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.Emily BéginDoctor of Veterinary MedicineAssociate Practitioner
Emily Bégin is originally from Long Island, New York and received her Bachelor of Science in molecular/cellular biology at Quinnipiac University (Hamden, CT) in 2014. Her immense passion toward understanding and healing the residents of our world’s diverse animal kingdom led her to earn her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2019. Although she enjoys all aspects of the field, she is ever curious to delve deeper in the areas of surgery and internal medicine. When not at the office or in the field, Em spends most of her free time practicing yoga, hiking, camping, skiing, traveling (she loves to share stories!), checking out local live music, and exploring Denver’s colorful food/brewery scene. She has a wonderful family consisting of two perpetually hungry black cats, Margaery Tyrell and Peter Starlord Quill, an energetic Lab mix, Forrest, and a partner, Drew, who keeps everyone in line. Emily is so excited to join the Living Springs family, and can’t wait to meet/treat all of your furry, feathered, hooved, and haltered companions! Emily Bégin
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 ShackelfordCertified Veterinary Technician
Krystina moved to Colorado from California with her husband and son in 2011. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute in 2013 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician March 2014. She also shares her home with her two dogs, Jess and Letty, and her cat Scarlett. 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
Becca was born and raised in New Hampshire on a Dairy Goat farm. In 2016, she moved to Colorado to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal where she graduated in 2018. Becca always knew she wanted to work with animals and pushed herself to this career choice. At home, Becca has her rescue puppy Gracie who is an Aussie mix. On her free time she enjoys listening to music, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Ayla NorrisVeterinary Assistant
Ayla recently moved here from California to be with her fiancé and 3 dogs Ares, Scout and Leo. She grew up on her grandpa's farm caring for cattle and horses. She now resides on a small farm caring for chickens, pigs, cattle and horses. She currently is enrolled in agriculture education, specializing in livestock at Morgan Community College. Ayla enjoys riding dirt bikes, taking care of her turkeys and gardening.
Margaret HarmonVeterinary Assistant
Margaret has been in Colorado since she was 4. Growing up, she always had a passion for animals, and could be found in the chicken coop with her Grandpa. Not much had changed over the years. Margaret is currently studying to become a veterinary technician. On her time off, she can be found outdoors enjoying her pets or hiking with her daughter. Margaret is looking forward to her future with Living Springs Veterinary Care.
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!
Susan has grown up loving animals. Susan spent many years as an Administrative Assistant and Paralegal before joining Living Springs. She is a loving wife and a mother to three young children. She also has her own menagerie of pets at home: 2 dogs, a cat, a hamster, a turtle, and 2 fish. She has a natural ability to empathize with both animals and owners, and is always ready to help!
Darcie is a Colorado native and is drawn to cute fuzzy animals. She grew up with dogs, cats, chickens, goats, cows, horses, pigs - the whole lot. She has a soft spot for Boston Terriers and would own a dozen of them if she could. Currently, she is pet free but fills her heart by pet sitting. In her spare time, Darcie likes to cook, try new things and read.