Dr.Jennifer GochanourDoctor of Veterinary MedicineOwner
Dr. Jennifer Gochanour has been in the company of animals her entire life. Wanting to be a '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 and enjoying our beautiful Colorado outdoors. Dr. Gochanour is a mother of two, Lynae and Konner, and owner of 2 dogs, a cat, fish, and a guinea pig.
Dr.Natalie PetersonDoctor of Veterinary Medicine
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.Don KerrihardDoctor of Veterinary Medicine
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.
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 Tech
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.
Karen NonemakerCertified Veterinary Technician
Karen and her husband moved here to Colorado in October of 2011. She decided that she wanted to attend Bel Rea and become a Vet Tech to pursue a career in both science and animals, both of which she loves. A graduate of Bel Rea in 2013, Karen then became a CVT shortly after. Karen was able to work in the field while in school, giving her a great start in her career. In these past years she has enjoyed learning and growing as a tech and loves working with all species big and small. She has too many furry family members of her own to mention individually, but they include; dogs, goats, horses, and a chicken. Her spare time is usually spent enjoying her critters with her hubby. One big thing to know about Karen is that she especially LOVES Standard Poodles and all things fluffy/ curly! Karen's words were, 'I’m super excited to get to grow as a Vet Tech here at Living Springs and to get to know all of you!'
~ Karen N., CVT
MaryReception and Veterinary Technician
Mary’s mid-life crisis turned out to be the best thing she’s ever done in her life. She went back to school at Bel-Rea Veterinary Technician Institute and has worked in the field for the last 20 years as a veterinary technician, practice manager, Bel-Rea instructor, sales, and now veterinary assistant/receptionist after she ‘retired’ in 2016. The grand passion in life is her work with a group that rescues retired puppy mill breeders, fostering those dogs who need a little more time and patience before they go to their forever homes. As a result she is a multiple ‘failed foster mom’ after adopting several with special needs or other issues. Mary and her husband Bob share their home with their own dogs, foster dogs, and even a couple cats. Mary’s motto--It’s all about the dogs.