Ashley Barnes, DVM
Ashley began her veterinary career right here at Louisville Family Animal Hospital, where she worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist throughout college. Ashley left LFAH to pursue studies at Colorado State University, receiving her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2009 and graduating first in her class. Following graduation from CSU, Ashley went on to complete a year-long internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital before returning to Louisville Family. While enjoying all aspects of veterinary medicine, Ashley's special interests include ultrasound, dentistry, behavior and pain management. Ashley shares her home with her Golden Retriever, Maddie. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys hiking, biking, softball, and karate.
Ami VanDeventer, DVM
Ami has been with Louisville Family Animal Hospital since 2003. Ami is originally from Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Nutrition and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. Following graduation, Ami practiced in Virginia for 2 years before moving to Colorado, where she spent six years practicing emergency and critical care medicine, as well as managing the practice. Since returning to primary care practice her areas of interest include senior pet care and the prevention and treatment of dental and periodontal disease.
Ami and her husband Matt share their home with daughters Morgan and Erika, Zena Cupcake Thunderpants of House Scardino (dog), Blue (dog), Cooper (cat), and Spotty, Stripey, Strawberry, Drago and Panther (tiger salamanders), Luke, Tunnels and Sleepy (gerbils), and Puppy and Lt. Dan (axolotls) Ami and Matt enjoy spending time outdoors backpacking, rock climbing, skiing and exploring the world with Morgan and Erika. Ami's personal hobbies include beekeeping, making pottery, and gardening.
Nicole Van Gurp, DVMDr. Nicole grew up in upstate New York and attended Cornell University, graduating in 2006 with a BS in Animal Science and in 2010 with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Nicole came to Colorado after graduating from veterinary school to pursue a small animal rotating internship at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital. Following her internship, she accepted a position as an emergency veterinarian at VCA Veterinary Specialists of Northern Colorado in Loveland. Dr. Nicole transitioned to general practice in July 2015 and joined the staff at LFAH. Dr. Nicole enjoys getting to know pets and their owners and is passionate about disease management and preventative care. Dr. Nicole lives in Longmont with her husband, two small boys, tabby cat Bailey and her Boxer Ellie. In her spare time, Dr. Nicole enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, running, yoga and reading.
Jessica Addis, VMD
Jessica grew up in Pennsylvania and always had a passion for animals and science from a young age. She graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Veterinary and Biomedical Science with Honors. Following graduation, she went on to study at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. There, she took particular interest in obtaining additional surgical training through a shelter medicine program. After obtaining her Veterinarian Medicinae Doctoris degree, Jessica moved out to Colorado with her husband and their rabbit, Hokie. She worked in general practice for 2 years prior to joining the LFAH team. Jessica enjoys building relationships with clients and takes a particular interest in surgery, small exotic mammal medicine, and preventative medicine.
Jessica spends her free time biking, playing golf with her husband, and enjoys walks with their two dogs, Zoey and Boomer.
Ria happily re-joined the LFAH team in April of 2020. She grew up in NYC, pursuing a childhood love of animals to college studies, graduating from SUNY Delhi with an Associates in Veterinary Science and Cornell University with a Bachelors in Science.
Ria’s family lives in North Carolina so she shares her Colorado home with her dog, Molly, cat who thinks she’s a dog, Chloe, and a Betta who is currently nameless but responds to ‘Hey, Handsome Boy’ at feeding time. When not at work, Ria enjoys live theater/concerts, singing in multiple choirs, participating in marathons, and going for long walks with Molly.
Assistant Hospital Manager
Erika joined LFAH in February 2012 with 6 years of veterinary client care experience under her belt. After many years as our Lead Client Care Specialist, Erika recently accepted the role of Assistant Hospital Manager. Erika is bubbly and loves meeting new people, so the position has been a natural fit for her personality. Her favorite part of the job is building relationships with all of the clients and patients and participating in community events and client outreach, including overseeing LFAH's Facebook page. Erika shares her home with her husband and her 2 purrrfect senior cats Mugsy and Zeppelin. Her favorite things include reading, traveling, hiking, attending festivals, seeing hot air balloons in the sky, puns, key lime pie, and teatime.
Lead Certified Veterinary Technician
Jasmin has been with LFAH since September 2006, after successfully graduating from an AVMA accredited school and passing her VTNE. Jasmin has loved her time with the practice over the years and has really grown into her leadership position. Jasmin has a passion for the field and helping others and their beloved pets. Things that really spark her interest at LFAH are performing periodontal treatments and taking oral x-rays, filling prescriptions, running anesthesia and lab work. On her downtime, she loves to spend time with her husband, her son, and her cat Esmeralda. She also really loves fun, brightly colored socks, and Hostess powder donuts!
Emily ZibellEmily joined the LFAH team in October 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. She is currently enrolled in Penn Foster’s Veterinary Technician Program. She has always had a love for animals and after starting at LFAH made the decision to become a CVT. Emily looks forward to assisting in surgical procedures and continuing her education within the veterinary field. In her spare time Emily enjoys camping, hiking, and taking her yellow lab, Sprout, outside on adventures.
Junior Veterinary Technician
Erik HillmanErik has been with Louisville Family Animal Hospital since July of 2020. He really enjoys interacting with clients, their pets and his co-workers. He is currently enrolled at Penn Foster to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Erik moved to Colorado from California in the Summer of 2019 with his two dogs, Timber a wolf/husky hybrid and Harley a Labrador Retriever mix. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking with his dogs, playing golf and basketball.
Junior Veterinary Technician
Christine SchofieldChristine started working at LFAH September 2017. Christine graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in biology from the University of Potsdam. After graduation, Christine started working at an animal hospital in New York where she learned the ins and outs of the veterinary field as both a Client Care Representative and a Veterinary Assistant. In addition to being our Lead Veterinary Assistant, Christine has the important role of managing our hospital's inventory. Her favorite part of veterinary medicine is seeing the enthusiastic reactions of both the pet and the owner upon being reunited. Christine's love for animals and their wellbeing started at a very young age; she grew up caring for birds, reptiles, dogs, and horses. In her free time, she enjoys riding her horse, Hudson, hiking, kayaking, and enjoying the outdoors with her dog Odin in beautiful Colorado.
Lead Veterinary Assistant
Rhonda has been with LFAH since November 2012, after being a full-time mom to two sons for 18 years. At LFAH, Rhonda really enjoys filling prescriptions, greeting clients, and taking histories about their pets. When not at LFAH Rhonda loves to bike with her husband, hike with her friends, knit, garden, sew and eat anything chocolate.
Brianna DresserBrianna joined the LFAH team in January of 2020, as a Client Care Specialist. Since then, she has moved into a Veterinary Assistant position. Brianna went to MSU Denver for a music performance major, but decided her love for animals was much greater. She has received her veterinary assistant certification through Penn Foster, and is currently working toward a BA in Biology at Purdue University.
Her favorite part of veterinary medicine, is that there’s never a dull day. There’s always something new to learn, or to enjoy. When she’s not at LFAH, Brianna likes to hike and enjoy the outdoors with her fur-babies Rigby and Eve.