Our Care Team

Kelsey Miller

Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

Kelsey works primarily on equine surgery with Dr. Virgin. She is a native of Chicago, Illinois and a die-hard Blackhawks fan.  She attended Colorado State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science, a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in business.   Kelsey and her husband Nate have recently moved back to the Roaring Fork Valley where Nate grew up.  They have a dog, Indy and two cats, Odin and Luna.  Kelsey recently adopted a rehabilitated thoroughbred race horse, Dory,  and is training her to be a hunter jumper.  Kelsey has worked extensively with polo ponies and hunter jumpers all over the country. In her spare time, she enjoys the wonderful outdoors that Colorado has to offer including hiking, fishing, and skiing.

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Britton Nieslanik

Receptionist

Britton has been at GVC since 2005 and she has recently transitioned from being an equine technician to being a receptionist in the front office.  Prior to this change, she spent many years as the head equine technician, where she supervised management of the Equine Surgery Building and all aspects of equine anesthesia.  Britton was born and raised in Glenwood Springs and attended North Eastern Junior College for her Associate of Applied Science degree in Equine Science.  She grew up showing and riding reining horses as well as showing and training her own dogs.  She lives in Glenwood Springs on the Nieslanik Cattle Ranch with her husband, Jeff, and children, Amber (born in 2001) and Aiden (born in 2004).

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Nikki Norton

Receptionist

Nikki currently works at GVC as a receptionist.  She was born and raised on a Morgan horse farm in southern Wisconsin.  Recently, her mother (Doris Norton) was inducted into the Morgan Horse Hall of Fame.  Her love of horses, dogs and cats has inspired her to be Reiki certified.  She currently lives in Rifle with her two cats, Lucy and Smudge.

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Lisa Dahmer

Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

Lisa grew up in Southeast Missouri. She knew by the age of six that she wanted to take care of critters. Lisa earned her B.S. in animal sciences with an equine emphasis from Murray State University in Murray, KY and competed on the equestrian team there. After graduation, she worked at a mixed animal practice in Missouri for 4 years before moving to Colorado in 2000.

She has currently enjoyed almost 13 years at Glenwood Veterinary Clinic, mostly as an ambulatory technician. Since getting married, Lisa enjoys working part time. She and her husband, Steve, live in Rifle, CO where they get to take care of their own 3 horses and 2 dogs.  She’s still trying for chickens!!!

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Kristin Klahn

CVT

Kristin is a certified veterinary technician working as an equine ambulatory and surgical technician. She completed the veterinary technician program at Madison Area Technical College in Madison, Wisconsin, before moving to Colorado in 2010. She grew up on a hobby farm, caring for a variety of animals. She began training horses during high school, and adopted her first mustang in 2003. Kristin received her Bachelor’s in Biology in 2007 and completed an internship at Henry Vilas Zoo. She lives in Carbondale with her 2 rescue dogs, Bunsen and Mazie, and adopted mustang, Reno. She spends her spare time trail riding, hiking, and exploring the mountains. She would like to continue training mustangs, and helping care for animals.

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Cindy Scholl

CVT

Cindy is a certified veterinary technician, a graduate of the Colorado Mountain College Veterinary Technician Program and active member of the Colorado Association of Certified Veterinary Technicians. She works as an equine ambulatory and ICU surgical technician. Her love for animals was nurtured on her father’s family farm in Minnesota where she spent weekends milking cows, chasing chickens and riding the Shetland pony. 

She acquired her first horse at the age of 16, a 2 1/2 year old Thoroughbred off the race track which she trained and eventually showed as a hunter jumper throughout Colorado.  She also has a great love for dogs and became Colorado’s first female Nastra field trial judge and the first female judging instructor in the United States for that organization. Cindy served 3 years as a board member for the Colorado West Hunter Jumper Association and as a Garfield County rabbit and lamb 4-H leader.  She is also a certified equine massage therapist.

Cindy and her husband, Robbie, have 2 daughters, 3 horses, 1 dog and many rabbits. Their oldest daughter, Keevyn, attends school in Missouri and youngest daughter Leah is very active locally, jumping and showing her Holsteiner warmblood, Marvel.  When not with her family, Cindy can be found riding her paint horse, Snoopy, just about anywhere in the valley.

 

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Allison Cawley

CVT

Allison was born and raised in central Minnesota. She spent much of her childhood helping out on her grandmother’s farm and uncountable hours working and volunteering at animal shelters and horse stables. There has also been a myriad of animals her family has had around their own place. Starting at a very young age she knew she was meant to have a career with animals. Allison got her first degree in Animal Science from the University of Minnesota, but when she found that it wasn’t quite the right fit she went back to school and got her Vet Tech degree from the Mn School of Business. Throughout the years, Allison had tried working in a few places but it was while being a head wrangler at a ranch in Colorado that she decided that Colorado is where she needed to be, and in April of 2015, she moved back out to CO to work at GVC. Her goal in this career is to take what she can learn and pass it on to pet owners so they can ensure great and happy lives for their pets. Almost all of Allison’s free time goes towards caring for and spending time with her ‘zoo’ of animals which ranges from turtles to horses.

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Emma Tedrick

Large Animal Veterinary Assistant

Emma was born and raised in San Diego CA where she spent her childhood at a local barn riding any chance she got.As early as she can remember her love was always for horses and grew more with each passing day. At the age of 17 Emma was able to purchase her first horse who still holds a special place in her heart. She later received an amazing opportunity to work for a sports medicine veterinarian in Encinitas, CA as a equine technician assistant. That is when she found her calling and passion for what she does to this day. On Emma’s free time she enjoys riding and showing horses, hikes with her dogs, Jeep adventures, and enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado.

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