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 cat, Frankie, and 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), KK (cat), and multiple fish tanks! 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, and tabby cat Bailey. In her spare time, Dr. Nicole enjoys hiking, skiing, camping, running, yoga and reading.
Chad Stewart, DVMDr. Chad received his Master of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of California-Davis in 1999 and 2003, respectively. After graduation, he practiced both small and large animal medicine and surgery in Colorado for many years. Since then, he has been practicing small and exotic animal medicine and surgery at several clinics along the Front Range. He really enjoys solving problems particularly difficult internal medicine and surgical cases. When he is not spending time with his 2 sons and 2 dogs, he is an avid trail runner, snowboarder, and musician playing guitar and drums.
Lead Client Care Specialist
Erika joined LFAH in February 2012 with 6 years of veterinary client care experience under her belt. She is now the Lead Client Care Specialist. 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
Shannon GrieshaberShannon joined LFAH in 2016. Shannon has always been passionate about helping animals! She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in 2011 with an Associate Applied Science degree and has been happily working in the field ever since. Shannon comes to LFAH with years of Client Care and Veterinary Technician experience. Shannon is an active member of the service dog community and has a service dog of her own named Benson, who you may see hanging out at the hospital. In her free time, Shannon enjoys scrapbooking, crafting, and etching glass. The hospital has Shannon to thank for the beautiful and crafty touches to our lobby, such as our “Meet the LFAH Team” scrapbook.
Client Care Specialist - Veterinary Assistant
Michelle LochMichelle joined the LFAH team in February 2019. She previously worked in an animal shelter, primarily caring for the animals and facilitating adoptions. Michelle has an Associate Degree in geography. Before following her desire to work with animals, she worked in the aviation industry in South Africa, where she completed her private pilot license. Since moving to Colorado winter has become her favorite season, because she loves to snowboard. Michelle has two Basenjis, named Aria and Bentley, who she enjoys hiking with in her spare time. She also has two cats named Remy and Reo.
Client Care Specialist
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 position. She is now our lead technician! 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, new son, and her cat Esmeralda. She also really loves fun, brightly colored socks, and chocolate Hostess cupcakes!
Fauna HaltomFauna always loved animals from a young age and owned iguanas, carnivorous frogs, hamsters, rats, and mice! In fall of 2010 Fauna held off her enrollment to obtain her journalism degree and opted to pursue her passion for animals. She graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in December of 2012; passing her state boards and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician in the spring of 2013. She joined the LFAH family in April of 2015 and has never been happier! Fauna owns two dogs; a Lemon Beagle named Milo and a Chinese Crested Shih Tzu Mix named Gizmo. During her free time, she can be found hanging out with family and friends and is also very active in her church. She enjoys creative writing, sculpting clay, going to the mountains, watching movies, horseback riding, and video games. Fauna also loves to create artwork for the Welcome Board at LFAH and adores illustrating Disney characters or other cartoons.
Certified Veterinary Technician
Marissa LisiMarissa joined the team as a Certified Veterinary Technician in June of 2019. Marissa graduated from an accredited AVMA tech school, Front Range Community College, in August of 2014. She pursued her passion in veterinary medicine as a veterinary technician in a humane society for 4 years before making a career change and joining the team at LFAH. Marissa and her husband, Will, share their home with their daughter, 3 dogs- Huxley, a Catahoula Leopard Dog, Scarlett and Stuart, Cocker Spaniels, and 3 cats- Magnolia, Aspen and Toodles. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys volunteering in Puerto Rico helping with spaying and neutering of pets on the island, hiking in the mountains with her family, reading and crafting.
Certified Veterinary Technician
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.
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. Christine's 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.
Emily ZibellEmily joined the LFAH team in October 2018 as a Veterinary Assistant. Emily received a degree from Central Connecticut State University in Political Science, but has always had a love for animals and their care. In Connecticut Emily worked in a hospital where she was a Technician Assistant and Client Care Representative. Emily's favorite part about working at an animal hospital is being able to meet all the wonderful cats, dogs, and other exotic pets that come through the door. In her spare time Emily enjoys camping, hiking, and taking her yellow lab, Sprout, outside on adventures.
Lacey PageLacey grew up in Maryland and went to college in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in the 2010. Throughout college Lacey worked as a full time lifeguard and interned as a Wildlife Conservation Educator and Animal Handler for Hands on Wildlife, a non-profit eco-education organization. She got the opportunity to work with Florida panthers, tigers, lions, alligators, snakes, and many more Florida exotics. Lacey moved to Colorado in 2012 for the winter season and doesn’t plan on leaving! Before joining the LFAH team she worked at 24 hour animal emergency hospital. Lacey has 6 fur babies: Ripple, Legend, Willow, Gypsy Girl, Little Foot, and Bug- all Jack Russell mixes! In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her pups, refurbishing furniture, painting, videogaming, and dyeing her own hair different colors of the rainbow.
Jenna HattendorfJenna joined the LFAH family in 2011 when she began shadowing Dr. Ashley to learn what it's like to be a veterinarian. She was quickly hooked by this profession. She continued volunteering at LFAH until 2015 when she was then hired as a Veterinary Assistant and became an official part of the team. Currently, Jenna is a sophomore at Colorado State University earning her Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Sciences with the aspiration to go on to veterinary school and one day become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Jenna continues to come back to work at LFAH during the summer and on school breaks. Her favorite thing about working at LFAH is meeting clients and their pets. Jenna shares her home with Kayla, her Bichon Frise, and her mom. In Jenna's free time she is often found playing with Kayla, reading a book, swimming, and spending time with her family and friends!
John Greene III
John joined LFAH in 2018. His love of animals was nurtured at an early age by attending dog shows with his family. He loves to meet dogs and cats of all different breeds, as learning the history behind different breeds is one of his hobbies. John's home is shared with his two Great Danes Bravo and True as well as his Siamese cat Achilles. In his free time he enjoys fishing with his father and backpacking high in the Rockies.