are excited to continue to do so. Although, they do have one foster fail that is now a wonderful fur family member! In Amanda's free time she is very involved in Military help groups. She sends care packages to military members so they have a gift from home and she also loves crafting of any sort. Amanda is thrilled to be part of Team Living Springs!