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
    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. George Stroberg
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    Associate Practitioner

    Dr. George Stroberg is a native of Colorado. This will be his 19th straight year volunteering for the Iditarod. Besides enjoying being a Trail Veterinarian out in the beautiful Alaska wilderness, Dr. Stroberg has been helping with the rookie orientation prior to the start of the race. He recently sold his veterinary practice and was enjoying life during retirement. Dr. Stroberg decided to try his hand at being a part time Relief Veterinarian and that’s how he found his way to Living Springs. Among the many things he now enjoys are hunt tests for his two yellow labs, beekeeping, biking, golfing, improv classes and his new venture of online trading both futures and options. George is now a Dive Master, teaching scuba diving and emergency response. He lives in Arvada with this wife, Jules, and their five dogs and spends several weeks a year in their Tucson, Arizona home.

  • 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!

  • Sammie Key
    Veterinary Technician

    Sammie is a Colorado Native, that was born and raised in the heart of Denver. Her love for animals from small to large started at a very young age and she knew that vet med was going to be her life. She started at a Veterinary Technician in 2014 and has never looked back. Sammie believes very strongly in being a voice for any and every animal and firmly believes in treating them as if they were her own. I’m the mix of her mini zoo of furry and scaly creatures you’ll find her 3, 2 legged creatures that she loves dearly as well. In her free time you can find her roping, camping, dancing or even just relaxing at home with her husband and kids. Sammie is excited to meet you all and to be joining Living Springs.

  • 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

  • Nicole Landrum
    Veterinary Assistant

    Nicole graduated from Strasburg High School in May of 2019. One week later she also graduated from Pickens Technical College with a Veterinary Assistant Certificate. Nicole is passionate about animals and enjoys taking care of them. Nicole has a rescue dog named Bear Dog and two cats named Mercedes and Sylvester. Nicole is very excited to be joining Living Springs and can’t wait to meet you!

  • 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!

  • Dillon Hutchinson
    Support Staff

    Dillon graduated from Range View High School and attended Pickens Tech for diesel mechanic. He now lives on a ranch in Bennett where they train and board horses. Dillon has found a passion for animals while spending time at the ranch and this passion set him on a new career path. He enjoys working with all animals and spending time with his dog Bear. Dillon aspires to grow and learn more every day about animal health and is excited to be a part of the team here at 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!

  • Mandy Julin
    Receptionist

    Mandy was born in Ft. Collins and grew up in Strasburg, Colorado. She has always had a love for animals, especially when her dad became a Department of Wildlife warden when she was in elementary school. After graduating high school she married her high school sweetheart and a few years later they had their daughter. Mandy went to college and received an associate of Science Medical Assistant degree. Mandy currently lives in Byers with her husband, 2 children and her son-in-law. They have a dog, 2 cats, 2 bunnies, and 4 bearded dragons. Mandy is excited to join the Living Springs team and can’t wait to meet you!

  • 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.

  • Joey Prevo
    Concierge Service Coordinator

    Joey is a life long animal lover of all kinds, which she passed on to her 2 daughters, granddaughter, and soon to be grandson. She grew up in Fort Worth Tx, and has never not had pets of some sort. She has spent her entire life rescuing, nursing back to health, and rehoming stray animals. If she can’t find a good home for them, well they make a home with her. Not just dogs and cats, she has been known to help baby squirrels that get abandoned by their parents or knocked out of trees, birds that find solace in her hand made birdhouses in her backyard, and even a baby bunny or two. She even let her daughter have pet rats, despite her phobia of them. 

    Her current fur babies include 2 senior mini dachshunds she adopted from the Dumb Friends League. Along with Heidi and Lulu, she has 3 other mini dachshunds- Abby, Harley and Ellie Mae- and 2 guinea pigs- Onyx and Terracotta. Joey currently lives in Strasburg, CO with her husband, mom, and herd of dachshunds. She is excited to share her love of all things animals with y’all.


  • Jessica (Monse) Alfaro
    Concierge Service Coordinator

    Jessica is a proud Colorado native! Her love of animals began early on the family ranch in Cd. Juarez Chihuahua, Mexico. Jessica grew up in the heart of Denver, and graduated Kipp Denver Collegiate High School as an active member of the Denver Public Schools student board. She now lives in Keenesburg on a second generational cattle ranch. Throughout the summer of 2021, Jessica decided to take a step further and expand the family ranch. She gave pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, a horse and a pony a home. When she is not with these beauties, she enjoys camping, traveling and photography. Today Jessica is excited to be part of the Living Springs Veterinary Care team!

  • 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!

  • Tayler Thompson
    Boarding & Daycare Assistant

    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!

  • Michael O’Leary
    Grooming Assistant

    Michael was born in Austin, TX and grew up traveling and living around the world. Now putting down roots in Bennett with his 4 dogs, 5 cats, rats and ferrets. The love of animals in general drives his passion to work with them and his 2 Poodles led to the love of grooming! Grooming brings him joy and a sense of accomplishment. Michael is always striving to give the best service possible and is looking forward to seeing you and your animal family members.

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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