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.

  • 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, my dressage horse, Bee Gee, and my grand-dog, Meeko. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family.

  • Katie

    Lead Technician

    Katie is a certified veterinary technician born and raised in Colorado Springs. She graduated from PIMA Medical Institute in 2013. She has been in general practice and animal ER. She has earned her Fear Free Elite status. Her favorite part of her job is creating the bond between not only the patients but the owners as well. She has two dogs Nala, a border collie and Dixie, a husky mix. She enjoys spending time outside hiking the beautiful Colorado trails with her husband and daughter.

  • 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.

  • Jonna

    Vet Assistant

    I’m originally from Southern California. I served in the Marine corps for a few years and afterward I found myself in Colorado with my daughter and Newfie pup. I’m currently a veterinary assistant and in school full time to become a CVT. I enjoy cuddles from my daughter, spending time with my friends anything outdoors, binging Netflix, eating food at all hours, and spending time with my better half! I’ve always had a steady connection with animals predominantly dogs while I bounced from house to house as a child and they were the one constant in my life and I decided at a young age I wanted to work with animals and help them in any way I could. I cannot wait to meet you and your precious babies.

  • 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

    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.
  • Samantha

    Vet Technician

    I was born in California where I studied business and earned my Bachelor’s in Business Administration Marketing. After moving to Colorado I decided to pursue my dream of working in the Veterinary Medical field and went back to school. I graduated from Colorado Academy of Veterinary Technology in the spring of 2021 and am studying to take the VTNE this summer! I have a houseful of rescued fur babes including: two German Shepherds (Beau and Athena), a Yellow Lab (Daisy), and a geriatric Torti (Kit). I spend my free time with the fur kids going to parks, working in the yard, and playing videogames. My passions include surgery, exotic animal care, and dentistry. I’m excited to meet your furry and scaly friends!

  • Gina

    Receptionist & Trainer

    Gina has been working in the veterinary field for over twenty-five years in customer service and assisting. She continues to educate herself in fear-free and canine behavior. She includes fear-free techniques when checking in and working with patients. Gina is a certified veterinary assistant, CVA, and a certified dog trainer, CPDT-KA. Gina has been working with and rescuing animals for over twenty years. She has been training professionally for over 10 years offering puppy and adult dog training.

    Gina has studied many different aspects of training and considers herself to be a positive dog trainer. She has worked closely with animal rescue groups over the years in California and Kansas. She recently moved to Colorado Springs with two of her dogs and enjoys the Colorado trails. Gina wants pet parents to have the best relationship with their pets and their pets to have forever, loving homes.