Our Practice

We are a full-service animal hospital providing comprehensive pet healthcare services in Colorado Springs, CO. Our veterinarians offer a wide variety of medical, surgical, and dental services. Our hospital has advanced equipment and technologies, including comprehensive in-house testing for accurate diagnosis, digital x-ray, surgical suites, dental suites, and a pharmacy. We are committed to providing quality care at every stage of your pet's life. From routine preventive care to early detection and treatment of a wide range of conditions and diseases, we have the expertise to provide the highest standard of care for your pet. We also serve Manitou Springs, Black Forest, East Colorado Springs, Briargate, Northgate, Stratmoor, and Security-Widefield.

  • Dr. Ken Chmelka

    Medical Director

    Education: Kansas State University

    I had the privilege of growing up around a variety of pets.  The fondness encouraged me to become a veterinarian.  I received my Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University in 1983.  Following graduation, I worked at a small animal and equine veterinary hospital in Upper Hutt, New Zealand before coming to Colorado Springs in 1985.  I was soon practicing at Academy Acres Veterinary Hospital as an Associate Veterinarian then quickly moved onto being a partial owner in taking care of cats, ferrets, dogs, rabbits, and reptiles.  In March 2000, Dr. Schrepel and I joined the partnership to open Aspen View Veterinary Hospital.  I enjoy internal medicine and surgery, as well as working with exotic reptile species.

    My wife and I share our home with our grand-dog Meeko, our son’s chocolate lab.  When not working with animals I enjoy watching Colorado Avalanche hockey and college football.

  • Dr. Doug Schrepel

    Medical Director

    Education: Colorado State University

    After receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Kansas in 1981 I spent 7 years as a practicing Certified Public Accountant working first in Kansas City, Missouri, and then in Durango, Colorado.  In 1989 I returned to school at Colorado State University where I completed a second Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Science followed by a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine Degree, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1994.  School was followed by six years working in veterinary practices in Wenatchee, Washington, and Colorado Springs, Colorado.  In March 2000, Dr. Chmelka and I joined a partnership and founded Aspen View Veterinary Hospital, P.C.

    In addition to my commitment to my many canine and feline patients, I also have a fondness for caring for rabbits.  I take a special interest in pain management, and in strengthening the human-animal bond.  My current professional memberships include the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, the Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society, and the Cornell Feline Health Center.

    I share my life with veterinarian, Dr. Laurie Clauss.  Together we love and attempt to inspire three dazzling adult children as they pursue their passions in universities throughout the country.  We also share our home with a Pitbull mix and Westie mix rescues, and several cats (a number that is ever-changing as we both work with rescue groups and the Humane Society).  My wife and I are vegetarians and enjoy exploring new culinary ideas, and travel whenever we get the chance.

  • Dr. Laura Birkholz

    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: University of Wisconsin – Madison

    I have always felt a bond with animals, so becoming a veterinarian was an easy choice to make at the ripe old age of 6 years old!  I never could see myself doing anything else and have been living my dream of helping animals ever since.  I am a native of Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  There I obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science in 2006 and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2010.  After graduation, I moved to Colorado Springs and immediately fell in love with my now permanent home.  My first nine years as a veterinarian were spent working with Banfield and North Academy Animal Hospital.  I am now thrilled to be a member of such a wonderful team at Aspen View Veterinary Hospital.  I am passionate about continuing education and progressing my knowledge to better help my patients. I was the Continuing Education Director for the Colorado Springs Area Veterinary Society from 2015-2017.

    My professional interests include surgery, dentistry, internal medicine, dermatology, and I am a fear-free certified professional.  In my off time, I enjoy spending time with my husband Jordan, experimenting with new recipes, running and hiking with my rescue dog Gill, and attempting to catch fish.  I look forward to partnering with you to provide the best possible care for your furry friend!

  • Dr. Lynn Savage

    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: Colorado State University

    I was born and raised in Colorado and graduated from veterinary medical school at Colorado State University in 1988. I completed an internship in medicine and surgery at West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group in 1989. I have a special interest in feline medicine and have been a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (catvets.com) for more than 20 years. I recently returned to Colorado from Southern California to be closer to family. I am owned by 4 cats and 2 dogs.

  • Dr. Kherith Taylor

    Associate Veterinarian

    Education: Georgia Southern University + Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

    I am originally from Woodstock, Georgia. Growing up, pets were part of our family and showed me the importance of the human-animal bond. I knew from a young age I wanted to combine my interest in medicine with my love for animals. I attended Georgia Southern University and received my B.S. in Biological Science. I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and was awarded my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2021. I completed my clinical year at Kansas State University. My professional interests include oncology and soft tissue surgery. In my free time, I enjoy reading, roller skating, retail therapy, and hiking. I often include my sweet three-legged dog, Triton, on my outings. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to care for your pets.

  • Janyce

    Practice Manager

    Education: National College-Business Administration

    I am a native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, and have lived in Colorado Springs since 1985. I was part of the startup team when Aspen View Veterinary Hospital opened in March 2000. I left the veterinary industry for a number of years to raise my family and pursue other career interests. I am delighted to be back as practice manager and look forward to learning about the advancements in the industry. I look forward to being part of the hospital’s goals to provide quality veterinary care to our clients and their pets.  In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, the sports of dressage and archery, my dressage horse, Bee Gee, quality time with our son’s chocolate lab, my grand-dog, Meeko and our lab/retriever cross. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family.

  • Molly

    Certified Vet Technician

    Education: Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology

    Molly was born in Iowa and moved to Colorado in 2008. She attended the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in 2016 and became a Certified Veterinary Technician in 2018. She has a crazy lab mix named Santana and a cute tiny Chihuahua named Mina. In her free time, she enjoys camping, fishing, and hanging out with her family. Her passions include dentistry and anesthesia.

  • Sarah

    Certified Vet Technician

    Education: Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology

     
    I was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. I went to school at Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in 2017 and graduated in 2019. I went on later in 2019 to take my VTNE and passed, becoming a CVT. I have a 9-month-old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix named Kai, a 9-year-old Lab/Pit mix named Paul, and two beautiful cats named Ashe and Kenneth. I enjoy playing video games with my husband and laying back watching horror movies. I have always had such a strong connection with animals and there was never a time where my family did not have a pet or two.

  • Meghan

    Certified Vet Technician

    Education: Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology

    I was born in California and grew up in Big Bear Lake, California. I currently have 3 Brittanys who are my everything, 2 cats, and one guinea pig. Ever since I was a young girl I wanted to work with animals, originally I wanted to be a veterinarian. I moved to Colorado Springs in 2017 because I was accepted to CSU Fort Collins and I was planning to attend their vet program. I realized that I no longer wanted to be a vet but still wanted to work with animals. I decided to go to school to become a veterinary technician. I graduated from the Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in October of 2021 and became certified in December of 2021 after passing my VTNE.

  • Sarah

    Client Service Representative

    I worked at Aspen View 7 years ago as an assistant, but took some time off and had two kids with my husband, Bryan.  I returned to the practice in 2016 to continue my love for working in the veterinary field. My husband and I practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in our spare time, and I am also a Girl Scout leader and spend a lot of time on the weekends attending events and helping my daughter earn badges. As a family, we love cats and currently have four- two energetic kittens and two seniors.  I am excited to meet with you and your pets!

  • Kami

    Client Service Representative

    Education: Washington State University

     
    Being a Wisconsin native I have lived in Alaska, Washington State, Louisiana and Michigan before settling in Colorado in 1994. As a young girl, I rescued a cat and her kittens that were living in a hollowed-out tree. That’s when I decided to dedicate my life to helping animals. I received my Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Biology from Washington State University. I have worked in the veterinary field for over 25 years. Over the years, whether working with rescues, clients, or the community, I have taken in numerous special needs cats and strays (dogs and cats) who didn’t have a home to go to. My Heeler mix keeps me active after work wanting to play ball or go on walks. I enjoy gardening, camping, hiking, and traveling.

  • Christa

    Vet Technician

    Education: Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology

    I was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska. Growing up there, I love the outdoors and decided I would someday work with animals. Once in collage at UAA for two years I realized what I wanted was to become a veterinary technician. This prompted my move to Denver Colorado in 2014 to attend Bel-Rea. Graduating in 2016 I started working as a veterinary technician in Denver and moved to Colorado Springs in 2022 to join Aspen View. When I’m not working, I enjoy painting, photography, hockey, dirt biking, video games and naps with my three cats -Moose, Bug and Mor Rioghain.

  • Magda

    Vet Technician

    My furry bundles of joy and I are originally from Illinois. Out there, I was pursuing a career in psychology, until I experienced the loss of my first dog, Dakota, to nasal lymphoma. That turn of events and heartbreak changed everything, and I decided I desperately needed to be able to do more than just love them. So I went to one of the largest animal shelters near me, and asked the director to take me on, put me with the sick ones, and teach me everything. Lucky for me, she accepted. And that’s how I ended up on this field that has never been just a job to me. Since then, I’ve worked as a veterinary technician at small clinics and large hospitals with some of the best people, and been taught some of the best medical skills and knowledge.

    In 2013, I packed up my dog Wolf, and 2 Persians, Booger and Mustache, and moved us all to Colorado for a new adventure. And I was very happy to find Aspen View in January 2022. Animals are chicken soup for my soul, and senior pets are my heart.

  • Allona

    Vet Assistant

    My name is Allona. I’m original from Billings, Montana, and moved to Colorado when I was 11. I realized when I was in 7th grade that I wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after a technician came into my class and explained the career field. I instantly knew it was what I wanted to do. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my dog, Gemma, and my two best friends. I look forward to furthering my career and meeting your animals!

  • Vanessa

    Vet Assistant

    I was born and raised in Colorado Springs. As a child, I grew up with a lot of pets in the home. I always felt a calling and a special passion for animals. I planned and got accepted to go to UCCS for my undergrad to major in Biology and minor in pre-veterinary science and planned to eventually attend CSU in Fort Collins for my masters and doctorate or even out of state in New York at Cornell University to become a veterinarian. However, I had a change of plans right after high school. After shadowing different veterinary hospitals, I aspired to become a veterinary nurse instead. I ended up deciding to go to Pima Medical Institute to complete my Veterinary Assisting degree and plan to finish my associates and enter the Veterinary Technician program along with taking the VTNE to become certified.

    Outside of work, my hobbies are spending time with my pets, family, and friends. I enjoy doing outside activities such as taking hikes in the beautiful Colorado mountains and playing sports especially soccer as I have played it my entire life. I like to spend time inside playing video games and watching my favorite TV shows and movies. I’ve always been musically driven. I play the violin, sing, and make music. I plan to learn how to produce music in the EDM genre and hopefully go somewhere with that one day.